Litigation linking cell phone use with brain tumors to move forward with expert testimony
Posted by GreenSwanStaff at August 12th, 2014
Washington D.C. Superior Court Judge Frederick H. Weisberg ruled last week that several scientists can testify on behalf of consumers who are suing the telecom industry for tumors and cancers purportedly caused by their cell phone use.
The judge stated that although the court is not making a determination as to whether or not cell phone use is associated with pathology, new published scientific studies are showing “a positive association between heavy mobile phone use and brain tumors.”
The 13 consolidated lawsuits affected by this ruling are up against a formidable list of 47 industry defendants. One of the attorneys representing some of the plaintiffs stated: “We now have opinions and testimony from prominent scientific experts that will be admissible and support our clients’ claims that cell phone radiation can cause brain tumors in humans. With this landmark ruling, the cases are moving forward to fast discovery.”
Several cities and States have tried to initiate ordinances and legislation aimed at helping consumers understand the industry guidelines regarding proximity. Cell phones have never been tested to be used up against the body although consumers remain woefully unaware of this fact. Despite the efforts of these municipalities and legislators across the country, the telecom industry continues to threaten litigation if any such consumer information legislation is passed.