Sauder Schelkopf and Bochetto and Lentz are investigating a class action lawsuit on behalf of individuals whose loved ones’ remains were reportedly mishandled.
Six bodies and 154 cremated remains were found in a Hayward warehouse on March 1. The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) said that the remains are linked to Oceanview Cremations, which was a crematorium that had its business license suspended.
Oceanview Cremations’ license was suspended in March 2018, and it was prohibited from storing remains on its premises. The California Cemetary and Funeral Board informed the Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau on Feb. 28 that the business was continuing its operations.
A day later, the bureau went to the warehouse and recovered the remains. Five of the bodies were identified. One was not identified because the owner of Oceanview Cremations, Robert Smith, did not produce “viable information” about the location of death or next of kin, per ACSO.
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Bochetto and Lentz has developed a niche in what has surprisingly become a burgeoning area of law. After representing a few clients, we learned that, despite conventional thinking, cemeteries, funeral homes, and crematoriums are often not locally owned or non-profit based religious organizations. Instead, they are for-profit enterprises often owned by large real estate trusts or publicly owned national — and even international — companies.
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If your loved one’s remains were mishandled by Oceanview Cremations, contact the lawyers at Sauder Schelkopf by filling out the form on this page or calling 888.711.9975