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Commitments and Contingencies

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Commitments and Contingencies

11. Commitments and Contingencies

Litigation

From time to time the Company is or may become subject to various legal proceedings arising in the ordinary course of business, including proceedings initiated by users, other entities, or regulatory bodies. Estimated liabilities are recorded when it is both probable that a liability has been incurred and the amount of the loss can be reasonably estimated. In many instances, the Company is unable to determine whether a loss is probable or to reasonably estimate the amount of such a loss and, therefore, the potential future losses arising from a matter may differ from the amount of estimated liabilities the Company has recorded in the financial statements covering these matters. The Company reviews its estimates periodically and makes adjustments to reflect negotiations, estimated settlements, rulings, advice of legal counsel, and other information and events pertaining to a particular matter.

Cases under Telephone Consumer Protection Act

Porch and/or an acquired entity, GoSmith.com, are party to twelve legal proceedings alleging violations of the automated calling and/or Do Not Call restrictions of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (“TCPA”). Some of these actions allege related state law claims. The proceedings were commenced as mass tort actions by a single plaintiffs’ law firm in December 2019 and April/May 2020 in federal district courts throughout the United States. One of the actions was dismissed with prejudice and is on appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The remainder have been consolidated in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, where Porch resides. That case is stayed pending the outcome of the appeal. Plaintiffs seek actual, statutory, and/or treble damages, injunctive relief, and reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs.

These actions are at an early stage in the litigation process. It is not possible to determine the likelihood of an unfavorable outcome of these disputes, although it is reasonably possible that the outcome of these actions may be unfavorable. Further, it is not possible to estimate the range or amount of potential loss (if the outcome should be unfavorable). Porch intends to contest these cases vigorously.

Kandela, LLC v Porch.com, Inc.

In May 2020, the former owners of Kandela, LLC filed complaints against Porch in the Superior Court of the State of California, alleging a breach of contract related to the terms and achievement of an earnout agreement related to the acquisition of the Kandela business and related fraudulent inducement claims. Claimants seek to recover compensatory damages based on an asset purchase agreement entered into with Porch and related employment agreements. Claimants also seek punitive damages, attorney’s fees and costs. This matter is at an early stage in the arbitration process and Porch is unable to determine the likelihood of an unfavorable outcome, although it is reasonably possible that the outcome may be unfavorable. Certain claimants have settled their claims, and this settlement is within the range of the estimated accrual. Arbitration of the remaining claims is currently scheduled for March 2022. Porch is unable to provide an estimate of the range or amount of potential loss across the remaining claims (if the outcome should be unfavorable); however, Porch has recorded an estimated accrual related to the claims underlying the aforementioned settlement. Porch intends to contest the remaining claims vigorously.

Putative Wage and Hours Class Action Proceeding

A former employee of HireAHelper™ filed a complaint in San Diego County Superior Court in November 2020, asserting putative class action claims for failure to pay overtime, failure to pay compensation at the time of separation and unfair business practices in violation of California law. HireAHelper™ was served with the complaint in December 2020 and on January 28, 2021 Defendants removed the case to the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. The plaintiff seeks to represent all current and former non-exempt employees of HireAHelper™ and Legacy Porch and Porch’s other affiliated companies in the State of California during the relevant time period. Plaintiffs seek damages for unpaid wages, liquidated damages, penalties, attorneys’ fees and costs. While this action is still at an early stage in the litigation process, Porch has recorded an estimated accrual for a contingent loss based on information currently known. The parties recently attended a mediation in an effort to resolve the matter. The mediation was successful, and a tentative deal was reached pending execution of the long form settlement agreement and approval by the court.

Other

In addition, in the ordinary course of business, Porch and its subsidiaries are (or may become) parties to litigation involving property, personal injury, contract, intellectual property and other claims, as well as stockholder derivative actions, class action lawsuits and other matters. The amounts that may be recovered in such matters may be subject to insurance coverage. Although the results of legal proceedings and claims cannot be predicted with certainty, neither Porch nor any of its subsidiaries is currently a party to any legal proceedings the outcome of which, we believe, if determined adversely to us, would individually or in the aggregate have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition or results of operations

Regulatory Requirements and Restrictions

HAIC is subject to the laws and regulations of the State of Texas and the regulations of any other states in which HAIC conducts business. State regulations cover all aspects of HAIC’s business and are generally designed to protect the interests of insurance policyholders, as opposed to the interests of stockholders. The Texas Insurance Code requires all property and casualty insurers to have a minimum of $2.5 million in capital stock and $2.5 million in surplus. HAIC has capital and surplus in excess of this requirement.

As of September 30, 2021 HAIC had restricted cash and investments totaling $314 thousand and pledged to the Department of Insurance in certain states as a condition of its Certificate of Authority for the purpose of meeting obligations to policyholders and creditors. See Note 1.

The Texas Insurance Code limits dividends from insurance companies to their stockholders to net income accumulated in the Company’s surplus account, or “earned surplus”. The maximum dividend that may be paid without approval of the Insurance Commissioner is limited to the greater of 10% of the statutory surplus at the end of the preceding calendar year or the statutory net income of the preceding calendar year. No dividends were paid by HAIC in the first nine months of 2021.