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Commitments and Contingencies

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Commitments and Contingencies
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Mar. 31, 2022
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies

Note 4 – Commitments and Contingencies  

 

Litigations, Claims, and Assessments  

 

The Company is involved in various disputes, claims, liens and litigation matters arising out of the normal course of business. While the outcome of these disputes, claims, liens and litigation matters cannot be predicted with certainty, after consulting with legal counsel, management does not believe that the outcome of these matters will have a material adverse effect on the Company’s consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.  

 

 Resignation of Chief Executive Officer 

 

On February 18, 2022, Libing (Claire) Wu resigned as Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel of the Company. In connection with her resignation, the Company entered into a Separation Agreement and Release with Ms. Wu (the “Release”) pursuant to which, among other things, Ms. Wu released the Company from any and all claims she may have against the Company (subject to certain exclusions), and the Company agreed to provide Ms. Wu with certain separation benefits, including $750,000 (gross) in severance pay payable over an 18-month period, accelerated vesting of 200,000 unvested stock options previously granted to Ms. Wu pursuant to an Option Agreement dated effective July 13, 2021, extended the exercise period to exercise such options to July 13, 2031, respectively, and accelerated vesting of 80,000 shares of restricted stock previously granted to Ms. Wu pursuant to an Executive Restricted Stock Agreement dated July 13, 2021. As no future substantive services will be performed by Ms. Wu, the Company immediately recognized stock-based compensation expense of $258,979 related to the modification of these awards. The Release also contains a customary non-disparagement provision.

 

Board of Directors 

 

On February 18, 2022, Jerry Lewin resigned as a Class C Director of the Company. In appreciation of Mr. Lewin’s services to the Company as a director, Chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee, the Company paid to Mr. Lewin $25,000, accelerated vesting of 40,000 unvested stock options previously granted to Mr. Lewin pursuant to an option agreement dated effective May 6, 2021, and extended the exercise period of such options to May 6, 2031. The Company immediately recognized stock-based compensation expense of $32,909 related to the modification of these awards.