Commitments and Contingencies
|3 Months Ended|
Mar. 31, 2015
|Commitments and Contingencies|
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(10) Commitments and Contingencies
TruePosition leases various properties under operating leases expiring at various times through 2018. TruePosition’s principal facility is under lease through December 2017. Total rental expense was $692 thousand and $798 thousand for each of the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively.
In the ordinary course of business, the Company and its consolidated companies are parties to legal proceedings and claims involving alleged infringement of third-party intellectual property rights, defamation, and other claims. Although it is reasonably possible that the Company may incur losses upon conclusion of such matters, an estimate of any loss or range of loss cannot be made. In the opinion of management, it is expected that amounts, if any, which may be required to satisfy such contingencies will not be material in relation to the accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements.
On July 21, 2011, TruePosition filed an antitrust lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against LM Ericsson Telephone Company (“Ericsson”), the Third Generation Partnership Project (“3GPP”) and certain other defendants arising from the standard setting processes for LTE wireless data communication technology as it pertains to location technology. The case was settled, with a cash payment to TruePosition of approximately $6 million and non-monetary considerations, and was formally dismissed in its entirety on July 30, 2014. Defendants 3GPP and Ericsson did not contribute to the cash portion of the settlement. With respect to the defendants that contributed to the cash settlement, such cash was provided with no finding or implication of liability to avoid the expenditure of litigation costs exceeding the settlement amount, and in consideration for TruePosition’s withdrawal of accusations of wrongdoing.
On September 10, 2010, Skyhook Wireless, Inc. filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts against Google, Inc. In March 2013, Skyhook amended its lawsuit to add additional claims. In total, at the time the case was to be tried, Skyhook alleged that Google infringed on eight Skyhook patents involving location technology and sought an injunction and/or award of damages in an amount to be determined at trial. The case had been scheduled to be tried before a jury commencing March 9, 2015. However, on March 5, 2015, the parties advised the District Court that the case had been settled and thereby dismissed the action without costs and without prejudice to the right, upon good cause shown within 45 days, to reopen the action if the settlement was not consummated. On March 27, 2015, the parties consummated a final settlement agreement and on April 24, 2015, Google paid Skyhook settlement consideration of $90 million. In return for payment of the settlement consideration, Google received dismissal of the action with prejudice, a license to the existing Skyhook patents and patent applications (and their continuations, divisionals, continuations-in-part), a three-year covenant not to sue (subject to limited exceptions) and a mutual release of claims. All terms of the settlement were known and agreed to prior to March 31, 2015, therefore the settlement was recorded during the first quarter of 2015. The settlement amount of $90 million is included in Trade and other receivables, net and approximately $29.5 million for legal fees is included in Accounts payable and accrued liabilities at March 31, 2015. The net impact from the settlement on the statement of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2015, after legal fees, is $60.5 million.
In the normal course of business, TruePosition provides indemnification to certain customers against specified claims that might arise against those customers from the use of TruePosition’s products. To date, TruePosition has not had to reimburse any of its customers for any losses related to these indemnification provisions. However, six such claims are currently pending and are described below. TruePosition is unable to estimate the maximum potential impact of these indemnification provisions on its future results of operations, although TruePosition’s liabilities in certain of those arrangements are customarily limited in various respects, including monetarily.
TruePosition’s former customer, T-Mobile, has made two indemnification claims against TruePosition. In September, 2008, T-Mobile requested that TruePosition indemnify it for damages (including defense costs) that it may incur in a patent infringement action that Emsat Advanced Geolocation, LLC (“Emsat”) filed against T-Mobile. TruePosition is not a party to the suit. TruePosition has denied that it is obligated to indemnify T-Mobile and believes that the equipment that it has supplied to T-Mobile is not covered by the patent claims that Emsat is asserting against T-Mobile. T-Mobile has not yet formally pursued its indemnification claims in a civil court action, but has indicated its intention to do so after the infringement action is resolved. In March 2014, T-Mobile requested that TruePosition indemnify it for damages (including defense costs) that it may incur in a patent infringement action that Guidance IP LLC (“Guidance”) filed against T-Mobile. TruePosition is not a party to the suit. TruePosition has indicated a willingness to participate in the defense of the action, but has not yet received a response from T-Mobile.
TruePosition’s customer, AT&T, has made four indemnification claims against TruePosition. In October 2008, AT&T requested TruePosition to indemnify it for damages (including defense costs) that it may incur relating to the Emsat litigation described in the preceding paragraph (to which AT&T is a party). In June 2009, AT&T requested TruePosition to indemnify it for damages (including defense costs) that it may incur relating to a lawsuit filed against AT&T by Tendler Cellular of Texas, LLC (“Tendler”) (to which the Company is not a party). This action relates to TruePosition’s subsidiary, Useful Networks, Inc., whose operations were discontinued in 2010. In June 2011, AT&T requested TruePosition to indemnify it for damages (including defense costs) that it may incur relating to a lawsuit filed against AT&T by Tracbeam, LLC (to which Company is not a party). In April 2014, AT&T requested TruePosition to indemnify it for damages (including defense costs) that it may incur relating to a lawsuit filed against AT&T by Guidance (to which Company is not a party). TruePosition has denied that it is obligated to indemnify AT&T with respect to the Emsat, Tendler and Guidance cases. AT&T has not yet formally pursued its indemnification claims in a civil court action and it is unclear at this time whether or not it will do so. With respect to Tracbeam, AT&T has determined that TruePosition’s total allocated contribution is $132 thousand and has invoiced TruePosition accordingly. TruePosition has informed AT&T that TruePosition believes that the allocation method employed by AT&T is flawed and that the actual amount owed is less than $132 thousand.
Certain Risks and Concentrations
The TruePosition business is subject to certain risks and concentrations including dependence on relationships with its customers. TruePosition has one significant customer, the loss of which would have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business. For the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, this customer accounted for 74% and 84%, respectively, of the Company’s total revenue.
Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements
Liberty Broadband did not have any off-balance sheet arrangements that have, or are reasonably likely to have, a current or future effect on the Company’s financial condition, results of operations, liquidity, capital expenditures or capital resources.
The entire disclosure for commitments and contingencies.
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