Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on November 5, 1969 · Page 15
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 15

Phoenix, Arizona
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Wednesday, November 5, 1969
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Consumer board criticizes Nixorfs consumer vlan 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 consumer affairs, Virginia H. Knauer. The board was critical particularly of restrictive provisions of class action legislation proposed by the President with the avowed purpose of opening the federal courts to suits by groups of consumers against fraud and deception 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 riot 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. 7Tie courts themselves Regents to fight ruling on hair HOUSTON (AP) - The board of regents at San Jacinto College said yesterday they will carry to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary their fight for the right to suspend arty male student wearing long hair or a beard. The regents voted Monday night to appeal the ruling by U.S. District Judge John V. Singleton Jr., who issued an order temporarily reinstating "Carlos Calbillo, 20, of Pasade- na as a student at the college. Stanley D. Baskin, an attorney for San Jacinto, said the injunction was temporary "pending the court's final disposition of the case," but that regents still would appeal it. Singleton ruled Calbillo's constitutional rights were violated and enjoined the college from enforcing its 3-year-old rule banning long hair and beards. 1 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." Prince Philip leaves SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — England's Prince Philip left here yesterday after a five- day stay at a 5,600-acre ranch in the Big Horn Mountains. 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