|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2017
|Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]|
NOTE 20 – LITIGATION
In March 2016, a complaint was filed by a lessor of property leased by REGS, a subsidiary of the Company. The month-to-month lease expired February 29, 2016, when REGS vacated the property. The landlord made certain claims including property damage, and loss of rents, attorney fees and other costs totaling approximately $97,000. REGS engaged defense counsel and zealously opposed the claims. In December 2016, the Company and the lessor reached a settlement of $65,000. At December 31, 2016 $39,000 was outstanding and subsequently paid in 2017 per the terms of the settlement agreement. The case was dismissed with prejudiced and the matter is closed.
In January 2016, an employee of SEM was involved in a vehicle accident while on Company business. Various actions were filed by the claimants in both state and federal courts. In August 2016, an involuntary proceeding was commenced by one of the claimants against SEM under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy code. In September 2016, the case was converted to a Chapter 11 under the Bankruptcy code. During the pendency of all actions, SEM continued to manage its affairs and operate normally. In the fourth quarter of 2016, the parties reached a settlement concerning the distribution of insurance proceeds and all issues of liability. On March 27, 2017 the Bankruptcy Courts confirmed the dismissal of the SEM Chapter 11 case. As part of the bankruptcy proceedings, the Company reached a settlement with claimants and recorded an accrued litigation expense of $212,500 at December 31, 2016. It was agreed among the parties that all pending state and/or federal claims will be dismissed with prejudice. The accrued litigation outstanding at December 31, 2017 was $133,333.
The entire disclosure for legal proceedings, legal contingencies, litigation, regulatory and environmental matters and other contingencies.
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