A lot of businesses are looking at getting out of, or delaying, or modifying contracts as a result of COVID-19 and/or government actions.
Typical legal arguments for doing so include: force majeure clauses, impossibility, commercial impracticability, frustration of purpose, bankruptcy, or other possibilities.
Each contract and situation is unique, and has to be separately evaluated. For example, this morning I read an article about Hollywood studios starting to enforce force majeure clauses. But force majeure clauses are just one of the possible issues to evaluate, and each force majeure clause and it’s wording has to be considered and evaluated in light of the particular factual situation, jurisdiction, venue, and applicable state law.
The following are two additional related blog post links, one discussing possible additional contract related issues at https://wp.me/p75iWX-sK, and one discussing possible insurance and insurance coverage related issues at https://wp.me/p75iWX-sV.
You will also find additional posts about the above topics, critical audit matters, and going concern issues on this blog http://auditcommitteeupdate.com
Best to you, Dave Tate, Esq. (San Francisco and California)
Remember, every case and situation is different. It is important to obtain and evaluate all of the evidence that is available, and to apply that evidence to the applicable standards and laws. You do need to consult with an attorney and other professionals about your particular situation. This post is not a solicitation for legal or other services inside of or outside of California, and, of course, this post only is a summary of information that changes from time to time, and does not apply to any particular situation or to your specific situation. So . . . you cannot rely on this post for your situation or as legal or other professional advice or representation.
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