LUCKY DUCK DRILLING, LLC and WAYNE CLARK, each in their Capacity as Limited Partners of American Oil for Americans, LP, an Oklahoma Limited Partnership, Running Springs Oil and Gas, LP, an Oklahoma Limited Partnership, and Joy Oil, LP, an Oklahoma Limited Partnership; and RICHARD & BARBARA BARNEY 2009 FAMILY TRUST, in its capacity as Limited Partner of American Oil for Americans, LP, an Oklahoma Limited Partnership, and Running Springs Oil and Gas, LP, an Oklahoma Limited Partnership, Plaintiffs/Appellees,
AMERICAN OIL FOR AMERICANS, LP, an Oklahoma Limited Partnership; AMERICAN OIL FOR AMERICANS, INC., a Managing General Partner of American Oil for Americans, LP; RUNNING SPRINGS OIL & GAS, LP, an Oklahoma Limited Partnership; RS OIL CORP., as Managing General Partner of Running Springs Oil & Gas, LP; JOY OIL, LP, an Oklahoma Limited Partnership; JOY OIL & GAS CORP., as Managing General Partner of Joy Oil LP; and PARALEE OBELE, Defendants/Appellants.
Mandate Issued: 06/26/2019
FROM THE DISTRICT COURT OF OKLAHOMA COUNTY, OKLAHOMA
HONORABLE TREVOR PEMBERTON, TRIAL JUDGE
Bradley E. Davenport, CENTER FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LAW,
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, for Plaintiffs/Appellees
A. Pittman, GABLEGOTWALS, Tulsa, Oklahoma, for
L. GOODMAN, JUDGE
American Oil for Americans, LP, American Oil for Americans,
Inc., Running Springs Oil and Gas, LP, RS Oil Corp., Joy Oil,
LP, and Joy Oil & Gas Corp. (collectively,
"Appellants") appeal a June 1, 2018, order denying
their motion to vacate a January 9, 2018, default judgment
entered against them. Based upon our review of the record and
applicable law, we find all proceedings and orders entered in
violation of the stay entered on December 8, 2017, to be of
no effect, unenforceable, and void. Accordingly, all orders
entered after the entry of the stay are vacated.
Lucky Duck Drilling, LLC, Wayne Clark, and the Richard &
Barbara Barney 2009 Family Trust (collectively,
"Appellees") are limited partners in American Oil
for Americans, LP, Running Springs Oil and Gas, LP, and Joy
Oil, LP (collectively, "Limited Partnerships").
Each Limited Partnership has a managing general partner that
is a corporate entity. 
Appellees filed a petition for declaratory judgment in
Oklahoma County District Court on July 24, 2017, seeking to
inspect and examine the Limited Partnerships' books and
records pursuant to the Oklahoma Uniform Limited Partnership
Act of 2010, 54 O.S.2011, § 500-304A. On September 5,
2017, Appellees filed a motion to shorten time for response
to requests for production of documents and inspection,
requesting the court shorten Appellants' time to respond
to ten days.  Appellants objected to the motion,
asserting Appellees were seeking the documents and
information that were the subject of the declaratory action.
Appellants filed a motion to stay proceedings and to compel
arbitration on September 12, 2017, asserting Appellees had
executed Limited Partnership Agreements that contained
arbitration clauses covering their dispute. Appellees filed a
response, objecting to arbitration. Appellees asserted their
declaratory judgment action was not a "dispute"
within the arbitration clause, they never signed the
agreements, inter alia.
By order entered on September 19, 2017, Judge Patricia G.
Parrish, sitting on behalf of Judge Roger Stuart, granted
Appellees' motion to shorten time.  The order provides,
in relevant part:
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that each of
the Defendant Limited Partnerships shall produce to
[Appellees] the "required information" referenced
in 54 O.S. § 500-304A (a) and defined in 54 O.S. §
500-111A on or before Monday, October 2, 2017.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that each of the
Defendant Limited Partnerships shall provide its written
responses to [Appellees'] Requests For Production of
Documents and Inspection that was addressed to each Defendant
Limited Partnerships, respectively, on or before Monday,
October 2, 2017.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that this Order
shall not prejudice Defendants' pending Motion to Stay
Proceedings and Compel Arbitration, which is set separately
for hearing on October 6, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
filed a motion for indirect contempt on October 3, 2017,
asserting the Limited Partnerships had willfully failed and
refused to comply with the court's September 19, 2017,
By minute order entered on October 6, 2017, Judge Thomas E.
Prince, sitting on behalf of retired Judge Stuart, sustained
Appellants' motion to stay and to compel arbitration. A
journal entry was subsequently entered on December 8, 2017,