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Commitment and Contingencies

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Commitment and Contingencies
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2022
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitment and Contingencies

Note 9 — Commitment and Contingencies

 

Legal Proceedings

 

Delaware Court of Chancery Complaint

 

On November 2, 2020, a stockholder of the Company, on behalf of himself and other similarly situated stockholders, filed a complaint in the Delaware Court of Chancery alleging broker non-votes were not properly counted in accordance with the Company’s bylaws at the Company’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders on July 24, 2020, and, as a result, asserted certain matters deemed to have been approved were not so approved (including matters relating to the increase in the size of the PAVmed Inc. 2014 Long-Term Incentive Equity Plan and the PAVmed Inc. Employee Stock Purchase Plan). The relief sought under the complaint includes certain corrective actions by the Company, but did not seek any specific monetary damages. The Company did not believe it was clear the prior approval of these matters was invalid or otherwise ineffective. However, to avoid any uncertainty and the expense of further litigation, on January 5, 2021, the Company’s board of directors determined it would be advisable and in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders to re-submit these proposals to the Company’s stockholders for ratification and/or approval. In this regard, the Company held a special meeting of stockholders on March 4, 2021, at which such matters were ratified and approved. The parties have reached agreement on a proposed Settlement Term Sheet Agreement, dated January 28, 2021, to settle the complaint, the terms of which do not contemplate payment of monetary damages to the putative class in the proceeding. In connection with the foregoing, on August 3, 2022, the parties agreed that plaintiff’s counsel would not seek an award from the Court in excess of $450, to be paid by the Company, upon Court approval, as compensation for the benefits conferred by the settlement, and the Company would not object to an award of up to such maximum amount. Such agreement was approved by the Company’s board of directors as of August 5, 2022.The settlement of the complaint and plaintiff’s counsel’s fee award is subject-to the approval of the Court. The settlement hearing before the Court is scheduled for November 3, 2022.

 

Benchmark Investments, Inc. / Benchmark Investments LLC

 

On December 23, 2020, Benchmark Investments, Inc. filed a complaint against the Company in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York alleging the registered direct offerings of shares of common stock of the Company completed in December 2020 were in violation of provisions set forth in an engagement letter between the Company and Kingswood Capital Markets, a “division” of Benchmark Investments, Inc. On December 16, 2021, the court granted PAVmed’s motion to dismiss the case for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. On February 7, 2022, Benchmark Investments LLC, which claimed to be a successor to Benchmark Investments, Inc., filed a new complaint in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County, asserting claims similar to those in the federal action, and adding to its allegations that financings conducted by the Company in January 2021 and February 2021 also violated the Company’s engagement letter with Kingswood Capital Markets. The Company has made a motion to dismiss this complaint for Benchmark Investments LLC’s lack of standing, which motion is pending. In any event, the Company disagrees with the allegations set forth in the complaint and intends to vigorously contest the complaint.

 

Other Matters

 

In the ordinary course of our business, particularly as it begins commercialization of its products, the Company may be subject to certain other legal actions and claims, including product liability, consumer, commercial, tax and governmental matters, which may arise from time to time. Except as otherwise noted herein, the Company does not believe it is currently a party to any other pending legal proceedings. Notwithstanding, legal proceedings are subject-to inherent uncertainties, and an unfavorable outcome could include monetary damages, and excessive verdicts can result from litigation, and as such, could result in a material adverse impact on the Company’s business, financial position, results of operations, and /or cash flows. Additionally, although the Company has specific insurance for certain potential risks, the Company may in the future incur judgments or enter into settlements of claims which may have a material adverse impact on the Company’s business, financial position, results of operations, and /or cash flows.