Indiana Judge Refuses To Force City to Arbitrate New Contract

Firefighters in Kokomo, Indiana are without a collective bargaining agreement and without the ability to arbitrate a new one following a ruling by a Howard County Superior Court judge last week. The Kokomo Firefighters, IAFF Local 396, filed suit in early December to force the city to arbitrate their interest dispute

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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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Annual Review of 2017 Fire Law Headlines

It’s time for the annual review of the top Fire Law news stories of 2017. Every year it is so hard to objectively evaluate a year’s worth of stories. My solution is to look at stories in several different ways. First, let’s look at the 10 most viewed stories of 2017.

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Drinking Leads to Suspension of PA Fire Department

A Pennsylvania Township has suspended and decertified one of its volunteer fire companies because a majority of the members who responded to a run on December 14th were under the influence of alcohol. West Lebanon Township suspended and decertified Speedwell Fire Company...

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Illinois Firefighters Sue To Block Staffing Cuts

Elgin Association of Firefighters, IAFF Local 439, filed suit last week seeking an injunction to block the city’s plan to cut two positions from minimum shift staffing. The city council voted to eliminate the positions when the collective bargaining agreement ends on December 31, 2017.

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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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FOI Suit Filed in 1988 Kansas City Explosion Case

One of the men convicted of setting the 1988 fire in Kansas City, Missouri that claimed the lives of six firefighters has filed suit in federal court seeking addition information about the investigation under the Freedom of Information Act.

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