Key Issues with Commercial Contracts During COVID-19
March 17, 2020
In these unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to consider what may happen to your commercial contracts. For example, does COVID-19 prevent performance? We have created a framework to consider when addressing the unique circumstances of today’s environment.
- Identify the force majeure/impossibility provision in the operative contract;
- If no force majeure/impossibility provision exists in the operative contract, determine whether the state providing the governing law provides for force majeure/impossibility by statute;
- Determine if facts support a triggering event;
- Be cognizant of the notice and timing requirements of the operative contractual provision or statute (this is a critical step); and
- Send the force majeure/impossibility notice letter.
Be aware that in the event there is no force majeure/impossibility provision in the operative contract or by statute, another possible argument is common law impossibility and/or frustration of purpose. However, the availability and contours of these common law arguments will vary based on jurisdiction.
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