Commitments & Contingencies
|9 Months Ended|
Sep. 30, 2018
|Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]|
|Commitments & Contingencies||
The Company has short term leases for office space in New York City that expires on November 30, 2018.
For the three months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, rent expense for the Company’s facilities was $48,000 and $15,000, respectively. For the nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, rent expense for the Company’s facilities was $122,000 and $33,000, respectively.
The Company’s DropCar Operating segment is subject to various legal proceedings and claims, either asserted or unasserted, which arise in the ordinary course of business that it believes are incidental to the operation of its business. While the outcome of these claims cannot be predicted with certainty, management does not believe that the outcome of any of these legal matters will have a material adverse effect on its results of operations, financial positions or cash flows.
In February 2018, DropCar was served an Amended Summons and Complaint in the Supreme Court of the City of New York, Bronx county originally served solely on an individual, a former DropCar customer, for injuries sustained by plaintiffs alleging such injuries were caused by either the customer, a DropCar valet operating the customer’s vehicle or an unknown driver operating customer’s vehicle. DropCar to date has cooperated with the NYC Police Department and no charges have been brought against any employee of DropCar. DropCar has referred the matter to its insurance carrier.
On February 9, 2016, a DropCar employee was transporting a customer’s vehicle when the vehicle caught fire. On November 22, 2016, an insurance company (as subrogee of the vehicle’s owner) filed for indemnification and subrogation against the Company in the Supreme Court of the State of New York County of New York. Management believes that it is not responsible for the damage caused by the vehicle fire and that the fire was not due to any negligence on the part of the DropCar and that the resolution will not have a material outcome.
As of December 31, 2017, the Company had accrued approximately $96,000 for the potential settlement of multiple employment disputes. During the nine months ended September 30, 2018, approximately $44,000 of this amount was settled upon payment. An additional $117,000 was expensed and accrued for potential settlements during the nine months ended September 30, 2018. As of September 30, 2018, approximately $169,000 remains accrued for the potential settlement of employment disputes. As of September 30, 2018, the Company has entered into multiple settlement agreements with former employees for which it has agreed to make monthly settlement payments which will extend through the year ended December 31, 2019.
On March 23, 2018, DropCar was made aware of an audit being conducted by the New York State Department of Labor (“DOL”) regarding a claim filed by an employee. The DOL is investigating whether DropCar properly paid overtime for which DropCar has raised several defenses. In addition, the DOL is conducting its audit to determine whether the Company owes spread of hours pay (an hour’s pay for each day an employee worked or was scheduled for a period over ten hours in a day). If the DOL determines that monies are owed, the DOL will seek a backpay order, which management believes will not, either individually or in the aggregate, have a material adverse effect on DropCar’s business, consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows. As of September 30, 2018, the Company has accrued approximately $60,000 in relation to this matter.
The entire disclosure for commitments and contingencies.
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