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Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2022
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies

NOTE 10 —Commitments and Contingencies


The terms and conditions of applicable bylaws, certificates or articles of incorporation, agreements or applicable law may obligate Sonim under certain circumstances to indemnify its current and former directors, officers or employees, and underwriters, with respect to certain of the matters described below and Sonim has been advancing legal fees and costs to certain current and former directors, officers, employees and underwriters in connection with certain matters describe below.


Third Party Designer Commitments—The aggregate amount of noncancelable outsourced third-party designer services for our next generation phones as of September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, was approximately $1,250 and $6,460, respectively, and were related to the XP5plus and the XP10.


Purchase Commitments—The aggregate amount of noncancelable purchase orders as of September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, was approximately $9,400 and $5,663, respectively, and are related to the purchase of components of our devices.


Royalty Payments— The Company is required to pay per unit royalties to wireless essential patent holders and other providers of integrated technologies on mobile devices delivered, which, in aggregate, amount to less than 5% of net revenues associated with each unit and expire between 2022 and 2026. Royalty expense for the nine months ended September 30, 2022, and 2021 was $964 and $1,369, respectively and is included in Cost of Revenues. The Company may be required to pay additional royalties to additional patent holder and technology providers on future products.



Securities and Exchange Commission Formal Order of Private Investigation: In March 2020, the Company received a voluntary document request from the SEC San Francisco Regional office, and in August 2020, the Company was informed that the SEC Staff was conducting a formal investigation into events that occurred in 2018-2019. The Company has been cooperating in the SEC’s ongoing investigation. In October 2021, the Company and the SEC Staff began discussions regarding a potential resolution of the investigation. These discussions are ongoing. The Company is unable to predict the likely outcome of the investigation, including whether it can be resolved through settlement negotiations, or determine its potential impact, if any, on the Company.


Derivative litigation—On September 21, 2020, the Company, and certain of its current and former directors and officers were sued by a stockholder on behalf of our Company in a derivative action in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, captioned Kusiak v. Plaschke, et al., Case No 20-cv-1270-MN (“Kusiak”). The Kusiak complaint was based largely on the same underlying factual allegations as the ’33 Act Federal Action. The Company filed a motion to dismiss the Kusiak derivative action based on plaintiff’s failure to make a litigation demand on Sonim’s directors. On February 1, 2021, plaintiff in Kusiak voluntarily dismissed the action without prejudice.


On February 1, 2021, the same plaintiffs’ lawyers in the Kusiak action filed a new derivative action in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware against the Company and certain of its current and former directors and officers, captioned Gupta v. Plaschke, et al., Case No. 1:21-cv-130-MN (“Gupta”). The allegations in the Gupta complaint are generally similar to those in the Kusiak action. On March 29, 2022, Judge Dawson granted Defendants’ motion to dismiss and gave the plaintiff 14 days to file an amended complaint. No amended complaint was filed and on April 14, 2022 the federal court dismissed the action with prejudice.


General litigation—The Company is involved in various other legal proceedings arising in the normal course of business. The Company does not believe that the ultimate resolution of these other matters will have a material adverse effect on its consolidated financial position, results of operations, or cash flows.


The results of any future litigation cannot be predicted with certainty and, regardless of the outcome, litigation can have an adverse impact on us because of defense and settlement costs, diversion of management time and resources and other factors.


Indemnification—Under the terms of its agreements with wireless carriers and other partners, the Company has agreed to provide indemnification for intellectual property infringement claims related to Company’s product sold by them to their end customers. From time to time, the Company receives notices from these wireless carriers and other partners of a claim for infringement of intellectual property rights potentially related to their products. These infringement claims have been settled, dismissed, have not been further pursued by the customers, or are pending for further action by the Company.


Contingent severance obligations—The Company has agreements in place with certain key employees (Executive Severance Arrangements) guaranteeing severance payments under certain circumstances. Generally, in the event of termination by the Company without cause, termination due to death or disability, or resignation for good reason, the Company is obligated to the pay the employees in accordance to the terms of the agreements. On July 13, 2022, Robert Tirva, the CFO and President of the Company, resigned and became eligible for $1 million in severance payments, plus certain health insurance benefits, over 20 months if he meets certain requirements. The severance costs were charged to expense as of the severance date. On September 30, 2022, approximately $1.2 million in severance costs that were triggered by the AJP transaction were included in accrued expenses. On July 13, 2022, the Company appointed Clay Crolius as Chief Financial Officer.


The Board of Directors approved annual bonus payments to certain executives for the 2021 year in January 2022, and payments in cash and stock were made in January and February of 2022 to the executives.