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FTC Requests Public Comment on SCI’s Application to Approve Sale of Two Cemeteries in Knoxville, Tennessee to Alliance Funeral Group, Incorporated

The Federal Trade Commission is currently accepting public comments on an application by Service Corporation International (SCI) to sell certain cemetery assets, as required under the FTC’s April 2014 order settling charges that SCI’s acquisition of Stewart Enterprises, Inc. would likely be anticompetitive. In total, the 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.

SCI’s current application petitions the FTC to approve the divestiture of Greenwood Cemetery and New Gray Cemetery, both located in Knoxville, Tennessee, to Alliance Funeral Group, Incorporated.

According to the application, Alliance’s extensive experience in acquiring and operating cemeteries will assure that these two cemeteries remain strong and effective competitors in the Knoxville market.

The Commission will decide whether to approve the proposed divestiture after expiration of a 30-day public comment period. Public comments may be submitted until September 2, 2014. Written comments should be sent to: FTC Office of the Secretary, 600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20580. Comments can also be filed electronically. Copies of the application can be found on the FTC’s website and as a link to this press release. (FTC File No. 131-0163, Docket No. C-4423; the staff contact is Elizabeth A. Piotrowski, Bureau of Competition, 202-326-2623)

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