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Newsco International Energy Services, USA, Inc.

Deanv v. Newsco International Energy Services, USA, Inc.
Court File No.: 4:15-cv-03406

On November 19, 2015, we filed a Fair Labor Standards Act Complaint against Newsco International Energy Services, USA, Inc. (“Newsco”) in federal court in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, seeking overtime pay. The named Plaintiff filed his FLSA claims individually, and on behalf of directional drillers who worked for Newsco at oil fields across the country. In the Complaint, the named Plaintiff alleges that Newsco misclassified him and other directional drillers as exempt employees, asserting that the labor they perform as directional drillers does not qualify them for any of the exemptions from the law's overtime pay requirements. The named Plaintiff seeks to recover unpaid overtime and double damages.

Type of Case

Unpaid Overtime Wages

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Do I Have a Claim?

This case was brought on behalf of directional drillers who were not paid overtime wages when they worked more than 40 hours in a week. If you worked for Newsco as a directional driller (or in a similar job title performing similar duties) at any time within the last three years and were not paid overtime wages when you worked more than 40 hours in a week, you may have a claim.

How Do I Join This Case?

To join this case, you must complete a Consent Form and return it to us immediately for filing with the Court.

What Time Frame Does This Case Cover?

Under federal law, there is a statute of limitations that allows you to recover pay for hours worked within 2 years of joining the lawsuit. If we can prove Newsco willfully violated the law, the statute of limitations may be extended to 3 years.

Do I Have To Pay Anything?

You do not have to pay anything to our firm if you join the lawsuit. We are handling this case on a contingency basis. This means we will only be paid if the lawsuit is successful in obtaining relief either through a settlement or a final judgment, and that payment will only come out of that settlement or final judgment.

How Do I Prove I Worked Overtime?

Where the employer does not keep accurate time records, most courts permit the employee to make a good faith estimate of overtime hours. You do not need to have proof of the hours you worked, and the court will generally accept a good faith estimate of your hours.

How Long Will This Case Take?

The length of this kind of lawsuit varies from case to case, but they typically last one to three years.

What About Retaliation?

The law protects you from retaliation for asserting your rights, and if you suffer retaliation, you may be able to assert additional claims. If you currently work for Newsco and you feel you are the victim of retaliation for participating in this lawsuit, contact us immediately.

How Can I Help?

Right now, we are hoping to talk to as many Newsco directional drillers as possible to learn more about the case. If you have information regarding directional drillers at Newsco, you can contact the case clerk, Dan Burnett by email at dburnett@nka.com or call toll free at (877) 448-0492, ext. 219.

How Do I Learn More?

To learn more about this case, feel free to contact the case clerk, Dan Burnett by email at dburnett@nka.com or call toll free at (877) 448-0492, ext. 219.

Case Updates

  • November 24, 2015

    Directional Driller Represented by Nichols Kaster, PLLP Files Overtime Lawsuit against Newsco International Energy Services, USA, Inc.

    On November 19, 2015, a former employee of Newsco International Energy Services, USA, Inc. (“Newsco”) filed a Fair Labor Standards Act Complaint in federal court in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, seeking overtime pay. The named Plaintiff filed his FLSA claims individually, and on behalf of directional drillers who worked for Newsco at oil fields across the country. In the Complaint, the named Plaintiff alleges that Newsco misclassified him and other directional drillers as exempt employees, asserting that the labor they perform as directional drillers does not qualify them for any of the exemptions from the law's overtime pay requirements. The named plaintiff seeks to recover unpaid overtime and double damages.

    Newsco International Energy Services USA, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is an oilfield services company that provides drilling services to the oil and gas industry. The company’s services include horizontal directional drilling, measurements while drilling, and additional downhole engineering solutions.

    Plaintiff's attorney Ashley Thronson stated, "directional drillers do labor-intensive work for long hours (often 12-hour days for 15 days straight) without receiving overtime compensation. We seek to get them paid the overtime premiums to which they are entitled by law."

    Plaintiffs are represented by Paul J. Lukas and Ashley R. Thronson from Nichols Kaster, PLLP, which has offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota and San Francisco, California. The case is entitled, Dean v. Newsco International Energy Services, USA, Inc. CaseNo.: 4:15-cv-03406 (Southern District of Texas).

    Additional information about how to make a claim in the case may be found at www.nka.com or by calling Nichols Kaster, PLLP toll free at (877) 448-0492.

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