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Lawsuits Filed Between Fire Departments and Municipalities in Illinois and New York

Lawsuits between municipalities and fire departments in two states are in the fire law news today. In New York, the Champion Fire Department is suing the Town of Champion and the Village of West Carthage over the termination of its service agreement. In Illinois, the Village of Barrington filed suit against the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District claiming it owes at least $1.2 million to a joint firefighters pension fund.

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Chattanooga Fire Sued for Civil Rights Violation Following Wrongful Arrest

A Tennessee man who was arrested last January in New Orleans, Louisiana as he was boarding a cruise ship for a vacation, is suing the Chattanooga Fire Department, Fire Chief Kelvin Lamar Flint, Lieutenant Henry McElvain and the City of Chattanooga among others claiming they were responsible for instituting the charges that led to his wrongful arrest.

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Arson, Insurance, and Ethics Questioned in Phoenix

A story posted yesterday on AZCentral.com raises some troubling ethical questions about the involvement of insurance company investigators in fire investigations conducted by public fire officials. Historically, insurance companies have routinely cooperated with public fire investigations, offering expertise and resources ...

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RI Fire District Settles Public Records Suit for $1500

A Rhode Island fire district has agreed to pay a $1500 fine for violating the state’s public records law. The Manville Fire District was accused of failing to respond to a public records request back in 2014. Attorney General Peter Kilmartin filed suit against Manville to enforce the requirements of the APRA.

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Arizona Battalion Chief Cited in Fatal Accident

A battalion chief from Kingman, Arizona has been cited in the traffic death of an elderly woman last July. On July 7, 2014 Emily Jeanne MacDonald, 75, was crossing the street when she was struck by a Kingman Fire Department pickup truck driven by Battalion Chief Bill Johnston

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Arizona Not Liable to Homeowners for Property Lost in the Yarnell Fire

People in the wildland fire community will be familiar with the Yarnell Hill Fire of 2013. This fire occurred in 2013 and led to the death of 19 firefighters, all members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots team. Only one member of the team survived. Apart from this tragedy a number of homes were lost to the fire and homeowners sued the Arizona State Forestry Division (ASFD) claiming that the division ‘negligently failed to protect them from harm that resulted from the Fire’.

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AMR Hit For $1.5 Million Over Dropped Patient

A Massachusetts jury has handed American Medical Response a $1.5 million verdict in a wrongful death suit filed by the family of a woman who struck her head when her stretcher tipped over in 2009. Barbara Grimes was being transported back from dialysis in January 2009 when her stretcher tipped throwing her to the ground striking her head.

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Lawsuit Sweepstakes at LAFD – The Lawyer’s Edition

The LA Times is criticizing the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles City Fire Department over what it characterizes as a new round of discrimination suits filed by attorneys who were supposed to be responsible for correcting the problems that led to a previous round of firefighter discrimination suits that date back to 2004.

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Firefighter’s Widow Sues Fire Department Over Cancer Death

The widow of a Washington state firefighter who died of cancer in 2013 has filed suit against the city claiming her husband had knowingly been exposed to radon in his fire station. Wendy Ann Murray filed suit against the City of Vancouver in Clark County Superior Court last week claiming that her husband, Carl, had been “negligently, recklessly and outrageously” exposed to radon.

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