February 23, 2012
RYE, NY - (Globe Newswire)-February 23, 2012– Global Gold Corporation (OTCQB: GBGD) is pleased to announce that in a final, non-appealable decision issued and effective February 8, 2012 the Armenian Court of Cassation affirmed the July 29, 2011 Armenian trial court and December 12, 2012 Court of Appeals decisions which ruled that Caldera Resources, Inc.'s ("Caldera") registration and assumption of control through unilateral charter changes of the Marjan Mine and Marjan Mining Company, LLC were illegal and that ownership rests fully with Global Gold Mining, LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of Global Gold Corporation). Global Gold will be circulating the corrected ownership certificate and charter, complying with the mining license, and taking other steps to reassert control over the company in accordance with the reversion.
The official versions of the Armenian Court decisions are available through http://www.datalex.am/. The Court of Cassation decision was also transmitted to all of the parties on February 21, 2012.
On November 17, 2011, in a separate arbitration proceeding in New York, the arbitrator issued an interim order precluding the sale or pledging of the shares. The same order also explicitly provided that it would not act as a stay on any other court proceedings; there is no arbitration order affecting either the Armenian judicial proceeding or enforcement thereof.
Based on Caldera's report of TSX-V approval, on June 17, 2010, Global Gold and Caldera announced they were proceeding with their March 24, 2010 joint venture agreement to explore and bring the Marjan property into commercial production. In late August 2010, Global learned that Caldera had circumvented the agreement by unilaterally and illegally registering changes to the Armenian project company's charter to Global's detriment. Such changes could only have been properly made with the signature of one of three authorized Global officers. However, Caldera was somehow able to register changes without Global's consent or knowledge. Without even advising Global that it had made those changes to take control, Caldera tried to have Global sign a resolution that would have authorized Caldera's illegal acts. Global refused. In addition, Caldera advised that it would not be performing the mining license requirements, failed to perform, and materially breached the agreements in other ways.
After a detailed notice sent on September 2, 2010 and attempts to work out a solution failed, Global filed an action in the appropriate Armenian court to rescind the illegal registration on September 22, 2010, and terminated the joint venture with Caldera on October 7, 2010. Global had agreed to keep the termination notice confidential until October 15, 2010, all as previously reported in Global's SEC filings.
On October 10, 2010 Caldera wrote to Global that "any claims of illegal registrations and request for changes must be addressed to Administrative Court in Armenia." Later, Caldera intervened in the Armenian case as a third party, and repeatedly delayed adjudication for months, using questionable tactics. After trial, court examination, and a 22 page opinion, the July 29 verdict reinstated Global as the sole shareholder of Marjan Mining Company. The lower court specifically identified both Caldera's President Vasilios (Bill) Mavridis and its country representative Azat Vartanian as responsible for Caldera's actions in this case.
In a December 12, 2011 decision, the 54 page opinion concluded that the "Court of Appeals found that all material evidence necessary for the resolution of this case have already been duly examined and evaluated by the Administrative Court." Further, the "Court of Appeals found that the conclusion made by the Administrative Court that the application by Marjan Caldera Mining, LLC to make changes of the ownership of shares of Marjan Mining Company, LLC was made by the person not having such authorities is valid," and that the appeal filed by Caldera Resources, Inc aimed at revoking the Administrative Court's decision "is not substantiated and shall be rejected."
The Court of Cassation decision recited its standards for accepting appeals-- when the case is important to uniform application of law in Armenia or is one that involves a material violation of substantive or procedural rights. Caldera had actually filed three separate appeals in the names of Caldera Resources, Inc., Marjan Caldera Mining, LLC and the Marjan Mining Company, LLC. None of the Caldera arguments were meritorious, and the Court of Cassation decision concluded that "the decision becomes effective as of the moment of its passing [February 8, 2012], and is not subject to being appealed."
In a February 21, 2012 press release, Caldera has also claimed that it filed a separate action in Armenia on February 14, 2012 to attempt to block the Court of Cassation final decision. Caldera filed a similar action in January 2012 which was rejected on January 25, 2012, and the Court of Cassation decision is explicit concerning its finality. As noted previously, Global Gold assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of any statements issued by Caldera related to the Marjan matter.
Independently, there is an arbitration pending in New York where Caldera is seeking confirmation through the American Arbitration Association of the joint venture's existence, and Global is seeking damages for accrued but unpaid amounts while Caldera maintained illegal possession of the Marjan property ($1.6 million as of December 31, 2011), interest at the contractual rate of 10%, the lost value of the 500,000 shares of stock Caldera failed to deliver in June 2010, and for Caldera's other breaches, non-performance, and attacks on Global. Among other things, subject to a 30 day extension if it could not raise the funds in capital markets, Caldera agreed to make $300,000 payments to the Company on September 30, 2010 and December 31, 2010; $250,000 payments on March 30, 2011, June 30, 2011, September 30, 2011, December 30, 2011, March 30, 2012, June 30, 2012, and September 30, 2012; and a $500,000 payment on December 31, 2012. Caldera raised more than sufficient funds, but did not make the payments as due, while ignoring the joint venture terms.
The Marjan mining property is located in Southwestern Armenia, along the Nakichevan border in the Syunik province. Further information is available on the Global Gold Corporation website www.globalgoldcorp.com.
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