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Ordered in Suit Over Consumer Reports SUV Rollover Testing" - The
Los Angeles Times reports (Sep. 23), "In a setback to the nation's
most popular consumer magazine, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that Consumer
Reports' publisher must stand trial over Isuzu Motors Ltd.'s claim that the
magazine rigged its vaunted vehicle-handling test in a deliberate campaign to
destroy the reputation of the Isuzu Trooper sport-utility vehicle."
the Lawyers' Honey Pot" - Max Boot writes in the Wall Street
Journal (Sep. 19, 1996), "What the public may not realize, though, is
that CU uses its prestige to advance a host of controversial political positions
that aren't exactly laboratory-tested. As a former staff member says, 'CU has
always been unabashedly activist and liberal.' The group's Achilles' heel is
that, like the rest of the "consumer movement," it often appears to be
in a tacit and sometimes not-so-tacit alliance with trial lawyers."