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COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

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COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
9 Months Ended
May 31, 2019
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

NOTE 14 - COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

   

Other Commitments

 

In the ordinary course of business, the Company may enter into contractual purchase obligations and other agreements that are legally binding and specify certain minimum payment terms.

 

Litigation

 

The Company may be subject to legal proceedings and claims which arise in the ordinary course of its business. Although occasional adverse decisions or settlements may occur, the Company believes that the final disposition of such matters should not have a material adverse effect on its financial position, results of operations or liquidity.

 

Securities class and derivative litigation

 

During the three months ended May 31, 2019, lawsuits have been filed in California federal and state court by various purported shareholders against, variously, the Company, each of the current members of the Company’s Board of Directors, and certain of our current and former officers, alleging, among other things, federal securities law violations and/or related breaches of fiduciary duties in connection with the Company’s April 2019 restatement of certain prior period financial statements. In general, the lawsuits assert the same or similar allegations, including that defendants artificially inflated the Company’s securities prices by knowingly making materially false and misleading statements and omissions to the investing public about the Company’s financial statements, business, operations, management, and internal controls.

 

May v. KushCo Holdings, Inc., et al.  Filed April 30, 2019. Case No. 8:19-cv-00798-JLS-KES, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.  This putative shareholder class action against the Company and certain of its current and former officers alleges violations of Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder, and seeks unspecified compensatory damages and other relief on behalf of a class of purchasers of the Company’s securities between July 13, 2017 and April 9, 2019, inclusive. In July 2019, purported Company shareholders filed motions for appointment of lead counsel and lead plaintiffs. The motions are scheduled to be heard by the court in September 2019. No trial date has been set. The Company intends to vigorously defend itself against these claims.

 

Salsberg v. Kovacevich, et alFiled May 24, 2019. Case No. 8:19-cv-00998-JLS-KES, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. This purported shareholder derivative action against certain current and former directors and officers alleges, among other things, breach of fiduciary duty, waste of corporate assets, and unjust enrichment. The Company is named as a nominal defendant and the plaintiff seeks, among other things, corporate governance reforms, and disgorgement of profits, benefits, and compensation obtained by the defendants from the alleged conduct, to be paid to the Company. The Company intends to vigorously defend itself against these claims.

 

Neysmith v. Baum, et al. Filed May 31, 2019. Case No. 8:19-cv-01070-JLS-KES, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. This purported shareholder derivative action against certain current and former directors and officers alleges, among other things, breach of fiduciary duty, waste of corporate assets, and violations of Sections 10(b) and 14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder.  The Company is named as a nominal defendant and the plaintiff seeks, among other things, corporate governance reforms, and an award of costs and disbursements of the actions, to be paid to the plaintiff. The Company intends to vigorously defend itself against these claims.

 

Savage vs. Kovacevich, et al. Filed June 14, 2019. Case No. 30-2019-01077191-CU-MC-NJC, Superior Court of California, County of Orange. This purported shareholder derivative action against certain current and former directors and officers alleges, among other things, breach of fiduciary duty, waste of corporate assets, and unjust enrichment.  The Company is named as a nominal defendant and the plaintiff seeks, among other things, corporate governance reforms, and unspecified damages and restitution from the defendants, to be paid to the Company. The Company intends to vigorously defend itself against these claims.