San Francisco Updates Cell Phone Safety Warnings

San Francisco updated its cell phone safety recommendations following the settlement of a lawsuit that blocked implementation of the city's cell phone “right to know” law.
BERKELEY, Calif. - June 4, 2013 - PRLog -- San Francisco updated its cell phone safety recommendations on the city’s web site following the settlement of a lawsuit filed by the CTIA—The Wireless Association that blocked implementation of the cell phone “right to know” law adopted by the city in 2010.

After a three year battle, the city decided to disband with its cell phone law rather than continue to fight the CTIA and risk having to pay the industry’s legal fees. The case was settled “in exchange for a waiver of attorneys' fees” even though the city believes the “Ninth Circuit’s opinion is deeply flawed.”

Meanwhile, the CTIA has been citing the Ninth Circuit’s opinion around the country in an effort to deter state and local policy makers from adopting cell phone “right to know” laws.

However, the city’s web site points out that because the court’s decision is unpublished, it only applies to San Francisco. Furthermore, the decision cannot serve as a precedent in any future litigation. Thus it is inappropriate for the industry to cite this case as a precedent for other jurisdictions.

To see the entire news release, go to my Electromagnetic Radiation Safety web site at


SF Environment. Using Cell Phones Safely. URL:

Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D.
School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley
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