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September 5, 1999 | CLAUDIA KOLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There's little appeal to surfacing in a lawsuit, especially one involving alleged influence peddling, harassment and faulty embalming. But when it comes to the whistle-blower case now embroiling Texas' funeral industry, it's hard to say who wants the publicity less: governor and presidential hopeful George W. Bush, who eluded testifying in the case last week, or Service Corporation International, the Houston funerary titan whose hallmark is tasteful discretion.
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September 15, 2009 | Duke Helfand and Victoria Kim
Operators of a Jewish cemetery in Mission Hills allegedly broke open concrete interment vaults and discarded or lost human remains as they made room for additional decedents, attorneys asserted Monday. A class-action lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday against Eden Memorial Park and its parent company, Service Corporation International, alleges that the cemetery attempted to improperly squeeze plots together for profit, breaking existing vaults and moving or discarding remains in the process.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2009 | Duke Helfand and Victoria Kim
Operators of a Jewish cemetery in Mission Hills allegedly broke open concrete interment vaults and discarded or lost human remains as they made room for additional decedents, attorneys asserted Monday. A class-action lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday against Eden Memorial Park and its parent company, Service Corporation International, alleges that the cemetery attempted to improperly squeeze plots together for profit, breaking existing vaults and moving or discarding remains in the process.
NEWS
September 5, 1999 | CLAUDIA KOLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There's little appeal to surfacing in a lawsuit, especially one involving alleged influence peddling, harassment and faulty embalming. But when it comes to the whistle-blower case now embroiling Texas' funeral industry, it's hard to say who wants the publicity less: governor and presidential hopeful George W. Bush, who eluded testifying in the case last week, or Service Corporation International, the Houston funerary titan whose hallmark is tasteful discretion.
NEWS
December 21, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Attorneys suing a cemetery company accused of recycling graves showed grisly photos and video footage of crushed burial vaults and human remains discarded in the woods. They also presented internal documents they say show Menorah Gardens & Funeral Chapels in West Palm Beach and its owner, Houston-based Service Corporation International, were aware of the grave desecrations. SCI is the world's largest cemetery company.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2009 | Duke Helfand
A Jewish cemetery in Mission Hills that has been sued for allegedly desecrating hundreds of graves violated a state health and safety code when its operators accidentally disturbed five burial sites over a four-year period, state regulators said Tuesday. The state's Cemetery and Funeral Bureau found the problems in early 2008 while investigating an allegation that Eden Memorial Park had "demonstrated unprofessional conduct," according to a warning letter that June. In the letter, the agency warned that formal disciplinary action could be initiated against Eden Memorial if further violations were discovered.
NATIONAL
December 3, 2003 | From Associated Press
The world's largest funeral services firm agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action lawsuit by paying $100 million to families whose relatives' remains were dug up and thrown out to make room for new bodies. The settlement will be presented to Circuit Judge Leonard Fleet, who must approve it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2009 | Victoria Kim
State officials said Thursday they have found no evidence of mass grave disturbances at a Mission Hills Jewish cemetery, which was accused in a class-action lawsuit of breaking open interment vaults and losing or discarding human remains to make space for new burials. The lawsuit was filed in September against Eden Memorial Park. "We have not seen any evidence of the kind of massive desecration that [is] being alleged," said Russ Heimerich, a spokesman for the state Department of Consumer Affairs, which oversees cemeteries.
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November 16, 1992 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Think, dear friends, of death. Ponder, for a moment, the stereotype of the undertaker: a dark-suited, pallid man with hands clasped, offering condolences to the bereaved while at the same time trying to sell them a casket they can't afford. Not fair, say aggrieved members of the funeral profession. Not fair at all. Funeral directors, they contend, are business people who also perform a valuable public service in trying circumstances.
NEWS
September 18, 1999 | BONNIE HARRIS and JEFF GOTTLIEB and PETER M. WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A new medical school scandal hit UC Irvine as officials revealed Friday that they are investigating whether parts of bodies donated for research were improperly sold and whether cremated remains were returned to the wrong families. Medical school officials have fired the director of its Willed Body Program, called in the district attorney and set up a toll-free number for family members in an effort to determine whether ashes were properly returned to relatives.
BUSINESS
August 27, 2000
Iyad Darcazallie has been named chief financial officer and vice president of corporate development for Net-Strike Worldwide in Irvine. He had been with Ernst & Young's New Ventures and Global Corporate Development groups in San Francisco. * Donald Henig has been named senior vice president of business development and corporate initiatives for LoanTrader.com in Irvine. Henig has held senior positions with Ultraprise.com and MtgPro Inc.
NATIONAL
January 22, 2005 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
A Catholic church plans to bury the ashes of as many as 1,000 aborted fetuses Sunday, raising a storm of protest from those who accuse it of exploiting the pain and grief of women for political purposes. The Sacred Heart of Mary Church obtained the ashes from a mortuary that had a contract to cremate remains from the Boulder Abortion Clinic. But the clinic said it didn't know the ashes were being given to the church.
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