The first personal-injury case to go to trial against Taser International Inc. ended yesterday with a jury verdict in favor of the Arizona-based stun-gun maker, reports the Arizona Republic. The jury voted 9-1 against a former Maricopa County sheriff’s deputy who said he broke his back after being shocked by a Taser in a training exercise and accused the company of misleading law enforcement agencies about the safety of the stun gun.
The victory in Maricopa County Superior Court is huge for Taser. The company has never settled a lawsuit but had never had to defend its products in court. The verdict comes at the end of a year in which questions about Taser safety have caused some police departments to shelve the gun, prompted an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and caused the price of Taser stock to drop nearly 80 percent. Taser has been rallying: The SEC dropped its investigation into safety claims, and the company reported that its stock was no longer subject to delisting from the Nasdaq stock exchange.