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Consumer Groups

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Parent Issue
Day
6
Month
September
Year
1974
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Ralph Nader is alive and kicking in Ann Arbor, or at least his followers are, witli a local group of PIRGIM (Public Interest Research Group in Michigan). Funded through a voluntary $1.00 fee from U-M students. the group modeled after Nader's Raiders has taken on every industry from fast-foods to nuclear power. A report last year on transporting nuclear wastes through highly populated areas received nationwide attention. PIRGIM has chapters at several state universities, and is headquartered in Lansing. A minimal staff receives pay, but most of the work must be done by volunteers. The Ann Arbor group, which has an office on campus, holds weekly meetings during the school year, and welcomes everyone interested in consumer protectión (especially people who like researching corporate dirty deeds!) Consumér protectión is also available through the county's Consumér Protectión división, which can handle complaints and prosecute companies accused of consumér fraud. For example, did you know that if an item in a store has two prices posted on it, the store must sell it to the consumér for the lower of the two. Or, if a store has run out of an advertised special, it must give you a "rain check." The state has both a Consumér Councü (MCC) and the Bureau of Consumér Protectión in the Attorney General's office. Both handle consumér complaints, and do investigating of problems. For example, the Attorney General's office did a report on fraud in the car repair business, which has led to several bilis in the legislature to require licensing of mechanics. The state published several good consumér guides. From the Michigan Consumér' s Council "How to Sue Someone in Small Claims Court," "Guide for Installment Buying," and a report on the new door-to-door sales act. From the Attorney General's office, "The Michigan Consumér Survival Manual" is also available-all these for absolutely free.