Legislative, Legal, and Lobbying Documents

Bills and materials related to legislation affecting funeral consumers, pro-consumer lobbying by FCA and allied organizations, and documents pertaining to lawsuits. 

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FCA Casket Lawsuit - Complaint FCA Casket Lawsuit - Complaint

Date added: 08/24/2008
Date modified: 08/24/2008
Filesize: 490.55 kB
Downloads: 6169

Lynch Lawsuit Against FCA Lynch Lawsuit Against FCA

Date added: 09/24/2008
Date modified: 04/24/2013
Filesize: 480.66 kB
Downloads: 5724

Thomas (Tom) Lynch\'s defamation lawsuit against Funeral Consumers Alliance.

Letter to Bibb County on Green Burial Ban Letter to Bibb County on Green Burial Ban

Date added: 01/03/2009
Date modified: 01/03/2009
Filesize: 432.74 kB
Downloads: 6051
Legal analysis from FCA on Bibb County, Georgia\'s, ban on green cemeteries.

Bibb County Cemetery Ordinance Banning Green Cemeteries Bibb County Cemetery Ordinance Banning Green Cemeteries

Date added: 01/03/2009
Date modified: 01/03/2009
Filesize: 20.61 kB
Downloads: 7022

2009 FCA-FEO Letter to Minnesota Legislators on Caring For Your Own Dead 2009 FCA-FEO Letter to Minnesota Legislators on Caring For Your Own Dead

Date added: 01/21/2009
Date modified: 01/21/2009
Filesize: 163.25 kB
Downloads: 6464

Colorado House Bill 1202, 2009 Colorado House Bill 1202, 2009

Date added: 03/04/2009
Date modified: 03/04/2009
Filesize: 152.56 kB
Downloads: 5853
A flawed bill that would restrict funeral consumer choices and shut down competition.

FCA Opposition Colorado HB 1202 FCA Opposition Colorado HB 1202

Date added: 03/04/2009
Date modified: 03/04/2009
Filesize: 160.88 kB
Downloads: 6447

FCA\'s  letter to Colorado lawmakers urging amendments to HB 1202, a 2009 bill that would outlaw private, family-directed funerals and shut down price competition in the funeral business.

 

FCA Suggested Amendments to Colorado HB 1202 Year 2009 FCA Suggested Amendments to Colorado HB 1202 Year 2009

Date added: 04/03/2009
Date modified: 04/03/2009
Filesize: 153.1 kB
Downloads: 5837

FCA Letter Opposing Oregon SB 796 Year 2009 FCA Letter Opposing Oregon SB 796 Year 2009

Date added: 04/20/2009
Date modified: 04/20/2009
Filesize: 152.21 kB
Downloads: 6057

FCA Congressional Testimony on Cemetery Oversight July 27 2009 FCA Congressional Testimony on Cemetery Oversight July 27 2009

Date added: 07/29/2009
Date modified: 06/02/2012
Filesize: 275.92 kB
Downloads: 6964

FCA delivered this testimony to the House Sub-Committee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection on July 27, 2009. We asked lawmakers to expand the FTC Funeral Rule to cover cemeteries, to set national standards for cemetery regulation, and to require complete deposit and consumer-right-of-refund for all prepaid cemetery and funeral money nationwide.

Court Order Summary Judgment for FCA (Lynch case) 7.31.2009 Court Order Summary Judgment for FCA (Lynch case) 7.31.2009

Date added: 08/06/2009
Date modified: 08/06/2009
Filesize: 57.84 kB
Downloads: 5530
The US District Court's ruling granting summary judgment for FCA (ending Thomas Lynch's libel suit against FCA).

Colorado House Bill 1202 Final Signed Version 2009 Colorado House Bill 1202 Final Signed Version 2009

Date added: 12/09/2009
Date modified: 12/09/2009
Filesize: 113.62 kB
Downloads: 4854

MN House Bil 3151 Final Version 2010 MN House Bil 3151 Final Version 2010

Date added: 04/20/2010
Date modified: 04/20/2010
Filesize: 1.29 MB
Downloads: 4619
Bill restores families' rights to care for their own dead; eliminates Minnesota's requirement to embalm bodies that are on public view.

Wisconsin LRB 3490 Combo Bill Wisconsin LRB 3490 Combo Bill

Date added: 01/11/2012
Date modified: 01/11/2012
Filesize: 29.2 kB
Downloads: 3320

A 2012 bill to overturn the ban on funeral home/cemetery combination businesses. 

WORC Press Release WORC Press Release

Date added: 01/11/2012
Date modified: 01/11/2012
Filesize: 385.23 kB
Downloads: 2830

Press release from the Astroturf "consumer group" Wisconsin for Responsible Consumerism, formed by cemetery interests. 

FTC 1993 Comments on Wisconsin Combo Law FTC 1993 Comments on Wisconsin Combo Law

Date added: 01/11/2012
Date modified: 01/11/2012
Filesize: 2.64 MB
Downloads: 2567

Commentary from 1993 from the Federal Trade Commission suggesting that allowing funeral home/cemetery combinations might bring competition for the good of consumers. After two decades of watching combination businesses take advantage of consumers we suspect the FTC might come to a different conclusion today. 

FCA Letter to Oregon Funeral Directors Association 2006 FCA Letter to Oregon Funeral Directors Association 2006

Date added: 02/06/2012
Date modified: 02/06/2012
Filesize: 134.62 kB
Downloads: 2891

A letter responding to the OFDA's charges that FCA was telling a "vicious LIE" when we called out OFDA's attempt to compromise the consumer-protection mission of the state regulatory board. 

Wasserman Settlment Pennsylvania Wasserman Settlment Pennsylvania

Date added: 12/19/2012
Date modified: 04/24/2013
Filesize: 389.23 kB
Downloads: 2583

Agreement that the state of PA recognizes it does not have the right to regulate or interfere with religious persons or communities who care for their own dead privately without hiring a funeral home. 

FCA Letter to Montana Funeral Board 4-10-2013 FCA Letter to Montana Funeral Board 4-10-2013

Date added: 04/12/2013
Date modified: 04/12/2013
Filesize: 30.18 kB
Downloads: 2838

FCA's letter protesting changes to funeral board regulations that would put direct-to-consumer low-cost crematories out of business. 

Proposed new regulations Montana 4-10-2013 Proposed new regulations Montana 4-10-2013

Date added: 04/12/2013
Date modified: 04/12/2013
Filesize: 87.65 kB
Downloads: 3402

Revisions that would restrict crematories from doing basic tasks necessary to run a retail business. FCA has opposed these. 

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Dangers of Prepaying

"Preneed" is a term coined by the funeral industry to describe the arrangement and payment of a funeral prior to death. Obviously, if you are to have any say in it, you must plan in advance of your death. "Prearrangement" is also used interchangeably with "preneed".

The marketing of preneed plans for funeral services and merchandise is increasingly prevalent. Various companies, including insurance companies, "for-profit cremation societies," and "preneed associations" flood the mail with advertising which touts the benefits of their preneed plans. There are a number of pitfalls, as well as options, about which consumers should be well-informed.

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