Extendicare REIT

Extendicare REIT

November 14, 2008 17:40 ET

Extendicare REIT Defends Itself Against Copycat Lawsuit

MARKHAM, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 14, 2008) - Extendicare Real Estate Investment Trust (Extendicare REIT)(TSX:EXE.UN) said claims made in a class action lawsuit filed today in the State of Wisconsin, Circuit Court, Milwaukee County against Extendicare Health Services, Inc., Extendicare Health Network, Inc. and Extendicare Homes, Inc. (collectively Extendicare), subsidiaries of Extendicare REIT, are incorrect and misleading. Extendicare will vigorously defend against the lawsuit in court. The lawsuit is brought as a class action under Wisconsin's Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

We have just received the lawsuit and have not had sufficient time to fully evaluate the complaint. However, based on the information we have seen, this is a copycat of lawsuits recently filed in the states of Washington and Minnesota. It would appear that Extendicare is the latest in a long list of nursing home providers targeted by trial lawyers who have filed similar class- action style lawsuits in other states," said Tim Lukenda, President and CEO. Those lawsuits also alleged that nursing home providers falsely advertised the quality of care they provided to residents. None of these lawsuits have been successful in proving such allegations in a court of law. Many providers have undoubtedly chosen to settle these cases out of court rather than fight the allegations and prove them to be false because of the costs of litigation," Lukenda said.

We intend to vigorously and successfully defend this lawsuit. The allegations being made are incorrect and misleading, and clearly designed to maximize the recovery of attorney's fees rather than benefit residents." said Lukenda.

Extendicare says it is remains committed to continuing to provide quality care and services to its residents as it defends the inflammatory allegations in this baseless lawsuit.

About Us

Extendicare REIT, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, is a major provider of short and long-term care services for seniors in North America. We operate 266 nursing and assisted living facilities in North America, with capacity for approximately 30,000 residents. As well, we offer medical specialty services such as subacute care and rehabilitative therapy services in the United States, and home health care services in Canada, and employ approximately 38,100 people in North America.

Extendicare facilities have won numerous awards for quality over the years, including four facilities that were recently recognized for quality achievement by receiving the Step 1 National Quality Award presented by the American Health Care Association. These awards are modeled after the criteria of the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award.

Forward-looking Statements

Information provided by Extendicare REIT from time to time, including this release, contains or may contain forward-looking statements concerning anticipated financial events, results, circumstances, economic performance or expectations with respect to Extendicare REIT and its subsidiaries, including its business operations, business strategy, and financial condition. Forward- looking statements can be identified because they generally contain the words "expect", "intend", "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "plan" or "objective" or other similar expressions. Forward- looking statements reflect management's beliefs and assumptions and are based on information currently available, and Extendicare REIT assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required by applicable securities laws. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements of Extendicare REIT to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the statements. Given these risks and uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on Extendicare REIT's forward-looking statements. Further information can be found in the disclosure documents filed by Extendicare REIT with the securities regulatory authorities, available at www.sedar.com and on Extendicare REIT's website at www.extendicare.com.

Contact Information

  • Extendicare Real Estate Investment Trust
    Holly Gould
    Executive Director of Communications and Consumer Relations
    (414) 908-8147
    (414) 908-8111 (FAX)
    Email: hgould@extendicare.com
    Visit Extendicare's Website @ www.extendicare.com