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Did Taser make any policy changes after many taser deaths?

Taser International Inc, the largest gun maker lost a 6.2 million jury verdict over the death of a California man who died after police shot him multiple times with the weapon. This defeat is the first for Taser in a product liability claim. The jury awarded $1million in compensatory damages and 5.2 million in punitive damages to the estate of Robert Heston 40, and his parents. Has this company made any specifc changes to their products or policies to protect consumers and endorsers since they lost this product liability lawsuit?

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Yes, actually the company did, and although they kept the weapon the same, several months after losing the lawsuit they changed their policies.

If you're not familiar with the facts surrounding the original case, here it is: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aYJitFRQLpZk

I actually remember when this happened. It was extensively discussed in both law enforcement and the legal arenas. The company did change, but it still took time and it took several other lawsuits, and many more still continue and are filed on a continual basis. Go to Google and search for the following term:

Lawsuits against taser international

You will get a page filled with many, many lawsuits, many of which are still in progress.

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This solution explains the following questions and scenario for Taser International Inc, regarding the numerous deaths that took place after subjects were tasered by police:

Taser International Inc, the largest gun maker lost a 6.2 million jury verdict over the death of a California man who died after police shot him multiple times with the weapon. This defeat is the first for Taser in a product liability claim. The jury awarded $1million in compensatory damages and 5.2 million in punitive damages to the estate of Robert Heston 40, and his parents. Has this company made any specifc changes to their products or policies to protect consumers and endorsers since they lost this product liability lawsuit?

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