2012-08-30 / Local & State

Pa. Ordered To Pay $1.1 Million In Funeral case

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) – A federal judge who last spring struck down key provisions of Pennsylvania law governing funeral homes and undertakers, calling them antiquated and unconstitutional, has now ordered the state to pay more than $1.1 million in legal fees in the case.

The (Harrisburg) Patriot News says U.S. Middle District Judge John E. Jones III cited challenges faced by the 33 funeral directors and funeral homes who were plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

In May, he criticized the State Board of Funeral Directors for failing to update regulations on ownership of funeral parlors, the use of trade names and a host of other issues raised by the plaintiffs.

Jones also on Wednesday issued an injunction barring the board from enforcing the sections he declared unconstitutional.

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