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LA Jewish Cemetery Settles Class-Action Suit for $80.5 Million

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

A Los Angeles Jewish cemetery accused of dumping remains to make room for new interments has settled a 25,000-person class action lawsuit.

Eden Memorial Park in Missions Hills, Calif., agreed to a settlement worth about $80.5 million, the Los Angeles Jewish Journal reported, citing documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Feb. 27.

The lawsuit was filed in 2009. It claimed that Eden Memorial Park, one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in the United States, instructed groundskeepers to “secretly break concrete vaults with a backhoe and remove, dump and/or discard the human remains, including human skulls, to make room for new interments.” The alleged incidents began as early as 1985.

About 40,000 people are buried in the 72-acre cemetery.

The settlement will be finalized in mid-May. The case went to trial last month in the Los Angeles Superior Courthouse.

Eden Memorial Park is owned and operated by SCI California, a subsidiary of Texas-based Service Corporation International (SCI), the largest operator of cemeteries and funeral services in the United States.

Calif. Court Clears Path for Suit against Texas Corporation for Desecrating Jewish Cemetery

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

The California State Supreme Court on Monday upheld a lower-court decision that gave class-action status to a lawsuit alleging mass desecration of grave sites at Eden Memorial Park, 11500 Sepulveda Blvd, Mission Hills, CA, a Jewish cemetery which is under the care of the Texas-based Service Corporation International, thus clearing the way for injured families to seek hundreds of millions of dollars in damages, the LA Daily News reports.

Service Corporation International (SCI) claims to be “North America’s most trusted provider of end-of-life arrangements and services.” Based in Houston, Texas, the company operates more than 1,400 funeral homes and 380 cemeteries. It is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “SCI.”

According to the LADN, the lawsuit alleges that cemetery groundskeepers were repeatedly instructed by SCI management to secretly break concrete vaults with a backhoe and remove, dump and/or discard the human remains – including human skulls – to make room for new burials, all in the interest of increased profits.

According to the complaint, SCI took steps to conceal their fraudulent actions by threatening employees and witnesses with retaliation and firing.

The Plaintiffs’ attorneys have estimated damages at more than $500 million. A trial was scheduled for Oct. 15.

According to JTA, in 2003 SCI agreed to a $100 million settlement with Menorah Gardens in Southwest Ranches, Fla., after being accused of misplacing bodies, smashing vaults and overselling plots at its graveyards near Palm Beach Gardens and Fort Lauderdale.

SCI, along with other companies, is also facing a $200 million lawsuit in Florida for desecrating burial plots and placing the wrong bodies in several gravesites.

Why I Love Working at the Jewish Press (I)

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

I plan to make this a series of articles, pointing out how the Jewish Press effectively removes the poison from the fangs of the Jewish media stories, putting things in context and perspective and providing a Truth that represents both reality, and by definition, our Torah values.

Yesterday, the LA Daily News ran a story under the headline: CA Supreme Court upholds class-action lawsuit alleging desecration at Jewish cemetery.

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (“We deliver yesterday’s news tomorrow”) cited this story almost verbatim from the original story, except for the headline:

Calif. Supreme Court upholds lawsuit against Jewish cemetery firm.

That is a fat lie. And an intentional lie at that. It gives the impression that a Jewish firm is being sued by angry mourners, and if the good yet busy reader didn’t actually read the LADN story, they would walk away with the grumpy notion that those Jewish businessmen are ripping off their customers again.

It’s a fat lie because the Jewish cemetery, Eden Memorial Park, in Mission Hills, CA, is part of a burial empire based in Texas, and it was they, the corporate bastards who happen to own a Jewish cemetery, who allegedly gave the order to dig up the Jewish dead under their care and replant them in mass graves.

Compare JTA’s pack of innuendoes, to the Jewish Press’ headline: Calif. Court Clears Path for Suit against Texas Corporation for Desecrating Jewish Cemetery.

I hope to keep you posted on these differences between us and the rest of the crowd, so you’ll have even more reasons to keep coming back here many times a day, and to give us a “like” on our Facebook page.

Oh, man, now I need my coffee. Nothing like starting the day with a good corporate mass grave story…

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