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Court Dismisses Pennsylvania Firefighter’s Conspiracy Suit

12 hours 8 minutes ago
A contentious lawsuit brought by a former member of the Latrobe Volunteer Fire Department, has been dismissed. Robert Forish sued the fire department, the fire chief, the fire company president, and a county police detective claiming they conspired to pursue criminal charges against him in 2021 without probable cause.
Curt Varone

Ninth Circuit Reinstates Spokane Vaccine Case Back to District Court

1 day 15 hours ago
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated a lawsuit brought by Spokane firefighters who sought an exemption from the COVID19 vaccine mandate on religious grounds, and remanded the case back to the district court. The district court dismissed the case back in 2022 ruling that the city’s enforcement of Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s vaccine mandate was valid.
Curt Varone

Fire Law Roundup for June 17, 2024

3 days 19 hours ago
In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for June 17, 2024, Brad and Curt discuss the case of a San Francisco firefighter who was viciously assaulted by a colleague prompting criminal charges, discipline and a civil suit; a lawsuit filed by an Oregon lieutenant who claims he was forced to resign in retaliation for reporting ...
Curt Varone

San Francisco Assault Case Back in the News

4 days 21 hours ago
The vicious assault of a San Francisco firefighter by a colleague is back in the headlines as a Bay Areas news affiliate is asking why was the victim forced out of the department, and the perpetrator is still on the payroll.
Curt Varone

Oregon Lieutenant Claims Whistleblower Retaliation

1 week ago
A lieutenant with the Umatilla County Fire District #1 claims that he was forced to resign in retaliation for his having reported inaccuracies in information related to the SAFER grant program. Jeremy Gillette resigned on July 13, 2023 after being threatened with termination and the loss of his state credentials.
Curt Varone

Conviction of Delaware Deputy Chief Upheld

1 week 1 day ago
The conviction of a former Delaware deputy chief on charges that he engaged in sexual activities with an under-age junior firefighter has been upheld by the New Castle County Superior Court. Dwayne Pearson sought to have his conviction overturned because the charges were unconstitutionally vague, or alternatively that he was not in a position of trust, authority or supervision.
Curt Varone

Mass Civil Service Upholds Discipline of Springfield Lieutenant

1 week 2 days ago
The Mass Civil Service Commission has upheld the discipline against a Springfield fire lieutenant for attempting to use the department’s disciplinary system to “target” another lieutenant with whom he had a disciplinary history. The case points to the need for fire departments to have a well drafted discipline policy.
Curt Varone

Fire Law Roundup for June 10, 2024

1 week 3 days ago
In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for June 10, 2024, Brad and Curt discuss a NY firefighter charged with burglarizing the homes of EMS patients while they were in the hospital, an on-duty Missouri firefighter who was caught in a sex trafficking sting, the overturning of a conviction of a man accused of impeding ...
Curt Varone

NY Court Orders Dissolution of East Hampton Village Ambulance Association, Inc.

1 week 4 days ago
The Suffolk County Supreme Court has granted the request of the board of directors of a New York ambulance corporation to dissolve the organization, over the objection of members who sought to keep it going. Mary Ellen McGuire, Mary Mott, Laura Van Binsbirgen, and Suzanne Dayton filed suit naming the East Hampton Village Ambulance Association, Inc.
Curt Varone

LA County Fire Makes Partial Concession to Lifeguard on Raising Pride Flag

2 weeks ago
The Los Angeles County Fire Department lifeguard captain who filed suit last month challenging a mandate that he raise the Progress Pride Flag during Pride Month, has received a partial accommodation. Captain Jeffrey Little filed suit alleging that the county withdrew a religion-based accommodation, and found him to have violated the county’s Policy of equity.
Curt Varone

Man Accused of Interfering With Firefighters Prevails on Appeal

2 weeks 1 day ago
The conviction of an Ohio man who was accused threatening firefighters at an emergency scene has been overturned on appeal, at least in part. James K. Gaito was convicted of misconduct at an emergency and disorderly conduct over an illegal burn incident that occurred on April 14, 2023.
Curt Varone

LA County Captain Settles With Shooter’s Estate

2 weeks 3 days ago
A Los Angeles County fire captain who was shot by a disgruntled firefighter in 2021, has reached a settlement with the shooter’s estate. Captain Arnoldo V. Sandoval suffered serious injuries including paralysis in the shooting that occurred at Station 81 on June 1, 2021 following shift change.
Curt Varone

Fire Law Roundup for June 3, 2024

2 weeks 3 days ago
In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for June 3, 2024, Brad and Curt discuss a lawsuit filed by a Former Nashville paramedic claiming the city retaliated against him for documenting the failure of Davidson County jail personnel to follow the law related to the right of inmates to refuse medical transport; a wrongful termination ...
Curt Varone

Nashville Medic Alleges He Was Wrongfully Forced to Resign

2 weeks 4 days ago
A Nashville paramedic who resigned earlier this year, has filed suit claiming the city retaliated against him for documenting the failure of Davidson County jail personnel to follow the law related to the right of inmates to refuse medical transport. Adam Thomas filed suit against the Nashville Fire Department in Davidson County Circuit Court.
Curt Varone
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