Family of former Sulphur pastor files lawsuit against telecom industry

Family of former Sulphur pastor files lawsuit against telecom industry
The lawsuit claims the telecom industry “downplayed, understated, and/or did not state the health hazards and risks associated with cell phones.” (Source: Atit Phetmuangtong / EyeEm/EyeEm)

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - A federal lawsuit has been filed against the telecom industry on behalf of the family of a Sulphur pastor who alleges his deadly brain cancer is linked to cell phone radiation, according to the Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South, LLP law firm.

Filed in federal court in Lakes Charles, the lawsuit was brought by the widow and two sons of Frank Walker, 49, who died December 31, 2020 after a 2-year battle with glioblastoma. His family says his battle included extensive radiation, chemotherapy and surgery.

The lawsuit alleges the telecom industry has hidden the known health risks of cell phone radiation for decades. It claims Mr. Walker started using cellular products around 1995 and continued doing so through 2020. In total, the suit claims Mr. Walker used cell phones produced by Motorola, Nokia, Alcatel, and ZTE.

The family says Mr. Walker used the phones extensively and habitually while holding them with his right hand against his right ear, and as a result of this use, they believe Mr. Walker was unknowingly exposed to radio frequency energy and radiation that caused adverse health effects.

According to the lawsuit, around January 2019 Walker was diagnosed with a glioblastoma and underwent extensive radiation and chemotherapy following a resection of the tumor. As a result of the cancer, as well as surgery and post-surgery therapy and medications, the family says Mr. Walker was left permanently disabled.

The lawsuit claims the telecom industry “downplayed, understated, and/or did not state the health hazards and risks associated with cell phones.”

In a news release, lead counsel Hunter W. Lundy said, “For generations, the telecom industry has fought the release of scientific studies and information regarding ties between mobile phone use and brain tumors. The industry manipulated the science to the detriment of consumers. With this lawsuit, Mr. Walker’s family hopes to help reveal the telecom industry’s secrets and hold them accountable for harm done to consumers.”

Motorola, Inc.; AT&T Mobility LLC; ZTE Corp.; Cricket Communications LLC; and the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association have been named as defendants among several others. The filing accuses the defendants of fraud, unfair trade practices, design defects, inadequate warning, negligent misrepresentation, among other state and federal causes of action.

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