Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Litigation, Other Contingencies and Guarantees

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Litigation, Other Contingencies and Guarantees
12 Months Ended
Feb. 01, 2020
Litigation, Other Contingencies and Guarantees [Abstract]  
Litigation, Other Contingencies and Guarantees Litigation and Other Contingencies
   
Litigation

Shareholder Derivative Litigation and Demand
On October 19, 2018, a shareholder of the Company, Juan Rojas, filed a shareholder derivative action against certain present and former members of the Company’s Board of Directors in the Delaware Court of Chancery. The Company was named as a nominal defendant. The lawsuit asserted claims for breaches of fiduciary duties based on alleged failures to prevent the Company from engaging in allegedly unlawful promotional pricing practices. On July 29, 2019, the Court granted defendants' motion to dismiss and dismissed plaintiff’s complaint with prejudice. On October 21, 2019, the Company’s Board of Directors received a demand from Rojas to conduct an investigation of alleged breaches of fiduciary duties similar to those made in the
dismissed derivative action regarding alleged failures to prevent the Company from engaging in allegedly unlawful promotional pricing practices. The Board of Directors has appointed a committee of independent directors to review the demand and make a recommendation to the Board of Directors regarding a response to the demand. While no assurance can be given as to the ultimate outcome of this matter, we believe that the final resolution of this action will not have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, financial position, liquidity or capital resources.
Other Legal Proceedings
We are subject to various other legal and governmental proceedings involving routine litigation incidental to our business. Accruals have been established based on our best estimates of our potential liability in certain of these matters, which we believe aggregate to an amount that is not material to the Consolidated Financial Statements. These estimates were developed in consultation with in-house and outside counsel. While no assurance can be given as to the ultimate outcome of these matters, we currently believe that the final resolution of these actions, individually or in the aggregate, will not have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, financial position, liquidity or capital resources.      
Contingencies
As of February 1, 2020, we have an estimated accrual of $19 million related to potential environmental liabilities that is recorded in Other liabilities in the Consolidated Balance Sheet. This estimate covered potential liabilities primarily related to underground storage tanks and remediation of environmental conditions involving our former drugstore locations. We continue to assess required remediation and the adequacy of environmental reserves as new information becomes available and known conditions are further delineated. If we were to incur losses at the estimated amount, we do not believe that such losses would have a material effect on our results of operations, financial position, liquidity or capital resources.