|9 Months Ended|
May 31, 2020
Note 9: Contingencies
Certain conditions may exist as of the date the financial statements are issued, which may result in a loss to the Company, but which will be resolved only when one or more future events occur or fail to occur. The Company’s management, in consultation with its legal counsel as appropriate, assesses such contingent liabilities, and such assessment inherently involves an exercise of judgment.
During the ordinary course of business, the Company is subject to various claims and litigation. Management believes that the outcome of such claims or litigation will not have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial position, results of operations or cash flow.
Convertible Note Related Litigation
During 2019, three of the Company’s note holders filed legal complaints. During the nine months ended May 31, 2020 all Convertible Note related litigation was resolved as follows:
Alpha Capital v. ShiftPixy, Inc.
On July 3, 2019, the Company was served with a complaint filing by Alpha Capital Anstalt (“ACA”) in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York alleging breach of contract in refusing to honor the conversion of certain convertible notes, specifically one for $310,000 submitted on June 20, 2019. ACA sought an injunction requiring the Company to issue 25,000 shares of common stock, damages for the claimed breaches, and attorneys’ fees. In August 2019, the court denied the motion for a preliminary injunction but granted accelerated discovery which was completed in September 2019. As of November 30, 2019, the Company had convertible notes outstanding with ACA for approximately $1.7 million consisting of $0.3 million of the June 2018 Notes, $0.2 million of the December 2018 Notes and $1.2 million of the March 2019 Notes. In January 2020, Alpha was awarded a judgement for $500,000 consisting of the $310,000 of notes and $190,000 of damages and accrued interest of $51,000. On January 16, 2020 Alpha Capital converted all remaining June 2018 Note and December 2018 Note balances at $12.20 per share. On January 20, 2020, the Company paid the damages award including interest in cash and resolved the litigation.
Dominion Capital LLC v. ShiftPixy, Inc.
On July 18, 2019, the Company was served with a complaint filing by Dominion Capital LLC ("Dominion") in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York alleging breach of contract in refusing to honor the conversion of certain convertible notes. Dominion sought injunctive relief, injunction to prohibit buyback, breach of contract on the June 2018 Notes, the December 2018 Notes, and the March 2019 Notes, and declaratory judgment. In August 2019, the court denied the motion for a preliminary injunction but granted accelerated discovery which was completed in September 2019. On January 22, 2020, the Company settled all claims and repaid all remaining notes and cancelled all related warrants by issuing 83,593 shares of common stock on the date of issuance and paid cash of $1,322,000.
MEF I, LP v. ShiftPixy, Inc.
On August 27, 2019, MEF I, LP (“MEF”) filed a complaint in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York. MEF sought monetary relief of $2.1 million and to appoint themselves as receiver of the Company. As of August 31, 2019, the Company had convertible notes outstanding to MEF at approximately $0.7 million face value consisting of approximately $0.5 million and $0.2 million for the June 2018 Notes and the December 2018 Notes, respectively. In November 2019, the Company filed a motion in response to the receiver request. On January 17, 2020, the Company and MEF I settled all claims, pursuant to which the Company repaid all note principal remaining, accrued damages, and accrued interest and cancelled the June 2018 Warrants with the issuance of 20,000 shares of common stock and payment of $725,000 in cash.
See also Note 5 above.
The Company is in a dispute with its former software developer, Kadima Ventures (“Kadima”), over incomplete but paid for software development work. In May 2016, the Company entered into a contract with Kadima for the development and deployment of user features that were proposed by Kadima for an original build cost of $2.2 million to complete. This proposal was later revised upward to approximately $7.2 million to add certain features to the original proposal. As of the date of this Report, the Company has paid approximately $11 million to Kadima, but has never been provided access to the majority of the promised software. Kadima refused to continue development work, denied access to developed software, and refuses to surrender to the Company any software that it has developed unless the Company pays an additional $12.0 million above the $11.0 million already paid. In addition to the non-delivery of the paid for user features, Kadima asserts that it is owed additional funds to turn over the work completed. In April 2019, Kadima filed a complaint against the Company in the Superior Court of the State of Arizona, Maricopa County, alleging claims for breach of contract, promissory estoppel and unjust enrichment, and seeking damages in excess of $11.0 million. The Company vigorously disputes and denies each of Kadima’s claims, including that it owes any sums to Kadima, and further believes that it is entitled, at a minimum, to a refund of a substantial portion of the sums that it has already paid, along with the release of the software modules currently being withheld. In June, 2020 the Company engaged in mediation discussions with Kadima in an attempt to resolve the matter, which was unsuccessful. On July 14, 2020 the Company filed an answer to Kadima’s complaint, which denied Kadima’s claims and asserted counter-claims for breach of contract and fraud.
On April 8, 2019, claimant, Corey Splond, filed a class action lawsuit, on behalf of himself and other similarly situated individuals, in the Eighth Judicial District Court for the State of Nevada, Clark County, naming the Company and its client as defendants, and alleging violations of certain wage and hour laws. This lawsuit is in the initial stages, and the Company denies any liability. Even if the plaintiff ultimately prevails, the potential damages recoverable will depend substantially upon whether the Court determines in the future that this lawsuit may appropriately be maintained as a class action. Further, in the event that the Court ultimately enters a judgment in favor of plaintiff, the Company believes that it would be contractually entitled to be indemnified by its client against at least a portion of any damage award.
The entire disclosure for commitments and contingencies.
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