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The family of a missing Texas man who was last seen by a funeral director says it’s unlikely the business will reopen after it was closed by a lawsuit.
Lawyers for the funeral home say the suit was filed by the attorney general’s office in Texas, a state with an unusually high number of wrongful death cases.
Attorney General Greg Abbott has said his office has closed dozens of funeral homes, and the funeral homes have been working to reopen as planned.
The lawsuit filed Friday by attorneys with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) accuses the funeral directors of violating the Texas Uniformed and Overseas Civilian Practice and Standards.
It says funeral directors are “not entitled to a favorable disposition of the matter” because funeral directors “are not entitled to relief under the Uniformed, Overseas, Civilian Professional Standards Act.”
In the suit, attorneys say the funeral director failed to provide a complete accounting of what happened to the deceased, including an autopsy, when the funeral took place.
The suit also says the funeral’s staff “failed to provide adequate security, including proper barricades, at the location where the body was to be buried.”
Texas has a law that provides for “qualified, qualified, and qualified” funeral directors, but funeral directors in Texas have a limited number of licenses.
The suit says the Texas law gives a funeral home “no authority to make decisions about who is qualified to perform funerals.”
The suit says funeral homes “may refuse to hire or accept qualified funeral directors.”
The suit asks the judge to order the Texas funeral directors to reopen, saying “it appears that a wrongful death suit filed by an attorney general would have the same effect as a wrongful-death suit filed in Texas.”