Archive for the 'TASER Inc. monopoly supplier' Category

USA – Albuquerque: Tentacles of Taser (2014-05-21)

Posted on May 21 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A well-argued blog from Albuquerque points to problems of “single-bidding” for the TASER on-body-cameras, the way the City has been signed into a five-year contract – the cost of the cameras is a minor element ion the $1.9 million contract – the scandalous links between police chief and TASER International and serious […]

USA – Laurinburg, North Carolina City Council hears details of general fund [replacing Karbon tasers with Taser(r)] (2014-05-13)

Posted on May 13 2014 by admin

 [[SUMMARY /COMMENTS: Laurinburg (pop. 16,000) City Council is spending $31,000 for new tasers to replace the Karbon stun –guns it has purchased: “If they continued to use them they will not be covered, liability wise,” he said. This follows a court ruling that deemed the current weapons unusable.]] Laurinburg Exchange, N.C., by Abbi Overfelt LAURINBURG […]

USA – Ocala, Florida Sheriff’s deputies have stun guns again (2014-05-10)

Posted on May 10 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Months after their stun guns were taken away due to a court order citing patent infringement – they had been issued with KARBON “tasers” – all 186 police officers in Ocala (pop. 55,000) will be re-issued with Taser X26s, for about $300,000, with a five-year warranty on their tasers.]], by Austin […]

USA – Albuquerque: Mayor on Taser dealings: No conflict of interest (2014-04-30)

Posted on April 30 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The scandal continues … Albuquerque’s mayor doesn’t feel the city’s dealings with Taser International present a conflict of interest – despite hiring two consultants with close ties to TASER International to resolve problems identified in a very critical Dept. of Justice report on city police brutality and the identification by the ex-Police […]

USA – Two More Albuquerque, New Mexico Councilors Question Schultz’s Links with Taser (2014-04-30)

Posted on April 30 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS – City councillors charge that ex-police chief recommended TASER as a “sole source supplier” (meaning no counter-officers by other potential suppliers) for body-worn cameras – before quitting and becoming a consultant for TASER International. At one point Chief Schulz emailed to TASER stating that the approval process for the contract ‘has been […]

USA – TASER International – SEC Form 10-K (2014-03-10)

Posted on March 10 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This is the latest information provided by TASER International to the SEC (see here if this post is not clearly legible) for the year ending December 2013: “Over 17,000 law enforcement agencies in nearly 150 countries [???] have made initial purchases of our TASER brand devices for testing or deployment” – much […]

USA – Peabody, Massachusetts police left in lurch by stun gun patent case (2014-02-20)

Posted on February 20 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: When TASER Inc. won its $2.4-million patent case against Karbon Arms in January 2014, this has left those very few police department that purchased non-TASER tasers: Karbon’s products. Since the lawsuit agreement required Karbon to list all its customers, the good folks at TASER Inc have contacted the Peabody Police Department (who […]

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 – TASR Rallies After Court Blocks Rival In Patent Case (2014-01-14)

Posted on January 14 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: TASER has just strengthened its monopoly position over the stungun market … TASR stock rises 3% as the corporation wins its patent case against its only real US competitor, Karbon Arms (ex-Stinger Systems), after six years of litigation. TASER Inc. also says sales of the Axon line of small video cameras. The […]

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 […]

UK – Police pay millions more than US in Taser ‘rip off’ [incomplete article] (2013-09-26)

Posted on September 26 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Police forces across Britain are paying 50 per cent more for Taser stun guns than their American counterparts: £850 a device, while in the USA the same gun sell to police for £547. With about 15,000 Tasers in the hands of British police, there is a potential overspend of £4.5 million. (Note […]

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 […]

TASER Inc. – Upgrade to the TASER X2 and Save! [cost of X2 and taser-cam hd] (downloaded 2012-05-17)

Posted on May 17 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: How much do tasers cost? On the site the price of the new X2, together with handle, holster, 4 cartridges, battery and 4-year warranty: $1,467.69, although various “early-bird” trade-ins are offered. The tasercam high-definition (hd) is priced at $2,067.64.]] Offer valid through December 31, 2012 In today’s challenging economic times, and […]

USA – Pennsylvania – Meadville cop involved in Tasering to retire (2011-12-03)

Posted on December 3 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : When the evidence of abuse gets overwhelmining, the overwhelmed start running: no mess, no need for an enquiry.  … The Meadville police officer who fired a Taser that took out a resident’s eye has filed for retirement, declining to speak to the media. Sgt. Glen Peterson, a 32-year veteran used a […]

USA – Karbon Arms: the “MPID”, an Alternative to the Taser (2011-05-09) – and TASER Inc. fires back (2011-05-18)

Posted on May 19 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: On a website called “”, we read of a new stungun which could compete with taser for the police market (manufactured by Karbon Arms, which purchased Stinger Systems that had effectively been put out of business by TASER Inc. A police officer, “Randall”, describes its features … but see below: TASER Inc. […]

USA – Shocking News: TASER Wins! [the new $250-million 2nd generation taser market] (2011-04-26)

Posted on April 27 2011 by admin

[[Summary / Comments : “According to the analyst Craig-Hallum, TASER’s sitting on the cusp of a “$250 million upgrade cycle” as police departments update their stun guns to the latest tech. Craig calls the company’s new Axon video-capture technology and digital video warehouse “the future of policing,” and believes TASER’s “monopoly market position” in stunguns […]

USA – Free programs help small Jacksonville businesses take next step [Focus on retired police-officer now selling taserss … ] (2011-04-20)

Posted on April 20 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Our sole interest in this post is the vertical integration of police/corporation links in the taser chain-of-command: an ex-police officer receives state funding (why not?) to encourage her taser distribution business, where she obviously has very good ties with potential purchasers: the police not only act as the sales personnel for tasers, […]