10 Sep Maroney v. Taurus International Manufacturing, inc., et al.
Unintended gun discharge case. Lead counsel for the Plaintiff was Todd Wheeles of Morris, Haynes, Hornsby, Wheeles & Knowles in Birmingham. The jury took only about 3 hours to return a judgment of $1.25 million, $500,000 was for compensatory damages and $750,000 was for punitive damages. The lawsuit involved the unintended discharge of a PT111 9mm Millennium Taurus handgun. The 28 year old Boaz man was leaving home for work when the handgun unintentionally fell to the floor in his garage. The Taurus 9mm was in a holster with the safety in the “on” position when it struck the ground and discharged, severely injuring the Plaintiff. The Plaintiff’s contention was that the safety mechanism on the PT111 9mm Millennium Taurus handgun failed to prevent a “drop fire.” An internal safety device known as a striker block safety was defective and failed to prevent the striker (firing pin) from impacting the bullet and causing the gun to discharge, when subjected to a sharp impact such as a drop. The jury found that this defect in the PT111 9mm Millennium Taurus handgun caused the Plaintiff’s injuries.