3rd Circ. Restores Bulk Of Pa. Funeral Director Law

Law360, New York (February 19, 2014, 7:06 PM EST) -- The Third Circuit on Wednesday overturned nearly all of a ruling that found parts of Pennsylvania’s 60-year-old Funeral Director Law anti-competitive and unconstitutional, reinstating provisions that allow warrantless inspections of funeral homes and encourage consumer-friendly ownership structures.

A unanimous panel reversed the bulk of a federal court’s decision backing a consortium of players in the funeral management industry and enjoining the Pennsylvania Board of Funeral Directors from enforcing several aspects of its sprawling statutory regime.

“Much of the district court’s conclusions regarding the constitutionality of the...
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