CTIA Wireless Association has sued to block San Francisco’s “Cell Phone Right to Know” ordinance, which would require retailers to post materials about cell phone radiation and safety measures next to devices, passed in July. The CTIA calls the law “alarmist and false.” The Environmental Health Trust, in conjunction with the California Brain Tumor Association, filed an amicus brief to the United States Court of Appeals in support of the City.
Like the Israeli Knesset, EHT believes that the public has the right to know about cellphone dangers so that they can make informed decisions about their purchases and take precautionary measures. Lead attorney for the brief, James Turner says, “San Francisco’s disclosure rules for cell phones should be supported by everyone, including the courts. The First Amendment demands no less. A democracy depends on the free flow of information.”