Storming Through Force Majeure Provisions

Law360, New York (August 29, 2011, 1:43 PM EDT) -- The gusts of hurricane Irene were still blowing outside as the winds of “force majeure” gathered force in the minds of lawyers around the country. Long before the storm subsided, storm-related interruptions in contract-procured services caused clients and their lawyers to wonder, “What does the force majeure clause say?”

The service interruptions caused by the hurricane are sure to lead to claims and disputes centered on that often-overlooked clause found in many service contracts. While not typically one of the most heavily negotiated clauses of a...
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