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Supreme Court won't put cell phone cam on hold.

Five class action lawsuits over the dangers of cell phone radiation can now head for trial, after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear defendants' appeals. That decision lets stand a Fourth Circuit ruling allowing the suits to proceed. (Pinney v. Nokia, Inc., 402 F.3d 430 (4th Cir. 2005), cert. denied, 126 S. Ct. 551 (2005).)

Michael Allweiss of New Orleans, a plaintiff attorney working on the cases, said his clients are pleased the Court did not find any significant issues to review. "The upshot is that the cases can now go forward," he said.

The plaintiffs claim that the radiation emitted from cell phones is a public health hazard and that long-term exposure can lead to significant health problems. They want the makers and sellers of the phones to provide consumers with headsets and information about the substantial health benefits of using them to move the radiation source away from the head.

Unlike many other suits filed against cell phone makers, these plaintiffs have not been diagnosed with brain tumors. Several recent scientific studies in Europe have shown that exposure to cell phone radiation for more than 10 years can cause an increased risk of tumors. (Sara Hoffman Jurand, Lawsuits Call for More Information on Dangers of Cell Phone Radiation, TRIAL, July 2005, at 12.)
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