EYECATCHERS: Advocate's Advance

"The consumer is the victim," pro tests Rhoda Karpatkin. "He — no, she — is not respected in the marketplace." Defending the besieged buyer has been a preoccupation of Mrs. Karpatkin, a 43-year-old Manhattan attorney, since she began representing Consumers Union 16 years ago. Now she will make it her full-time occupation, too, as the new executive director of the nonprofit service bureau. She will oversee a staff of 330, extensive product-testing laboratories in sub urban New York, an auto test center hi Connecticut, a law office in Washington, and Consumer...

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