La. Monks Allege State-Run Casket Cartel

Law360, New York (August 12, 2010, 1:54 PM EDT) -- A group of monks in Louisiana has accused the state of running a cartel in the casket industry, claiming that current funeral director licensing laws unfairly block them from selling handmade wooden caskets to support their abbey.

The suit, filed Thursday by F. Evans Schmidt of Koch & Schmidt LLC on behalf of St. Joseph Abbey in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, argues that the cartel is maintained by the state Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, which is made up...
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