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Opinion Short Circuit: A roundup of recent federal court decisions

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[Here is the latest edition of the Institute for Justice’s weekly Short Circuit newsletter, written by John Ross.]

The D.C. Circuit recently struck down a law granting Amtrak regulatory authority over competing railroad companies. Which is all to the good, argues Evan Bernick of the Center for Judicial Engagement. Read more here.
In addition to the roundup below, the Short Circuit team also produces a podcast. It’s available on Soundcloud and iTunes. Read on, friends.
Until last week, Alabama forbade its citizens from selling caskets and other funeral merchandise unless they first obtained a funeral director’s license (an endeavor that takes years) and built a funeral home (and endeavor that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars). IJ challenged the law on behalf of cemetery owner Shelia Champion, who offers green burials in a wild, untended forest, and who wants to sell inexpensive, biodegradable caskets and shrouds. A new law signed by the governor frees Champion to do just that and spells the end of the funeral directors’ decades-old monopoly on casket sales, mooting the lawsuit. Read more about the case here.
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