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Commitments and Contingencies

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Commitments and Contingencies
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2022
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies

Note 14— Commitments and Contingencies

 

Operating Leases

 

The Company has entered into non-cancellable operating leases for office, warehouse, and distribution facilities, with original lease periods expiring through 2024. In addition to minimum rent, certain of the leases require payment of real estate taxes, insurance, common area maintenance charges, and other executory costs. Differences between rent expense and rent paid are recognized as adjustments to operating lease right-of-use assets on the consolidated balance sheets.

 

Total rent expense for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021 was $187,500 and $26,553, respectively. Rent expense is included in general and administrative expense on the consolidated statements of operations. As of March 31, 2022, the Company had operating lease liabilities of $135,944 and right of use assets for operating leases of $133,310. Excluded from the measurement of operating lease liabilities and operating lease right-of-use assets were certain office, warehouse and distribution contracts that qualify for the short-term lease recognition exception.

 

 

Legal Contingencies

 

The Company is involved in claims and litigation in the ordinary course of business, some of which seek monetary damages, including claims for punitive damages, which are not covered by insurance. For certain pending matters, accruals have not been established because such matters have not progressed sufficiently through discovery, and/or development of important factual information and legal information is insufficient to enable the Company to estimate a range of possible loss, if any. An adverse determination in one or more of these pending matters could have an adverse effect on the Company’s consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

 

We are, and may in the future become, subject to various legal proceedings and claims that arise in or outside the ordinary course of business.

 

Gerald Whitt, et al. v. Vinco Ventures, CBAV1, LLC, et al.

 

On October 27, 2020, Gerald Whitt, et al, the minority shareholders of Cloud b Inc. (“Whitt Plaintiffs”) filed a civil complaint in the Superior Court of the State of California against Vinco Ventures, Inc., CBAV1, LLC and other parties, alleging fraudulent concealment, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, breach of confidence, intentional misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation, unfair business practices and civil conspiracy (the “Whitt Complaint”). Defendants have not been served with the Whitt Complaint. On or about June 4, 2021, CBAV1 entered into a settlement agreement with the trustee for Cloud b, Inc., whereby all derivative claims on behalf of Cloud B, Inc. in the Whitt Complaint were released as to CBAV1 and its affiliates, shareholders, officers, directors, employees and other parties. There are a limited number of non-derivative claims against individuals that were not released that are not expected to have any impact on the Company.

 

Vinco Ventures, Inc., et al. v. Milam Knecht & Warner, LLP, Michael D. Milam, Gerald Whitt, Alexander Whitt, et al.

 

On December 31, 2020, Vinco Ventures, Inc., and other parties, filed a complaint against the Whitt Plaintiffs, and other parties, with the United States District Court for Eastern District of Pennsylvania, alleging intentional misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation, negligence, conspiracy, unfair business practices, abuse of process, civil extortion, trade libel and defamation. All claims were dismissed and/or settled except for two (2) claims (unfair business practices and defamation) against Gerald Whitt.