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Parrish, et al. v. Premier Directional Drilling, L.P., No. 17-51089 (February 28, 2019)

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Fifth Circuit Holds Directional Drillers Are Independent Contractors

Ogletree Deakins • March 25, 2019
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently held that a group of directional driller consultants were independent contractors, not employees, in large part due to their highly specialized skills, degree of control over their own projects, and ability to control their profits and analyzed losses. In Parrish, et al. v. Premier Directional Drilling, L.P., No. 17-51089 (February 28, 2019), on appeal from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, the Fifth Circuit overturned the district court’s award of summary judgment to the plaintiffs, citing the five factors of analysis set forth in the Supreme Court of the United States’ decision in United States v. Silk, 331 U.S. 704 (1947).
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