Legislative, Legal, and Lobbying Documents

Bills and materials related to legislation affecting funeral consumers, pro-consumer lobbying by FCA and allied organizations, and documents pertaining to lawsuits. 

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FCA's friend-of-the-court brief supporting Heffner v PA FCA's friend-of-the-court brief supporting Heffner v PA

Date added: 12/09/2014
Date modified: 12/09/2014
Filesize: 47.9 kB
Downloads: 248

Heffner v. Pennsylvania 2014 Supreme Court Petition Heffner v. Pennsylvania 2014 Supreme Court Petition

Date added: 07/21/2014
Date modified: 07/21/2014
Filesize: 705.09 kB
Downloads: 1461

Funeral director Ernie Heffner's appeal to the Supreme Court on his suit, which was overturned by the 3rd Circuit. 

3rd Circuit Opinion Heffner v PA 2.21.2014 3rd Circuit Opinion Heffner v PA 2.21.2014

Date added: 02/24/2014
Date modified: 02/24/2014
Filesize: 487.33 kB
Downloads: 1978

Decision reinstating Pennsylvania's restrictions on funeral home ownership, food service, etc. 

FCA Letter Opposing Florida SB 370 2013 FCA Letter Opposing Florida SB 370 2013

Date added: 05/24/2013
Date modified: 05/24/2013
Filesize: 54.17 kB
Downloads: 2415

FCA's letter asking for amendments to SB 370, which removed language from the law that had permitted family-directed funerals without the use of a commercial funeral home. Sadly, the bill passed unanimously, having the unintended effect of making Florida citizens' dead the property of the commercial funeral business. 

FCA of Maine Opposition to LD 1018 2013 FCA of Maine Opposition to LD 1018 2013

Date added: 05/24/2013
Date modified: 05/24/2013
Filesize: 15.45 kB
Downloads: 2607

FCA of Maine's opposition testimony to a bill that would have allowed funeral homes to sell insurance to fund prepaid funerals. The bill was defeated. 

Maine bill 1018, 2013 Maine bill 1018, 2013

Date added: 05/24/2013
Date modified: 05/24/2013
Filesize: 49.9 kB
Downloads: 2732

A bill to allow funeral homes to sell insurance to fund prepaid funerals. The bill was defeated, preserving Maine's requirement that funeral homes deposit prepaid money in trust accounts rather than selling expensive and commission-laden insurance policies to consumers. 

Minnesota Embalming Room Court Decision 10.2013 Minnesota Embalming Room Court Decision 10.2013

Date added: 10/15/2013
Date modified: 10/15/2013
Filesize: 491.85 kB
Downloads: 2733

The court decision overturning Minnesota's requirement that every funeral home and branch, regardless of need, construct an embalming room. The FCA of Minnesota and Verlin Stoll of Crescent Tide Funerals and Cremation were co-plaintiffs. 

FTC 1993 Comments on Wisconsin Combo Law FTC 1993 Comments on Wisconsin Combo Law

Date added: 01/11/2012
Date modified: 01/11/2012
Filesize: 2.64 MB
Downloads: 3047

Commentary from 1993 from the Federal Trade Commission suggesting that allowing funeral home/cemetery combinations might bring competition for the good of consumers. After two decades of watching combination businesses take advantage of consumers we suspect the FTC might come to a different conclusion today. 

Wasserman Settlment Pennsylvania Wasserman Settlment Pennsylvania

Date added: 12/19/2012
Date modified: 04/24/2013
Filesize: 389.23 kB
Downloads: 3068

Agreement that the state of PA recognizes it does not have the right to regulate or interfere with religious persons or communities who care for their own dead privately without hiring a funeral home. 

FCA Letter to Montana Funeral Board 4-10-2013 FCA Letter to Montana Funeral Board 4-10-2013

Date added: 04/12/2013
Date modified: 04/12/2013
Filesize: 30.18 kB
Downloads: 3329

FCA's letter protesting changes to funeral board regulations that would put direct-to-consumer low-cost crematories out of business. 

WORC Press Release WORC Press Release

Date added: 01/11/2012
Date modified: 01/11/2012
Filesize: 385.23 kB
Downloads: 3336

Press release from the Astroturf "consumer group" Wisconsin for Responsible Consumerism, formed by cemetery interests. 

FCA Letter to Oregon Funeral Directors Association 2006 FCA Letter to Oregon Funeral Directors Association 2006

Date added: 02/06/2012
Date modified: 02/06/2012
Filesize: 134.62 kB
Downloads: 3419

A letter responding to the OFDA's charges that FCA was telling a "vicious LIE" when we called out OFDA's attempt to compromise the consumer-protection mission of the state regulatory board. 

Wisconsin LRB 3490 Combo Bill Wisconsin LRB 3490 Combo Bill

Date added: 01/11/2012
Date modified: 01/11/2012
Filesize: 29.2 kB
Downloads: 3881

A 2012 bill to overturn the ban on funeral home/cemetery combination businesses. 

Proposed new regulations Montana 4-10-2013 Proposed new regulations Montana 4-10-2013

Date added: 04/12/2013
Date modified: 04/12/2013
Filesize: 87.65 kB
Downloads: 3909

Revisions that would restrict crematories from doing basic tasks necessary to run a retail business. FCA has opposed these. 

MN House Bil 3151 Final Version 2010 MN House Bil 3151 Final Version 2010

Date added: 04/20/2010
Date modified: 04/20/2010
Filesize: 1.29 MB
Downloads: 5139
Bill restores families' rights to care for their own dead; eliminates Minnesota's requirement to embalm bodies that are on public view.

Colorado House Bill 1202 Final Signed Version 2009 Colorado House Bill 1202 Final Signed Version 2009

Date added: 12/09/2009
Date modified: 12/09/2009
Filesize: 113.62 kB
Downloads: 5358

Court Order Summary Judgment for FCA (Lynch case) 7.31.2009 Court Order Summary Judgment for FCA (Lynch case) 7.31.2009

Date added: 08/06/2009
Date modified: 08/06/2009
Filesize: 57.84 kB
Downloads: 6030
The US District Court's ruling granting summary judgment for FCA (ending Thomas Lynch's libel suit against FCA).

Lynch Lawsuit Against FCA Lynch Lawsuit Against FCA

Date added: 09/24/2008
Date modified: 04/24/2013
Filesize: 480.66 kB
Downloads: 6204

Thomas (Tom) Lynch\'s defamation lawsuit against Funeral Consumers Alliance.

Colorado House Bill 1202, 2009 Colorado House Bill 1202, 2009

Date added: 03/04/2009
Date modified: 03/04/2009
Filesize: 152.56 kB
Downloads: 6312
A flawed bill that would restrict funeral consumer choices and shut down competition.

FCA Suggested Amendments to Colorado HB 1202 Year 2009 FCA Suggested Amendments to Colorado HB 1202 Year 2009

Date added: 04/03/2009
Date modified: 04/03/2009
Filesize: 153.1 kB
Downloads: 6361
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