Judge Urges Patience Amid Texas Weather, Pandemic Woes

Law360 (February 23, 2021, 6:04 PM EST) -- A Texas federal judge has urged oil staffing companies and a group of workers to "wholeheartedly" cooperate to resolve discovery disputes in a wage and hour lawsuit, citing the challenges of communicating during the COVID-19 pandemic and the "unprecedented winter storm" that battered the state.

In a Monday ruling, federal Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Chestney partially granted Crescent Drilling & Production Inc. and Crescent Drilling Foreman Inc.'s motion to compel the workers to produce tax records in their overtime collective action, but denied the companies' request to sanction the workers for not handing them over sooner. The judge urged the parties to...

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