Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Litigation

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Litigation
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2016
Litigation [Abstract]  
Litigation
14. Litigation
 
Bankruptcy Proceeding

The Company filed for protection under Chapter 11 of Title 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code on December 29, 2015.  See Note 2 for additional information related to the bankruptcy.

Securities Class Action Litigation

On December 18, 2015, a putative class action lawsuit (captioned Li v. KaloBios Pharmaceuticals, Inc. et al., 5:15-cv-05841-EJD) was filed against the Company in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (the “Class Action Court”), alleging violations of the federal securities laws by the Company, Herb Cross and Martin Shkreli, the Company’s former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  On December 23, 2015, a putative class action lawsuit was filed against the Company in the Class Action Court (captioned Sciabacucchi v. KaloBios Pharmaceuticals, Inc. et al., 3:15-cv-05992-CRB), similarly alleging violations of the federal securities laws by the Company and  Mr. Shkreli.  On December 31, 2015, a putative class action lawsuit was filed against the Company in the Class Action Court (captioned Isensee v. KaloBios Pharmaceuticals, Inc. et al., Case No. 15-cv-06331-EJD) also alleging violation of the federal securities laws by the Company, a former officer and Mr. Shkreli.  On April 18, 2016, and amended complaint was filed in the Isensee suit, adding Herb Cross and Ronald Martell as defendants. On April 28, 2016, the Class Action Court consolidated these cases (the “Securities Class Action Litigation”) and appointed certain plaintiffs as the lead plaintiffs.  The lead plaintiffs in the Securities Class Action Litigation were seeking damages of $20.0 million on behalf of all the affected members of the class represented in the Securities Class Action Litigation, (the “Securities Class Action Members”).

On June 15, 2016, a settlement stipulation (the “Securities Class Action Settlement”), was approved by the Bankruptcy Court. Subject to the approval of the Class Action Court, the Securities Class Action Settlement required the Company to issue 300,000 shares of common stock and submit a payment of $250,000 to the Securities Class Action Members and advance insurance proceeds of $1.25 million to the Securities Class Action Members (collectively, the consideration is the “Securities Class Action Settlement Consideration”).  On January 20, 2017, the Class Action Court preliminarily approved the Securities Class Action Settlement and set a final settlement approval hearing for May 11, 2017. Subject to the final approval of the Securities Class Action Settlement, any Securities Class Action Member is entitled to share in the Securities Class Action Settlement Consideration.  The Securities Class Action Settlement provides for releases and related injunctions to be granted for the benefit of, among others, the Company, Ronald Martell, Herb Cross and all of the Company’s past, present and future directors, officers and employees, excluding Mr. Shkreli. Alternatively, Securities Class Action Members may exclude themselves from the Securities Class Action Settlement and are thereby not bound by the terms of the Securities Class Action Settlement nor entitled to receive any amount of the Securities Class Acton Settlement Consideration.  Such Securities Class Action Members, to the extent they properly exclude themselves from the Securities Class Action Settlement and have timely and properly filed a proof of claim in the bankruptcy case, may have certain rights under the Plan with respect to such claims. Pursuant to the Plan and Confirmation Order, such claims are subordinated to the level of the Company’s common stock that was issued and outstanding when the Company’s bankruptcy case was filed. Such claims are also subject to the Company’s objection.

The Company’s agreement to the Securities Class Action Settlement was not in any way an admission of the Company’s wrongdoing or liability. As of December 31, 2016, the 300,000 shares have been issued and the $250,000 payment has been made.
 
PIPE Litigation

On January 7, 2016, certain investors (the “PIPE Claimants”), commenced an adversary proceeding (captioned Gregory Rea, et al. v. KaloBios Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Adv. Pro. No. 16-50001 (LSS)) in the Bankruptcy Court against the Company alleging implied trust theories, breach of contract, fraud and violations of the federal securities laws in connection with the PIPE Claimants’ purchase of the Company’s common stock in the Private Placement (the “PIPE Litigation”).  The PIPE Claimants also raised certain other objections to the Company’s bankruptcy proceeding.  The PIPE Claimants sought an aggregate total of approximately $6.9 million in damages.

On May 9, 2016, the Bankruptcy Court entered an order approving a settlement stipulation between the Company and the PIPE Claimants (the “Settlement Stipulation”).  Under the Settlement Stipulation, in connection with the effectiveness of the Plan, and per the terms of the Settlement Stipulation, the Company became obligated to issue 327,608 shares to the PIPE Claimants and make a payment of $250,000 to the PIPE Claimants for the purpose of satisfying expenses related to the PIPE Litigation. As of December 31, 2016, the 327,608 shares have been issued and the $250,000 payment has been made.

Claim by Marek Biestek

Marek Biestek was a director of the Company who, while not a plaintiff in the above described PIPE Litigation, filed a proof of claim alleging damages from the PIPE transaction and filed an objection to the confirmation of the Plan.  To resolve his objection to the Plan and his proof of claim, the Company settled with him individually by issuing him 3,750 additional shares of common stock. Mr. Biestek, as a former director of the Company, was excluded from the Securities Class Action Members and therefore received nothing from the Securities Class Action Litigation.

As of December 31, 2015, the Company recorded an obligation in stockholders’ equity to issue the shares related to the above claims totaling approximately $2.8 million and recorded the cash liability of $500,000 in Liabilities subject to compromise in the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheet. As of December 31, 2016, all of the above claims have been satisfied and shares issued.