Commitments and Contingencies
|9 Months Ended|
Sep. 30, 2015
|Commitments and Contingencies [Abstract]|
|Commitments and Contingencies||
9. Commitments and Contingencies
Lease Obligations - The Company leases office space, a corporate apartment, office furniture and equipment under various operating lease agreements.
The Company leases an office for its headquarters in Illinois, as well as office spaces for its events business, sales and administrative offices under non-cancelable lease arrangements that provide for payments on a graduated basis with various expiration dates.
Rent expense, amounting to $383,249 and $45,617 for the three months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively, and $1,083,091 and $91,193 for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively, is included in general and administrative expense in the condensed consolidated statements of comprehensive loss. Included in rent expense is sublease income of $90,000 and $0 for the three months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively, and $255,000 and $0 for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively.
Future annual minimum payments due under the leases are summarized as follows:
NAPW, Inc., the Company's wholly-owned subsidiary and successor by merger to Old NAPW, is a defendant in the related cases of Constantino v. NAPW, Inc., No. 0000074/2013 (Sup. Ct., Nassau Co.), filed on January 3, 2013 in the County Court for Nassau County, New York, and DeLisi, et al. v. NAPW, Inc., No. 2:13-CV-05322 (E.D.N.Y.), filed on September 25, 2013 in federal court for the Eastern District of New York. These cases were fully resolved during the third quarter 2015 and the confidential settlement amount net of insurance proceeds did not have a material effect on the company's results.
Noble Voice LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company acquired in connection with the Global Outreach acquisition, is party to litigation captioned as Expand, Inc. v. Noble Voice LLC et al., CASE NO.: 2014-CA-9366 A (Orange County, FL Circuit Court) pursuant to which Expand, Inc., d/b/a SoftRock, Inc. (SoftRock) filed a complaint against Noble Voice LLC and certain other defendants (the Noble Voice Defendants) on or about September 10, 2014 alleging the existence of a purported conspiracy by Noble Voice and the other defendants to breach the individual Noble Voice Defendants' Non-Compete Agreements and separate Confidentiality Agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets by some but not all Noble Voice Defendants, tortious interference and seeking injunctive relief. During the Third Quarter the parties met to discuss settlement of claims against the corporate defendants; negotiations that remain underway. The outcome of this lawsuit is uncertain, however, we believe that the claims asserted are without merit and we intend to aggressively defend against the claims.
The Company and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Noble Voice, LLC, are also parties to litigation captioned as Coleman v. Noble Voice, LLC, et al., CASE NO. 15-CV-6791 (N.D. Ill.), pursuant to which a single consumer has alleged that Noble Voice violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by contacting him in contravention of that Act's provisions. The lawsuit was received and the Company filed its Answer during the third quarter. While the case is in its preliminary stages and no discovery has commenced, the Company is confident in its TCPA compliance practices and, while the outcome of this lawsuit is uncertain, we believe that the claims asserted are without merit and we intend to aggressively defend against the claims.
The Company is a defendant in five other legal claims relating to employment related issues. We believe claims are without merit and the results will not have a material adverse effect on the business.
General Legal Matters
From time to time, the Company is involved in legal matters arising in the ordinary course of business. While the Company believes that such matters are currently not material, there can be no assurance that matters arising in the ordinary course of business for which the Company is, or could be, involved in litigation, will not have a material adverse effect on its business, financial condition or results of operations.
The entire disclosure for commitments and contingencies.
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