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Commitments And Contingencies

Commitments And Contingencies
9 Months Ended
Oct. 01, 2011
Commitments And Contingencies [Abstract]  
Commitments And Contingencies

Note 13— Commitments and Contingencies

On September 22, 2011, the Company entered into a sublease agreement (the "Sublease") with Timec Company Inc. ("Timec") for the leasing of approximately 25,000 square feet of commercial office space located at 16941 Keegan Avenue, Carson, California 90746. The Sublease will enable the Company to consolidate its corporate office space from three buildings into one, and will allow the Company to consolidate its California fulfillment operations into one warehouse, which will reduce its monthly rent expense and potentially create warehouse operating efficiencies once the space consolidation has been completed. The Sublease has an initial term of 60 months (the "Initial Term"), and commences on November 1, 2011. Pursuant to the terms of the Sublease, effective the 42nd month of the Initial Term, we have the ability to terminate the Sublease in exchange for the payment of a termination fee. Additionally, we have the option to renew the Sublease at the end of the Initial Term for an additional 12 month period, as well as the option to renew the Sublease for an additional period thereafter through January 2020. Pursuant to the terms of the Sublease, the rent, including additional rent, shall be approximately $26,300 per month for the first year, $27,600 per month for the second year, $29,100 per month for the third year, $30,600 per month for the fourth year, and $32,300 per month for the fifth year. Rent for any subsequent term, after the expiration of the Initial Term, will be negotiated in good faith between the parties. As of October 1, 2011, an aggregate of $28,000, representing our security deposit and our first month's base rent, has been paid to Timec. Under the terms of the Sublease, we are required to maintain certain levels of insurance and are required to indemnify Timec for losses incurred that are related to our use or occupancy of the property.

Legal Matters

Parts Geek Litigation

In June 2009, the Company filed suit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against Parts Geek LLC ("Parts Geek"), certain of its members and employees for misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract and unfair competition and requesting monetary damages and injunctive relief, and Parts Geek filed an answer in August 2009. In January 2010, the complaint was amended to include claims for copyright infringement and to add Lucas Thomason, a former employee, as an additional party. Parts Geek filed an answer and counterclaims to the amended complaint in February 2010. Each party filed a motion for summary judgment requesting that the Court rule on all claims made in this matter without sending the matter to a jury. In June 2010, the Court ruled on all claims in the matter, denying the Company's claims against Parts Geek and Lucas Thomason and denying Parts Geek's claims against the Company. The judge additionally denied Parts Geek's counterclaims against the Company. Parts Geek and Lucas Thomason petitioned the Court to order the Company to pay their legal fees and costs, the Court ordered the Company to do so and in August 2010 all parties stipulated that approximately $1.1 million of legal fees and costs would be owed to Parts Geek and Lucas Thomason should the Company lose its appeal or win its appeal and lose in trial. A bond has been posted to guarantee payment of $1.1 million plus interest, at a cost of approximately $0.02 million to the Company. The Company is not required to pay the fees and costs at this time; they would be due if the Company loses its appeal and determines to not appeal beyond the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, or if the Company wins on appeal but loses at trial once the case is remanded to the trial court and, in accordance with ASC 450-20 Loss Contingencies ("ASC 450-20"), the Company has not accrued for these fees and costs. The Company filed an appeal and filed its initial brief on January 21, 2011. The reply brief was filed March 21, 2011. The appeal has been fully briefed by all parties and scheduling of oral argument before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is pending. The Company has analyzed this matter in accordance with ASC 450-20 and, in accordance with the definition of probable loss described therein, it has concluded that no accrual is necessary at this time. In addition, the Company believes that any reasonably possible losses which may be incurred would not be material to the financial statements as a whole.

California Air Resources Board Inquiry

The Company received an inquiry by the California Air Resources Board ("CARB") into sales of non-California compliant catalytic converters in the state of California via our stock-ship and drop-ship network. In March 2010, and again in June 2010, the Company met with CARB to discuss alleged sales of catalytic converters into California by the Company and third-party suppliers that are not compliant with California regulations. CARB informed the Company that penalties shall be assessed with regard to any non-compliant sales. On October 26, 2011, the Company and CARB entered into a settlement agreement related to this inquiry. Without admitting any liability, the Company agreed to pay a non-material cash penalty, subject to being offset by contributions from some of the Company's third-party suppliers, in exchange for a release from CARB of the Company and such third-party suppliers.


WAG is a named defendant in several lawsuits involving claims for damages caused by installation of brakes during the late 1960's and early 1970's that contained asbestos. WAG marketed certain brakes, but did not manufacture any brakes. WAG maintains liability insurance coverage to protect its and the Company's assets from losses arising from the litigation and coverage is provided on an occurrence rather than a claims made basis, and the Company is not expected to incur significant out-of-pocket costs in connection with this matter that would be material to its consolidated financial statements.