A large retailer was sued nearly 5,000 times in a

A large retailer was sued nearly 5,000 times in a recent year—about once every two hours every day of the year. It has been sued for everything imaginable—ranging from falls on icy parking lots to injuries sustained in shoppers’ stampedes to a murder with a rifle purchased at one of its stores. The company reported the following in the notes to its financial statements:
The Company and its subsidiaries are involved from time to time in claims, proceedings, and litigation arising from the operation of its business. The Company does not believe that any such claim, proceeding, or litigation, either alone or in the aggregate, will have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial position or results of its operations.

(a) Explain why the company does not have to record these contingent liabilities.
(b) Comment on any implications for analysis of the financial statements.

Contingent liabilities
A contingent liability is an obligation of business related to an uncertain future event. The business must record it in its financial statements if the amount can be reliably estimated and it is probable that amount will be paid by business as a...