The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 11, 1985-- Page 3
work on hospital
WASHINGTON (AP) - A panel of
specialists from six of the nation's
largest think tanks is recommending to
president Reagan that bankers, real
estate agents and other professionals
e allowed to compete with lawyers to
rovide cheaper divorces, land sales,
wills and other contracts.
*That proposal is among a series of
ideas designed to reduce "the burden of
law, lawyers, litigation and legal fees
on our society" by the 14-member
Committee on The Next Agenda. A copy
Of the panel's report on legal reform,
Oue to be released here next week, was
obained by The Associated Press
THE REPORT said that if real estate
settlements and contracts, divorces,
wills and other contracts could be han-
.led by paralegals or relevant
professionals other than lawyers, the
competition would drive costs down.
Among the other recommendations
: Greater use of mediation and con-
iliation instead of trials.
" Restrictions on the ability of state
IM its to get federal courts to review
heir convictions. _
* Charging private parties the full
court costs of their lawsuits.
* Narrower drafting of federal
" Periodic reconfirmation of federal
The committee was sponsored by the
conservative Hudson Institute and its
president Thomas Bell, who drew ad-
ditional members from five other
iajor research centers: the Hoover In-
stitution, the Heritage Foundation, the
Brookings Institution, the American
Fnterprise Institute and the Institute
for Research on the Economics of
The committee included such Reagan
first-term officials as former White
House domestic policy adviser Martin
Anderson and former Treasury Under-
secretary Norman Ture.
IT ALSO included Heritage president
Edwin Feulner, a close friend of
Presidential Counselor Edwin Meese III,
WHOM Reagan has nominated to be
attorney general. In that post, Meese
would be in a position to promote or
act on the legal recommendations.
For instance, the panel said federal
court dockets could be reduced and
costs cut if more disputes were settled
by arbitration or conciliation rather
than by trials.
The panel particularly praised the
Justice Department's Community
Relations Service for encouraging such
alternatives, but for a number of years
the service has had to rely on appeals
by attorneys general to keep the Office
of Management and Budget from gut-
ting or eliminating its budget. Justice
sources say that battle was renewed
It noted that this year, 15 million new
civil suits will be filed and more than
30,000 new lawyers will graduate
although this country already has one
lawyer for every 600 citizens, the
highest ratio in the world.
Growing litigation has shifted power
from Congress and the president to
judges, has allowed individuals to
mount court attacks on political and
ideological opponents and given judges
day-to-day management of some
schoools, nursing homes and prisons.
This is "paralyzing democratic
processes, sapping personal initiative
and weakening individual respon-
sibility," it said.
By CHARLES SEWELL
Officials from University Hospitals
and the major heating and plumbing
contractor working on the Replacement
Hospital Project (RHP) have
scheduled a meeting for this afternoon
in an attempt to put workers back on
the job, a hospital spokeswoman said
Industrial Mechanical Contractors,
Inc. (IMC) pulled its workers off the job
Monday as a result of a dispute with
hospital officials over payment for ad-
HOSPITAL spokeswoman Linda
Ayers said the walkout came as a sur-
prise because the proper forms for ad-
ditional funds were sent to IMC after
the request for more money was made.
She said several members of the
hospitals' contract management team
will meet with IMC officials today at 2
James Brinkerhoff, the University's
chief financial officer, said that he is
not certain how much additional money
IMC is requesting because the contrac-
tors haven't returned the itemized for-
ms requesting the money.
He would not comment on the ad-
ditional work for which IMC wants to be
THE $285 million, project, which
began in the fall of 1981, is scheduled to
be completed later this year.
Brinkeroff said construction of the
hospital is on schedule and that he
hopes the walkout will not delay com-
pletion of the project. However, he ad-
ded that negotiations will be "more dif-
ficult than usual," because the contrac-
tor has stopped working.
He said that if a settlement cannot be
reached soon, it is "quite likely" that
the University will seek a new contrac-
tor. Brinkerhoff would not say when the
project might be turned over to another
Officials from IMC refused to com-
ment on the situation.
A union member at the Plumbers and
Steamfitters Local 190 in Ypsilanti, who
would not identify himself, said that the
workers are union members. He added
that the union is not involved in the
situation. He said the contractor pulled
his workers off the site and stopped
working, and that the dispute is bet-
ween the contractor and the University.
Two Muskegon residents Brad Lindback and
hit the cross-country ski trails in Muskegon State Park.
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'hailand and Vietnam agreed yester-
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long a stretch of the Cambodian bor-
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Maj. Gen. Salya Sriphen, commander
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9f Vietnamese troops on Thai territory
Oearly provoked a conflict.
' HE TOLD The Associated Press that
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Vietnamese officers agreed to the
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pull their troops back from the border,
ending a 24-hour confrontation with
,Thai forces, he said.
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the border line, Salya said.
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headquarters base at Ampil on Monday
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