DGAA bLAWg

The Legal Consequences of Canceling an Event Due to the Coronavirus

Web Admin - Monday, March 16, 2020

Schaumburg breach of contract lawyer coronavirusAs a result of the growing threat from the coronavirus, numerous events have been canceled, postponed, or modified out of fear that this virus might continue to spread and put attendees’ health in jeopardy. Some sporting events have been canceled or postponed, such as international rugby games, FIFA World Cup qualifiers, and the NCAA March Madness tournament. In addition, many sporting activities have adapted with the times: some events will not allow crowds, and most professional leagues in the U.S. have restricted locker-room access.

In terms of cultural events, the South by Southwest festival has been canceled. Annual St. Patrick’s Day parades in both Ireland and Boston have been canceled. In addition, many conferences and other educational opportunities have been canceled. With so many events being canceled due to the coronavirus, understanding how you can legally safeguard your company against such cancelations and postponements is critically important, especially when it comes to corporate law.

Breach of Contract and Force Majeure Provisions


The easiest way to make sure you are covered in case the coronavirus causes the cancellation or postponement of your event is to review your contract and see if it contains any force majeure provisions. A force majeure clause in a contract enables both parties to legally breach the contract. However, for something to be considered “force majeure,” it must meet the following requirements:
 
  • - The events must be unavoidable and unforeseeable.
  • - The events must not be a consequence of either party’s actions.

Most force majeure arguments imply there was an “Act of God” involved. Some examples of force majeure include:

  • - Unpredicted natural disasters like earthquakes and tornadoes
  • - A war or other type of massive violent activity like riots
  • - Government laws taking effect that prevent the event from taking place

What to Do if You Have to Cancel an Event Due to the Coronavirus


If your contract has a force majeure clause, you should check to see if it explicitly enumerates epidemics like the coronavirus as a possible reason for not being able to complete what is expected from the contract. In those cases, any breach of contract charge brought against you will probably be dismissed.

If, however, you do not have epidemics specifically spelled out in the force majeure clause, then you may need to defend against a breach of contract claim. If your contract has no force majeure clause at all, the case would revert to the common law doctrine of “impossibility of performance,” which states that an unforeseen circumstance has rendered your execution of the contract objectively impossible. When addressing these issues, you should work with an attorney to determine the best strategy for demonstrating that you should not be held liable for a breach of contract.

Upon reviewing your contract, if you find that there is no force majeure clause, or if the clause contained therein does not address epidemics, you may want to add that to a newer draft of that contract and all future drafts. If you enumerate epidemics in your contract, you will not be held in breach of contract. It is also a good idea to include contingency plans in case an epidemic like the coronavirus does cause you to cancel an event, such as plans for rescheduling.

Contact a Palatine Corporate Lawyer


The coronavirus is having a significant effect on the economy. This means that more events will be canceled, and more companies could be considered in breach of their contracts for not hosting a promised event as agreed to in the contract. If your business is faced with this predicament, contact an Inverness breach of contract attorney with the experience necessary to renegotiate your contract or prove that it is impossible for you to fulfill the obligations of your contract. Give Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC, at 847-934-6000 a call for a free consultation.

About the Author: Attorney Jay Andrew is a founding partner of Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC. He is a graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law and has been practicing in estate planning, probate, trust administration, real estate law, residential/ commercial leasing, contracts, and civil litigation. Since 2005, Jay has been a Chair of the Mock Trial Committee for the Annual Northwest Suburban Bar Association High School Mock Trial Invitation which serves over 240 local Illinois students each year.
 

Sources:

https://www.nytimes.com/article/cancelled-events-coronavirus.html

https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/force_majeure

https://www.natlawreview.com/article/coronavirus-factors-insurance-industry-to-consider-part-2-event-cancellation-and


Recent Posts


Tags

Des Plaines Traffic Lawyer digital media accounts, estate planning, Arlington Heights estate planning attorney, South Barrington real estate lawyer Crystal Lake employment law attorney Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorney BAIID personal injury attorney denied insurance claims bad faith insurance claims Crystal Lake medical malpractice law firm swimming pools Illinois car accident attorney DGAA life insurance policy anesthesia errors Arlington Heights Attorney Deer Park real estate law firm Illinois insurance disputes Crystal Lake business law attorneys Rolling Meadows employment attorney power of attorney for healthcare Mount Prospect elder law attorney comparative negligence Chicago estate planning lawyer meal breaks Rolling Meadows real estate attorney medical malpractice claims uninsured motorist car accident Arlington Heights employment attorney Illinois business law atorneys Des Plaines motorcycle accident attorney workers compensation college kids back injuries workplace sexual harassment Long Grove estate planning attorney Schaumburg criminal law attorney criminal Rolling Meadows criminal attorney Illinois traffic accident lawyer Palatine drug lawyer BAC Chicago employment attorney Inverness DUI lawyer Rolling Meadows traffic attorney Rolling Meadows criminal lawyer Schaumburg traffic lawyer Schaumburg estate attorney insurance disputes construction accidents, personal injury, wrongful death, Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys, workers' compensation Buffalo Grove insurance claim dispute lawyers GM ignition switches insurance denials Illinois medical malpractice case Schaumburg personal injury attorney Arlington Heights trucking lawyer Barrington criminal defense lawyer Des Plaines insurance attorney Des Plaines personal injury lawyers Schaumburg car accident attorney Illinois small business elder abuse workers comp Barrington employment law attorney Illinois criminal defense attorney Crystal Lake employment lawyer golf accidents medical malpractice, missed diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, medical mistake, Deer Creek medical malpractice lawyers internet criminal defense pedestrian accident Barrington workers compensation attorney Chicago attorney Schaumburg Rolling Meadows pay when paid contract fiduciary rule delay Attorney Ken Apicella denied insurance claim living trust benefits slip and fall accidents Illinois employment lawyer Employment Discrimination Law Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyer nursing home negligence license reinstatement Buffalo Grove injury lawyer Arlington Heights car accident lawyer texting and driving Buffalo Grove employment lawyer Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Inverness traffic law firm Palatine traffic accidents blood alcohol content unpaid overtime insurance dispute investment property changes to mortgage law insurance denial appeals digital evidence Buffalo Grove traffic lawyers Schaumburg employment attorney power of attorney wrongful death boating accidents Inverness real estate attorney pizza emoji pedestrian injuries, pedestrian fatality truck collisions Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers, insurance dispute DUI attorney Kenilworth estate planning attorney surgical mistakes drugs estate planning, digital assets, Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, Illinois digital assets, Illinois estate planning, head on collisions murder Illinois probate lawyer irrevocable trust Barrington criminal lawyer Illinois elder law attorney Arlington Heights estate planning attorney financial advisors real estate contract Crystal Lake civil litigation lawyer Do Not Resuscitate estate planning trusts Schaumburg construction accident lawyer crossover accidents dram shop law deadly crashes insurance adjusters Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorneys llinois Real Estate Lawyers Association Palatine estate planning lawyer Illinois wills and trusts drug crime Inverness elder law lawyer license suspension Illinois employee rights attorney. Rolling Meadows employment law attorneys Super Mario car crashes elder law special needs trust Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer Des Plaines dynasty trusts car accident lawyer Palatine corporate attorney construction contracts trench injuries insurance attorney wage theft Rolling Meadows accident lawyer mass shooting overtime violations blended families taxes Buffalo Grove real estate attorney insurance disputes, Illinois insurance disputes, Illinois insurance dispute attorneys, denied insurance claims, Arlington Heights insurance dispute attorneys Rolling Meadows tax attorney Illinois insurance dispute lawyers Crystal Lake pedestrian accident lawyer rumble strips real estate attorney Des Plaines personal injury lawyer overtime pay forming a corporation in Illinois jet ski accidents driving digital assets Buffalo Grove medical malpractice lawyers digital assets, digital fiduciary, estate planning, digital content, Long Grove estate planning lawyers Illinois business lawyer compensatory time Illinois DUI attorney breach of contract Rolling Meadows insurance attorney Illinois insurance claims lawyers civil litigation attorney product liability Barrington medical malpractice lawyers defective products rollover car crashes Palatine employment attorney Chicago employment lawyer employee discrimination Schaumburg injury lawyer personal injury trucking accident lawyers caretaker rights Affordable Care Act insurance agent negligence Illinois traffic attorneys Buffalo Grove law firm Palatine real estate lawyer TBI Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer car collision Palatine punch death accidental death benefits Schaumburg insurance lawyers pedestrian-automobile accident Illinois home inspection insurance agents estate tax probate lawyer in terrorem provision Illinois real estate traffic violations defense trucking accidents Rolling Meadows estate planning attorney Schaumburg personal injury lawyer car crash injuries Illinois living will Palatine elder law attorney Barrington attorney Des Plaines real estate lawyer owner responsibility life insurance claims expungement motorcycle accident FSLA Illinois estate planning attorney Buffalo Grove personal injury attorney corporate law icy parking lots Arlington Heights injury attorney real estate zoning speeding trauma after an accident business litigation Forcible Entry Chicago insurance claim attorneys Arlington Heights criminal lawyer Crystal Lake traffic lawyer low-ball insurance settlement Des Plaines DUI attorney Arlington Heights TBI attorney Palatine business attorney Arlington Heights pedestrian accidents involuntary manslaughter operating agreements murder charges Thanksgiving Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyers Inverness insurance attorney ken apicella Illinois injury lawyer Arlington Heights traffic attorney Crystal Lake medical malpractice attorneys estate plan PTSD Illinois personal injury lawyer Barrington civil litigation attorney Illinois jet ski accident lawyer Arlington Heights personal injury lawyer Arlington Heights real estate lawyer foreclosure insurance negligence Illinois driving without license dog bites Des Plaines drug lawyer living trust vs will estate planning liens Chicago car accident lawyer eluding a police officer reckless homicide Arlington Heights car crash attorneys Palatine probate lawyer Schaumburg wrongful death attorney Deer Park criminal attorney Des Plaines accident attorney Illinois Probate Act of 1975 Barrington estate planning attorney traumatic brain injuries Long Grove real estate attorney probate process new real estate form commercial leasing car accidents Legal Info living trust Illinois real estate lawyer commercial real estate Schaumburg probate attorney contracts Palatine criminal defense lawyer Illinois trucking safety School Visitation Rights Act Arlington Heights employment law attorneys Des Plaines collections attorney personal injury claim Barrington injury attorney traffic accidents probate Barrington employment law firm Illinois Smoke Detector Act Schaumburg medical malpractice lawyer Deer Park accident attorney Liquor Control Act DNR Deer Park workers compensation lawyer landlord tenant law Illinois workplace discrimination attorney consent to a search brain injury medical marijuana Arlington Heights tax lawyer Crystal Lake medical malpractice lawyer appealing an insurance claim comp time Riverwoods estate planning lawyer trust payments traumatic brain injury Inverness estate planning lawyer Barrington personal injury lawyer Illinois workplace lawyer Illinois employment attorneys healthcare claims Illinois collections attorney Arlington Heights medical malpractice lawyer Illinois medical malpractice attorney Long Grove real estate lawyer denial of life insurance living wills home inspection lawyer tax attorney Chicago will attorney, social media platforms, Illinois estate planning lawyer, suspended license Illinois LLC creation Jay Andrew real estate attorneys rollover accidents insurance claim dispute attorney income distribution deducation spinal cord injury preventable medical errors Barrington personal injury attorney Illinois employment law attorneys license revocation Illinois workers compensation lawyer Illinois Trust Code Illinois Transfer on Death Instrument natural gas explosion whistleblower protections CAM field sobriety test work unions child safety ObamaCare Rolling Meadows boating crash lawyer Barrington drug crime attorney real estate closing insurance dispute attorney Des Plaines drug crimes lawyer medical research hands free device Inverness civil lawyer Schaumburg estate planning lawyer Illinois employment law attorney Home Sale Contingencies gift taxes Palatine law firm Schaumburg drug defense lawyer Arlington Heights Traffic Lawyer small business real estate lawyer Palatine civil litigation lawyer rest breaks estate planning for college students insurance claim denial Illinois personal injury lawyers health insurance dispute murder defense probate claims Mt Prospect Attorney food poisoning marijuana crimes attorney breathalyzer test hit and run accident Illinois speeding lawyer Barrington real estate lawyer wrongful termination Des Plaines criminal attorney Barrington Illinois estate planning lawyer Deer Park traffic lawyer attorney fees Illinois construction accident attorney underage DUI texting while driving residential real estate Rolling Meadows business lawyer Illinois job attorney Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyer wills Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Crystal Lake law firm Whistleblower Claims guardianship attorney Illinois mortgages Colin H. Gilbert employment contract employment contract, employment law, employment at-will, Deer Park employment law attorneys, contract, Crystal Lake pet attorney underfunded trust rent to own real estate contracts Arlington Heights lawyer Transfer on Death Instrument disability benefits employee rights Class A misdemeanor Illinois registered agent Illinois Human Rights Act Rolling Meadows medical malpractice lawyers civil rights violation Crystal Lake tax lawyer Deer Park employment law attorney Rolling Meadows Attorney drunk driving statistics Illinois employment law employment law, meal breaks, rest breaks, hotel employees, Des Plaines employment law attorneys controlled substance construction accidents Barrington business law firm insurance claim delay institutional trustee Illinois corporate lawyer fatal car accidents Des Plaines claims law firm pain and suffering Exclusions right to work revenge porn sexual harassment Palatine civil attorney Illinois employment law firm Long Grove wills and trusts attorneys social media after death manufacturing Palatine traffic lawyer employee misclassification condo association drug crimes Illinois lawyer Buffalo Grove corporate attorney gift tax exemption, estate planning, estate planning strategies, Illinois estate planning, South Barrington estate planning attorneys Rolling Meadows personal injury attorney boating DUI Des Plaines personal injury attorney pregnant women ACA clemency Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers Rolling Meadows DUI lawyer Arlington Heights accident attorney traffic violations Palatine personal injury lawyer Kenilworth estate planning attorneys Kenilworth estate planning lawyer Barrington litigation attorney drug crimes lawyer Crystal Lake criminal defense attorney Crystal Lake will lawyer Illinois tax attorney Chicago will attorney insurance claim wills and trusts Illinois pedestrian accident attorney Illinois estate planning Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyers Family Medical Leave Act Illinois red light cameras Colin Gilbert natural gas Palatine corporate law attorneys problem employees Schaumburg Attorney Des Plaines real estate attorney Des Plaines injury law firm Illinois trusts attorney LLCs Chicago traffic lawyer preventing accidents Illinois will lawyer Landlord Tenant Ordinance IRA trust transfer probate claims process caregiver Buffalo Grove car accident lawyer Home Remodeling Repair Act Inverness corporate attorney spinal cord injuries federal regulations for LLCs Crystal Lake estate planning lawyer South Barrington real estate attorney vacation home fines DUI defense Illinois civil litigation lawyer Illinois wills and trusts attorneys Illinois insurance lawyer Illinois workers compensation attorney Long Grove estate planning DUI penalities pedestrian accidents Illinois defective products attorney Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyers slip and fall Buffalo Grove traffic attorney loss of consortium Self-Directed IRA Accounts Deer Park medical malpractice attorney car crash sexual images Inverness accident lawyer estate planning, death tax, succession plans, business estate plans, Barrington estate planning lawyers Illinois boating accident lawyer Buffalo Grove criminal defense lawyer criminal record cell phone accidents automated cars personal injury claims FMLA Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyer Deer Park motorcycle accident lawyer traffic deaths Palatine employment lawyer unauthorized overtime Schaumburg elder law lawyer Deer Park traffic accident attorney life insurance Schaumburg personal injury lawyers fiduciary rule employment law deed transfer IRA benefits paid sick leave Barrington estate planning lawyer bike accident defective products lawyer POA personal injury accidents Illinois attorney privacy pet bites Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act Schaumburg civil litigation attorney Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act liability claims dealing with problem employees mortgage real estate leasing holiday statistics Rolling Meadows litigation lawyer coronavirus Illinois personal injury attorney homestead rights employment lawyer insurance claims no contest clauses car accident lawyers Rolling Meadows drug defense attorney Crystal Lake employment attorney Joliet general practice lawyers Rolling Meadows employment law attorney criminal law Barrington Traffic Lawyer Illinois personal injury Illinois law cell phone tower data Policy Cancellation filing a medical malpractice claim job lawyers Palatine trusts lawyer Schaumburg employment law attorneys employees Crystal Lake accident attorney Palatine employment law lawyer Illinois traffic laws capital gains tax medical malpractice compensation Illinois pet lawyer Palatine workers compensation lawyer Schaumburg criminal attorney Retaliatory Discharge independent contractor Des Plaines pet law attorney Fair Labor Standards Act medication errors Illinois insurance attorney personal injury law firm Chicago estate planning IRELA insurance claim dispute minimum wage Deer Park DUI lawyer Rolling Meadows car accident lawyers Rolling Meadows traffic law firm distracted driving accidents Palatine injury attorney federal crimes sole proprietorship Illinois medical malpractice lawyers unfunded trust fault based insurance Fourth of July DUI Crystal Lake bike accident lawyer trustee Palatine construction attorney Rolling Meadows marijuana attorney Chicago biking tips Crystal Lake personal injury lawyer Palatine Attorney Illinois insurance claim attorney condo Inverness real estate lawyer Barrington boating accident attorney Long Grove estate planning attorneys wrongful termination, employment law, whistleblower protections, Illinois employment laws, discrimination in the workplace DMV Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act Arlington Heights insurance attorney insurance dispute, insurance dispute lawyers, insurance claim denial, insurance claim delays, Rolling Meadows insurance dispute attorneys creditors Illinois employment laws distracted driving accident victims landlord Crystal Lake car accident lawyer Buffalo Grove personal injury lawyer workers compensation benefits Illinois traffic ticket lawyer Deer Park personal injury lawyer personal injury lawyer Crystal Lake insurance lawyer Illinois estate planning law firm drug possession privacy laws Des Plaines civil attorney Chicago lawyer first degree murder insurance claim denials agent medical malpractice digital information traffic laws Palatine insurance lawyer unpaid assessment Illinois wrongful termination lawyer boating under the influence loopholes products liability Rolling Meadows insurance lawyer Illinois traffic attorney Crystal Lake injury attorney estate planning attorney IRS Des Plaines tax law firm premises liability Illinois bicycle safety Crystal Lake car accident attorney traffic tickets senior citizens modern family estate planning Mount Prospect wills and trusts lawyers Detainer Actions foreclosed rental property Illinois medical malpractice claim severance agreements bicycle accidents Des Plaines medical malpractice attorney Chicago trucking accident attorney healthcare Inverness injury lawyer auto accidents real estate Rolling Meadows Traffic Lawyer estate planning lawyer personal injury, auto accident injuries, delayed injuries, serious injuries, Des Plaines personal injury attorneys Crystal Lake personal injury attorney Chicago corporate attorney vacation home bicycle dooring accidents hiring employees traffic crimes Inverness probate lawyer employment attorney trusts Schaumburg estate planning attorney jet ski Barrington employment attorney Crystal Lake traffic attorney employment law, Illinois employment laws subcontractor Illinois rollover accident lawyers Inverness personal injury attorney Schaumburg real estate lawyer life insurance lawyer Crystal lake insurance dispute attorney Illinois Sales Representative Act marijuana advance healthcare directive Chicago insurance law firm liability Schaumburg corporate attorney license probate fees startup company commercial leases civil litigation traffic offenses Mount Prospect real estate lawyer pet law Rolling Meadows corporate lawyer Buffalo Grove probate lawyer estate attorney installment contracts underinsured motorist Rolling Meadows probate lawyer BUI drunk driving cell phone

Archive