Jury finds Tennessee cemetery mostly to blame
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A jury has found a Tennessee cemetery mostly responsible for failing to meet obligations to families whose loved ones’ bodies were mishandled but hasn’t determined how much it should pay relatives.
With Monday’s ruling, the jury found several funeral homes that also were sued didn’t have a responsibility to make sure the cemetery properly buried the dead.
News outlets say the jury will return Tuesday to determine damages. The jury found the cemetery 99 percent responsible and the funeral homes 1 percent to blame but found the funeral homes didn’t recklessly or negligently mishandle remains.
Nearly 1,200 plaintiffs had filed a class-action lawsuit involving burials at Galilee Memorial Gardens near Memphis. Funeral homes sent bodies to the cemetery for years after the troubled burial business lost its registration in 2010. Galillee has been closed and under receivership for years.