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Tennessee Funeral Homes to Pay Fines to Settle FTC Charges

July 6, 1995

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Three Tennessee funeral homes have agreed to pay a total of $27,500 in fines to settle claims that they violated a federal rule giving consumers the right to itemized price lists of their services.

The proposed settlements are the first to emerge from a joint federal and state crackdown on funeral homes that fail to comply with the Federal Trade Commission regulation, the agency said Thursday.

Under the crackdown, authorities are sending test shoppers into funeral homes across the country to determine whether the businesses are providing the price lists, a key provision of the FTC’s Funeral Rule.

The defendants in the FTC cases, all from Nashville, will settle the charges by paying fines and complying with all aspects of the funeral rule, the FTC said. Federal court approval is required.

The FTC settlements are with:

_Buena Vista Funeral Home Inc. and its officers, John R. Bratten Sr. and John R. Bratten Jr. _ $4,000 penalty.

_L.O.V. II Inc., operating as Lewis and Wright Funeral Directors, and its officers, Richard A. Lewis and Irving Sanchez III _ $7,500 penalty.

_Patton Brothers Funeral Homes and its officers, Katharyn M. Patton, Alfonso B. Patton and Mary Kathryn Patton _ $16,000 penalty.

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