First Judicial District Judge Sarah Singleton has denied
local "electrosensitive" activist Arthur Firstenberg's demand for an injunction
against his neighbor's use of wi-fi and other home electronics.
In her seven-page opinion on the headline-grabbing case
—emailed to SFR by lawyers for Firstenberg's neighbor, Raphaela Monribot—Judge Singleton broadly rules that Firstenberg is unlikely to prevail on the merits
of his claim, because he has failed to prove that Monribot's home electronics are the specific cause of his symptoms.
Proof of a harm-causing dosage of wi-fi "is noticably lacking
in this case," Singleton writes. She goes on:
"[When Firstenberg] was initially diagnosed with EMS the concern seemed to be exposure to sources of large amounts of electromagnetic radiation such as high voltage transmission lines, broadcast and radio towers, and cellular phone towers. Now the concern seems to encompass power sources like dimmer switches."
Singleton also takes a swipe at the doctors who have diagnosed Firstenberg's condition. "[M]ore importantly, one of the alternative potential causes for Plaintiff's problems is a psychiatric condition
," Singleton writes.
"Given [Firstenberg's] familial history of mental illness, complete psychological evaluation, including testing, should have been included in the differntial diagnosis. ...No convincing explanation was given for why this critical step was omitted."
Stay tuned for more details.
It's unclear what bearing this ruling will have for future claims by "electrosensitive" individuals (or anti-wireless petitions to the City Council), but Singleton's decision is clearly unfavorable to the activists.
Update April 6
: One of Monribot's attorneys, Joseph Romero, writes in an email, "While the case will still go forward [to trial], the Court's decision presents a significant set-back to Firstenberg's case."
SFR has uploaded Judge Singleton's ruling below, highlighting the interesting bits. Click each image for a larger version.