Italy’s Supreme Court of Cassation has reportedly affirmed a lower court ruling allowing businessman Innocente Marcolini to recover compensation for developing a brain tumor after using a mobile phone for up to six hours each day for 12 years. Apparently recognizing a causal link between the exposure and the neurinoma Marcolini developed near his cranial nerve, the court distinguished his exposure from the “normal, non-professional use of a mobile telephone.” The court reportedly found that the supporting testimony provided by oncologist and professor of environmental mutagenesis Angelo Gino Levis and neurosurgeon Giuseppe Grasso was reliable. So ruling, the court rejected an appeal filed by the worker’s compensation authority.
According to a news source, the witnesses testified that mobile and cordless phones emit electromagnetic radiation, which allegedly damages cells and increases the risk of tumors. The evidence was reportedly based on research conducted in 2005-2009 by a cancer specialist at the University Hospital in Orebro, Sweden. Professor Levis was quoted as saying, “The court decision is extremely important. It finally officially recognizes the link. It’ll open not a road but a motorway to legal actions by victims. We’re considering a class action.” Critics contend that most of the research to date has found insufficient evidence of a link between mobile phone use and diseases such as cancer. They believe the ruling will have limited impact. See Mail Online, Reuters, Telegraph, and dnaindia.com, October 19, 2012.