Offshore drilling platform

What is the latest update in the case?

Last updated: June 25, 2019 at 17:02 pm

The United States Supreme Court reversed the Ninth Circuit’s decision establishing that California wage-and-hour laws apply on the oil platforms in federal waters off the California coast. The Supreme Court held that California overtime and minimum wage laws do not apply on the platforms.

Parker Drilling also filed for bankruptcy.  See the bankruptcy case docket here.  It is unclear what effect the bankruptcy filing will have on this case.

What is the case about?

This is a putative class action case. Plaintiff was employed by Parker Drilling on oil platforms off the California coast. Plaintiff alleges, in part, that Parker Drilling failed to pay him overtime and minimum wage as required by California law, because Plaintiff was not paid for all hours he was required to remain on the offshore oil platforms.

The Plaintiff seek damages, penalties, and restitution, as well as interest, attorneys’ fees, and costs.

Now that the Supreme Court has held that California overtime and minimum wage laws do not apply on the platforms in federal waters, Plaintiff will proceed against Parker Drilling on his remaining claims.

Where is the case pending?

The case is pending in the United States District Court for the Central District of California as Case No. 2:15-cv-02517-RGK-AGR. The case is assigned to the Honorable R. Gary Klausner.

The Supreme Court case number is 18-389.

Who does this case involve?

The putative class is defined as “All hourly employees of Parker Drilling Management Services, Ltd., who, at any time within four year from the date of filing of this lawsuit, worked on oil platforms off of the California coast for periods of 24 hours or more.”

The class period is February 17, 2011 to the present.

I think I am a class member. What should I do?

Please contact Strauss & Strauss directly for more information. Call us at (805) 641-6601.

Key Documents in the Case

Newton v. Parker Drilling Complaint

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Newton v. Parker Drilling – First Amended Complaint

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Newton v. Parker Drilling – District Court Order Granting Defendant’s Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings

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Newton v. Parker Drilling – Appellant’s Opening Brief (Ninth Circuit)

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Newton v. Parker Drilling – Appellee’s Brief (Ninth Circuit)

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Newton v. Parker Drilling – Appellant’s Reply Brief (Ninth Circuit)

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Newton v. Parker Drilling – Ninth Circuit Opinion Reversing District Court’s Order Granting Defendant’s Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings

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Newton v. Parker Drilling – Parker Drilling’s Petition for Writ of Certiorari

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Newton v. Parker Drilling – Brief in Opposition to Petition for Writ of Certiorari

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Newton v. Parker Drilling – Supreme Court Notice of Granting of Petition for Writ of Certiorari

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Parker Drilling v. Newton – Supreme Court Opinion

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