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September 8, 2017
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Americas: Can Your Force Majeure Clause Weather Today’s Storms?


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Most garden-variety force majeure clauses specify that both parties to a contract can cancel without invoking damages if unanticipated occurrences outside the control of either party make it illegal or impossible to go forward with the event. But that’s not enough in today’s environment, says attorney Joshua Grimes, president of Grimes Law Offices LLC. With today’s 24/7 news cycle and a growing national obsession with the Weather Channel, more attendees are getting spooked by potential events—anything from a hurricane bearing down on Houston to a service workers strike that threatens to shut down an airport—and deciding to skip the meeting several days ahead of time.

In other words, he said, sometimes you need to have an out before a raindrop falls or the protest signs are hoisted. Even though it’s not clear if the storm or strike will actually make your meeting impossible or impractical to hold, your attendees have already decided it’s a no-go.

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