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Coronavirus Was Unexpected, but Is It Force Majeure?

April 9, 2020 at 10:00am11:00am (PST)
Webinar

Join speakers, Matt Lewis and Janice Reicher, on the webinar discussing "Coronavirus Was Unexpected, but Is It Force Majeure?"

Overview:

As businesses work through the initial shock of the coronavirus pandemic and the abrupt economic slow down that followed, many businesses are now reassessing their contractual rights and obligations, including a “boilerplate” clause few had paid attention to before: Force Majeure.

In this program we will look at whether force majeure or “act of God” clauses justify the suspension of performance of a party’s duties under the contract. We will see how much depends on the specific language of the clause itself and the facts making it difficult or impossible for a party to perform as originally expected. Join our webinar as we discuss:

  • Does the force majeure include pandemic or public health emergency?
  • What requirements must a contracting party meet in order to show that COVID-19 prevents performance of a contract?
  • If a contract doesn’t contain a force majeure clause, are there other arguments to excuse performance?

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