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The COVID-19 pandemic is resulting in landlords and tenants closely reviewing a clause in their lease that was long considered unimportant boilerplate. Yes, we are referring to the “force majeure” provision. “Force majeure” is translated from French as “superior strength” and is often thought of an act of God or act of nature. Black’s law dictionary defines it as “a contractual provision allocating the risk of loss if performance becomes impossible or impracticable, especially as a result of an event or effect that the parties could not have anticipated or controlled.” In the coming months many conversations will take place regarding the applicability of the force majeure clause to closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the related doctrine of impossibility.
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By James D. Gatta, Allan J. Medina and Ian Q. Rogers
The DOJ is likely to face many practical challenges and novel issues as it begins coding its own algorithm for AI-related enforcement. This article briefly examines three areas of AI-related enforcement where such practical challenges and novel issues may arise.
By Karen Hoffman Lent and Kenneth Schwartz
From loosened structural presumptions to unconventional theories of harm such as “ecosystem competition” to consideration of a merger’s effects on outside markets, we review some of the most noteworthy changes in the new Guidelines.
By Elkan Abramowitz and Jonathan Sack
In this article, we describe the competing interpretations of Section 666 and comment on the implications of a Supreme Court decision in United States v. Snyder, where it will decide whether the law criminalizes “gratuities,” and not simply “bribes,” given to state and local officials.
By Jay Dubow, Joanna Cline and Milica Krnjaja
The SEC's cryptocurrency-related actions reached a new high in 2023, jumping more than 50% when compared to 2022. We expect the SEC’s enforcement efforts in this area to continue at a high pace in 2024, even though whether or not cryptocurrency should be classified as a security or something else remains uncertain.