A hearing loss case filed earlier this year by 34 New Jersey firefighters has been removed from state Superior Court to US District Court at the request of Pierce Manufacturing, Inc.
The case was brought by the firefighters against American Lafrance, LLC, d/b/a American LaFrance-L TI and/or American Lafrance Aerials; Federal Signal Corporation; Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corporation; Mack Trucks, Inc.; Pierce Manufacturing, Inc.; and Seagrave Fire Apparatus LLC claiming the defendants are responsible for their hearing loss as a result of repeated exposure to siren noise.
The complaint lists four counts, as follows:
Count I – Product Liability under New Jersey Law against the apparatus manufacturers
- Defective design, manufacture and inadequate testing
- Failure to Warn
- Breach of implied warranty
Count II – Negligence against the apparatus manufacturers
Count III – Strict liability against Federal Signal
Count IV – Negligence against Federal Signal
The firefighters worked in the City of Elizabeth, City of Linden, City of Bayonne, City of Kearny, Township of Union, Village of Ridgewood, Cranford and West New York.
Here is a copy of the complaint: Alvarez v American LaFrance
Here is the removal notice: 2015 12 4 Removal