After a valiant but unsuccessful attempt to crush Oklahoma's casket cartel, the Institute for Justice has turned its attention to Maryland's protectionist regulation of the death industry. In particular, I.J. is challenging a requirement that funeral home owners be licensed funeral home directors. Although Maryland lets widows of licensed funeral home directors and executors of their estates take over the business, it won't let an entrepreneur open a funeral home and pay somebody else to do the icky body handling. The privilege of hiring professional help is reserved for an elite list of corporations. "As a result of the cartel," I.J. estimates, "a Maryland funeral costs about $800 more than it would in a more open market." As in Oklahoma, I.J.'s lawsuit claims Maryland's anticompetitive rules violate the 14th Amendment's Due Process, Equal Protection, and Privileges or Immunities clauses.
Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Manipulators Are More Likely To Engage in 'Virtuous Victim Signaling,' Says Study
Plus: Protesters sue over alleged mistreatment by arresting officers, a new ruling on robocalls, and more...
Homeland Security Acting Like 'An Occupying Army' Says Sen. Wyden, After Federal Agents Shoot Peaceful Portland Protester
Plus: free press threats, marriage licensing woes, Fiona Apple fights for prisoners, Trump spox talk up masks, and more...
If you can’t count on schools to perform their core educational responsibilities, why wouldn’t you look elsewhere?
I was one of the 153 signers and am a veteran of the Twitter wars. But even I was taken aback by the swift, virulent response.