Final approval is expected in May, he said.
The cemetery's owner,
"While we certainly understand that our clients wanted to avoid prolonged litigation, I am disappointed that we did not try this case to a conclusion," said
The company agreed to settle a similar lawsuit in
The Eden lawsuit, filed in 2009, claimed that for about 25 years, management at the Jewish cemetery ordered employees to make new graves fit "even if it required breaking outer burial containers in adjacent graves," according to a settlement notice.
"The groundskeepers testified that on hundreds of occasions, they broke into adjacent vaults and discarded remains," which included those of a baby, Avenatti said.
Pieces of caskets and remains were buried in the cemetery's dump section, which was buried by later cemetery development, and they won't be disinterred, Avenatti said.
After consulting with rabbis, "we collectively decided that they were better left where they were," he said.
The settlement involves about 25,000 families. It sets up a
The company also agreed to pay
"We are very pleased to put this litigation behind us," said company spokeswoman
In 2003, the company agreed to a
The company also settled a lawsuit by the state of
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