Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Commitments And Contingencies

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

NOTE 7 – COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

 

Rent

 

The Company leases approximately 5,169 square feet at 4643 South Ulster Street, Denver, Colorado pursuant to an amended lease dated May 21, 2015 and expiring on December 31, 2020. Under the lease, the Company pays annual base rent on an escalating scale ranging from $143,000 to $152,000.

 

Beginning September 1, 2016, we began leasing office space in Berlin, Germany on a month to month basis at a cost of EUR 250 ($271) plus 19% tax per person up to a maximum of 10 people. On June 29, 2017, we signed a new lease for the Berlin office space for EUR 3,570 ($4,190) per month beginning July 2017 through March 31, 2018. The Berlin office was used by leased employees hired by the Company for the marketing and user acquisition for the Pocket Starships game.

 

Beginning October 17, 2016, we began leasing shared office for one employee in Redmond, Washington on a month to month basis at a cost of $225 per month per desk, increasing to $275 per month starting in December 2016 and $325 per month July 2018 through February 2019.

 

The minimum future lease payments under these leases for the next five years are:

 

Year Ended December 31,   Amount
  2019     $ 150,000  
  2020       152,000  
  2021       —    
  2022       —    
  2023       —    
  Thereafter       —    
  Total Five Year Minimum Lease Payments     $ 302,000  

 

Rent expense for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 was $163,000 and $186,000, respectively. In addition to the minimum basic rent, rent expense also includes approximately $200 per month for other items charged by the landlord in connection with rent.

 

Legal Proceedings

 

We are involved in certain legal proceedings that arise from time to time in the ordinary course of our business. Except for income tax contingencies, we record accruals for contingencies to the extent that our management concludes that the occurrence is probable and that the related amounts of loss can be reasonably estimated. Legal expenses associated with the contingency are expensed as incurred. Material settled and pending legal proceedings are as follows:

 

Settlements

 

On October 14, 2015, the Company was named as a defendant in a case filed in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware case: Zakeni Limited v. SPYR, Inc., f/k/a Eat at Joe’s., Ltd. The suit relates to the Company’s issuance of two convertible debentures in the aggregate principal amount of $1,500,000 in 1998. On July 12, 2018, the court approved a Joint Motion for Order Approving Settlement Agreement. Pursuant to the settlement, the Company will issue 3,500,000 common shares valued at $1,050,000, warrants to purchase 1,000,000 common shares at $0.25 per share valued at $276,000, warrants to purchase 1,500,000 common shares at $0.50 per share valued at $398,000, and warrants to purchase 1,000,000 common shares at $0.75 per share valued at $259,000. The total value of the settlement, $1,983,000 was computed using the Black-Scholes Option Pricing Model and was recorded as litigation settlement liability on the accompanying consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2017 and recognized on the settlement date as a reduction to the litigation settlement liability. There is no further litigation settlement liability on the accompanying consolidated balance sheets as of December 31, 2018.

 

Pending

 

On June 18, 2018 the Company was named as a defendant in a case filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York: Securities and Exchange Commission vs. Joseph A. Fiore, Berkshire Capital Management Co., Inc., and Eat at Joe’s, Ltd. n/k/a SPYR, Inc. Joseph A. Fiore was the Chairman of our Board of Directors and is a significant shareholder. Mr. Fiore resigned from his positions as Chairman of the Board and as a Director of the Company effective August 1, 2018. The suit alleges that Mr. Fiore, during 2013 and 2014, while he was the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors, engaged in improper conduct on behalf of the defendants named in the case related to the Company’s sales of securities in Plandai Biotechnology, Inc. The Commission alleges that Mr. Fiore and the Company unlawfully benefited through the sales of those securities. The Commission also alleges that from 2013 to 2014, the Company’s primary business was investing and that it failed to register as an investment company, resulting in an alleged violation of Section 7(a) of the Investment Company Act of 1940. The suit seeks to disgorge Joseph A. Fiore, Berkshire Capital Management Co., Inc., and the Company of alleged profits on the sale of the securities and civil fines related to the Company’s failure to register as an investment company with the Commission.

  

The Company vehemently denies any wrongdoing. The allegations demonstrate a fundamental misunderstanding of existing precedent and a mischaracterization of the facts and transactions at issue, which were not violative of any securities laws, rules or regulations. Based upon available information at this very early stage of litigation, management believes that the Company will obtain a favorable ruling. Accordingly, Management believes the likelihood of material loss resulting from this lawsuit to be remote.

 

On November 2, 2018, counsel for Defendants filed a joint motion to dismiss the SEC’s suit in its entirety, primarily on the basis that the SEC’s complaint fails to allege facts sufficient to state viable causes of action. All three defendants assert that the SEC has failed to satisfy its heightened pleadings requirement for stating viable claims for market manipulation. All three Defendants also sought dismissal based upon the expiration of the applicable statute of limitations and based upon the SEC’s alleged failure to file suit within the statutory deadline for doing so as codified under the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010. This failure, Defendants argue, deprives the SEC of jurisdiction to pursue its claims against all Defendants. In addition to the foregoing, the Company further moved for dismissal of the alleged Section 7(a) Investment Company Act violation based upon the SEC’s failure to establish that the Company fit the statutory definition of an Investment Company, as that term is defined under the Investment Company Act; i.e., the Company met one of the statutory exceptions to what is and is not an Investment Company for purposes of having to register as such under the Act. The Company does not expect a decision on its motion to dismiss for at least two to four months.

 

The Company is being represented by Alex Spiro, Esq., a partner with the firm of Quinn Emmanuel, Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP and Marc S. Gottlieb, Esq., a partner with the firm of Ortoli Rosenstadt LLP.

 

Employment Agreements

 

Pursuant to employment agreements entered in December 2014 and October 2015, the Company agreed to compensate three officers with a base salary in the aggregate of $450,000 per year through 2020. In addition, as part of the employment agreements, the Company also agreed to grant these officers an aggregate of 1.55 million shares of common stock at the beginning of each employment year.