Mishandled Burials & Grave Desecration Representing Families Throughout Florida and the United States
Losing a loved one his hard enough, but to learn that the remains of that loved one may have been mishandled by the large cemetery corporations and its industry workers is appalling and reprehensible. Unfortunately, burial blunders are common in an industry that is poorly regulated and one that puts profits over dignity and ethics.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau's Economic Census Americans spent more than $15.2 billion on funeral and cemetery expenses in 2007, including $3.3 billion on cemeteries and crematories. With 2.4 million Americans dying each year, that equates to big business.
Edward M. Ricci, P.A. and Co-Counsel Michael Avenatti have recently filed two law suits against Star of David cemetery in North Lauderdale. Zinn Complaint
and Baio Complaint
. Information they have gathered shows that vaults were crushed and corpses moved without permission from family members. In some cases, vaults, grave markers and possibly human remains were thrown in a lake on the property. They are seeking more than $200 million on behalf of the thousands who have buried loved ones or prepaid for plots at the sprawling Jewish cemetery near Florida's Turnpike and Commercial Boulevard. For news coverage, click here
In 2009, Ed Ricci and co-counsel filed a class action complaint
in Los Angeles County Superior Court, against Service Corporation International (SCI) for grave desecration of Jewish graves at Eden Memorial Park, in Mission Hills, California. More than 40,000 families have joined the lawsuit, which is expected to proceed to trial in May 2012.
Back in 2003, Attorney Ed Ricci’s law firm was previously successfully represented numerous individuals in connection with the Menorah Gardens cemetery scandal in Florida, where similar allegations were made against Service Corporation International. The class action ultimately settled for $100 million dollars for mishandled burials and grave desecration.
Cemetery and grave desecration complaints have included
- People buried in the wrong place
- Separating husbands from wives
- Vaults cracked open by a backhoe
- Bodies exhumed, their bones, skulls and shrouds thrown into nearby woods or mass graves
- Bodies stacked atop one another
- Remains relocated without relatives being notified
- Missing grave stones, head stones
- Charging for services never delivered
- Oversold plots
- Threatening employees and witnesses in retaliation and loss of jobs
Edward M. Ricci, P.A. is there to represent families whose loved ones have been wrongfully mishandled or mistreated by the cemetery corporations. Ed Ricci
is a highly experienced consumer justice attorney recognized nationwide for his relentless pursuit of justice for his clients and holding wrongdoers including cemeteries and their employees accountable for mishandling burials and grave desecration.
To learn more about cemetery desecration – or to receive a complimentary review of any potential case, please contact our law firm online or call us at 561-748-8000 or 877-651-6134. We are happy to answer your questions about any grave site desecrations, cemetery plot desecrations, burial mishaps and mistreatment by the cemetery and its employees.
For more than four decades, Edward M. Ricci has specialized in civil trial law. He pursues justice for victims in the areas of consumer class actions, auto accidents, personal injury and wrongful deaths, cemetery desecrations, insurance litigation and consumer claims. The firm serves consumers throughout Florida and the United States.