The Conference Initiates Litigation to Protect Integrity of its Examinations Program

Contact: Dalene Paull
Executive Director, The International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards, Inc.
director@theconferenceonline.org
479-442-7076 Ext. 9

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 13, 2013

The Conference Initiates Litigation to Protect Integrity of its Examination Program

(Fayetteville, Arkansas) The International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards (The Conference) has initiated litigation against the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, Inc. alleging copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation related to intellectual property interests of Conference examinations, specifically the National Board Exam both Arts and Sciences sections. The Conference is a not for profit association whose membership consists of the governmentally created and empowered funeral service licensing boards in the United States, its territories, the District of Columbia and certain provinces of Canada. The Conference provides programs and services to assist its member governmental boards in protecting the public through regulation of the profession. One such program includes the National Board Exam, used in part by all United States jurisdictions as one component in licensure eligibility determinations made by the respective states.

The Conference monitors websites, review courses and educational programs to protect the integrity of its examination program and the licensure process, as well as the public served through the regulation of the profession. Through its due diligence, The Conference discovered an apparent exam item-harvesting scheme operated by the school and its principals and has initiated the referenced litigation. On October 28, 2013, the United States District Court, Southern District of New York granted The Conference a seizure and impoundment order which permitted The Conference to seize technology and documents potentially related to the scheme.

The integrity of the examination program and the licensure process must be protected and The Conference plans to vigorously pursue persons and entities found to violate the legal rights of the association. Questions regarding this litigation should be directed to the Executive Director of The Conference.

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