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No Foolin' Around: Commercial Contracts and Force Majeure


Government and business response to the COVID-19 pandemic has created many questions about ongoing commercial contracts. Our Rapid Response team has a special background and experience in answering contract questions in real time, assessing clients’ rights, and guiding business decisions in a practical and cost-effective manner. Join us for a little April Fool’s day fun as we discuss if and how companies can suspend performance as well as whether a contract can be enforced against a vendor or supplier for not performing.


  • Considerations for invoking or responding to force majeure rights
  • Frustration of purpose, impossibility, impracticality clauses and similar provisions
  • Common law rights in the absence of clear contractual provisions
  • Insurance coverage considerations
  • Strategies for response depending on a contract’s governing law

Katie Giannasi, Partner
James W. Mathis, Partner
Wendy M. Proctor, Partner

Who Should Attend
General counsel, vice presidents of finance, chief financial officers or chief operating officers.

Continuing Education Credit
This program is pending approval for Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin continuing legal education credit.

COVID-19 Resource
Husch Blackwell has launched a COVID-19 response team providing insight to businesses as they address challenges related to the coronavirus outbreak. Our COVID-19 response team webpage contains programming and content to assist clients and other interested parties across multiple areas of operations, including labor and employment, retailing and supply chain management, among others.

Questions? Contact Emily Kenyon at 816.983.8776.


Katie Giannasi