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Note 10 - Commitments and Contingencies

Note 10 - Commitments and Contingencies
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2021
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies
1.  Litigation


We are involved in certain legal proceedings that arise from time to time in the ordinary course of our business. Except for income tax contingencies, we record accruals for contingencies to the extent that our management concludes that the occurrence is probable and that the related amounts of loss can be reasonably estimated. Legal expenses associated with the contingency are expensed as incurred. There is no current or pending litigation of any significance with the exception of the matters that have arisen under, and are being handled in, the normal course of business.


a.  On August 28, 2019, a complaint was filed in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, West Judicial District, Santa Monica Courthouse, Unlimited Civil Division by Jeffrey Lion, an individual (“Lion”), and by Daniel Vallera, an individual (“Vallera”). Lion and Vallera are referred to jointly as the “Plaintiffs”. The complaint was filed against GT Biopharma, Inc. and its subsidiary Oxis Biotech, Inc. (either of them or jointly, the “Company”). The Plaintiffs allege breach of a license agreement between the Plaintiffs and the Company entered into on or about September 3, 2015. Lion alleges breach of a consulting agreement between Lion and the Company entered into on or about September 1, 2015. Vallera alleges breach of a consulting agreement between Vallera and the Company entered into in or around October, 2018. The Complaint seeks actual damages of $1,670,000, for the fair market value of the number of shares of GT Biopharma, Inc. that at the time of judgment represent 882,353 shares of such stock as of September 1, 2015, and that GT Biopharma, Inc. issue Lion the number of common shares of GT Biopharma, Inc. that at the time of judgment represent 882,353 such shares as of September 1, 2015.The Company filed an answer to the complaint denying many allegations and asserting affirmative defenses. Discovery has commenced and trial is scheduled for May, 2022. The Company believes the case is without merit and will defend it vigorously.


b.  On March 3, 2021 a complaint was filed by Sheffield Properties in the superior Court of California. County of Ventura. The litigation arises from a commercial lease entered into by GT Biopharma for office space in Westlake Village. GT Biopharma has been served but has not yet answered the complaint. Sheffield Properties seeks damages in excess of $250,000. We intend to vigorously defend against these claims. We believe we have made adequate provision in our financial statements to provide for any potential settlement.


2.  Research and Development Agreement:


We are party to an exclusive worldwide license agreement with the Regents of the University of Minnesota, to further develop and commercialize cancer therapies using TriKE technology developed by researchers at the university to target NK cells to cancer. Under the terms of the agreement, we receive exclusive rights to conduct research and to develop, make, use, sell, and import TriKE technology worldwide for the treatment of any disease, state or condition in humans. We are responsible for obtaining all permits, licenses, authorizations, registrations and regulatory approvals required or granted by any governmental authority anywhere in the world that is responsible for the regulation of products such as the TriKE technology, including without limitation the FDA in the United States and the European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products in the European Union. We are presently evaluating GTB-3550, our lead TriKE therapeutic product candidate in a Phase I/II clinical trial. Under the agreement, the University of Minnesota will receive an upfront license fee, royalty fees ranging from 4% to 6%, minimum annual royalty payments of $0.25 million beginning in 2022, $2.0 million in 2025, and $5.0 million in 2027 and certain milestone payments totaling $3.1 million.


During the period ended March 31, 2021, the Company recorded research and development expenses of $224,000 pursuant to this agreement.