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Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2020
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies Commitments and Contingencies
The Company has operating office space leases in Austin, Texas; Irvine, California; San Diego, California; and Miami, Florida. Rent expense under operating leases totaled $207 and $631 for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, respectively. Rent expense under operating leases totaled $188 and $519 for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019, respectively.
Future minimum annual lease payments as of September 30, 2020 under the Company’s operating leases are set forth as follows:
Future minimum lease obligations years ending December 31, Lease
2020 (Remainder) $ 203 
2021 836 
2022 725 
2023 622 
2024 609 
Thereafter 208 
Total $ 3,203 

In 2017, the Company filed a breach of contract complaint against Uber Technologies, Inc. ("Uber") seeking approximately $3,000 (plus interest) for unpaid invoices for advertising campaign services provided for Uber in the first quarter of 2017. The case, captioned Phunware, Inc. v. Uber Technologies, Inc., Case No. CGC-17-561546 was filed in the Superior Court of the State of California County of San Francisco. Uber generally denied the allegations in the Company's complaint and also filed a cross-complaint against Phunware and Fetch Media, Ltd., the advertising agency Uber retained to run its mobile advertising campaign for the period 2014 through the first quarter of 2017, asserting numerous fraud and contract-based claims. In 2019, Uber filed its First Amended Cross-Complaint, naming new individual cross-defendants, Alan S. Knitowski, who serves as a director and the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer and former Phunware employees D. Stasiuk, M. Borotsik, and A. Cook, (collectively, the "Individual Defendants") alleging civil RICO violations and civil conspiracy to violate RICO, in addition to fraud, negligence, and unfair competition-based claims, and adding a fraud-based claim against Phunware. Uber’s First Amended Cross-Complaint alleges that cross-defendants fraudulently obtained approximately $17,000 from Uber, and claimed treble damages, general and punitive damages, and attorneys’ fees and costs. On October 9, 2020, the Company entered into a Settlement Agreement and Mutual General Release (the "Settlement Agreement") with Uber and certain other parties related to the Company's complaint against Uber, Uber's cross-complaint against the Company and Uber's amended cross-complaint against the Company and Individual Defendants. As provided in the Settlement Agreement, both parties have agreed to fully and finally settle, compromise, and resolve all disputes, differences and disagreements that have existed, now exist, or may exist between them that fall within the subject matter lawsuit. Furthermore, each party denies engaging in any wrongdoing whatsoever and specifically denies each and every allegation of wrongdoing alleged in the lawsuit. The Settlement Agreement provides that Phunware and its insurance carriers will pay a total sum of $6,000 to Uber, of which the Company's insurance carrier will pay $1,500 to settle Uber's claims against the Individual Defendants while the Company will pay a total of $4,500 to Uber in a series of installments beginning no later than December 31, 2020, and ending no later than September 30, 2021. The Settlement Agreement further provides that the Company and the Individual Defendants fully release claims against Uber relating to the lawsuit and upon receipt of the payments, Uber will fully release claims against the Company and the Individual Defendants relating to the lawsuit. The court will retain jurisdiction over the case until the terms of the Settlement Agreement have been fully satisfied. The court has set a dismissal review hearing for November 16, 2021. If the terms of the Settlement Agreement are fulfilled before that date, the parties will file requests to dismiss the action and the hearing will be taken off calendar. On November 5, 2020, Uber filed a request for dismissal with prejudice of claims against the Individual Defendants; Uber’s claims against Phunware remain until the terms of the Settlement Agreement have been fully satisfied. The Company recorded a loss of $4,500 for its portion of the settlement in Legal Settlement in its condensed consolidated statements of operations for the three and nine months ending September 30, 2020.
On December 17, 2019, certain stockholders (the "Plaintiffs") filed a lawsuit against the Company. The case, captioned Wild Basin Investments, LLC, et al. v. Phunware, Inc., et al.; Cause No. D-1-GN-19-008846 was filed in the 126th Judicial District Court of Travis County, Texas. The Plaintiffs invested in various early rounds of financing while the Company was private and claim the Company should not have subjected their shares to a 180-day "lock up" period. According to the Plaintiffs, the price of Phunware stock dropped significantly during the lock up period. The Plaintiffs seek unspecified damages in excess of $1,000. The Company maintains the Plaintiffs' claims are without merit and intends to contest vigorously the claims asserted in the lawsuit, but there can be no guarantees that a favorable resolution will be successful. All defendants have answered. The Court has not yet set a trial date or pretrial deadlines. The case is in early stage of discovery.
On March 9, 2020, Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP (“EGS”) filed a lawsuit against the Company. The complaint, captioned Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP versus Stellar Acquisition III, Corp a/k/a Stellar Acquisition III, Inc. n/k/a Phunware, Inc., was filed in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County (Case No. 152585/2020). Pursuant to the complaint, EGS sought monetary damages in the amount of $690 for alleged unpaid invoices related to legal services rendered for Stellar in conjunction with the reverse merger with the Company, plus legal and court costs. On September 29, 2020, the Company consummated a Settlement Agreement and General Release (the "Settlement Agreement") with EGS. The Settlement Agreement provides that Phunware pay a total sum of $600 to EGS in a series of installments beginning no later than October 15, 2020, and ending no later than October 15, 2023. There is no penalty for prepayments. Pursuant to the Settlement Agreement, on September 30, 2020, EGS filed a Stipulation of Voluntary Discontinuance with Prejudice with the court. In conjunction with the execution of the Settlement Agreement, the Company also signed an Affidavit of Confession of Judgment ("Confession of Judgment"), which provides that should the Company default in any payment obligations under the Settlement Agreement, EGS shall be entitled to enter the Confession of Judgment with the Court against the Company for $690 less any payments made under the Settlement Agreement. The Company reclassified $690 from accounts payable to accrued expenses in the condensed consolidated balance sheet as of September 30, 2020 related to the settlement. In accordance with authoritative guidance, the Company will defer any settlement gain, if any, until it has fulfilled its payment obligations under the settlement.
On April 24, 2020, Sha-Poppin Gourmet Popcorn, LLC, individually and on behalf of a class of similarly situated parties (the “Popcorn Company”), filed a lawsuit against certain defendants, including the Company. The case captioned, Sha-Poppin Gourmet Popcorn, LLC v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., RCSH Operations, LLC, RCSH Operations, Inc (together d/b/a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse), and Phunware, Inc., was filed in the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division. The Popcorn Company alleges that the Company was unjustly enriched by JPMorgan Chase for the Company's loan made pursuant to the PPP under the CARES Act. (See Note 6 for discussion related to the Company's CARES Act loan.) The Company filed a motion to dismiss the single claim against it and disputes the court's jurisdiction and the basis of the claim. The Company intends to defend the matter vigorously, but there can be no guarantees that a favorable resolution will be successful. Given the preliminary stage of the case, the Company is unable to predict the outcome of this dispute, or estimate the loss or range of loss, if any, associated with this matter.
From time to time, the Company is and may become involved in various legal proceedings in the ordinary course of business. The outcomes of our legal proceedings are inherently unpredictable, subject to significant uncertainties, and could be material to our operating results and cash flows for a particular reporting period. In addition, for the matters disclosed above that do not include an estimate of the amount of loss or range of losses, such an estimate is not possible, and we may be unable to estimate the possible loss or range of losses that could potentially result from the application of non-monetary remedies.