According to a news source, a federal jury in North Carolina has awarded $10 million in compensatory damages to the parents of a teenager who died after a law enforcement officer fired a stun gun into his chest, finding that the company which made the product provided inadequate warnings about its risks. Fontenot v. TASER Int’l, Inc., No. 3:10-125 (U.S. Dist. Ct., W.D.N.C., verdict reached July 19, 2011). The plaintiffs reportedly alleged in their wrongful death lawsuit that the officer would not have shot their son in the chest had the company warned that doing so posed the risk of cardiac arrest. The company indicated in a written statement that it would appeal the verdict, claiming that the trial court excluded key evidence and failed to instruct the jury about contributory negligence. See BNA Product Safety & Liability Reporter, July 21, 2011.