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 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: 7952

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.

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: 7876

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: 7411

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: 7271

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 Casket Lawsuit - Complaint FCA Casket Lawsuit - Complaint

Date added: 08/24/2008
Date modified: 08/24/2008
Filesize: 490.55 kB
Downloads: 7073

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: 7038

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: 6775

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: 6758
Legal analysis from FCA on Bibb County, Georgia\'s, ban on green cemeteries.

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: 6622
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: 6494
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: 6453

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

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: 5859

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: 5586
Bill restores families' rights to care for their own dead; eliminates Minnesota's requirement to embalm bodies that are on public view.

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: 4488

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

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: 4360

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

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: 3945

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 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: 3918

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: 3837

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

Maine bill 1018, 2013 Maine bill 1018, 2013

Date added: 05/24/2013
Date modified: 05/24/2013
Filesize: 49.9 kB
Downloads: 3765

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. 

Wasserman Settlment Pennsylvania Wasserman Settlment Pennsylvania

Date added: 12/19/2012
Date modified: 04/24/2013
Filesize: 389.23 kB
Downloads: 3540

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. 

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