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Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2019
Commitments and Contingencies [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies


Commitments and Contingencies  


Legal Proceedings


The Company is subject to certain claims and lawsuits arising in the normal course of business. The Company assesses its liabilities and contingencies in connection with outstanding legal proceedings utilizing the latest information available. Where it is probable that the Company will incur a loss and the amount of the loss can be reasonably estimated, the Company records a liability in its consolidated financial statements. These legal accruals may be increased or decreased to reflect any relevant developments on a quarterly basis. Where a loss is not probable or the amount of the loss is not estimable, the Company does not record an accrual, consistent with applicable accounting guidance. Based on information currently available to the Company, advice of counsel, and available insurance coverage, the Company believes that its established accruals are adequate and the liabilities arising from the legal proceedings will not have a material adverse effect on its consolidated financial condition. The Company notes, however, that in light of the inherent uncertainty in legal proceedings there can be no assurance that the ultimate resolution of a matter will not exceed established accruals. As a result, the outcome of a particular matter or a combination of matters may be material to the Company’s results of operations for a particular period, depending upon the size of the loss or the Company’s income for that particular period.  


Pizzarotti Litigation  On or about August 10, 2018, Pizzarotti, LLC filed a complaint against the Company and Mahesh Shetty, the Company’s President, and others seeking unspecified damages for an alleged breach of contract by the Company and another entity named Phipps & Co. (“Phipps”). The lawsuit was filed as Pizzarotti, LLC. v. Phipps & Co., et al., Index No. 653996/2018 and commenced in the Supreme Court of the State of New York for the County of New York.


The claims against the Company arise from an Assignment Agreement, dated as of May 30, 2018, between Pizzarotti, Phipps and the Company (the “Assignment Agreement”), pursuant to which the Company intended to provide a letter of credit in exchange for an assignment of the proceeds from certain subcontracted work to be provided by Phipps to Pizzarotti. The Assignment Agreement was ultimately terminated, and the Company returned all payments to Phipps. Notwithstanding the above, Pizzarotti has sued seeking damages for nonperformance of the sub-contracted work and the return of a $500,000 payment from Phipps.


The Company believes that the Assignment Agreement was properly terminated and believes that the claims brought against the Company and Mr. Shetty have no merit. The Company intends to vigorously defend the litigation.


Litigation is subject to many uncertainties, and the outcome of this action is not predicted with assurance. The Company is currently unable to predict the possible loss or range of loss, if any, associated with the resolution of this litigation, and, accordingly, the Company has made no provision related to this matter in the condensed consolidated financial statements.


Vendor Litigation  On January 1, 2019, SG Blocks filed a suit against Teton Buildings, LLC (“Teton”) to recover breach of contract damages of approximately $2,100,000 plus attorneys’ fees related to the HOLA Community Partners construction project in Los Angeles, California (the “HOLA Project”), for which Teton was engaged by the Company to supply modular units in early 2017. The Company’s complaint alleged that Teton failed to comply with specific product requirements with respect to the modular units for the HOLA Project and that Teton’s delay and product quality resulted in damages. The Company’s claims include breach of contract, negligence, and breach of express warranty. The lawsuit was filed as SG Blocks, Inc. v. Teton Buildings, LLC; Case Number 2019-02827 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. 


SG Blocks believes it will prevail on the merits of the case. As with any litigation at this early stage, the cost of litigating and the outcome remain uncertain. 


HOLA Community Partners Matter  There is an ongoing dispute between the Company and HOLA Community Partners, a California non-profit corporation, in connection with the parties’ Construction and Delivery Agreement, dated June 1, 2017, pursuant to which HOLA Community Partners hired the Company for design, engineering, fabrication, and installation services for the construction of the HOLA Project. The Company claims that HOLA Community Partners owes the Company certain amounts due for work performed on the HOLA Project and extra costs incurred due to delays and impacts caused by HOLA Community Partners. HOLA Community Partners disputes the amounts owed, and claims that the Company failed to meet its contractual obligations. The parties are in ongoing settlement discussions. Neither party has commenced litigation as of the date of these condensed consolidated financial statements. 


In addition, the Company is subject to other routine legal proceedings, claims, and litigation in the ordinary course of its business. Defending lawsuits requires significant management attention and financial resources and the outcome of any litigation, including the matters described above, is inherently uncertain. The Company does not, however, currently expect that the costs to resolve these routine matters will have a material adverse effect on its consolidated financial position, results of operations, or cash flows.