Dispute over NH funeral home's cremation services put on hold due to settlement talks
MEREDITH — A lawsuit regarding the operations of a New Hampshire funeral home's crematorium has been put on pause.
The defamation suit filed by Peter and Kelley Mayhew, owners of Mayhew Funeral Home Inc., claims that repeated false accusations about the operation of their crematorium by a neighboring property owner have hurt their business.
The Union Leader reported that defendants, Douglas and Leslyee Frederick, owned and operated the American Police Motorcycle Museum next to the funeral home at the time the suit was filed. The museum has since closed; however, the defendants claim they continue to face financial struggles in their efforts to sell the property and are facing health risks as a result of the alleged emissions from the crematorium’s smokestack.
The trial, which was scheduled to begin April 10, will be stalled due to the parties requesting that they meet with a paid mediator in an effort to negotiate a settlement.
Back in January, a judge ruled that the funeral home could continue their crematorium operations after the Fredericks asked the court to either end all cremation services at the funeral home or prohibit services at certain times.
The judge ruled that the funeral home had never been cited for violating air emissions or other regulatory standards and that she was not convinced of a need to curtail the funeral home’s operations.