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Judge sanctions Eden Memorial Park owner, Service Corporation International, over evidence tampering

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The Jewish Journal
of Greater Los Angeles
November 24, 2010

A Los Angeles judge has sanctioned Service Corporation International (SCI), owner of Eden Memorial Park in Mission Hills [California], after finding that the cemetery intentionally tampered with and destroyed evidence related to a class action lawsuit alleging that Eden mishandled human remains.

Judge Anthony J. Mohr of the Los Angeles Superior Court ordered that the plaintiff’s attorney will be allowed to present evidence to the jury showing that SCI willfully tampered with evidence, and the judge will inform jurors that they may reasonably conclude that the destroyed evidence could have been damaging.
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Last Updated ( Friday, 26 November 2010 21:09 )

50-Count Indictment Handed Down Against Controlling Officers at NPS

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Memorial Business Journal
November 23, 2010

50-Count Indictment Handed Down Against Controlling Officers at NPS

St. Louis - The United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District Court of Missouri, announced a 50-count indictment of six controlling officials of National Prearranged Services, Inc., charging wire, bank, mail and insurance fraud; money laundering and multiple conspiracy charges involving the sale of pre-paid funeral services.

The indictment states that after taking into account insurance and trust assets expected to be available to pay for future funeral services, and merchandise under prearranged funeral contracts sold by National Prearranged Services, Inc. (NPS), the loss to purchasers, funeral homes and state insurance guarantee associations will range from $450,000,000 to $600,000,000.
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Body Kept On Ice For Months As Family Blocks Cremation

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November 21, 2010

Body Kept On Ice For Months As Family Blocks Cremation

The body of a 105-year-old woman has reportedly been kept on ice at the Gramercy Park Memorial Chapel because her grandnephew James Pollock refuses to let her be cremated. Ethel Baar asked to be cremated in her 1999 will, but Pollock says that "Jewish religion forbids cremation," according to court papers. Now the funeral home is asking a judge for help in figuring out what to do with Baar's body.
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 23 November 2010 09:27 )

Bereavement fares high for relatives of the many dead people flown out of South Florida

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Orlando Sentinel
November 21, 2010

Each day, about 15 dead people fly out of South Florida, taking a one-way trip in a cargo hold to their final resting place.

During the winter months, when snowbirds flock south, the number of decedents jetting home tends to increase.

In Palm Beach County, about 2,600 were flown home last year, more than any other county in the state. Broward was next with about 1,900 and then Miami-Dade, with about 1,250.
Last Updated ( Monday, 29 November 2010 21:17 ) Read more...

Missouri Cemetery Reform: New Year's Resolutions

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Death Care Law Blog
November 19, 2010
In a move to remain autonomous from the funeral industry and its oversight, the Missouri cemetery industry met with its regulator during the summer of 2008 to discuss reform legislation. Disagreements precluded effective legislation from being passed in 2009, but extensive changes was passed in 2010, and became effective on August 28, 2010. Now, the Missouri cemetery regulator has the task of implementing the law, and notifying cemetery operators and trustees of the new requirements.
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Last Updated ( Friday, 19 November 2010 21:08 )

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