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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2009 FCA-FEO Letter to Minnesota Legislators on Caring For Your Own Dead 2009 FCA-FEO Letter to Minnesota Legislators on Caring For Your Own Dead

Date added: 01/21/2009
Date modified: 01/21/2009
Filesize: 163.25 kB
Downloads: 5690

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: 657

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

Bibb County Cemetery Ordinance Banning Green Cemeteries Bibb County Cemetery Ordinance Banning Green Cemeteries

Date added: 01/03/2009
Date modified: 01/03/2009
Filesize: 20.61 kB
Downloads: 6278

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: 4024

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: 5109
A flawed bill that would restrict funeral consumer choices and shut down competition.

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: 4706
The US District Court's ruling granting summary judgment for FCA (ending Thomas Lynch's libel suit against FCA).

FCA Casket Lawsuit - Complaint FCA Casket Lawsuit - Complaint

Date added: 08/24/2008
Date modified: 08/24/2008
Filesize: 490.55 kB
Downloads: 5427

FCA Congressional Testimony on Cemetery Oversight July 27 2009 FCA Congressional Testimony on Cemetery Oversight July 27 2009

Date added: 07/29/2009
Date modified: 06/02/2012
Filesize: 275.92 kB
Downloads: 6088

FCA delivered this testimony to the House Sub-Committee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection on July 27, 2009. We asked lawmakers to expand the FTC Funeral Rule to cover cemeteries, to set national standards for cemetery regulation, and to require complete deposit and consumer-right-of-refund for all prepaid cemetery and funeral money nationwide.

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: 1134

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 Letter Opposing Oregon SB 796 Year 2009 FCA Letter Opposing Oregon SB 796 Year 2009

Date added: 04/20/2009
Date modified: 04/20/2009
Filesize: 152.21 kB
Downloads: 5218

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: 2008

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

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: 2019

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. 

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: 1217

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. 

FCA Opposition Colorado HB 1202 FCA Opposition Colorado HB 1202

Date added: 03/04/2009
Date modified: 03/04/2009
Filesize: 160.88 kB
Downloads: 5616

FCA\'s  letter to Colorado lawmakers urging amendments to HB 1202, a 2009 bill that would outlaw private, family-directed funerals and shut down price competition in the funeral business.

 

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: 4978

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: 1754

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. 

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: 120

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

Letter to Bibb County on Green Burial Ban Letter to Bibb County on Green Burial Ban

Date added: 01/03/2009
Date modified: 01/03/2009
Filesize: 432.74 kB
Downloads: 5345
Legal analysis from FCA on Bibb County, Georgia\'s, ban on green cemeteries.

Lynch Lawsuit Against FCA Lynch Lawsuit Against FCA

Date added: 09/24/2008
Date modified: 04/24/2013
Filesize: 480.66 kB
Downloads: 4963

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

Maine bill 1018, 2013 Maine bill 1018, 2013

Date added: 05/24/2013
Date modified: 05/24/2013
Filesize: 49.9 kB
Downloads: 1264

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. 

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