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DESIGN PROTECTION 'PRO-MONOPOLY' ACT HEARINGS SET FOR JANUARY, MARCH

DESIGN PROTECTION 'PRO-MONOPOLY' ACT HEARINGS SET FOR JANUARY, MARCH
 WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Coalition for Auto Repair Equality issued the following:
 Hearings for H.R. 1790, the Design Protection "Pro-Monopoly" Act, have been scheduled for Jan. 29 and for the second week in March 1992. The hearings will be conducted by the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property and Judicial Administration which is chaired by Rep. William Hughes (D-N.J.).
 "On behalf of all independent automotive aftermarket businesses and employees in the United States, I would like to commend Chairman Hughes on maintaining his neutrality toward H.R. 1790, waiting to take a position once all the facts are presented to his subcommittee," state Ben Yelowitz, co-owner of Pit Stop Auto Stores and Crest Auto, with stores located in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. "We have discovered that once presented with the facts about H.R. 1790, most congressmen have serious reservations about the bill, seven of whom have dropped off as co-sponsors," Yelowitz continued.
 In 1989, there were 179,611,674 cars and light trucks registered in the United States. These vehicles were serviced by at least 1,229,601 independent service stations and repair shops, with over $23 billion in parts bought from 71,647 independent tire, battery and automotive aftermarket stores.(A)
 David Parde, president of the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE), stated: "CARE supporters and members have worked very hard to focus congressmen's attention on these hearing dates and alerting them to the potential dangers H.R. 1790 would inflict on 400,000 American businesses and 180 million consumers. I commend the efforts made by over a quarter of a million automotive aftermarket employees and American consumers who have signed petitions against this bill."
 H.R. 1790 was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in April 1991 by Reps. Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.) and Carlos Moorhead (R-Calif.). This legislation, if passed, would force all car owners and all independent automotive aftermarket businesses to purchase their auto parts directly from their local new car dealer, thus granting a monopoly on prices for parts and eventually repairs to domestic and foreign automakers.
 "This bill would negatively impact all business owners and their millions of employees' jobs in the automotive aftermarket, not to mention the 180,000 American car owners who would have to pay more for replacement parts. This bill is anti-consumer, anti-competitive, anti-choice and pro-monopoly," concluded Yelowitz.
 (A) Source: U.S. Department of Commerce
 U.S. Department of Transportation
 1989 statistics (latest available)
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 /CONTACT: Lady Parker or Pamela Kostmayer for the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality, 202-223-5380 or 800-229-5380. CO: Coalition for Auto Repair Equality ST: District of Columbia IN: AUT SU: LEG


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