National Federal Class Action Multi-District Litigation Resolves Tri-State Crematory Failure
Class members from around the country initiated federal national class action multi district litigation for the failure of the Tri-State Crematory and others, including 53 defendant funeral homes, to have had their loved ones properly cremated in accordance with the law. The principal perpetrator was subsequently incarcerated and the recipient of a huge multi-million dollar civil judgment. Following several days of evidentiary proceedings on the class certification issue, the class was provisionally certified and later a trial on the merits commenced, ultimately to be resolved in settlement by tiers of plaintiffs, which eventually numbered in the thousands.
In Re: Tri State Crematory Litigation, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, Rome Division, MDL Docket Number 1467 (Judge Harold Murphy).
Counsel for Defendant Wilson Funeral Home and Member of Defense Management Committee: Steve Cotter, Jim Johnson and Maren Cave