Many commercial contracts contain a “Force Majeure” clause which will excuse performance under the contract in certain circumstances. These circumstances often include war, riot or other natural disaster. While the current pandemic and efforts undertaken by government are unprecedented, you may be able to rely upon a Force Majeure contract to excuse your performance. Be advised, however, if you are trying to enforce performance of the contract, the other side may use this same type of clause to excuse their performance.
Even if you do not have a Force Majeure clause in your contracts, you may be able to use other legal doctrines to excuse performance.
If you have any questions about your contractual obligations or any other matter, please call Gordon Law at (702)527-5557