Company filed notice with the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to transfer this action to the Southern District of New York where the Chamblee Class Action was tried and other cases not involving the Company relating to the SunEdison Bankruptcy are being tried. The plaintiff opposed the transfer. However, the transfer was approved by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. On November 6, 2017, TerraForm Power and the other defendants filed a motion to dismiss Mr. Domenech's complaint, and Mr. Domenech filed a response on December 21, 2017.
The Company has agreed to issue additional shares of Class A common stock to Orion Holdings for no additional consideration in respect of the Company’s net losses, such as out-of-pocket losses, damages, costs, fees and expenses, upon the final resolution of the litigation brought by Mr. Domenech described above. The number of additional shares of Class A common stock to be issued to Orion Holdings is subject to a pre-determined formula as set forth in the Merger Agreement as described in greater detail in the Company’s Definitive Proxy Statement filed on Schedule 14A with the SEC on September 6, 2017. As of the date hereof, the Company is unable to predict the quantum of any net losses arising from the litigation brought by Mr. Domenech described above or the number of additional shares, if any, that may be required to be issued to Orion Holdings pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement in connection with any such final resolution.
The issuance of additional shares to Orion Holdings would dilute the holdings of the Company's common stockholders and may negatively affect the value of the Company's common stock.
The Company reserved for its estimated loss related to this complaint in 2016, which was not considered material to the Company's consolidated results of operations, and this amount remains accrued as of December 31, 2017. However, the Company is unable to predict with certainty the ultimate resolution of these proceedings.
Eastern Maine Electric Cooperative Litigation
On November 21, 2016, the Penobscot County Maine Superior Court entered judgment in the amount of $13.6 million against First Wind Holdings, LLC (“First Wind”), an indirect subsidiary of SunEdison, Inc., and several subsidiaries of the Company. The plaintiff filed judgment liens against the defendants which will stay outstanding through the appeals process. The action involved a claimed breach of contract arising out of a contract between First Wind and Eastern Maine Electric Cooperative, Inc. (“EMEC”), under which First Wind, on behalf of itself and its then wholly-owned subsidiaries, agreed to negotiate a definitive agreement to transfer to EMEC a portion of a transmission line. The transmission line is owned, in part, by one of the Company's subsidiaries, and is the sole means of transmitting power from the Rollins, Stetson I and Stetson II wind farms. The subsidiaries that own these wind farms and the transmission line were acquired by the Company as part of the Company's acquisition of certain of the operating assets of First Wind Holdings. The subsidiaries of the Company settled this matter in the fourth quarter of 2017 for $9.75 million in exchange for a full release of these claims. The amount of the initial judgment was reserved for in 2015 and is reported in general and administrative expenses in the consolidated statement of operations for the year ended December 31, 2015. As a result of this settlement, the Company recorded a $4 million gain within general and administrative expenses for the year ended December 31, 2017.
Threatened Avoidance Actions
On November 7, 2016, the unsecured creditors’ committee in the SunEdison Bankruptcy filed a motion with the Bankruptcy Court seeking standing to assert against the Company, on behalf of SunEdison, avoidance claims arising from payments and other intercompany transactions between the Company and SunEdison dating back to the Company’s initial public offering and including drop-down transactions involving the sale of renewable energy facilities by SunEdison to the Company. The Company’s objection to the standing motion was filed on November 29, 2016. As described in Note 1. Nature of Operations and Basis of Presentation and Note 20. Related Parties, the Company and SunEdison entered into the Settlement Agreement pursuant to which the Company and SunEdison released these claims and substantially all other intercompany claims between the Company and SunEdison upon the consummation of the Merger with affiliates of Brookfield on October 16, 2017. Therefore, any claims with respect to these avoidance actions have been released.