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Commitments and Contingencies

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Commitments and Contingencies
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2020
Commitments And Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies

Note 12. Commitments and Contingencies

The Company has non-cancelable data center arrangements in which the original term exceeds one year.

The following is a schedule of future minimum payments under the non-cancelable data center arrangements at September 30, 2020 (in thousands):

 

 

 

Data Center

Arrangements

 

2020 (remainder of year)

 

$

39

 

2021

 

 

117

 

2022

 

 

117

 

2023

 

 

39

 

Total

 

$

312

 

 

Contingencies

On August 28, 2018, Silvon S. Simmons (the “Plaintiff”) amended a complaint against the City of Rochester, New York and various city employees, filed in the United States District Court, Western District of New York, to add the Company and employees as a defendant. The amended complaint alleges conspiracy to violate plaintiff’s civil rights, denial of the right to a fair trial, and malicious prosecution. The Plaintiff claims that ShotSpotter colluded with the City of Rochester to fabricate and create gunshot alert evidence to secure Plaintiff’s conviction. On the basis of the allegations, the Plaintiff has petitioned for compensatory and punitive damages and other costs and expenses, including attorney’s fees. The Company believes that the Plaintiff’s claims are without merit and is disputing them vigorously. 

The Company may become subject to legal proceedings, as well as demands and claims that arise in the normal course of business. Such claims, even if not meritorious, could result in the expenditure of significant financial and management resources. The Company makes a provision for a liability relating to legal matters when it is both probable that a liability has been incurred and the amount of the loss can be reasonably estimated. These provisions are reviewed and adjusted to include the impacts of negotiations, estimated settlements, legal rulings, advice of legal counsel, and other information and events pertaining to a particular matter.

An unfavorable outcome on any litigation matters could require payment of substantial damages, or, in connection with any intellectual property infringement claims, could require the Company to pay ongoing royalty payments or could prevent the Company from selling certain of our products. As a result, a settlement of, or an unfavorable outcome on, any of the matters referenced above or other litigation matters could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business, operating results, financial condition and cash flows.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a substantial curtailment of business activities worldwide and is causing weakened economic conditions, both in the United States and many countries abroad. As part of intensifying efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, many companies and state, local and foreign governments have imposed restrictions, including shelter-in-place orders and travel bans. While some of these companies and jurisdictions have started to relax such restrictions, in some cases, the restrictions were put back in place after having been lifted. These factors have negatively impacted the Company’s operations and results of operations for the first three quarters of 2020. The Company expects that the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, associated travel restrictions and social distancing requirements will continue to have an adverse impact on its results of operations. While the ultimate economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is highly uncertain, the Company expects that its business and results of operations, including its revenues, earnings and cash flows from operations, will be adversely impacted for at least the balance of 2020 and early 2021, including as a result: 

Delays in its ability to deploy new “go-live” miles attributable to company policies or customer policies designed to protect employee health and comply with government restrictions;

Greater funding challenges for its customer base, which may adversely affect customer contract renewals, expansion of existing customer deployments or new customer sales;

Possible disruption to the Company’s supply chain caused by distribution and other logistical issues, which may further delay its ability to deploy new go-live miles; and

Potential decrease in productivity of its employees or that of its customers or suppliers due to travel bans or restrictions, work-from-home or shelter-in-place policies and orders.

The Company may be adversely affected by increasing social unrest, protests against racial inequality, protests against police brutality and movements such as “Defund the Police”. These events may directly or indirectly affect police agency budgets and funding available to current and potential customers. Participants in these events may also attempt to create the perception that the Company’s solutions are contributing to the “problem”, which may adversely affect the Company, its business and results of operations, including its revenues, earnings and cash flows from operations.