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Note 8 - Commitments and Contingencies

Note 8 - Commitments and Contingencies
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2020
Notes to Financial Statements  
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Text Block]


On  January 8, 2019, the Company and its two executive officers were named in a putative securities class action filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, captioned Kauffman v. Natural Health Trends Corp., Case No. 2:19-cv-00163. On  May 3, 2019, the court issued an order appointing Xia Yang as lead plaintiff and appointing The Rosen Law Firm, P.A. as lead counsel. On  June 3, 2019, lead plaintiff filed an amended complaint. On  January 17, 2020, after briefing and oral argument on the Company’s motion to dismiss, the court issued an order dismissing the entire action with prejudice and ordering that judgment be entered for defendants. On  February 14, 2020, plaintiff filed a notice of appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. On  April 9, 2020, plaintiff filed a stipulated motion for voluntary dismissal of her appeal, concluding this matter.


The SEC is conducting a non-public investigation to determine whether there have been violations of the federal securities laws relating to the trading of the Company’s securities and/or its public disclosures. The Company has fully cooperated with the SEC and continues to do so. The amount of time needed to resolve this matter is uncertain, and the Company cannot predict the outcome or whether it will face additional governmental inquiries or other actions.


The Company has employment agreements with certain members of its management team that can be terminated by either the employee or the Company upon four weeks’ notice.  The employment agreements entered into with the management team contain provisions that guarantee the payments of specified amounts in the event of a change in control, as defined, or if the employee is terminated without cause, as defined, or terminates employment for good reason, as defined.