Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2018
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies

10. Commitments and Contingencies


The Company leases facilities and certain equipment under agreements classified as operating leases, which expire at various dates through June 2023. Substantially all of the property leases provide for increases based upon use of utilities and landlord’s operating expenses as well as pre-defined rent escalations. Total expense from continuing operations under these agreements for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 was approximately $0.7 million and $0.7 million, respectively.


As of December 31, 2018, contractual obligations with terms exceeding one year and estimated minimum future rental payments required by non-cancelable operating leases with initial or remaining lease terms exceeding one year are as follows:


          Less than     1 to 3     3 to 5     After  
    Total     1 Year     Years     Years     5 Years  
Operating lease obligations   $ 2,814     $ 613     $ 1,322     $ 879     $ -  
Contractual obligation     -       -       -       -       -  
Total   $ 2,814     $ 613     $ 1,322     $ 879     $ -  




Due to the nature of the businesses in which the Company is engaged it is subject to certain risks. Such risks include, among others, risk of liability for personal injury or death to persons using products the Company promotes or commercializes. There can be no assurance that substantial claims or liabilities will not arise in the future due to the nature of the Company’s business activities and recent increases in litigation related to healthcare products.


The Company could also be held liable for errors and omissions of its employees in connection with the services it performs that are outside the scope of any indemnity or insurance policy. The Company could be materially adversely affected if it were required to pay damages or incur defense costs in connection with a claim that is outside the scope of an indemnification agreement; if the indemnity, although applicable, is not performed in accordance with its terms; or if the Company’s liability exceeds the amount of applicable insurance or indemnity.


As of December 31, 2018, the Company’s accrual for litigation and threatened litigation was not material to the consolidated financial statements.


RedPath – DOJ Settlement


In connection with the October 31, 2014 acquisition of RedPath Integrated Pathology, Inc., (“RedPath”), the Company assumed a liability for the settlement agreement entered into by the former owners of RedPath with the Department of Justice (“DOJ”). Under the terms of the settlement agreement, the Company was obligated to make payments to the DOJ for the calendar years ended December 31, 2014 through 2017, up to a maximum of $3.0 million. Payments were due on March 31st following the calendar year in which the revenue milestones were achieved. The Company made payments totaling $0.5 million during the year ended December 31, 2017 related to fiscal 2016 and had accrued $0.5 million for its potential liability for fiscal 2017, the final year of the settlement agreement. During the second quarter of 2018, the Company entered into an agreement with the DOJ to settle in full the outstanding fiscal 2017 liability at approximately $0.15 million and paid this amount as the final settlement payment in July 2018.




During the first quarter ended March 31, 2016 the Company recorded severance obligations as it continued to right-size the organization and wind down its CSO business amounting to $1.1 million, $0.5 million of which was recorded in continuing operations.


The severance liability as of December 31, 2016 was approximately $3.1 million, of which $2.2 million was classified in continuing operations and $0.9 million was in discontinued operations. In January 2017, five former executives agreed to a settlement of their severance obligations agreeing to 35% of the total amount due them. These remaining obligations were paid out in February 2017 in payments totaling approximately $1.0 million. As a result of the settlement, the Company recorded a reversal of expense of approximately $2.0 million in the first quarter of 2017. Within continuing operations, $1.5 million of expense was reversed and was recorded in general and administrative expenses in the Consolidated Statements of Operations and $0.5 million was recorded in discontinued operations. The Company had no severance obligations as of December 31, 2017.