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A New York funeral home and its funeral director/owner agreed to pay a $32,000 civil penalty to settle Federal Trade Commission charges for violating the agency’s Funeral Rule, which requires funeral providers to provide information consumers need to compare prices and buy only the funeral...
Service Corporation International (SCI), the nation’s largest provider of funeral and cemetery services, has agreed to sell 53 funeral homes and 38 cemeteries to resolve Federal Trade Commission charges that its proposed $1.4 billion acquisition of Stewart Enterprises, Inc. (Stewart) is likely to...
Service Corporation International (SCI), the nation’s largest provider of funeral and cemetery services,agreed to sell 53 funeral homes and 38 cemeteries to resolve FTC charges that its proposed $1.4 billion acquisition of Stewart Enterprises, Inc. (Stewart) is likely to...
Get two business owners in a room and you’ll get three opinions about how and when to disclose information to prospective buyers.  But if you have clients in the funeral industry, the FTC’s Funeral Rule takes some of the guesswork out of that decision.
The Federal Trade Commission charged Ross-Clayton Funeral Home Inc. in Montgomery, Ala., and its owners, David C. Ross, Jr. and Eleanor Lewis Dawkins, with violating the FTC’s Funeral Rule, which requires funeral providers to provide consumers with important pricing and other disclosures when...
Investigators working undercover in eight states detected significant violations of Federal Trade Commission consumer protection requirements in 23 of 127 funeral homes they visited during 2012.
Consent order permits the acquisition of Equity Corporation International, the fourth largest funeral home and cemetery company in the United States, and requires SCI to divest funeral service and cemetery properties in 14 markets to Carriage Services, Inc. to remedy the...
Service Corporation International (SCI), the nation’s largest provider of funeral and cemetery services, settled Commission charges that its proposed acquisition of Keystone North America Inc., the fifth-largest funeral and cemetery services provider in North America, raises...
The Funeral Rule requires providers of funeral goods and services to give consumers itemized lists of funeral goods and services that not only state price and descriptions, but also contain specific disclosures. The "General Price List" (GPL) must list all prices for funeral goods...
Discusses the circumstances under which funeral providers should include the overhead cost of the use of a vehicle to obtain death certificates and permits in their basic services fee.
Discusses whether an alternative General Price List may be used for certain religious groups.
Confirms that funeral providers must provide accurate price information by telephone to anyone who inquires about offerings or prices, including a business that will use the information for its own profit.
Reaffirms earlier staff advisory opinion that a funeral home may not make consumers sign for third-party caskets.
Confirms that the Funeral Rule applies to funeral providers in Puerto Rico.
Addresses third-party casket delivery restrictions by funeral providers that unreasonably burden consumer choice.
Discusses the use of computerized displays of casket prices to comply with the Funeral Rule's casket price list requirement.
Discusses the applicability of the Funeral Rule to a company that launches remains into space.
Determines that funeral providers may not charge a non-declinable fee for disinfecting, washing and dressing remains for an identification viewing prior to direct cremation or immediate burial unless applicable law or the crematory or cemetery requires an identification viewing...

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