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In an article on July 19, 2013 Reuters quoted Venable of counsel Robert Davis on the largest U.S. funeral services company's, Service Corp International, pending acquisition of the number two chain Stewart Enterprises Inc.

Founded in 1962, Service Corp has developed a relationship with the Federal Trade Commission through several acquisitions. Davis explained that the funeral chain does a "ton of retail mergers and you expect them to get pretty good at getting this done. (But) the investigation may take a while because there could be a lot of ground to cover."