COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
|6 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2021
|Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]
|COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
|COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
Commitments to Purchase Inventory
The Company uses contract manufacturers for its manufacturing operations. Under these arrangements, the contract manufacturer procures inventory to manufacture products based upon the Company’s forecast of customer demand. The Company has similar arrangements with certain other suppliers. The Company is responsible for the financial impact on the supplier or contract manufacturer of any reduction or product mix shift in the forecast relative to materials that the third party had already purchased under a prior forecast. Such a variance in forecasted demand could require a cash payment for inventory in excess of current customer demand or for costs of excess or
obsolete inventory. As of September 30, 2021, the Company had issued non-cancelable commitments for $57.3 million to purchase inventory from its contract manufacturers and suppliers.
On July 22, 2016, Realtime Data LLC d/b/a IXO (“Realtime Data”) filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the Company in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, alleging infringement of U.S. Patents Nos. 7,161,506, 7,378,992, 7,415,530, 8,643,513, 9,054,728, and 9,116,908. The lawsuit has been transferred to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California for further proceedings. Realtime Data asserts that the Company has incorporated Realtime Data’s patented technology into its compression products and services. Realtime Data seeks unspecified monetary damages and other relief that the Court deems appropriate. On July 31, 2017, the District Court stayed proceedings in this litigation pending the outcome of Inter Partes Review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board relating to the Realtime patents. In those proceedings the asserted claims of the ’506 patent, the ’992 patent, and the ’513 patent were found unpatentable. In addition, on July 19, 2019, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware issued a decision finding that all claims of the ’728 patent, the ’530 patent, and the ’908 patent are not eligible for patent protection under 35 U.S.C. § 101 (the “Delaware Action”). On appeal, the Federal Circuit vacated the decision in the Delaware Action and remanded for the Court to “elaborate on its ruling.” The case pending against Quantum in the Northern District of California remains stayed pending the final outcome in the Delaware Action. On May 4, 2021, the Court in the Delaware Action reaffirmed its earlier ruling and granted defendants’ motions to dismiss under Section 101. The Court also granted Realtime Data fourteen days to file amended complaints in the Delaware Action where they sought leave to do so. On May 19, 2021, Realtime Data filed amended complaints including revised bases for claims of infringement of the same patents. On June 29, 2021, defendants in the Delaware Action filed a renewed motion to dismiss under Section 101. Realtime Data filed its opposition to the motion to dismiss on July 13, 2021. On August 23, 2021, the Court again reaffirmed its earlier ruling and granted defendants’ motions to dismiss under Section 101. Realtime Data has appealed that decision to the Federal Circuit. Quantum believes the probability that this lawsuit will have a material adverse effect on our business, operating results or financial condition is remote.
On July 14, 2020, Starboard Value LP, Starboard Value and Opportunity Master Fund Ltd., Starboard Value and Opportunity S LLC, and Starboard Value and Opportunity C LP (collectively, “Starboard”) filed a lawsuit against Quantum Corporation, Quantum’s former CEO and board member Jon Gacek, and former Quantum board member Paul Auvil in the California Superior Court in Santa Clara County. The complaint alleges that between 2012 and 2014, Starboard purchased a large number of shares of Quantum’s common stock, obtained three seats on Quantum’s board of directors and then, in July 2014, entered into an agreement with Quantum whereby Starboard would not seek control of Quantum’s board but would instead support Quantum’s slate of board nominees so long as Quantum met certain performance objectives by the end of fiscal 2015. The complaint further alleges that Quantum hid its failure to meet those performance objectives by improperly recognizing revenue in fiscal 2015. Mr. Gacek resigned from the board effective May 1, 2017, and as CEO effective November 7, 2017; Mr. Auvil resigned from the board effective November 8, 2017. The complaint’s accounting allegations largely repeat allegations made in now-concluded shareholder class actions, shareholder derivative actions and an SEC investigation, the settlement of which Quantum previously reported in the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on January 29, 2020 and Form 10-K filed with the SEC on August 6, 2019 (among other SEC filings). On September 14, 2020, defendants filed a motion to dismiss the California action on grounds of forum non conveniens and the mandatory Delaware forum selection clauses set forth in the contracts between Starboard and Quantum. On November 19, 2020, Starboard filed a first amended complaint in which Quantum was not named as a defendant, in effect dismissing Quantum from the California action. On January 8, 2021, Messrs. Gacek and Auvil moved to dismiss the amended complaint in California on grounds of forum non conveniens and the mandatory Delaware forum selection clauses set forth in the contracts between Starboard and Quantum. On March 11, 2021, the California Superior Court stayed the California action.
On April 14, 2021, Starboard filed a new action in the Delaware Court of Chancery, naming as defendants Messrs. Gacek and Auvil and Quantum. The new action largely repeats the allegations of the California action, alleging claims for fraud against all defendants, fraudulent concealment against all defendants, negligent misrepresentation against all defendants, breach of contract against Quantum, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing against Quantum, and breach of fiduciary duty against Messrs. Gacek and Auvil. The complaint prays for unspecified damages in an amount to be determined at trial, costs and attorneys’ fees, and any other relief deemed just or appropriate by the court. On May 10, 2021, Quantum filed a motion to dismiss this Delaware action, as did Messrs. Gacek and Auvil. Under the briefing schedule agreed to by the parties and approved by the Court of
Chancery, briefing on the motions ended July 26, 2021. The Court set oral argument on the motions for September 28, 2021, but on August 4, 2021, on its own motion, postponed the hearing to November 1, 2021. At this time, Quantum is unable to estimate the range of possible outcomes with respect to this matter.
Additionally, from time to time, the Company is a party to various legal proceedings and claims arising from the normal course of business activities. Based on current available information, the Company does not expect that the ultimate outcome of any of these other currently pending unresolved matters, individually or in the aggregate, will have a material adverse effect on the Company’s results of operations, cash flows or financial position.