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Tampa Ordered to Pay $1 Million in 13th Check Pension Case

The City of Tampa has been ordered to pay $1 million in costs in a class action lawsuit filed by a retired Tampa firefighter. John Parker filed the suit claiming that in 2004 the city’s police and fire pension board failed to provide retirees with benefits under special provision known as a “13th Check Program.”

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The Need for Liability Insurance

Today’s burning question: I am a Paramedic and EMS instructor. I just got my annual renewal notice for my malpractice insurance coverage. Do providers really need personal coverage?

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Former Idaho Deputy Chief Sues for Wrongful Termination

A deputy chief who was fired in May by the Nampa Fire Department has filed a wrongful termination suit against the City of Nampa, Mayor Bob Henry and Fire Chief Karl Malott. Deputy Chief Doug Strosnider claims be was suspended and then fired because of his code enforcement activities at two apartment buildings...

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$444,000 Sexual Harassment Verdict in Florida Upheld

The 11th Circuit has affirmed a $444,000 jury verdict against the New Smyrna Beach Fire Department in favor of a female firefighter who sued for sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. Firefighter/paramedic Melissa Smith was terminated in 2008 following what appeared to be a series of disciplinary infractions

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Missouri Suit Claims Firefighter’s Termination Was Due To Union Organizing Activities

A Missouri fire protection district and its fire chief are facing a suit that claims they terminated a firefighter because she was trying to organize a union. Amber Rounseville is suing the Ebenezer Fire Protection District and Fire Chief Nelson Prewitt alleging violations of the Missouri Constitution, state collective bargaining laws, and the First Amendment’s freedom of association clause.

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Texas Fire Chief Resigns Amidst Nepotism Allegations

The fire chief of Travis County Emergency Services District No. 4 has resigned under pressure from the district board after it was revealed that his two daughters and his future son-in-law were on the payroll. What is unclear from news reports is whether this was simply another firefighter being caught-up in an overly-broad nepotism policy, or whether ethical boundaries had been crossed in terms of hiring and supervision.

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Akron Facing Contempt for Promotional Paralysis Solution

The Akron Fire Department is facing possible contempt proceedings over its efforts to negotiate a new promotional process with Akron Firefighters, IAFF Local 330. The department has been prevented from promoting new officers by the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio as it wrestles with a discrimination/reverse discrimination suit brought by 31 firefighters in 2006.

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Homeowner Wants City to Pay for Door Damaged by Firefighters

Today’s burning question: Last March when I went out shopping, firefighters were called to my house and broke down my door. Apparently my neighbor called because my wood burning stove created a lot of smoke. The door cost me $2,000 to fix. Can I make the city or the firefighters pay?

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$1 Million Whistleblower Verdict Against LAFD Upheld

The California Court of Appeals has upheld a $1 million jury verdict against the City of Los Angeles in a suit brought by two city fire officers. Battalion Chief John Miller and Captain Michael Rueda sued in 2009 after they were removed from the department's Arson Counter-Terrorism Section...

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Massachusetts Suit Removed to Federal Court

A lawsuit filed last month in state court by four Massachusetts firefighters has been removed to federal court by attorneys retained for the defense by the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Agency. The suit was filed on September 2, 2014 by four former members of the Groton Fire Department.

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Illinois Firefighter Settles Age Discrimination Suit

An Illinois firefighter who was removed from his position as a public education officer in 2009, has settled his age discrimination suit. Firefighter Scott Kody will receive a settlement of $170,000 and in turn will separate from the Schaumburg Fire Department while applying for a disability pension.

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