Fire Law Roundup: January 3, 2022

In this week’s edition of Fire Law Roundup, Curt and Bill discuss some of the headline cases from last week, including a lawsuit out of Chicago on health care benefits to retirees, St. Paul, MN vaccine mandate decision, a sexual harassment suit out of Orange County, a suit alleging medics failed to inform a hospital of a patient’s mental state, and an Ohio fire scene search and seizure case.

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Appellate Court Orders Reinstatement of Disabled Firefighter’s Pension

An Illinois appellate court has ruled that a firefighter who injured his back moving bottled water in the firehouse, is entitled to receive a line-of-duty disability pension. That ruling reverses a decision by the Circuit Court of Du Page County that said that Roselle firefighter Ryan Case was ineligible for such a pension because he failed to disclose pre-existing back problems when hired and because moving bottled water was not an “act of duty.”

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St. Paul Firefighters Get Restraining Order Against Vaccine Mandate

St. Paul Firefighters, IAFF Local 21 has obtained a temporary restraining order against the city’s enforcement of its vaccine mandate. The firefighters’ lawsuit, similar to one filed by the union representing St. Paul police officers, contends that enforcement of the vaccine mandate violates the state’s collective bargaining laws.

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Judge Upholds Illinois Vaccine Mandate

A federal district court judge has upheld a vaccine mandate ordered by Illinois Governor Jay Robert Pritzker, from a challenge brought by six Naperville firefighters. The lawsuit filed in September claimed the vaccine mandate exceeded the governor’s authority, and violated the firefighters’ constitutional rights.

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Subrogation Claim Alleges Wildland Bulldozer Destroyed Well

An insurer who paid $52,000 in damages to a California couple whose well was destroyed by a bulldozer creating a fire line, has filed suit against the US Department of Agriculture, Cleveland National Forest, and CalFire. The California Fair Plan Association filed suit earlier this year in San Diego County Superior Court. The case was removed to US District Court last week.

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