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Force Majeure Clauses and the Impossible and the Impractical

April 7, 2020
Footnotes:
  1. Ctrs. for Disease Control and Prevention, 1918 Pandemic (H1N1 virus), https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/1918-pandemic-h1n1.html (last visited Apr. 7, 2020).
  2. Ctrs. for Disease Control and Prevention, 2009 H1N1 Pandemic (H1N1pdm09 virus), https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/2009-h1n1-pandemic.html (last visited Apr. 7, 2020).
  3. See, e.g., 14 Joseph M. Perillo et al., Corbin on Contracts § 74.19 (2019). 
  4. Id
  5. B.F. Goodrich Co. v. Vinyltech Corp., 711 F. Supp. 1513, 1518 (D. Ariz. 1989).
  6. See, e.g., id. at 1518–19; OWBR LLC v. Clear Channel Commc’ns, Inc., 266 F. Supp. 2d 1214, 1222 (D. Haw. 2003).
  7. E. Air Lines, Inc. v. Gulf Oil Corp., 415 F. Supp. 429, 438 (S.D. Fla. 1975); see also OWBR, 266 F. Supp. 2d at 1222; Helms Const. & Dev. Co. v. State, ex rel. Dep’t of Highways, 634 P.2d 1224, 1225 (Nev. 1981).
  8. OWBR, 266 F. Supp. 2d at 1223–24.
  9. Transatlantic Fin. Corp. v. United States, 363 F.2d 312, 319 (D.C. Cir. 1966).
  10. Helms, 634 P.2d at 1225.
  11. E.g., E. Air Lines, 415 F. Supp. at 440; Butler v. Nepple, 354 P.2d 239, 245 (Cal. 1960) (en banc).
  12. See 30 Williston on Contracts § 77:31 (4th ed. 2019).
  13. OWBR, 266 F. Supp. 2d at 1225.
  14. Restatement (Second) of Contracts § 261, cmt. d (1981).
  15. Habitat Tr. for Wildlife, Inc. v. City of Rancho Cucamonga, 96 Cal. Rptr. 3d 813, 843 (Cal. Ct. App. 2009); Mountaire Farms, Inc. v. Williams, No. C.A. 03C-10-002-RFS, 2005 WL 1177569, at *5 (Del. Super. Ct. Apr. 25, 2005); Helms, 634 P.2d at 1225; Kilgore Pavement Maint., LLC v. W. Jordan City, 257 P.3d 460, 462 (Utah 2011).
  16. Kel Kim Corp. v. Cent. Markets, Inc., 519 N.E.2d 295, 296 (N.Y. 1987); 407 E. 61st Garage, Inc. v. Savoy Fifth Ave. Corp., 244 N.E.2d 37 (N.Y. 1968).
  17. E.g., Cashman Equip. Co. v. W. Edna Assocs., Ltd., 380 P.3d 844, 852 (Nev. 2016).
  18. E.g., Perlman v. Pioneer Ltd. P’ship, 918 F.2d 1244, 1248 (5th Cir. 1990).

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