Top Fire Law Headlines of 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, I thought we could take a look at the top headlines in the Fire Law News. Today we will look at the most popular stories based upon Facebook engagements, likes and shares, and Twitter.

Here are Facebook’s Top 10 based on Engagements:

  1. Motorola Sued for $145 Million Over Death of Houston Fire Captain
  2. Nebraska Firefighter Awarded $1.2 million For Retaliation
  3. First Amendment Right To Film and On-Duty Personnel
  4. Louisiana Court of Appeals Upholds Finding that Firefighter Was Liable For Accident
  5. Snapschat From Fatal Fire Scene Prompts Media Request
  6. Seattle Settles Ambulance Crash for $65.7 Million
  7. Michigan Dispatchers Sued for $25 Million
  8. Connecticut Medical Marijuana Patient Sues Over Rejection From Fire Academy
  9. Iowa IAFF Local Sues To Block Police Officers Being Promoted To Fire Officers
  10. FDNY Prevails in Elevator Rescue Suit Based On Special Duty Rule

Here are the Top 10 in terms of Facebook Likes

  1. Nebraska Firefighter Awarded $1.2 million For Retaliation
  2. Motorola Sued for $145 Million Over Death of Houston Fire Captain
  3. Ruling in Helicopter Cancellation Case Leaves Chief Alone to Face Trial
  4. Firehouse Toilet Prank Lawsuit Subject to Workers Comp Exclusivity
  5. First Amendment Right To Film and On-Duty Personnel
  6. Iowa IAFF Local Sues To Block Police Officers Being Promoted To Fire Officers
  7. FDNY Prevails in Elevator Rescue Suit Based On Special Duty Rule
  8. Meanwhile in Canada: Firefighters Caught Having Sex On Duty In Fire Chief’s Office Reinstated
  9. Tennessee Appeals Court Rules Full Back Pay Proper for Firefighter Fired Over Mere Arrest
  10. California Battalion Chief’s Termination Overturned

Here are the Top 10 in terms of Facebook Shares

  1. Washington Appeals Court Rules Staffing Is Bargainable Subject
  2. Nebraska Firefighter Awarded $1.2 million For Retaliation
  3. Ruling in Helicopter Cancellation Case Leaves Chief Alone to Face Trial
  4. 2020 Edition of NFPA 1710 Released
  5. Motorola Sued for $145 Million Over Death of Houston Fire Captain
  6. Red Light Collision Caused By Responding Volunteer Results in $4.6 Million Settlement
  7. Illinois Appeals Court Rules Removing a Cat From a Roof Not An Emergency
  8. Seattle Settles Ambulance Crash for $65.7 Million
  9. Iowa IAFF Local Sues To Block Police Officers Being Promoted To Fire Officers
  10. Snapschat From Fatal Fire Scene Prompts Media Request

Here are the Top 10 according to Twitter engagements

  1. EEOC Sues AMR For Pregnancy Discrimination
  2. First Amendment Right To Film and On-Duty Personnel
  3. Oregon Firefighter Recruit Settles Wrongful Termination Suit for $150k
  4. Town Reinstates Lieutenant Fired at Height of Labor Dispute
  5. Zipper Clauses, Past Practices, and Discipline Prior to Exhaustion of Appeals
  6. Judge Denies TRO To Atlantic City Firefighter Over Religious Beard
  7. Termination Of Boston Firefighter For Outrageous Social Media Posts Upheld by Civil Service
  8. Arson Charges Dismissed Against Two NY Firefighters
  9. Top Ten Fire Law Stories for 2018
  10. Massachusetts Suit Alleges Response to Fatal Stabbing Was Too Slow

Tomorrow we will look at my top stories!

Happy New Year!!!!

To those who are working, stay safe.

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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