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2010 California State Audit of Preneed Master Trust 2010 California State Audit of Preneed Master Trust

Date added: 07/06/2010
Date modified: 07/06/2010
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Downloads: 3280
2010 regulatory audit showing the state's largest preneed trust institution misused $70 million in consumers' prepaid funeral money.

2010 Virginia Refrigeration and Embalming Law 2010 Virginia Refrigeration and Embalming Law

Date added: 06/18/2010
Date modified: 06/18/2010
Filesize: 9.51 kB
Downloads: 2964
A new law requiring funeral homes to refrigerate or embalm bodies after 48 hours. The law bars embalming without express permission, so families will have the choice of refrigeration.

Bereaved Consumers Bill of Rights Act 2011 Bereaved Consumers Bill of Rights Act 2011

Date added: 03/15/2011
Date modified: 03/15/2011
Filesize: 580.63 kB
Downloads: 3592
A bill that would extend the Federal Trade Commission's Funeral Rule to cover cemeteries, crematories, and third-party merchandise vendors. Introduced by Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush on March 1, 2011.

California SB 658 - introduced 2011 California SB 658 - introduced 2011

Date added: 03/15/2011
Date modified: 03/15/2011
Filesize: 141.47 kB
Downloads: 2664
A first-in-the-nation bill that would require funeral homes to post their price lists online if they have a website.

Caring For Your Own in South Carolina Caring For Your Own in South Carolina

Date added: 05/27/2008
Date modified: 05/27/2008
Filesize: 121.76 kB
Downloads: 7617

Catholic Cemetery Conference Letter 2010 Catholic Cemetery Conference Letter 2010

Date added: 05/14/2010
Date modified: 05/14/2010
Filesize: 105.6 kB
Downloads: 3299
Letter from CCC protesting HR3655 and asking for exemption for religious cemeteries.

Colorado Disposition Wishes and Agent Declaration Colorado Disposition Wishes and Agent Declaration

Date added: 10/17/2008
Date modified: 10/17/2008
Filesize: 5.53 kB
Downloads: 8373

Compra de servicios fúnebres Compra de servicios fúnebres

Date added: 03/31/2014
Date modified: 03/31/2014
Filesize: 505.08 kB
Downloads: 557

Dr. Osterholm Letter on Embalming and Public Health 2009 Dr. Osterholm Letter on Embalming and Public Health 2009

Date added: 09/20/2011
Date modified: 09/20/2011
Filesize: 1.11 MB
Downloads: 1895

Legislative testimony from Dr. Michael Osterholm of the Center for Infectious Disease Policy and Research at the University of Minnesota. Delivered in 2009, this letter debunks claims from the funeral industry that dead bodies pose a public health risk.

El último adiós El último adiós

Date added: 03/31/2014
Date modified: 03/31/2014
Filesize: 433.52 kB
Downloads: 513

FCA Amicus: Case challenging monopolistic state laws FCA Amicus: Case challenging monopolistic state laws

Date added: 11/26/2007
Date modified: 11/26/2007
Filesize: 106.67 kB
Downloads: 7585

FCA Comments on MO Board Proposed Bill 2008 FCA Comments on MO Board Proposed Bill 2008

Date added: 05/04/2008
Date modified: 05/04/2008
Filesize: 223.69 kB
Downloads: 4991

FCA letter supporting CA bill SB 658, 2011 FCA letter supporting CA bill SB 658, 2011

Date added: 03/15/2011
Date modified: 03/15/2011
Filesize: 199.38 kB
Downloads: 2729
FCA supports California's bill to require funeral homes to post price lists on their websites.

FCA of Central Ohio Testimony on SB 196; Preneed Reform FCA of Central Ohio Testimony on SB 196; Preneed Reform

Date added: 05/22/2008
Date modified: 05/22/2008
Filesize: 96.61 kB
Downloads: 4585

FCA Supplemental Testimony to House Energy Commerce Committee on Exempting Religious Cemeteries FCA Supplemental Testimony to House Energy Commerce Committee on Exempting Religious Cemeteries

Date added: 05/14/2010
Date modified: 05/14/2010
Filesize: 224.35 kB
Downloads: 4210

FCA's Response to Catholic Cemetery Conference FCA's Response to Catholic Cemetery Conference

Date added: 05/14/2010
Date modified: 05/14/2010
Filesize: 159.23 kB
Downloads: 3359
FCA rebuts CCC's letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee asking for religious exemption.

FCA/ICCFA Amicus Brief in St. Joseph's Abbey Casket Case FCA/ICCFA Amicus Brief in St. Joseph's Abbey Casket Case

Date added: 12/20/2011
Date modified: 12/21/2011
Filesize: 104.72 kB
Downloads: 1826

A joint friend of the court brief by Funeral Consumers Alliance and the International Cemetery, Cremation, and Funeral Association, a trade group. It urges the 5th Circuit Court to uphold a ruling against the state of Louisiana. Monks at St. Joseph's Abbey sued the Louisiana Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors after the Board sent the monks a cease-and-desist order telling them it was illegal to sell caskets without employing a licensed funeral director and installing an embalming room. 

Federal Trade Commission Brief in St. Joseph's Abbey Case Federal Trade Commission Brief in St. Joseph's Abbey Case

Date added: 12/21/2011
Date modified: 12/21/2011
Filesize: 218.84 kB
Downloads: 1736

The FTC filed a brief in the case pitting casket-selling monks against the Louisiana Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. The FTC argues Louisiana's prohibition on retail casket sales undermines the intent of the federal Funeral Rule. 

FTC 2008 Advisory Opinion - Crematories and the Funeral Rule FTC 2008 Advisory Opinion - Crematories and the Funeral Rule

Date added: 10/06/2008
Date modified: 10/06/2008
Filesize: 59.68 kB
Downloads: 4500
The Federal Trade Commission ruled that independent crematories - those not affiliated with a full-service funeral home - that do business directly with the public have to abide by the Funeral Rule.

FTC Casket Advisory Opinion April 2010 FTC Casket Advisory Opinion April 2010

Date added: 04/20/2010
Date modified: 04/20/2010
Filesize: 66.9 kB
Downloads: 3297

FTC letter states funeral homes may not:

  • Refuse to accept a third-party casket if it's delivered in more than or fewer than any certain number of days before the funeral
  • Require third-party caskets to be delivered by appointment only during normal business hours
  • Refuse to accept a third-party casket at a specified time, during normal business hours, unless funeral home staff are occupied with a funeral at that time
  • Refuse to allow a third-party casket retailer to use the funeral home's ordinary, standard equipment (such as rolling carts) to bring the casket into the funeral home
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