Commitments and Contingencies
|3 Months Ended|
Mar. 30, 2017
|Commitments and Contingencies.|
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5. Commitments and Contingencies
The Company leases its corporate office, retail locations and distribution centers through F&D, under long‑term operating lease agreements that expire in various years through 2038. Additionally, certain equipment is leased under short‑term operating leases.
Certain lease agreements include escalating rents over the lease terms. The Company expenses rent on a straight‑line basis over the life of the lease, which commences on the date the Company has the right to control the property. The cumulative expense recognized on a straight‑line basis in excess of the cumulative payments is included in deferred rent in the accompanying balance sheets. Future minimum lease payments under non‑cancelable operating leases (with initial or remaining lease terms in excess of one year) as of March 30, 2017, were:
Lease expense for the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2017 and March 31, 2016 was approximately $16,988 thousand and $12,142 thousand, respectively.
The Company is subject to other various legal actions, claims and proceedings arising in the ordinary course of business, including claims related to breach of contracts, products liabilities, intellectual property matters and employment related matters resulting from its business activities. The Company establishes reserves for specific legal proceedings when it determines that the likelihood of an unfavorable outcome is probable and the amount of loss can be reasonably estimated. These proceedings are not expected to have a material impact on the Company's consolidated financial position, cash flows or results of operations.
During the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2017, F&D received final approval for a classwide settlement to resolve a class action lawsuit related to certain labeling of F&D’s products. The final amounts paid did not materially differ from our estimated losses previously accrued.
The entire disclosure for commitments and contingencies.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/presentationRef