Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on November 5, 1969 · Page 13
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 13

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Nationcd board berates Nixon consumer plan Wrecks kill man, woman By JOHN D. MORRIS New York Times Service WASHINGTON - Major elements of President Nixon's consumer protection program were denounced as "inadequate and unconstructive" yesterday by the board of directors of the Consumer Federation of America. •**" ;.The board termed the President's consumer message, sent to Congress last Wednesday, "a retreat" from earlier positions taken by Nixon and his special assistant for con- sflmer affairs, Virginia H. Knauer. board was critical particularly of restrictive provisions of class action legislation proposed by the President with the avowed purpose of opening the federal courts t0 suits by groups of consumers against fraud and decep- jjkm in the market place. The federation consists of 140 labor, cooperative and consumer - oriented organizations throughout the country. It has 38 directors. The directors, in a statement, expressed support for expansion of the Federal Trade Commission's jurisdiction and some other relatively minor features of the President's program. "Beyond that," they said, "the President's message is inadequate and unconstructive. By proposing structural rearrangement, the President would create the appearance of progress. By proposing further study, the President would block action that he and Congress can take now." The proposed class action legislation would allow consumers to band together and sue for damages only after the Justice Department had prosecuted successfully a merchant or manufacturer for 1 of 11 specified types of fraud or deception. "If the department decides not to sue, for whatever reason," the federation's board said, "the President would deny consumers the right of class. action. No agency should have that power. The President's excuse is to protect business from harassment. The courts themselves AEC HONORS SCIENTIST WASHINGTON (UPI) The Atomic Energy Commission yesterday picked Dr. Walter H. Zinn, "one of the .world's foremost developers" of nuclear power and production reactors, to receive Its $25,000 Enrico Fermi Award. have ample authority to reject frivolous suits." Howard Frazier, president of the federation, noted at a news conference that Mrs. Knauer had favored legislation without such restrictions but said her recommendations for a strong bill "apparently were not accepted by the President." The board's statement said the President also retreated by narrowly limiting his concept of consumer interests to "shoddy trade practices." "The interest of American consumers includes taxes, inflation, water quality and the cost of food, clothing and shelter," it added. It said the President recognized this in a statement to the federation's annual meeting in Denver,Aug. 23 when he spoke of a "wide range of problems facing the consumer. A Tempe man and a Phoenix woman died yesterday of injuries suffered in traffic accidents, the Arizona Department of Public Safety report- The victims were identified as James McLarney, 38, of ed. 622 Traffic deaths in 1969 552 died same period 1968 1062 W. Fifth St., Tempe, and Florence Gay, 65, of 2342 S. Mountain Road. Patrolmen said McLarney was injured yesterday in a two-car crash on the Maricopa freeway near Seventh Street. Investigators said he was a passenger in a car driven by Celima Somoza, 25, of 601 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, when a rear tire on the westbound vehicle blew out, causing it to spin into the path of a westbound station wagon driven by Janice Gray, 430 S. Es- quire Way, Mesa. McLarney was rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital by Ames helicopter, but he died of his injuries three hours later. 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