-Gere Fulton is past president of the national FCA and a current board member of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of South Carolina. This editorial originally appeared in The State.
On Feb. 25 the U.S. Supreme Court held that the N.C. dental board erred in trying to prevent teeth whiteners in spas and malls from competing with dentists. The Board of Dental Examiners, comprised entirely of dentists, had issued cease and desist orders, and after a series of appeals, the high court voted 63 to overturn those actions, as an unreasonable restraint of trade. For people in South Carolina who want to be able to decide for themselves where to buy their caskets, it was a great victory.