Saturday, March 8, 2014
In order to conclude a massive four-year class action lawsuit, Eden Memorial Park has agreed to a settlement worth an estimated $80.5 million.
The Jewish cemetery in Mission Hills, Los Angeles, was alleged to have ordered workers to disturb existing graves to fit in new coffins. This disturbance allegedly included breaking concrete coffins and dumping some of the human remains that fell out. The tentative settlement, set to be finalized mid-May, calls for parent company Service Corp. International (SCI) to distribute $35.25 million to plaintiffs and fully refund class action members wishing to disinter buried family members.
See Jared Sichel, Eden Memorial Park Settles Lawsuit in $80.5 Million Deal, Jewish Journal, February 28, 2014.