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When "Force Majeure" Isn’t Enough: Lease Re-negotiation due to “Commercial Frustration” in the Era of COVID-19 (1.5 General Participatory Credits)

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Date Published

June 18, 2020


San Diego County Bar Association


Real Property


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Prohibition, WWI and WWII were times of social upheaval. Lots of relationships were affected, including commercial landlord and tenant relationships. Governmental orders frequently affected business operations and commercial tenant’s use of leased properties. Cases from this era established much of the lease and contract law on the defenses of “impossibility” and “commercial frustration” that are still used today.

COVID-19 abruptly changed the economic landscape for many commercial tenants, leaving them to either negotiate rent abatement or deferral or face eviction and liability for unpaid rents. Come hear a timely, interesting program about how these older cases on “Commercial Frustration” apply to commercial tenants’ efforts to renegotiate their leases in the present economy.

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Robert B. Jacobs

After litigating business, real estate and construction law cases for more than 30 years, Robert B. Jacobs now mediates these... Read More

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Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

When "Force Majeure" Isn’t Enough - Video
When "Force Majeure" Isn’t Enough - Paper
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