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Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies
9 Months Ended
Aug. 31, 2023
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies

Note 9 – Commitments and Contingencies


Employment Agreements


The Company has employment agreements in place for certain members of management. These employment agreements are for periods ranging from one to two years and contain certain provisions for severance payments in the event of certain events, including termination or change of control.


Special Dividend

On August 19, 2022, the Board of Directors of the Company declared a one-time, special cash dividend of $0.90 per share of common stock to be paid to its stockholders of record as of the close of business on September 2, 2022. The total paid by the Company was $7,672,728. The special dividend was funded by a revolving line of credit from Susser Bank (see Note 5).


Legal Proceedings

On January 6, 2023, a complaint styled Lindsey Lehr v. Cryo-Cell International, Inc., Case No. 50-2023-CA-000091, was filed in the Circuit Court for Palm Beach County, Florida, naming the Company as defendant and asserting claims on behalf of a putative class of individuals who entered agreements with the Company for umbilical cord blood storage services since May 2018. The complaint alleges that the Company’s advertising does not accurately represent the value and efficacy of its services and asserts claims (and seeks unspecified damages) under Florida law. On March 14, 2023, the Company removed the case to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida (Case No. 9:23-cv-80405-AMC), and on March 21, 2023, moved to compel arbitration and stay the case. On October 10, 2023, the Court granted the Company’s motion to compel arbitration and stayed the case. The Company has not yet responded to the complaint. The Company believes the plaintiff’s claims are without merit and intends to contest the action vigorously. The Company believes that the resolution of this matter should not have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business, consolidated financial position or results of operations. It is possible, however, that there could be an unfavorable outcome or resolution of the claims asserted, which could negatively and materially impact the Company’s business, consolidated financial position and results of operations. Litigation is inherently uncertain and there can be no assurance that the Company will prevail. The Company does not include an estimate of legal fees and other related defense costs in its estimate of loss contingencies.

In addition to the above lawsuit, from time to time, the Company is subject to proceedings, lawsuits, contract disputes and other claims in the normal course of its business.