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Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies
9 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2012
Commitments and Contingencies [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies

Note 9. - Commitments and Contingencies


Shareholder Derivative Actions


On October 29, 2008, Alico was served with a shareholder derivative action complaint filed by Baxter Troutman against John R. Alexander, Chairman of the Board of Directors, and JD Alexander, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, (the "Alexanders") which names Alico as a nominal defendant. Mr. Troutman is the nephew and cousin of the two defendants, respectively, and is a shareholder in Atlantic Blue Group, Inc. (formerly Atlantic Blue Trust, Inc.) ("Atlanticblue"), a 51% shareholder of Alico. From February 26, 2004 until January 18, 2008, Mr. Troutman was a director of Alico. The complaint alleged that the Alexanders committed breaches of fiduciary duty in connection with a proposed merger of Atlanticblue into Alico which was proposed in 2004 and withdrawn by Atlanticblue in 2005. The suit also alleged, among other things, that the merger proposal was wrongly requested by the Alexanders, and improperly included a proposed special dividend and that the Alexanders sought to circumvent the Board's nominating process and these actions were contrary to the position of Alico's independent directors at the time causing a waste of Alico's funds and the resignations of the independent directors in 2005.

On April 1, 2012, a settlement agreement (the "Agreement") was reached between Baxter Troutman and the Alexanders. The Agreement contained the following provisions:


·   Troutman will file a notice of voluntary dismissal of the civil action against the Alexanders with prejudice. There were no inducements, promises or representations.
·   Troutman and the Alexanders mutually release and discharge each other from all claims, rights, actions, obligations, liability or responsibility arising out of the commencement and prosecution of the civil action, except for any claims Alico may have against Troutman to be subrogated to the rights of the Alexanders to seek recovery of attorney fees and costs incurred in their defense.

On May 4, 2012, the Circuit Court of the 10th Judicial Circuit in Polk County, FL (the "Court") approved the Agreement and therefore the shareholder derivative action has been settled. The Company, by determination of the Special Litigation Committee of its Board of Directors, filed a motion seeking recovery of attorney fees and costs incurred in its defense. The Court will retain jurisdiction and will hear the motion filed by the Company.


The Company is also involved from time to time in routine legal matters incidental to its business. When appropriate, the Company establishes estimated accruals for litigation matters which meet the requirements of ASC 450- Contingencies. Based upon available information, the Company believes that the resolution of such matters will not have a material adverse effect on its financial position or results of operations.