Judge Blocks Most of San Francisco's Cellphone Warning Law

October 27, 2011 - 5:55 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge has struck down most of a San Francisco law that requires retailers to warn customers about cellphone radiation and its health effects.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup ruled Thursday that the city's warning is misleading because it implies cellphones are dangerous and unregulated. He ordered city officials to change the wording on the fact sheet that retailers are required to distribute.

The judge also blocked parts of the ordinance that require retailers to put up posters and affix warning stickers on cellphones. He said those items unconstitutionally compel retailers to broadcast the city's opinion of cellphones.

An industry group had sued the city after its Board of Supervisors passed the ordinance 10-1 last year.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera says he will appeal the judge's decision.