Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)


12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2012
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  

NOTE 12 – Contingencies


Employment Agreements


On June 30, 2011, the Company entered into three year executive employment agreements with three stockholders, Brian Keller, Christian Oertle and Daniel Fisher, to serve as our President, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, respectively. The agreements with Messrs. Keller and Fisher provide for annual salaries of $200,000 each and the agreement with Mr. Oertle provides for an annual salary of $150,000. Pursuant to the terms of the agreements, each of these stockholders is eligible to participate in the Company’s long term incentive compensation programs and is entitled to an annual bonus if the Company meets or exceeds criteria adopted by the Compensation Committee of the Board, subject to certain claw back rights. The agreements provide for payments of six months’ severance in the event of early termination (other than for cause).


On January 30, 2012, Mr. Fisher was removed from his position as Executive Vice President for cause.  Pursuant to his employment agreement, Mr. Fisher was entitled to accrued salary through the date of termination. In addition, Mr. Fisher claimed pay for accrued vacation. We have paid Mr. Fisher $56,000 in unpaid salary and vacation pay and $23,000 in penalties of which $5,769 remains outstanding and is due on April 15, 2013.  Mr. Fisher has demanded delivery to him of 6,650,000 shares of the Company’s common stock.




The Company leases its facilities under operating leases that expire at various dates.  Total rent expense under these leases is recognized ratably over the initial renewal period of each lease. The following table presents future minimum lease commitments under non-cancelable operating leases at December 31, 2011:


2013   $ 456,123  
2014     442,623  
2015     211,022  
2016     63,481  
    $ 1,159,749  


Total rent and related expenses under operating leases were $576,180 and $411,551 for the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011 respectively. Operating lease obligations after 2011 relate primarily to office facilities




Except as set forth below, we are not involved in any pending legal proceeding or litigation that could have a material impact upon our business or results of operations. To the best of our knowledge, no governmental authority is contemplating any proceeding to which we are a party or to which any of our properties is subject, which would reasonably be likely to have a material adverse effect on our business or results of operations.


Aphena Pharma Solutions – Maryland, LLC f/k/a Celeste Contract Packaging, LLC, v. BioZone Laboratories, Inc. and BioZone Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Daniel Fisher


District Court for the District of Maryland Northern Division; Case 1:12-cv-00852-WDQ


An action was commenced on March 19, 2012 against BioZone Labs, the Company and a former officer and director of the Company, Daniel Fisher in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. The plaintiff alleges breach of contract and other commercial wrongdoing and seeks damages in connection with a single purchase order issued during early 2010 relating to the development of certain over the counter products to treat cough and cold symptoms. The Company refutes the allegations and intends to vigorously defend against this action. We are unable to provide an estimate of the amount or range of reasonable possible losses from this litigation because, among other reasons, the complaint does not set forth a monetary demand.


Daniel Fisher v. BioZone Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Elliot Maza, Brauser Honig Frost Group, Michael Brauser, Barry Honig, and The Frost Group LLC


United States District Court, Northern District of California, No. 12-03716


On July 16, 2012, Daniel Fisher (“Fisher”), a former officer and director of the Company, commenced an action in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against the Company and certain officers and investors thereof. Fisher asserts claims for breach of contract, conversion, wrongful termination, and unjust enrichment, and violation of the federal whistleblower statute arising from his former role as an officer and director of the Company and certain contractual agreements that he entered into with the Company. Fisher seeks $23 million in damages against all defendants.


The Company disputes Fisher’s allegations, intends to vigorously defend them and has filed an action against Fisher in New York described below. We are unable to provide an estimate of the amount or range of reasonable possible losses from this litigation because it is at a very early stage.


BioZone Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Daniel Fisher and 580 Garcia Properties, LLC


Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York, No. 652489/2012


On July 18, 2012, the Company commenced an action in New York State Court against Fisher and 580 Garcia Properties, LLC alleging breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, and fraud claims arising from Fisher’s former role as an officer and director of the Company. The Company is seeking a minimum of $2 million in damages, together with the cancellation of 6.65 million shares of the Company’s stock, and Fisher’s forfeiture of property located at 580 Garcia Avenue, Pittsburg, CA, which property is used by the Company as a warehouse facility.