Monks' Funeral Casket Cartel Suit Not Dead Yet

Law360, New York (April 12, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT) -- The state of Louisiana must face cartel allegations from a group of monks who claim funeral director licensing laws unfairly block them from selling handmade wooden caskets to support their abbey, a federal judge ruled Friday.

Judge Stanwood R. Duval of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana shot down a bid to dismiss the suit by the Louisiana State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, which the monks of St. Joseph Abbey claim is made up of “politically favored insiders” who practice...
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