SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D)
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported) April 12, 2018
Harvest Natural Resources, Inc.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)
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|5956 Sherry Lane, Suite 1000|
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(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
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|Item 8.01||Other Events.|
As earlier reported, in February 2015, Harvest Natural Resources, Inc. (the “Company”), its subsidiary Harvest (US) Holdings, Inc. (“Harvest US”), Branta, LLC and Branta Exploration & Production Company, LLC (together, “Branta”) filed a complaint against Newfield Production Company (“Newfield”) in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. The plaintiffs had previously sold oil and natural gas assets located in Utah’s Uinta Basin to Newfield pursuant to two purchase and sale agreements, each dated March 21, 2011. In the complaint the plaintiffs alleged, among other things, that prior to the sale, Newfield breached separate confidentiality agreements with Harvest US and Branta and violated antitrust laws, which resulted in a depressed sales price for the assets. In the complaint, the plaintiffs sought monetary damages, punitive damages, attorneys’ fees, interest, and costs for breach of contract, violation of the Colorado Antitrust Act, violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act and tortious interference with a prospective business advantage. The trial of this lawsuit was held before a judge on September 11 through 25, 2017. Post-trial briefs were filed in late 2017 and early 2018, and the parties awaited the judge’s ruling.
On April 12, 2018, the judge entered a final ruling in favor of Newfield on all of plaintiffs’ claims of relief and dismissed each claim, with prejudice. The Company will continue to consider this ruling to determine whether it may be in the best interest of the Company and its stockholders to take any further action with respect to this lawsuit, including possibly an appeal. However, there can be no assurances that the Company will take any further action at all, or, if any action is taken, whether it would prove to be successful.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|HARVEST NATURAL RESOURCES, INC.|
|Date: April 13, 2018||By:||/s/ Harva Dockery|