Jerusalem - Partner Communications Claims Payout To Cancer Victim Is 'Gesture Of Goodwill'
Jerusalem - Partner Communications, the parent company of the Orange service provider, has agreed to pay hundreds of thousands of shekels to a man who had cancer after talking on cellular phones purchased from the company.
YNETnews.com (http://bit.ly/149wvuW) is reporting that Partners officials are calling the payout a ‘gesture of goodwill,’ while continuing to reject the man’s claim that prolonged use of their cell phones contributed to his lymphoma.
The plaintiff, a 50 year-old attorney, filed the lawsuit in 2010, demanding Partners pay him millions of dollars after an aggressive lymphoma developed in his left ear.
According to the law suit, the disease broke out due to frequent use by the man of two phones purchased from the company—one in 2003, the other in 2007. The man, it explains, “used the phones over a prolonged time in a ‘safe room’ in his house.”
The suit stated that the company was liable because it failed to warn the man that using a cell phone in a ‘safe room’ emits dangerous radiation with greater intensity.
A medical opinion attached to the complaint alleged there was a basis for the man’s claim.
A spokesman for Partners Communications said, “The company keeps strict adherence to the compliance with the provisions and guidelines of the World Health Organization, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Communications, and other relevant factors. Prosecution found no scientific or medical truth, and it was rejected by the court. Beyond the letter of the law, and given the personal story of the plaintiff, the company decided on an exceptional human gesture. We wish him a speedy recovery.
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