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Commitments and Contingent Liabilities

Commitments and Contingent Liabilities
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2022
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingent Liabilities Commitments and Contingent Liabilities
In the ordinary course of business, the Company enters into agreements with customers, providers of services and data that the Company uses in its business operations, and other third parties pursuant to which the Company agrees to indemnify and defend them and their affiliates for losses resulting from claims of intellectual property infringement, damages to property or persons, business losses, and other costs and liabilities. Generally, these indemnity and defense obligations relate to claims and losses that result from the Company’s acts or omissions, including actual or alleged process errors, inclusion of erroneous or impermissible information, or omission of includable information in background screening reports that the Company prepares. In addition, under some circumstances, the Company agrees to indemnify and defend contract counterparties against losses resulting from their own business operations, obligations, and acts or omissions, or the business operations, obligations, and acts or omissions of third parties. For example, its business interposes the Company between suppliers of information that the Company includes in its background screening reports and customers that use those reports; the Company generally agrees to indemnify and defend its customers against claims and losses that result from erroneous information provided by its suppliers, and also to indemnify and defend its suppliers against claims and losses that result from misuse of their information by its customers.
The Company’s agreements with customers, suppliers, and other third parties typically include provisions limiting its liability to the counterparty, and the counterparty’s liability to the Company. However, these limits often
do not apply to indemnity obligations. The Company’s rights to recover from one party for its acts or omissions may be capped below the Company’s obligation to another party for those same acts or omissions, and the Company’s obligation to provide indemnity and defense for its own acts or omissions in any particular situation may be uncapped.
The Company has entered into indemnification agreements with the members of its board of directors and executive officers that require the Company, among other things, to indemnify them against certain liabilities that may arise by reason of their status or service. In addition, customers of the Company may seek indemnity for negligent hiring claims that result from the Company’s alleged failure to identify or report adverse background information about an individual.
As of December 31, 2021, the Company included $1.4 million in accrued expenses and other current liabilities in the consolidated balance sheets as a result of the Company agreeing to indemnify a customer from a negligent hiring claim. While the Company did not believe it had legal responsibility, the Company chose to indemnify the customer against the negligent hiring claim in the interests of customer relations and to limit risk. On January 11, 2022, the Company paid the $1.4 million to the customer. The Company is not aware of any other pending demands to provide indemnity or defense under such agreements that would reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect on its consolidated financial statements.
On December 31, 2022 and February 16, 2023, the Company entered into definitive agreements to purchase 60% of the equity interests in a privately held company for a total purchase price of approximately $26.5 million, subject to satisfaction of closing conditions.