Two N.Y. Companies Settle Charges They Pushed
Cell Phone Shields With False Claims
August 06, 2003
Two companies settled charges they made false and
misleading claims about their cell phone radiation shields, the government
As part of its settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, one of the
companies, Rhino International Inc., agreed to pay $342,665 to consumers who
purchased its "WaveScrambler" patch, the government said.
Both Rhino, based in Sag Harbor, N.Y., and Safety Cell Inc. of New York City
are required by separate settlements to have adequate scientific evidence to
back future claims about their
products, the FTC said.
Neither company could be reached immediately for comment.
Both companies marketed shields touted as protecting cell phone users from
radiation, the government said.
Rhino said its WaveScrambler could block 99 percent of electromagnetic waves
emitted by cellular phones and cordless phones, the
FTC charged. Safety Cell said its "WaveGuard" blocked most of the
electromagnetic energy emitted from cell phones.
The FTC won suits earlier this year against two companies it accused of
similarly misleading statements about their cell phone shields. Stock Value
1 Inc. of Boca Raton, Fla., and Comstar Communications Inc. of West
Sacramento, Calif., were barred from making such claims.