A Father has sued a Funeral Home – Mortuary after his sons body fell out of casket, This is is a sad horrific scenario that every funeral director is afraid may happen to him.
The father of a Boulder High School graduate killed this summer in a motorcycle accident is suing Crist Mortuary, alleging negligence after employees dropped his son’s casket and let the body roll onto the ground.
According to the lawsuit, filed Friday by Phillip Maldonado, when the hearse arrived at Crist Mortuary for a scheduled viewing July 8 after the funeral for 20-year-old Alex Maldonado, the driver and another employee tried to unload the casket.
“With Mr. Maldonado watching, one or more of the handlers let go of the casket and dropped it,” the lawsuit says. “The casket went crashing to the cement ground, its lid opened suddenly, and Alex’s body tumbled out and fell directly onto its face directly in front of Mr. Maldonado.”
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SCI( Service Corporation International the world’s largest Funeral corporation) is suing a Jewish Funeral Director over a funeral home name. The NYSE: SCI Lawsuit has been going on for a while and continues.
This is all happeenibg in the Chicago Suburbs of Deerfield and Skokie.
Two north suburban Jewish funeral parlors are now locked in a legal battle for the use of a man’s name.
Service Corp. International, the owner of Skokie’s Lloyd Mandel Levayah Funerals, is suing Lloyd Mandel, the former owner of Levayah. The corporation is asking the court to bar Mandel from using his name for his new funeral service business, Lloyd Mandel Mitzvah Memorial Funerals. It’s also asking for unspecified damages.
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National Prearranged Services(NPS) is back in court over Funeral Fraud in the amount 600 million dollars. At issue is a court injunction and the owners spending the funds they received from the Fraudulent Preneed Contracts.
State insurance Guaranty associations who have guaranteed the the funeral funds to the consumers have brought the lawsuit against the owners.
At issue is whether spending of funds that can be recovered will be curtailed.
National Prearranged Services back in Court
The topic in the federal courtroom on Wednesday was money, specifically what happened to $600 million and whether a federal judge should be watchful to make sure even more money doesn’t go missing.
“No one disputes that the money is gone,” attorney Daniel Reilly told the federal judge. “But the defendants never say where that money went.”
The defendants in this case were the Cassity family, owners of a once-celebrated funeral services company in Clayton and a web of affiliated companies. They ran National Prearranged Services and Forever Enterprises, plus two life insurance companies.
Do not put your funeral cost funds at risk do not do Funeral Preneed,
Some estimates put total losses at 1 billion not 600 million.
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Chris Rock Has been sued for the movie “”Death at a Funeral” Many times funeral or death related Lawsuits are meaningless or Frivolous.
The suit against this movie appears to be off the chart.
Some lawsuits are just better than others. Here’s a one-of-a-kind gem.
A woman is demanding $20 million in damages from Sony Pictures, Chris Rock and other producers of the April comedy “Death at a Funeral,” claiming they ripped off her 1995 book about the embarrassment she suffered at a funeral in Jamaica when she was stripped of her clothing.
The woman, Pamella Lawrence, is representing herself in court and has filed a lawsuit stuffed with outrageous claims, including racism, a plot to eradicate the female population of urban cities and allegations of inside jokes within the movie that were specifically intended to humiliate her.
There is a place for lawsuits in the funeral industry. This occurs when laws or contracts are violated. Usually Funeral Lawsuits come in three areas: Preneed funds, mishandling of the deceased, family being mistreated at a funeral.
An Example of a preneed fund funeral lawsuits are the class action lawsuits, and funeral director lawsuits filed against the Illinois Funeral Directors Association.
Many Lawsuits have been presented a t Your Funeral Guy Blogs involving the deceased, and their families against Service Corporation International.
There is a trial taking place in LA concerning the Eden Memorial Park Cemetery Scandal. It is a hearing for a preliminary injunction against the cemetery. At this California Cemetery it has been reported that over 500 graves were desecrated. This scandal was first revealed in September 2009.
The trial dates are May 13th and May 14th 2010. Your Funeral Guy has confirmed that the trial is taking place.
Up to 500 Graves desecrated here
This scandal, involving the Service Corporation International, (NYSE:SCI) Facility at Eden Memorial Park in California along with the Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal outside of Chicago led to Congressman Bobby Rush introducing the Bereaved Consumers Bill of Rights Act of 2009 in the US House of Representatives. The Bill HR 3655 is under consideration in the US Congress.
Eagan O’Malley & Avenatti LLP (“EOA”) is the law firm handling the class action Lawsuit.
The depositions completed thus far in this case have unfortunately confirmed our worst fears. The evidence indicates there has been a pervasive practice of grave disturbances and desecrations at Eden Memorial Park Cemetery spanning an approximate 30 year time period. A number of groundskeepers and supervisors have admitted under oath they routinely damaged and broke burial vaults containing human remains, sometimes as much as two to three times per week. These groundskeepers and supervisors have further admitted that many times this would cause human remains, including bones, to spill out of the broken burial vaults. According to the sworn testimony, the groundskeepers were often instructed by the cemetery to discard any remaining bones, pieces of burial shrouds or broken casket remnants in the cemetery dump located at the northern most section of the cemetery.
Because the practice was pervasive, the cemetery did not keep records of which burial vaults were broken. Moreover, because the vaults are buried under ground, it is impossible to visually identify, from above the ground, which graves were disturbed. There are, however, non-invasive procedures available to allow family members to identify broken vaults without disturbing the decedent’s grave and we are consulting with experts about the possible use of these procedures.
At our request, the Court has scheduled a preliminary injunction hearing or “mini-trial,” on May 13 and 14, 2010
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Michigan Funeral Law Traps Protesters
Michigan funeral protest law traps mourners. Political signs in van land couple in jail after friend’s service
Lewis Lowden is suing Clare County Michigan and two of its sheriff’s deputies for violating their civil rights under Michigan’s 2006 funeral protest law.
In 2007 Lewis and Jean Lowden were pulled out of a funeral procession honoring a 25-year-old Army corporal killed in Iraq whom they had known for 15 years, had homeschooled and had taken camping and fishing. The reason? Having a few handmade signs critical of the Bush administration in their van window violated the Michigan funeral protest law. A search of the van revealed a hatchet, machete and two knives Lowden said he used for camping. The couple was jailed for carrying concealed weapons.
Former Clare County Prosecutor Norman Gage believes there’s a problem with Michigan’s law, hastily enacted in reaction to incendiary protests at military funerals by the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church. “I feel bad that the Lowdens had to go through this,” Gage said. “But sometimes, unfortunately, the laws aren’t well written, and this may well be a good example of a well-intentioned law that wasn’t well written.”
The problem appears to be a free speech issue. “We’re not questioning the benevolent intent of the law to protect mourners from being disrupted at funerals,” said American Civil Liberties Union Michigan lawyer Daniel Korobkin, who filed suit on the Lowdens’ behalf. “But history shows us — and this case shows — that efforts to silence even the most outrageous, repugnant, offensive and hateful speech always backfires and always ends up punishing the speech of innocent people like the Lowdens.”
posted by Karen Jones, author of DEATH FOR BEGINNERS Your No-Nonsense, Money-Saving Guide to Planning for the Inevitable www.deathforbeginners.com
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No current state bureaucrat is responsible for the IFA Ponzi Scheme.
No present state bureaucrat is responsible for the Illinois Funeral Directors Association Ponzi mess. Governor Pat Quinn knows that.- It is not the fault of Dan Hynes. It is the Fault of THE IFDA leaders who used the scam to line their pockets! They are the ones who continually kept things covered up from HYNES, their membership as well as the public. As its Hynes is being sued in civil court over this anyway by the IFDA! Lawsuit Lotto.
Funeral Directors in the state collected their high interest in a better than bank money tree.It was their responsibility to check up on the fund for their customers. But why bother when getting rich off other peoples funeral money!
The license is bogus, and that responsibility falls on the shoulders of the now Senator Roland Burris.THE IFDA Preneed trust should have been set up as a fiduciary trust.
HYNES MISTAKE WAS HE AT SOME POINT SHOULD HAVE TURNED THE MATTER OVER TO ATTORNEY GENERAL MADIGANS OFFICE, But alas LISA MADIGANS FATHER RECEIVED CAMPAIGN DONATIONS FROM THE IFDA!
THE IFDA AND BURR OAK MONKEY ON HYNES BACK MAY COST HIM THE GOVERNORSHIP.
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Connecting Directors.Com has posted negatively on the Funeral Consumers Alliance
In a Blog posts that attacks the Funeral Consumers Alliance (FCA) and comments that discuss how to get rid of this organization, Connecting Directors.com states that the funeral industry is accepting Third Party Caskets. From the Web Reaction and resentment from Funeral Homes and directors on Walmart Selling Caskets, this is simply not the case.
I think we learned from the article I posted yesterday (Funeral Director Reacts to Handling First Walmart Casket, You Might Be Surprised)that funeral professionals are open to and willing to accept third-party caskets.
The FCA states that third party caskets are good for the consumer. This is true. You can have a beautiful casket for much less and come in under the average cost of a funeral by purchasing a casket at a place other than the funeral home.
In the Case of the Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal, and the Bereaved Consumers Bill of Rights Act the Funeral Consumers Alliance was one of the first to speak up for consumer rights.
The Funeral Consumers Alliance has long been hated by Funeral Industry Insiders. Their Lawsuits have hurt Batesville, Service Corporation International,SCI and pointed out consumer ripoffs by these companies.
If funeral directors were more pro consumer and focused less on their own profit as the Connecting Directors post above does, the funeral industry would not be in decline and there would be less need for the FCA and more profit for the Funeral Directors. It also would create a better situation for Funeral Consumer.
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Picture of New website at Connecting Directors.Com
Connecting Directors.Com has exposed the criminal? (possible felon) disgraced National Funeral Directors Association leader Randall L Earl. Earl is a central figure in the IFDA (Illinois Funeral Directors Association).Preneed Ponzi Scheme. He also is the current NFDA EXECUTIVE SECRETARY.
Trouble with the IFDA Preneed trust surfaced during his reign as President of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association. He is in line to be President of the National Funeral Directors Association
Here is the link to the Connecting Directors Scandal Post on Randall L Earl: NFDA Scandal Randall L Earl.
From Connecting Directors.com A Your Funeral Guy Comment:
Thanks for constructive criticism. Personal attacks have no place in helpful debate. My problem is I can hear the sighs of relief at the SCI building in Houston because all that content and news stories are not recorded here anymore
Randall L Earl is glad. The embattled NFDA leader thinks he has a better shot at President of the National Funeral Directors Association, because the conversations about his involvement in the IFDA Preneed Ponzi Schemes are gone.
Randall L Earl
is the the funeral industry’s reason in a human body to embrace the Bereaved Consumers protection Act
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pic of the new connecting directors.com from the old connecting directors.com
The funeral director turned poet has had his lawsuit thrown out of court.
Thomas Lynch the traditional funeral director turned poet has had his Lawsuit against Lisa Carlson, and the FCA (Funeral Consumers Alliance)thrown in the wastebasket. This was a libel suit for $75.000.oo USD. The US District Court of Eastern Michigan stated that there was no defamation or libel.
The court also found that some of the statements that were cited as libel were indeed true.
Thomas Lynch is the defender of the traditional funeral and the role of the traditional funeral director. These points of view have come under fire due to scandal and the economy.
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