Opinion overturning Louisiana's law banning the sale of caskets by anyone other than a licensed funeral director with a full-service funeral home. The monks of St. Joseph's Abbey sued the state after the embalming and funeral director's board threatened them with fines and jail time for selling simple handmade wood coffins.
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.
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.
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.
A federal lawsuit against the Pennsylvania State Board of Funeral Directors. Rabbi Daniel E. Wasserman alleges the state is illegally attempting to restrict the ability of Jewish congregations to perform their own funerals privately without hiring commercial undertakers.