Monks 1: Bier Barons: 0

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Finally. The US Supreme Court's refusal to hear an appeal from the state of Louisiana means it's now the law: You don't have to have a funeral directors license to sell coffins in the Bayou state. It's a little bittersweet; we were used to watching the state's undertaker's regulatory board playing Don Quixote for years against a group of monks who wanted only to build and sell wood coffins. Guess it's back to General Hospital for us. 

From the Associated Press:

NEW ORLEANS —Benedictine monks have won the final round in their lawsuit to keep selling caskets from their monastery outside New Orleans. Their attorney, Darpana Sheth, calls it a great victory for St. Joseph Abbey and for entrepreneurs nationwide.
Sheth says she learned Tuesday that the U.S. Supreme Court won't hear the Louisiana State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors' appeal.

A district judge and the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had found no reasonable grounds for a regulation that only state-licensed funeral directors may sell coffins in Louisiana.

The 5th Circuit was the third federal appeals court to rule against similar laws or regulations. The 10th Circuit ruled in favor of them.

The funeral board referred a request for comment to its attorney, who did not immediately return a call.


Sad trombone. 


Last Updated ( Friday, 22 November 2013 13:14 )  
Comments (2)
1 Wednesday, 16 October 2013 14:15
R. Alexander
Little by little outdated laws that favor the funeral industry instead of the consumer will die a slow death. As a small casket maker artisan I know first hand the dishonest things some funeral homes will do to keep people buying overpriced caskets only from them.
2 Wednesday, 16 October 2013 17:24
M. Whitman
I'm another small-scale casket maker whose customers — those few who search me out — express relief at finding a simple, attractive casket that's half the price of the local funeral home's least expensive casket. Worst of all, the industry's "economy" caskets seem to be so ugly by design that one almost HAS TO spend more for one at the funeral home.

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