Commitments and Contingencies
|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2018
|Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]|
|Commitments and Contingencies||
Note 15—Commitments and Contingencies
On January 25, 2018, we entered into a Material Definitive Agreement that resulted in a Second Amendment with RDOC (the “Second Amendment”) that amends certain terms of the 2013 License Agreement and extends the term of the 2013 License Agreement to September 1, 2019. In addition, the Company and two of its officers, and RDOC and certain individuals affiliated with RDOC entered into a Mutual Waiver and Release of Claims.
Under the terms of the Second Amendment, the Company has been granted a worldwide license to use certain intellectual property of RDOC to develop, market, sell, and conduct Rich Dad Education branded educational products and services in real estate investing, business strategies, stock market investment techniques, stock/paper assets, cash management, asset protection, and other financially oriented subjects in any form of communication or media, in exchange for which the Company agreed to pay a monthly royalty to RDOC.
Under the terms of the Mutual Release, the Company and two of its officers, Anthony Humpage and James E. May, on the one hand, and RDOC and two of its officers, Mike Sullivan and Shane Caniglia, as well as Robert Kiyosaki and Kim Kiyosaki, on the other, exchanged mutual releases of claims that any of them had or might have had with respect to matters in existence prior to the execution of the Mutual Release.
We are committed to pay royalties for the usage of certain brands, as governed by various licensing agreements, including Rich Dad, Robbie Fowler and Martin Roberts. Total royalty expenses included in our Consolidated Statement of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss) for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 were $4.7 million and $4.7 million.
Operating leases. We lease office space for administrative and training requirements. These leases expire have varying expiration dates and some of them have renewal options and purchase options. In addition, certain office space leases provide for rent adjustment increases. The accompanying Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss) reflect rent expense on a straight-line basis over the term of the lease.
Rent expense for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 was approximately $0.9 million and $1.1 million. Except for a condominium lease with our Chief Executive Officer, there are no other related party leases.
At December 31, 2018, future remaining minimum lease commitments for all non-cancelable operating leases are as follows (in thousands):
Purchase commitments. From time to time, the Company enters into non-cancelable commitments to purchase professional services, Information Technology licenses and support, and training courses in future periods. There were no purchase commitments made by the Company at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.
Custodial and Counterparty Risk. The Company is subject to custodial and other potential forms of counterparty risk in respect of a variety of contractual and operational matters. In the course of ongoing company-wide risk assessment, management monitors the Company arrangements that involve potential counterparty risk, including the custodial risk associated with amounts prepaid to certain vendors and deposits with credit card and other payment processors. Deposits held by our credit card processors at December 31, 2018 and 2017 were $5.0 million and $2.8 million. These balances are included on the Consolidated Balance Sheets in restricted cash in 2018 and 2017.
While these balances reside in major financial institutions, they are only partially covered by federal deposit insurance and are subject to the financial risk of the parties holding these funds. When appropriate, we utilize Certificate of Deposit Account Registry Service (CDARS) to reduce banking risk for a portion of our cash in the United States. A CDAR consists of numerous individual investments, all below the FDIC limits, thus fully insuring that portion of our cash. At December 31, 2018 and 2017, we did not have a CDAR balance.
Litigation. Elite Legacy Education, Inc. v. Netsuite, Inc., Oracle Corporation and Oracle America, Inc. On August 17, 2018, we submitted a demand for arbitration against Respondents NetSuite, Inc., Oracle Corporation, and Oracle America, Inc. (collectively, “Oracle/NetSuite”) to JAMS in San Francisco, California for declaratory relief, breach of contract, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, conversion, and unjust enrichment to address the deficient performance and subsequent unwarranted and malicious threats to suspend performance altogether from Respondents Oracle/NetSuite arising out of the Company new ERP/CRM system. Respondents have submitted counter claims for breach of contract and declaratory relief. This matter is currently scheduled for hearing on the merits on May 8-10, 2019.
Tranquility Bay of Pine Island, LLC v. Tigrent, Inc., et al. On March 16, 2017, suit was filed in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit In and For Lee County, Florida by Tranquility Bay of Pine Island, LLC (“TBPI”) against Tigrent Inc. and various of its present and former shareholders, officers and directors. By amendment dated August 14, 2018, the Company and its then General Counsel and now Interim Chief Executive Officer were named as defendants to a civil conspiracy count. The suit primarily relates to the alleged obligation of Tigrent to indemnify the Plaintiff pursuant to an October 6, 2010 Forbearance Agreement. The suit contains includes claims for Breach of Contract, Permanent and Temporary Injunction, Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Civil Conspiracy, Tortious Interference and Fraudulent Transfer. On March 18, 2019, the Court dismissed the complaint in its entirety with leave to amend. On April 11, 2019, TBPI filed its Second Amended Complaint in Twentieth Judicial Circuit In and For Lee County, Florida against Tigrent Inc. (“Tigrent”), Legacy Education Alliance Holding, Inc. (“Holdings), and certain shareholders of the Company. The suit includes claims for Breach of Contract Breach of Fiduciary Duty against Tigrent, Civil Conspiracy against Tigrent and Holdings, and various Counts of Fraudulent Transfer against various shareholders of the Company. The Company believes the claims of the plaintiff are without merit and intends to defend this matter vigorously.
Tigrent Group Inc., Rich Dad Education, LLC, and Tigrent Enterprises Inc. v. Cynergy Holding, LLC, Bank of America, N.A., BA Merchant Services, LLC, BMO Harris Bank, N.A. and Moneris Solutions Corporation, was originally filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (No. 13 Civ. 03708) on June 28, 2013, but, due to a challenge to federal jurisdiction, was subsequently recommenced in the Supreme Court of New York, County of Queens (No. 703951/2013), on September 19, 2013.
On November 1, 2017, we announced we would receive an aggregate sum of Five Million Dollars ($5,000,000.00) to settle litigation brought to recover funds withheld from it in connection with the processing of credit card sales from 2007 through 2011. Under the terms of the settlement agreement entered into on October 31, 2017, Legacy has since received $5 million from Cynergy Holdings, LLC, Bank of America, N.A., BA Merchant Services, LLC, BMO Harris Bank, N.A., and Moneris Solutions, Inc. (“Defendants”). As part of the settlement, Legacy has agreed to dismiss the litigation currently pending in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Queens without admission of wrongdoing on the part of any party. After accounting for outstanding legal fees, the net amount Legacy received from the settlement was $4,332,798. For more information on the terms of the settlement, please refer to the Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 1, 2017. A copy of the Form 8-K is available on the Company’s website at (http://ir.legacyeducationalliance.com/all-sec-filings).
We are involved from time to time in routine legal matters incidental to our business, including disputes with students and requests from state regulatory agencies. Based upon available information, we believe that the resolution of such matters will not have a material adverse effect on our consolidated financial position or results of operations.
The entire disclosure for commitments and contingencies.
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