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Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2020
Commitments and Contingencies  
Note 5. Commitments and Contingencies



Operating Leases


The Company leases office space for a 12-month term with a monthly payment of approximately $15,000 per month for office rent. The term of the lease was renewed on January 1, 2020 and extends through December 31, 2020.


The future minimum lease payments required under the non-cancellable operating leases at June 30, 2020 total approximately $90,000.






A former Chief Financial Officer of the Company filed a complaint against the Company with the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) on March 9, 2015. This complaint was dismissed by OSHA in January 2018 without any findings against the Company. On March 14, 2018 an appeal was filed. The Company has and will continue to vigorously defend this appeal and believes that this appeal hearing will not result in any findings against the Company. On September 6, 2019, the Company filed a motion for summary decision seeking a decision in its favor as a matter of law. There has been no decision on this motion as of the date of these condensed consolidated financial statements. As of June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, legal fees of approximately $6,000 were owed and are expected to be paid in full by the Company’s insurance carriers.


Filing of Arbitration - Framatome


On November 18, 2019, the Company delivered a notice of termination of the RDSA to Framatome, thereby terminating the RDSA, based on the Company’s assertion that Framatome materially breached certain material terms of the RDSA, relating to its invoicing obligations, as well as a failure of the escalation process under the RDSA to agree to a budget commitment for 2019-2020. Framatome has contested the Company’s right to terminate the RDSA, raised questions as to the Company’s rights relating to their co-owned intellectual property and the Company’s right to conduct certain research and development activities, and reserved its right to seek compensation from the Company. On this basis and based on the Company’s assertion that the conduct of Framatome prevented Enfission from functioning and progressing towards its goals, on February 7, 2020, the Company has filed a request for arbitration (the “Arbitration Request”) in the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce against Framatome. The Company has undertaken this action in order to obtain, inter alia, a declaration that the RDSA was validly terminated and is no longer in force, and to obtain compensation for the damages incurred. Following the termination of the RDSA and the subsequent filing of the Arbitration Request, Lightbridge has reduced its research and development activities as it is no longer conducting research and development activities with Framatome and Enfission.


We have incurred and will continue to incur material legal fees associated with our ongoing arbitration. In making a determination regarding accruals, using available information, we evaluate the likelihood of an unfavorable outcome in legal or regulatory proceedings to which we are a party and record a loss contingency when it is probable a liability has been incurred and the amount of the loss can be reasonably estimated. These subjective determinations are based on the status of such legal or regulatory proceedings, the merits of our defenses, and consultation with legal counsel. Actual outcomes of these legal and regulatory proceedings may materially differ from our current estimates. It is possible that resolution of any legal matters currently pending or threatened could result in losses material to our consolidated results of operations, liquidity, or financial condition. The estimated liability that is probable may be adjusted at each reporting period until it is finally settled.  As of the date of this filing, it has been determined not to be probable that a liability has been incurred and that the amount of loss can be reasonably estimated.