MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade
Commission (FTC) has announced Ross-Clayton Funeral Home Inc. will settle
allegations it violated the Funeral Rule, which requires funeral providers
to disclose pricing and important information to consumers when going over
At the start of any in-person funeral arrangement
discussions, funeral providers must give an itemized price list. Additionally,
they must provide information via the telephone upon request. The rule, in most
cases, bars companies from requiring consumers to buy specific items, such as
caskets, in order to obtain additional funeral services.
The FTC alleged Ross-Clayton broke these rules on at
least two occasions in 2012. To settle the charges the company will pay
$16,000 in civil penalties. The mandate also bars the company from violating
the rule in the future.
The FTC voted 3-0 to authorize the proposed consent order’s
filing. Consent orders have the full force of law when entered by a district court judge.