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Commitments and Contingencies

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Commitments and Contingencies
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2015
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies
Commitments and Contingencies
Lease Commitments
In the first quarter of 2013, we entered into a capital lease agreement for software that expires in 2016. We recognize lease expense on a straight-line basis over the lease term.
The assets under capital lease were as follows at March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014:
 
March 31, 2015
 
December 31, 2014
 
(in thousands)
Software
$
1,977

 
$
1,977

Less: Accumulated amortization
(1,252
)
 
(1,110
)
Assets under capital lease, net
$
725

 
$
867


The future minimum lease payments required under the capital leases and the present value of the net minimum lease payments, in thousands, as of March 31, 2015 were as follows:
2015
$
442

2016
294

Total minimum lease payments
$
736

Less amount representing average interest at 2.2%
(11
)
 
725

Less current portion
578

Long-term portion
$
147


The Company leases office facilities and equipment for various terms under long-term, non-cancellable operating lease agreements. The leases expire at various dates through 2020 and provide for renewal options. The agreements generally require the Company to pay for executory costs such as real estate taxes, insurance and repairs.
Guarantor Arrangements
We have agreements whereby we indemnify our officers and directors for certain events or occurrences while the officer or director is or was serving at our request in such capacity. The term of the indemnification period is for the officer or director’s lifetime. The maximum potential amount of future payments we could be required to make under these indemnification agreements is unlimited; however, we have a director and officer insurance policy that limits our exposure and enables us to recover a portion of any future amounts paid. As a result of our insurance policy coverage, we believe the estimated fair value of these indemnification agreements is minimal. Accordingly, we had no liabilities recorded for these agreements as of March 31, 2015 or December 31, 2014.
In the ordinary course of our business, we include standard indemnification provisions in our agreements with customers. Pursuant to these provisions, we indemnify our customers for losses suffered or incurred in connection with third-party claims that our products infringed upon any U.S. patent, copyright, trademark or other intellectual property right. Where applicable, we generally limit such infringement indemnities to those claims directed solely to our products and not in combination with other software or products. With respect to our products, we also generally reserve the right to resolve any such claims by designing a non-infringing alternative, by obtaining a license on reasonable terms or by terminating our relationship with the customer and refunding the customer’s fees.
The potential amount of future payments to defend lawsuits or settle indemnified claims under these indemnification provisions is unlimited in certain agreements; however, we believe the estimated fair value of these indemnification provisions is minimal, and, accordingly, we had no liabilities recorded for these agreements as of March 31, 2015 or December 31, 2014.
Litigation
From time to time, in the normal course of our business, we are a party to litigation matters and claims. Litigation can be expensive and disruptive to normal business operations. Moreover, the results of complex legal proceedings are difficult to predict and our view of these matters may change in the future as the litigation and events related thereto unfold. We expense legal fees as incurred. Insurance recoveries associated with legal costs incurred are recorded when they are deemed probable of recovery.
We review the status of each matter and record a provision for a liability when we consider both that it is probable that a liability has been incurred and that the amount of the loss can be reasonably estimated. These provisions are reviewed quarterly and adjusted as additional information becomes available. If either or both of the criteria are not met, we assess whether there is at least a reasonable possibility that a loss, or additional losses beyond those already accrued, may be incurred. If there is a reasonable possibility that a material loss (or additional material loss in excess of any existing accrual) may be incurred, we disclose an estimate of the amount of loss or range of losses, either individually or in the aggregate, as appropriate, if such an estimate can be made, or disclose that an estimate of loss cannot be made. An unfavorable outcome in any legal matter, if material, could have an adverse effect on our operations, financial position, liquidity and results of operations.
During the three months ended March 31, 2014, we expensed $4.7 million, inclusive of the settlements and other associated costs, related to litigation settled during that period. The litigation related to reimbursement claims made against us, each by a primary and an excess layer errors and omissions insurance carrier. The carriers were seeking reimbursement of claims formerly funded by them relating to a litigation matter settled in 2012.
We are involved in other litigation matters not listed above but we believe that any reasonably possible adverse outcome of these matters would not be material either individually or in the aggregate at this time. Our view of the matters not listed may change in the future as the litigation and events related to those unfold.