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Kane Cancer Lawsuit Tossed Out, Lawyers To Challenge
September 27, 2002

A state appeals court in Illinois has affirmed a lower court ruling that threw out a cancer lawsuit brought by former Motorola Inc. engineer Robert Kane. Kane claimed the testing of mobile phones caused his brain cancer. Kane said his lawyers plan to challenge the Illinois appellate court decision in state supreme court.

The new ruling comes as a Baltimore federal judge nears a decision on whether to allow an $800 million cancer lawsuit against the mobile phone industry to go to trial. U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake said she will rule by Sept. 30. There are about a dozen brain-cancer suits currently pending against industry. Most of them have been transferred to Blake.