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Massachusetts city fights to control fire alarm monitoring

The city of Lowell requires businesses to use one type of fire alarm system despite a court ruling against such a mandate
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05/29/2013

LOWELL, Mass.—Massachusetts’ highest court ruled last year that municipalities can’t require businesses to install just one type of fire alarm system when the state building code allows for four choices. But the city of Lowell contends that decision doesn’t apply to it.

Mass. city may have to pay for limiting fire alarm options

The state says Lowell illegally required property owners to buy fire alarm boxes from single vendor
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10/01/2012

LOWELL, Mass.—This city may end up paying rebates to property owners after it required them to buy fire alarm boxes from just one vendor, preventing them from purchasing the boxes more cheaply from other sources, according to newspaper reports.

Industry wins court case where municipality limited fire alarm business

Massachusetts’ high court says a city can’t require use of just one fire system when the state building code allows four
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05/09/2012

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—After a three-year legal battle, the industry emerged victorious in a case in which the city of Springfield was mandating that commercial and other buildings have a municipally-connected fire alarm system that uses a radio box instead of other types of systems allowed by the state’s building code.