Commitments and Contingencies
|6 Months Ended|
Jun. 30, 2017
|Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]|
|Commitments and Contingencies||
Note 10 – Commitments and Contingencies
From time to time, the Company may be involved in a variety of claims, lawsuits, investigations and proceedings related to contractual disputes, employment matters, regulatory and compliance matters, intellectual property rights and other litigation arising in the ordinary course of business. The Company operates in a highly regulated industry which may inherently lend itself to legal matters. Management is aware that litigation has associated costs and that results of adverse litigation verdicts could have a material effect on the Company’s financial position or results of operations. Management, in consultation with legal counsel, has addressed known assertions and predicted unasserted claims below.
The Company’s Epinex Diagnostics Laboratories, Inc. subsidiary had been sued in a California state court by two former employees who alleged that they were wrongfully terminated, as well as for a variety of unpaid wage claims. The parties entered into a settlement agreement of this matter on July 29, 2016 for approximately $0.2 million, and the settlement was consummated on August 25, 2016. In October of 2016, the plaintiffs in this matter filed a motion with the court seeking payment for attorneys’ fees in the approximate amount of $0.7 million. On March 24, 2017, the court granted plaintiffs’ motion for payment of attorneys’ fees in the amount of $0.3 million, and the Company has accrued this amount in its consolidated financial statements. Additionally, the Company is seeking indemnification for these amounts from Epinex Diagnostics, Inc. (“EDI”), the seller of Epinex Diagnostic Laboratories, Inc. (“EDL”), pursuant to a Stock Purchase Agreement entered into by and among the parties. This matter is pre-litigation, but to the extent a favorable outcome cannot be negotiated, the Company will consider pursuing indemnity claims against EDI in court.
In February 2016, the Company received notice that the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) had placed a lien against Medytox Solutions, Inc. and its subsidiaries relating to unpaid 2014 taxes due, plus penalties and interest, in the amount of $5.0 million. The Company paid $0.1 million toward its 2014 tax liability in March 2016. The Company filed its 2015 Federal tax return on March 15, 2016 and the accompanying election to carryback the reported net operating losses was filed in April 2016. On August 24, 2016, the lien was released, and in September of 2016 the Company received a refund from the IRS in the amount of $1.9 million. In November of 2016, the IRS commenced an audit of the Company’s 2015 Federal tax return. The Company is currently unable to predict the outcome of the audit or any liability to the Company that may result from the audit.
On September 27, 2016, a tax warrant was issued against the Company by the Florida Department of Revenue (the “DOR”) for unpaid 2014 state income taxes in the approximate amount of $0.9 million, including penalties and interest. On January 25, 2017, the Company paid the DOR $250,000 as partial payment on this liability, and in February 2017 the Company entered into a Stipulation Agreement with the DOR which will allow the Company to make monthly installment payments of $35,000 until February 2018 and negotiate a new payment agreement then, if the balance of $0.3 million cannot be satisfied in a lump sum. If at any time during the Stipulation period the Company fails to timely file any required tax returns with the DOR or does not meet the payment obligations under the Stipulation Agreement, the entire amount due will be accelerated.
In December of 2016, TCS-Florida, L.P. (“Tetra”), filed suit against the Company for failure to make the required payments under an equipment leasing contract that the Company had with Tetra (see Note 7). On January 3, 2017, Tetra received a Default Judgment against the Company in the amount of $2.6 million, representing the balance owed on the leases, as well as additional interest, penalties and fees. The Company has recognized this amount in its consolidated financial statements as of December 31, 2016. In January and February of 2017, the Company made payments to Tetra in connection with this judgment aggregating to $0.7 million, and on February 15, 2017 the Company entered into a forbearance agreement with Tetra whereby the remaining $1.9 million due will be paid in 24 equal monthly installments. Payments commenced on May 1, 2017 and have been made in a timely manner.
In December of 2016, DeLage Landen Financial Services, Inc. (“DeLage”), filed suit against the Company for failure to make the required payments under an equipment leasing contract that the Company had with DeLage (see Note 7). On January 24, 2017, DeLage received a default judgment against the Company in the approximate amount of $1.0 million, representing the balance owed on the lease, as well as additional interest, penalties and fees. The Company has recognized this amount in its consolidated financial statements as of December 31, 2016. On February 8, 2017, a Stay of Execution was filed and under its terms the balance due will be paid in variable monthly installments through January of 2019, with an implicit interest rate of 4.97%. Payments have been made in a timely manner.
On December 7, 2016, the holders of the Tegal Notes (see Note 4) filed suit against the Company seeking payment for the amounts due under the notes in the aggregate of $0.4 million, including accrued interest. A request for entry of default judgment was filed on January 24, 2017. A Case Management Conference is scheduled for September 5, 2017. The Company has attempted to work out a payment arrangement with the plaintiffs but to date has not been able to consummate such an arrangement.
Potential De-Listing of the Company’s Stock
On April 18, 2017, the Company was notified by Nasdaq that the stockholders’ equity balance reported on its Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 fell below the $2.5 million minimum requirement for continued listing under the Nasdaq Capital Market’s Listing Rule 5550(b)(1) (the “Rule”). As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s stockholders’ deficit balance was $14.9 million. In accordance with the Rule, the Company submitted a plan to Nasdaq outlining how it intends to regain compliance. If the plan is accepted, the Company can be granted up to 180 calendar days from April 18, 2017 to evidence compliance. There can be no guarantee that the Company will be able to regain compliance with the continued listing requirement of Nasdaq Marketplace Rule 5550(b)(1) or that its plan will be accepted by Nasdaq.
On June 12, 2017, the Company was notified by Nasdaq that the bid price of the Company’s common stock closed below the minimum $1.00 per share requirement for continued inclusion under Nasdaq Rule 5550(a)(2) (the “Price Rule”). In accordance with Nasdaq Rule 5810(c)(3)(A), the Company has 180 calendar days, or until December 11, 2017, to regain compliance. If at any time before December 11, 2017, the bid price of the Company’s common stock closes at $1.00 per share or more for a minimum of 10 consecutive business days, the Company will regain compliance with the Price Rule. If the Company does not regain compliance by December 11, 2017, an additional 180 days may be granted to regain compliance, so long as the Company meets The Nasdaq Capital Market initial listing criteria (except for the bid price requirement). The Company is required to hold a meeting of stockholders at the earliest practicable date to obtain stockholder approval of at least a 1-for-8 reverse split of the Company’s common stock.
The entire disclosure for commitments and contingencies.
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