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Monthly Archives: November 2012

Architect Facing Manslaughter for LAFD LODD

Today’s Burning Question: I was responsible for installing an outdoor fireplace at house in Hollywood that was going to be used in a television show and…. well… we took some shortcuts in how we built it. The biggest issue was ...

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Massachusetts Facebook Case Settled

The convoluted disciplinary case of a Bourne, Massachusetts firefighter that included grievances, unfair labor practices, civil service proceedings, state court proceedings, and even a Federal lawsuit has been resolved. In February, 2011 firefighter Richard Doherty was terminated over a number ...

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When is a Demotion not a Demotion

When is a demotion not a demotion? That is the question for the Tulsa city council to decide when it handles the case of Chief Jeremy Moore perhaps as soon as this evening. One day Chief Moore was the Administrative ...

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Key Largo Volunteer Not an Employee under FLSA

At what point does a volunteer firefighter who receives some nominal compensation for his services become an underpaid employee entitled to at least minimum wage? That question was recently put to the test in Key Largo, Florida when Corey Freeman ...

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Fresno Fire Facing Discrimination Suit

The Fresno Fire Department is facing a race discrimination suit from a firefighter who is also the leading vote-getter in the election for city council in Tulare. Carlton Jones claims he was wrongly suspended in 2009 when he was arrested for ...

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Bringing it Home in Johnston

There are so many possible titles for this story it was hard to pick: You can run but you cannot hide Due process: how much process is due? Or even one of several that start with “knock knock…who’s there” For ...

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LAFD Discipline Philosophy

One of the areas of my law practice that has been exceptionally busy over the past few years has been firefighter discipline. Many departments are experiencing unprecedented disciplinary issues – and while we can debate the various factors that are ...

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Fire Truck Fire Prompts Suit Against Mechanic

A fire that destroyed a fire department tanker (or tender if you are so inclined) in Union, Maine, has prompted a lawsuit by the town against the auto repair shop that had previously repaired the vehicle’s engine. The tanker, a ...

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