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COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

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COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
6 Months Ended
Oct. 31, 2013
Commitments and Contingencies  
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
NOTE 12 - COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
 
Other payable to Zurich
 
On July 12, 2012, the Company executed the Financing Agreement with Zurich. Under the terms of the Zurich Agreement, Zurich advanced the Company $793,927 for the payment of labor and labor-related benefits to assist in completing the project contract with the Owner of Cooper Project. The Cooper Project is a $16.2 million project completed by the Company’s Trenton Operations. Zurich and its affiliate Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland (F&D), as surety, have issued certain performance and payment bonds on behalf of the Owner in regard to the Company’s work on this project. The Company was to repay Zurich the financial advances by September 2012; however the Company was in default under the Financing Agreement as it had not repaid Zurich the $793,927 and Zurich paid certain of the Company’s vendors pursuant to Zurich’s obligations under its payment bond on the Cooper Project. As a result, a letter of direction was sent to the Owner requesting that all current and future amounts to be paid on the contract be assigned and paid to Zurich directly.
 
In addition, the Company is contingently liable to Zurich and its affiliate F&D under a General Agreement of Indemnity (the Indemnity Agreement). Zurich and F&D, as surety, have issued certain performance and payment bonds on behalf of owners or customers regarding the Company’s work on various projects under the Indemnity Agreement. The Company agrees to indemnify the surety for any payments made by Zurich on contracts of suretyship, guaranty or indemnity.
 
On April 17, 2013, the Company executed the Forbearance Agreement with Zurich, which supersedes the Financing Agreement. As of April 16, 2013, the total Loss Amount due Zurich under the Forbearance Agreement less payments received by Zurich was $2,836,668. Under the Forbearance Agreement, among other things, the parties have agreed to the following payments which will be credited against the Loss Amount owed to Zurich by the Company: (1) the Company shall make monthly payments to Zurich of $25,000 due upon the fifth of each month, up to and including December 5, 2013 (the Interim Liability Payments); (2) Zurich is to receive any and all amounts due under the contracts for which Zurich has issued one or more bonds (the Customer Payments); and (3) the Claim, up to the Loss Amount as it exists at the time. As of October 31, 2013, the net Other Payable for the Loss Amount owed Zurich under the Forbearance Agreement was $1,533,757, which includes the initial Interim Liability Payments of $25,000 per month, and $1,090,604 of additional contract accounts receivable representing future Customer Payments and $22,922 of additional accounts payable assigned to Zurich which were reclassed from consolidated accounts receivable and accounts payable, respectively.
 
Each or any of the following shall constitute an event of default under the Forbearance Agreement: (a) failure by the Company to make any of the Interim Liability Payments; (b) failure by the Company to remit any Customer Payments received; (c) the failure by the Company or the Owner to remit the proceeds of the Claim to Zurich; and (d) any Loss Amount that still exists as of December 31, 2013. If an event of default occurs, Zurich is authorized to confess judgment against the Company, however the entry of any judgment by confession shall not constitute a waiver or release of any of Zurich’s rights under the Indemnity Agreement. The Company is currently in default under the Forbearance Agreement due to the failure to pay the monthly Interim Liability Payment of $25,000 for the month of December 2013.  In addition, the Company does not have the ability to discharge the Loss Amount of $1,533,757 due December 31, 2013 under the Forbearance Agreement.  The Company is currently in discussions with Zurich for the settlement of the Loss Amount due under the Forbearance Agreement.  There can be no assurance that the Company will be successful in settling with Zurich the Loss Amount due.
 
The Company submitted the Claim to the Owner of $2,421,425 and is currently in negotiations with the Owner to settle the Claim. The next step in the resolution process as set forth in the contract with the Owner is mandatory non-binding mediation through the American Arbitration Association (the AAA). On April 15, 2013, the Company filed a Request for Mediation (the Mediation) with the AAA with regard to the Claim. The Company is awaiting a response from the Owner and, as such, no date has been established for the Mediation. If it is successful in the settlement of this Claim, the Company expects to use the proceeds from the Claim to repay Zurich the Loss Amount as it exists at the time. There can be no assurance that the Company will be successful in settling with the Owner for all or a portion of the submitted claim.