What to do When You Receive a Force Majeure Claim Based on the Novel Coronavirus


Last month, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern following the wave of global travel restrictions and citywide lockdowns in certain areas of China because of the virus’ contagious – and potentially deadly – nature. This week’s Blog explores the idea of whether or not the Novel Coronavirus constitutes an ‘act of God’ that can trigger a force majeure clause in business contracts, particularly for those businesses reliant on Chinese products.