How much would the company have to pay if it lost the suit and had to pay the full amount?<

Assume the following note appeared in the annual report of a company: In 2009, two small retail customers filed separate suits against the company alleging misrepresentation, breach of contract, conspiracy to violate federal laws, and state antitrust violations arising out of their purchase of retail grocery stores through the company from a third party. Damages sought range up to USD 10 million in each suit for actual and treble damages and punitive damages of USD 2 million in one suit and USD 10 million in the other. The company is vigorously defending the actions and management believes there will be no adverse financial effect. What kind of liability is being reported? Why is it classified this way? Do you think itIs possible to calculate a dollar amount for this obligation? How much would the company have to pay if it lost the suit and had to pay the full amount?

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