Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Legal Proceedings

Legal Proceedings
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2018
Legal Proceedings [Abstract]  



On October 27, 2016, Cutler Holdings, L.L.C. (“Cutler”) filed a complaint in the Superior Court of New Jersey alleging that the Company failed to make certain rental payments. On March 30, 2017, the Company entered into a settlement agreement with Cutler, pursuant to which Cutler released the Company from any liability for the claims asserted in the complaint.


On January 6, 2017, in connection with the financing contemplated by a securities purchase agreement with RENS Technology Inc. (the “Purchaser”), we commenced an action in the Supreme Court of New York, County of New York (the “Court”), against the Purchaser, RENS Agriculture, the parent company of the Purchaser, and Ren Ren, a principal in both entities and one of our directors, arising from the Purchaser’s breach of the agreement under which the Purchaser agreed to invest an aggregate of $20.25 million in our company in exchange for an aggregate of 3,537,037 shares of our common stock and warrants to purchase an aggregate of 884,259 shares of common stock.


On April 11, 2017, the Court noted that we had demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits of the breach of contract claim. Thereafter, a hearing was scheduled on the application by the Purchaser to dismiss the complaint and various pre-trial discovery applications by both parties.


In August 2017, before the hearing occurred, the Company amended its complaint repeating most of the initial claims but adding several additional claims against RENS Agriculture, Mr. Ren and two additional Chinese defendants, including a claim against RENS Agriculture for breaching the exclusive distribution agreement, as well as claims against all defendants for theft and misappropriation of our confidential proprietary information and trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty and duty of loyalty, misappropriation of corporate opportunity, unfair competition and a number of other torts. We are seeking damages and injunctive relief. The Purchaser has filed a motion to dismiss the amended complaint, which is still pending and scheduled for oral argument in December 2018.


On August 16, 2017, the Purchaser commenced an action in the District Court of Clark County in the State of Nevada against us and Joseph Mannello, our then interim Chief Executive Officer, alleging that Mr. Mannello had breached his fiduciary duties and was grossly negligent in managing our company. The action seeks monetary damages and injunctive relief from Mr. Mannello as well as the appointment of a receiver over us. Subsequently, the Purchaser submitted a petition to appoint a receiver, and we and Mr. Mannello submitted a motion to dismiss the action, both of which are currently pending as of the date of this report. An application on consent to adjourn the hearing date on the receiver application and motion to dismiss is pending.


The parties are currently in settlement discussions regarding the foregoing matters.


The outcome of the aforementioned matters cannot be determined as of the date of these financial statements.