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(Oct 23, 2012) On October 18, 2012, it was reported that Italy High Court Finds Causal Link Between Mobile Phones and Cancer, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Oct. 19, 2012).)
The appellant in the case, former Brescian company director Innocenzo Marcolini, discovered in 2002 that he had developed a "neurinoma," a benign tumor that arises from the cells of a nerve sheath, in this case the Gasser's ganglion of the trigeminal nerve. (Neurinoma, THE PROBERT ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MEDICINE (last visited Oct. 23, 2012); Manager bresciano risarcito per un tumore provocato dall'uso del cellulare, IL GIORNO (Oct. 18, 2012), .) Even though the tumor was deemed non-cancerous, it "nevertheless required surgery that badly affected his quality of life." (Virginia Alimenti, Naomi O'Leary, & Kate Kelland, Italy Court Ruling Links Mobile Phone Use to Tumor, REUTERS (Oct. 19, 2012).)
Marcolini's application to the Italian Workers' Compensation Authority, INAIL, for financial compensation was turned down on the ground of lack of evidence that the tumor was work-related, but a Brescian court subsequently held that a causal link did exist between mobile and cordless phone use and tumors. INAIL's appeal against that decision was rejected by the Supreme Court on October 12, 2012. (
In upholding the lower court's decision, the Supreme Court held "that scientific evidence advanced in support of the claim was reliable" and that "Marcolini's situation had been 'different from normal, non-professional use of a mobile telephone.'" (
Scientific opinion remains divided, however, as to the strength of the causal tie between mobile phone use and tumors. In response to the Italian ruling, Malcolm Sperrin, director of medical physics and clinical engineering at the
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