Cedar Rapids Gazette, April 7, 1974, Page 3

Cedar Rapids Gazette

April 07, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 7, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 2A The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Sun., April 7. 1974 More Civil Suits Are Tempers Growing Shorter? By Dale Kuetcr Is man becoming more surly? Is our patience grow- ing thinner and tempers shorter? Are we quicker on the draw- ing up of legal action to achieve redress? Could be. Since 1965 the number of civil suits filed in Linn district court (including the former municipal court) has increased by 35 percent. In Cedar Rapids federal court, headquarters for the northern half of Iowa, civil lit- igation is up 33 percent in the same period. Some of the increase in law- suits can be attributed to the increase in population, but the preponderance of evidence seems to point at man's change of heart. "People are impatient with the legislative process, so they have burdened the courts to achieve comment- ed David M. Elderkin, pres- ident of the Linn County Bar Assn. "I think people arc more willing to go to said U.S. Magistrate James Hodges, jr. "People used to think there was little they could do to combat General Motors. Now they sue." Harold Victor, chief judge of the Sixth judicial district in I o w a that includes Linn county, doesn't quite agree. "I don't think people are any quicker to take their problems to court today, and I don't think we arc any more can- tankerous with one he said. The district court civil liti- gation includes regular law- suits; divorces; what the clerk of court calls miscella- neons equity, and small claims. A civil case can be taken into federal court if there is diversity of jurisdiction, that is the parties live in different and the damages in question exceed There are also special federal ques- tions which are resolved in the federal court. The number of federal court suits has gone from 170 in 1965 to 254. In Linn district court, the number of divorce cases filed went from 827 in 1965 to in 1973. The total number of civil law eases filed in Linn county, including what were filed in municipal court prior to last July 1, jumped from in 19G5 to 4.811 in 1973. Court officials attribute a sizable increase in the equity category for 1972 to the dip in the economy of 1970 and 1971 when layoffs resulted in many foreclosures. Judge Victor said the in- crease in lawsuits has been even more rapid'in Johnson county. "The presence of the university and students have an impact on litigation in the courts. "This is partly because of the activism in a university climate, and partly the in- creasing challenges to large institutions." Judge Victor said Johnson county civil litigation has increased by nearly 100 per- cent since 1965. "One of the factors explain- Camp Good Previously reported 5 In cherished memory of our lifetime friend, Lucille Vishck Kili- py, from Frank D. and Lillian Cach In memory nf loved ones from Clara In memory of Terry Helms from Ann and Warren Koch In memory of Uncle Milo W. Koutny from Linda Jo, Diane Ma- rie and Teresa Ann In memory of Terry Helms from Gregory Gould ,718.79 In loving memory of Carl E. Howland, on his birthday, April 9, 1 r o in his parents, Monlieello .........10.00 50.00 In memory of Joe K r e m e n a k from 15.00 T.L.K........... 10.00 111 memory of R u t h IWcHugh from friends 15.00 at 1810 A avenue NE 10.00 In memory of Isabel Winkrantz from ?itr. and Mrs. William L. 15.00 Quinhy 10.00 In memory of A. C. Gossard from Mr. 10.001 and Sirs. H. C. Jen- John Robertson Kenneth .Sullivan 2 Gazette Promotions Promotion of two veteran members of The Gazette news staff was announced Saturday by Publisher J.F. Hladky, jr., John M. Robertson, 47, w a s named to the newly created position of makeup editor. Kenneth Sullivan, 33, w a s named state editor. As makeup editor Robertson will be responsible for laying out all pages and the orderly flow of copy and pages from the news room. Sullivan will be responsible for area and state news and will direct correspondents in The Gazette area. Robertson, a native of Hart- ford, Mich., came to The Ga- zette after graduation from the University of Iowa in 1950. He was assigned to the state desk and became assistant state edi- tor several years later. He was named state editor in 1957. Robertson and his wife have three children. The family home is at 1730 First avenue NW. Sullivan, who has been assis- tant city editor since 1967, joined The Gazette as a city hall reporter in 1963, coming here from the Oelwcin Daily Regis- ter. A native of Charles City, he also worked on the news staff of radio station KCHA there. The Sullivans, who have four children, live at 210 Fleetwood road SW. Gem, Mineral Show Slated The tenth annual Gem and i dealers and collectors, educa- Mineral show, sponsored by the I tj0nal shows will be presented. Cedar Valley Rocks and Miner-1 rn mcutnoio als society, will be held Apr. 27-: Cost for the event is 50 cents Mamigomcnt al Control Data sen, L :i y 11 n a Hills, Calif. 7.50 In memory of M r s. Chris Ilobinson from Zbor Anna Naprstck, Cislo No. 24 7.50 Anonymous 5.00 In memory of Kath- crine Chambers from Bernice Diser- ens _........... 5.00 Remembering- Cliattic and Ficlden on their birthday, April 9 5.00 In loving: memory of my husband, Ray Goodwater, on his birthday, April 8 5.00 In memory of Allan Hamblin 5.00 In loving: memory of my brother, Carl K. Howland, on h i s birthday, April 9, from from Eunice.......... In loving memory of my husband, Clyde M a r k h a m, on his birthday, April 9 5.00 In loving memory of my dear wife, our mother, grandmoth- er and niother, H e d v i k a Stary, from the Frank Stary family 5.00 Yl'hilticr Community Ladies Aid, ville 5.00 In memory of Mrs. Walter Winkrantz from Bernice Diser- ens .___'.......... 5.00 In loving memory of Bill Lamberlson from Trisha Kahler, Talo 2.00 In memory of Flor- ence Spencer from Mr. and Mrs. Leon- ard Elias 2.0G In memory of Clem .T. Wcis in lieu of flow- ers from Mr. and Mrs. B. E. AVetzel 2.00 Total ............S 1974 Budffet Yet to be Dick Berreth To Speak Tuesday Dick Berrelh, general man- ager manufacturing, Norman- dal division, Control Data, will speak to members of the Ameri- can Production Inventory Con- trol society Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Longbranch. Social hour will start at 6 with dinner at 7. His topic will be "Materials 28 in the Exhibition Hall at Haw- keyc- Downs. The show opens at 10 a.m. both days. On Satur- for adults and 25 cents for chil-l Corp.-the Management Infor- dren. Youth groups and science classes, with supervision, will mation An industrial engineer, he for- merly was inventory control manager and material control i manager at Collins Radio. Be- Proceeds from the show being named to his present iused to sponsor students in! job with Control Data last year, i earth sciences at the University! he was director of material for i of Iowa. the firm for four years. day it doses at 9 p.m.; it admitted free from 10 a.m until 5 p.m. on Sunday. In addition to displays by on bolh For Extra Beauty at Easter! YOUR CHOICE OF: with nest if flocked Easter Eggs or arrangement of CYMBIDIUM ORCHIDS with Bold OF Silver Chalice 3501 FIRST AVE.S.E. 363-2675 DEUVICRV SERVICE New Monday thru Saturday 8 in 5 ing part of the increase in lawsuits in the past several said Victor, "is the new areas of civil rights and new areas of legal remedies that virtually were non-exis- tent a few years back." Victor predicted that the area of equal rights litigation will continue to grow at least for several more years. "Products liability is a real new Victor continued. "And in Iowa the habeas corpus proceeding for prison- ers with grievances has been replaced by new, post-convic- tion review laws." Elderkin noted the great number of areas "that we never used to think were legal hair, ecology and many others. "There has been a flood of litigation because of, new con- cepts of what courts should do, because of impatience in making social reforms through democratic proces- ses." Elderkin pointed to the area of product liability, where, he said, negligence is not always necessary now to gain dam- ages. "If you're going to place liability on a manufacturer without negligence, it should be done by he maintained. "Sometimes Ihere is danger to have social reform created by people who are not respon- sible to the El- derkin said. "I think people are more liti- gation conscious. I have been defending medical malprac- tice cases for years, and there is a big difference now. Sometimes they will sue the doctor, and come back the next week for treatment. "And there are a great many activists, so-called legal poverty lawyers who will bring actions to break down some governmental law they don't like." Hodges said he believes peo- ple are just more aware of their rights. "In the past, they were more witling to take it, and of course, the legislation is available now." Hodges said he doesn't be- lieve many lawyers solicit cases. He said in most in- stances it is the client looking for an attorney, instead of at- torney looking for business. Judge Vietor said some al- torneys encourage clients to resort to litigation as a solu- tion more readily than others. "Some go to great lengths to discourage lawsuits. "I really see no said Vietor, "no change in the roll of the attorney" in rela- tionship to the increase in civil cases. "I would point out that some of the younger attorneys are more inclined to be in- volved in new types of litiga- Vietor said. While there may be dis- agreement on the forces be- hind the burgeoning civil suit filings, there is one thing for sure. There is no dearth of law business. Going Up -Gaiette Pholo uuan? Crock Nope, it's not a take-off ramp for one of Evel Knievel's motorcycle jumps. It's the start of a new, wider viaduct for A avenue NE over ihe Fourth street railroad tracks. The old viaduct was closed and demolition began in late January. The new one, four lanes instead of two, is part of a widening project on the avenue from Third street to Tenth street, scheduled for completion by next fall. Contractor is Ray Bertelli. Robert Mafias Candidate for County Attorney Robert W. Matias Robert W. Matias, Cedar lapids attorney since 1961, has announced as a Democratic candidate for Linn county attor- ney. Formerly an assistant county attorney in 1963 and 1964, Matias said .that his experience s needed in the county attor- ney's office. He also cited his experience representing many defendants in criminal actions. Matias was born in Cedar Rapids April 12, 1937. He was ;raduated from Franklin high school and Coe college. He is a 1961 graduate of the University of Iowa college of law and a vet- :ran of the marines. Matias is admitted to practice >efore the courts of the state, :he U.S. district court for both .he Northern and Southern dis- :ricts and the U.S. Court of Ap- peals for the Eighth district. He is married and the father of three children. He and his 'amily live at 365 Park Terrace SE. He is a member of Immacu- a t e Conception church, a 'ormcr state judge advocate of he Marine Corps league, a member of the American Bar Assn., the Linn County Bar Assn., and the Assn. of Trial Lawyers of America. State-Local Collections of Taxes Continue Rise to Record Highs At Hie other end, CCH re- ported, three slates recorded State-local tax collections con- tinued their steady rise to record highs in calendar 1973, Commerce Clearing House re- ports. Taking a 9.2 percent jump, these combined collections rose u _ ,____ to billion. The one-yearjfrom billion to billion.! increase marked a surge of.In second place were general; Levies on motor fuel sales, up ?10.5 billion, compared with theisales and gross receipts imposts 10.3 percent, garnered bil- Ihen record billion a 13.7 percent leap to lion while motor vehicle and op- ed the year before. billion. erators' license revenues, Eight states Indiana, billion, were up 9 percent. Indi- billion rolled up the year be- sales tax beginning in October, fore, according to the CCH 11972. report of the latest Census Bureau data. Corporate net income taxes1 sales tax revenue gains of 20 were the largest gainers, per-j percent or more, with Hawaii centage-wise. rising 17.1 percent! topping the list at 26.4 pcr- State tax collections climbed to billion, or 10.6 percent above the 1972 level of ?G4.2 billion. Local tax collec- tions rose to billion, a 7.3 percent jump from the Kennedy, Jeff Choirs To Sing Jefferson and Kennedy high I school concert choirs will per- jform in a joint concert Monday' at p.m. in the Jefferson au- ditorium. The concert will precede a tour by both choirs to Los Ange- les April 20-23. In Los Angeles the choirs will sing separate pro grams at various high schools and churches and a {joint program at Long Beach [State university. i Choir members will also visit Disneyland, Universal Studios and Santa Monica beach in Los i Angeles. Louisiana. Minnesota, New vidual income tax dollars, York, Oklahoma, Rhode reflected an 8.G percent and West Virginia recorded jump. less than a 10 percent gain inj Finally, CCH noted, the prop- sales tax revenues and Ken- crty tax revenue boost trailed lucky recorded a decline from; percentage-wise at 7.1 percent, this source, largely because of but nevertheless hit the lop dol- the exemption of food from the lar sum of billion. 20 YEARS AGO Frcnch.mil- itary authorities reported more American-lent B-36 bombers had arrived in Judo-China. ANNOUNCING A NEW REAL ESTATE FIRM Standing: Terry Knakc, Carl Tronvold, Martin Gurvcy Seated: C. F. "Bud" Hunter, Joy Switzer, Don Winklcr' WITH PROVEN EXPERIENCE 222 Hows Kuilding Phone Lebow Helps You Enjoy the Good Life. When you've reached that stage when only the finest will do you're ready for a Lebow. The design and fit of each and every sportcoat and suit in our superlative collection will make you wonder why you waited so long. 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