A customer is currently suing a company. A reasonable estimate can be made of the costs that would result from a ruling unfavorable to the company, and the amount involved is material. The company’s managers, lawyers, and auditors agree that there is only a remote likelihood of an unfavorable ruling. This contingency
a) should be disclosed in a footnote.
b) should be disclosed as a parenthetical comment in the balance sheet.
c) need not to be disclosed.
d) should be disclosed by an appropriation of retained earnings.