Taser International’s winning streak ends

taser.jpgAs of last week, Taser International had won 69 straight court cases brought against it. On Friday, that run came to a $6 million dollar halt.

The electronic protection device maker lost its first liability lawsuit in federal court in California, bringing a shocking end to its winning streak.

The Monterey County Herald reported:

A federal jury has held Taser International responsible for the death of a Salinas man in U.S. District Court in San Jose on Friday, and awarded his family more than $6 million in punitive and compensatory damages.

An attorney for the family called the verdict a “landmark decision,” and indicated that it was the first time Taser International had been held responsible for a death or injury linked to its product.

Although they are not suing Taser, a Maryland family made headlines recently when they filed a $145 million dollar lawsuit against Frederick County after their son, Jarrel Gray, died last November after being shocked twice with a Taser by a county police officer.

After all of this: Should we reconsider how Tasers are being used?

RICHARD SIMON, Multimedia Reporter

Ballard Spahr wins suit over disgruntled competitor

Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll (which, of course, has an office here in Charm City) emerged victorious this week from a lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania by a man who claimed the firm breached its financial duty to him.

Saul Epstein sought $17-30M in lost profits and punitive damages, after (he said) the firm shared his business plan with a competitor, who sought funding from the same source he did – Crusader Bank, a Ballard Spahr client. ABA Journal reports that Epstein claimed the law firm “sabotaged” his deal with the bank while promoting the competitor.

The Legal Intelligencer reports that a former Crusader executive testified the bank “never had any interest in doing business with Epstein.”  Ouch.

JACKIE SAUTER, Web Editor