Judge Denies Asset Freeze In Funeral Fraud Suit

Law360, New York (March 23, 2011, 4:34 PM EDT) -- A federal judge in Missouri on Wednesday denied a bid to freeze the assets of individuals and related entities allegedly responsible for an insurance fraud over pre-need funeral contracts that cost consumers and funeral homes $600 million.

Judge E. Richard Webber of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri denied a preliminary injunction motion targeting members of the Cassity family — owners of St. Louis-based National Prearranged Services Inc. — and others because he said the plaintiffs failed to show irreparable harm....
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