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Jerry Harwood and Angela Brent

Inspired by seeing independent casket retailers while visiting her father, Jerry Harwood, in Florida, Angela Brent decided to open a casket store to supplement her family’s income. So she and her father purchased an independent franchise of a Canadian chain called “The Casket Store.”

  • September 16, 1999    |   Economic Liberty

    Tennessee Caskets

    The Right to Urn an Honest Living: Challenging Tennessee's Casket Monopoly

    In December 2002, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that the government cannot restrict individuals’ right to earn an honest living by imposing protectionist regulations.  The decision upheld a lower court finding that Tennessee’s government-imposed casket monopoly unconstitutionally violated the right of independent casket retailers to earn an honest living free from…

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