Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Commitments and Contingencies

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Commitments and Contingencies
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2019
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
14. COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

 

Pending litigation

 

In March 2019, we were served with notification of complaint filed by CureDM Inc. as agent for the members of CureDM Group Holdings, LLC filed with the Supreme Court of the State of New York County of New York regarding breach of contract and other matters relating to their desire to unwind the acquisition of CureDM Group Holdings LLC according to the original Contribution Agreement. We have been working with the representatives from CureDM Inc. to settle this claim and unwind the Contribution Agreement. The complaint was withdrawn by CureDM, Inc. in December 2019.

 

In addition to the above matter, we are also in arbitration with Level Brands, Inc. regarding a License Agreement dated June 21, 2018 (JAMS Ref. No.: 1220061261). The Company filed an Answer to Complaint and Counter-complaint on June 25, 2019. Both parties are claiming non-performance under the License Agreement. The matter was scheduled for arbitration in October 2019. In October 2019, the arbitration was dismissed without prejudice.

 

On October 16, 2019 the Company received a Summons and Complaint filed by Microcap Headlines Inc. against the Company in the Supreme Court of the United States of New York County of Suffolk claiming damages of $18,000 and the costs and disbursements of the action. The Company filed an Answer on November 15, 2019. The Company intends to vigorously defend against the claim.

  

Leases

 

The Company leased office space at 354 Merrimack Street, Lawrence, MA 01843 on a month to month basis. The Company ended the lease on August 31, 2019. No further obligation exists. The Company recognized rent expense of $1,500 and $3,600 for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively.

 

Contingent share liability

 

On February 12, 2018, the Company entered into a Contribution Agreement with the members of CureDM Group Holdings, LLC, a limited liability company, all of which except five are accredited investors ("CureDM Group Members") pursuant to which the CureDM Group Members agreed to contribute 100% of the outstanding securities of CureDM Group in exchange for an aggregate of 47,741,140 shares of common stock of the Company (the "BTHE Contribution Shares") of which 25,000,000 BTHE Contribution Shares were delivered at closing and 22,741,140 BTHE Contribution Shares (the "Milestone BTHE Shares") shall be delivered in four equal tranches of 5,685,285 BTHE Contribution Shares each upon the achievement of specific milestones (the "CureDM Group Contribution"). The closing of the CureDM Group Contribution occurred on February 12, 2018.

 

Under the agreement, BTI was to use its best efforts to secure a binding commitment to close an equity financing with net proceeds of at least $1,000,000 within 180 days after the closing date. The use of the equity financing proceeds would be designated as working capital for at least, but not limited to the synthesis of HIP2B clinical material. In the event the equity financing is not closed by the required date, then, if both BTI and CureDM, Inc. mutually agree, (i) this Acquisition Agreement will then be null and void and have no further force and effect and all other rights and liabilities of the parties will terminate without any liability of any party to any other party and (ii) each party shall have released the other party. Further, if such event occurs, the CureDM Members will return all shares to BTI for cancellation.

 

Subsequent to June 30, 2018, the 180 day time period elapsed and the Company did not raise the required funding.

 

The Company believes the milestones noted above will not be achieved and that the Milestone BTHE Shares will not be issued. Therefore, the Company has not established a contingent liability to recognize the milestone shares obligations.

 

Employment Agreement

 

The Company entered into an Employment Agreement with Carl W. Rausch pursuant to which Mr. Rausch was engaged as the Chief Executive Officer of the Company for a period of three years. Mr. Rausch was initially required to relocate from Hong Kong to the United States. However, due to his continued efforts in Hong Kong, the Company and Mr. Rausch, in March 2017, have amended the employment agreement to remove the provision requiring Mr. Rausch to relocate to the United States. Mr. Rausch received a signing bonus of $60,000 and an annual salary of $224,000, which will be increased to $264,000 upon Mr. Rausch relocating to the United States. Further, upon the Company being listed on a national exchange, Mr. Rausch's salary will be increased by $20,000. The Company granted Mr. Rausch a Stock Option (the "Rausch Option") to acquire an aggregate of 6,000,000 shares of common stock of the Company, exercisable for five (5) years, subject to vesting. The Rausch Option shall be earned and vested in three equal tranches of 2,000,000 upon the Company raising $1,000,000 in financing, the Company raising $5,000,000 in financing and the Company entering into a significant corporate alliance for substantial marketing and selling of the Company's product portfolio. The initial tranche shall be exercisable at $0.20 per share, the second tranche will be $0.40 per share and the third tranche shall be $0.60 per share, which such vesting is subject to Mr. Rausch's continued employment as an executive with the Company as of the vesting date. In addition, as additional consideration for Mr. Rausch's commitment to the Company, the stock options previously granted to Mr. Rausch shall be amended to extend the expiration date to the ten year anniversary of signing date and such options shall be considered fully vested. Mr. Rausch shall be entitled to certain raises and milestones subject to the achievement of certain milestones to be agreed upon. In the event the Employment Agreement is terminated prior to the expiration of the term by the Company without cause or by Mr. Rausch with good reason, the Company shall pay Mr. Rausch an amount equal to Mr. Rausch's accrued but unpaid base salary and earned but unpaid bonus prior to the termination date, reimbursement for any reimbursable business expenses and Mr. Rausch's salary for a period of one year. On December 12, 2019, Mr. Rausch resigned as the Chief Executive Officer and Board Chairman. In January 2020, Mr. Rausch agreed to remain a paid advisor to the Company. Under the agreement, Mr. Rausch's options were not canceled as a result of his voluntary termination

 

On March 1, 2018 the Board of Directors approved a reduction in the exercise price of 6,000,000 stock options issued to the Company's CEO on August 22, 2016. The First tranche of 2,000,000 will be exercisable at $0.10 per share and the second and third tranches of 2,000,000 will be exercisable at $0.15 per share. The remainder of the terms remain unchanged.

 

On February 12, 2018, Loraine Upham was appointed as Chief Operating Officer. The Company and Ms. Upham entered into an Executive Retention Agreement pursuant to which Ms. Upham was engaged as Chief Operating Officer with an annual salary of $200,000. However, Ms. Upham's salary shall accrue until the Company has raised a minimum of $1,250,000. Ms. Upham is eligible for bonuses as determined by the Board of Directors. These include a bonus of $20,000 is to be paid upon the Company successfully raising $1,250,000 through the sale of equity; an annual performance bonus based on milestones related to clinical progress, partnering and fund raising success to be established by the Board of Directors or the Compensation Committee, if in existence on an annual basis. In addition, Ms. Upham received a stock option to purchase 4,000,000 shares of common stock under the Company's Amended and Restated 2011 Stock Incentive Plan, vesting over three (3) years, one third on the first anniversary of the effective date and the balance in equal quarterly installments. The exercise price of the initial tranche of options (1,333,334 shares) shall be $0.06 per share, the second tranche (1,333,333 shares) shall be $0.10 per share and the final tranche (1,333,333 shares) shall be $0.20 per share. The term of the options is five years. Ms. Upham resigned from the Company on November 30, 2018. As a result of her resignation all of her stock options were terminated and returned to the option pool. Her accrued salary and vacation of $188,716 will be paid once the funding is obtained.

  

Consulting Agreement

 

On April 1, 2018, the Company entered into a Corporate Advisory Agreement with a consultant. Services commenced May 1, 2018 for a term of one year with an option to renew for an additional six months. Compensation pursuant to the agreement is as follows: (1) a monthly fee of $6,500 paid in cash, and (2) 3,000,000 shares of restricted common stock of which 1,400,000 shares were deliverable upon execution of the agreement and the remaining 1,600,000 delivered in monthly installments of 400,000 shares as long as the agreement has not been terminated. Included in accrued expenses is the monthly fee totaling $110,500 and the fair value of the shares of common stock totaling $211,600, as the shares have not been issued as of December 31, 2019.