HOUSTON, Dec. 17, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lucas Energy, Inc. (NYSE MKT:LEI), an independent oil and gas company (the "Company" or "Lucas"), today announced that the Company's $22 million senior secured promissory note due to Nordic Oil USA I, LP ("Nordic"), is past due and Nordic has filed a lawsuit against the Company to seek repayment of the note and a judicial foreclosure of the properties acquired from Nordic. The note was previously provided to Nordic in connection with the November 2011 acquisition by the Company of all of Nordic's right, title and interest in certain oil, gas and mineral leases located in Gonzales, Karnes and Wilson Counties, Texas. The senior secured promissory note (with recourse only to the properties acquired), accrued interest at the rate of 6% per annum, was secured by a Deed of Trust, Security Agreement, Financing Statement and Assignment of Production on the property acquired, was due and payable on November 17, 2012 (along with accrued and unpaid interest thereon) and has not been paid to date. As previously reported, on December 14, 2012, and effective December 12, 2012, the Company's prior Chief Executive Officer and President, William A. Sawyer resigned and Anthony C. Schnur was appointed as Chief Executive Officer to fill the vacancy left by Mr. Sawyer's resignation. Immediately upon the change in management, our new management, including Mr. Schnur, began a review and audit of the Company's financial affairs. In connection with such examination, the Company's new management became aware that Nordic had previously demanded payment in full of the note on December 5, 2012, and subsequently filed a lawsuit against the Company on December 10, 2012, in the District Court of Harris County, Texas, pursuant to which Nordic made demands for the payment in full of the principal balance of the Nordic note ($22 million) and accrued interest thereon ($1.29 million as of September 30, 2012), plus attorney's fees in the amount of 10% of the principal and interest then owing on the note (as allowed pursuant to the terms of the note), requested a judicial foreclosure on the Deed of Trust, and sought damages for breach of contract and attorney's fees.