NEW ORLEANS (AP) Benedictine monks have won the last round in their lawsuit to keep selling plain, low-cost caskets from their monastery outside New Orleans. Their attorney, Darpana Sheth, calls it a great victory for St. Joseph Abbey and its monks and for entrepreneurs nationwide.
Sheth says she learned Tuesday that the U.S. Supreme Court won't hear an appeal filed by the Louisiana State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors.
A district judge and the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled that there were no reasonable grounds for a regulation that only state-licensed funeral directors may sell coffins in Louisiana.
The 5th Circuit was the third federal appeals court to rule against similar laws or regulations. The 10th Circuit has ruled in favor of them.