Municipal Liability

FDNY Sued for Injury to Civilian

A woman who claims she was struck by a firefighter’s tool that fell from a door has filed a personal injury suit against the City of New York. Edith Guttenplan filed suit Monday in Kings County Supreme Court claiming she suffered “severe and permanent injuries”.

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Louisiana Firefighter Files For Whistleblower Protection

A St. Tammany Parish firefighter who accused his fire chief of misconduct and was then himself placed under investigation, has filed suit alleging whistleblower retaliation. Fire District 12 firefighter Thomas Williamson accused Fire Chief Stephen Krentel with stealing department air conditioning units and having an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate.

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Death From Gurney Fall Prompts NY Suit

The estate of a woman who died after falling off a gurney is suing the fire department that was transporting her to the hospital. Anne E. Stahlberg was being transported by a North Bellmore Fire Department ambulance to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bethpage, New York on January 1, 2017.

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Detroit Firefighter Fired Over Watermelon Suing For Discrimination

The Detroit firefighter who was fired last October because he brought a watermelon as a gift to African American firefighters at his new firehouse, has filed suit alleging reverse discrimination. Robert Pattison filed suit yesterday naming Fire Commissioner Eric Jones, Deputy Commissioner Charles Simms, and Chief of Training Alfie Green.

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2017 Year in Review

Happy New Year!!! Here are some of the top stories from 2017 broken down by category: Under the category of Funniest Headline: Defense Attorney's Pants Catch Fire During Arson Trial

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California Police-Fire Wars Case Before 9th Circuit

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral argument in the case of Gregoire v. California earlier this month. Firefighter Jacob Gregoire of the Chula Vista Fire Department was arrested on February 4, 2014 at the scene of a roll over on Interstate 805.

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Trial Court Renders Split Decision to Kelvin Cochran And Atlanta

The trial judge in the case of former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran handed down her long-awaited ruling this week, and it was a split decision. Chief Cochran was terminated in 2014 after he published a religious-themed book in conjunction with his ministry that many considered to be offensive to the LGBT community.

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Florida Captain Alleges Sexual Harassment

A captain with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue has filed suit accusing her supervisors of sexual harassment and retaliation. Captain Amanda Vomero filed suit last week in Palm Beach County Circuit Court. The two count complaint includes a litany of allegations of inappropriate and vulgar comments.

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Alaska Firefighter Awarded $780k Over Promotion

An Alaska firefighter has been awarded $778,951.69 following a jury trial that began last summer. Jeff Graham sued the City of Anchorage in Third Judicial District Court back in 2015 claiming he had been discriminated against on account of his ...

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RI Firehouse Altercation Prompts Federal Lawsuit

A Rhode Island fire lieutenant who claims he was assaulted in the firehouse by a deputy chief has filed suit in US District Court against the fire department, the firefighters’ union and the deputy chief. Cranston Lieutenant Scott Bergantino filed suit last week naming the City of Cranston, IAFF Local 1363, and Deputy Chief Paul Valletta as defendants.

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