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Concerns about the link between cell phone use and cancer is growing. We are seeing more and more court cases concerning this. This must push manufacturers to be more honest about the health hazards from ionizing radiation, or in lay man’s terms microwave radiation from cell phones. Each court case brings public awareness and a step closer to having health warnings on cell phones in the same way as there is on cigarette packets. It was a battle to get those too.
An Illinois man files a complaint in the Illinois state court accusing Apple, RIM, Verizon Wireless Services LLC, Motorola Solutions Inc. and Samsung Electronics America Inc. of minimizing research showing the potential link between cell phone use and health problems, including tumours and cancer.
James Voelker who filed the complaint has brain cancer and cites a May 2011 report by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, which stated that electromagnetic fields from cell phones may cause cancer in humans.
“Defendants have and continue to manipulate science to the detriment of consumers by failing to reveal all relevant findings and by selectively withholding important public health information from the public”.
He says he has used cell phones since 1993, including the BlackBerry Storm and the Apple iPhones 4 and 5 more recently. He received his first brain tumour diagnosis in April 2011.
Voelker, who had been using his BlackBerry Storm at the time that his brain tumour was diagnosed, changed to an iPhone 4 in May 2011, but has had a tumour recurrence since. The complaint says. “The plaintiff says he has undergone three surgeries, chemotherapy and is now permanently disabled”.
The suit asserts claims of product liability, negligence and breach of implied warranty, among others, and seeks undisclosed damages.