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Commitments and Contingencies

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Commitments and Contingencies
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2021
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies Commitments and Contingencies
Litigation
FASB ASC 450 - "Contingencies" (“ASC 450”) governs the Company’s disclosure and recognition of loss contingencies, including pending claims, lawsuits, disputes with third parties, investigations and other actions that are incurred in the operation of our business. ASC 450 uses the following defined terms to describe the likelihood of a future loss: probable – the future event or events are likely to occur, remote – the chance of the future event or events is slight, and reasonably possible – the chance of the future event or events occurring is more than remote but less than likely. ASC 450 also contains certain requirements with respect to how we accrue for and disclose information concerning our loss contingencies. We accrue for a loss contingency when we conclude that the likelihood of a loss is probable and the amount of the loss can be reasonably estimated. When the reasonable estimate of the loss is within a range of amounts, and no amount in the range constitutes a better estimate than any other amount, we accrue for the amount at the low end of the range. We adjust our accruals from time to time as we receive additional information, but the loss we incur may be significantly greater than or less than the amount we have accrued. We disclose loss contingencies if there is at least a reasonable possibility that a material loss has been incurred. No accrual or disclosure is required for losses that are remote.
Arlisa Ann Carr, Individually and as Representative of the Estate of Dexture Carr, Deceased v. Dewan Tyrel Mosley and C&J Well Services, Inc.: On or around October 2, 2018, Arlisa Carr filed a lawsuit against CJWS in the 115th District Court of Upshur County, Texas (Cause No.630-18), which alleged, among other things, that CJWS was negligent with respect to an automobile accident in March 2018. MS. Carr was seeking monetary relief of more than $1 million. CJWS denied these allegations and the case was set for trial in May 2021. Immediately before the commencement of the trial we settled this matter for $2.5 million, which resulted in a $1.4 million charge to earnings in the first quarter of 2021.
We believe that costs associated with other litigation matters, individually or in the aggregate, will not have a material adverse effect on our consolidated financial statements.
Sales and Use Tax Audits
The Company is subject to sales and use tax audits as a normal course of its business. The Company is currently subject to sales and use tax audits conducted by the Texas State Comptroller’s office for audit periods from 2010 through 2016. Based on the Company's analysis, the potential liability associated with these audits, including costs to be incurred in defending and settling these audits, range from $6.0 million up to $31.0 million. This range could potentially change in future periods as the appeal process progresses.