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COVID-19: Forcing Businesses to Look at Force Majeure

Stuart Newman published in the New York Business Law Journal

New York City | March 29, 2020

Suddenly, the two most-often used words in the legal lexicon are “Force Majeure”, with business owners seeking advice from their attorneys as to whether the COVID-19 crisis changes performance obligations under existing contracts. Before the current pandemic grabbed the world, two Offit Kurman attorney, Stuart Newman, wrote a prescient article for the New York Business Law Journal, published by the Business Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, titled “Force Majeure: What is it Good For?” Given the very topical interest in the subject matter, we are pleased to republish the article here.

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Stuart B. Newman has been engaged in corporate and securities practice for over forty years, focusing on corporate law, private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and capital formation through public offerings and private placements.

Stuart studies his clients’ businesses thoroughly and has made valuable contributions on a broad range of business topics such as joint ventures, product development, finance, investment banking, marketing, and personnel. He has served as a director on the boards of both publicly-traded and privately held companies, contributing his unique combination of business acumen and broad legal experience.






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