High Court Will Take Up Calif. Offshore Drilling Wage Dispute

Law360 (January 11, 2019, 8:09 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to review a Ninth Circuit decision that California's wage-and-hour laws apply to offshore drilling workers in the Golden State, a ruling that industry claims conflicts with the Fifth Circuit's conclusion that federal law should apply to workers on the Outer Continental Shelf.

The high court granted Parker Drilling Management Services Ltd.'s petition for writ of certiorari appealing the Ninth Circuit's February 2018 revival of a proposed wage-and-hour class action lodged by former Parker employee Brian Newton. The ruling got the attention of offshore oil and gas companies and industry groups, each of which submitted amicus...

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