Bills and materials related to legislation affecting funeral consumers, pro-consumer lobbying by FCA and allied organizations, and documents pertaining to lawsuits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FCA's letter protesting changes to funeral board regulations that would put direct-to-consumer low-cost crematories out of business.
Press release from the Astroturf "consumer group" Wisconsin for Responsible Consumerism, formed by cemetery interests.
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.
A 2012 bill to overturn the ban on funeral home/cemetery combination businesses.
Revisions that would restrict crematories from doing basic tasks necessary to run a retail business. FCA has opposed these.
Thomas (Tom) Lynch\'s defamation lawsuit against Funeral Consumers Alliance.