COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
|6 Months Ended|
Sep. 30, 2018
|Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]|
|COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES||
NOTE 8 – COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
The Company entered into multiple office lease agreements, see detail under “Note 4 – Property and Equipment – Office Leases”.
The Company’s oil and gas lease acreage is subject to expiration if the Company does not drill and hold such acreage by production or exercise options to extend such leases. At March 31, 2018, the Company had 423 acres of unproved lease acreage that is set to expire during fiscal year 2019 unless drilled or otherwise extended by the Company. During the six months ended September 30, 2018, leases for 245 unproved acres expired and a resulting impairment of approximately $755,966 was recognized, leaving 178 acres remaining.
Legal Proceedings. From time to time suits and claims against Camber arise in the ordinary course of Camber’s business, including contract disputes and title disputes. Camber records reserves for contingencies when information available indicates that a loss is probable and the amount of the loss can be reasonably estimated.
In October 2018, the Company entered into a confidential settlement agreement with MidFirst Bank, its prior landlord and settled all claims relating to the Company’s prior office space lease. See also “Note 4 – Property and Equipment” for further discussion.
Maranatha Oil Matter
In November 2015, Randy L. Robinson, d/b/a Maranatha Oil Co. sued the Company in Gonzales County, Texas (Cause No. 26160). The plaintiff alleged that it assigned oil and gas leases to the Company in April 2010, retaining a 4% overriding royalty interest and 50% working interest and that the Company failed to pay such overriding royalty interest or royalty interest. The interests relate to certain oil and gas properties which the Company subsequently sold to Nordic Oil USA in April 2013. The petition alleges causes of actions for breach of contract, failure to pay royalties, non-payment of working interest, fraud, fraud in the inducement of contract, money had and received, constructive trust, violation of theft liability act, continuing tort and fraudulent concealment. The suit seeks approximately $100,000 in amounts alleged owed, plus pre-and post-judgment interest. The Company has filed a denial to the claims.
On September 28, 2017, Aaron Rubenstein, a purported shareholder of the Company’s common stock, filed a lawsuit against the Company (as nominal defendant) and Richard N. Azar II, it’s then Chief Executive Officer and director (who has since resigned from both positions), RAD2 Management, LLC, RAD2 Minerals, Ltd. and Segundo Resources, LLC, each an entity owned and controlled by Mr. Azar, in the United States District Court, Western District of Texas (Case No. 5:17-cv-962-FB). The suit seeks the recovery (for the benefit of the Company) of alleged short-swing profits from Mr. Azar and his related entities under Section 16(b) of the Exchange Act relating to various transactions involving Series B Preferred Stock of the Company in November 2016 and January 2017. Mr. Azar denied the existence of any short-swing profits and filed a denial with the court. The Company also filed a denial with the court.
The parties are currently in discussions regarding a settlement of the plaintiff’s claims. Following the date of this filing the Company anticipates entering into a settlement agreement and that the plaintiff will file a dismissal of the plaintiff’s claims with the court.
In October 2017, the Company agreed to pay directly and reimburse entities owned in part by Alan Dreeben, a former director of the Company, for legal fees and settlement payments expended in connection with the defense of Petroflow Energy Corporation v. Sezar Energy, L.P. and Brittany Energy, LLC, Case No. 16-CV-700-TCK;TLW, In the United States District Court – N.D. OK. The Company was the beneficiary through the release of interest in disputed lease interests from Petroflow to the Company that provides the Company with complete control over those properties to renew expired leases and to have 100% of the drilling rights related to those properties. Sezar Energy and Brittany Energy have assigned any interests they may have had in conjunction with litigation in exchange for the Company making the agreed settlement payments of $475,000 plus direct payments and reimbursement of the legal costs paid on behalf of the defendants by Mr. Dreeben. Total legal fees expended by such entities totaled $392,043, and the Company reimbursed such fees by issuing Mr. Dreeben 78,409 shares of common stock with a value of $0.20 per share in November 2017. In addition, the Company directly paid legal fees and settlement payments totaling $567,633. The total expense related to the Petroflow matter of $959,676 is included in General and Administrative expense on the statement of operations during the year ended March 31, 2018.
Segundo Settlement Agreement
Also on July 12, 2018, the Company entered into a Compromise Settlement Agreement and Mutual Release with Segundo described in greater detail above under “Note 2 – Liquidity and Going Concern Considerations – Segundo Settlement Agreement”.
The entire disclosure for commitments and contingencies.
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