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Commitments and Contingencies

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Commitments and Contingencies
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2019
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies

NOTE 9 - COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

 

Litigation

 

Certain conditions may exist as of the date the consolidated financial statements are issued which may result in a loss to the Company, but which will only be resolved when one or more future events occur or fail to occur. The Company assesses such contingent liabilities, and such assessment inherently involves an exercise of judgment. In assessing loss contingencies related to legal proceedings that are pending against the Company, or unasserted claims that may result in such proceedings, the Company evaluates the perceived merits of any legal proceedings or unasserted claims, as well as the perceived merits of the amount of relief sought or expected to be sought therein.

 

If the assessment of a contingency indicates that it is probable that a material loss has been incurred and the amount of the liability can be estimated, then the estimated liability would be accrued in the Company’s consolidated financial statements. If the assessment indicates that a potentially material loss contingency is not probable, but is reasonably possible, or is probable but cannot be estimated, then the nature of the contingent liability and an estimate of the range of possible losses, if determinable and material, would be disclosed.

 

Loss contingencies considered remote are generally not disclosed, unless they involve guarantees, in which case the guarantees would be disclosed. There can be no assurance that such matters will not materially and adversely affect the Company’s business, financial position, and results of operations or cash flows.

 

It is possible that we may be subject to litigation or claims for indemnification in connection with the sale of our common stock in inadvertent unregistered transactions that occurred in 2018. The SEC may determine to investigate the unregistered transactions in our common stock, which could subject us to potential enforcement actions by the SEC under Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) and may result in injunctive relief or the imposition of fines. In addition, it is possible that we had other unregistered offers or sales of our common stock, other than the aforementioned inadvertent unregistered transactions that occurred in 2018, and we may be subject to litigation or claims for indemnification in connection with any such offers or sales. If any such claims were to succeed, we might not have sufficient funds to pay the resulting damages. There can be no assurance that the insurance coverage we maintain would cover any such expenses or be sufficient to cover any claims against us. In addition to the monetary value of any claim, any litigation, regulatory action or governmental proceeding to which we are a party could adversely affect us by harming our reputation, diverting the time and attention of management, and causing the Company to incur significant litigation expenses, which would all materially and adversely affect our business.

 

In addition, we may be a party to litigation matters involving our business, which operates within a highly regulated industry. On September 4, 2018, we received notice that a law firm representing the estate of an individual who sustained life-ending injuries while working for an end user of our products had made a claim to our insurance carrier. The matter is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. The Company is still investigating the cause of the accident and there have been no conclusive findings as of this time. It is unknown whether the final cause of the accident will be determined and whether those findings will negatively impact Company operations or sales. The Company continues to be fully operational and transparent with all regulatory agencies.

 

In addition, on April 15, 2019, we received notice that a class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of our shareholders who purchased shares of the Company, f/k/a MagneGas Applied Technology Solutions, Inc. from January 28, 2019 through February 12, 2019, inclusive. The lawsuit seeks to recover damages for the Company’s investors under the federal securities laws. The litigation is in the early stages and it is unknown whether it will have a financial impact on the Company.

 

On June 25, 2019, a shareholder derivative complaint was filed against certain of the Company’s directors and officers in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. The case is captioned Falcone v. Dingess, et al., No. CV-19-04547-PHX-DJH (D. Ariz.). The complaint alleges, among other things, that the defendants violated federal securities laws, including Section 10(b) of the Exchange Act and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder, by making alleged false and/or misleading statements and failing to disclose certain information regarding the Company’s business with the City of San Diego. The factual allegations upon which these claims are based are similar to the factual allegations made in the class action lawsuit filed against the Company on April 15, 2019. The Company has not accrued for any liability related to this lawsuit at this time.

 

As of June 30, 2019, the Company has not accrued for any litigation contingency.