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Former U.S. and NATO Soldiers Exposed to X-Rays From Radar Defense Systems File Class Action Against Defense Contractors.

EL PASO, Texas -- Today, nine former members of U.S. and European NATO military units, and their surviving spouses and children, along with a veterans' support group, filed a class action lawsuit against Raytheon Company, Lucent Technologies, General Electric Corporation, Honeywell International, Inc., ITT Industries, Inc., and ITT-Gilfillan, Inc. for injuries suffered from exposure to dangerous x-ray radiation during the period between 1958 and 1994. The plaintiffs were exposed to this radiation during their work on radar devices manufactured, designed and distributed by the defendants. These veterans all served as U.S. and NATO soldiers and were affected by the radar devices, which operated primarily along the front lines of the Cold War. The plaintiffs have filed their Complaint in El Paso, Texas, the location of the Fort Bliss U.S. military base at which named plaintiffs were trained on the devices.

The plaintiffs allege that defendants defectively designed and manufactured the radar devices by failing to adequately shield radar transmitter tubes that emitted dangerous amounts of x-ray radiation, creating an unreasonable risk of harm to radar mechanics, technicians, and operators who regularly repaired, maintained and worked in close proximity with these devices. In addition, the Complaint alleges that despite the fact that the defendants knew, or should have known, of the dangers posed by their radar devices, the defendants failed to warn users of the significant dangers and health risks posed by potential exposure to ionizing radiation through the maintenance and use of radar devices. In particular, the Complaint alleges that defendants failed to advise users of the need to wear protective clothing and to limit periods of exposure.

As a result of this radiation exposure, the plaintiffs are at higher risk for certain illnesses or have already developed various forms of cancer and other life-threatening conditions. They seek certification of a medical monitoring class on behalf of a class of radar operators, mechanics and technicians exposed to ionizing radiation produced by defendants' radar devices, but not yet affected with an illness. They also seek relief for this class in the form of a fund, to be administered by the court, to finance the performance of such medical monitoring and surveillance services as are deemed reasonably and medically necessary to protect the medical monitoring class from increased risk of harm and disease.

Those plaintiffs who have already become ill or have died as a result of the exposure also seek monetary damages. The illnesses affecting the plaintiffs include, but are not limited to, leukemia, lymphomas, bladder cancer, brain cancer, thyroid disease and late onset testicular cancer.

The lawyers representing plaintiffs include, Jonathan Auerbach of the law firm of Berger & Montague, P.C., Enrique Moreno of the Law Office of Enrique Moreno, 701 Magoffin, El Paso, TX 79901, and James P. Ulwick of Kramon & Graham, P.A., One South Street, Suite 2600 Baltimore, MD 21202.

Veterans and others who believe that they may have been injured through x-ray exposure from defendants' radar devices can contact the Law Office of Berger & Montague's Radar Litigation Group at:
 Berger & Montague, P.C.
 Radar Litigation Group
 1622 Locust Street
 Philadelphia, PA 19103
 Phone: 800-23-RADAR (800-237-2327) or 215-875-3000
 Fax: 215-875-4604


CONTACT: Jonathan Auerbach, Esq. of Berger & Montague, P.C., +1-215-875-3000

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