Judge Sides with Cell Industry in San Francisco Sign Case
A judge overseeing the CTIA Wireless Association's lawsuit against the City of San Francisco has ruled that cell phone retailers do not have to display placards and billboards that warn consumers of the health hazards posed by cell phones. The City of San Francisco passed a law that would have required retailers to display the signs, information about spectral absorption rate, and other radiation-related details. The CTIA argued that the placards and signs would only serve to confuse consumers, as the FCC decides that safety of all phones. The judge ruled that the law "is not reasonably necessary and would unduly intrude on the retailers' wall space." The judge did say, however, that retailers will need to hand pamphlets and flyers to customers with the information instead. The judge made some edits to the language the City of San Francisco used in the flyers, saying, "The overall impression left is that cell phones are dangerous and that they have somehow escaped the regulatory process. That impression is untrue." The judge is also forcing the City of San Francisco to remove an image on the flyer that implies phones are unsafe to use. THe City said it plans to appeal the ruling.