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Oregon FD and Medics Sued Over Accident

A patient in the back of a fire department ambulance that collided with another vehicle during transport killing the other driver, has filed suit against the department, two firefighter-paramedics, and the deceased's estate. Robert Cramblit was a patient in a Eugene Springfield Fire Department ambulance on July 31, 2013, when it collided with an SUV driven by Patricia L. Morgan. Morgan was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Ohio Fire Department and Firefighters Dismissed Out of Wrongful Death Suit

A federal court judge in Ohio has dismissed a fire department and four of its firefighters from a wrongful death suit filed by the family of a woman who died in a fire in 2011. Sydney Burke died in a house fire on April 9, 2011, and her family blames the Mantua-Shalersville Fire Department for her death claiming that responding personnel “failed to immediately enter the structure and attempt rescue efforts for the known victim trapped inside the residence.”

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Illinois Fire Department Sued Under Dram Shop Act

An Illinois Fire Department is being sued under the state’s Dram Shop Act following an incident last March where a woman was injured at a fundraising event. Christine L. Ornelas filed suit against the Onarga Fire Department, the Onarga Community Center and Robert D. Albrecht claiming she was injured at the 2014 Onarga Fire Department’s Cash Bash.

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Silver Lining to San Francisco Ladder DUI Dismissal

In a ruling that seems to have surprised the media and many firefighters, the drunk driving case against San Francisco firefighter Michael Quinn has been dismissed. Quinn was driving a ladder truck that struck and nearly killed a motorcyclist, Jack Frazier, on June 29, 2013. A security camera captured the dramatic incident.

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Illinois Fire Department Sues For Damages in Fatal Highway Accident

An Illinois fire department has filed suit against the driver and the owners of a tractor-trailer that slammed into a fire truck on I39 in 2013 killing one firefighter and injuring six. The Hudson Fire Department filed suit against the driver, Mansur Shakirov, as well as the semi's owners seeking compensation for $158,610. The accident occurred on March 5, 2013 while crews were at the scene of a prior multi-vehicle accident and claimed the life of FF Chris Brown.

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Use of Firefighter’s Photo In Sex Scandal Story Prompts Suit

A decorated Philadelphia firefighter is suing the New York Daily News claiming that in January when the paper was covering a major sex scandal in the Philadelphia Fire Department, it wrongly used his photo and name implying he was somehow involved. Francis Cheney II filed suit against the paper in Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas on February 11, 2015. The case was removed to US District Court last week by the Daily News.

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Louisiana Chief Sues Over Threats

A Louisiana fire chief who was cooperating with federal authorities looking into financial improprieties associated with the previous administration has filed suit claiming his resignation last year was actually a constructive termination. Stanley Wajda served as the fire chief of the Hahnville Volunteer Fire Department for only six months. He resigned last July after receiving numerous threats from members he claims were loyal to the past fire chief.

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NY Town Sues Fire District Over Cell Tower

A fire district in New York is being sued by a town and a group of residents over the construction of a 150 foot cellphone tower on property at a fire station. The town of Warwick and several residents have filed suit to block construction of a proposed tower by the Pine Island Fire District

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Family Seeks $11 Million from Glendale Firefighters for Assault

Here is a follow up to the story we covered last week with regards to the Glendale, Arizona firefighters who were disciplined for using excessive force against a man who assaulted them.The family of James Murillo has filed a multi-million dollar claim against the City of Glendale, Captain Sean Alford and Acting Captain Daniel Padilla, claiming the firefighters assaulted and verbally abused the mentally ill man last October.

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Denver Firefighter Claims ADA Violation For PTSD

A Denver firefighter has filed suit claiming the department’s handling of his post-traumatic stress disorder violated the Americans With Disabilities Act, and that the reaction of his officers to his military reserve commitment violated the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.

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IAFF Sues for Trademark Infringement

It is not often that we have the opportunity to discuss trademark law here at Fire Law Blog, but a lawsuit filed earlier this year by the International Association of Fire Fighters alleges trademark infringement as well as a variety of related claims. The IAFF filed suit last month against Rescue Tees.com, LLC and its owner, Theresa Meyer, alleging trademark infringement...

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Buffalo Fire Argues That Four Decades is Enough

In 1974, the US DOJ filed suit against Buffalo alleging the fire department’s hiring process was discriminatory. What followed was nearly forty years of court mandated hiring quotas overseen by Judge John T. Curtin. Now the city is seeking to end the court mandated hiring quotas and bring Judge Curtin’s role in hiring to an end...

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