Commitments, Contingencies and Other Liabilities
|9 Months Ended|
Sep. 30, 2018
|Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]|
|Commitments, Contingencies and Other Liabilities||
Commitments, Contingencies and Other Liabilities
The Company was named as a defendant in multiple putative class actions consolidated in U.S. District Court (Northern District of West Virginia) on behalf of purported class(es) of persons who claim to have received telemarketing calls in violation of various state and federal laws. The actions were brought by plaintiffs seeking monetary damages on behalf of all plaintiffs who received telemarketing calls made by a Brinks Home Security Authorized Dealer, or any Authorized Dealer’s lead generator or sub-dealer. In the second quarter of 2017, the Company and the plaintiffs agreed to settle this litigation for $28,000,000 ("the Settlement Amount"). In the third quarter of 2017, the Company paid $5,000,000 of the Settlement Amount pursuant to the settlement agreement with the plaintiffs. In the third quarter of 2018, the Company paid the remaining $23,000,000 of the Settlement Amount. The Company is actively seeking to recover the Settlement Amount under its insurance policies held with multiple carriers. On November 1, 2018, we settled our claim against one such carrier in which the carrier agreed to pay us $9,750,000 in the fourth quarter of 2018. This amount will be recognized in the consolidated statement of operations at such time. We continue to seek to recover additional funds under our insurance policies from the remaining carriers.
In addition to the above, the Company is also involved in litigation and similar claims incidental to the conduct of its business, including from time to time, contractual disputes, claims related to alleged security system failures and claims related to alleged violations of the U.S. Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Matters that are probable of unfavorable outcome to the Company and which can be reasonably estimated are accrued. Such accruals are based on information known about the matters, management's estimate of the outcomes of such matters and experience in contesting, litigating and settling similar matters. In management's opinion, none of the pending actions are likely to have a material adverse impact on the Company's financial position or results of operations. The Company accrues and expenses legal fees related to loss contingency matters as incurred.
Other Legal Proceedings
On August 27, 2018, holders purporting to own approximately 68% of Ascent Capital's 4.00% Convertible Senior Notes due 2020 (the "Convertible Notes") filed a complaint in the Court of Chancery in the State of Delaware against Ascent Capital and each of its directors and executive officers.
On September 5, 2018, holders purporting to own approximately 69% of the Convertible Notes filed an amended complaint in the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware against Ascent Capital and each of its directors and executive officers, and a motion for a preliminary injunction seeking to prevent Ascent Capital from consummating the exchange offer related to the Senior Notes of Brinks Home Security announced by Ascent Capital and Brinks Home Security on August 30, 2018.
On October 1, 2018, holders purporting to own approximately 78% of the Convertible Notes filed a second amended complaint in the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware against Ascent Capital and each of its directors and executive officers, and an amended motion for a preliminary injunction seeking to prevent Ascent Capital from consummating the transactions announced by Ascent Capital and Brinks Home Security on September 25, 2018.
On October 22, 2018, the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware entered a Third Scheduling Order Governing Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction (“the Scheduling Order”). The Scheduling Order provides, among other things, that the preliminary injunction hearing will be held on December 5, 2018.
On November 2, 2018, holders purporting to own approximately 53% of the Convertible Notes (the “Plaintiffs”) filed a third amended complaint (the “Third Amended Complaint”) in the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware against Ascent Capital and each of its directors and executive officers. The Third Amended Complaint alleges that Ascent Capital’s participation in the transactions announced by Ascent Capital and Brinks Home Security on October 30, 2018 (the “October 30th Transactions”) would be detrimental to Ascent Capital and, if consummated, would result in Ascent Capital becoming insolvent. The Third Amended Complaint further alleges that the October 30th Transactions would (i) result in a breach of Ascent Capital’s directors’ fiduciary duties to Ascent Capital and (ii) constitute a constructive or intentional fraudulent transfer by using assets of Ascent Capital necessary for the repayment of the Notes for other purposes. The Third Amended Complaint seeks (i) injunctive relief to prevent Ascent Capital from engaging in the October 30th Transactions, which would allegedly dissipate Ascent Capital’s assets, and (ii) a declaratory judgment that approval of the October 30th Transactions constitutes a breach of fiduciary duty by Ascent Capital’s directors and that consummation of the October 30th Transactions would constitute a fraudulent transfer by Ascent Capital. Also on November 2, 2018, the Plaintiffs filed an amended motion for a preliminary injunction seeking to prevent Ascent Capital from consummating the October 30th Transactions.
The Third Amended Complaint could be amended, or similar claims could be brought, challenging the October 30th Transactions, and we cannot assure you that such claims will be unsuccessful, will not require us to pay damages (including costs and expenses of the action) or will not have a material effect on any such October 30th Transactions. Ascent Capital believes that the claims in the Third Amended Complaint are meritless, and Ascent Capital intends to vigorously defend against this action.
The entire disclosure for commitments and contingencies.
Reference 1: http://fasb.org/us-gaap/role/ref/legacyRef