Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Service Corporation International and Stewart Enterprises, Inc.; File No. 131-0163
The FTC's proposed consent decree with Service Corp. International allowing SCI to acquire Stewart Enterprises does not take into consideration the Washington Jewish community's need to maintain both an independent relationship with Hines Rinaldi (HR), the Silver Spring funeral home that has been providing, for over 11 years, a proper Jewish funeral for $1,820; and competition in the Jewish funeral home market in the DC/MD area. The request by the Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington to divest HR from this consent decree rather than Edward Sagel Funeral Direction of Rockville would serve this purpose. I urge the Commission to revise the proposed consent decree and require the divestiture of Hines Rinaldi.