Funeral Group Settles Casket Price-Fixing Case In 5th Circ.

Law360, New York (October 2, 2012, 8:05 PM EDT) -- Funeral Consumers Alliance Inc. told the Fifth Circuit on Monday that it had settled its lawsuit accusing Service Corp. International and other corporate funeral homes of conspiring with casket makers to boycott independent casket distributors and overcharge grieving families.

The settlement comes after the Fifth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a bulk of FCA's claims in a split decision. FCA, which bills itself as the only funeral industry watchdog for consumers, sued three corporate funeral homes and two casket manufacturers in May 2005 over an alleged...
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