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"Maryland man takes safety of cellular phones to court"
Maryland man takes safety of cellular phones to court
Ever since a Florida man went on Larry King's cable talk show eight years ago to charge that his wife's cellular telephone caused a fatal brain tumor, scientists have been scrambling to answer questions about the safety of the popular communication devices.
The lawsuit brought by the Florida widower against his wife's cell-phone maker was dismissed for lack of evidence a few years later. But the questions have persisted, even as the number of Americans using the convenient gadgets topped 100 million.
Now there is a renewed legal attack on the $45 billion wireless communications industry, and a Maryland man is at the center of it. Christopher J. Newman, a 41-year-old neurologist from Jarrettsville, blames his six-year cell-phone habit for the malignancy in his brain that threatens to kill him.
He and his wife, Mary Frances, have filed a lawsuit seeking more than $1 billion from Motorola Inc. (NYSE:MOT - news), his cell-phone maker, several other telecommunications companies and two industry associations. The lawsuit contends that they knew or should have known their products can cause cancer.
Full story at Baltimore Sun
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