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Does coronavirus (COVID-19) qualify as a biological contamination for the purposes of a definition of force majeure? Force majeure is defined as a list of events and does not have any broader wording such as ‘without limitation’ or similar?

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Published on LexisPSL on 08/04/2020

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  • Does coronavirus (COVID-19) qualify as a biological contamination for the purposes of a definition of force majeure? Force majeure is defined as a list of events and does not have any broader wording such as ‘without limitation’ or similar?

Does coronavirus (COVID-19) qualify as a biological contamination for the purposes of a definition of force majeure? Force majeure is defined as a list of events and does not have any broader wording such as ‘without limitation’ or similar?

We have assumed that the clause in question is included in a business to business contract.

You may find the following materials useful:

  1. Practice Note: Force majeure—consequences and contract discharge which has been updated to reflect the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The section ‘Force majeure clauses—interpretation’ considers how definitions of force majeure are interpreted by the courts

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