By JENNIFER R. SULLIVANAssociated PressIn a landmark case, a federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that the government must provide a detailed explanation for the use of the EMF-avoidance device, called the Empowerment Inducement Device (EID), to prevent electrocution.
The appeals court said the device, which is manufactured by EMDecs Inc., violated the 1964 Electrical Protection Act, a landmark federal law designed to prevent the discharge of dangerous electrical charges from electrically energized objects, including computers, power lines, and switches.
The act was intended to protect people from dangerous electric charges from the electrical equipment they use and the equipment that they own.
The law states:Electrical devices designed to avoid or minimize exposure to harmful electromagnetic energy are prohibited.
The government had argued that EID is designed to be used only with electronic equipment, but that was not true.
The judge’s ruling was the first in a federal court to find the device a violation of the act.
“The EID can be used for all types of electrocutions,” said Robert L. Caproni, an attorney for the Electronic Privacy Information Center, which sued on behalf of plaintiffs.
“The only reason for using it for electrocinations is to prevent them from being detected.”
The case was brought by a group of victims of electrodynamic electrocutation, or electric shocks that can be felt or felt with fingers.
The plaintiffs, who are in their 50s and 60s, and some of their friends and family members sued in federal court.
The case, filed in April, is still under review by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.