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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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Combative Patients and Self-Defense

Today’s burning question: My crew was on an EMS run and the patient took a swing at us. Can we hit him back to defend ourselves? Answer: You can defend yourself, yes. If striking the patient is necessary to defend yourself, then yes you can strike the patient without being liable for battery. However, you cannot strike the patient in retaliation for him swinging or striking you, nor can you strike the patient out of frustration… even if he swung first!!!

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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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Michigan Firefighter Sues for Wrongful Termination

A Michigan firefighter who was terminated in 2014, is suing claiming his termination violates the Family Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and Michigan’s Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act. Scott Rhodes was the Assistant Fire Marshal for the city of Dearborn. He was terminated on July 12, 2014 following a contentious divorce that spilled over into his work life...

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Fire Department Sued over Fatal Explosion

A fire department in West Virginia has been sued over a fatal natural gas explosion that claimed the life of a 13 year old girl. Hanna Mozingo was killed in an explosion that destroyed her home in Brooke County on October 11, 2013. Prior to the explosion, firefighters responded in the area for a smell of gas but cleared the scene prior to the 7:00 am blast.

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St. Pete Firefighters Sue MSA Over Cairns 1044 Helmets

Four St. Petersburg, Florida firefighters filed suit against Mine Safety Appliances and a local vendor earlier this month claiming that their Cairns 1044 fire helmets injured their necks and backs. They join firefighter Scott Crowell who filed the identical suit in 2013.

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YCMTSU Alabama: Medical Helicopter Cancellation

A man who was critically injured in an ATV accident in Alabama in 2013 has filed suit in federal court claiming a fire chief and a dispatcher were in part responsible his injuries because they cancelled a medical evacuation helicopter. That concludes the only normal sounding part of the complaint that Brian Lomanack filed Monday in US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. Among his shocking YCMTSU allegations...

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NJ Firefighter Claims Failure to Accommodate ADD

A New Jersey firefighter is suing his fire department and fire chief claiming they failed to accommodate his attention deficit disorder. Timothy Eosso is suing the Township of Edison and Fire Chief Brian Latham claiming they failed to adopted promotional procedures that would accommodate his disability...

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Contractor Sues for $1.6 Million in Overruns on $14 Million Fire Station

A contractor is suing a Virginia city for over $1.6 million in cost overruns associated with the construction of a $14 million fire station. Costello Construction of Maryland is suing the City of Charlottesville claiming that change orders and the city’s delays in answering 387 requests for information led to the additional costs in building the 38,000 square foot Fontaine Avenue station.

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NY Judge Refuses to Block Fire Company Fundraiser

A volunteer fire department in New York has been successful in convincing a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by local activists who hoped to block an annual squirrel hunt fundraiser. Lauren Sheive sued the Holley Fire Department in hopes of ending the “Hazzard County Squirrel Slam.” Sheive claimed the event violates the State Environmental Quality Review Act. ...

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Jury Awards $10.6 Million to NY Firefighter

Yesterday a jury in New York awarded a severely injured firefighter $10.6 million in damages against Scott Technologies, and agreed to reconvene today to consider an award of punitive damages. However, in a settlement announced this afternoon, the parties agreed ...

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Chief Cochran Sues Atlanta and Mayor Reed

The expected lawsuit by former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran against the city has been filed alleging wrongful termination, religious discrimination and violation of his First Amendment rights. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed fired Chief Cochran in January after he refused the mayor’s request to resign.

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