An Abbey of the Benedictine Order of the Catholic Church challenges as unconstitutional rules issued by the Louisiana Board of Funeral Directors granting funeral homes an exclusive right to sell caskets. The district court enjoined their enforcement. No rational relationship exists between public health and safety and limiting intrastate sales of caskets to funeral establishments ? Louisiana does not even require a casket for burial, does not impose requirements for their construction or design, does not require a casket to be sealed before burial, and does not require funeral directors to have any special expertise in caskets. The district court's judgment is affirmed. 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 11-30756, 03-20-2013.
St. Joseph Abbey v. Castille
March 25, 2013