Taser Escapes New Orleans Wrongful Death Suit

Law360, New York (October 9, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has dismissed Taser International Inc. from a wrongful death and product liability lawsuit, ruling that a New Orleans policeman's use of a Taser electric stunner on a belligerent man did not cause the man's death.

Judge Helen G. Berrigan granted Taser's motion for summary judgment on Oct. 2 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. She ruled that Taser cannot be held liable for the alleged assault and battery or wrongful death of the deceased, Darvel Smith.

The plaintiffs,...
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