L. COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
|9 Months Ended|
Sep. 30, 2014
|Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]|
|NOTE L - COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES||
Office Lease Obligations
In October 2013, the Company entered into a lease agreement for 6,362 square feet of commercial office space in Waukesha, Wisconsin for its corporate headquarters. The Waukesha lease expires in April 2021.
The Company presently leases approximately 14,000 square feet of office space in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for its operations facility. The Milwaukee lease expires in March 2020.
The Company presently leases 16,416 square feet of commercial office space in Germantown, Maryland. The lease commitments expire in December 2015. On July 15, 2011, Telkonet executed a sublease agreement for 11,626 square feet of the office space in Germantown, Maryland. The subtenant received one month rent abatement and had the option to extend the sublease from January 31, 2013 to December 31, 2015. On June 27, 2012 the subtenant exercised the option to extend the expiration of the term of the sublease from January 31, 2013 to December 31, 2015.
Commitments for minimum rentals under non-cancelable leases at September 30, 2014 are as follows:
Expected rent payments to be received under the sublease agreement at September 30, 2014 are as follows:
Rental expenses charged to operations for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014 and 2013 were $165,986 and $129,320, and $476,137 and $403,100, respectively. Rental income received for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014 and 2013 was $34,140 and $33,145, and $101,367 and $97,809, respectively.
The Company is subject to legal proceedings and claims which arise in the ordinary course of its business. Although occasional adverse decisions or settlements may occur, the Company believes that the final disposition of such matters should not have a material adverse effect on its financial position, results of operations or liquidity.
Linksmart Wireless Technology, LLC v. T-Mobile USA, Inc.
On July 1, 2008, Linksmart Wireless Technology, LLC, or Linksmart, filed a civil lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas against EthoStream, LLC, our wholly-owned subsidiary and 22 other defendants (Linksmart Wireless Technology, LLC v. T-Mobile USA, Inc., et al, U.S. District Court, for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division, No. 2:08-cv-00264). This lawsuit alleged that the defendants services infringe a wireless network security patent held by Linksmart.
Defendant Ramada Worldwide, Inc. provided us with notice of the suit and demanded that we defend and indemnify it pursuant to a vendor direct supplier agreement between EthoStream and WWC Supplier Services, Inc., a Ramada affiliate. After a review of that agreement, it was determined that EthoStream owes the duty to defend and indemnify with respect to services provided by Telkonet to Ramada and it has assumed Ramadas defense.
On October 1, 2013, the Company entered into a settlement agreement with Linksmart. The Company agreed to pay $115,000, payable in twelve installments of $9,583 due on the first of each month beginning October 1, 2013. The balance was paid in full at September 30, 2014.
Eric Sprangers v. Telkonet, Inc. and Ethostream, LLC
On or about April 23, 2014, Eric Sprangers filed a complaint against Telkonet, Inc. and Ethostream, LLC (the Companies) in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. The Complaint, filed by Sprangers on behalf of himself and a putative class of allegedly similarly situated employees of the Companies, claims that the Companies failed to pay him and the putative class members overtime compensation in violation of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Among other things, the complaint seeks payment to the putative class members of back overtime, liquidated damages and penalties as provided in the FLSA, and an award of costs and attorneys fees. On or about May 22, 2014, the Companies filed an answer to the complaint in which the Companies deny that they failed to pay overtime compensation in violation of the FLSA. On July 25, 2014, Sprangers accepted a Rule 68 offer of judgment that was made by the Companies on July 11, 2014 in the amount of $10,000, plus an additional amount for attorneys fees, costs and expenses to be determined by the Court. On September 12, 2014, the Court ordered judgment consistent with the accepted offer of judgment. The additional attorney fees were $9,939. Per the judgment, the offer and attorney fees were to be paid in two installments, September 23, 2014 and October 23, 2014. The Company paid the amounts owed by September 23, 2014 and the remaining balances were recorded in accounts payable on the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheet.
During 2012, the Company engaged a sales tax consultant to assist in determining the extent of its potential sales tax exposure. Based upon this analysis, management determined the Company had probable exposure for certain unpaid obligations, including interest and penalty, of approximately $1,100,000 including and prior to the year ended December 31, 2011. The Company has approximately $450,000 and $1,100,000 accrued for this exposure as of September 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively.
The Company continues to manage the liability by establishing voluntary disclosure agreements (VDAs) with the applicable states, which establishes a maximum look-back period and payment arrangements. However, if the aforementioned methods prove unsuccessful and the Company is examined or challenged by taxing authorities, there exists possible exposure of an additional $320,000, not including any applicable interest and penalties.
Prior to 2014, the Company successfully executed and paid in full VDAs in nineteen states totaling approximately $286,000 and is current with the subsequent filing requirements.
During the nine months ended September 30, 2014, the Company successfully executed and paid in full VDAs in nine states totaling approximately $129,000 and is current with the subsequent filing requirements. In addition, the Company executed VDAs with three other states and has established payment plans with these states.
The following table sets forth the change in the sales tax accrual as of September 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013:
The entire disclosure for commitments and contingencies.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/presentationRef