Archive for the 'TASER Inc. aggressive defense' Category

CANADA – Inquest called into Winnipeg, Manitoba Taser death (2014-04-07)

Posted on April 7 2014 by admin

[[SUMMAY / COMMENTS: An inquest has begun into the death of Winnipeg teenager, Michael Brian Langan, 17, who suffered a fatal heart attack after police shocked him with a Taser. He died on July 22, 2008. Taser International lawyer David Neave – who also tried unsuccessfully to halt publication of the British Columbia Braidwood Inquiry […]

USA – Marion County, Florida Stun Guns Ruled Illegal; Hopeful for Replacements (2014-02-18)

Posted on February 18 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: One of several examples of police looking to replace its “Karbon tasers” (see “Karbon” in the general index) following TASER International’s successful federal trademark infringement lawsuit involving Karbon Arms stun guns. More than 200 “tasers” are involved in the county in central Florida (pop. 335,000), each costing nearly $1000. A court ruled […]

USA – Marion County Stun Guns Ruled Illegal; Hopeful for Replacements (2014-02-17)

Posted on February 17 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: As a result of a federal trademark infringement lawsuit involving Karbon Arms stun guns, Marion County can no longer use its 200 Karbon® tasers (at $1000 a piece). Two other counties – Levy and Orange – are having to purchase new Taser ®.]] The Marion County Sheriff’s office is looking to […]

USA – Saginawm, Michigan orders new Taser supply after patent lawsuit ruling renders 70 devices useless (2014-02-04)

Posted on February 4 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: TASER Inc. monopoly expensive for small municipality: Last year Saginaw (Pop. 50,000) police purchased 70 Karbon Arms MPID electronic control devices, commonly known as “stun guns” or “Tasers.” But officers can no longer use those weapons, following a patent infringement lawsuit against Karbon that found in TASER International’s favour. The cost of […]

USA – Why Taser’s only rival gave up electroshock for lemonade (2014-01-31)

Posted on January 31 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Good background on the $2.4 million patent lawsuit that Taser International has just won from Karbon Arms, Taser’s last standing competitor in the stun-gun industry, and the man behind Karbon, Robert Grudert, who saw the stun-gun market as a great opportunity already in 2002 (with the Stinger trademark, approved in 2004). But TASER […]

USA – Taser International Awarded $2.38 Million in Patent Case (2014-01-13)

Posted on January 13 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: TASER monopoly victory! In a District of Delaware decision, the only contender for arming police with tasers is eliminated. Taser International Inc. makes an out-of-court settlement for $2.38 million with Karbon Arms LLC for infringement of three patents, avoiding a trial set to start today – and a permanent injunction blocking sales […]

CANADA – Ontario Inquest: Taser didn’t cause heart attack: expert (2013-06-05)

Posted on June 5 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Dorin Panescu, called by Taser International to testify as an expert witness at the inquest inquiry into the death of Aron Firman, has very close links to the TASER International (see next paragraph) although he claims “I’m not advocating (for Taser). I’m getting paid to give my scientific opinion …They have […]

CANADA – Taser ‘key factor’ in Ontario man’s death, inquest told (2013-06-05)

Posted on June 5 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The Ontario chief pathologist tells the inquest inquiry into the death of Aron Firman (who died following a taser shot in 2010): “I have never seen a case where I was confident that you could link a Taser as factor in death, until this case … I would say it’s too […]

USA – St. Louis, Missouri jury rules in favor of Taser in suit (2012-12-14)

Posted on December 14 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: a civil lawsuit in the case Colin Fahy of St. Louis, who was 17 when he went into cardiac arrest in 2007, claiming the company failed to properly warn of its devices’ dangers has been dismissed. The case was, according to this brief article, based on research on pigs: TASER International’s lawyers […]

Indepth / USA – Stunning revelations – The untold story of Taser-related deaths (2012-12-06)

Posted on December 6 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A long and detailed “backgrounder” on tasers in the USA, starting with the traser-death of Ryan Wilson in Sauguist 2012 in Lafayette, Colorado: TASER International emerges as a corporation exploiting its monopoly position as the only supplier of much-desired stun-guns to police units … Information includes the corporation’s video sent to medical […]

USA – Taser Trademark – Company Fights To Keep Journalists From Using Term ‘Tasered’ (2012-12-05)

Posted on December 5 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: TASER International wants it both ways: to gain acceptance of “tasers” as the only real stun-gun around – and to protect its trademark against all the bad publicity resulting from the controversy of tasers. “If you do [say ‘Tasered’] you bastardize the word,” TASER communications director Steve Tuttle said. Wich is one […]

USA – California Highway Patrol: Caught On Camera: Woman Goes Into Cardiac Arrest During Traffic Stop [where she was tasered 3 times] (2012-11-19)

Posted on November 19 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A video captures the events leading up to a cardiac arrest following the use of a taser. Police found 50-year-old Angela Jones sitting in a parked vehicle. Suspecting she might be under the influence, and then asked to look through her purse. She declined and the police tasered her 3 times. The […]

AUSTRALIA – ‘Delirium’ disorder splits Taser inquests (2012-11-17)

Posted on November 17 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Does “Excited delirium” exist? Coroners Inquiries into two men who died after being shot multiple times by police with a Taser have come down either side of the condition “excited delirium”, which has split the medical community worldwide. Interestingly, the coroner rejected TASER International’s researcher Donald Dawes, who argued that excited delirium  […]

USA – Taser director and doctor contacted Vermont police after man’s death (2012-10-01)

Posted on October 1 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Information obtained by the Burlington Free Press under freedom-of-acces reveals the secret pressure the taser-manufacturer applies on medical examiners (Mes) following taser-related deaths … Taser researchers contact the ME directly, encourage diagnosis of «excited delirium», urge contact with a highly controversial (and Taser-boosted) «brain bank» at the University og Miami … In\ […]

CANADA – Mounties file complaint against RCMP critic and police psychologist Mike Webster (2012-08-12)

Posted on August 12 2012 by admin

CANADA – Mounties file complaint against RCMP critic and police psychologist Mike Webster (2012-08-12) [[Summary / Comments : The RCMP has filed a complaint against police psychologist Mike Webster, a major critic of tasers (who testified powerfully at the Braidwood Inquiry), terminating his counselling services fopr RCMP officers: “based on our repeated observations you have […]

TASER Inc. – Critique of Dr Zipes’ research (2012-05-07)

Posted on May 7 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: TASER Inc. denies the validity of Indiana University School of Medicine professor Douglas Zipes’ research: (1) the small number of cases in Zipes’ study are not enough to draw broad conclusions – but its very hard to obtain data on tasers victims; (2) “There have been 3 million uses of Taser devices […]

USA – Tasers can kill, U.S. study says (2012-05-01)

Posted on May 1 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: Canadian report of the US research by Douglas Zipes: a peer-reviewed study with 8 cases (7 deaths) showing definitively that being shocked with a Taser can cause death through cardiac arrest. “Law enforcement, anybody who uses Tasers, needs to be aware that cardiac arrest may occur,” he said. “Try to avoid a […]

USA – American Heart Association study: Tasers can be cause of death [Douglas Zipes research and TASER Inc.’s response] (2012-04-30)

Posted on April 30 2012 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENT: Douglas Zipes research, showing “the first ever scientific, peer-reviewed evidence that Tasers can cause cardiac arrest and death.” Zipes is a well respected cardiologist and this research was reported in a peer-reviewed journal, so recognized as “scientific”. The article also reports TASER Inc.’s rebuttal of the research and an abstract of the […]

USA – TASER Inc. – “The TASER CAM HD recorder” (2012-02-06)

Posted on February 6 2012 by admin

TASER Inc. – TASER CAM HD recorder (2012-02-06) [[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: TASER Inc Press release announces the new High-Definition taser-cam … not designer for an objective record, but to protect police in any liturgation … “TASER Begins Shipping New TASER CAM HD Recorders. High Performance Cameras Protect Agencies and Capture the Truth in Use of Force […]

USA / CANADA – PoliceOne: “TASER alarmists call devices ‘urban terrorism'” (2012-01-20)

Posted on January 20 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : PoliceOne picks up ont the TASER Inc. reaction to a news story (not really news) that sensationalizes the findings of a Canadian sociological researcher who “relied on media coverage of the deaths to argue TASERs represent a “teething new urban terrorism” that targets Canadian society’s “hapless,””, Tha ‘National Post’ had comepletely […]