Mike Kueber's Blog

September 29, 2011

Selling caskets in Louisiana

Filed under: Business,Law/justice — Mike Kueber @ 8:59 pm

While doing some research on ObamaCare, I stumbled across an interesting decision in a Louisiana federal court regarding the sale of caskets.  A new Louisiana law required that funeral merchandise, including caskets, could only be sold by licensed funeral directors, and this served to put out of business a group of monks who had a thriving business building and selling caskets.

Fortunately, the Institute for Justice challenged the law, and the court saw through the false argument the law was intended to protect the public:

  • The only protection afforded by the Act is the economic protection of the funeral directors which this Court has held not to be in and of itself a rational basis for the Act under the Constitution of the United States.”

Judges sometimes get it right.