Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2020
Commitments and Contingencies  
Note 7. Commitments and Contingencies



Operating Leases


The Company leases office space for a 12-month term with a monthly payment of approximately $10,000 per month for office rent. The Company entered into a new lease on January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021.


The future minimum lease payments required under the non-cancellable operating leases for 2021 total approximately $0.1 million. Total rent expense for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019 was $0.1 million.






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. The motion for summary judgement was denied on September 30, 2020. As of December 31, 2020 and 2019, legal fees of approximately $13,000 and $6,000 were owed, respectively, and are expected to be paid in full by the Company’s insurance carriers.


Filing of Arbitration


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 had 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 had filed a request for arbitration (the “Arbitration Request”) in the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce against Framatome. The Company undertook this action in order to obtain, inter alia, a declaration that the RDSA was validly terminated and was 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 had reduced its research and development activities as it is no longer conducting research and development activities with Framatome and Enfission.


On April 3, 2020, Framatome submitted its answer to the Arbitration Request, disputing the Company’s claims, setting out its own counterclaims against the Company and its request for relief sought from the International Court of Arbitration.


On January 17, 2021, the Company filed a petition for judicial dissolution of Enfission in the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware, requesting that the Court enter an order dissolving Enfission and directing that the business and affairs of Enfission be wound up, among other things. The Company’s Board of Directors and management determined in November 2019 that it was advisable and in the best interest of the Company and its shareholders to take the necessary steps to dissolve Enfission. Enfission has been inactive for over a year and was dissolved on March 23, 2021. The Company will withdraw its petition for judicial dissolution of Enfission on file with the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware.


On February 11, 2021, Lightbridge and Framatome reached a settlement agreement. See Note 12. Subsequent Events, regarding the settlement of these disputes and accrued legal settlement costs.