Apple, Samsung hit with class action lawsuit over handset RF radiation emissions

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Lawyers have jumped to file a class action lawsuit against Apple and Samsung, following the results of tests commissioned by the Chicago Tribune that seem to show that radio frequency (RF) radiation emitted by smartphones from both manufacturers exceeded safety standards.

Zak Doffman for Forbes:

The tests, reported the newspaper, “conducted according to federal guidelines at an accredited lab,” found that “radio-frequency radiation exposure from the iPhone 7—one of the most popular smartphones ever sold—measured over the legal safety limit… Meanwhile, “the three Samsung phones tested by the Tribune,” met safety limits at all distances except 2mm from the body, “to represent a device being used while in a pocket,” at which point “the exposures measured well over the standard.”

The lawsuit was filed on Friday [August 23] in the the Northern District of California, despite assurances that the products are safe, the lawsuit claims, “recent testing of the defendants’ products shows that the potential exposure for an owner carrying the phone in a pants or shirt pocket was over the exposure limit, sometimes far exceeding it—in some instances by 500%.”

MacDailyNews Take: This lawsuit is so predictable that even Steve Ballmer could’ve foreseen it.


  1. Predictable lawsuit is meaningless. The is not a patent troll case, this is about public safety.

    If Apple lied to regulators and put all customers in harms way there needs to be a swift reckoning! Followed by a product redesign that keeps us SAFE.

    The best part of the story is lowly mocked cheap Samsung phones did a stellar job much better than Apple. They are safe within half the width of your fingernail.

    Classic story the beancounter CEO skirts regulations and more concerned with profits than people. If true, hope the court rules in favor of the plaintiffs and asks for a massive recall and replacement. Every Apple iPhone from the 7 to the latest model SHOULD be tested for safety and come with a safety rating right on the box. U.S. government consumer agencies should demand it!…

    1. Nice, all the fanboys are up in arms — what a surprise!

      Where the FCC tests the same, as the private lab hired by the Chicago Tribune with totally different results? Or, was one test better than the other? If so, which one? I would bet a modern lab is more advanced and progressive than the government bureaucratic apparatus that takes decades to CHANGE. A lot of government agencies are still running XP for example.

      I don’t know the answer and neither do you. It doesn’t surprise me the unshakable faith the left has in Big Government to solve everybody’s problem. Spend billions and trillions and the reality is worse — nothing gets SOLVED.

      My point is if the story is true and the FCC negligent, Apple should be held accountable. That is pretty tough hill to climb to prove the federal government is negligent and the influence of the largest company of all time will lose billions, particularly going into federal court, if it happens, with a liberal judge appointed by Obama.

      Although this could go either way, my gut is you have nothing to worry about. To prove negligence on government and Apple, whether true or not — the courts work for the corporations — NOT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE…

      1. “Were the FCC tests the same, as the private lab hired by the Chicago Tribune with totally different results?”

        If you were to read even the extract from the original article reproduced above, or perhaps even the original Chicago Tribune article, you would know the answer. The FCC standard sets a limit on ionizing radiation measured from no more than 15 nor less than 5 mm from the device. The Tribune measured at 2 mm. That’s like the difference in measuring the sound level from a rock concert right in front of the speakers rather than from the property line as required by a local noise ordinance.

  2. The FCC standard requires—repeat, requires—measurement at from 5-15 mm. At 15 mm, all these phones met the standard. At 2 mm, there was more measured energy, of course, since 15 squared is 56 times 2 squared and energy drops off with the square of the distance. So what? A 2 mm measurement is not a part of the standard. It is utterly irrelevant as to whether these phones met the Federal safety standard.

    Perhaps U.S. government agencies should demand basic science and literacy skills!

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