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FTC Approves SCI’s Applications to Divest Assets in California, Florida, and Tennessee

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved three applications by Service Corporation International (SCI) to divest certain funeral and cemetery assets, as required under the FTC’s May 2014 order settling charges that SCI’s acquisition of Stewart Enterprises, Inc. would be anticompetitive. In total, the proposed order requires the combined SCI/Stewart to divest 53 funeral homes and 38 cemeteries to ensure competition is maintained in 59 communities throughout the United States.

Through this action, the FTC has approved the divestitures of three mortuaries in Southern California to Guerra & Gutierrez, LLC; five funeral homes and cemeteries in the Miami, Florida area to Miami Memorial, LLC; and two cemeteries in Knoxville, Tennessee to Alliance Funeral Group.

The Commission votes to approve the applications were 5-0. (FTC File No. 131-0163, Docket No. 4423; the staff contact is Elizabeth A. Piotrowski, Bureau of Competition, 202-326-2623)

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