January 17, 2018, the defendants filed a motion to dismiss the complaint. On February 7, 2018, the plaintiffs amended their complaint. On February 28, 2018, the defendants filed a motion to dismiss the amended complaint. By March 30, 2018, the motion to dismiss was fully briefed. On August 7, 2018, the Court ruled on the defendants’ motion, dismissing eight of the plaintiffs’ ten claims and denying the defendants’ motion to dismiss with respect to the two remaining claims, related to the Exchange Act. On October 30, 2018, the Court ordered that the plaintiffs could file an amended complaint, and, in response, the defendants could move for summary judgment.
Consistent with the Court’s Order, on November 16, 2018, the plaintiffs filed a second amended complaint, modifying their allegations, and asserting claims pursuant to the Exchange Act and the Securities Act of 1933, as well as bringing a breach of contract claim. On December 17, 2018, the defendants filed a motion for summary judgment seeking dismissal of all claims. On February 1, 2019, the plaintiffs opposed defendant’s motion, requested discovery and cross-moved for partial summary judgement filed an opposition to defendants’ motion and a counter motion for partial summary judgment. Defendants’ summary judgement motion and plaintiff’s cross-motion for partial summary judgment were fully briefed as of March 15, 2019. On April 29, 2019, an emergency hearing was held before the Court in which the plaintiff sought a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to preclude acceleration of the maturity on the Senior Secured Note. The Court entered a temporary restraining order, while allowing parties the opportunity to brief the issue.
On May 21, 2019, the Court granted the defendant’s motion for summary judgement in full, dismissing all claims in the action. On July 3, 2019, the plaintiffs filed a notice of appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the second circuit. On July 1, 2019, the Court held oral argument on Binn’s motion for preliminary injunction. After hearing argument by both sides, the Court deferred action and ordered that the temporary restraining order remain in place. On July 23, 2019, the Court denied the plaintiffs' request for a preliminary injunction and vacated the temporary restraining order. On September 13, 2019, plaintiffs filed their appellate brief in the Second Circuit. As of December 13, 2019, plaintiffs’ appeal was fully briefed. Oral argument occurred on May 4, 2020, at which time the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of all claims against all defendants.
Kainz v. FORM Holdings Corp. et al.
On March 20, 2019, a second suit was commenced in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against FORM, seven of its directors and former directors, as well as a managing director of Mistral Equity Partners (“Mistral”). The individual plaintiff, a shareholder of XpresSpa Holdings, LLC at the time of the merger in December 2016, alleges that the defendants violated Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 by making false statements concerning, inter alia, the merger and the independence of FORM’s board of directors, violated Section 12(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, breached the merger agreement by making false and misleading statements concerning the merger and fraudulently induced the plaintiff into signing the joinder agreement related to the merger. On May 8, 2019, the Company and its directors and the managing director of Mistral filed a motion to dismiss the complaint. On June 5, 2019, plaintiffs opposed the motion and filed a cross-motion for a partial stay. Defendants’ motion to dismiss was fully briefed as of June 19, 2019.
On November 13, 2019, the matter was dismissed in its entirety. On December 12, 2019, plaintiff filed a motion for reconsideration to vacate the order and judgment, dismissing the action, and for leave to amend the complaint. The motion was fully briefed as of February 6, 2020. On April 1, 2020, the Court denied plaintiff’s motion in full. On April 10, 2020, plaintiff filed a notice of appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. On June 1, 2020 plaintiff filed his appellate brief. The defendants opposition is due July 6, 2020. The Company and its directors continue to believe that this action is without merit and intend to defend the appeal.
Binn, et al. v. Bernstein et al.
On June 3, 2019, a third suit was commenced in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against FORM, five of its directors, as well as Rockmore, the Company’s previous senior secured lender and a senior executive of the lender. Although this action is brought by Morton Binn and Marisol F, LLC, it is asserted derivatively on behalf of the Company. Plaintiffs assert eight causes of action, including that certain individual defendants violated Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, by making false statements concerning, inter alia, the merger and the independence of FORM’s board of directors and the valuation of the Company’s lease portfolio. Plaintiffs