Top Ten Fire Law Stories for 2018

It’s January 1, 2019 and that means it is time for our annual review of the top Fire Law stories from 2018.

Let’s start with the 10 most popular headlines based upon Facebook shares and likes:

 

Here are my top 10 stories:

 

In terms of the top YCMTSU stories:

 

Here are the 10 biggest lawsuits that were filed:

There were many other lawsuits filed in 2018 that will likely be seeking much greater amounts than those listed above, but the complaints did not state the amounts being sought.

 

And finally here are the 10 biggest Awards/Settlements:

Many other large settlements were reached in 2018, but the amounts were not publicly released.

 

 

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
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