Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Service Corporation International and Stewart Enterprises, Inc.; File No. 131-0163
I have performed Tahara at Hines-Rinaldi for many years. They provide excellent facilities at a reasonable price.The proposed merger of SCI and Stewart would harm competition in the Jewish funeral home market in the DC/MD area. The proposed FTC remedy to divest Edward Sagel Funeral would not protect competition. Sagel is inadequate as it lacks a chapel and adequate facilities to handle the deceased. It depends on the SCI funeral home for these services. If it is divested it is highly unlikely to remain an effective competitor in the market. Under the control of both Danzansky and Hines Rinaldi, SCI will still have the incentive and ability to impair the important competition provided by the Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington contract. I urge the Commission to revise the proposed consent decree and require the divestiture of Hines Rinaldi.