Illinois Harassment-Suicide Suit to Proceed

A lawsuit filed by the husband of a firefighter who committed suicide allegedly due to work-related gender-based discrimination, has survive a motion to dismiss. Daniel Zaboroski filed suit last year as the executor for the estate of his wife, Nicole Hladik.

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Massachusetts Firefighter To Plead to Drug Charges

A former Malden, Massachusetts firefighter who stands accused of selling drugs to firefighter colleagues, has agreed to plead guilty. Joshua Eisnor is scheduled to appear in federal court later this month and plead to charges of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute, controlled substances.

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California Firefighter Files Fourth Race Discrimination Lawsuit

A California firefighter who filed three prior race discrimination lawsuits before being terminated last year, has filed a fourth suit. Vernon Creswell, who was a captain with the Montebello Fire Department until January 5, 2021, filed suit on May 9, 2022, alleging retaliation for his previous claims.

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Burning Questions: NFPA Standards and Liability

Today’s burning question: Is it safe to say that compliance with NFPA 1710 is a recommendation but not law unless adopted? Answer: Despite the simplicity of your question, it defies a simple yes or no answer. The answer will also vary from state to state, so to get a more definitive answer you need to ask your local legal counsel to know if it applies in your state as a “law” or is simply a “recommendation."

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Fire Law Roundup for May 30, 2022

In this week’s episode Brad and Curt discuss a termination case out of Sacramento; a civil suit by a terminated San Francisco FF; the settlement of a suit by a former Cleveland BC; an AFFF suit by San Diego against foam manufacturers; and the sentencing of a union treasurer for stealing over $200k.

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Fired Sacramento Fire Chief Vows Litigation

Fire Chief Gary Loesch who was unceremoniously fired last week by the City of Sacramento, is speaking publicly about his treatment by city officials. The official reason given by city officials for his termination was incompatibility with his management style.

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Cleveland Settles Claims With Former Battalion Chief for $990k

A former Cleveland battalion chief who claims he was retaliated against based on the mistaken belief he leaked information to a reporter in 2013, has settled a federal court lawsuit with the city for $990,000. Battalion Chief Sean DeCrane claims he was passed over for promotion and retaliated against by city officials who believed he leaked information about former Fire Chief Daryl McGinnis’ lack of training.

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San Diego Sues AFFF Manufacturers Over Groundwater Contamination

The City of San Diego has filed suit against twenty-four chemical companies responsible for manufacturing, distributing, supplying, and/or selling aqueous film forming foam (AFFF). The city is seeking to recoup the costs of remediating the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from its municipal water and natural resources.

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Fire Law Roundup – May 23, 2022

In this week’s edition of Fire Law Roundup for May 23, 2022, Brad and Curt discuss a discipline case out of New Britain, Connecticut arising out of the overdose death of a firefighter; an assault case out of San Francisco; a new Oklahoma law allowing fire trucks to transport EMS patients in extreme emergencies; and a union free-speech case out of Port Houston, Texas.

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