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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Wasserman Settlment Pennsylvania Wasserman Settlment Pennsylvania

Date added: 12/19/2012
Date modified: 04/24/2013
Filesize: 389.23 kB
Downloads: 3792

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. 

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: 3716

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 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: 3437

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 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: 3106

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. 

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: 2671

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

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: 2215

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

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: 882

FCA Letter to Bibb County re Green Burial FCA Letter to Bibb County re Green Burial

Date added: 07/28/2015
Date modified: 07/28/2015
Filesize: 432.74 kB
Downloads: 147
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