San Francisco’s Fight Over Cell Phone Warnings Ends
San Francisco city leaders have agreed to revoke an ordinance that would have been the first in the United States to require retailers to warn consumers about potentially dangerous radiation levels. The city Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to settle a lawsuit with the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association by accepting a permanent injunction against the right-to-know cell phone ordinance. The group had alleged the law violated its free-speech rights, and the settlement marked a victory for the industry. "This is just a terrible blow to public health," Ellen Marks, an advocate for the measure, said outside the supervisors' chambers. The industry association has asserted the San Francisco ordinance, if put into effect, would mislead consumers about the relative risks posed by cell phones.