COVID-19 Force Majeure Legal Developments


CLE credits earned: 1 General Credit (WA 1 Law and Legal)

The lecture will provide the history of force majeure law from its early beginnings under common law and will trace its development through modern times. We will also be discussing other closely related legal principles such as Acts of God, impossibility, impracticability, and frustration of purpose. In addition, business interruption coverage will be covered, along with an in-depth discussion on what triggers direct physical loss and how these determinations vary in different jurisdictions.

Key topics to be discussed:

• History of Force Majeure Law
• Business Interruption Coverage
• What triggers direct physical loss

Date / Time: December 11, 2020

•   3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: November 17, 2020

Massimo F. D’Angelo | Akerman LLP

Massimo F. D’Angelo focuses his practice on real estate litigation and transactional work. Massimo represents condominium and cooperative boards on matters related to general corporate governance and he serves as lead trial counsel for boards and developers on construction defect cases. He regularly represents commercial and residential landlords in connection with complex real estate litigation matters, and advises clients in connection with real estate administrative and environmental proceedings. He has extensive experience in conducting trials and arguing appeals in both state and federal court.

He also has experience with litigation of sophisticated commercial lease issues and landlord-tenant matters and has negotiated numerous high value settlements on behalf of his clients. Massimo is fluent in Italian and conversant in French and Spanish.

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I. History of Force Majeure Law 3:00-3:20
II. Business Interruption Coverage 3:20-3:40
III. What triggers direct physical loss 3:40-4:00