several months ago reiltz industries inc experienced a hazard 260085

Several months ago, Reiltz Industries, Inc. experienced a hazardous materials spill at one of its plants. As a result, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fined the company $570,000. The company is contesting the fine. In addition, an employee is seeking $560,000 in damages related to the spill. Lastly, a homeowner has sued the company for $364,000.

The homeowner lives 35 miles from the plant, but believes that the incident has reduced the home’s resale value by $364,000.

Reiltz’s legal counsel believes that it is probable that the EPA fine will stand. In addition, counsel indicates that an out-of-court settlement of $238,000 has recently been reached with the employee. The final papers will be signed next week. Counsel believes that the homeowner’s case is much weaker and will be decided in favor of Reiltz. Other litigation related to the spill is possible, but the damage amounts are uncertain.

a. Journalize the contingent liabilities associated with the hazardous materials spill. Use the account ?oDamage Awards and Fines?? to recognize the expense for the period.

b. Prepare a note disclosure relating to this incident.

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