CREDIT SUCCESSION AGREEMENT
THIS CREDIT SUCCESSION AGREEMENT (this "AGREEMENT") dated as of July 3,
1997 by and among Xxxxx XxXxxxxx, M.D. ("XXXXXXXX"), and Prospect Medical
Holdings, Inc., a Delaware corporation ("HOLDINGS"), Prospect Medical Systems,
Inc., a Delaware corporation ("SYSTEMS"), Prospect Medical Group, a California
professional corporation ("GROUP"), such other entities as may become parties
hereto by executing a joinder agreement, in form and substance satisfactory to
Imperial Bank, a California banking corporation ("BANK"), making them a party to
this Agreement, and Bank.
A. Group and each other California professional medical corporation which
hereafter becomes a party to this Agreement (collectively, with Group, the
"PROFESSIONAL CORPORATIONS") is a professional service corporation within the
meaning of the Xxxxxxx-Xxxx Professional Corporation Act of the State of
California ("PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION ACT").
B. Systems and each other subsidiary of Holdings which hereafter becomes
a party to this Agreement (collectively, with System, the "MANAGEMENT
COMPANIES") and the Professional Corporations have entered into those certain
Management Services Agreements, all as more fully set forth on SCHEDULE A
attached hereto and incorporated herein by this reference (each such agreement a
X. XxXxxxxx is the legal and beneficial owner of all of the issued and
outstanding shares of the Professional Corporations (all such shares
collectively held by XxXxxxxx are referred to herein as the "SHARES").
D. Holdings has entered into that certain Revolving Credit Agreement (the
"CREDIT AGREEMENT") dated as of the date herewith with Bank pursuant to which
Bank shall extend credit to Holdings. All initially capitalized terms used but
not defined herein shall have the meanings given to them in the Credit
E. Each of the Management Companies has entered into a Continuing
Guaranty (each, a "GUARANTY" and collectively, the "GUARANTIES") in favor of
Bank pursuant to which such Management Company has guaranteed the obligations of
the Holdings under the Credit Agreement.
X. XxXxxxxx, the Management Companies and the Professional Corporations
are parties to those certain Assignable Option Agreements, all as more fully set
forth on SCHEDULE B, attached hereto and incorporated herein by this reference
(each such agreement an "OPTION AGREEMENT"). As used herein the term "Successor
Physician" shall have the same meaning as in the Option Agreements or, if such
term is undefined in any Option Agreement, shall mean the shareholder(s)
designated to succeed to the ownership interest of the Shares upon the
occurrence of certain succession events.
G. Each Professional Corporation is a member of an affiliated group of
companies that includes Holdings and the Management Companies and the proceeds
of the Loans to be advanced under the Credit Agreement will be used, in part, to
enable Holdings and the Management Companies to make transfers amongst
themselves and their Subsidiaries and the Professional Corporations in
connection with the operation of their respective businesses.
X. XxXxxxxx and the Professional Corporations will derive direct and
substantial benefit from the execution of and performance under the Credit
Agreement by Holdings and from the Loans to be advanced thereunder.
I. The parties hereto desire to promote their mutual interest by imposing
certain restrictions on the sale, transfer or other disposition of the Shares
and by providing for certain disposition of the Shares upon the occurrence of an
Event of Default under the Credit Agreement.
J. Bank is willing to enter into the Credit Agreement and to make the
Loans available to Holdings as set forth therein, but only upon the condition,
among others, that XxXxxxxx and the Professional Corporations shall have
executed and delivered this Agreement to Bank.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing recitals and for other
good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby
acknowledged, the parties hereto each represents, warrants, covenants and agrees
1. GENERAL PURPOSE; CONSTRUCTION. The purpose of this Agreement is to
grant Bank certain rights to secure the performance and payment of sums due
under the Credit Agreement, the Guaranties and the other Loan Documents upon the
occurrence of a Succession Event, as defined below, and to provide for the
orderly management of the Professional Corporations in the event of a Succession
Event. It is a further purpose of this Agreement to provide for the transfer of
ownership of the Shares in accordance with the terms of this Agreement and the
laws of the relevant jurisdictions and to provide for the orderly transition in
the composition of the Boards of Directors upon the occurrence of a Succession
Event. In connection therewith, it is the intent of the parties hereto, and
each of XxXxxxxx and the Professional Corporations hereby covenants and agrees
that, notwithstanding the occurrence of a Succession Event:
(a) EXISTENCE. Each Professional Corporation shall maintain its
existence as a professional service corporation (a "MEDICAL CORPORATION") under
the laws of its state of formation.
(b) MANAGEMENT AGREEMENTS. Each Professional Corporation shall
continue to honor the Management Agreement to which it is a party; and
(c) BOARD OF DIRECTORS. The Board of Directors of each Professional
Corporation shall consist of employees of such Corporation or such other persons
who are qualified hereunder and under the laws of the relevant jurisdictions to
2. SUCCESSION EVENTS. As used herein, the term "SUCCESSION EVENT" shall
mean the occurrence of any one or more of the following events:
(a) DEFAULT. The occurrence of an Event of Default under or as
defined in the Credit Agreement; or
(b) REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES. Any representation or warranty
of XxXxxxxx or any Professional Corporation made under this Agreement or any
statement or certificate at any time given pursuant hereto or in connection
herewith shall be false, misleading or incomplete in any material respect when
(c) COVENANTS. XxXxxxxx to perform, keep or observe any covenant or
provision of this Agreement and the same has not been cured to the Bank's
satisfaction within ten (10) Business Days after such Person shall become aware
thereof, whether by written notice from Bank or otherwise; or
(d) DEATH OR DISQUALIFICATION. XxXxxxxx dies or is disqualified
under the Professional Corporation Act or is no longer a Qualified Medical
Professional (as hereinafter defined).
3. GENERAL OBLIGATIONS OF SHAREHOLDER. XxXxxxxx and each Professional
Corporation covenant and agree that, so long as any of the Revolving Credit
Commitment shall be available and until the full and infeasible payment and
performance of the Obligations and of all obligations arising under the
Guaranties (the "GUARANTY OBLIGATIONS"), XxXxxxxx and each Professional
(a) QUALIFIED DIRECTORS. Maintain for each of the Professional
Corporations a Board of Directors of five (5) members who shall be persons
(i) duly licensed to practice in the medical industry in the applicable
jurisdiction and that each such person shall be designated as a licensed
professional in accordance with the Professional Corporation Act of such
jurisdiction, (ii) who are otherwise qualified hereunder and (iii) who are not
legally disqualified (temporarily or permanently) under the Professional
Corporation Act (a licensed person who is not legally disqualified is
hereinafter referred to as a "QUALIFIED MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL");
(b) BOARD MEMBERS. Vote the Shares only to elect Qualified Medical
Professionals as members of the Boards of Directors;
(c) NO TRANSFER. Notwithstanding the terms of any Option Agreement,
not sell, transfer, pledge or otherwise hypothecate the Shares except as set
(d) COMPLIANCE WITH LAW. Cause all directors of each of the
Professional Corporations to take all steps necessary to ensure that each
Professional Corporation complies with all provisions of the Professional
Corporation Act and remains in good standing as a medical corporation in the
state of California.
4. REMEDIES. Upon the occurrence of a Succession Event, pursuant to
Sections 2(a) through 2(c) of this Agreement and the exercise by Bank under the
Credit Agreement, the Guaranties or any of the other Loan Documents, of any of
the remedies provided for therein, or upon the occurrence of a Succession Event
pursuant to Section 2(d) of this Agreement, the following shall occur:
(a) SHAREHOLDER ISSUES. As soon as reasonably practicable following
written notice from Bank of the occurrence of a Succession Event and upon
receipt of Bank's written demand therefor, XxXxxxxx, or his estate, as the case
may be, shall sell the Shares to such person(s) as Bank shall, in its sole
discretion, direct (the "NEW SHAREHOLDER(S)"). The total purchase price for the
Shares shall be $1,000.
(b) DIRECTOR ISSUES. As soon as reasonably practicable following the
notice specified in Section 4(a) and the sale and purchase of the Shares as set
forth in Section 4(a), the New Shareholder(s) shall remove any existing members
of the Boards of Directors, in accordance with the provisions of the by-laws of
the Professional Corporations and any relevant laws, and fill the vacancies on
the Boards of Directors by electing the New Shareholder(s) as the only
director(s) of each of the Professional Corporations to the extent permitted by
5. TERM; AMENDMENT TO CHARTER OR BYLAWS. This Agreement shall be in full
force and effect for so long as the Credit Agreement has not been terminated and
until the full and indefeasible payment and performance of the Obligations and
the Guaranty Obligations. XxXxxxxx agrees that he will not authorize the
issuance of any additional Shares or amend the charter or bylaws of the
Professional Corporations in any manner adverse to the purposes set forth herein
so long as this Agreement is in effect.
6. COMMUNITY PROPERTY INTEREST. XxXxxxxx shall cause his spouse to
execute an Acknowledgement and Consent, substantially in the form of EXHIBIT A
attached hereto, signifying such spouse's consent to this Agreement and such
spouse's agreement that any rights that such spouse may have, as a result of a
community property or other interest in the Shares, shall be subject to the
provisions of this Agreement. It is intended by this Agreement that XxXxxxxx
shall subject his entire interest in the Shares to the terms of this Agreement,
irrespective of any community property or other interest of his spouse.
7. GRANT OF SECURITY INTEREST. In order to secure the timely performance
of the obligations of XxXxxxxx and the Professional Corporations owing to Bank
hereunder, XxXxxxxx hereby grants a security interest in the Shares to Bank.
Such security interest
shall attach to all now existing and hereafter acquired Shares without further
action required on the part of Bank or XxXxxxxx.
8. DELIVERY OF SHARES; STOCK ASSIGNMENTS. Upon the purchase of any
Shares of any of the Professional Corporations hereunder or under any Option
Agreement, XxXxxxxx, any New Shareholder, any Successor Shareholder or any
Professional Corporation, as the case may be, shall deliver to Bank, as
collateral for the Obligations and the Guaranty Obligations, all stock
certificate(s) evidencing the Shares of the relevant Professional Corporation(s)
purchased, together with all necessary or appropriate stock assignments separate
from such certificate(s) in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.
9. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES. XxXxxxxx, and the Professional
Corporations, hereby represent and warrant to Bank as follows:
(a) SHAREHOLDERS OF RECORDS. XxXxxxxx is the sole holder of record
and the sole beneficial owner of the Shares of each of the Professional
Corporations, free and clear of any Lien thereon or affecting title thereto,
except for (i) the Lien created by this Agreement, and (ii) Permitted Liens.
(b) CONSENTS AND APPROVALS. The Shares, the pledge of the Shares
hereunder and the agreements, covenants and restrictions hereby entered into are
not subject to and do not require the consent, approval or authorization under
any agreement to which any of the Professional Corporations are subject,
including, without limitation, under formation documents of any of the
Professional Corporations, any management or professional services agreements,
any loan agreements or similar documents, or of any third party, including,
without limitation, any lender to any of any Professional Corporation.
(c) RESTRICTIVE COVENANTS. The Shares are not subject to any
restrictive covenants, negative pledges or any similar types of covenants or
agreements that would restrict transferability.
(d) DELIVERY OF CERTIFICATES. All certificates or other instruments
representing or evidencing the Shares, accompanied by appropriate duly executed
instruments of transfer or assignment in blank, have been delivered to Bank
pursuant to the terms of this Agreement and all certificates, cash, instruments
and other property or proceeds from time to time received, receivable or
otherwise distributed in respect of, or in exchange for, any such Shares shall,
immediately upon receipt, be delivered to Bank in accordance with the terms of
this Agreement, together with any necessary endorsements.
(a) BANK INDEMNIFICATION. XxXxxxxx, Holdings, the Management
Companies and the Professional Corporations, jointly and severally, shall
indemnify and defend Bank against any and all claims, expenses, liabilities and
losses, including reasonable
attorneys' fees, incurred or suffered by Bank by reason of the exercise or
failure to exercise any rights of Bank under this Agreement, excluding only such
claims, expenses, liabilities and losses arising solely from the gross
negligence or willful misconduct of Bank.
(b) SURVIVAL. The obligations of the parties under this Section 9
will survive the termination of this Agreement.
11. FURTHER AGREEMENTS.
(a) PARTY TO AGREEMENT. XxXxxxxx, or his estate, as the case may be,
Holdings, the Management Companies and each of the Professional Corporations
hereby agree that they shall cause any New Shareholder and any Successor
Shareholder to become a party to this Agreement upon and as a condition to
becoming a New Shareholder or a Successor Shareholder and agree that each such
New Shareholder or Successor Shareholder shall be, and XxXxxxxx and each of the
Professional Corporations shall cause them to be, bound by the terms hereof with
the same obligations and liabilities as XxXxxxxx. The parties hereto agree that
any shares of any of the Professional Corporations acquired by any party hereto,
any New Shareholder, any Successor Shareholder shall be or become Shares
hereunder and XxXxxxxx, the Management Companies, Holdings and the Professional
Corporations shall cause such Shares to be delivered to Bank in accordance with
the terms hereof.
(b) TRANSFER OF SHARES. During the term of this Agreement no New
Shareholder or Successor Shareholder shall sell, transfer, pledge or otherwise
hypothecate the shares of any Professional Corporation which such New
Shareholder or Successor Shareholder owns except to Bank. Such shares of stock
shall be marked with a restrictive legend with respect thereto.
(c) COMPLIANCE. Each New Shareholder and Successor Shareholder
agrees to, and shall cause all directors of the Professional Corporations to
take all steps necessary to, ensure that each Professional Corporation comply
with all provisions of the Professional Corporation Act and remain in good
standing as a professional medical corporation in the State of California.
12. COPY OF AGREEMENT. Each of the Professional Corporations shall keep a
copy of this Agreement on file in the principal business office of such
13. PRIMACY OF AGREEMENT. Upon the occurrence of a Succession Event, this
Agreement and the provisions hereof shall supersede any Option Agreement with
respect to the subject matter hereof. Upon the occurrence of a Succession
Event, in the case of any conflict or inconsistency between this Agreement and
any Option Agreement, this Agreement shall control.
14. SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE. XxXxxxxx and the Professional Corporations
agree that a breach of any covenants contained in this Agreement will cause
irreparable injury to Bank, that Bank has no adequate remedy at law in respect
of such breach and, as a consequence, each agrees that each and every covenant
contained in this Agreement shall be specifically enforceable against each of
them, and each hereby waives and agrees not to assert any defenses against an
action for specific performance of such covenants.
15. NOTICES. All notices, requests, demands and other communications
under this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed duly given on the
date of service if personally served on the party to whom notice is to be given,
which in the case of the Professional Corporations shall be the Professional
Corporation specified in this Section 15, or on the third day after mailing if
deposited in the United States mail to the party to whom notice is to be given,
certified, postage prepaid, return receipt requested, and properly addressed as
Xxxxx X. XxXxxxxx, M.D.
Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc.
00000 Xxxxx Xxxxx Xxxx., Xxxxx 000
Xxxxx Xxxxx, XX 00000
c/o Prospect Medical Group
00000 Xxxxx Xxxxx Xxxx., Xxxxx 000
Xxxxx Xxxxx, XX 00000
Attn: Xxxxx X. XxXxxxxx, M.D.
at its address for notice under the Credit Agreement
Any party hereto may change its address for the purpose of receiving notices,
requests, demands and other communications as herein provided by a written
notice given in the manner set forth above to the other parties hereto; PROVIDED
HOWEVER, that only one Professional Corporation shall at any time be designated
to receive notice for and on behalf of all the Professional Corporations.
16. ATTORNEYS' FEES. Should any parties hereto institute any action or
proceeding at law, in equity or in arbitration to enforce any provision of this
Agreement, including an action for declaratory relief or for damages by reason
of an alleged breach of any provision of this Agreement or otherwise in
connection with this Agreement or any provision hereof,
the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover from the losing party such
prevailing party's reasonable attorneys' fees and costs in such action or
(a) ENTIRE AGREEMENT. This Agreement and the other Loan Documents
constitute the entire understanding and agreement of the parties with respect to
the subject matter hereof and any and all prior agreements, understandings or
representations with respect to such subject matter are hereby terminated and
canceled in their entirety and are of no further force or effect.
(b) SEVERABILITY. Nothing contained herein shall be construed so as
to require the commission of any act contrary to law, and whenever there is any
conflict between any provision contained herein and any present or future
constitution, statute, law, ordinance, rule or regulation, the latter shall
prevail; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, that the provision of this Agreement which is
affected shall be curtailed and limited only to the extent necessary to bring it
within the requirements of the law. In any event, all other provisions of this
Agreement shall be deemed valid and enforceable to the fullest extent possible.
(c) FURTHER ASSURANCES. Each of the parties hereto shall execute and
deliver any and all additional papers, documents, and other assurances, and
shall do any and all acts and things reasonably necessary in connection with the
performance of its obligations hereunder to carry out the intent of the parties
(d) MODIFICATIONS OR AMENDMENTS. No amendment, change or
modification of this Agreement shall be valid, unless in writing and signed by
all of the parties hereto.
(e) NO WAIVER; AMENDMENTS. No failure on the part of Bank to
exercise, no delay in exercising and no course of dealing with respect to, any
right hereunder shall operate as a waiver thereof; nor shall any single or
partial exercise of any right hereunder or under any of the other Loan Documents
preclude any other or further exercise thereof or the exercise of any other
right. The remedies herein provided are cumulative and not exclusive of any
remedies provided by law.
(f) JOINT AND SEVERAL LIABILITY. XxXxxxxx, Holdings, the Management
Companies and the Professional Corporations each agree that the liability
hereunder shall be the immediate, direct, and primary obligation of such Person
and shall not be contingent upon Bank's exercise or enforcement of any remedy it
may have against any of them or against any other Person, or against the
Collateral or any other security for the Obligations or the Guaranty
Obligations. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, this Agreement
shall remain in full force and effect without regard to and shall not be
impaired or affected by, nor shall XxXxxxxx, Holdings, the Management Companies,
or the Professional Corporations be exonerated or discharged by, any of the
(i) Insolvency, bankruptcy, reorganization, arrangement,
adjustment, composition, assignment for the benefit of creditors, death,
liquidation, winding up or dissolution of any of them or any other guarantor of
the Obligations or the Guaranty Obligations;
(ii) Any limitation, discharge, or cessation of the
liability of any of them or any other guarantor for the Obligations or the
Guaranty Obligations due to any statute, regulation or rule of law, or any
invalidity or unenforceability in whole or in part of the documents evidencing
the Obligations or the Guaranty Obligations or any other guaranty thereof or any
other security agreement or pledge agreement related thereto;
(iii) Any merger, acquisition, consolidation or change in
structure of any of them or any other guarantor of the Obligations or the
Guaranty Obligations or any sale, lease, transfer or other disposition of any or
all of the assets or shares of any of them or any other guarantor of the
Obligations or the Guaranty Obligations;
(iv) Any assignment or other transfer, in whole or in part,
of Bank's interests in and rights under this Agreement, the Credit Agreement or
any of the other Loan Documents, including, without limitation, Bank's right to
receive payment of the Obligations or the Guaranty Obligations or any assignment
or other transfer, in whole or in part, of Bank's interests in and to the
Collateral or any other collateral securing the Obligations or the Guaranty
(v) Any claim, defense, counterclaim or setoff, other than
that of prior performance, that XxXxxxxx, the Professional Corporations,
Holdings, any of the Management Companies or any guarantor of the Obligations or
the Guaranty Obligations may have or assert, including, but not limited to, any
defense of incapacity or lack of corporate or other authority to execute any
documents relating to the Obligations or the Guaranty Obligations, the
Collateral, or any other collateral securing the Obligations or the Guaranty
(vi) Bank's amendment, modification, renewal, extension,
cancellation or surrender, of any agreement, document or instrument relating to
the Credit Agreement, this Agreement, the Obligations, the Guaranty Obligations,
the Collateral or any other collateral securing the Obligations or the Guaranty
Obligations, or Bank's exchange, release, or waiver of any Collateral or of any
other collateral securing the Obligations or the Guaranty Obligations;
(vii) Bank's exercise or nonexercise of any power, right or
remedy with respect to the Obligations, the Guaranty Obligations, the Collateral
or any other collateral securing the Obligations or the Guaranty Obligations,
including, but not limited to, Bank's compromise, release, settlement or waiver
with XxXxxxxx, any of the Management Companies, the Professional Corporations,
or of Holdings, any guarantor or any other Person;
(viii) Bank's vote, claim, distribution, election, acceptance,
action or inaction in any bankruptcy case related to the Obligations, the
Guaranty Obligations, the Collateral or any other collateral securing the
Obligations or the Guaranty Obligations; and
(ix) Any impairment or invalidity of the Collateral or any
other collateral securing the Obligations or the Guaranty Obligations or any
failure to perfect any of Bank's Liens thereon or therein.
(g) COUNTERPARTS. This Agreement may be executed in one or more
counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, and all of which taken
together shall constitute one and the same instrument.
(h) NUMBER AND GENDER. In this Agreement, the masculine, feminine or
neuter gender, and the singular or plural number, shall each be deemed to
include the other, whenever the context so requires.
(i) CAPTIONS. The section and other headings contained in this
Agreement are for reference only and shall not in any way limit or amplify the
terms and provisions hereof, nor affect the meaning or interpretation of this
(j) CONTINUED TENURE. The parties hereto acknowledge that nothing
contained in this Agreement shall be deemed a guarantee of any New Shareholder's
or any Successor Shareholder's continued tenure on the Board of Directors of any
of the Professional Corporations.
(k) ASSIGNMENT. This Agreement may not be assigned by XxXxxxxx, any
of the Professional Corporations, any New Shareholder, any Successor
Shareholder, any of the Management Companies or Holdings without the prior
written consent of Bank. Subject to the foregoing, this Agreement will inure to
the benefit of the parties and will be binding upon their respective successors,
executors, administrators, heirs and assigns.
(l) GOVERNING LAW. This Agreement has been delivered to Bank and
accepted by Bank in the State of California. THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE GOVERNED
BY, CONSTRUED AND INTERPRETED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE INTERNAL LAWS OF THE STATE
OF CALIFORNIA WITHOUT GIVING EFFECT TO ANY PRINCIPLES OF CONFLICT OF LAWS.
(m) JUDICIAL REFERENCE. Other than (i) nonjudicial foreclosure and
all matters in connection therewith regarding security interests in real or
personal property; or (ii) the appointment of a receiver, or the exercise of
other provisional remedies (any and all of which may be initiated pursuant to
applicable law), each controversy, dispute or claim between the parties arising
out of or relating to this Agreement, which controversy, dispute or claim is not
settled in writing within thirty (30) days after the "CLAIM DATE" (defined as
the date on which a party subject to the Agreement gives written notice to all
other parties that a controversy, dispute or claim exists), will be settled by a
reference proceeding in California in accordance with the provisions of Section
638 ET SEQ. of the California Code of Civil Procedure, or their successor
section ("CCP"), which shall constitute the exclusive remedy for the settlement
of any controversy, dispute or claim concerning this Agreement, including
whether such controversy, dispute or claim is subject to the reference
proceeding and except as set forth above, the parties waive their rights to
initiate any legal proceedings against each other in any court or jurisdiction
other than the Superior Court in the County where the Real Property, if any, is
located or Los Angeles County if none (the "Court"). The referee shall be a
retired Judge of the Court selected by mutual agreement of the parties, and if
they cannot so agree within forty-five (45) days after the Claim Date, the
referee shall be promptly selected by the Presiding Judge of the Court (or his
representative). The referee shall be appointed to sit as a temporary judge,
with all of the powers for a temporary judge, as authorized by law, and upon
selection should take and subscribe to the oath of office as provided for in
Rule 244 of the California Rules of Court (or any subsequently enacted Rule).
Each party shall have one peremptory challenge pursuant to CCP Section 170.6.
The referee shall (a) be requested to set the matter for hearing within sixty
(60) days after the Claim Date and (b) try any and all issues of law or fact and
report a statement of decision upon them, if possible, within ninety (90) days
of the Claim Date. Any decision rendered by the referee will be final, binding
and conclusive and judgment shall be entered pursuant to CCP Section 644 in any
court in the State of California having jurisdiction. Any party may apply for a
reference proceeding at any time after thirty (30) days following notice to any
other party of the nature of the controversy, dispute or claim, by filing a
petition for a hearing and/or trial. All discovery permitted by this Agreement
shall be completed no later than fifteen (15) days before the first hearing date
established by the referee. The referee may extend such period in the event of
a party's refusal to provide requested discovery for any reason whatsoever,
including, without limitation, legal objections raised to such discovery or
unavailability of a witness due to absence or illness. No party shall be
entitled to "priority" in conducting discovery. Depositions may be taken by
either party upon seven (7) days written notice, and request for production or
inspection of documents shall be responded to within ten (10) days after
service. All disputes relating to discovery which cannot be resolved by the
parties shall be submitted to the referee whose decision shall be final and
binding upon the parties. Pending appointment of the referee as provided
herein, the Superior Court is empowered to issue temporary and/or provisional
remedies, as appropriate.
Except as expressly set forth in this Agreement, the referee shall
determine the manner in which the reference proceeding is conducted including
the time and place of all hearings, the order of presentation of evidence, and
all other questions that arise with
respect to the course of the reference proceeding. All proceedings and
hearings conducted before the referee, except for trial, shall be conducted
without a court reporter except that when any party so requests, a court
reporter will be used at any hearing conducted before the referee. The party
making such a request shall have the obligation to arrange for and pay for the
court reporter. The costs of the court reporter at the trial shall be borne
equally by the parties.
The referee shall be required to determine all issues in accordance
with existing case law and the statutory laws of the State of California. The
rules of evidence applicable to proceedings at law in the State of California
will be applicable to the reference proceeding. The referee shall be empowered
to enter equitable as well as legal relief, to provide all temporary and/or
provisional remedies and to enter equitable orders that will be binding upon the
parties. The referee shall issue a single judgment at the close of the
reference proceeding which shall dispose of all of the claims of the parties
that are the subject of the reference. The parties hereto expressly reserve the
right to contest or appeal from the final judgment or any appealable order or
appealable judgment entered by the referee. The parties hereto expressly
reserve the right to findings of fact, conclusions of laws, a written statement
of decision, and the right to move for a new trial or a different judgment,
which new trial, if granted, is also to be a reference proceeding under this
In the event that the enabling legislation which provides for
appointment of a referee is repealed (and no successor statute is enacted), any
dispute between the parties that would otherwise be determined by the reference
procedure herein described will be resolved and determined by arbitration. The
arbitration will be conducted by a retired judge of the Court, in accordance
with the California Arbitration Act, Section 1280 through Section 1294.2 of the
CCP as amended from time to time. The limitations with respect to discovery as
set forth hereinabove shall apply to any such arbitration proceeding.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement as
of the date and year first above written.
/s/ Xxxxx XxXxxxxx
PROSPECT MEDICAL HOLDINGS, INC.
By: /s/ Xxxxx X. Xxxxxx, M.D.
PROSPECT MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
By: /s/ Xxxxx X. Xxxxxx, M.D.
PROSPECT MEDICAL GROUP, INC.
By: /s/ Xxxxx X. Xxxxxx, M.D.
By: /s/ Xxxx X. Xxxxxxxx
SPOUSAL JOINDER AND CONSENT
I am the spouse of Xxxxx XxXxxxxx, M.D., a shareholder (the
"SHAREHOLDER") of Prospect Medical Group, Inc., a California professional
medical corporation ("PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION"). To the extent that I have
any interest in any of the Shares (as that term is defined in the Credit
Succession Agreement (the "CREDIT SUCCESSION AGREEMENT"), entered into as of
July __, 1997, by and among Imperial Bank, Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc.,
Prospect Medical Systems, Inc., the Shareholder and Prospect Medical Group,
Inc.), I hereby join in the Credit Succession Agreement and agree to be bound
by its terms and conditions to the same extent as my spouse. I have read the
Credit Succession Agreement, understand its terms and conditions, and to the
extent that I have felt it necessary, have retained independent legal counsel
to advise me concerning the legal effect of the Credit Succession Agreement
and this Spousal Joinder and Consent.
I understand and acknowledge that Imperial Bank is significantly
relaying on the validity and accuracy of this Spousal Joinder and Consent in
entering into the Credit Succession Agreement.
Executed this 3rd day of July, 1997.
Signature: Xxxx XxXxxxxx
Printed or Typed Name: Xxxx XxXxxxxx