Posted: Feb 27, 2014 7:36 PM by Michael Marsh
Updated: Feb 27, 2014 7:36 PM
Source: Associated Press
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA- A cemetery may be on the hook for $80 million in settling a lawsuit that claims human remains were dumped from hundreds of graves to make room for new burials.
It involves Eden Memorial Park and the settlement came in the middle of a jury trial where a class action lawsuit claimed employees broke open vaults and put casket pieces and human remains in the cemetery's garbage dump to make room for more graves.
The settlement involves 25,000 families and sets up a $35 million reimbursement fund and the cemetery has to make changes that could cost an additional $45 million. A judge granted tentative approval to the settlement and it could be final in May.
The cemetery is owned by Houston-based Service Corporation International which contends it would have been vindicated if the trial would have run its course.