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2 cemeteries agree to court oversight

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Two cemeteries accused of misplacing bodies and dumping remains to recycle graves agreed Friday to let a judge supervise their operations to preserve evidence for a class-action lawsuit.

In agreeing to court oversight, attorneys for Service Corp. International, the nation's largest cemetery company, said no such changes had been made at the Menorah Gardens cemeteries in Palm Beach and Broward counties.

"We had no trouble agreeing that the evidence should be preserved," SCI attorney Barry Davidson said after the hearing.

The lawsuit filed Dec. 19 against SCI alleges bodies were buried in the wrong plots or misplaced, and burial vaults were crushed down on top of each other or dumped in the woods to recycle grave plots.