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Oilfield Worker Files Overtime Lawsuit Against DXP

A former worker of DXP Enterprises, Inc. has filed a federal lawsuit against the company, asserting claims for unpaid overtime.  DXP is a publicly traded company that offers compliance and consulting services...

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Oilfield Worker Sues Chevron for Unpaid Overtime

A former oilfield worker of Chevron U.S.A., Inc. has filed a federal lawsuit against the company, asserting claims for unpaid overtime.  Chevron is a major oil and gas production company.  Plaintiff worked...

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Workers Increasingly Suing Companies for Time-Shaving Software

Over the past several years, employers have increasingly used time-tracking software that allows them to keep track of their employees’ time down to the minute.  But in many cases, companies choose to...

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How Does the False Claims Act Protect Whistleblowers?

What is the federal whistleblower statute?   Many people do not know that there is a federal statute that provides job protection as well as a potential substantial monetary reward for whistleblowers...

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Fourth Circuit Rules for Workers on OT Case

Another “mixed fleet” FLSA case has recently been decided, with the Fourth Circuit ruling favorably for the plaintiffs.  As I have previously written, a “mixed fleet” case is one in which a...

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Fiberoptic Technician Sues for Overtime Pay

A fiberoptic technician has filed suit for unpaid overtime in federal court in Midland, Texas.  The plaintiff formerly worked for ABP, Inc., which performs testing on fiberoptic networks for customers in Texas...

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Tank Inspector Sues Brinkerhoff Inspection for Unpaid Overtime

A former tank inspector has filed suit against Brinkerhoff Inspection, Inc. (“Brinkerhoff”) for unpaid overtime.  Brinkerhoff primarily provides inspection services to oil and gas producers and others in the oil and gas industry. ...

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Oilfield Consulting Firm Bedrock Sued for Alleged Overtime Violations

Bedrock PC 1099, LLC, which is an affiliate of Bedrock Petroleum Consultants, has been sued in federal court in Houston by a client represented by Borsellino, P.C. for alleged overtime violations.  The...

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Independent Contractor Trend Raises Overtime Pay Issues

Large, mid-size and small companies alike are increasingly turning to independent contractors to replace their employees.  According to the Wall Street Journal in a September 14, 2017 article entitled The Second Class...

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Federal Court Rules for Oilfield Overtime Class Represented by Borsellino, P.C.

A federal judge presiding in Midland recently ruled in favor of a large class of oilfield workers represented by Borsellino, P.C. seeking unpaid overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  In the...

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Courts Continue to Rule for Workers in Mixed Fleet Overtime Cases

One of the hot topics over the past few years in overtime litigation has been the Motor Carrier Act (“MCA”) exemption to the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), which provides that overtime...

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Fifth Circuit Issues Important Overtime Exemption Opinion

The Fifth Circuit recently issued an important ruling regarding the applicability of the administrative exemption with respect to oilfield workers.  The case is styled Dewan v. M-I, L.L.C.  It was filed in...

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Federal court issues ruling on motor carrier act exemption

A federal district court in Kansas has issued a ruling on an important issue relating to the motor carrier act (“MCA”) exemption.  The MCA exemption provides that overtime pay is not required...

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Texas court rules on willfulness and employer status in overtime case

A federal district court in San Antonio recently issued an opinion which is instructive on the issues of willfulness as well as an individual owner’s liability as a joint employer under the...

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Two new suits filed against Transglobal Services for unpaid overtime

Seven current and former employees of Transglobal Services, LLC have filed two separate lawsuits against the company, asserting claims for unpaid overtime.  Transglobal primarily provides surveying, right of way and seismic services...

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4th Circuit Gives Guidance on Joint Employment in Overtime Cases

The Fourth Circuit issued a recent opinion which provides important guidance for joint employment in overtime cases.  In Hall v. DIRECTTV, 846 F.3d 757 (4th Cir. 2017), the Fourth Circuit considered an...

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Independent Contractor Overtime Lawsuits On The Rise

Companies are increasingly classifying their workers as “independent contractors” for a variety of reasons.  According to Forbes, at least 100% of jobs growth over the past decade came from the growth in...

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Can Independent Contractors Sign Non-Compete Agreements?

More and more these days, companies are classifying their workers as independent contractors. This tactic is used for a myriad of reasons, including efforts to avoid the costs of Obamacare, to evade...

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Making Sense of the Increase in Oilfield Overtime Lawsuits

The past several years have seen an explosion of overtime pay lawsuits involving oilfield workers. To illustrate the dramatic rise in oilfield overtime litigation, one need only look at the docket of...

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Field workers sue Transglobal Services for unpaid overtime

Six former employees of Transglobal Services, LLC have filed suit against the company, asserting claims for unpaid overtime.  Transglobal primarily provides surveying, right of way and seismic services to oil and gas...

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