Taser International, manufacturer of Taser electronic control devices, announced that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, entered an order dismissing with prejudice the in-custody death product liability lawsuit filed by the estate of Richard T. Holcomb, Plaintiff, against Taser International.
Plaintiff agreed to a voluntary dismissal of this lawsuit after it became clear that Taser International was not going to settle this lawsuit and after Taser International provided extensive expert reports from medical and scientific experts establishing that Richard T. Holcomb's death was not caused by the Taser device. This is the twenty-fifth wrongful death or injury lawsuit that has been dismissed or judgment entered in favor of Taser International. Taser has not lost any product liability lawsuit.
"This dismissal follows on the unanimous defense jury verdict we received in the Alvarado in-custody death litigation and is evidence that our strategy of not settling and vigorously defending these lawsuits is beginning to be successful," commented Douglas Klint, Vice President and General Counsel of Taser International, Inc. "The significance of the Alvarado litigation is that it is the first in-custody death trial for Taser International and was a convincing win with a central Los Angeles jury for both Taser International as well as the City of Los Angeles Police Department…Statistics from our customers show that the Taser device significantly reduces use-of-force claims and litigation.
“This jury verdict sends a very clear message to our customers that juries are seeing the life-saving benefits of law enforcement using Taser devices in the dangerous situations they face every day," concluded Klint.
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