- Published: 13 September 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
Knoll Law Firm involved in lawsuit alleging link between cellphones and tumors
By Raymond L. Daye Co-Editor Knoll Law Firm of Marksville is one of seven law firms from around the nation that are involved in a suit alleging a link between cell phones and brain tumors.
Washington, D.C., superior court Judge Frederick H. Weisberg ruled on Aug. 8 that five scientific expert witnesses can testify for consumers who allege that their brain tumors were caused or promoted by cell phone use. The ruling also requires the cell phone companies to make certain in-house documents available to the plaintiffs. Plaintiffs allege that cell phones not only contain radiation that can cause brain tumors, but the cell phone industry knew of these risks and have hidden them from the public.
Eddie Knoll Sr. said he and daughter-in-law Laura Bishop Knoll, as well as his sons Sonny Knoll and Eddie Knoll Jr., have been deeply involved in getting the case to this point. Weisberg is presiding over 13 consolidated lawsuits. He said the five witnesses meet guidelines allowing them to testify concerning general causation of injuries or health effects as a result of cell phone use.
The court held evidentiary hearings this past December and January, at which time hundreds of exhibits were reviewed.
Weisberg stressed that the court has not decided whether cell phones cause brain tumors, but noted that recent scientific studies on the issue must be considered. He referred to a French study released in May that found support for "a possible association between heavy mobile phone use" and brain tumors.
All of the plaintiffs either have a brain tumor or are suing on behalf of a family member who has died from brain cancer. The law firms involved come from Michigan, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, New York, and two from Louisiana -- Knoll from Marksville and Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South from Lake Charles.