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Kayaker Sues FDNY for Injuries

A kayaker who was seriously injured during a rescue effort last spring has filed suit against FDNY. Frank Marino was kayaking in Jamaica Bay last May when he capsized. FDNY responded but the propeller of the boat send to assist Marino struck him...

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California FD sued for Sexual Harassment

A California fire department is facing a sexual harassment suit filed by a female firefighter who claims that she was driven from the department due to a hostile workplace. Andrea Waters filed suit against the City of Petaluma alleging she was subjected to a hostile work environment, discrimination, and retaliation.

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PA Fire Company Settles Medicare Medicaid EMS Billing Claim

A Pennsylvania fire company cited by the US Department of Health & Human Services for improper EMS billing of Medicare/Medicaid, has reached a settlement with the US Department of Justice. At the heart of the case is the fact that certain personnel assigned to the EMS units lacked the proper credentials, which when coupled with billing Medicare/Medicaid patients triggered a possible federal False Claims Act violation.

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Kingston NY Chief Sues Over Termination

A fire chief in New York whose disciplinary case has been winding its way through the state’s bureaucratic system for nearly three years has filed his second suit in hopes of having an opportunity to clear his name.

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Lockport Sues Firefighters’ Union to Block Arbitration

The city of Lockport, New York and Lockport Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 963 have been locked in an ongoing battle the likes of which few other fire departments of its size have experienced. The contentious relationship has resulted in at least five lawsuits between the parties…. THIS YEAR ALONE!!!

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Missouri Fire District Sued Over Same Sex Marriage Benefits

A Missouri fire protection district is being sued over its refusal to provide married couples of the same sex with the benefits it offers to heterosexual married couples. The Ozark Fire Protection District was sued today by the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri on behalf of Captain Andi Mooneyham.

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North Carolina Chief Sued in Accident Case

The fire chief of Winston-Salem, North Carolina has become embroiled in a strange suit by a woman who claims that the fire chief’s personal vehicle struck her vehicle last March and kept on going. Katrina Newton claims she was driving her vehicle on March 26 when dark-colored Dodge pickup hit her vehicle causing severe damage.

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Phoenix Sued for Wrongful Arrest in Arson Case

An innocent man who spent 14 months in jail on arson charges has filed suit against the city of Phoenix and the arson investigators who accused him of setting the fire. Carl Vincent Ball Caples filed suit in Maricopia County Superior Court last week claiming the city failed to hire properly trained investigators, failed to provide the investigators with proper training, and permitted them to use outdated and discredited investigation techniques leading to his wrongful arrest and incarceration.

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Florida Fire Department Settles Wrongful Termination Suit

Two Florida firefighters have received $80,000 settlements in their wrongful termination suit. Flagler Beach firefighters Shane Wood and Jacob Bissonnette were terminated last year over an incident that occurred in their station on Christmas day, 2012. Both were off duty at the time, but allegedly were in possession of alcohol in the station

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Disabled Missouri Firefighter Must Be Compensated in Full

A Missouri firefighter who was severely injured in 2006 at a fatal fire, has prevailed in a suit to continue earning her full pay while recuperating from her injuries. Cindy Schuenke, 50, was a firefighter paramedic with the Community Fire Protection District. She was severely injured at a fire on March 29, 2006

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Memphis Fire Sued for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

A Memphis firefighter who was terminated in 2013, has filed suit in federal court alleging gender and disability discrimination. Latundra Shinault claims that various officers in the Memphis Fire Department “made sexual comments towards her … belittling her” and “demonstrated a great dislike towards” her.

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