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ENVIROTEST SYSTEMS STATEMENT ON SNAP-ON TOOLS LAWSUIT

 TUCSON, Ariz., May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to press inquiries concerning reaction in Maine following its lawsuit against Snap-On Tools, Inc. and Snap-On's subsidiary Systems Control, Inc. ("SCI"), Envirotest Systems Corp. today issued the following statement:
 "We welcome the decision by State Senator Mark Lawrence (D-Maine) and Representative Paul Jacques (D-Maine) to request that the Maine Attorney General investigate our claims that SCI made misrepresentations to State authorities in an effort to obtain a contract for Maine's new vehicle emissions testing program.
 "We are confident that the Attorney General's investigation will reveal the same facts that Envirotest's own investigation has discovered. That is, SCI made numerous misrepresentations to Maine authorities regarding its corporate history, experience, operations and capabilities. In particular, SCI made the following claims, among others, which are patently false:
 -- that SCI has over 20 years experience, when in fact it was founded in 1992;
 -- that SCI has experience in the automotive and testing field in five states, when in fact it has experience in only one state;
 -- that SCI has experience administering six inspection programs, requiring the construction of over 58 vehicle inspection facilities, when in fact it has experience constructing only seven facilities and has administered only one MVEIP;
 "We urge the Attorney General to determine whether or not Snap-On, its subsidiaries, and related parties have violated any civil or criminal statutes in Maine.
 "Indeed it has been almost two weeks since we brought to the attention of Snap-On's management the fact that its subsidiary, SCI, is using in the public domain false information to describe itself. It is outrageous that, since then, Snap-On has not taken any public action to pull, correct, or disavow these materials, including SCI's brochure which describes and pictures as it own Envirotest's operations and personnel. Each day such false information continues to be used, Envirotest considers it to be an illegal attempt to injure its business and increases the monetary damages Envirotest is seeking against Snap-On and the related parties for this conduct," the company said.
 In the lawsuit filed by Envirotest in Federal Court in Manhattan against Snap-On Tools and related parties on May 4, Envirotest and its subsidiary, Envirotest Technologies, Inc. are seeking damages of more than $100 million.
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 /CONTACT: Robert Siegfried or Richard J. Wolff of Kekst & Company, 212-593-2655, for Envirotest Systems Corp./


CO: Envirotest Systems Corp. ST: Arizona, Maine IN: SU:

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