Three Terminated Mass Firefighters Sue Claiming Retaliation

Three Massachusetts firefighters who were terminated just before Christmas last year have filed separate lawsuits claiming their firing was retaliation for cooperating with a state police investigation involving their current fire chief. Capt. Rebecca Boutin, FF David Kennedy and FF Kyle Miltimore filed their suits against the City of Westfield.

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Kansas Volunteer Charged With Arson

A volunteer firefighter from Kansas has been arrested for setting two grass fires last week. Samuel Gilbert, 22, is facing two counts of arson as an investigation unfolds looking into a series of suspicious fires stretching back to 2019. Gilbert has been a member of the Riley County Fire Department since 2017.

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Judge Tosses Wilmington LODD Suit

A federal judge in Delaware has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the families of three Wilmington firefighters who were killed and three other firefighters who were injured in a 2016 building fire. The September 24, 2016 fire claimed the lives of Lieutenant Christopher Leach, FF Ardythe Hope, and FF Jerry Fickes

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HIPAA Violation Results in $65k Settlement

The loss of an unencrypted laptop computer containing protected health information off the back bumper of an ambulance belonging to West Georgia Ambulance Inc., resulted in a federal investigation into HIPAA violations and a settlement agreement requiring the company to pay $65,000.

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Pittsburgh Set to Resolve Disability Suit with Fire Lieutenant for $70k

The City Council of Pittsburgh has introduced a resolution to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought in 2018 by a fire lieutenant who suffers from epilepsy. Lt. Robert Mahouski sued under the ADA claiming the city wrongfully refused to allow him to return to full duty after he slipped and fell down stairs while responding to the call.

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Fire District Settles Trademark Infringement Suit With Union

A lawsuit filed by an Oregon fire district seeking to block the firefighter’s union from using the department’s trademarked and copyrighted logos, has been settled. The Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue filed suit against Mid-Columbia Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 1308 last September.

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Discrimination Suit Prompts Insurance Coverage Issue – Both Now Settled

A former volunteer firefighter in Florida has settled his federal court race discrimination lawsuit with his former department for $40,000. David Tom, an Asian American, filed suit last year against the Indian Harbour Beach Volunteer Fire Department. Tom alleged he was treated unfairly by the department, and subjected to “systemic and pervasive harassment”

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Court Dismisses Age Discrimination Suit Brought by Georgia Deputy Chief

A lawsuit filed by a deputy chief from Warner Robbins, Georgia who was suspended for ten days in 2018 after allegedly responding to a fire under the influence, has been dismissed. Deputy Chief Robert S. Wood filed suit last August accusing the City of Warner Robins, Mayor Randy Toms, and several chiefs with age discrimination, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and violating his constitutional rights.

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Two Gurney-Related Suits Filed Last Week

Two gurney-related suits were filed last week, one a wrongful death suit from Los Angeles County and the other a negligence suit from Richardson, Texas. In Los Angeles, the family of 91-year old Maria Landeros filed a wrongful death suit against the Los Angeles County Fire Department and Westmed Ambulance.

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Missouri Firefighter Alleges Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

A Missouri firefighter has filed suit against her department, two chiefs, a captain and a firefighter-colleague alleging she has been sexual harassed and retaliated against. Dana Osborne filed suit last week in citing a litany of boorish behaviors perpetrated by her captain and others within the Nixa Fire Protection District.

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