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Louisiana Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Firefighters in Pension Battle

Firefighters in Kenner, Louisiana have prevailed at the state Supreme Court on whether certain types of compensation should be included in their pension compensation. The suit was filed in 2010 by Michael Dunn as a class action. The complaint was later amended eliminating the class action, adding individual named firefighters as plaintiffs and positioning IAFF Local 1427 as representing the interests of its members.

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Brookline Firefighter’s Discrimination Suit Joined By Others

A Massachusetts firefighter who is suing his fire department and union for race discrimination, has been joined by two police officers and five other town employees who also allege race discrimination. Gerald Alston filed suit against the Town of Brookline, the Board of Selectmen, IAFF Local 950, and several others claiming race discrimination.

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Oregon Chief Claims He Was Fired Over Wife’s Social Media Postings

Today’s burning question: Can I be fired from my job as a fire chief because my wife criticizes my bosses on social media? Answer: Chances are your bosses will find another reason to fire you if they were upset about your wife’s social media activities. That is what former Cannon Beach Fire Chief Mike Balzer claims happened to him.

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Illinois Abandons Public Duty Doctrine in Fire Department Case

In a split decision in a case involving a fire department, the Illinois Supreme court has taken the drastic step of abolishing the public duty doctrine in Illinois. The case involved a 911 call for a medical emergency that, for a variety of Murphy’s Law-type reasons, resulted in a 41-minute delay in accessing the patient

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Fire Academy Threatened With Suit Over Groundwater Pollution from AFFF

The Barnstable County Fire Academy on Cape Cod is facing an environmental lawsuit and possible shut down over ground water pollution attributed to the use of AFFF over the years. According to local officials, two wells that provide drinking water to several area communities had to be closed last spring due to elevated levels perfluorooctane sulfonate. The wells are adjacent to the academy.

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Minnesota Firefighters Sue to Block Restructuring

Firefighters in Brainerd, Minnesota have filed suit against the city alleging that plans to restructure the fire department by eliminating full-time firefighters and establishing a fully paid-on call department is illegal. IAFF Local 4725 filed suit against the city in Crow Wing County District Court alleging that the restructuring violates the Minnesota Public Employees Labor Relations Act.

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Reverse Discrimination Alleged in FDNY Medical Officer Promotion

Two FDNY physicians have filed suit against the city claiming they were passed over for a promotion on account of their race and age. Both doctors are white and in their 60s. Dr. Mark Spadaro and Dr. Ann Marchesano have served as City Medical Specialists for FDNY since 2007. Both are board certified physicians and each have over 30 years of experience.

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PA Fire Company Files Bankruptcy

A volunteer fire company in Pennsylvania filed bankruptcy last week after a bank started foreclosure proceedings against it in December. The Conneaut Lake Volunteer Fire Department filed for protection under Chapter 11 on January 12, 2016, seeking relief from the Mercer County State Bank.

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WV County and City Seek to Recoup Costs of Hazmat Spill

Kanawha County and the City of Charleston, West Virginia have filed a civil suit against the parties responsible for the 2014 Elk River chemical spill. The action was filed in Kanawha County Circuit Court last week naming West Virginia American Water, Eastman Chemical Company and several affiliated parties.

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Kansas State Council of Firefighters First Amendment Suit Continues

The Kansas State Council of Fire Fighters and former Hays Firefighters IAFF Local 2119 President Aaron Ditter have survived a motion to dismiss their federal lawsuit against the City of Hays, Fire Chief Gary Brown and Assistant City Manager Paul Briseno. The suit accuses Chief Brown and Briseno of violating the First Amendment by prohibiting Ditter from continuing to be a member KSCFF after his promotion to captain.

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