CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 24, 2004--Chemed Corporation
(NYSE:CHE) today announced that the Eighth District Ohio Court of
Appeals has decertified the class action status of a case brought by
Michael Linn on behalf of a nationwide group of consumers who paid a
miscellaneous parts charge to Roto-Rooter Services Company from
October 1999 to July 2002.
The case had been certified by the Cuyahoga County Court of Common
Pleas in February 2003. The Court of Appeals reversed the trial
court's certification, holding common questions of fact did not
predominate. The case has thus been reversed and remanded to the trial
court for proceeding on Mr. Linn's individual claim.
Listed on the New York Stock Exchange and headquartered in
Cincinnati, Ohio, Chemed Corporation (www.chemed.com) is the nation's
largest provider of end-of-life hospice care services through its
VITAS Healthcare Corporation subsidiary. Chemed also maintains a
presence in the residential and commercial repair-and-maintenance
industry through two subsidiaries. Roto-Rooter is North America's
largest provider of plumbing and drain cleaning services. Service
America Network Inc. provides major-appliance and
heating/air-conditioning repair, maintenance, and replacement
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may relate to future events or Chemed's future performance. Such
statements are forward-looking statements and are based on present
information Chemed has related to its existing business circumstances.
Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are
subject to inherent risk that actual results may differ materially
from such forward-looking statements. Further, investors are cautioned
that Chemed does not assume any obligation to update forward-looking
statements based on unanticipated events or changed expectations.
CONTACT: Chemed Corporation
David P. Williams, 513-762-6901
SOURCE: Chemed Corporation