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Commitments & Contingencies

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Commitments & Contingencies
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2016
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments & Contingencies

Note 10 – Commitments & Contingencies

 

Legal proceeding

 

John Blaha v. Rightscorp, Inc , C.D. Cal. (Original Complaint Filed November 21, 2014; First Amended Complaint Filed March 9, 2015).

 

Nature of Matter: This matter seeks relief for alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (47 U.S.C. § 227). The action is brought on behalf of the individual named plaintiff as well as on behalf of a putative nationwide classes.

 

Progress of Matter to Date: This matter was previously captioned with Karen J. Reif and Isaac Nesmith as lead plaintiffs. On March 9, 2015, plaintiff filed a First Amended Complaint replacing the lead plaintiffs, dropping their second and third causes of action for Violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. § 1692, et seq.) and Violations of the Rosenthal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (Cal. Civ. Code § 1788 et seq.) (and dropping associated putative class claims), and naming BMG Rights Management (US) LLC and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. as additional defendants.

 

The First Amended Complaint also contained a cause of action for Abuse of Process. In response to the Abuse of Process claim, defendants brought a special motion to strike the claim under California’s anti-SLAPP statute. Defendants’ anti-SLAPP motion was granted on May 8, 2015. Pursuant to the Court’s May 8, 2015 Order, the Abuse of Process claim (and associated putative class claim) was stricken from the case and plaintiff was ordered to pay defendants’ attorney’s fees incurred in bringing the anti-SLAPP motion.

 

Following the dismissal of Plaintiff’s Abuse of Process claim, the parties agreed to mediate the dispute and reached a settlement in principal. On June 24, 2016, the Court issued an order granting plaintiff’s motion for preliminary approval of class action settlement. On August 1, 2016, notice was sent to the class. A hearing regarding final approval of the settlement was held November 14, 2016 and the settlement was approved. The Company has recorded a reserve for the estimated settlement of $200,000 related to this, which is net of expected insurance proceeds of $250,000.

 

WINDSTREAM SERVICES, LLC Plaintiff V. BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT (US) LLC, et al. Defendant, S.D. NY. (Original Complaint Filed June 27, 2016).

 

Nature of Matter: This matter is a Civil action seeking declaratory relief under 17 U.S.C. §§ 101, et seq. and 28 U.S.C. §§ 2201, et seq. Rightscorp was named as an additional Defendant in this matter. Plaintiff is seeking declaratory relief that it is not liable for the copyright infringements of its customers.

 

Progress of Matter to Date: Company waived service of process on July 6, 2016. A pre-trial conference has yet to be scheduled. The Company believes the case is without merit. This matter has been settled.