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'Mixed' court ruling in Illinois monitoring case

An appeals court says public entities in the state can monitor fire alarms but can’t displace private companies from market
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12/01/2011

CHICAGO, Ill.—A federal appeals court based here says public fire districts in Illinois have a legal right to be in the fire alarm monitoring business, but can’t displace the private fire market in doing so.

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.