An Arizona jury rejected claims Thursday that Taser International Inc. failed to adequately warn users of its stun guns' potential dangers.
The lawsuit, brought by an injured sheriff's deputy, was the first to go to trial among about three dozen personal injury, wrongful-death or excessive-use-of-force lawsuits that have been filed against Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Taser. A handful of other cases have been dismissed.
"We think this is a critical milestone to have won this case," Taser Chief Executive Rick Smith said. "It just doubles our resolve on those other cases."
Retired Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff's Deputy Samuel Powers sued the nation's largest stun gun manufacturer after he was injured in a 2002 training exercise. He suffered what doctors testified was a compress fracture in his spine after being shocked with a Taser.