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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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: 3504

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. 

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: 3458

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 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: 3128

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: 2886

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: 2451

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: 1960

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: 685
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