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In Baltimore Maryland Attorneys for a doctor who was stricken by brain cancer are hoping a new study indicating a link between older cell phones and tumors will bolster a 800 million lawsuit against Motorola Inc and major mobile-phone carriers Although many studies have found no cancer risk from cell phone use research published in the latest European Journal of Cancer Prevention said long-term users of old-fashioned analog cell phones were at least 30 percent more likely than nonusers to develop brain tumors A judge is expected to decide whether the Motorola lawsuit should go to trial and if so whether the study can be used as evidence If the case is allowed to go forward it could open the door to other significant lawsuits against the wireless communication industry So far no similar claims have been successful Motorola criticized the study of the new report which was written by Swedish oncologist Lennart Hardell who testified against the company in evidence hearings in February Hardell studied 1617 patients with brain tumors and compared them with a similar-sized group of people without tumors He found that patients who used Swedens Nordic Mobile telephones were 30 percent more likely to have brain tumors especially on the side of the head that touched the phone most often Those who used the phones longer than 10 years were 80 percent more likely to develop tumors Lawyers Say Analog phones caused tumors John Angelos an attorney representing Dr Christopher Newman of Jarrettsville Maryland has asked US District Court Judge Catherine Blake to let the study be included as evidence in his lawsuit From our perspective and from a public health perspective the court should just be aware of whats out there said Angelos whose firm has made millions suing asbestos and tobacco companies on behalf of cancer victims Newmans lawsuit names Motorola Verizon and other wireless carriers He claims the analog cell phones he used from
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