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Courts side with alarm industry in Illinois

Efforts by public entities to monopolize fire alarm monitoring suffer setbacks in recent rulings
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10/04/2011

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—Two court decisions in late August bolstered the alarm industry’s position in an ongoing dispute in Illinois over public entities taking control of fire alarm monitoring away from private companies.

Fire monitoring battle ongoing in Illinois

A judge says public fire districts can’t be in the fire monitoring business, but local municipalities contend they still can require businesses to be monitored only by them
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07/28/2011

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—A battle in this state over public entities taking control over fire alarm monitoring is still raging, despite a recent federal court ruling saying a public fire district had no legal right to invalidate contracts that ADT Security and other companies had with their customers and put itself solely in charge of commercial fire alarm monitoring.

Court injunction favors ADT, other companies

Judge says fire district has ‘no express authority’ to engage in monitoring business, but decision has been appealed
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12/09/2010

LISLE, Ill.—Five security companies, including security giant ADT, recently won a positive court ruling on an issue that has been roiling the industry in this state—public entities taking control over fire alarm monitoring.
The alarm companies won a preliminary injunction order in a federal lawsuit they filed against an Illinois fire protection district that passed an ordinance putting itself solely in control of the monitoring of commercial fire alarms in the district.