Tort Law

Man Sues Neighbor Over Bad Vibes, Says She Must Turn Off Electronics

A man who says he suffers from “electromagnetic sensitivities” has sued a neighbor and now former friend in New Mexico state court, seeking $530,000 in damages and a court order requiring her to turn off her wireless electronic devices.

The plaintiff homeowner, Arthur Firstenberg, 59, says he asked defendant Raphaela Monribot, who rents a home near his, to limit her use of the laptop computer, wireless router, iPhone and dimmer switches that are causing him symptoms including nausea, vertigo and heart arrhythmia, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Experts differ on whether Firstenberg’s symptoms are physiological or, as physics professor Bob Park of the University of Maryland speculates, psychological in nature.

Firstenberg says he is staying with friends and sleeping in his car because of the situation. Meanwhile, Monribot tells the newspaper she is, essentially, under attack for living appropriately in her own home.

“I feel as if my life and liberty are under attack for no valid reason,” she says in an e-mail, “and it has forced me to have to defend my very basic human rights.”

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