Commitments And Contingencies
|9 Months Ended|
Sep. 30, 2023
|Commitments And Contingencies|
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NOTE 14. COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
As a consumer goods manufacturer and distributor, the Company faces the risk of product liability and related lawsuits involving claims for substantial money damages, product recall actions and higher than anticipated rates of warranty returns or other returns of goods. The Company is therefore vulnerable to various personal injury and property damage lawsuits relating to its products and incidental to its business.
The Company is involved in various legal disputes and other legal proceedings that arise from time to time in the ordinary course of business. Anticipated costs related to litigation matters are accrued when it is both probable that a liability has been incurred and the amount can be reasonably estimated. Based on currently available information, the Company does not believe that it is reasonably possible that the disposition of any of the legal disputes the Company or its subsidiaries is currently involved in will have a material adverse effect upon the Company’s consolidated financial condition, results of operations or cash flows, except for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) matter discussed below. There is a reasonable possibility of loss from contingencies in excess of the amounts accrued by the Company in the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheets; however, the actual amounts of such possible losses cannot currently be reasonably estimated by the Company at this time. It is possible that, as additional information becomes available, the impact on the Company could have a material effect. See Part II, Item 1. “Legal Proceedings.” and Part II, Item 1A. “Risk Factors.”
By letter dated October 12, 2023, Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd. (“BDEL”) was notified by the CPSC that the agency staff concluded the Company failed to timely meet its statutory reporting obligations under the Consumer Product Safety Act with respect to certain models of BDEL’s avalanche transceivers switching unexpectedly out of “send” mode, that we made a material misrepresentation in a report to the CPSC, and that the agency staff intends to recommend that the CPSC impose substantial civil monetary penalties. We disagree with the agency staff and intend to submit a comprehensive refutation of its findings and conclusions in addition to discussing the amount of a potential penalty; however, the CPSC may ultimately disagree with us, and we cannot assure on what terms this matter will be resolved.
Based on currently available information, the Company cannot estimate the amount of the loss (or range of loss) in connection with this matter. We believe it is reasonably possible that a change in our ability to estimate the amount of loss could occur in the near term and that the change in the estimate could be material. In addition, as this matter is ongoing, the Company is currently unable to predict its duration, resources required or outcome, or the impact it may have on the Company’s liquidity, financial condition, results of operations and/or cash flows. A penalty imposed by the CPSC or other regulators could be costly to us and could damage our business and reputation as well as have a material adverse effect on the Company’s compliance with the covenants contained in the Company’s Restated Credit Agreement, liquidity, stock price, consolidated financial position, results of operations and/or cash flows.
The entire disclosure for commitments and contingencies.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/disclosureRef