Sentinel Group, Inc. and Service Corporation International (collectively SCI) have petitioned the Federal Trade Commission to reopen and modify the following consent orders that require SCI obtain FTC approval before acquiring any funeral home (Sentinel I Order), any interest in a funeral establishment (Sentinel II Order), any assets of or any stock, share capital or equity or other interest in a funeral establishment (Pierce Order), or any stock, share capital or equity or other interest in any funeral home or cemetery or any assets used for the provision of any funeral or cemetery services within the preceding two years (Uniservice Order).
The petitions will be subject to public comment for 30 days, until Feb. 15, after which the Commission will make its decision.
SCI requests that the Commission modify the orders to add language to the effect that SCI's purchase of a fee interest in property which SCI then leases for use as an active funeral home or cemetery would not be subject to a requirement of prior notification or prior approval. SCI contends that a change in status from leaseholder to fee owner for a funeral home or cemetery would have no effect on competition.
Comments on the petition should be addressed to the FTC, Office of the Secretary, 6th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580.
Copies of the petitions, the consent orders and other documents associated with this case, are available from the FTC's Public Reference Branch, Room 130, at the above address; 202-3262222; TTY for the hearing impaired 1-866-653-4261. To find out the latest FTC news as it is announced, call the FTC's NewsPhone recording at 202-326-2710. FTC news releases and other materials also are available on the Internet at the FTC's World Wide Web Site at: http://www.ftc.gov
FTC Docket Nos:
C-3348 (Sentinel Group);
C-3440 (Sentinel II) and