This story starts in Italy in 2012 with Italy’s supreme court upholding a ruling that said there was a link between a business executive’s brain tumour and his heavy mobile phone usage. The court ruled that scientific evidence in support of the Italian man’s claim was reliable and based on research that was independent and “unlike some others, was not co-financed by the same companies that produce mobile telephones.”
Fast forward to 2014 and move to the United States, where some of the world’s largest mobile phone companies are facing billion-dollar lawsuits brought by brain tumour victims. The biggest ever legal assault on the industry will seek to prove that mobile phone handsets can cause cancer and that FIRMS MAY HAVE DELIBERATELY COVERED UP CRUCIAL MEDICAL INFORMATION.
If the American litigation is successful, mobile phone companies will face crippling bills for compensation. What will this mean for Australian mobile carriers? How will this affect the legitimacy of the Victorian power distributors’ decision to use wireless technologies for their smart meters?
As investors digest the news, billions have already been wiped off the share values of some international wireless industry giants.
The pressure is now firmly on and it may well lead to the bubble of secrecy bursting and the truth FINALLY leaking out that wireless technologies are not so safe after all. It will be interesting to watch how the wireless industry’s spin doctors attempt to down play this announcement.
Interesting times ahead!
For more on the Italian case: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/19/us-italy-phones-idUSBRE89I0V320121019