San Diego Firefighter Loses Appeal of Suspensions

A San Diego firefighter who was suspended over two incidents that occurred in 2012 and 2013, has lost his appeal to have the discipline overturned by the California Court of Appeals. Michael Meoli was involved in separate incidents February 2012 and January 2013 that each resulted in a 24-hour suspension.

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Burning Question on At Will Employees and the Need for Just Cause

Today’s burning question: Several of my chief officers persist in asking why we can’t simply fire firefighters who are at-will employees. I have attempted to explain that termination without some basis (not necessarily just cause, but some justifiable legal basis) isn’t wise. They don’t seem to grasp what I tell them. Can you add anything that I can share with them to further my position?

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Schenectady Prevails In Wrongful Arson Prosecution Case

A federal court has dismissed a wrongful arrest and prosecution suit filed by a man who spent nine-months in prison for a 2013 fatal fire in Schenectady, New York. Robert Bulter was charged with setting the May 2, 2013 fire that killed four people including three children, and severely injured a 5-year old.

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Toledo Prevails in Race Discrimination Suit

A race-discrimination suit brought by a firefighter-recruit who washed out of the Toledo Fire Academy in 2018 has been decided in favor of the city. Major Smith III filed the suit claiming that his dismissal from the academy on account of his race.

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New Mexico Overdose Case Headed Back to State Court

A lawsuit filed over the overdose death of a NM man who died after refusing aid has been remanded back to state court where the case began. The facts of the case raise important questions about refusals against medical advice. However, the ruling is nothing short of tortuous to read, through no fault of the judge who wrote it.

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