Occupational Licensing

Occupational Licensing Abuse Struck Down in Louisiana

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Congratulations to the Institute for Justice, who won a major victory on behalf of economic liberty today when the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana struck down the state law making it illegal for anyone but licensed funeral directors to sell caskets. IJ's clients in the case were the monks of Saint Joseph Abbey of Saint Benedict, Louisiana, who had the nerve to build and then sell affordable caskets to willing customers. Here's what Judge Stanwood Duval had to say about the state law:

Simply put, there is nothing in the licensing procedures that bestows any benefit to the public in the context of the retail sale of caskets.  The license has no bearing on the manufacturing and sale of coffins.  It appears that the sole reason for these laws is the economic protection of the funeral industry which reason the Court has previously found not to be a valid government interest standing alone to provide a constitutionally valid reason for these provisions.

Read previous Reason coverage of the case here.

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  1. This is wonderful news. You might say those folks are doing God’s work, ha ha LOL.

    Tell me again how libertarians don’t give a shit about anyone but themselves??

    1. It’s a ruling to die for.

      1. Messed up. Seriously messed up, man…

    2. Libertarians, funded by the Koch brothers, stand to make billions by having this regulation struck down.

      DREGULASHUN!

    3. Tell me again how libertarians don’t give a shit about anyone but themselves??

      Your inferiority complex is showing.

  2. Congratulations to the Institute for Justice, who won a major victory on behalf of economic liberty today when the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana struck down the state law making it illegal for anyone but licensed funeral directors to sell caskets.

    But…. but now we will suffer from casket anarchism! We needed government licensing laws so we can *know* that our licensed casket suppliers were decent, honest and perfect human beings becase… well, because they were licensed!

    Who cares about such things as moral hazard and common sense when you have security and assurance from government, an organization populated by perfect, selfless beings?

    1. Next they’ll be burying people in shoddy pine boxes.

  3. When life hands you Obamacare,
    make caskets…

  4. Huzzah!

    Zod bless the IJ.

      1. I love that clip, but 30 seconds of ads for 10 seconds of video? Good lord.

  5. Now we are one ruling closer to Somalia… CASKETZZZZZ!!!!!1111!

    1. It’s the wild west! Pine boxes lined up agains the saloon wall!

      1. Pine boxes lined up against the saloon wall…for sale.

        ftfy.

  6. A small victory. Hopefully more to come. Here in Louisiana the whole funeral business is one huge stinking scam.

    1. It’s not much different here in GA. Traditionally the funeral industry has been over-represented in the legislature–surprisingly large % of lawmakers have been funeral directors and have taken care of themselves and their friends.

  7. Here in Louisiana Government Regulation the whole funeral business is one huge stinking scam.

  8. The IJ and FIRE have been kicking the ACLU’s ass these days.

    [BLOGWHORE ALERT] (but relevant)

    The Institute for Justice – as well as The Foundation for Economic Education and The Atlas Foundation for Economic Research – just signed on to my Roku channel.

    Maybe Reason.TV and The Alyona Show will get with the program.

    1. Just added you to my channels…

    2. Added your channel also. I expect great things.

      1. Thanks guys. The channel seems to be running smooth on my end, but if you experience any problems, you can leave word at the website, Facebook page, etc.

        There will be more updates tomorrow.

    3. Kewlness.

  9. I’d like to make sure that the caskets I used haven’t been used before and have a certificate stating as such. “This casket was only used by a little old lady” is something that all you all can do in your Northern States, thank you very much.

  10. I always get so confused when I see good news here. I thought were just going to keep snarking our way straight to hell.

    1. My feelings exactly. You get so used to having shit rain down on that when a shit-free day appears, you’re not sure what to do with it.

      Yay?

      1. Who is he?

        Must be the king.

        How do you know that?

        He’s the only one who hasn’t got shit all over him.

  11. See, this is how you pick your plaintiff for a test case.

    1. word

  12. Tell me again how libertarians don’t give a shit about anyone but themselves??

    Rejoicing when a company fails and people lose their jobs might have something to do with that perception.

    https://reason.com/blog/2011/07…..tcontainer

    1. Exactly. The clowns at Borders are just borderline employable. They’ll never have jobs again.

    2. A company that is not financially sound going out of business is good. Unless you think we should have a Borders bailout now?

    3. “Rejoicing when a company fails and people lose their jobs might have something to do with that perception.”

      Except that libertarians are always supporting businesses.
      I guess it just can’t be actual consideration for individual circumstances, can it?

  13. Police Saturday arrested a 19-year-old Waupaca man suspected in four residential burglaries.

    Kyle T. Wagner had been on the run from police for about three weeks, according to the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Department.

    Police arrested Wagner at a Waupaca home without incident about 9:45 p.m. He was booked into jail on a probation warrant.

    Nothing else happened.

    http://www.postcrescent.com/ar…..ry-suspect

    1. Whats the point of this again? Police sometimes *dont* shoot people without cause? We should applaud the actual normal execution of duties that don’t involve summary execution?

      I am missing something maybe?

      1. It’s called being a disingenuous, misleading Chief Fellatio Coordinator(tm) for government-sanctioned or government-protected thievery, harassment, extortion, and murder.

        1. Funny anarchist!

    2. So much fail.

      It’s not about the significant number of incidents where the cops don’t spectacularly fuck up; it’s that any incident where the cops do fuck up and get away with it is unacceptable.

      As is the lying about it. See, that’s why “Another Isolated Incident” is darkly humorous when used by Balko, but just plain dumb when used by police apologists.

      Oh, and STFU, Troll.

  14. It appears that the sole reason for these laws is the economic protection of the funeral industry which reason the Court has previously found not to be a valid government interest standing alone to provide a constitutionally valid reason for these provisions.

    Balderdash! Humbug! These licensing laws were clearly to protect people!

    Why, people will DIE in these unlicensed caskets! You’ll see!

    Chaos!

    1. You joke, but seriously, if it had been anything besides caskets…

    2. When the zombies rise, Louisiana will regret burying their dead in cut-rate caskets.

      1. Actually, wouldn’t the pre-zombies rot more in a cut-rate casket, thereby being less of a threat upon reanimation?

        Quality Caskets = More Durable Zombies

    3. You’ve got it backwards. Unlicensed caskets will be unable to properly contain their occupants during the zombie apocalypse!

  15. These monks will be the last people to let you down.

  16. I showed my wife the scene in Lebowski with the coffee can and I told her that’s how I’m going out. Not paying hundreds of dollars for a can, or thousands for a box.

    And watch the wind when dispensing.

  17. But if funeral procedures aren’t aggregated in a single source, how is the government supposed to control public knowledge of the zombie menace?

  18. Sounds like a plan to me dude. Wow.

    http://www.net-privacy.us.tc

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