Overview of Force Majeure Provisions and Related Litigation in the COVID-19 Era


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

Across the globe, contracting parties are experiencing performance-related concerns resulting from unprecedented orders to shelter-in-place, closures of non-essential businesses, global travel restrictions, and social distancing/isolation policies that have been implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, parties may be reviewing their existing contracts, especially the force majeure provisions, to determine whether performance obligations can be modified or cancelled in light of COVID-19. This program will provide an overview of force majeure provisions and how they may be utilized, as well as current force majeure litigation trends and cases to watch.

Key topics to be discussed:

• Force Majeure overview: Why is it relevant now?
• Other contractual provisions and related doctrines to consider
• Case studies in New York, Illinois, and other jurisdictions

Date / Time: August 27, 2020

•   1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Eastern
•   12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Central
•   11:00 am – 12:00 pm Mountain
•   10:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: August 5, 2020

Jared Hawk | Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Jared Hawk is an experienced trial attorney who handles cases involving commercial disputes, product liability, mass torts, and the oil and gas industry. Jared is a partner in the Pittsburgh office of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP and also serves as the Firm’s Force Majeure Litigation Team lead, where he guides a multi-disciplinary team of experienced litigators to monitor and study trends, decisions, and laws relevant to force majeure and other contract-related doctrines.
Elizabeth Thompson | Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Elizabeth Thompson focuses her practice on counseling community associations both in litigation and on day-to-day operational issues. Elizabeth’s litigation experience includes litigating constitutional claims, administrative review actions, government investigations, and business litigation, such as preliminary and permanent injunctions, declaratory judgments, insurance issues, breach of fiduciary duty claims, and breaches of contract, in state and federal courts throughout the country. Elizabeth is resident in the Chicago office of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP and is also an active member of the Firm’s Force Majeure Litigation Team.
Stephanie Denker | Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Stephanie Denker is a litigation associate in the New York office of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP who focuses on commercial litigation and securities law. Her practice includes defending individuals and companies in FINRA arbitrations, state and federal lawsuits, and matters connected with the Department of Justice’s enforcement of antitrust law. Stephanie is also an active member of the Firm’s Force Majeure Litigation Team.

Tom Laser | Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Tom Laser is an associate in the Chicago office of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP where he maintains a general litigation practice and handles a variety of matters involving complex commercial disputes. Tom is also an active member of the firm’s Force Majeure Litigation Team.
Christie McGuinness | Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Christie McGuinness is a litigation associate in the New York office of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP and assists with complex litigation, focusing on managing day-to-day developments for matters, taking and defending depositions, and overseeing the discovery process. Christie is also an active member of the Firm’s Force Majeure Litigation Team.

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