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Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies
6 Months Ended
Jul. 01, 2023
Commitments and Contingencies.  
Commitments and Contingencies

Note 6 – Commitments and Contingencies

Legal Matters

Asbestos. A wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, Automotive Specialty Accessories and Parts, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary Whitney Automotive Group, Inc. ("WAG"), are named defendants in several lawsuits involving claims for damages caused by installation of brakes during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s that contained asbestos. WAG marketed certain brakes, but did not manufacture any brakes. WAG maintains liability insurance coverage to protect its and the Company’s assets from losses arising from the litigation and coverage is provided on an occurrence rather than a claims made basis, and the Company is not expected to incur significant out-of-pocket costs in connection with this matter that would be material to its consolidated financial statements.

Ordinary course litigation. The Company is subject to legal proceedings and claims which arise in the ordinary course of its business, including, for example, claims relating to product liability, workplace injuries, intellectual property rights, and employment matters. For example, a worker, who was directly employed by the Company’s third party labor contracting firm at the Company’s Grand Prairie, TX warehouse has filed a negligence claim in the Superior Court of the State of California, Los Angeles County, Central District relating to a workplace injury from March 2021. The case is in the discovery stage, and trial is currently scheduled for 2024. The Company intends to defend itself vigorously, although there can be no assurance that there will not be some liability. As of the date hereof, the Company believes that the final disposition of such matters will not have a material adverse effect on the financial position, results of operations or cash flow of the Company. The Company maintains liability insurance coverage to protect the Company’s assets from losses arising out of or involving activities associated with ongoing and normal business operations.