Does the U.S. Constitution allow the government to pass economic regulations with no public benefit solely to enrich special interests at the expense of would-be competitors and consumers? That is the question that the Louisiana State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review in the Board’s bid to reverse the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals victory of the Benedictine monks of Saint Joseph Abbey in Covington, La. This win struck down Louisiana’s law requiring a funeral director’s license to sell a casket, and affirmed the constitutional right to earn an honest living without unreasonable government interference.
“The brothers have been resolute throughout this entire case and they are prepared to take this historic fight to our nation’s highest court to protect their rights and the rights of all entrepreneurs,” said Institute for Justice Senior Attorney Scott Bullock.
I wrote about this outrageous case a a few months ago.