When God Appears in Contracts, That’s ‘Force Majeure’: QuickTake

“Force majeure” is a legal term commonly buried in a business contract that offers the parties a potential escape clause. It isn’t invoked very often, though, because it can take an act of God to do so. For some companies, the new coronavirus spreading from China qualifies, due to the unprecedented quarantines and massive disruptions to transportation and supply chains that have resulted.