This excerpt taken from the PBI 10-Q filed Aug 6, 2007.
16. Commitments and Contingencies
In the ordinary course of business, we are routinely defendants in or party to a number of pending and threatened legal actions. These may involve litigation by or against us relating to, among other things, contractual rights under vendor, insurance or other contracts; intellectual property or patent rights; equipment, service, payment or other disputes with customers; or disputes with employees.
In Ricoh Corporation et al. v. Pitney Bowes Inc. (United States District Court, District of New Jersey, filed November 26, 2002), the patent litigation where the company prevailed at trial, the court denied the parties post-trial motions. The Company expects that Ricoh will pursue an appeal. If so, the Company will need to pursue on appeal the issues on which it did not prevail at trial, even though the ultimate verdict was in our favor.
During the second quarter of 2007, the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation consolidated the ten purported class actions filed against our subsidiary, Imagitas, Inc. alleging that the Imagitas DriverSource program violates the federal Drivers Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) before a single judge in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. The cases are now jointly referred to as In re Imagitas, Inc., Drivers Privacy Protection Act Litigation, MDL Docket No. 1828. There have also been lawsuits filed against officials of the departments of motor vehicles in four of the states where the DriverSource program is active, Florida, Missouri, Minnesota and Ohio. The officials in states other than Florida are contesting the transfer of their cases and inclusion in the Multi-District Litigation.
As part of the sale of the Capital Services business in the second quarter of 2006, we indemnified the buyer for certain guarantees by posting letters of credit at the date of sale. At June 30, 2007, the outstanding balance of these guarantees was approximately $9 million. Our maximum risk of loss related to these letters of credit arises from the possible non-performance of lessees to meet the terms of their contracts and from changes in the value of the underlying equipment. These contracts are secured by the underlying equipment value and supported by the creditworthiness of the customer.
We provide product warranties in conjunction with certain product sales, generally for a period of 90 days from the date of installation. Our product warranty liability reflects our best estimate of probable liability or product warranties based on historical claims experience, which has not been significant, and other currently available evidence. Accordingly, our product warranty liability at June 30, 2007 and December 31, 2006, respectively, was not material.
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