|3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2013
NOTE 4. CONTINGENCIES
In the normal course of business, certain of the Company’s subsidiaries are defendants in a number of lawsuits or arbitrations, which allege that plaintiffs have been damaged as a result of the rendering of services by the defendant subsidiary. The subsidiaries are actively contesting these actions. Some lawsuits have been filed (John Maciel v. Orkin, Inc., et al. and Jennifer M. Welsh et al. v. Orkin, LLC, et al) in which the plaintiffs are seeking certification of a class. These cases originate in California and South Carolina, respectively. The Maciel lawsuit, a wage and hour related matter, was filed in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, California. The Welsh lawsuit, a termite service related matter, was filed in the Court of Common Pleas Fourteenth Judicial Circuit, County of Beaufort, South Carolina. Neither of these matters has been scheduled for a class certification hearing. Additionally, the Company and a subsidiary, The Industrial Fumigant Company, LLC, are named defendants in Severn Peanut Co. and Meherrin Agriculture & Chemical Co. v. Industrial Fumigant Co., et al. The Severn lawsuit, a matter related to a fumigation service, has been filed in the Northern Division of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The plaintiffs are seeking damages for breach of contract and negligence. The Industrial Fumigant Company, LLC is also a named defendant in Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania as Subrogee of Archer-Daniels-Midland Company, Agrinational Insurance Company, Inc. as Subrogee of Archer-Daniels-Midland Company, and Archer-Daniels-Midland Company v. The Industrial Fumigant Co., The Industrial Fumigant Company, LLC, and James Miller. The ADM lawsuit, a matter related to a fumigation service, has been filed in the State Court in Lucas County, Ohio. The plaintiffs are seeking damages for breach of contract and negligence. The Company believes these matters are without merit and intends to vigorously contest certification and defend itself through trial or arbitration, if necessary. Management does not believe that any pending claim, proceeding or litigation, either alone or in the aggregate, will have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial position, results of operations or liquidity; however, it is possible that an unfavorable outcome of some or all of the matters, however unlikely, could result in a charge that might be material to the results of an individual quarter or year.
Orkin, LLC is involved in certain environmental matters primarily arising in the normal course of business. In the opinion of management, the Company’s liability under any of these matters would not and did not materially affect its financial condition, results of operations or liquidity.