Fire Law Annual Review for 2023

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup Brad and Curt review the highlight cases from 2023.  Here are Brad’s top cases:

1Louisiana Firefighters Claim Fingerprinting is Unconstitutional
2KC MO Firefighter Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter in Fatal Apparatus Accident
3Nashville Sued by Driver Over Collision Due To Hose Falling Off Apparatus
Dallas Fire Sued By Woman Struck By Hose
4IAFF Sues NFPA Over Standard Mandating PFAS in PPE
5Miami-Dade Investigating Hidden Camera in Firehouse Bathroom
Indiana Fire Department Facing Three Investigations Into Exam Cheating

Here are Curt’s top cases:

LARGEST LAW SUITS FILED

4-Sep-2023Fire Agencies Seek Over $120 Million in Damages for Two California Wildland Fires$120,000,000
9-Feb-2023Flint Facing $50 Million Suit Over Fire Deaths$50,000,000
18-Aug-2023Oregon Fire District Faces $20 Million Suit by Fired Chief$20,000,000
30-Nov-2023Oregon Volunteer Again Seeks $8.35 Million for Sexual Harassment$8,350,000
18-Jul-2023FDNY and NYPD Sued for $7 Million Over Shooting Death$7,000,000
21-Dec-2023Ohio Chief Sued for $4.5 Million for Giving Narcan$4,500,000

LARGEST VERDICTS/APPEALS UPHELD

20-Dec-23Court Upholds Award of $5 Million to Terminated California Firefighter$5,000,000
9-May-23California Jury Awards Fired Chief $4.1 Million$4,100,000
13-Feb-23NJ City and Fire Department Liable for Child Sex Assault 30 Years Ago$331,000
27-Nov-23Jury Awards Former Houston Firefighter $250k Over Nude Video$250,000
27-Mar-23Missouri Jury Awards Medic’s Family $100k in Disability Discrimination Case$100,000

LARGEST SETTLEMENTS

7-Mar-23LA County Settles With Vanessa Bryant for $28.5 Million$28,500,000
5-Jan-23City Settles Firehouse Child Sexual Abuse Suit for $3.25 Million$3,250,000
24-Mar-23$2.6 Million Settlement of Retaliation Claim By California Division Chief$2,600,000
27-Sep-23LA County Settles Shooting of Fire Captain in Firehouse for $2.6 Million$2,600,000
4-Oct-23Seattle Settles Wrongful Death Suit for $1.8 Million$1,800,000
19-Jul-23Tulsa Reaches $1 Million Settlement with Firefighters in FLSA Overtime Suit$1,000,000

YCMTSU STORIES

111-May-23San Jose Fire’s Pink Poodle Strip Club Case Won’t Go Away Quietly
9-Jul-23Judge Orders San Jose Fire Department to Release Records into Pink Poodle Strip Club Incident
225-May-23Rochester NY Firefighter Sues Over Racist Party
14-Aug-23Dentist’s Defamation Suit Contradicts Rochester Firefighter’s Lawsuit Over Juneteenth Spoof
31-Nov-23NJ Driverless Fire Truck Crash Suit Reinstated
411-Aug-23Alabama Firefighter Terminated For Tattoo and Grooming Violations
6-Jan-23Two Mobile Captains File Suit Claiming Race Discrimination
Mobile Firefighter Terminated Over Tattoo Files Discrimination Suit
520-Jun-23Parents Sue SC Fire Chief Claiming He Pursued and Threatened Teens with Gun
RUNNERS UP
17-Oct-23Man Bites Dog: Nevada Fire Department and Medics Sued for Not Administering Ketamine
14-Mar-23Alabama Fire Department Sues Florida Cleaner Over Damage to Santa Apparel

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 45 years of fire service experience and 35 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014, 4th ed. 2022) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
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