Force Majeure Clause, Impracticability, Contract, Unforeseeable Event, Frustration of, Purpose, Region-Specific, Industry-Specific
Imagine you are the owner of a small construction company and
are contracted to build a large office building. As is customary, you
signed a contract agreeing to complete the building by a specific
deadline for a set amount of money. Included is a brief force majeure
clause, which allows you to be relieved of the contract in the case of
“unforeseeable circumstances” that might prevent completion of the
project. During construction, heavy tariffs affect your main suppliers,
exponentially increasing the projected cost of completing the
project. Your company cannot afford the supplies necessary to complete
the building, and you wonder if you can void the contract under
the force majeure clause. As it stands, is this perfunctory clause sufficient
to excuse you from your contract?
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Haack, Tayzlie T. and Esplin, Max A.
"Narrow, Narrower, Narrowest: Appropriate Force Majeure Specificity,"
Brigham Young University Prelaw Review: Vol. 34
, Article 10.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byuplr/vol34/iss1/10