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Commitments and Contingencies

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Commitments and Contingencies
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2021
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies

Note 13— Commitments and Contingencies

 

Employment Agreements

 

On February 2, 2021, the Company entered into an Employment Agreement (the “Agreement”) with Christopher Ferguson (the “Executive”) for the role of Chief Executive Officer. The Agreement is effective as of November 12, 2020 (the “Effective Date”) and has a term of three (3) years (the “Term”) from the Effective Date. Thereafter, the Agreement shall automatically be renewed and the Term shall be extended for additional consecutive terms of 1 year (each a “Renewal Term”), unless such renewal is objected to by either the Company or the Executive. The Executive’s initial annual base salary shall be $200,000, less applicable withholdings (the “Base Salary”) and 120,000 common shares that shall vest in their entirety on issuance. For 2021, the Executive shall receive a cash bonus in the amount equal to 30% of the annual Base Salary, and an award of 200% shares of the Company’s common stock, which shall vest in their entirety on issuance (the “Principal Market”), which shall be received by the Executive no later than the first 30 days of the current fiscal year. The Executive shall be entitled to 150,000 shares of the Company’s common stock, due immediately upon an increase of 2.5 times the Enterprise Value of the Company on a 5-day closing average from the effectiveness of the Agreement. As of March 31, 2021, the Enterprise Value has been achieved.

 

On February 2, 2021, the Company entered into an Employment Agreement (the “Agreement”) with Brett Vroman (the “Executive”) for the role of Chief Financial Officer. The Agreement is effective as of November 12, 2020 (the “Effective Date”) and has a term of three (3) years (the “Term”) from the Effective Date. Thereafter, the Agreement shall automatically be renewed and the Term shall be extended for additional consecutive terms of 1 year (each a “Renewal Term”), unless such renewal is objected to by either the Company or the Executive. The Executive’s initial annual base salary shall be $200,000, less applicable withholdings (the “Base Salary”) and 120,000 common shares that shall vest in their entirety on issuance. For 2021, Executive shall receive a cash bonus in the amount equal to 30% of the annual Base Salary, and an award of 200% shares of the Company’s common stock, which shall vest in their entirety on issuance (the “Principal Market”), which shall be received by the Executive no later than the first 30 days of the current fiscal year. Upon the execution of this agreement, the Executive is entitled to a one-time past performance bonus for the work completed in fiscal years 2018, 2019 and 2020 of 150,000 shares of the Company’s common stock, which shall vest in their entirety on issuance. The Executive shall be entitled to 100,000 shares of the Company’s common stock, due immediately upon an increase of 2.5 times the Enterprise Value of the Company on a 5-day closing average from the effectiveness of the Agreement. As of March 31, 2021, the Enterprise Value has been achieved.

 

On February 2, 2021, the Company entered into an Employment Agreement (the “Agreement”) with Brian Mc Fadden (the “Executive”) for the role of Chief Strategy Officer. The Agreement is effective as of November 12, 2020 (the “Effective Date”) and has a term of three (3) years (the “Term”) from the Effective Date. Thereafter, the Agreement shall automatically be renewed and the Term shall be extended for additional consecutive terms of 1 year (each a “Renewal Term”), unless such renewal is objected to by either the Company or the Executive. The Executive’s initial annual base salary shall be $200,000, less applicable withholdings (the “Base Salary”) and 120,000 common shares that shall vest in their entirety on issuance. For 2021, the Executive shall receive a cash bonus in the amount equal to 30% of the annual Base Salary, and an award of 200% shares of the Company’s common stock, which shall vest in their entirety on issuance (the “Principal Market”), which shall be received by the Executive no later than the first 30 days of the current fiscal year. Upon the execution of the Agreement, the Executive is entitled to a one-time signing bonus of 150,000 shares of the Company’s common stock, which shall vest in their entirety on issuance. The Executive shall be entitled to 100,000 shares of the Company’s common stock, due immediately upon an increase of 2.5 times the Enterprise Value of the Company on a 5-day closing average from the effectiveness of the Agreement. As of March 31, 2021, the Enterprise Value has been achieved.

 

Operating Lease

 

The Company has entered into non-cancellable operating leases for office, warehouse, and distribution facilities, with original lease periods expiring through 2022. In addition to minimum rent, certain of the leases require payment of real estate taxes, insurance, common area maintenance charges, and other executory costs. Differences between rent expense and rent paid are recognized as adjustments to operating lease right-of-use assets on the consolidated balance sheets.

 

Total rent expense for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 was $26,553 and $146,287, respectively. Rent expense is included in general and administrative expense on the consolidated statements of operations.

 

As of March 31, 2021, the Company had operating lease liabilities of $58,713 and right of use assets for operating leases of $128,871. During the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, operating cash outflows relating to operating lease liabilities was $23,723 and $74,776, respectively, and the expense for right of use assets for operating leases was $24,163 and $77,823, respectively. As of March 31, 2021, the Company’s operating leases had a weighted-average remaining term of 1.6 years and weighted-average discount rate of 4.5%. Excluded from the measurement of operating lease liabilities and operating lease right-of-use assets were certain office, warehouse and distribution contracts that qualify for the short-term lease recognition exception.

 

Rental Income

 

Fergco leases a portion of the building located in Washington, New Jersey that it owns under a month to month lease. Total rental income related to the leased space for both the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 was $25,704 and $25,704, respectively, and is included in other income on the consolidated statements of operations.

 

Legal Contingencies

 

The Company is involved in claims and litigation in the ordinary course of business, some of which seek monetary damages, including claims for punitive damages, which are not covered by insurance. For certain pending matters, accruals have not been established because such matters have not progressed sufficiently through discovery, and/or development of important factual information and legal information is insufficient to enable the Company to estimate a range of possible loss, if any. An adverse determination in one or more of these pending matters could have an adverse effect on the Company’s consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

 

We are, and may in the future become, subject to various legal proceedings and claims that arise in or outside the ordinary course of business.

 

Oceanside Traders, LLC v. Cloud b, Inc. and Vinco Ventures, Inc. f/k/a Edison Nation, Inc.

 

On April 14, 2020, Oceanside Traders, LLC filed a complaint against Cloud B, Inc. and Vinco Ventures, Inc. with the Superior Court of Ocean County, State of New Jersey, alleging breach of contract and other claims resulting in total damages in the amount of $440,383, consisting of $141,007 for failure to pay plaintiff for goods sold, for $138,180 for overpayments and $161,196 for lost profits. On November 9, 2020, Plaintiff filed an amended complaint, adding other defendants, alleging breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing, quasi-contract/unjust enrichment, conversion, fraud, negligent misrepresentation, fraudulent transfer, and piercing the corporate veil. On December 4, 2020, Vinco Ventures, Inc. filed its amended answer. On December 28, 2020, the other defendants filed a motion to dismiss on jurisdictional grounds which is currently pending before the court. On February 24, 2021, the Company entered into a Settlement Agreement and General Release of All Claims (the “Settlement Agreement”) with Edison Nation, LLC, Pearl 33 Holdings, LLC and Christopher Ferguson (collectively, the “Settling Defendants”) and Oceanside Traders, LLC (the “Plaintiff”). Under the terms of the Settlement Agreement, the Settling Defendants agreed to pay the Plaintiff the sum of $150,000 within one business day of execution of the Settlement Agreement. In exchange, the Plaintiff agreed to dismiss the Amended Complaint in its entirety and with prejudice against the Settling Defendants. The Company made payment in the amount of $150,000 on February 25, 2021.

 

Rosenberg Fortuna & Laitman, LLP and Mark Principe v. Safe TV, LLC

 

On March 13, 2019, Rosenberg Fortuna & Laitman, LLP and Mark Principe filed a complaint against Safe TV Shop, LLC with the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Nassau alleging a breach of indemnification arising out of the use of a certain packaging material. On February 12, 2020, the parties entered a Stipulation and Settlement and Consent Agreement for a Consent Judgment in the amount of $50,000. Safe TV, LLC has no assets and there have been no operations by Safe TV, LLC since the date of acquisition by Vinco Ventures, Inc. On April 5, 2021, the Company, through Safe TV Shop, LLC, entered into a Settlement Agreement and Release of Claims (the “Settlement”). Under the terms of the Settlement, the Company is to make payment in the amount of $25,000 on or before April 9, 2021. The Company made payment in the amount of $25,000 on April 8, 2021.

 

Gerald Whitt, et al. v. Vinco Ventures, CBAV1, LLC, et al.

 

On October 27, 2020, Gerald Whitt, et al, the minority shareholders of Cloud b Inc. (“Whitt Plaintiffs”) filed a civil complaint in the Superior Court of the State of California against Vinco Ventures, Inc., CBAV1, LLC and other parties, alleging fraudulent concealment, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, breach of confidence, intentional misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation, unfair business practices and civil conspiracy (the “Whitt Complaint”). The Whitt Plaintiffs seek “in excess of $8,000,000” in damages. Defendants’ position is that the Whitt Complaint is frivolous and the filing of same was an abuse of process. Defendants have not been served with the Whitt Complaint.

 

Vinco Ventures, Inc., et al. v. Milam Knecht & Warner, LLP, Michael D. Milam, Gerald Whitt, Alexander Whitt, et al.

 

On December 31, 2020, Vinco Ventures, Inc., and other parties, filed a complaint against the Whitt Plaintiffs, and other parties, with the United States District Court for Eastern District of Pennsylvania, alleging intentional misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation, negligence, conspiracy, unfair business practices, abuse of process, civil extortion, trade libel and defamation. Defendants entered their appearances, Plaintiffs filed an amended complaint and Defendants filed motions to dismiss the complaint, which are currently pending before the Court.