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24, 2008

South Burlington, VT. - In an attempt to stifle legitimate criticism from consumer advocates,  Michigan funeral director and author Thomas Lynch sued the oldest and largest national nonprofit funeral consumer advocacy organization in federal court September 12. Lynch's suit, filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, accuses Funeral Consumers Alliance, Inc., of "defamation," and causing "substantial economic injury" and "harm to [the] business reputation" of Lynch's funeral home businesses in Michigan. The document in question is a PowerPoint presentation titled "Deconstructing Thomas Lynch," available at The presentation quotes an article by Lynch and criticizes the article's presentation and viewpoint.

"To call this lawsuit ‘frivolous' would be too kind  -  it's outrageous," said FCA Executive Director Joshua Slocum. "Mr. Lynch appears unaware of the constitutional and common law rights citizens and journalists enjoy in this country. We don't expect him to enjoy FCA's critique, but his irritation does not cancel the rights of consumer advocates to publish fair comment on and criticism of his writings. Even worse, his attempt to extract money from a nonprofit charity  is reprehensible." CLICK "READ MORE" FOR THE REST OF THE STORY. . .

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 September 2008 13:57 ) Read more...

Neptune's Legal SCAMS

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10/06/2008 - Thinking about doing business with the Neptune Society? Think again. For years, FCA has been pointing out Neptune's tricky accounting practices they use to illegally pocket consumers' prepaid cremation money instead of putting it in the bank as most state laws require. Finally, one state is taking legal action. Hats off to the Colorado Division of Regulation for a great job protecting funeral consumers. Here's their press release. . .

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 07 October 2008 17:36 ) Read more...

What is FCA and How Can it Help Me?

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Funeral Consumers Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting a consumer's right to choose a meaningful, dignified, affordable funeral.Think  of us as if we were the "Consumer Reports" of the funeral business.

Here's how we can help you:

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About FCA

The Funeral Consumers Alliance (FCA) is a Federation of Nonprofit Consumer Information Societies protecting a consumer's right to choose a meaningful, dignified, affordable funeral since 1963.