Risk Insights – Force Majeure and Coronavirus

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic has caused organizations around the world to experience disruptions to their normal course of business. Common problems include mandatory remote work, business closures and quarantines, travel restrictions and breakdowns in the supply chain. The issues caused by the pandemic have raised an important question for many businesses: Does the COVID-19 global pandemic qualify as a “force majeure” event for purposes of their business contracts?

The term “force majeure” is French for “superior force.” Force majeure clauses are common business-related contractual provisions.

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