TASER Announces Second Wrongful Death Lawsuit Dismissal within a Week
January 22, 2008
TASER International has announced the dismissal with prejudice of the wrongful death product liability lawsuit filed against TASER International in the case of Tolosko-Parker v. TASER International, Inc., et al. filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
"We are very pleased that the plaintiffs agreed to voluntary dismiss TASER International with prejudice from this litigation," said Doug Klint, vice President and general counsel of TASER International. "The driving force behind this recent trend of voluntary dismissals is the extensive and overwhelming medical and scientific evidence confirming the general safety of TASER technology. Our policy is not to settle suspect injury or death cases and no moneys were paid for this dismissal. We will continue to aggressively defend any litigation filed against TASER International and pursue sanctions and costs against plaintiffs for frivolous litigation," concluded Klint.
This lawsuit dismissal represents the sixty third (63rd) wrongful death or injury lawsuits that have been dismissed or judgment entered in favor of TASER International. This number includes a small number of police officer training injury lawsuits that were settled and dismissed in cases where the settlement economics to TASER International were significantly less than the cost of litigation. TASER International has not lost any product liability lawsuit.
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kopperdad @ 1/24/2008 11:18 AM
Although I've only used my Taser a couple of times so far I never leave home without it. It is an excellent and SAFE tool!
konaron @ 1/24/2008 12:48 PM
Taser is one of the best law enforcement tools to hit the market in years. I started in 1958 and we used saps and billy clubs. They really hurt people. Then we went to batons, but always ended up hitting folks in the head when they didn't react to pain in the extremities. Several folks died, and usually it wasn't from the beating it was the super hyperactive condition that their bodies went into. We even had people die that no force had been used against. You see it in animals that are subdued, captured etc. It is just a hyper phenomena.
I never got to use Tasers, and after a few shocks the stun guns were outlawed by our department because one of them left a mark on a guy. They worked too, but Tasers are the best so far. Taser does the right thing in not rolling over every time there is a suit.
Deputy8609 @ 1/28/2008 12:15 PM
This is good information. I agree that the Taser is probably one of the best non lethal tools used by law enforcement today. I am certified with the Taser and had the opportunity to deploy it on a knife wielding subject who I suspect was wanting suicide by cop. With the use of Taser, he dropped the knife, was taken into custody with no after effects and there were no medical issues. I think that too many times, the subject being taken into custody with the use of the Taser is more times that not hopped up on substances that don't belong in the body, and that is the reason that they ultimately die. I had one defense attorney note that I was carrying one and began speaking of the dangers of this tool and how they kill people. I spoke of my incident and he quickly changed his tune with me anyway. In closing, I am sure that there are Officers out there that deploy them to quickly but I am not judging them by any means...
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