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‘Casket Cartel’ Asks 5th Circuit to OK Statute Barring Benedictine Monks’ Cottage Coffin Industry

Posted Aug 17, 2011 3:08 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A group of Benedictine monks' victory in a case over their cottage coffin-making industry was short-lived.

After a federal judge last month struck down a Louisiana state law requiring those who sell caskets to be licensed funeral directors, the so-called casket cartel has asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse the ruling, reports the Times-Picayune.

A lawyer for the monks has predicted that the case could go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Previous ABAJournal.com posts provide additional details:

Benedictine Monks Seek Ban on ‘Casket Cartel,’ Claim Constitutional Right to Sell Coffins

Benedictine Monks Win ‘Casket Cartel’ Case, Have Constitutional Right to Sell Coffins

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