Florida District Chief’s Wrongful Termination Suit Facing Dismissal

A Florida district chief who was terminated in 2022, has been given one final opportunity to refile an amended complaint before his wrongful termination suit is dismissed. Palm Beach County District Chief Christopher DeVito claims he was wrongfully terminated ostensibly over a risqué texting relationship he had with a subordinate.

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New Houston Mayor Raises Firefighters’ Optimism

After years of labor management strife, Houston Firefighters are expressing optimism that the seeming endless legal battles they have endured can be finally be resolved with the inauguration of Mayor John Whitmire. Fox26 interviewed IAFF Local 341 President Patrick "Marty" Lancton who called Whitmore’s election a “win” for firefighters.

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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 Unconstitutional2KC MO Firefighter Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter in Fatal Apparatus Accident3Nashville Sued by Driver ...

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Fire Law Roundup for December 29, 2023

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for December 29, 2023, Brad and Curt discuss an FMLA and disability suit filed by a terminated deputy chief in Georgia; a New Jersey firefighter charged criminally with a hate crime for showing ...

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Verdict in Aurora is in: Medics Guilty of Negligent Homicide

The Aurora, Colorado firefighter-medics who were facing criminal charges in the ketamine-related death of Elijah McClain, have been found guilty of negligent homicide. Jeremy Cooper and Peter Cichuniec were called to assist police officers who were struggling to subdue McClain on August 30, 2019.

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Houston Firefighter-Dispatcher Challenges No-Beard Rule on Religious Grounds

A Houston firefighter assigned to the dispatch center as a Senior Communications Captain has filed suit claiming the city has failed to accommodate his sincerely held religious beliefs by requiring him to remain clean-shaven. Brandon E. O’Neal filed suit today in federal court naming the city, the Houston Fire Department and Fire Chief Samuel Pena as defendants.

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Ohio Chief Sued for $4.5 Million for Giving Narcan

An Ohio man who claims he was assaulted and given Narcan unnecessarily by a fire chief, has filed suit against the chief personally seeking $4.5 million in damages. Jordan Aulizio filed suit against Kinsman Fire Chief Cory Van Kanegan claiming his civil rights were violated.

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Fire Law Roundup for December 18, 2023

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for December 18, 2023, Brad and Curt discuss a dispute between volunteer fire companies in New Jersey; a decision by the California Court of Appeals ruling that a critically injured San Francisco firefighter ...

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