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Written by JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 13:08

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court says Benedictine monks may keep selling caskets from their monastery in Louisiana.

The three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling in favor of St. Joseph Abbey and against the state board of funeral directors' rule that only state-licensed funeral directors can legally sell caskets in Louisiana.

Judge Patrick Higginbotham wrote that the directors offered no rational basis for their rule.

The court had asked the Louisiana Supreme Court to decide whether the board's regulatory power extends beyond funeral homes. It said Louisiana's highest court declined to hear the case and did not say why.

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