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Recent Developments Regarding Force Majeure

Understand the scope of traditional and nontraditional force majeure clauses to be better equipped to draft and negotiate.

Construction projects have always been at risk of the devastating time and cost effects of traditional force majeure events, such as natural disasters, war, and civil unrest. We live in trying times. Today's construction projects are at risk of the effects of the traditional force majeure events and more unusual, modern force majeure events, such as pandemics, supply chain delays, widespread material shortages, trade embargos, climate changes, and terrorism. Despite the risk, parties to design and construction contracts often include standard boilerplate force majeure clauses in their construction contracts without modification, negotiation, or even much thought about the actual application of the clause in the event of a force majeure event. As a result, such parties are often surprised to discover too late that these standard boilerplate force majeure clauses are inadequate to deal with the force majeure risks on a modern construction project. This can lead to disputes as parties try to make the risks fit within the standard boilerplate force majeure clauses and equitable doctrines, such as impossibility, impracticability, and frustration of purpose. This topic will bring you up to speed on recent developments with force majeure clauses. By attending this topic, you will better understand the scope and, more importantly, the limitations of standard boilerplate force majeure clauses and the equitable doctrines when dealing with all types of force majeure events. Armed with this knowledge, you will better address these risks in your construction contracts so that a force majeure event does not become a disaster for your company.

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Agenda

Introduction

  • What Is Force Majeure?
  • Historical Treatment of Force Majeure
  • Recovery Without a Force Majeure Clause

Force Majeure Clauses

  • Elements of Standard Force Majeure Clauses
  • Interpretation of Standard Force Majeure Clauses

Recent Cases Interpreting Force Majeure Clauses

  • Modern Force Majeure Events

Negotiating and Revising Standard Force Majeure Clauses

  • Modern Force Majeure Events
  • Project Specific Force Majeure Events

Conclusion

  • Question and Answers
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This program was previously offered as a live webinar. Virginia MCLE requirements do not allow approval for attendance at duplicate programs.

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The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in California (for participatory credit), Kansas, New Jersey or New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Scott D. Cahalan

Scott D. Cahalan

Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP

Scott Cahalan

  • Partner in the construction law and litigation section of Smith, Gambrell and Russell, LLP, an AmLaw 200 firm
  • Part time instructor of graduate courses in Design and Construction law and Real Estate Development Law at the Georgia Institute of Technology
  • General counsel to the Georgia Utility Contractor’s Association
  • Practice includes all aspects of design and construction law from drafting and negotiating prime contractors, subcontracts, and purchase orders to mediating, arbitrating, and litigating construction disputes.
  • Drafted form construction contracts for the Associated Owners and Developers, a national organization
  • Recognized by Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, and Georgia Super Lawyers
  • Frequent author and lecturer on construction law
  • Member of the State Bar of Georgia, Northern District of Georgia, and 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • J.D. with honors from University of Georgia, B.S. in construction engineering from Iowa State University
  • Contact information [email protected], [email protected], and (404) 815-3711
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Published 2022
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