Taser Inc. Loses First Lawsuit

Taser Loses 1st Product-Liability Suit; Jury Awards $6 Million

June 7, 2008

Taser International Inc., the largest stun-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. The defeat is the first for Taser in a product- liability claim.

A San Jose, California, jury yesterday said Taser had failed to warn police in Salinas, California, that prolonged exposure to electric shock from the device could cause a risk of cardiac arrest. The jury awarded $1 million in compensatory damages and $5.2 million in punitive damages to the estate of Robert Heston, 40, and his parents. The jury cleared the police officers of any liability.

Taser previously won two trials, one over claims by a police officer injured in a training accident and the other involving a death in custody. Taser has settled at least 10 cases involving injuries to police officers during training, company lawyer Doug Klint told Bloomberg News last year. Taser said it will appeal the verdict.

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$10 A Gallon Gasoline In UK

$10 A Gallon Gasoline In UK

Daily Mail

March 6, 2008

Petrol is soaring towards an unprecedented £5 a gallon as oil hits record highs and the Government prepares to further hike fuel duty in next week’s Budget.

The latest misery for motorists comes as official figures show that fuel prices have soared by a staggering 20 per cent in the past 12 months – prompting demands for the 2p a litre tax hike planned from April 1 to be axed.

There is even more pain in the pipeline as Chancellor Alistair Darling prepares next week to crack-down with a range of ‘green’ tax measures on ‘gas-guzzling’ cars blamed for global warming, including 4X4 Chelsea tractors and high performance sports cars. But the measures are likely to hit many mainstream family cars as well.

Official figures show the price of fuel, which includes petrol and diesel, has soared a staggering 19.3 per cent over the last year. This is the steepest increase since records began in 1997, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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$5 Gas Prices Spotted in California

March 5, 2008

If you’re going to be heading down the Big Sur Coastline anytime soon, you’ll probably going to want to have a full tank before you leave with the price of crude oil skyrocketing. With gasoline following the same direction, the Americo gas station in Gorda, just south of Big Sur is selling premium unleaded gas for $5.39 a gallon. If you can do without premium regular’s a relative bargain at $5.19. Prices in many Bay Area cities remain above the statewide average with the price for a gallon of gas in Oakland at $3.51; San Francisco, $3.64; Salinas, $3.56; San Jose, $3.52; and Santa Cruz, $3.51. The average price for a gallon of gas in Santa Rosa sits just under the statewide average at $3.49 and in Vallejo a gallon is averaging $3.47, according to AAA.