Call 855-808-4530 or email [email protected] to receive your discount on a new subscription.
Not long ago, force majeure clauses were often afterthoughts in construction contracts, referring in various ways to potential, unforeseeable and uncontrollable catastrophes, each in one mind’s eye as unlikely to then happen as not. After the fact, parties attempted to shoehorn this untested defense to have it apply to a wide range of events — natural and some unnatural. Then came 2020, and with it a new opportunity to put forward a fresh spin on the traditional “force majeure” concept as COVID-19, along with the attendant governmental shutdowns and other actions, brought havoc and uncertainty to the industry. We are only beginning to scratch the surface of the effect on the construction litigation visited on us by COVID-19-related impacts. However, the pandemic and its continuing impact has reinforced the importance of planning for the unexpected — and undefined — when negotiating construction contracts, perhaps even where there is no express force majeure clause to which to point.
*May exclude premium content
By Marisa L. Byram and Tyler V. Friederich
A South Carolina appellate court recently affirmed a trial court’s decision that a landlord had tortiously interfered with a sublease by terminating the master lease after a fire damaged the subject building and such landlord was liable to the subtenant for punitive damages.
By By Jonathan Robbin
The Second Circuit recently held that a bare violation of mortgage satisfaction recording statutes without a demonstration of actual injury conferred federal jurisdiction, meaning that a mortgagor now has the ability to bring a class action in federal court. Thus, statutes designed to be merely remedial in nature can now be used punitively against lenders and servicers.
By Warren A. Estis and Alexander Lycoyannis
New cannabis businesses will need to lease commercial space in order to operate — and undoubtedly, many real estate owners are eager to meet this new demand. However, owners and prospective cannabis businesses have many legal issues and questions to consider before entering into lease agreements.
By Anthony Davies
For the Big 4 consultancies, hoteling has been a positive operational construct for over a decade, or in some cases longer. The success of the decentralized law firm depends in some part on how well firms can shift “hoteling” from the negative connotation of “losing my desk” to the positive connotation of “having a hotel-like experience.”