Commitments and Contingencies
|12 Months Ended|
Nov. 30, 2022
|Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]|
|Commitments and Contingencies||
NOTE 12 – COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
The Company has employment agreements in place for certain members of management. These employment agreements which include severance arrangements, are for periods ranging from to two years and contain certain provisions for severance payments in the event of termination or change of control.
The Company entered into a ten-year lease in April 2004 for its 17,600-square foot cGMP/cGTP compliant corporate headquarters in Oldsmar, Florida. This facility contains the Company’s executive offices, its conference and training center, its laboratory processing and cryogenic storage facility and its scientific offices. In July 2018, the Company extended the main lease through December 31, 2021 for the 17,600 square foot space. On January 11, 2021, the Company extended the main lease through December 31, 2024 for the 17,600 square foot space.
The Company entered into a one-year lease in November 2013 for an additional 800 square feet of office space in Miami, Florida for annual rent of approximately $38,000. The lease commenced during December 2013. In December 2016, the Company extended the lease through December 31, 2019. In April 2021, the Company extended the lease through April 30, 2023.
Rent charged to operations was $346,098 and $328,877 for the fiscal years ended November 30, 2022 and 2021, respectively, and is included in cost of sales and selling, general and administrative expenses in the consolidated statements of income.
The future minimum rental payments under the current operating lease are as follows:
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. 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.
The entire disclosure for commitments and contingencies.
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