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Utah Chief Sues Police Over Flawed Drug Investigation

A Salt Lake County assistant chief has filed suit in federal court against the City of Cottonwood Heights claiming that a police detective violated his rights when he accessed confidential medical information about him from the State of Utah’s Controlled Substance Database, and used the information to file unwarranted criminal charges.

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Oregon Widow Seeks $4.2 Million Over Defibrillator Failure Death

A widow has filed a $4.2 million suit against an Oregon fire department, an ambulance service, and the manufacturer of a defibrillator blaming them all for the death of her husband who suffered a fatal heart attack last year. Diana Ricks filed suit against Hillsboro Fire & Rescue, Metro West Ambulance Service and Physio-Control, Inc. over the February 13, 2014 death of Stephen A. Ricks

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Indiana Ambulance Company Faces FLSA Class Action Suit

An Indiana EMT has filed a class action lawsuit against an ambulance company he worked for claiming the company routinely violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by requiring personnel to work in excess of 40 hours per week without paying overtime. Steven Schroers filed suit last week in US District Court for the Northern District of Indiana against Prompt Medical Transport, Inc. and three of its senior managers.

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Chambersburg Battle Ends in Settlement

The three year battle between the Greater Chambersburg Area Paid Fire Fighters IAFF Local 1813 and the Borough of Chambersburg has finally been resolved with word of an agreement that reinstates a wrongfully terminated firefighter/union vice-president and settles numerous pending civil actions, unfair labor practice charges, grievances and appeals.

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Milwaukee Not Entitled to Immunity for Explosion

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals has ruled that the City of Milwaukee must stand trial over its response to a gas leak in 2009 that resulted in a house explosion. The incident occurred on February 2, 2009 when firefighters were dispatched to the 2400 block of North 10th Street for a reported odor of natural gas...

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Fire Departments in NJ and Maryland Settle Suits

Settlements involving two fire departments are in the fire law news today. In New Jersey, a sexual harassment suit against the Franklin Township Fire District No. 3 has been settled. In Maryland, a wrongful death suit brought by the family of a 17-year old who died at a fire department sponsored carnival has been settled.

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Albuquerque Firefighter Awarded $180K for Sexual Harassment

A New Mexico jury has awarded an Albuquerque firefighter $183,550 for sexual harassment. Adele Parker Ortega filed suit in 2013 claiming that co-workers spied on her in the shower, hid sex toys in her bunk, stole her underwear, watched pornography at fire stations, and made inappropriate sexual jokes at her expense

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Fire Department Sued By Applicant For Defamation

A volunteer fire department in New York is facing a defamation suit over the application of a man who claims he was falsely accused of being a “child molester”. Vincent C. Stevenson applied to join the East Syracuse Fire Department in 2012. He claims that an employee of the village fire department, Dawn Cramer, falsely accused him of being a "child molester."

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NH Fire Chief Reinstated Despite Ruling

In a move that took many by surprise, the New Hampshire fire chief who lost his bid in court to retain his position, has been reinstated as fire chief. On Monday, Board of Selectmen of the Town of New Durham voted 2-1 to reappoint Peter Varney as fire chief. Chief Varney was removed back in 2014 without notice or a hearing.

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Woman Sues FDNY Over Ambulance Injuries

A Brooklyn woman has filed suit against New York City claiming that carelessness by two FDNY EMS workers caused a severe laceration to her leg. Jacqueline Vanderhorst, 58, alleges that EMTs “shoved her” into an ambulance last July resulting in a would that took 21 stitches to close

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Colorado Suit Over EMS Failure Prompts Questions

A recent headline about a wrongful death lawsuit in Colorado caught my eye in part because it appeared to involve an EMS incident gone wrong and in part because it appeared to involve a hospital accused of callously closing its ER after hours without warning area residents. The truth appears to be neither. A grieving widow is certainly entitled to seek answers to her questions. I too am left with questions...

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NH Chief Loses Suit to Keep Job

A fire chief in New Hampshire has lost his bid to be reinstated. Strafford County Superior Court Judge Brian Tucker concluded that the Town of New Durham was within its rights to terminate Fire Chief Peter Varney without cause back in 2014.

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