Patterson Belknap Attorneys to Present PLI Webinar on “COVID-19’s Impact on Commercial Transactions and Disputes”

April 17, 2020 at 1:00pm2:00pm

The ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is among the most devastating and disruptive forces in recent history. As a result of the emergency measures imposed by various governments, it has or will become impracticable or impossible for many parties to perform their contractual obligations – or at least some will claim as such. A common question in the wake of the pandemic will thus be whether a party should be excused for its non-performance.

The answer to that question will vary by the terms of the contract at issue, the particular facts surrounding the nonperformance, and the law of the jurisdiction involved. However, a party whose operations were compromised by the pandemic should seek to assess the applicability of three potential defenses: force majeure, frustration of purpose, and impossibility.

Please join Stephen P. Younger, Muhammed U. Faridi and Timothy H. Smith from Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP as they discuss:

  • Each of these defenses in the context of potential commercial contracts disputes arising out of the Coronavirus pandemic
  • Common obstacles to invoking these defenses
  • Similar defenses that may be available when a contract is governed by the U.C.C. or the C.I.S.G.

To learn more or to register, click here.