Two Suits Filed Over LA County Firehouse Shooting

Two lawsuits were filed last week over the shooting at a Los Angeles County fire station last year. Heidi Carlon, the widow of firefighter Tory Carlon, filed suit in Los Angeles County Superior Court naming the estate of the firefighter-shooter, Jonathan Patrick Tatone, and the county as defendants.

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Mobile Fire Investigating Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

Mobile Fire-Rescue is investigating allegations by a female firefighter that a fire captain inappropriately touched her in the fire station while on duty. According to WKRG, the both the city and the US Department of Justice are investigating the allegations that reportedly occurred in December, 2021.

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Firefighter Sues Fire District And Union Over Terminal Leave Benefit

A firefighter with the Eastchester Fire District who retired last year, has filed suit against the district and Eastchester Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 916 claiming both are responsible for depriving him of a terminal leave benefit that would have given him two additional months of pay. Kevin Stewart filed suit in US District Court alleging a violation of the NLRA.

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Fire Law Roundup: January 17, 2022

In this edition of Fire Law VLOG, Brad and Curt discuss last week's headlines, including the LA County warehouse fire hazmat cleanup suit, a staffing decision out of New York state, an Oregon suit over a sexual assault, a wrongful termination suit out of Ohio, and a health care benefit case involving a disabled Florida firefighter.

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NY Appeals Court Upholds Staffing as Bargainable for Firefighters

The Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court has ruled that minimum staffing is a bargainable subject that relates to the safety of firefighting personnel, not an illegal job-security clause. The case involves an effort by the City of Ogdensburg to block the grievance arbitration of the city’s unilateral reduction in shift staffing for the Ogdensburg FD.

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Fired Business Manager Sues Ohio Fire Department

A former business manager for an Ohio fire department, has filed suit claiming she was terminated on account of her gender and retaliated against for consulting an attorney. Deborah Roche filed suit today against the Munson Fire Department, Inc. in US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

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Court Rules City Can Provide Lesser Health Care Benefit to Disabled Firefighters

A lawsuit filed by a disabled Florida firefighter challenging a limitation on her eligibility for a city-paid health plan in retirement has been dismissed. Karyn D. Stanley claimed that the City of Sanford violated a state law and the Equal Protection clause by discontinuing the payment of health care premiums for disabled firefighters twenty-four months after their date of retirement.

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Fire Law Roundup: January 10, 2022

In this week’s edition of Fire Law Roundup, Curt and Brad discuss some of the headline cases from last week, including two fatal apparatus accident cases, one a civil suit for wrongful death and one a criminal case where the ...

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