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Commitments and Contingencies

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Commitments and Contingencies
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2019
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies

Note 10 – Commitments and Contingencies

 

During the audit process, a vendor for whom the Company has recorded $50,000 in accounts payable, confirmed an open invoice due to them that was greater than what was reported on the Company’s financial statements. The Company believes that this invoice is legally disputable, as follows:

 

1. The invoice was only prepared and submitted after the request for a confirmation letter. No demand has ever been made to the Company for payment either orally, invoice or letter.
   
2. The invoice fails to reflect any payments made to the account, although Company records show that certain amounts were paid to this account.
   
3. The invoice includes a bonus fee for services rendered in connection with a lease transfer. This fee was not earned in that the milestone for the bonus was a lease transfer which remains in litigation and the terms of the oral modification of the written contract between the parties required the successful completion of the transfer as the milestone.
   
4. The contract between the parties was terminated in May, 2018.

 

The Company believes that the invoice is completely irregular and does not represent any legitimate debt of the Company to this vendor.

 

Contractual Obligations

 

Leases

 

Effective March 4, 2019, the Company entered into a sublease agreement, expiring November 30, 2020, for approximately 3,236 square feet of office space in Los Angeles, California, at a monthly rental amount of $9,500, and subsequently moved its corporate headquarters to the new location.

 

The Company records the lease asset and lease liability at the present value of lease payments over the lease term. The leases typically do not provide an implicit rate; therefore, the Company uses its estimated incremental borrowing rate at the time of lease commencement to discount the present value of lease payments. The Company’s discount rate for operating leases at June 30, 2019 was 12%. Lease expense is recognized on a straight-line basis over the lease term. Our weighted-average remaining lease term is 1.67 years.

 

As of June 30, 2019, the maturities of operating leases liabilities are as follows:

 

    Operating Leases  
Remaining 2019   $ 57,000  
2020     107,350  
Total     164,350  
Less: amount representing interest     (17,150 )
Present value of future minimum lease payments     147,200  
Less: current obligations under leases     101,225  
Long-term lease obligations   $ 45,975  

  

Rent expense is recognized on a straight-line basis over the life of the lease. Rent expense consists of the following:

 

    Six months ended  
    June 30, 2019  
Operating lease costs   $ 44,250  
Variable rent costs     (- )
Total rent expense   $ 44,250  

 

Other information related to leases is as follows:

 

    Six months ended  
    June 30, 2019  
Other information:        
Cash paid for amounts included in the measurement of lease liabilities:        
Operating cash flows from operating leases   $ 44,250  
         
Weighted-average remaining lease term - operating leases     1.42 yr  
Weighted-average discount rate - operating leases     12 %

 

Legal proceedings

 

The Company has determined that judgments rendered in the second quarter of 2018 in connection with all but four of the following legal proceedings against the Company are Type 1 subsequent events that provide additional evidence with respect to conditions that existed at the date of the balance sheet. Therefore, the financial statements reflect the effects of prejudgment judgments awards to plaintiffs through June 30, 2019, noted below in accordance with Auditing Standard 2801.03.

 

Utah Wells

 

Graco Fishing & Rental Tools, Inc. vs. Tiger Energy Operating LLC (Case No. 160800005 8th Judicial District Court, Duchesne County, State of Utah)

 

Plaintiff in this case sought collection of unpaid debt incurred by TEO for services rendered in connection with its workover of wells in Duchesne County, Utah. On June 1, 2016, a default judgment of $159,965 was obtained against TEO by Plaintiff. Graco filed a writ of execution against the A Rust 2, Dye-Hall 2-21 A1, Wilkins 1-24 A5 and Rust 3-22A-4 wells located in Duchesne County executing on properties not owned by us. A Motion to Set Aside the sheriff’s sale of these properties was filed with the court based on the fact that TEO was not the owner of these properties. A hearing for this matter was held on May 1, 2017, in Duchesne County, Utah, at which time a Company representative was present to comply with the court’s order to produce documents. Prior to the hearing, TEO made an initial settlement offer, which was eventually rejected by Graco. A writ of execution was issued to seize the property subject of litigation on March 8, 2018.

 

Graco had scheduled certain foreclosure sales of TEO’s interests in various oil and gas wells to take place on May 3, 2018 (the “Sales”). On April 27, 2018, the parties reached a settlement and release agreement whereby TEO agreed to make five (5) payments totaling $163,964.59 to Graco. The first payment due on May 9, 2018, has already been made to the judgment holder. The second payment of $32,792.92 is due on July 9, 2018; the third payment of $32,792.92 is due on September 9, 2018; the fourth payment of $32,792.92 is due on November 9, 2018; and fifth and final payment of $32,792.92 is due on January 9, 2019. If any of the above payments are not made when due, Grace will have the right to immediately execute the Sales. Graco will maintain and apply liens and notices of its judgment until the total payment has been paid in full by TEO. TEO shall be provided with a 10-day period within which to cure any default under the settlement agreement, other than making the first payment described above. TEO made its second payment of $32,793 on July 19, 2018, within the 10-day cure period provided in the settlement agreement. TEO made its third payment of $32,793 on September 11, 2018, within the 10-day cure period provided in the settlement agreement. TEO also made its fourth payment of $32,793 on November 15, 2018. On January 25, 2019, the Plaintiff issued a Writ of Execution Notice. A Notice of Sheriff Sale was filed on February 1, 2019.

 

Regarding the Company’s Utah properties, there was a settlement agreement between Graco Fishing & Rental Tools, Inc. (“Graco”) and Tiger Energy Operating, LLC (“TEO”), an indirect subsidiary of the Company and the Operator of the Duck Creek wells. Graco obtained a default judgment of $159,965 against TEO, subsequent to which they were also issued Writs of Execution against the certain TEO wells, located in Uintah and Duchesne County, Utah.

 

Graco had scheduled foreclosure sales of TEO’s interests in four wells (A Rust 2, Dye-Hall 2-21-A1, Wilkins 1-24A5, and Rust 3-22A4), which was to take place on May 3, 2018 (the “Sales”). On April 27, 2018, the parties reached a settlement and release agreement whereby TEO agreed to make five (5) payments totaling $163,965 to Graco. If any of the above payments were not made when due, Graco had the right to immediately execute the Sales. Graco also had the right to maintain and apply liens and notices of its judgment until the total payment has been paid in full by TEO. On June 27, 2018, Finley Resources, Inc. (“Finley”), acquired all of Graco’s right, title and interest in the settlement agreement.

 

The first four settlement payments to the judgment holder were made timely but the last and final payment was made late, and the judgment holder (i.e. Finley) rejected TEO’s final payment. The Company disputes this because the final date of the 10-day cure period was on a Saturday, which is not considered a business day and therefore, the payment was made on the following business day. On January 25, 2019, Finley issued a Writ of Execution Notice and a Notice of Sheriff Sale was filed on February 1, 2019, for the four wells: A Rust 2, Dye-Hall 2-21-A1, Wilkins 1-24A5, and Rust 3-22A4. While it believes it could prevail should it protest Finley’s actions, the Company believes that the production value of the affected properties is limited. For additional details, please review the Legal Proceedings section of the 10-K report.

 

Conquest Well Servicing, LLC vs. Foothills Exploration Operating, Inc. (Case No. 179800421 8th Judicial District Court in and for Uintah County, State of Utah)

 

Plaintiff filed this action on September 11, 2017, for collection of unpaid services and materials in the amount of $49,689 in connection with a workover of wells in Uintah County, Utah. A Settlement Agreement and Stipulation to Entry of Judgment was agreed to by the parties and filed with the court on October 10, 2017. Judgment in the amount of $54,937.10 including $5,248.10 in pre-judgement interest was filed on December 18, 2017. An order requesting company asset inquiry was issued on February 20, 2018. As of June 30, 2019, we recorded $13,489 of prejudgment interest expense. A hearing on contempt by FEOI for failure to appear and an answer as to assets was set for September 13, 2018. A stipulation was filed with the court to continue the hearing to October 22, 2018. FEOI inadvertently failed to appear at this hearing, resulting in a contempt of court citation being issued. Currently, FEOI is seeking to reschedule this hearing and intends to purge any contempt by compliance with the court’s order.

 

BIA Administrative Appeal – Tiger Energy Partners International, LLC

 

Notice of Appeal: Dated May 8, 2013
Appellant: Tiger Energy Partners International, LLC
Appellee: Superintendent Uintah and Ouray Agency
Decision April 12, 2013
Concerning: Notice of Expiration of Oil and Gas Leases

 

This Administrative appeal concerns the ownership and validity of Northern Ute (the “Tribe”) Tribal leases acquired by Tiger Energy Partners International, LLC (TEPI) in a transaction with Mountain Oil and Gas and its affiliated companies. Pursuant to the Global Settlement Agreement (GSA) negotiated between the Tribe and TEPI, the Company proposes to resolve any issues regarding the ownership of the subject leases and other lands thus acquired. The status of the appeal by TEPI remained unchanged at June 30, 2019, awaiting decision by the Regional Director of the BIA on the merits of the appeal. The decision of the Regional Director is stayed by the parties having entered into the GSA. The Tribe and Tiger remain in discussion regarding approval of the Global Settlement Agreement by the Regional Director. There has been no change in the status of this matter as of the date of this current report.

 

Labokay Well – Parish of Calcasieu, State of Louisiana

 

R.W. Delaney Construction Company vs. Foothills Petroleum Operating, Inc. (Cause No. 2017-CV-0330 – County Court of Adams County, Mississippi)

 

This case was filed on September 18, 2017 and concerns the collection of amounts incurred by FPOI for services performed by plaintiff in the amount of $72,495 in connection with drilling the Labokay test well in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana.

 

A judgment was entered on January 22, 2018, in the County Court of Adams County, Mississippi in the principal amount of $72,495, plus pre-judgement interest in the amount of $12,763, plus attorney’s fees in the amount of $18,124, plus costs in the amount of $196, for a total amount of $103,578, plus post-judgment interest at the rate of 8% per annum. On May 9, 2018, District Court for the City and County of Denver, Colorado, granted plaintiff with an order granting their petition to domesticate this foreign judgment with the Denver District Court, which now has the same effect and is subject to the same procedures, defenses, and proceedings for reopening, vacating, or staying as a judgment from the Denver District Court, and may be enforced or satisfied in like manner. No further action has been filed in this matter as of the date of this current report.

 

Performance Drilling Company, LLC vs. Foothills Petroleum Operating, Inc. (Case No. 2017-3916 DIV G 14th Judicial District Court in Parish of Calcasieu, State of Louisiana)

 

This case was filed on September 25, 2017, for payment of services performed by plaintiff in the amount of $205,251 for unpaid accounts in connection with its drilling of the Labokay test well. On January 16, 2018, a default judgment was entered against FPOI, in the amount of $205,251.24; together with accrued interest of $29,861 from March 18, 2017, through December 31, 2017; plus, additional interest from January 1, 2018, at the rate of one and one-half percent (1.5%) per month until paid (a per diem rate of $103.69); plus, an additional sum for reasonable attorney’s fees of $2,500, and all costs of the court proceedings. FPOI was cited to appear through its authorized representative, B.P. Allaire, in Open Court, on 27th of July at 9:00 a.m. to be examined as a Judgment Debtor. FPOI was ordered to produce at the above time and place all the books, papers and other documents so requested in the petition. FPOI inadvertently failed to appear at this hearing and is currently seeking to reschedule this hearing. No further action has been taken as of the date of this current report.

 

Monster Rentals, LLC dba Deepwell Equipment Rentals vs. Foothills Petroleum Operating, Inc. (Case No. 2017-11013 DIV E – 15th Judicial District Court in Parish of Acadia, State of Louisiana)

 

This case was filed on October 24, 2017 and concerns the collection of amounts incurred by FPOI for services performed by plaintiff in the amount of $53,943.53 in connection with the Labokay test well in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. On December 5, 2017, a default judgement was entered against FPOI in favor of Plaintiff in the amount of $53,943.53, plus attorneys’ fees of $3,483 and court costs and expenses in the amount of $476.84, plus judicial interest from the date of the judicial demand, until paid, and for all costs of these proceedings. No further action has been filed in this matter as of the date of this current report.

 

Canal Petroleum Products, Inc. vs. Foothills Petroleum Operating, Inc. (Case No. 2017-6574; DIV. C – 15th Judicial District Court, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana)

 

This case was filed on November 14, 2017 and concerns the collection of amounts incurred by FPOI for services performed by plaintiff in the amount of $35,981 for unpaid accounts in connection with its drilling of the Labokay test well.

 

On January 25, 2018, a default judgment was entered against FPOI in the amount of $35,981 inclusive of interest as of September 6, 2017; plus, finance charges to accrue after September 6, 2017, of one and one-half percent per month (18% per annum) until paid on the unpaid principal amount of $32,956; plus, legal fees of $8,239 together with related court costs. No further action filed in this matter as of the date of this current report.

 

Smith International, Inc. vs. Foothills Petroleum Operating, Inc. (Case No. 2017-004617; DIV. E – 14th Judicial District Court, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana)

 

This case was filed on November 7, 2017 and concerns the collection of amounts incurred by FPOI for services performed by plaintiff in the amount of $30,244 in connection with its drilling of the Labokay test well.

 

On March 23, 2018, the court issued a preliminary judgement in favor of plaintiff in the amount of $30,244, plus interest in the contractual amount of 18% per annum from the date the payment was originally due until the judgment date, plus legal interest from the judgment date until amounts are paid, plus reasonable attorneys’ fees. On April 3, 2018, a final judgment was entered in favor of plaintiff. No further action filed in this matter as of the date of this current report.

 

M-I, L.L.C. d/b/a MI-SWACO vs. Foothills Petroleum Operating, Inc. (Case No. 2017-004616; DIV. G – 14th Judicial District Court, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana)

 

This case was filed on November 7, 2017 and concerns the collection of amounts incurred by FPOI for services performed by plaintiff in the amount of $51,275 in connection with the Labokay test well.

 

On March 23, 2018, the court issued a preliminary judgment in favor of plaintiff in the amount of $51,275, plus interest in the contractual amount of 1.5% per month from the date the payment was originally due until the judgement date, plus legal interest from the judgment date until amounts are paid, plus reasonable attorney’s fees expended in the prosecution and collection of debt. On April 3, 2018, a final judgment was entered in favor of plaintiff. No further action has been filed in this matter as of the date of this current report.

 

Schlumberger Technology Corporation vs. Foothills Petroleum Operating, Inc. (Case No. 2017-004618; DIV. E – 14th Judicial District Court, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana)

 

This case was filed on November 7, 2017 and concerns the collection of amounts incurred by FPOI for services performed by plaintiff in the amount of $28,904 for unpaid accounts in connection with its drilling of the Labokay test well in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana.

 

On March 23, 2018, the court issued a preliminary judgment in favor of plaintiff in the amount of $28,904, plus interest in the contractual amount of 1.5% per month from the date the payment was originally due until the judgment date, plus legal interest from the judgment date until amounts are paid, plus reasonable attorney’s fees expended in the prosecution and collection of debt. On April 3, 2018, a final judgment was entered in favor of plaintiff. No further action has been filed in this matter as of the date of this current report.

 

Zealous Energy Services, LLC vs. Foothills Petroleum Operating, Inc. (Docket No. 086708 Div. C 16th Judicial District Court, Parish of St. Martin, Louisiana)

 

On September 28, 2018, the Court after reviewing the record of these proceedings, found the law and evidence supported Plaintiff’s demands and, without holding a hearing, ruled as follows: the Court ordered, adjudged and decreed that a money judgement be rendered in favor of Zealous Energy Services, LLC and against Foothills Petroleum Operating, Inc. in the full and true amount of $53,026.58, plus interest at the judicial interest rate of 5% per annum from January 24, 2018, the date of judicial demand, until finally paid, plus attorney’s fees of $1,260.00 and all cost. On March 1, 2019, a Motion to Examine Judgment Debtor was filed with the court.

 

633 17th Street Operating Company LLC v. Foothills Exploration, Inc. (Case No. 2019CV30189, District Court, City and County of Denver, Colorado)

 

This case was filed on January 16, 2019, seeking unpaid leasehold obligations in the amount of $75,107 from the Defendant. On June 25, 2019 a judgement was granted to Plaintiff in the amount of $139,793.42. A Writ of Garnishment was filed against Foothills debtor, Bank of America on July 16, 2019.

 

As of June 30, 2019, and December 31, 2018, the balance of other liabilities was $389,599 and $282,676, respectively.