5G LAWSUITS

 

Seventeen Ohio Cities File Lawsuit To Stop 5G Cell Towers Everywhere

MARCH 21, 2017

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Hats off and plaudits to the mayors and managers of the following Ohio cities: Bexley, Canal Winchester, Columbus, Dublin, Delaware, Gahanna, Grandview Heights, Grove City, Hilliard, New Albany, Pickerington, Powell, Reynoldsburg, Upper Arlington, Westerville, Whitehall and Worthington for the legal actions they took to stop “wireless companies to place facilities, including towers up to 50 feet high and equipment of 28 cubic feet (the size of a small refrigerator), in the local public right-of-way.” [1]   Those towers and equipment would roll out and implement 5G Wi-Fi, which allegedly was unlawfully signed into Ohio law December 19, 2016 – as alleged in the lawsuit – to become effective March 21, 2017!

Seems like Ohio, its governor and SB331 went the exact way Pennsylvania’s governor and HB2200/Act 129 did in rolling out AMI Smart Meters, i.e., ramrod illegal implementation by state agencies. Why are both those laws illegal?

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SMART METER LAWSUITS

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British Columbia Smart Meter Lawsuit

http://emrabc.ca/?page_id=5076

UPDATE  April 7 2015

http://emrabc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/BCHYDRO_ClassActionLawsuitUpdateAPRIL2015.pdf

UPDATE  Feb 16 2015

http://www.citizensforsafetechnology.org/CLASS-ACTION-Lawsuit-PACKAGE–updated-February-16-2015,2,3617

UPDATE  Dec 2015

http://emrabc.ca/?p=7321

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California Smart Meter Lawsuit

Published on Aug 20, 2014

Get these things off yours and your neighbors home as fast as you can! Fight against smart meters in any way you can!! If they have made you ill, join our lawsuit or start your own! If you don;t like your 4th Amendment right to privacy violated, get it off your house! If you don;t want to be over billed for the rest of your life, go solar and do NOT let them put a wireless meter on your home! Disconnect from the grid!

http://thepeoplesinitiative.org/lawsuits/

 

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SmartMeters.org Lawsuit

http://smartmeterlawsuits.blogspot.fr

A complete listing of all known smart meter lawsuits, please email them to stopsmartmeters.org updates or info on new suits.
Thank you so much to Stopsmartmeters.org and Emf Safety Network
Links on how to file your own lawsuits or complaint: Medical Request not to have a Smart Meter
Latest Updates:
Another Hawaii case won! 7/26
Engineer and Smart Meter Project Manager FIRED for his opinion that Smart Meters were not safe 7/21
Court cases won in Portland, Maine and Hawaii!!! 7/16
PG&E Execs caught spying! 7/16

CASES WON!!!! 

HEALTH – Southern California Edison
Plantiff claimed negative health effects after smart meter was installed (Legal Documents).
\SUCCESS!!! The judge ordered the Utilities company pay for health damages or remove the meter! (Settlement Documents

Privacy, Constitutional Violations, Security Risks – Kauai, Hawaii
Adam Asquith filed for a Federal Injunction against the instillation of smart meters (Court Filing DocumentsNews Story.
SUCCESS!  The Utilities Company offered a settlement (Settlement Document) and agreed NOT to install a smart meter on the plaintiff’s property. (News report)

DISCRIMINATION Kauai, Hawaii
Mark Naea, a neighbor of Adam Asquith (who won his case against smart meters) filed a formal complaint (Legal Document) that he should not have to pay the court fees and file a separate case to get the opt-out option that was court awarded to his neighbor.
SUCCESS!!! The Public Utilities Commission ordered (Legal Document) Kauai Island Utility Cooperative( KIUC ) to address  his complaint.

HEALTH, SAFETY, PRIVACY, PROPERTY RIGHTS, CONSTITUTIONAL VIOLATION, DISCRIMINATION –Maine
A legal complaint objecting to multiple aspects of smart meters. Overview
SUCCESS!! The court ruled that the Utilities company DID NOT adequately address health and safety concerns and now must do so. Bangor Daily News   Maine Public Broadcasting

HEALTH, CONSTITUTIONAL PRIVACY, SAFETY Portland
Complaint that the PUC (Public Utilities Commission) did not address safety, Constitutional Privacy and health concerns. (New Story on Outcome)
SUCCESS! The Supreme Judicial Court findings are that they did not properly address these problems (health and safety) and MUST do so. The Court not agree the Privacy concerns were not addressed.

CASES IN MOTION:

WRONGFUL DEATH DUE TO FIRE CAUSED BY SMART METER Vacaville CA
On July 9, 2010, Larry Nikkel died in a fire believed to be caused by smart meter.

WIRELESS COMPONENT OVER SMART METERS
Smart Meters have been “mandated” in British Columbia, however Plantiff contests that the wireless component is part of the mandate.(Press Release) (News story) (Formal Letter of Complaint – legal Document) (Letter of Complaint- scroll down)
Status: Appeal to be heard in October

HEALTH –Central California
Lawsuit filed against the CPUC (Central Public Utilities Commission) for ignoring evidence of harmful health effects of Smart Meters. (Latest updateLink on story
Status:Newly filed.

SPYING!
A top PG&E executive was caught spying and attempting to infiltrate a nonprofit to gather information about a forthcoming lawsuit. (Coverage of case) Curious and curiouser. (Legal Order to investigate)

HEALTH, SAFETY, MISREPRESENTATION OF RADIATION LEVELS, VIOLATION OF AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT – Northern California
Filed by an Electro-magnetic consulting firm,Wilner and Associates this Class Action Lawsuit list multiple ten grievances and is seeking $10,000 per customer who has experienced negative health effects. (Story) (Case Filing)

HEALTH, PRIVACY, HOMEOWNER’S RIGHTS, VIOLATION OF ILLINOIS ”OPEN MEETINGS ACT”  Napperville, Illinois
Residents have filed a federal lawsuit (News article) seeking an injunction to instillation (Court Documents)
Up to date info on the case
Status:Discovery phase of the case

Cases “Loss” (aka opportunity to learn so we win the next round)

MISUSE OF FEDERAL MONIES DUE TO FIRE RISK Alabama
According to the lawsuit, the Don Baker, plaintiff, is an engineer and was an AMI smart grid project manager.  He alleges the smart meters were not properly tested, and were seriously flawed. He found that the Sensus iConA had a “tendency to drastically overheat, and melt or burn”.  He was asked to keep quiet and was eventually terminated for failing to do so.
Status: The fire issue was not the focus of the case, it was misuse of Federal Funds.The District Attorney chose not to pursue the case, not based on the fire hazard claims, but claiming Federal Money was not misused. (case documents)

OVERCHARGING Texas

A class action lawsuit (Case documents) filed against Texan Utilities company Oncor. (News Story, Video)
Status: Case Dismissed (One analysis of why it failed)

(7/14) OVERCHARGING Bakersfield California
Initially an individual case alleging overcharging  of smart meters (Initial Filing), this turned into a class action lawsuit (News report).
Status: Initially SUCCESS! Then overturned.emfsafetynetwork.org

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Naperville settles lawsuit with smart meter foe

Sept 15, 2015

Naperville City Council members this week settled a federal lawsuit filed last winter by a staunch opponent of the city’s smart meter installation program.

The 12-page agreement calls for paying $117,500 to Naperville resident Malia “Kim” Bendis, whose Jan. 23 lawsuit accused the city and four of its police officers of violating her constitutional rights.

A founder of the grass-roots Naperville Smart Meter Awareness group, Bendis filed her complaint in U.S. District Court in Chicago two years to the day after her arrest by Naperville police on misdemeanor charges of eavesdropping and resisting a peace officer, charges on which she was later acquitted.

Bendis and members of her group opposed replacement of the city-owned residential analog electric meters at their homes with wireless alternatives. Bendis maintained police intervened during an installation of one of the devices at a home, in violation of her civil rights. The filing, which named four Naperville Police Department officers, also asserted that city officials decided in a closed door meeting to arrest Bendis and any other residents who interfered with their plan to “forcibly install the smart meters.”

Senior Assistant City Attorney Rob Wilder and City Attorney Jill Pelka-Wilger submitted the proposed agreement.

“This agreement shall not, in any way, be construed as an admission by the (city or police) that they have acted wrongfully with respect to (Bendis),” the agreement states.

According to the suit, Bendis and other residents made recordings of officers during the forced meter installations.

“The recordings made by other Naperville residents were made openly and recorded the conversations of the agents and police,” the suit stated. “None of these other residents were arrested for recording the police officers and installation agents without their consent.”

scarlman@tribpub.com

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/news/ct-nvs-smart-meter-suit-st-0916-20150915-story.html

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TEXAS LAWSUIT

Union Sues Oncor Electric concerning safety or Smart Meters

National Labor Relations Board
Fort Worth, TX
2012 – 2013 – 2015-02-27

… the Judge found that ONCOR Electric (the Respondent) unlawfully discharged employee Bobby Reed for engaging in protected concerted activity and/or union activity, when he testified in a hearing before a State Senate Committee concerning smart meters.

p22 – Based on the testimony of the General Counsel’s witnesses, the Judge correctly concluded smart meters have affected bargaining unit employees’ working conditions, both directly and indirectly, from job loss  to customer interaction  to safety concerns. . Even Respondent’s supervisors Anderson and Efflandt confirmed “an increase in the number of burned up meter bases as the smart meters were deployed.”

p23 – “The Judge also found substantial record evidence to support Reed’s testimony, such as troubleshooters’ more frequent reports of burned up meter bases and that fires did, on at least some occasions,
result from the meter bases burning up and consequently burning up the meters.”

Summary
Union members were very concerned about the hazards encountered when installing Smart Meters manufactured by  Landis+Gyr and Itron and testified to this in a Congressional hearing.

Read the full case
http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Reed_Answering_Brief-1.pdf

 

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Quebec Canada : Class Action

http://collectiveactionquebec.com/index.html

In 2015 a Québec resident decided to initiate a class action suit against an array of manufacturers and large scale suppliers/users of wireless technology for exposing the population to a variety of wireless technologies despite the fact that there are growing concerns about the safety of such technologies for humans, fauna and flora.

This site is intended to inform the public on the proceedings of this class action suit. You will find further information on topics linked to this case (Electro-magnetic pollution, electrohypersensitivity (EHS), health and environmental concerns regarding the cumulative effects of wireless technologies and electro-magnetic radiations) in the LINKS section.

We believe that a class action is the best course of action to bring about change in regulation, policy and technologies to help reduce the risks asociated with the cumulative effects of  EMF on residents, in particular children, pregnant women, the electro-sensitive and flora and fauna this emerging form of pollution. 

Support our endeavour financially, Register as claimant,  or register for updates HERE.

NOTE: With regard to the Motion of March 31st 2017, The underlined allegations are currently under advisement by the Honorable Mr. Justice Morrison who will decide whether they may be added to our claim.

 

CELL TOWER LAWSUITS

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Rogers Communications Inc., et al. v. City of Châteauguay, et al.

(Quebec) (Civil) (By Leave)

Summary

Constitutional law – Administrative law – Division of powers – Radiocommunication – Interjurisdictional immunity – Federal paramountcy – Municipality bringing expropriation proceedings and establishing reserve on immovable in order to find alternative site for construction of telecommunications tower – Whether municipality’s actions interfered unconstitutionally with federal jurisdiction over radiocommunication – Lawfulness of municipality’s actions – Whether municipality’s actions were in bad faith or constituted abuse of authority.

After establishing a search area to build a telecommunications tower in Châteauguay, Rogers informed Châteauguay in March 2008 that it intended to build the tower at 411 Saint-Francis, which it had been renting since December 2007. Châteauguay initially opposed the project but eventually issued a construction permit. The population of Châteauguay mobilized, and the public consultation process required by federal standards then resumed. The City proposed an alternative site that suited Rogers, namely 50 Industriel, but the City first had to expropriate the owner. Faced with a prolonged contestation, Rogers decided to move forward with 411 Saint-Francis. The City then issued a notice of land reserve on the 411 Saint-Francis site.

The lawfulness and constitutionality of the notices of expropriation and reserve were contested in the Superior Court. Perreault J. began by finding that the City had not abused its expropriation authority in relation to 50 Industriel. She also held that the expropriation of 50 Industriel did not amount to unconstitutional interference with federal jurisdiction over radiocommunication. However, she found that, by issuing the notice of reserve on 411 Saint-Francis, the City had acted in bad faith and abused its authority, which made the notice null. The Court of Appeal affirmed the decision except with respect to the lawfulness of the notice of reserve. In its opinion, when the two notices were considered together, it had to be concluded that the City had acted for a legitimate municipal purpose, namely protecting the welfare of its citizens and ensuring the harmonious development of its land.

 

http://www.scc-csc.ca/case-dossier/info/sum-som-eng.aspx?cas=36027

 

 

CELL PHONE LAWSUITS

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Major Cases in the United States

http://www.cellphonetaskforce.org/?page_id=400

 

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Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer? A New Court Ruling Reignites the Debate

A judge orders California to release official documents about cell phone radiation risk that the state tried to suppress.
February 28, 2017
Cell phone emits waves in the brain of a person

On Friday, a Superior Court judge ordered California to release documents written by the state’s Environmental Health Investigations branch that are believed to contain warnings about the risk of cell phone radiation and recommendations aimed to protect public health.

The ruling comes after a lawsuit filed by Joel Moskowitz, the director of the Center for Family and Community Health at UC Berkeley School of Public Health. He sued the state under the California Public Records Act after his request to access the information was denied.

“I would like this document to see the light of day,” Moskowitz told KPIX 5, a CBS affiliate in San Francisco, “because it will inform the public that there is concern within the California Department of Public Health that cell phone radiation is a risk and it will provide them with some information about how to reduce those risks.”

Moskowitz’s concerns are based on new research that suggests a worrisome link between using cell phones regularly for at least a decade and an increased risk of developing brain tumors. He urges cell phone users to limit their physical contact with their mobile devices.

The judge sided with Moskowitz, noting the significant public interest in the DPH’s research and public health recommendations based on those findings. The DPH did not immediately comment on the ruling or whether or not it would even release the documents, as state lawyers noted they could appeal the decision.

But the Federal Communications Commission, the governmental agency that oversees the television, radio and telephone industries, wants to reassure the public that the devices are safe.

“The weight of scientific evidence has not effectively linked exposure to radio frequency energy from mobile devices with any known health problems,” the FCC maintains. “Some health and safety interest groups have interpreted certain reports to suggest that wireless device use may be linked to cancer and other illnesses, posing potentially greater risks for children than adults. While these assertions have gained increased public attention, currently no scientific evidence establishes a causal link between wireless device use and cancer or other illnesses.”

It should be noted that the federal government hasn’t developed a national standard for safe RF energy exposure levels, relying instead on non-governmental experts, like the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, to establish such guidelines. For exposure to RF energy from wireless devices, the allowable FCC Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) limit is 1.6 watts per kilogram (W/kg), as averaged over one gram of tissue. The FCC states, “All wireless devices sold in the U.S. go through a formal FCC approval process to ensure that they do not exceed the maximum allowable SAR level when operating at the device’s highest possible power level.”  The regulation has been in place since 1996.

RF energy, which contains both electric and magnetic energy, is used to provide service not only for cell phones, but to a wide range of telecommunications services, including radio and television broadcasting and satellite communications. But cell phones, which first became widely available in the 1980s and were common by the late ’90s, represent the first time humans are regularly exposed to RF energy by devices that are touching or kept close to their bodies for many hours every single day. In 2012, the Italian Supreme Court ruled that a man’s cell phone was the cause of his tumor, which grew close to where his cell phone touched his head. The ruling followed a tentative warning issued the previous year by the World Health Organization saying that cell phone usage may cause the development of glioma, a type of tumor that starts in the brain or spine.

Still, public health concerns haven’t hindered sales in mobile devices: In the third quarter of 2016, worldwide smartphone shipments totaled more than 363 million, growing the market by more than 5 percent over the previous quarter, according to International Data Corporation, a market intelligence firm. Many of those phones were shipped to the U.S.: A 2013 Pew Research study found that 91 percent of Americans use cell phones. If a conclusive link can be made between long-term cell phone usage and cancer risk, the widespread use of such devices poses a massive public health problem.

Scientists are trying hard to figure it out. Last year, federal researchers at the National Toxicology Program, an interagency group under the National Institutes of Health, released partial findings from a $25 million study that subjected thousands of rats to a lifetime of electromagnetic radiation that attempted to emulate the regular use of cell phones by humans. The rats in the study developed rare cancers in at least two types of cells in their brains and hearts. While some public health advocates may point to this study in an effort to improve regulation of cell phone radiation exposure, scientists have still been unable to establish a conclusive link between cell phone radiation and cancer in humans, and there are fundamental concerns about translating findings from animal experiments to humans.

Many scientists are hesitant to support findings in animal studies, arguing that they are not good predictors of human reactions. In a 2008 paper, Michael B. Bracken, co-director of the Center for Perinatal, Pediatric and Environmental Epidemiology at the Yale University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, explained the problem:

One reason why animal experiments often do not translate into replications in human trials or into cancer chemoprevention is that many animal experiments are poorly designed, conducted and analyzed. Another possible contribution to failure to replicate the results of animal research in humans is that reviews and summaries of evidence from animal research are methodologically inadequate.…The few systematic reviews of the animal literature that have been done also pointed to the poor quality of other animal research, and the difficulty of extrapolating from it to humans.

Even if animal experiments are well designed, there’s still the issue of different biological responses.

“The use of animals as stand-ins for humans can give rise to misleading results because of the intrinsic differences between humans and other species,” according to the National Anti-Vivisection Society, a nonprofit advocating the end of animal testing. “Human disease and human response to drugs and other chemicals should be studied in human-relevant systems….the differences between other species and humans make translating data from animals to people problematic.”

The group points out that just because humans share genetic material with other species doesn’t mean their genes are similarly expressed. “This explains why 150 drugs that successfully treated sepsis-like conditions in mice failed in human clinical trials,” they say.

Even the scientists behind the major federal study weren’t able conclusively to connect the rats’ tumors to radiation exposure, with John Bucher, the associate director of the NTP, saying the tumors are “likely related to the exposures.” Ultimately, a long-term cohort study on thousands of human subjects may provide better clinical results, but there’s no single test for carcinogens, and it would be extremely difficult, perhaps impossible, to isolate cell phone radiation from all the other carcinogenic substances the human test participants would be exposed to on a daily basis.

In 2011, Siddhartha Mukherjee, a cancer expert who teaches medicine at Columbia University, addressed the limits of a population-wide survey of cell phone users. “The carcinogenic effect of a phone might be so subtle that it never registers in such a survey,” he wrote in the New York Times. “A phone may cause cancer after a long lag time—say, 20 years—and it may be too early to look for an effect in a general population. The survey data could be incomplete or of poor quality, thus limiting an epidemiologist’s ability to ever find a discernible link.”

While the inability to establish a conclusive link between cell phones and cancer is vexing not only to scientists, but for public health advocates who have lodged concerns, mobile companies are happy that we remain in the dark on the issue. CTIA, the Wireless Association, an advocacy group representing the wireless communication industry, has been trying to overturn a new Berkeley city law that requires cell phone retailers to provide consumers with a warning about cell phone use. The notice says, in part, “if you carry or use your phone in a pants or shirt pocket or tucked into a bra when the phone is on and connected to a wireless network, you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure to RF radiation.”

By attempting to suppress the Department of Public Health’s document, California appears to be siding with the mobile industry.

“They claim that [releasing the papers] would lead to chaos and confusion among the public,” said Moskowitz. “I suspect that they were afraid of the reaction from the telecommunications industry should they publish this document. In fact, they even argued that in their brief.”

Considering the frustratingly inconclusive research on the subject, it’s unlikely that the California health department’s papers reveal anything new. But Moskowitz believes that Friday’s ruling will, at the very least, help create more public awareness about a possible health risk that could impact as many as 9 out of 10 Americans. For now, it’s probably a good idea to keep your cell phone away from your body when you’re not using it.

Reynard Loki is AlterNet’s environment and food editor. Follow him on Twitter @reynardloki. Email him at reynard@alternet.org.

http://www.alternet.org/environment/do-cell-phones-cause-cancer-new-court-ruling-reignites-debate

 

 

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Ninth Circuit Court Judge Friedland’s Conflict of Interest

On September 13 th, 2016 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals he ard the CTIA- Wireless Association’s appeal in their lawsuit against the City of Berkeley’s Cell Phone Right to Know ordinance which was implemented in March, 2016. A decision has not yet been rendered. Video of hearing below.

The three presiding judges of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals were Judge William Fletcher, Judge Morgan Christen and Judge Michelle Friedland. The potential conflict of interest rests with Judge Michelle Friedland.

 

Friedland’s husband’s career included design engineering in the wireless telecommunication industry with Cisco Systems, a member of the CTIA- wireless association .

http://www.nytimes.com/2000/06/18/style/weddings-michelle-friedland-daniel-kelly.html?_r=0

 

This case has high visibility on the basis of constitutionality of the law and because the CTIA is represented by Theodore Olson, past Solicitor General for  George W. Bush. The City of Berkeley is defended pro bono by Harvard Constitutional Law Professor Lawrence Lessig. Lessig is also a past United States presidential candidate.

 

The outcome of this case is much anticipated as many cities and states are awaiting this critical ruling as they plan to enact their own versions of Berkeley’s cell phone right to know label.

 

California Attorney General Harris’s office submitted an Amicus Brief in support of Berkeley with concerns that a ruling against Berkeley’s ordinance may harm other important disclosures protecting the welfare of California citizens.

 

During the hearing Judge Michelle Friedland seemed to have an unfavorable opinion regarding the City of Berkeley’s position giving consumers the right to know. This predisposed bias was present in the form of questions and statements made by the judge.

The case before the federal Court of Appeals is CTIA-The Wireless Association v. City of Berkeley et al., case number 16-15141.

In past years Friedland also submitted an amicus brief supporting the work of Theodore Olson in regard to prop 8 (same sex marriage).

Link to the hearing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU2IqWFM5KY.

 

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WSJ Reports Murray Cellphone Cancer Case May Cost Wireless Industry Over 1.9 Billion Dollars

November 2015

Earlier this month (Nov 2015), Dr. Gisela Mercada-Deane, chair of radiology at the American Academy of Pediatrics​, made the announcement that the current FCC test do not take children into account. Their skulls are thinner and can absorb more radiation, he said.

In a letter to the FCC, the American Academy of Pediatrics asked that the guidelines, last updated in 1996, be revised to account for cell phone users today, particularly children.

And just two months ago, September, 2015 U.S. District Judge Edward Chen upheld a new Berkeley ordinance that requires cellphone retailers to warn customers about keeping their cellphones too close to their bodies.  The weight of scientific data reviewed by the Judge was enough for a very reasonable doubt about the safety of cell phones. “There is a reasonable scientific basis to believe that (radio-frequency) radiation at some levels can and do present health risks,” — U.S. District Judge Chen.

More than two decades have passed since Reynard’s first cell phone cancer lawsuit.  Global cellular phone subscription have soared from 12 million during the first trial to more than 6 billion cell phone users today.    In a twist of fate, Reynard’s home town of Madeira Beach,  FL is also the Headquarters of RF Safe Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of accessories for cell phone radiation safety.

In 2015, RF Safe opened its 2nd Smartphone Radiation Safety retail store in Florida, and expects to expand into several more states and countries in 2016.

On 11/23/2015 the WSJ reported that Jeffrey Morganroth, the lawyer representing the Murrays, has brought several other cases against Motorola and other defendants. A total of 13 cases have been consolidated into the Murray case, and the plaintiffs are seeking more than $1.9 billion in damages combined.

This year Verizon informed shareholders in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission that wireless carriers specifically acknowledge the risk posed by cell phone cancer lawsuits. “We may incur significant expenses in defending these lawsuits,” Verizon wrote in its 2015 annual filing. “In addition, we may be required to pay significant awards or settlements.”

Read more :

 https://www.rfsafe.com/wsj-reports-murray-cellphone-cancer-case-may-cost-wireless-industry-over-1-9-billion-dollars/

 

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Wi-Fi allergy wins woman $32,000 compensation

Dylan Baddour, Houston Chronicle  Updated 9:46 pm, Monday, August 31, 2015

Modern malady: Allergic to Wi-Fi?

A French woman claimed a Wi-Fi signal was making her sick and now will receive monthly compensation for the next three years.

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Parents say school’s Wi-Fi signal making son sick

Associated Press
 

WORCESTER, Mass. — The parents of a student at a private Massachusetts school have filed a lawsuit claiming the school’s Wi-Fi signal made their son sick.

The parents, referred to as Mother and Father in the complaint, said their 12-year-old son, a student at the Fay School in Southborough, suffers from electromagnetic hypersensitivity syndrome, a condition aggravated by electromagnetic radiation. The condition causes headaches, nosebleeds, nausea, and other symptoms.

http://www.whdh.com/story/29873525/parents-say-schools-wi-fi-signal-making-son-sick

http://www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2015/08/parents_say_schools_wi_fi_signal_making_son_sick

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Judge rules electric co-op violated discrimination laws

Plumas County News,  May 4, 2015

http://plumasnews.com/index.php/13744-judge-rules-electric-co-op-violated-discrimination-laws

“A judge recently ruled that Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative smart meters opt-out fees violate state discrimination laws in a case where the utility cut off electricity 14 months ago for a customer suffering from electromagnetic hypersensitivity.  [Josh Hart]

  The judge  cited California law stating public utilities cannot prejudice, disadvantage or require different rates or deposit amounts from a person because of a medical condition.”

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Wall Street’s Cell Phone Litigation Problem

It is 1987 and Gordon Gekko stands on a windswept beach with a cell phone to his ear. He is talking on the world’s first mobile phone – the Motorola DynaTac 8000X. It wasn’t cheap back then costing $3,995 – which in today’s terms is close to $9,000. Not surprising only the wealthiest could afford these phones, and Wall Street was the epicentre of an industry that became a global phenomenon over the next decades.

Wall Street execs were the first to use cell phones. They have used them the longest and the most intensively. They were the first to upgrade to more powerful units. It is perhaps not surprising therefore that it is Wall Street firms that are the ‘canary in the mine’ in terms of litigation around the health impacts of long term cell phone use.

The links between brain tumours and cell phones are hotly contested. As telcos fight a growing public relations battle that is flaring through social media, a little known legal case has continued to make its way through US courts.

On 8th August 2014 Judge Frederick H. Weisberg issued a judgement in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia in a long running case alleging that brain tumours of the litigants were caused by cell phone use.

Weisberg did not make a judgement on whether cell phones cause cancer. What he was examining is whether the evidence that was being presented by trial lawyers was permissible under the Court’s rules. To do this he went through an exhaustive process under the Dyas/Frye test which is essentially about whether an expert uses a methodology that is generally accepted in the relevant scientific community to arrive at his opinion.

Weisberg ruled that a number of expert witnesses were permitted to present evidence in the next stage of the trial. But he also made some thought provoking comments:

“If there is even a reasonable possibility that cell phone radiation is carcinogenic, the time for action in the public health and regulatory sectors is upon us. Even though the financial and social cost of restricting such devices would be significant, those costs pale in comparison to the cost in human lives from doing nothing, only to discover thirty or forty years from now that the early signs were pointing in the right direction. If the probability of carcinogenicity is low, but the magnitude of the potential harm is high, good public policy dictates that the risk should not be ignored.”

The significance of Weisberg’s judgement is that he has inadvertently provided an independent verification of research. The research that he has admitted to the next stage of the court process will no doubt be challenged, but the methodology that the researchers have used has been accepted by the Court.

One of the problems that medical researchers in the radiation field have found is that their work is criticised by parties with strong commercial self interests. Weisberg has no such pressures. He is simply a judge doing his job.

The question for investors is what does this all mean?

In the heated discussion about whether cell phones can cause cancer it will be litigation that will ultimately determine the issue. The insurance industry understands this.

In 2010 Lloyds of London produced a paper, Electro-magnetic fields from mobile phones: recent developments, which discussed the potential for litigation. Lloyds stated:

“If EMF is proved to cause an increased risk of brain cancer it is likely the insurance industry will see claims under product liability policies for bodily injury….The issue of asbestos and its implications is widely known throughout the insurance industry, and many comparisons can be drawn with EMF – the initial impression that it was a ‘wonder product’ coupled with potential very long-term serious health issues not understood at the start of its use. Like asbestos any EMF litigation will probably be long and complex – similar issues could occur such as the definition of an actionable injury, policy triggers and apportioning liability….Should EMF prove to cause brain cancer, or any other adverse health effects, it is likely the main effect on the insurance industry will concern product liability claims for bodily injury.”

Lloyds concluded their report stating “With regards to the implication to insurance, as the current scientific evidence stands, it is unlikely that insurers will be liable for compensation for bodily injury on product liability policies. However, as asbestos has shown, new scientific developments coupled with a small number of key legal cases can change the situation very rapidly.”

Insurers have already taken Lloyds’ advice to heart by excluding coverage of radiation risks from insurance contracts.

In the meantime the debate will continue. New evidence is coming out on a regular basis demonstrating the links between cell phone use and cancer. A recent French study for example that came out in May 2014 (see links) found a positive association that was statistically significant for heavy users of cell phones considering life-long cumulative duration.

Whilst the telco industry may fight to the wall on litigation it may be employers that will ultimately bear the brunt of litigation claims.

A significant question for Wall Street firms is how they will manage this risk. Currently Wall Street firms supply and pay cell phone bills for their employees. Work is structured in such a way that it is impossible for an employee to work without a phone.

If a court determines that there is a link between cell phones and cancer we can expect that, because Wall Street has the greatest exposure, it will be first to be hit. Compensation, which would most likely be based on lost earnings, would be significant for an industry that routinely pays out multi-million dollar bonuses.

The question is whether Wall Street is already experiencing claims? There have been high profile Wall Street executives that have passed away in recent years from aggressive brain cancers. Wall Street firms are unlikely to want to proactively disclose litigation but it is a question that should be asked.

Wall Street firms also have some tough decisions to make about managing future risk. If we were to see a change of behaviour in the way firms manage their employees’ cell phones then this may be an indication that they are aware of the problem. At least one Wall Street firm has recently moved to no longer paying cell phone bills for its employees. Employees that have been spoken to believe that this is part of a cost cutting exercise, but wider factors may be at play.

What would Gordon Gekko be doing in these circumstances? The way he was smoking those cigars he may not have made it this far to worry about it. But if he did he would no doubt be shorting his own company.

Links:

Dariusz Leszczynski – molecular biology scientist who has advised The World Health Organisation. Dariusz is currently visiting Australia giving public lectures. See his blog for details:

https://betweenrockandhardplace.wordpress.com/

Reuters: Are wireless phones linked with brain cancer risk?

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/11/us-brain-cancer-mobilephone-idUSKCN0IV26Y20141111

Transcript of Judge Frederick H. Weisberg judgement on expert witness in telco / brain tumour case:

http://ehtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Expert-Order.pdf

Gordon Gekko’s cell phone:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2010/09/23/gordon_gekko_s_cell_phone.html

Gaëlle Coureau, et al., Mobile phone use and brain tumours in the CERENAT case-control study,Occupational & Envtl. Med., May 9, 2014 (available at http://oem.bmj.com/content/early/2014/05/09/oemed-2013-101754.abstract

 

source :

http://gordonanoble.com/2014/11/14/wall-streets-cell-phone-litigation-problem/

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29 brain tumor lawsuits move toward trial in Washington, DC

Arthur Firstenberg, Cellular Phone Task Force, Aug 11, 2014Twenty-nine high-profile lawsuits brought by people whose brain tumors were caused by their cell phones are finally moving toward trial. Six of these cases were originally filed in 2001 and 2002. Many of the plaintiffs are no longer alive.On Friday, Judge Frederick H. Weisberg, in the D.C. Superior Court, admitted the testimony of five expert witness for the plaintiffs, and the 12- and 13-year-old cases will now move into the discovery phase. Each of the plaintiffs is asking for more than $100,000,000. There are 46 defendants including Motorola, Nokia, AT&T, Bell Atlantic, Cellular One, Cingular Wireless, SBC Communications, Verizon, Vodafone, the Telecommunications Industry Association, the IEEE, ANSI, the CTIA, and the FCC. The plaintiffs are represented by Jeffrey B. Morganroth of Morganroth & Morganroth, a law firm in Birmingham, Michigan.

For over a decade the industry and the plaintiffs have played tug-of-war with the oldest cases, sending them back and forth between federal and state courts, and fighting over whether the plaintiff’s claims were preempted by the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

In 2009 the D.C. Court of Appeals, in Murray v. Motorola (982 A. 2d 764), ruled that the telecommunications companies could not be sued over brain tumors caused by cell phones manufactured after 1996. But since all of these plaintiffs had used pre-1996 phones, their lawsuits were allowed to go forward. They were also allowed to go forward on their claims that the defendants made false and misleading statements and failed to disclose information about the dangers of cell phones.  These claims were brought under the D.C. Consumer Protection Procedures Act.

In December 2013 and January 2014, testimony was heard from:

DR. SHIRA KRAMER, a Maryland epidemiologist;

DR. MICHAEL KUNDI, professor of epidemiology and occupational health at the Medical University of Vienna;

DR. VINI KHURANA, a neurosurgeon and professor of neurosurgery at the Australian National University in Canberra;

DR. IGOR BELYAEV, head research scientist at the Cancer Research institute at the Slovak Academy of Science in Bratislava, Slovakia;

DR. WILHELM MOSGOELLER, professor and medical doctor at the University of Vienna Medical School’s Institute for Cancer Research;

DR. DIMITRIS PANAGAPOULOUS, founder of the Radiation Biophysics Laboratory at the University of Athens;

DR. ABRAHAM LIBOFF, professor emeritus of physics at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan; and

DR. LAURA PLUNKETT, pharmacologist and toxicologist in Houston.

On Friday, August 8, 2014, the testimony of Drs. Kramer, Khurana, and Panagopoulos was disallowed. But the testimony of Drs. Kundi, Belyaev, Mosgoeller, Liboff, and Plunkett was admitted. They will testify at trial about “general causation,” i.e. that cell phones can cause brain tumors.

The lawsuits now move into the discovery phase, in which each side is compelled to produce documents and answer questions. This is the first time that the industry has had to turn over data. There will then be a fight over the admission of the testimony of witnesses on “specific causation,” i.e. doctors and others who will testify that these specific cell phones caused these specific tumors.

Friday’s decision by Judge Weisberg allowed 13 of the cases, which have been consolidated in one action, to go forward.  The other 16 cases are being tried separately, but the parties in those cases agreed to be bound by Friday’s decision.

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Merchant Law Group LLP is pursuing litigation concerning cellular phone use and brain tumours in Canada.

July 24, 2013 by EMFacts

Excerpt from Merchant Law Group’s circulated flyer asking for participants in a class action:
Cell Phone Radiation Litigation

Merchant Law Group LLP is pursuing litigation concerning cellular phone use and brain tumours in Canada.

If you wish to receive updates about this action, particularly if you have used a cell phone and have been diagnosed with a brain tumour, please join the contact list by completing the form below. Please note that joining our contact list for the Cell Phone Litigation creates no financial obligation for you and your information will be kept confidential.

Merchant Law Group LLP has 12 offices across Canada, with lawyers practising law in six provinces. Merchant Law Group and Tony Merchant Q.C. are well known for pursuing class action lawsuits in Canada including litigation regarding Complete Contact Lens Solution,Winners/HomeSense, Various Cellular Phone Fees, BCE Dividends, GM Gasket Manifolds, Hip Implants, Lead Paint in Toys (and similar consumer products), Maple Leaf, Celebrex/Bextra, Vioxx, Sony, Residential Schools, Zonolite and various other cases. Tony Merchant is known to be one of Canada’s most active litigators with more than 600 reported cases in leading Caselaw Journals, having argued thousands of cases before the Canadian and American Courts, in Trial and Administrative Courts, and the Courts of Appeal of various American and Canadian jurisdictions, the Federal Court of Canada, and the Supreme Court of Canada. Tony Merchant, Q.C., has a long history in pursuing public policy cases and is a former Member of the Legislative Assembly (M.L.A.)

 http://www.emfacts.com/2013/07/merchant-law-group-llp-is-pursuing-litigation-concerning-cellular-phone-use-and-brain-tumours-in-canada/

 

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Local governments and reason-giving

T-Mobile South LLC v. City of Roswell

T-Mobile South, LLC v. City of Roswell

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
13-975 11th Cir. Nov 10, 2014
Tr.Aud.
Jan 14, 2015 6-3 Sotomayor OT 2014

Holding: 47 U.S.C. § 332(c)(7)(B)(iii), which provides that a locality’s denial of an application to build a cell phone tower “shall be in writing and supported by substantial evidence contained in a written record,” requires localities to provide the reasons for such denials in writing. However, those reasons do not have to appear in the written denial letter as long as they appear in some other written record, are sufficiently clear, and are provided or made accessible to the applicant essentially contemporaneously with the written denial notice.

JudgmentReversed and remanded, 6-3, in an opinion by Justice Sotomayor on January 14, 2015. Chief Justice Roberts filed a dissenting opinion in which Justice Ginsburg joined and in which Justice Thomas joined as to Part I. Justice Thomas filed a dissenting opinion.

 

Supreme Court to hear Roswell cell phone tower case

 http://www.11alive.com/story/news/local/roswell/2014/11/11/roswell-cell-tower/18886403/

7:43 p.m. EST November 11, 2014

ROSWELL, Ga. — A fight over whether to put a cell phone tower in the city of Roswell has made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Four years ago, T-Mobile wanted to build a 108-foot cell tower in Roswell. It promised to disguise the tower as an over-sized pine tree.

After a heated debate at a city council meeting, the city denied the request, T-Mobile appealed to the courts saying it was never given specific and required reasons for denial.

Under the Telecommunications Act of 1996, local towns and cities have to provide specific reasons — in writing — why they won’t allow a tower.

Constitutional law experts say that brings up a much bigger question.

“Should and can Congress dictate to local towns and cities how they go about their business,” said Eric Segall, a Constitutional law professor at Georgia State University. “Now on one hand, the answer should be yes for this kind of nationally important new technology. On the other hand, we have to be careful that the federal government doesn’t intrude too far to local prerogatives.”

The issue has made it all the way to the Supreme Court.

 

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Florida Supreme Court Says Warrant Needed for Cell Tower Data

By Jeralyn, Section Civil Liberties
Posted on Sun Oct 19, 2014 at 06:27:10 PM EST

Courts continue to be divided on whether a search warrant is needed for cops to obtain cell site locator data. This week the Florida Supreme Court ruled a warrant is necessary. It is the first state to decide the issue based on the 4th Amendment.

The case specifically involves cell tower data for a convicted drug dealer that police obtained from a telecom without a warrant. But the way the ruling is written, it would also cover the use of so-called “stingrays”—sophisticated technology law enforcement agencies use to locate and track people in the field without assistance from telecoms.

Agencies around the country, including in Florida, have been using the technology to track suspects—sometimes without obtaining a court order, other times deliberately deceiving judges and defendants about their use of the devices to track suspects, telling judges the information came from “confidential” sources rather than disclose their use of stingrays. The new ruling would require them to obtain a warrant or stop using the devices.

The case is Tracey v. Florida and the opinion is here.

The ACLU hails the decision (see quote in linked article.) Volokh Conspiracy says given the conflict among courts, the decision is likely to increase the chances the Supreme Court will take up the issue.

Tracey sets up a particularly interesting dynamic in the Eleventh Circuit, which has a cell-site case pending en banc inUnited States v. Davis. If the en banc Eleventh Circuit holds that cell-site data is protected, it sets up a clear federal circuit split with the 5th as well as a partial split with the 6th. On the other hand, if it holds that cell-site data is unprotected, it sets up a federal/state split in the same jurisdiction with the Florida Supreme Court. With Davis pending and the Fourth Circuit’sGraham case pending on this as well, I suspect Supreme Court review is likely relatively soon.

http://www.talkleft.com/story/2014/10/19/192710/24/civilliberties/Fl-Supreme-Court-Says-Warrant-Needed-for-Cell-Tower-Data