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TERRAFORM POWER, INC. filed this Form 10-K on 03/15/2019
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filed notice with the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to transfer this action to the SDNY where 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. On March 8, 2018, Mr. Domenech voluntarily dismissed the federal action without prejudice, which would permit the action to be refiled. On August 16, 2018, Mr. Domenech refiled his complaint with the United States District Court for the District of Maryland and on October 17, 2018, the Company filed notice with the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to transfer this action to the SDNY. The Plaintiff opposed the transfer. The proceeding before the Department of Labor is pending.

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, 2018. However, the Company is unable to predict with certainty the ultimate resolution of these proceedings.

Chile Project Arbitration

              On September 5, 2016, Compañía Minera del Pacífico (“CMP”) submitted demands for arbitration against the subsidiary of the Company that owns its solar project located in Chile and against the latter’s immediate holding company to the Santiago Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Arbitration and Mediation (“CAM”). The demands allege, among other things, that the Chile project was not built, operated and maintained according to the relevant standards using prudent utility practices as required by the electricity supply agreement (the “Contract for Difference”) between the parties, entitling them to terminate the Contract for Difference. CMP further alleges that it is entitled to damages based on alleged breaches of a call option agreement entered into by the parties. Both respondents delivered their initial responses to the CAM on November 7, 2016. The proceedings are currently in the evidentiary phase. The Company believes these claims are without merit and intends to continue to contest them vigorously. However, the Company cannot predict with certainty the ultimate resolution of the arbitral proceedings brought in connection with these claims.

Issuance of Shares upon Final Resolution of Certain Litigation Matters

Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, 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, in connection with the obtainment of a final resolution of certain specified litigation matters (being the Chamblee Class Action and the litigation brought by the First Wind Sellers, Mr. Perez and Mr. Domenech described above) within a prescribed period following the final resolution of such matters. 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 and is described in greater detail in the Company’s Definitive Proxy Statement filed on Schedule 14A with the SEC on September 6, 2017. 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.

On August 3, 2018, pursuant to the Merger Agreement, the Company issued 80,084 shares of Class A common stock to Orion Holdings in connection with the net losses incurred for final resolution of the Chamblee Securities Class Action mentioned above. The net losses for the Chamblee Class Action include the $1.1 million contributed by the Company to the settlement but do not include the $13.6 million contributed by the Company’s insurers and certain attorneys’ fees that TerraForm Global reimbursed to the Company pursuant to the insurance allocation arrangements entered into with the Company in 2017.

As of the date hereof, the Company is unable to predict the quantum of any net losses arising from any of the litigation brought by the First Wind Sellers, Mr. Perez or 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 final resolution of such matters.

Other matters

Two of the Company’s project level subsidiaries are parties to litigation that is seeking to recover alleged underpayments of tax grants under Section 1603 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act from the U.S. Department of Treasury (“U.S. Treasury”). The U.S. Treasury counterclaimed and both claims went to trial in the Court of Federal Claims in July 2018. In January 2019, the Court of Federal Claims entered judgments against each project company for


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