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"Report: Mobile Telephone Industry Target of Suits"
Report: Mobile Telephone Industry Target of Suits
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of the biggest names in the
mobile telephone industry are named as defendants in two
class-action lawsuits alleging links between cell phones and
possible health risks, The Washington Post reported on Friday.
The lawsuits, filed Thursday in state courts in Baltimore,
Philadelphia and New York, accuse the companies of knowingly
marketing products that subject customers to harmful radiation,
the Post said.
Among those named in the lawsuits filed by high-profile
Baltimore lawyer Peter Angelos are telephone carriers Verizon
Communications, Sprint PCS and Nextel Communications, as well
as equipment and telephone manufactures Motorola, Nokia (news - web sites) Corp.
and Ericsson (news - web sites), according to the Post.
The lawsuits allege links between cell-phone use and an
increased risk of brain damage, genetic irregularities and
other health problems, but no not claim that anyone suffered an
illness, the Post said.
The newspaper said one lawsuit seeks unspecified punitive
damages and money to reimburse people who bought cell-phone
headsets to reduce exposure to radiation. The other suit
demands that wireless telephone companies provide customers
with headsets, the Post said.
Industry representatives disputed claims of possible health
risks linked to cell phones.
Motorola's director of global strategic issues, Norman
Sandler was quoted as saying: "There is absolutely no credible
scientific evidence of any health risks associated with the use
of wireless phones."
Verizon spokeswoman Nancy Stark made a similar assertion.
"The available scientific evidence doesn't demonstrate any
adverse health effects, she told the Post.
Despite several studies, the scientific world has yet to
decide whether or not there is a link between cancer and cell
phone usage. Studies so far, many funded by the wireless
industry, have thrown up conflicting results, leaving the
question of whether cell phones are completely safe or unsafe
Angelos is also helping with another lawsuit against the
wireless industry in which a Baltimore neurologist claimed that
his use of cell phones caused a malignant brain tumor.
Angelos, who is also the owner of the Baltimore Orioles
professional baseball team, helped the state of Maryland win
$4.2 billion in damages from the tobacco industry.
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