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Will San Francisco Abandon Its Cell Phone Right to Know Law?
Will San Francisco abandon its cell phone right to know law tomorrow in order to settle a lawsuit filed by the CTIA-The Wireless Association after a three year battle in the courts?
When the lawsuit was heard in the Federal District Court, the judge approved a revised Fact Sheet that retailers were required to distribute to consumers. The CTIA obtained a temporary injunction and appealed the case to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. A three-judge panel was not convinced that the Fact Sheet was factual and non-controversial and continued the injunction that blocked implementation of the law. The case is back in the Federal District court and is scheduled for a hearing next January. However, tomorrow the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will vote on an ordinance that would repeal the law to avoid the costs of future litigation.
Item #8 (130315) on the May 7, 2013 agenda for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is an ordinance authorizing settlement of the lawsuit (http://www.sfbos.org/
The agenda packet contains details from the case (http://www.sfbos.org/
For additional details about the law and the lawsuit see:
Open Letter to San Francisco Mayor and Board of Supervisors - 4/30/2013
The San Francisco Cell Phone Fact Sheet Suppressed by the CTIA
San Francisco's Cell Phone Fact Sheet is Factual - 9/12/2012
Big Week for Cell Phone Radiation Legislation - 8/6/2012
Cell Phone Radiation Warning on San Francisco Government Web Site - 5/18/2012
Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D.
School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley
Page Updated Last on: Oct 25, 2013