updated 04:20 pm EST, Fri November 11, 2011
CTIA to appeal San Francisco phone law decision
The CTIA will continue its legal fight against a San Francisco law that would require retailers to put up posters warning buyers of potential cell phone radiation health risks. The agency will appeal a federal judge's recent decision, arguing the new ruling still violates freedom of speech protections. The CTIA was fighting the law in its many forms for over a year.
The revised law is said to become law on November 30. A San Francisco lawyer is appealing the ruling as well, trying to make it go back to its original strength. This would require retailers to hand out a fact sheet from the World Health Organization with each handset sold. It, along with large posters and stickers, would classify the phones' radio-frequency emissions as a possible carcinogen.
A summer study by the Environmental Health Perspectives found that cellphones are not responsible for brain tumors, although contradictory studies have existed as well. An earlier study from the World Health Organization found possible links between cancer and cell phone use, although it didn't go so far as to say there was a definitive connection. [via FierceWireless]