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FCA to release study of hidden cremation fees and consumer protection violations Monday, September 12

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             Contact: Jack Gillis, 202-737-0766

September 12, 2016 at 12:00PM Eastern

Call-in: 800-247-5110

Passcode: CFACALL

 

NEW REPORT ON FUNERAL SERVICES:  THE COST OF DYING IS HARD TO DETERMINE AND WIDELY VARING IN PRICE 

Press Teleconference to Reveal New Data on Costs, Price Disclosures and Laws Which Fail to Protect Bereaved Consumers

Washington, D.C. – At a 12 noon, EDT, press teleconference on Monday, September 12th, the Consumer Federation of America and the Funeral Consumers Alliance will release the results of a comprehensive report on the cost of dying in America.  CFA and FCA will present data on the cost of a simple cremation from 10 major metropolitan areas.  In addition, Stephen Brobeck, CFA’s Executive Director and Josh Slocum, FCA’s Executive Director will address the inadequate disclosure rules issued by the FTC in 1984.  The ten areas studied are Atlanta, Denver D.C., Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Princeton, Seattle, Southern California, and Tucson.

To be released at the press teleconference:

  • Price differences for the same services in the same markets
  • Difficulties in obtaining funeral pricing information
  • How different markets impact the price of services
  • How funeral companies fail to disclose key pricing elements
  • Steps needed by the Federal Trade Commission to protect bereaved consumers

EVENT:             Press Tele-conference: Release of New Report on Funeral Services and the Cost of Dying

DATE:                Monday, September 12, 2016 12 p.m. EDT

Call In #:             800-247-5110 and use Passcode: CFACALL

SPEAKERS:      Stephen Brobeck, Executive Director, CFA

                             Josh Slocum, Executive Director, Funeral Consumers Alliance

 

NO INFORMATION WILL BE RELEASED BEFORE THE TELE-CONFERENCE

Release available after 11:30 am EDT September 12th at www.consumerfed.org and at funerals.org