Fire Law: 2011 Retrospective of Fire Service Legal Developments

With 2012 upon us, let’s look at the most important, interesting and bizarre fire service legal stories of 2011. The important cases set or affirm precedents that impact hundreds if not thousands of firefighters. The interesting cases capture our...


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But the 3rd Circuit rejected the use of the residency requirement in this case, finding that it served to limit the number of African Americans applying to the department and thereby caused the disparate impact. The court further concluded that the use of the residency requirement could not be justified as a business necessity.

Next: The most interesting and most bizarre cases of 2011.