Bills and materials related to legislation affecting funeral consumers, pro-consumer lobbying by FCA and allied organizations, and documents pertaining to lawsuits.
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.
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.
Thomas (Tom) Lynch\'s defamation lawsuit against Funeral Consumers Alliance.
Revisions that would restrict crematories from doing basic tasks necessary to run a retail business. FCA has opposed these.
A 2012 bill to overturn the ban on funeral home/cemetery combination businesses.
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.
FCA's letter protesting changes to funeral board regulations that would put direct-to-consumer low-cost crematories out of business.
A bill to allow funeral homes to sell insurance to fund prepaid funerals. The bill was defeated, preserving Maine's requirement that funeral homes deposit prepaid money in trust accounts rather than selling expensive and commission-laden insurance policies to consumers.
Press release from the Astroturf "consumer group" Wisconsin for Responsible Consumerism, formed by cemetery interests.
The court decision overturning Minnesota's requirement that every funeral home and branch, regardless of need, construct an embalming room. The FCA of Minnesota and Verlin Stoll of Crescent Tide Funerals and Cremation were co-plaintiffs.
"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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