• Filing Date: 2016-11-15
  • Form Type: 10-Q/A
  • Description: Quarterly report (Amendment)
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9. COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2016
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

Operating lease

 

For the operations of TPC, the Company leases 4,260 square feet of office space at 1165 N. Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois under a 65 month operating lease through March 2019. The monthly base rent is approximately $9,415 per month and increases each year during the term of the lease.

 

Legal Proceedings

 

Whitaker Energy, LLC

 

In 2013, Whitaker Energy, LLC (“Whitaker”) filed a civil action the Superior Court of Dekalb County, State of Georgia, Case No. 13-CV8610-6, against TPC and the Company alleging that TPC is in default under its obligations to Whitaker under a promissory note pursuant to which Whitaker loaned TPC $150,000 in 2012 concurrent with Whitaker’s purchase of a membership interest in TPC. Under the terms of the loan between TPC and Whitaker, TPC owed a monthly payment to Whitaker, the amount of which varies each month and is based on the number of contracts TPC enters into from door-to-door sales and call centers. TPC and Whitaker dispute the number of contracts entered into by TPC after certain adjustments and charge-backs from cancellation of contracts by consumers. Under the complaint, Whitaker seeks to recover $93,080 of principal under the loan, plus prejudgment interest in the amount of $9,184 and reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses of the litigation. In addition, Whitaker seeks an order from the court for access to TPC’s books and records. TPC and the Company dispute the claim by Whitaker that TPC is in default under the loan between TPE and Whitaker. As of April 23, 2014, the parties to the litigation have negotiated a settlement of the litigation which would include a monthly payment by TPC to Whitaker of $4,000 in payment of the principal and accrued interest. Under the terms of the settlement, Whitaker will recover a total of $110,000 plus interest on unpaid amounts. As of September 30, 2016, the Company has made payments totaling $110,000, with no remaining balance due at September 30, 2016.

 

Hi-Tech Specialists, Inc.

 

Prior to its acquisition by TPC, Hi-Tech Specialists, Inc. (“Hi-Tech”) filed suit against U.S.E.C. LLC d/b/a/ US Energy Consultants and Michail Skachko concerning the parties’ agreement seeking damages in an amount in excess of $789,077. The nature of the litigation relates to a contract between the parties wherein Hi-Tech was to solicit service agreements on behalf of U.S.E.C. LLC. The suit is ongoing and TPC is aggressively pursuing its claim against the parties named.

 

Lexington Power & Light, LLC

 

LP&L rents office space under several non-cancelable operating lease agreements in the same commercial building that commenced beginning in March 2014, all of which expired on February 28, 2016. The annual rental payments required under these operating lease agreements for 2015 and 2016 were $46,867 and $7,849, respectively. Due to the default of the acquisition note payable, the acquisition of LP&L was terminated on April 7, 2015, thus the Company is no longer obligated to this operating lease effective April 7, 2015.

 

As of December 31, 2013, LP&L had a contingent liability related to a complaint filed by a single commercial customer with the New York Public Service Commission seeking a reimbursement of $40,000. The Company had determined it appropriate under the circumstances to recognize and accrue this loss contingency. Due to the default of the acquisition note payable, the acquisition of LP&L was terminated on April 7, 2015, thus the Company is no longer obligated to this loss contingency effective April 7, 2015.