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 letter states funeral homes may not:
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.
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.