NJ Fire Departments Sued Over Use of AFFF At Fire Scene

The owner of a business that burned in Carteret, New Jersey in 2020 has filed suit against ten fire departments, a county fire marshal, the state, and National Foam, alleging each is liable for the cleanup costs associated with the use of aqueous film forming foam (AFFF). Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. filed suit in Middlesex County Superior Court.

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Fire Law Roundup – April 11, 2022

In this week’s edition of Fire Law Roundup for April 12, 2022, Brad and Curt discuss a wrongful death lawsuit out of Rialto, CA, a negligence suit out of LA county claiming the medics mis-prioritized a seriously injured patient, the settlement of an LA discrimination suit, an appellate decision in NY on training injury benefits, and an OSHA citation arising out of a LODD fire.

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Illinois LODD Leads to OSHA Citations

Two Illinois fire departments have been issued citations by the Illinois Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration, over a line of duty death fire that occurred in December, 2021. That fire claimed the life of Lieutenant Garrett Ramos of the Sterling Fire Department.

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Fire Law Roundup – April 4, 2022

In this week’s episode of Fire Law Roundup, Brad and Curt discuss additional fallout from a sexual harassment lawsuit, the termination of an RI firefighter, the overturning of a punitive schedule change impacting E. Chicago firefighters, a suit against Illinois firefighters over a photo of a shooting victim, and a social media – First Amendment case out of Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

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Court of Appeals Strikes Down Palm Beach County Social Media Policy

The US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a social media-related First Amendment lawsuit filed by two Palm Beach County fire captains may proceed, reversing a district court ruling from 2020. In doing so the court struck down the fire department’s social media policy as being a prior restraint on employee speech.

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Sexual Harassment Allegations Claim Two More Leduc Firefighters

Two members of an Ontario fire department are no longer with the department following allegations of sexual harassment that led to a civil lawsuit, and the resignation of the fire chief. Their departure appears to be associated with a civil suit filed earlier this year by two female firefighters from the Leduc Fire Department alleging they were exposed to systemic harassment, bullying and discrimination.

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Termination of RI Firefighter Upheld

A Rhode Island firefighter who was terminated after exhausting his accrued sick leave, has lost his federal court lawsuit alleging breach of contract, whistleblower violations, and a violation of his First Amendment rights. Fred Melnyk was a firefighter for the Town of Little Compton prior to his termination in 2019.

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Fire Law Roundup – March 28, 2022

In this edition of Fire Law Roundup for March 28, 2022, Brad, Curt and Bill discuss the $2 million settlement of an FLSA overtime suit in Kansas City, MO; a lawsuit against a fire department over a sledding accident in South Carolina; and more...

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