Contract Disputes During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by Jon H. Freis | Apr 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

These are uncertain times, especially for business owners. With physical locations of all non-essential companies closed, many businesses are experiencing devastating losses. This might mean they cannot currently fulfill their obligations they agreed to in current contracts. If this happens to you, your company might be accused of breaching the contract, and you can face significant liability.

On the other hand, your company might be in a contract with another business that cannot fulfill its contractual obligations. This might lead to losses in a time when every penny counts, and you might want to take action against the party that is in breach of the agreement.

In either situation, you should not hesitate to discuss your contract dispute with an experienced business lawyer in Beverly Hills. An attorney can review your contract and determine the best course of action or defense for you.

Force Majeure Clauses

Many contracts have force majeure clauses, which allow one or both parties to terminate the contract early based on “acts of God” or other specified circumstances. These provisions often apply to natural disasters, but you can expect many parties to argue that a force majeure term in current contracts applies to circumstances arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Whether you or another party is asserting this defense, it is essential to have the right legal assistance. California courts interpret these clauses very narrowly, and you want to present the best case to protect the interests of your company in these trying times.

Contact a Business Lawyer in Beverly Hills for Help

The Law Offices of Jon H. Freis is ready to help business owners facing a variety of legal issues as a result of COVID-19 closures and challenges. Contact us online or call 310.276.1218 to set up a consultation to learn how we might help.

About the Author

Jon H. Freis

Jon H. Freis has been practicing law in the State of California since 1999 and currently operates his own boutique law firm in Beverly Hills. He handles a wide variety of matters for a select group of clients, including real estate transactions, business formation, and business and real estate li...


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