Force majeure

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Law - contract.

Literally, force majeure means irresistible compulsion or coercion.

In contract law, it refers to events affecting the contract that are completely outside the control of the parties.

Force majeure clauses normally excuse both delay and total failure to perform the contract.

Force majeure events - normally listed expressly - generally include acts of God, failure of suppliers or subcontractors, and labour disputes.

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