”), dated as of June 2, 2008 (the “Effective Date
Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a California
corporation (the “Company
”), and Xxx Xxxxxx
W I T N E S S E T H:
WHEREAS, Executive has been employed by the Company pursuant to an Offer Letter dated May 20, 2007
(the “Offer Letter”), and the Company and Executive desire to enter into a more detailed agreement
relating to the employment of Executive by the Company.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants herein contained, the Company and
Executive hereby agree as follows:
(a) Agreement to Employ. Upon the terms and subject to the conditions of this
Agreement, the Company hereby agrees to employ Executive and Executive hereby agrees to be employed
by the Company under the terms of this Agreement, effective as of the Effective Date.
(b) Term of Employment. Executive’s employment with the Company pursuant to this
Agreement shall commence on the Effective Date and shall continue for an indefinite period of time
until terminated as provided in Section 5 hereof (the “Employment Period”).
2. Duties and Responsibilities. During the Employment Period, Executive shall serve
as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and shall have duties and responsibilities
as may be assigned to him from time to time by the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”);
provided, however, that the Board shall delegate to Executive duties and responsibilities
consistent with the duties and responsibilities of a chief executive officer. Executive shall
report directly to the Board and shall comply with directives of the Board and all policies of the
Company. Executive shall devote all of his skill and knowledge and all of his working time (other
than periods of vacation, illness or disability) to the business of the Company. During the
Employment Period, Executive shall not serve as an employee, officer, director, or consultant of,
or otherwise perform services for compensation for, any other entity without the prior written
consent of the Board; provided that Executive may serve as an officer or director
of or otherwise participate in purely not-for-profit educational, welfare, social, religious and
civic organizations so long as such activities do not interfere with Executive’s employment
hereunder. The Company acknowledges that Executive currently serves on the board of directors of
the entities set forth on Schedule 2, and the Board hereby consents to Executive’s continued
service on these boards.
3. Board Membership; Post-Employment Option Vesting. Upon the termination of
Executive’s employment (including, without limitation, a termination by the Company with or
Without Cause (as hereinafter defined) or termination by Executive for Good Reason (as
hereinafter defined), if Executive is a member of the Company’s Board at the time of such
termination, he shall immediately tender to the Board his written and signed resignation from the
Board, which resignation shall be effective immediately. If Executive desires to remain on the
Board following the termination of his employment, he shall condition his resignation solely on the
Board’s acceptance thereof and the Board shall in its sole discretion decide whether or not to
accept the resignation. If the Board does not accept the resignation, then Executive shall
continue to serve as a member of the Board and any stock options or restricted shares held by
Executive shall continue to vest in accordance with their terms for so long as Executive remains on
the Board. If Executive fails to tender his resignation from the Board in accordance with this
Section 3 or if the Board accepts his resignation, then Executive’s stock options will stop vesting
as of the date Executive’s employment was terminated.
4. Compensation and Benefits.
(a) Base Salary. During the Employment Period, the Company shall pay Executive a base
salary at the annual rate of $525,000, subject to review and change by the Board at its discretion,
which will be paid in a manner consistent with the Company’s customary payroll practices.
Executive’s annual base salary payable hereunder is referred to herein as “Base Salary”.
(b) Annual Bonus. In addition to Base Salary, Executive shall be eligible to receive
a discretionary annual cash bonus (the “Cash Bonus”) in accordance with the Company’s “Incentive
Compensation Policy and Process” (as such may be amended or replaced from time to time), in an
amount up to a target percentage of Base Salary, which target percentage shall be set annually by
the Board. For the year ending December 31, 2008, the target percentage is sixty-five percent
(65%). The actual amount of any year end Cash Bonus will be determined by and within the
discretion of the Board, and the Cash Bonus shall be paid on or before the fifteenth (15th) day
after the completion of the external audit of the Company’s financial statements for the period for
which the Cash Bonus relates.
(c) Equity Incentive Compensation. In addition to Base Salary and the discretionary
Cash Bonus, Executive shall be eligible to receive stock option awards and grants of restricted
stock under the Company’s equity incentive plans, as determined from time to time by the Board.
(d) Employee Benefit/Plan Participation. During the Employment Period, Executive
shall be eligible, but shall not be required, to participate in various employee benefit plans
sponsored or maintained by the Company in accordance with the terms and conditions of such plans,
including those related to medical, dental, disability, and life insurance. Executive recognizes
that the Company has the right, in its sole discretion, to amend, modify or terminate any employee
benefit plans in accordance with their terms.
(e) Business Expenses. Subject to the Company’s reimbursement policies and
procedures, the Company shall reimburse Executive for all reasonable and necessary expenses
incurred in the performance of Executive’s duties hereunder, upon presentation of expense
statements or vouchers, receipts, and such other information and documentation as the Company
5. Termination of Employment.
(a) Termination of the Employment Period. The Employment Period shall end if
Executive’s employment with the Company terminates with or without Cause at the election of either
Executive or the Company, or as a result of Executive’s death or Disability (“Disability” shall
mean a physical or mental impairment that renders Executive unable to perform the essential
functions of his position, with or without reasonable accommodation). In any such event, the
Employment Period shall end and, except as otherwise provided herein, including with respect to the
ongoing post-employment restrictions and covenants contained in Section 11, this Agreement shall
terminate upon the effective date of such termination.
(b) Termination by the Company With or Without Cause. The Company may terminate
Executive’s employment at any time during the Employment Period with or without Cause effective
immediately upon delivery of a Notice of Termination to Executive. Subject to the immediately
following sentence “Cause” shall mean with respect to Executive, any of the following:
(i) Executive’s material neglect of assigned duties with the Company or Executive’s failure or
refusal to perform assigned duties with the Company, which continues uncured for thirty (30) days
following receipt of written notice of such deficiency from the Board, specifying the scope and
nature of the deficiency; (ii) Executive’s commission of a felony or fraud; or Executive’s
misappropriation of property belonging to the Company or its affiliates; (iii) Executive’s
commission of a misdemeanor or act of dishonesty, which causes material harm to the Company;
(iv) Executive’s engaging in any act of moral turpitude which causes material harm to the Company;
(v) Executive’s breach of the terms of this Agreement or any trading compliance program or any
confidentiality, proprietary information or nondisclosure agreement with the Company; or
(vi) Executive’s working for another company, partnership or other entity, whether as an employee,
consultant or director, while an employee of the Company without the prior written consent of the
Board (unless permitted by Section 2). Following a Change in Control, “Cause” shall not include
Executive’s acts or omissions contemplated by clause (i) in the immediately preceding sentence and
shall only include those acts and omissions set forth in (ii) through (vi) above. Any
determination of Cause as used herein will be made in good faith by the Board. A termination by
the Company for reasons other than set forth in clauses (i) through (vi) (but excluding clause (i)
following a Change in Control) above, or for no reason at all but not including a termination of
the Employment Period as a result of death or Disability, shall be deemed a “Termination Without
(c) Voluntary Termination by Executive. Executive may voluntarily terminate his
employment with the Company upon 30 days written notice to the Company.
(d) Termination by Executive for Good Reason. Executive may terminate his employment
with the Company for Good Reason. “Good Reason” shall mean the occurrence, without Executive’s
written consent, of one or more of the following events: (i) the Company decreases Executive’s Base
Salary below $400,000, (ii) the Company decreases Executive’s Annual Bonus target percentage to
below 50% of Base Salary, (iii) the Company materially decreases Executive’s responsibilities, or
(iv) the Company breaches the terms of this
Agreement; provided that no such event shall constitute Good Reason hereunder unless
(a) Executive shall have given written notice to the Company of Executive’s intent to resign for
Good Reason within 30 days after Executive becomes aware of the occurrence of any such event
(specifying in detail the nature and scope of the event) and (b) such event or occurrence shall not
have been resolved to Executive’s reasonable satisfaction within 30 days of the Company’s receipt
of such notice. For purposes of clause (iii) above, a material decrease in Executive’s
responsibilities shall include, without limitation, a situation where Executive was no longer
serving as the sole Chief Executive Officer of the Company’s parent corporation.
(e) Notice of Termination. Any termination of Executive’s employment by the Company
or by Executive shall be communicated by a written Notice of Termination addressed to Executive or
the Company, as applicable. The Company may also communicate its Notice of Termination verbally,
in accordance with Section 13(g). Termination may be effective immediately upon communication of
such Notice of Termination. A “Notice of Termination” shall mean a notice stating that Executive’s
employment with the Company has been or will be terminated and the specific provisions of this
Section 5 under which such termination is being effected.
(f) Payments Upon Termination. Upon termination of Executive’s employment for any
reason, the Company shall pay Executive (i) his Base Salary earned but not yet paid for services
rendered to the Company on or prior to the date on which the Employment Period ends, (ii) any
accrued but unused vacation days, (iii) any incurred but unpaid business expenses contemplated by
Section 4(e) and other insurance related reimbursable expenses, and (iv) any amounts required under
the Company’s Employee Stock Purchase Plan (or successor plans).
6. Payments Upon Certain Terminations Not Involving a Change in Control.
(a) Termination by the Company Without Cause or Termination by Executive for Good
Reason. In addition to the payments described in Section 5(f) and subject to Section 9,
provided that Executive has resigned from the Board as contemplated by Section 3 and is in
compliance with his obligations under Section 11, in the event the Employment Period ends by reason
of termination of Executive’s employment by the Company Without Cause or by Executive for Good
Reason, the Company shall (i) pay Executive any annual bonus payable for services rendered in any
annual bonus period for the year which had been completed in its entirety prior to the date on
which the Employment Period ends and that had not previously been paid, (ii) continue to make Base
Salary payments for a period 12 months following such termination of employment (the period of time
such payments are provided, the “Severance Period”), payable in accordance with the Company’s
payroll practices as in effect on such termination date, except that such continued Base Salary
payments shall not commence until the first payroll date following the effective date of the
Release Agreement referenced in Section 9, and the first continued Base Salary payment shall cover
the period between the termination date and such payment. Each installment payment made pursuant
to this Section 6(a) (ii) shall be considered a separate payment for purposes of Section 409A of
the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the “Code”). In the event the Employment Period ends on or
prior to December 31, 2009 by reason of termination of Executive’s employment by the Company
Without Cause or by Executive for Good Reason, subject to Section 9, Executive shall receive a pro
rata portion (based upon the number of complete months within the fiscal year that shall have
through the date of Executive’s termination of employment) of any Annual Bonus that the Board
determines Executive would otherwise have received pursuant to Section 4(b) hereof for that
calendar year had Executive been employed through the end of the year, which will be payable when
and if such Annual Bonus would otherwise have been payable had Executive’s employment not
terminated, provided again that Executive resigned from the Board immediately as contemplated by
Section 3 and has been in compliance with his obligations under Section 11 from the date of
termination through such payment dates. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Executive shall not be
entitled to any pro-rated bonus unless the date of termination is after the first six months of the
fiscal year in which it occurs. During the Severance Period, the Company shall continue to pay
health insurance premiums for continued health insurance coverage for Executive and his currently
insured dependents, provided that Executive makes a timely election to continue such coverage under
COBRA and is not otherwise eligible for health insurance through any subsequent employer. If the
termination is a result of Executive’s death or Disability, then Executive’s currently insured
dependents shall upon their timely election be eligible to receive continued benefits pursuant to
(b) Duty to Mitigate. If Executive is reemployed for at least twenty (20) hours per
week on average at any time after the termination date and before the end of the Severance Period,
Executive shall promptly provide written notice to the Company of such reemployment, and all
further severance compensation payments under this Section 6 shall be decreased by the amount of
the annual compensation received by Executive from the new employer.
7. Payments Upon Certain Terminations Involving a Change in Control.
(a) Statement of Intent. The Board recognizes that, as is the case with many publicly
held corporations, the possibility of a change in control of the Company may exist and that the
uncertainty and questions that it may raise among management could result in the departure or
distraction of management personnel to the detriment of the Company and its shareholders.
Accordingly, the Board has decided to reinforce and encourage Executive’s attention and dedication
to Executive’s assigned duties without the distraction arising from the possibility of a change in
control of the Company.
(b) Accelerated Vesting. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in Section 12 of
the Company’s 2006 Equity Incentive Award Plan (the “2006 Plan”), other than Sections 12.2(a) and
12.2(e) of the 2006 Plan, in the event that a Change in Control (as defined in the 2006 Plan)
occurs, and Executive’s employment with the Company is terminated by the Company Without Cause or
by Executive for Good Reason at any time within the three (3) month period before the date of such
Change in Control or during the twelve (12) month period following the date of such Change in
Control, one-hundred percent (100%) of the then-unvested shares of Questcor’s common stock subject
to each of Executive’s outstanding stock options and one-hundred percent (100%) of Executive’s
restricted shares subject to vesting will become immediately vested and exercisable on the date of
such termination. The Company shall cause each option agreement evidencing the grant of stock
options to Executive under the 2006 Plan (and successors to such plan) to reflect the accelerated
vesting provisions set forth in this Agreement.
(c) Cash Severance Upon Termination Without Cause or for Good Reason. In the event
that a Change in Control occurs, and Executive’s employment with the Company is
terminated by the Company Without Cause or by Executive for Good Reason at any time within the
three (3) month period before the date of such Change in Control or during the twelve (12) month
period following the date of such Change in Control, Executive will receive severance compensation
equal to the sum of (i) an amount equal to the product of his highest Base Salary in the calendar
year in which the Change in Control occurs (but in no event less than $400,000) multiplied by the
number two (2), plus (ii) an amount equal to the product of his target bonus as established by the
Board or its Compensation Committee for the year during which the termination takes place (or if
such target bonus has not yet been established, the target bonus for the prior year, but in no
event using less than a 50% target percentage to establish the target bonus) multiplied by the
number two (2).
(d) Payment Administration. The severance payment under Section 7(c) shall be made in
a single lump sum on the release effective date of the Release Agreement referenced in Section 9.
Payments under Section 7(c) shall be in addition to the payments under Section 5(f) but shall be in
lieu of, and not in addition to, the payment of any cash severance payments that Executive may
otherwise be entitled to under Section 6 of this Agreement.
(e) No Duty to Mitigate. Executive’s reemployment at any time following the
termination of Executive’s employment shall have no effect on his right to collect severance under
this Section 7.
8. Excise Tax Gross-Up.
(a) Definitions. For purposes of this Section 8, the following terms shall have the
meanings set forth below:
(i) “Excise Tax” shall mean the Excise Tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code, together with
any interest or penalties imposed with the respect to such Excise Tax.
(ii) “Parachute Value” of a Payment shall mean the present value as of the date of the Change
of Control for purposes of Section 280G of the Code of the portion of such Payment that constitutes
a “parachute payment” under Section 280G(b)(2), as determined by the Accounting Firm (as defined
below) for purposes of determining whether and to what extent the Excise Tax will apply to such
(iii) A “Payment” shall mean any payment or distribution in the nature of compensation (within
the meaning of Section 280G(b)(2) of the Code) to or for the benefit of Executive, whether paid or
payable pursuant to this Agreement or otherwise.
(iv) The “Safe Harbor Amount” means 2.99 times Executive’s “base amount,” within the meaning
of Section 280G(b)(3) of the Code.
(v) “Value” of a Payment shall mean the economic present value of a Payment as of the date of
the Change of Control for purposes of Section 280G of the Code, as determined by the Accounting
Firm using the discount rate required by Section 280G(d)(4) of the Code.
(b) Anything in this Agreement to the contrary notwithstanding and except as set forth below,
in the event it shall be determined that any Payment would be subject to the Excise Tax, then
Executive shall be entitled to receive an additional payment (“Gross-Up Payment”) in an amount such
that, after payment by Executive of all taxes (and any interest or penalty imposed with respect to
such taxes), including, without limitation, any income taxes (and any
interest and penalties imposed with respect thereto) and Excise Tax imposed upon the Gross-Up
Payment, Executive retains an amount of the Gross-Up Payment equal to the Excise Tax imposed upon
the Payments; provided, however, that if the aggregate Parachute Value of all Payments does not
exceed 125% of the Safe Harbor Amount, then no Gross-Up Payment shall be made to the Executive and
the amounts payable under this Agreement shall be reduced so that the Parachute Value of all
Payments, in the aggregate, equals the Safe Harbor Amount. The reduction of the amounts payable
hereunder, if applicable, shall be made by first reducing the Payments which are cash and
thereafter the noncash Payments, unless Executive shall elect another method of reduction by
written notice to the Company prior to the Change of Control.
(c) Subject to the provisions of Section 8(e), all determinations required to be made under
this Section 8, including whether and when a Gross-Up Payment is required and the amount of such
Gross-Up Payment and the assumptions to be utilized in arriving at such determination, shall be
made by a nationally recognized accounting firm designated by the Company immediately prior to the
Change of Control (the “Accounting Firm”) which shall provide detailed supporting calculations both
to the Company and Executive within fifteen (15) business days of the receipt of notice from
Executive that there has been a Payment, or such earlier time as is requested by the Company. In
the event that the Accounting Firm is serving as accountant or auditor for the individual, entity
or group effecting the Change of Control, the Company shall appoint another nationally recognized
accounting firm to make the determinations required hereunder (which accounting firm shall then be
referred to as the Accounting Firm hereunder). Any determination by the Accounting Firm shall be
binding upon the Company and Executive. All fees and expenses of the Accounting Firm shall be borne
solely by the Company.
(d) Any Gross-Up Payment, as determined pursuant to this Section 8, shall be paid by the
Company to Executive as and when the Excise Tax is incurred on a Payment. The Gross-Up Payment
shall be paid in accordance with Code Section 409A, to the extent applicable. If required in order
to comply with Code Section 409A, (i) the Gross-Up Payment attributable to Payments other than
severance compensation and benefits described in Section 7 shall be paid in a lump sum payment upon
the closing of the Change of Control, and (ii) the Gross-Up Payment attributable to severance
compensation and benefits shall be paid in a lump sum payment on the first day on which severance
compensation is paid pursuant to Section 7. As a result of the uncertainty in the application of
Section 4999 of the Code at the time of the initial determination by the Accounting Firm hereunder,
it is possible that Gross-Up Payments which will not have been made by the Company should have been
made (“Underpayment”), consistent with the calculations required to be made hereunder. In the event
that the Company exhausts its remedies pursuant to Section 8(e) and Executive thereafter is
required to make a Payment of any Excise Tax, the Accounting Firm shall determine the amount of the
Underpayment that has occurred and any such Underpayment shall be promptly paid by the Company to
or for the benefit of Executive.
(e) Executive shall notify the Company in writing of any claim by the Internal Revenue Service
that, if successful, would require the Payment by the Company of the Gross-Up Payment. Such
notification shall be given as soon as practicable but no later than ten (10) business days after
Executive is informed in writing of such claim and shall apprise the Company of the nature of such
claim and the date on which such claim is requested to be paid.
Executive shall not pay such claim prior to the expiration of the 30-day period following the
date on which Executive gives such notice to the Company (or such shorter period ending on the date
that any Payment of taxes with respect to such claim is due). If the Company notifies Executive in
writing prior to the expiration of such period that it desires to contest such claim, Executive
(i) give the Company any information reasonably requested by the Company relating to such
(ii) take such action in connection with contesting such claim as the Company shall reasonably
request in writing from time to time, including, without limitation, accepting legal representation
with respect to such claim by an attorney reasonably selected by the Company,
(iii) cooperate with the Company in good faith in order to effectively contest such claim, and
(iv) permit the Company to participate in any proceedings relating to such claim;
provided, however, that the Company shall bear and pay directly all costs and expenses (including
additional interest and penalties) incurred in connection with such contest and shall indemnify and
hold Executive harmless, on an after-tax basis, for any Excise Tax or income or other tax
(including interest and penalties with respect thereto) imposed as a result of such representation
and payment of costs and expenses. Without limitation on the foregoing provisions of this
Section 8(e), the Company shall control all proceedings taken in connection with such contest and,
at its sole option, may pursue or forego any and all administrative appeals, proceedings, hearings
and conferences with the taxing authority in respect of such claim and may, at its sole option,
either direct Executive to pay the tax claimed and xxx for a refund or contest the claim in any
permissible manner, and Executive agrees to prosecute such contest to a determination before any
administrative tribunal, in a court of initial jurisdiction and in one or more appellate courts, as
the Company shall determine; provided, however, that if the Company directs Executive to pay such
claim and xxx for a refund, the Company shall indemnify and hold Executive harmless, on an
after-tax basis, from any Excise Tax or income or other tax (including interest or penalties with
respect thereto) imposed with respect to such payment; and further provided that any extension of
the statute of limitations relating to payment of taxes for the taxable year of Executive with
respect to which such contested amount is claimed to be due is limited solely to such contested
amount. Furthermore, the Company’s control of the contest shall be limited to issues with respect
to which a Gross-Up Payment would be payable hereunder and Executive shall be entitled to settle or
contest, as the case may be, any other issue raised by the Internal Revenue Service or any other
(f) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section 8, the Company may, in its sole
discretion, withhold and pay over to the Internal Revenue Service or any other applicable taxing
authority, for the benefit of Executive, all or any portion of any Gross-Up Payment, and Executive
hereby consents to such withholding.
(a) Execution of Release. As a condition of Executive’s right to receive the payments
described in Sections 6(a), 7(c) and 8, Executive shall within 21 days following Executive’s
termination of employment execute and deliver to the Company a full and complete release of
all claims, known and unknown, that Executive may have against the Company and its related past and
present entities, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, representatives, successors and
employees, such release to be substantially in the form of the release attached hereto as
Exhibit A (the “Release Agreement”); provided, however, that any conflict between the terms
of this Agreement and such form of release attached as Exhibit A shall be resolved in favor
of this Agreement.
(b) Effect of Failure. In the event Executive fails to deliver or revokes the release
referred to in Section 9(a) above, Executive shall not be entitled to any of the payments described
in Section 6(a), 7(c) or 9 above. In the event that, prior to the end of the Severance Period,
Executive breaches any of his obligations under this Agreement, including Sections 9 or 11 hereof,
the Company’s obligations to provide the payments under Sections 6(a), 7(c) and 8 shall thereupon
cease and the Company shall be entitled to recover from Executive any and all amounts theretofore
paid to Executive pursuant to Section 6(a), 7(c) or 8.
10. Death and Disability. In the event the Employment Period ends as a result of
Executive’s death, this Agreement shall automatically terminate and Executive’s estate shall be
entitled to receive (i) the amounts described in Section 5(f), (ii) any annual bonus payable for
services rendered in any annual bonus period for the year which had been completed in its entirety
prior to the date on which the Employment Period ends and that had not previously been paid, and
(iii) a pro rata portion (based upon the number of complete months within the fiscal year that
shall have elapsed through the date on which the Employment Period ends) of any annual bonus that
the Board determines Executive would otherwise have received pursuant to Section 4(b) for that
calendar year had Executive been employed through the end of the year. The bonus amounts under
clauses (ii) and (iii) will be payable to Executive’s estate when and if such annual bonuses would
otherwise have been payable had the Employment Period not ended. Notwithstanding the foregoing,
Executive’s estate shall not be entitled to any pro-rated bonus under clause (iii) unless the date
the Employment Period ends is after the first six months of the fiscal year in which the Employment
Period ends. In the event of Executive’s Disability, the Company shall have the right to terminate
this Agreement and Executive’s employment immediately and, if this Agreement and Executive’s
employment are so terminated, the Company shall to pay Executive in a lump sum payment an amount
equal to ninety (90) days of Executive’s salary. Additionally, Executive shall be entitled to his
annual bonus, or pro rata portion thereof, as applicable, as described under clauses (ii) and (iii)
above, except that the payments shall be to Executive and not his estate.
11. Proprietary Information.
(a) Obligation to Maintain Confidentiality. Executive acknowledges that the continued
success of the Company and its subsidiaries or affiliates depends upon the use and protection of
proprietary information. Executive further acknowledges that the proprietary information obtained
by him during the course of his employment with the Company or any of its subsidiaries or
affiliates concerning the business or affairs of the Company, or any of its subsidiaries or
affiliates is the property of the Company or such subsidiaries or affiliates, including information
concerning acquisition opportunities in or reasonably related to the Company’s business or
industry. Therefore, Executive agrees that he will not disclose to any
unauthorized person or use for his own account any proprietary information, whether or not
such information is developed by him, without the Board’s written consent, unless and to the extent
that the proprietary information (i) becomes generally known to the public other than as a result
of Executive’s acts or omissions to act or (ii) is required to be disclosed pursuant to any
applicable law or court order. Executive shall take reasonable and appropriate steps to safeguard
proprietary information and to protect it against disclosure, misuse, espionage, loss and theft.
Executive shall deliver to the Company upon his termination of employment, and at any subsequent
time the Company may request, all memoranda, notes, plans, records, reports, computer tapes,
printouts and software and other documents and data (and copies thereof) embodying or relating to
the proprietary information, Work Product (as defined below) or the business of the Company or any
of its subsidiaries or affiliates (including, without limitation, all acquisition prospects, lists
and contact information) which he may then possess or have under his control, and shall destroy any
electronic copies of such materials and confirm such destruction in writing to the Company.
(b) Ownership of Property
. Executive acknowledges that all discoveries, concepts,
ideas, inventions, innovations, improvements, developments, methods, processes, programs, designs,
analyses, drawings, reports, patent applications, copyrightable work and mask work (whether or not
including any confidential information) and all registrations or applications related thereto, all
other proprietary information and all similar or related information (whether or not patentable)
that relate to the Company’s or any of its subsidiaries’ or affiliates’ (including their
predecessors prior to being acquired by the Company) actual or anticipated business, research and
development, or existing or future products or services and that are conceived, developed,
contributed to, made, or reduced to practice by Executive (either solely or jointly with others)
while employed by the Company or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, including any of the
foregoing that constitutes any proprietary information or records (“Work Product
”), belong to the
Company or such subsidiary or affiliate, and Executive hereby assigns, and agrees to assign, all of
the above Work Product to the Company or to such subsidiary or affiliate; provided
, that the provisions of this Agreement requiring assignment of Work Product to the
Company do not apply to any invention which qualifies under the provisions of California
Section 2870, the text of which is set forth in Exhibit B
hereto. Any copyrightable work
prepared in whole or in part by Executive in the course of his work for any of the foregoing
entities shall be deemed a “work made for hire” under the copyright laws, and the Company or such
subsidiary or affiliate shall own all rights therein. To the extent that any such copyrightable
work is not a “work made for hire,” Executive hereby assigns and agrees to assign to the Company or
such subsidiary or affiliate all right, title, and interest, including without limitation,
copyright in and to such copyrightable work. Executive shall perform all actions reasonably
requested by the Board, at the Company’s sole expense, to establish and confirm the Company’s or
such subsidiary’s or affiliate’s ownership (including, without limitation, assignments, consents,
powers of attorney, and other instruments) in Work Product and copyrightable work identified by the
(c) Third Party Information. Executive understands that the Company and its
subsidiaries and affiliates will receive from third parties confidential or proprietary information
(“Third Party Information”) subject to a duty on the Company’s and its subsidiaries’ or affiliates’
part to maintain the confidentiality of such information and to use it only for certain limited
purposes. During Executive’s employment with the Company and thereafter, and
without in any way limiting the provisions of Section 7(a) above, Executive will hold Third
Party Information in the strictest confidence and will not disclose to anyone (other than personnel
and consultants of the Company or its subsidiaries, affiliates, advisors or financing sources who
need to know such information in connection with their work for the Company or its subsidiaries,
affiliates, advisors or financing sources) or use, except in connection with his work for the
Company or its subsidiaries, affiliates, advisors or financing sources, Third Party Information
unless expressly authorized by the Board in writing.
(d) Use of Information of Prior Employers. During Executive’s employment with the
Company, Executive will not improperly use or disclose any confidential information or trade
secrets, if any, of any former employers or any other person to whom Executive has an obligation of
confidentiality, and will not bring onto the premises of the Company or any of its subsidiaries or
affiliates any confidential information or trade secrets of any former employer or any other person
to whom Executive has an obligation of confidentiality unless consented to in writing by the former
employer or person.
12. Injunctive Relief with Respect to Covenants. Each party acknowledges and agrees
that the agreements and covenants of such party under Section 11 hereof relate to special, unique
and extraordinary matters and that a violation or threatened violation of any of the terms of such
agreements and covenants will cause the other party irreparable injury for which adequate remedies
are not available at law. Therefore, each party agrees that the other party shall be entitled to
an injunction, restraining order or such other equitable relief (without the requirement to post
bond) restraining the first party from committing any violation of the agreements and covenants
contained in Section 11. These injunctive remedies are cumulative and are in addition to any other
rights and remedies either party may have under this Agreement.
(a) Survival. To the extent necessary to give effect to such provisions, the
provisions of this Agreement shall survive the termination hereof, whether such termination shall
be by expiration of the Employment Period or otherwise.
(b) Binding Effect. This Agreement shall be binding on, and shall inure to the
benefit of, the Company and any person or entity that succeeds to the interest of the Company
(regardless of whether such succession occurs by operation of law) by reason of the sale of all or
a portion of the Company’s equity securities, a merger, consolidation or reorganization involving
the Company or, unless the Company otherwise elects in writing, a sale of all or a portion of the
assets of the business of the Company. This Agreement shall also inure to the benefit of
Executive’s heirs, executors, administrators and legal representatives.
(c) Assignment. Executive may not assign this Agreement. The Company may assign its
rights, together with its obligations, under this Agreement (i) to any affiliate or subsidiary or
(ii) to third parties in connection with any sale, transfer or other disposition of all or
substantially all of its business or assets.
(d) Entire Agreement. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the
parties hereto with respect to the matters referred to herein and supersedes any and all prior
agreements, whether written or oral. The Offer Letter is hereby superseded and of no further
force or effect, and no other agreement relating to the terms of Executive’s employment by the
Company, oral or otherwise, shall be binding between the employee and the Company or any other
party unless it is in writing and signed by the party against whom enforcement is sought. There
are no promises, representations, inducements or statements between the parties other than those
that are expressly contained herein. Executive acknowledges that he is entering into this
Agreement of his own free will and accord, and with no duress, that he has read this Agreement and
that he understands it and its legal consequences.
(e) Severability; Reformation. In the event that one or more of the provisions of
this Agreement is or shall become invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect, the validity,
legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions contained herein shall not be affected
thereby. In the event any covenant contained herein is not enforceable in accordance with its
terms, including, but not limited to, if found to be excessively broad as to duration, scope,
activity or subject, Executive and the Company agree that such covenant shall be reformed to make
it enforceable in a manner that provides as nearly as possible the result intended by this
Agreement so as to be enforceable to the maximum extent compatible with applicable law.
(f) Waiver. Waiver by any party hereto of any breach or default by the other party of
any of the terms of this Agreement shall not operate as a waiver of any other breach or default,
whether similar to or different from the breach or default waived. No waiver of any provision of
this Agreement shall be implied from any course of dealing between the parties hereto or from any
failure by either party hereto to assert its or his rights hereunder on any occasion or series of
(g) Notices. Any notice required or desired to be delivered under this Agreement
shall be in writing and shall be delivered personally, by courier service, by registered mail,
return receipt requested, or by email and shall be effective upon actual receipt by the party to
which such notice shall be directed, and shall be addressed as follows (or to such other address as
the party entitled to notice shall hereafter designate in accordance with the terms hereof):
If to the Company:
Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Attention: Chairman of the Board of Directors
0000 Xxxxxxx Xxxx
Xxxxx Xxxx, Xxxxxxxxxx 00000
If to Executive:
To the most recent address of the Executive set forth in the personnel records
of the Company. In addition to written notice, the Company shall use its
commercially reasonable efforts to provide Executive with email and live (or
voice mail) telephonic communication for any notice made hereunder.
(h) Amendments. This Agreement may not be altered, modified or amended except by a
written instrument signed by each of the parties hereto.
(i) Headings. Headings to sections in this Agreement are for the convenience of the
parties only and are not intended to be part of or to affect the meaning or interpretation hereof.
(j) Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in counterparts, each of which shall
be deemed an original but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument.
(k) Withholding. Any payments provided for herein shall be reduced by any amounts
required to be withheld by the Company under applicable Federal, State or local income or
employment tax laws or similar statutes or other provisions of law then in effect.
. Any and all disputes connected with, relating to or arising from
Executive’s employment with the Company, this Agreement, or the Release attached as Exhibit A, will
be settled by final and binding arbitration in accordance with the rules of the American
Arbitration Association as presently in force. The only claims not covered by this Agreement are
claims for benefits under the unemployment insurance or workers’ compensation laws. Any such
arbitration will take place in Orange County, California
. The parties hereby incorporate into this
agreement all of the arbitration provisions of Section 1283.05 of the California
Code of Civil
Procedure. The Company understands and agrees that it will bear the costs of the arbitration
filing and hearing fees and the cost of the arbitrator. Each side will bear his/its own attorneys’
fees, and the arbitrator will not have authority to award attorneys’ fees unless a statutory
section at issue in the dispute authorizes the award of attorneys’ fees to the prevailing party, in
which case the arbitrator has authority to make such award as permitted by the statute in question.
The arbitration shall be instead of any civil litigation; this means that Executive is waiving any
right to a jury trial, and that the arbitrator’s decision shall be final and binding to the fullest
extent permitted by law and enforceable by any court having jurisdiction thereof. Judgment upon
any award rendered by the arbitrators may be entered in any court having jurisdiction.
(m) Governing Law
. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of
, without reference to principles of conflicts or choice of law under which the law of
any other jurisdiction would apply.
(n) Representation. Executive acknowledges that Xxxxxxxxx Xxxxx Xxxxxxx & Xxxxx
represents the Company and Executive has neither sought nor received legal advice from Xxxxxxxxx
Xxxxx Xxxxxxx & Xxxxx in connection with this Agreement.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Company has caused this Agreement to be executed by its duly authorized
officer and Executive has hereunto set his hand as of the day and year first above written.
||Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
||/s/ Xxxxxx Xxxxxxxx
||Chairman of the Board of Directors
||/s/ Xxx Xxxxxx