COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
|9 Months Ended|
Sep. 30, 2014
|Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]|
|Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Text Block]||
The Company is involved in litigation and arbitrations from time to time in the ordinary course of business. The Company does not believe that the outcome of any such pending or threatened litigation will have a material adverse effect on its financial condition or results of operations. However, as is inherent in legal proceedings, there is a risk that an unpredictable decision adverse to the company could be reached. The Company records legal costs associated with loss contingencies as incurred. Settlements are accrued when, and if, they become probable and estimable.
In December 2007, the FINRA Office of Hearing Officers (“OHO”) held that Mr. Mathis negligently failed to make certain disclosures on his Form U4 concerning personal tax liens, and willfully failed to make other required Form U4 disclosures regarding those tax liens. After several appeals regarding the willfulness finding, Mr. Mathis served a suspension, which was completed on September 4, 2012, and all fines have been paid.
Under FINRA’s rules, the finding that Mr. Mathis was found to have acted willfully subjects him to a “statutory disqualification.” This means that he might no longer be permitted to continue to work in the securities industry. In September 2012, Mr. Mathis submitted to FINRA an application on Form MC-400 in which he sought permission to continue to work in the securities industry, notwithstanding the fact that he is subject to a statutory disqualification. FINRA's Membership Regulation Department issued a recommendation in support of the application, and a hearing with respect to this application was held in Washington, D.C. on October 16, 2014 before a subcommittee of FINRA's Statutory Disqualification Committee. It is not known at this time when a final decision will be issued, as a number of steps in the review process still need to be completed. While a denial of that application would preclude Mr. Mathis from continuing to work at the Company’s broker-dealer, he would still be able to continue performing his duties for the non-securities side of the business.
Pending Financial Disclosures
Mr. Mathis recently had three liens filed against him for unpaid taxes as disclosed on his Form U4. The majority of the tax owed by Mr. Mathis resulted from the sale of a portion of his shares in an affiliate, which Mr. Mathis liquidated in order to provide funds through a loan to the Company. Mr. Mathis entered into payment plans with the IRS and was fully compliant with those plans. Mr. Mathis has made full payment of the tax owed to New York State and no amounts are currently outstanding.
The Company leases office space in New York City under an operating lease which expires on August 31, 2015. Rent expense for this property was $32,292 and $96,876 for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014 and $20,028 and $101,376 for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013, respectively, net of expense allocation to affiliates.
During July 2014, the Company executed a construction contract for an aggregate of approximately $125,000 in order to expand the winery at Algodon Wine Estates.
The entire disclosure for commitments and contingencies.
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