COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2018
|Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]|
|COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES||
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
The Company entered into an 8 year lease agreement (the “Lease”) consolidating its operations in approximately 30,000 square feet in San Diego, California that commenced on February 1, 2018. The Company is required to pay monthly base rent, utilities and common area maintenance expenses. The Company received a landlord rent incentive of $1,067 for tenant improvements. The Lease rent incentive is recorded as a deferred benefit and is amortized over the Lease term.
The following table provides the Company’s Lease commitment as of December 31, 2018:
The Company incurred rent expense of $720 and $480 for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.
On April 23, 2014, Tanya Sallustro filed a purported class action complaint (the “Complaint”) in the Southern District of New York (the “Court”) alleging securities fraud and related claims against the Company and certain of its officers and directors and seeking compensatory damages including litigation costs. Ms. Sallustro alleges that between March 18-31, 2014, she purchased certain shares of the Company’s common stock for a total investment of $16. The Complaint refers to Current Reports on Form 8-K and Current Reports on Form 8-K/A filings made by the Company on April 3, 2014 and April 14, 2014, in which the Company amended previously disclosed sales (sales originally stated at $1,275 were restated to $1,082 - reduction of $193) and restated goodwill as $1,856 (previously reported at net zero). Additionally, the Complaint states after the filing of the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K on April 3, 2014 and the following press release, the Company’s stock price “fell $7.30 per share, or more than 20%, to close at $25.30 per share.” Subsequent to the filing of the Complaint, six different individuals filed a motion asking to be designated the lead plaintiff in the litigation. On March 19, 2015, the Court issued a ruling appointing Steve Schuck as lead plaintiff. Counsel for Mr. Schuck filed a “consolidated amended complaint” on September 14, 2015. On December 11, 2015, the Company filed a motion to dismiss the consolidated amended complaint. After requesting several extensions, counsel for Mr. Schuck filed an opposition to the motion to dismiss on March 21, 2016. The Company’s reply brief was filed on April 25, 2016. On April 2, 2018, the Court issued a ruling granting in part and denying part the motion to dismiss. Thereafter, on October 3, 2018, plaintiff’s counsel filed a motion to withdraw Mr. Schuck as Lead Plaintiff and to substitute Jane Ish as new Lead Plaintiff. This motion was granted by the Court. Management intends to vigorously defend the allegations and an estimate of possible loss cannot be made at this time.
On March 17, 2015, stockholder Michael Ruth filed a shareholder derivative suit in Nevada District Court alleging two causes of action: 1) Breach of Fiduciary Duty, and 2) “Gross Mismanagement.” The claims are premised on the same event as the already-pending securities class action case in New York discussed above - it is alleged that the Form 8-K filings misstated goodwill and sales of the Company, which when corrected, lead to a significant drop in stock price. The Company filed a motion to dismiss the suit on June 29, 2015. Instead of opposing the Company’s motion, Mr. Ruth filed an amended complaint on July 20, 2015. Thereafter, Mr. Ruth and the Company agreed to stay the action pending the outcome of the securities class action case in New York discussed above. Management intends to vigorously defend the allegations. Since no discovery has been conducted and the case remains stayed, an estimate of the possible loss or recovery cannot be made at this time.
On October 21, 2016, Dun Agro B.V. (“Dun Agro”) filed a complaint against the Company in the District Court of the North Netherlands, location Groningen, The Netherlands, alleging non-performance under a contract, seeking compensatory damages of approximately 2,050 Euros, excluding interest and costs. The Company settled this matter on August 31, 2018 with no compensatory damages.
On June 15, 2017, the SEC filed an enforcement action against the Company and its then-Chief Executive Officer, Michael Mona, Jr. In the complaint, filed in the United States District Court of Nevada (Case No. 2:17-cv-01681), the SEC alleged that the Company and Mr. Mona violated federal securities laws, including Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and SEC Rule 10b-5(b), through alleged misrepresentations made in certain SEC reports regarding the value of the Company’s assets acquired by the Company from PhytoSphere Systems, LLC. On May 31, 2018, the Company and Mr. Mona settled all claims. Pursuant to the terms of the settlement, without admitting or denying the allegations made by the SEC, the Company agreed to a consent judgment pursuant to which (a) the Company agreed to pay a penalty in the amount of $150, and (b) the Company is permanently enjoined from violations of federal securities laws. The Company has made this payment in full. Mr. Mona, without admitting or denying any allegations, agreed to an order (a) prohibiting him from serving as an officer or director of a publicly held company for five (5) years, (b) providing for payment in the aggregate amount of $50, payable in 12 installments commencing 30 days after entry of final judgment, and (c) permanently enjoining him from violations of federal securities laws. Effective concurrent with the settlement, Mr. Mona resigned as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, and resigned his position on the Company’s Board of Directors.
The Company is a plaintiff in two litigation matters involving former credit card processors of the Company. On September 10, 2017, the Company filed a complaint against one such credit card processor, PayToo Merchant Services, Corporation (“PayToo”), a Florida corporation, in the Circuit Court in Broward County, Florida, asserting breach of contract claims for PayToo’s failure to remit approximately $251 to the Company for credit card sales processed by PayToo from January 2017 to February 2017. A summary judgment hearing on the PayToo matter is scheduled for March, 2011, 2019. On December 11, 2017, the Company filed a complaint against the other credit card processor, T1 Payments, LLC (“T1”), a Nevada corporation, in District Court, Clark County, Nevada, asserting breach of contract claims for T1’s failure to remit approximately $500 to the Company for credit card sales processed by T1 from February 2017 to October 2017. The T1 matter was resolved on October 22, 2018 with $450 of previously restricted cash being released to the Company by T1 in full settlement of the Company's complaint.
On August 24, 2018, David Smith filed a purported class action complaint in Nevada District Court alleging certain misstatements were contained in financial filings that led to stock price fluctuations and resulting financial harm. Several additional individuals filed similar claims. On November 15, 2018, the Court consolidated the actions and appointed Richard Ina, Trustee for the Ina Family Trust as Lead Plaintiff for the consolidated actions. On January 4, 2019, Counsel for Lead Plaintiff Richard Ina, Trustee for the Ina Family Trust filed a “consolidated amended complaint”. On March 5, 2019, the Company filed a motion to dismiss the action. Management intends to vigorously defend the allegations. Since no discovery has been conducted and the case remains stayed, an estimate of the possible loss or recovery cannot be made at this time.
On October 10, 2018, stockholder Girard Depoti filed a shareholder derivative suit in District Court, Clark County Nevada alleging causes of action for: 1) Breach of Fiduciary Duty, and 2) Unjust Enrichment. The claims are premised on the same events as the already-pending securities class action case in Nevada. The Company recently accepted service of the Complaint but have not filed a responsive pleading because the parties stipulated to a stay of this action until thirty days after a ruling is issued on the motion to dismiss in the matter of In re CV Sciences, Inc., Securities Litigation, Case No. 2:18-cv-01602-JAD-PAL, United States District Court, District of Nevada. Management intends to vigorously defend the allegations. Since no discovery has been conducted and the case remains stayed, an estimate of the possible loss or recovery cannot be made at this time.
On December 3, 2018, stockholder David Francis filed a shareholder derivative suit in Nevada District Court alleging causes of action for: 1) Breach of Fiduciary Duty, 2) Unjust Enrichment, and 3) Waste of Corporate Assets. The claims are primarily premised on the same events as the already-pending securities class action cases. A responsive pleading was due from the Company on February 22, 2019. However, the parties agreed to a stay of this action and a stipulation and proposed order requesting a stay has been filed with the court. Management intends to vigorously defend the allegations. Since no discovery has been conducted and the case remains stayed, an estimate of the possible loss or recovery cannot be made at this time.
On February 11, 2019, stockholder Richard Tarangelo filed a shareholder derivative suit in Nevada District Court alleging causes of action for: 1) Violations of Section 14(a) of the Exchange Act, 2) Breach of Fiduciary Duty, and 3) Unjust Enrichment. The claims are primarily premised on the same events as the already-pending securities class action cases and the Tarangelo Complaint is essentially a duplicate of the Depoti shareholder derivative suit. Service of the Complaint has not been made but the parties are discussing a stay of this action. Management intends to vigorously defend the allegations. Since no discovery has been conducted and the case may be stayed, an estimate of the possible loss or recovery cannot be made at this time.
In the normal course of business, the Company is a party to a variety of agreements pursuant to which they may be obligated to indemnify the other party. It is not possible to predict the maximum potential amount of future payments under these types of agreements due to the conditional nature of our obligations and the unique facts and circumstances involved in each particular agreement. Historically, payments made by us under these types of agreements have not had a material effect on our business, consolidated results of operations or financial condition.
The entire disclosure for significant arrangements with third parties, which includes operating lease arrangements and arrangements in which the entity has agreed to expend funds to procure goods or services, or has agreed to commit resources to supply goods or services, and operating lease arrangements. Descriptions may include identification of the specific goods and services, period of time covered, minimum quantities and amounts, and cancellation rights.
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