Family Sues Telecom Giants, Alleging They Hid Risks of Cell Phone Radiation Causing Man’s Brain Cancer

Children’s Health Defense Chairman Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is part of the legal team representing the family of Frank Aaron Walker, who died at age 49 from an aggressive brain cancer linked to cell phone radiation.

The family of a pastor from Louisiana who died from glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, is suing Motorola, AT&T and other telecommunications companies. The lawsuit, filed April 8, alleges the cancer was caused by exposure to cell phones’ radiation and that the telecommunications industry has engaged for decades in fraudulent practices to hide the health risks of cell phone radiation.

The lawsuit was brought by the widow and two sons of Frank Aaron Walker, a pastor, teacher and musician from Louisiana. Mr. Walker, who used cell phones for 25 years, was diagnosed with glioblastoma brain cancer in January 2019. Walker died Dec. 31, 2020, at the age of 49, after a two-year battle with this cancer.

The case “April Marie Walker, et al., v. Motorola Mobility, LLC, et al.” was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. The family is represented by Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South, LLP, one of the leading personal injury law firms in the country, and by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., chairman and chief legal counsel for Children’s Health Defense (CHD).

The defendants in the case include Motorola Mobility, LLC; Motorola Solutions, Inc., Motorola, Inc.; AT&T Mobility LLC; ZTE Corp.; Cricket Communications LLC; HMD Global Oy; the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association; and the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA).

The lawsuit alleges that the telecom industry “downplayed, understated and/or did not state the health hazards and risks associated with cell phones.” It also accuses the defendants of fraud, unfair trade practices, design defects, inadequate warning and misrepresentation, among other state and federal causes of action.

CTIA played leading role in defrauding public

The plaintiffs claim that the wireless lobby associations, the CTIA and the Telecom Industry Association “have been at the forefront of the cell phone industry’s bad faith and deceptive public relations program to reassure the public of the absence of risk of harm from cell phone use.”

According to the lawsuit, a central figure in the furtherance of this activity is Tom Wheeler, the former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman who was also the CEO of the CTIA.

In 1993, when Wheeler worked for CTIA, he announced a $25 million research program to prove that cell phones are safe. The lawsuit alleges that in 1999, when the head of the research program disclosed that the studies showed evidence of health concerns, CTIA started a campaign to discredit the work of the man they chose to spearhead their research and they hid the results from the public.