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Commitments, Contingencies and Legal Proceedings
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2012
Commitments, Contingencies and Legal Proceedings
9. Commitments, Contingencies and Legal Proceedings

Separation Agreement

In February 2009, the Company entered into a Separation Agreement in connection with the resignation of David Platt, Ph.D., the Company’s former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors. The Separation Agreement provides for the deferral of a $1.0 million separation payment due to Dr. Platt upon the earlier occurrence of any of the following milestone events: (i) the approval by the Food and Drug Administration for a new drug application (“NDA”) for any drug candidate or drug delivery candidate based on the Company’s GM-CT-01 technology (whether or not such technology is patented), in which case Dr. Platt is also entitled to a fully vested 10-year cashless-exercise stock option to purchase at least 83,334 shares of common stock at an exercise price not less than the fair market value of the common stock determined as of the date of grant; (ii) consummation of a transaction with a pharmaceutical company expected to result in at least $10.0 million of equity investment or $50 million of royalty revenue to the Company, in which case Dr. Platt is also entitled to stock options on the same terms to purchase at least 50,000 shares of common stock; or (iii) the renewed listing of the Company’s securities on a national securities exchange and the

achievement of a market capitalization of $100 million. Payment upon the events (i) and (iii) may be deferred up to six months, and if the Company has insufficient cash at the time of any of such events, it may issue Dr. Platt a secured promissory note for such amount. If the Company files a voluntary or involuntary petition for bankruptcy, whether or not a milestone event has occurred, such event shall trigger the obligation to pay the $1.0 million with the result that Dr. Platt may assert a claim for such obligation against the bankruptcy estate. During 2011, when it became probable that the Company could be relisted on a national securities exchange and eventually reach a market capitalization of $100 million, the Company recognized the $1.0 million severance payment due to Dr. Platt and it is included in accrued expenses at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011.

On May 2, 2012, Dr. Platt instituted arbitration before the American Arbitration Association, seeking a $1.0 million separation payment based on a claim that a milestone event in the Separation Agreement has occurred (see clause (iii) above). On March 22, 2012, the Company’s common stock was listed on the NASDAQ Capital Markets, but since that date, the stock has not achieved the required market capitalization. Therefore, it is the Company’s position that a milestone event has not yet occurred. The arbitration hearing was held on October 16—17, 2012 and on November 1, 2012, the arbitrator denied Dr. Platt’s demand in all respects. Insofar as the Company does not dispute its obligations under the Separation Agreement to pay Dr. Platt upon the occurrence of a milestone event, it has recorded the payment as an accrued expense payable if and when the milestone event occurs.

On October 12, 2012, Dr. Platt commenced a lawsuit under the Massachusetts Wage Act against Dr. Traber and Mr. McGauley who in their capacities as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer respectively can be held individually liable under the Wage Act for non-payment of wages. The lawsuit is based on the facts and issues raised in the arbitration regarding the payment of the $1.0 million separation payment under the Separation Agreement, and other unspecified “wages”. The statute provides that a successful claimant may be entitled to multiple damages, interest and attorneys fees. Although the Company is not a party to the lawsuit, it plans to indemnify Dr. Traber and Mr. McGauley consistent with its obligations under the by-laws and applicable law, believes the lawsuit is without merit, and intends a vigorous defense on their behalf.

Series C Post Conversion Dividend Rights

In July 2011, 5 shares of the Company’s Series C Super Dividend Convertible Preferred Stock (“Series C”) were converted into 8,334 shares of common stock which also resulted in the issuance of 5 Series C post-conversion dividend rights (“Dividend Rights”). Under the terms of the Series C, the Dividend Rights entitle the holder only to dividend payments based on actual sales of GM-CT-01 but not, following a conversion to common stock, the 6% dividend payable on outstanding shares of Series C. At September 30, 2012, the outstanding Dividend Rights were determined to have a de minimis value, because payment of a dividend for the Dividend Rights is considered improbable at this time and the Company has not recorded a liability related to the Dividend Rights. The Company will continue to evaluate and assess the Dividend Rights for each reporting period.

Other Legal Proceedings

The Company records accruals for such contingencies to the extent that the Company concludes that their occurrence is probable and the related damages are estimable, except as noted above. There has been no change in the matters reported in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.