Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Great victory for freedom


In a decision hailed as a win for small businesses everywhere, the U.S. Supreme Court this week put “the final nail in the coffin,” of the peculiar case pitting the Louisiana Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors against a local abbey of casket-making Benedictine monks.  ...
... the battle was begun when the state board mandated that the monks stop selling the rudimentary cypress boxes they have long hand-crafted – and used to bury deceased colleagues.

The board, which The Times says is almost entirely comprised of embalmers and funeral directors, based its ruling on a regulation that only those licensed by the state could sell coffins.

To have existing businesses try to claim that new competitors can't sell their products is ridiculous.  It is pretty sad that this had to be fought in a courtroom and brought to the Supreme Court in the first place, but at least the Court got the outcome right.

That the court ruled on this case is great news, and reminds me of the cases Tim Sandefur discussed when talking about "The Right to Earn a Living".

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