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Below is a list of articles which serve as an abbreviated reference to follow The Conference/AAMI litigation and resulting events as they have been covered in the Funeral Service Insider. We appreciate the Funeral Service Insider’s interest in covering this important story as well as their willingness to allow The Conference an opportunity to comment on issues as they arise. 

The Conference has received express written permission from The Funeral Service Insider to share the below articles and we thank them for the ability to share their writing on this issue with the regulatory community and others who may be interested . To learn more about the Funeral Service Insider, please visit www.funeralserviceinsider.com.

3.27.17 – Funeral Service Insider
Key Points:
-CT Senate yet to vote.
-Conference welcomes opportunity to educate legislators regarding invalidation.
-Former AAMI student recalls AAMI president “insisted” on sharing recalled examination information.
-CT Department of Public Health presents testimony arguing legislation is not in the interest of public.
-CT Department of Public Health provides opportunity for affected individuals to maintain their license.
-The Conference working with the CT Department of Public Health to educate.
-AAMI still holds accreditation.
-CT legislators look to pass legislation while former students acknowledge AAMI sought exam content
-The Conference Executive Director Dalene Paull expresses concern for the proposed CT legislation – “bill is broad and strips the licensing authorities of their ability to take action.”

3.20.17 – Funeral Service Insider
Key Points:
-Connecticut Senate Bill 841.
-Fewer than 20 CT licensees affected by invalidation.
-NJSFDA may seek legislation.
-The Conference available to address questions/concerns of legislators.
-Opposition based upon misinformation.
-Report a breach.

3.6.17 – Funeral Service Insider
Key Points:
-Kurbastsky v. The Conference dismissed by NY Judge.
-NJSFDA CEO and Executive Director, Kelder, disappointed, but understands why lawsuit was dismissed.
-Only three pending lawsuits remain of the 17 lawsuits that were filed by AAMI graduates with invalidated scores.

1.23.17 – Funeral Service Insider
Key Points:
-COA declines action against AAMI after receiving formal complaint.
-NJSFDA CEO and Executive Director, Kelder, critical of The Conference.
-NJSFDA to persuade NJ regulatory authority to disregard Conference action.
-Executive Director of The Conference, Dalene Paull, states “faulty assumptions adds to misunderstanding of the entire situation,” and The Conference’s duty to defend NBE program.

10.17.16 – Funeral Service Insider
Key Points:
-Membership of The Conference vote to file complaint with COA.
-Complaint to COA.
-Recap of whistleblower (Jane Doe) letter, Doe contacts NY Board.
-Sample of individual settlement terms.
-Conference notifies participants.
-100 invalidations of 300 implicated.
-Former students push the blame to Dunn.
-The Conference outlines process to ensure confidentiality of exam items.
-Report an exam security breach phone number and anonymous online form.

2.29.16 – Funeral Service Insider
Key Points:
-The Conference works to identify affected students.
-The Conference settles eight lawsuits.
-AAMI paying legal costs of former students.

8.24.15 – Funeral Service Insider
Key Points:
-Part 3 of what the NBE scandal says about funeral service education.
-Is funeral service education effective?

8.17.15 – Funeral Service Insider
Key Points:
-Part 2 of what the NBE scandal says about funeral service education.
-Is the NBE worth defending?

8.10.15 – Funeral Service Insider
Key Points:
-Recap of dispute between The Conference and former AAMI students.
-What the NBE scandal says about funeral service education.

7.6.15 – Funeral Service Insider
Key Points:
-Conference continues investigations after settlement with AAMI.
-Motion to dismiss Scaramuzzo filed by The Conference.
-Conference legal representation discusses decision to invalidate.
-Whistleblower letter from September 16, 2013.
-Background of investigation.
-The Conference alleges AAMI actions constituted willful copyright infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, and tortious interference.
-Investigation leads to suspended exam access for AAMI students.
-The Conference/AAMI agree to settlement.

 

 

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