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1.6.8.3 Wireless Communications

Federal communications laws do not preempt warranty and consumer protection claims regarding the sale of a cellular telephone that could only work on the provider’s network368 or that allegedly emitted harmful radiation.369 But another court held that federal law preempted warranty and consumer fraud claims based on a wireless carrier’s failure to deliver the promised level of connectivity, on the theory that these claims related to market entry and rates, which the Federal Communications Act specifically preempts.370

Footnotes

  • 368 {368} Beckermeyer v. AT&T Wireless, 69 Pa. D. & C.4th 225 (Pa. C.P. 2004).

  • 369 {369} Pinney v. Nokia, Inc., 402 F.3d 430 (4th Cir. 2005). But see Farina v. Nokia Inc., 625 F.3d 97 (3d Cir. 2010).

  • 370 {370} In re Apple iPhone 3G Products Liab. Litig., 728 F. Supp. 2d 1065 (N.D. Cal. 2010).