Category: Contract law

Force Majeure Clauses and the COVID-19 Pandemic

The term “force majeure” translates literally from French as superior force.[1] Black’s Law Dictionary defines force majeure as “[a]n event or effect that can be neither anticipated nor controlled.”[2]  In the law, it is the term for a contract provision that allocates the risk of specified events including natural and man-made events.  If that unlikely… Continue reading Force Majeure Clauses and the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Frustration of Purpose Defense

The doctrine of commercial frustration applies to discharge a party’s contractual obligation when “[p]erformance remains possible but the expected value of performance to the party seeking to be excused has been destroyed by a fortuitous event, which supervenes to cause an actual but not literal failure of consideration.” Graham v. Kim, 111 Nev. 1039, 899… Continue reading Frustration of Purpose Defense

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Impossibility of Performance

Impossibility of performance is a defense to breach of contract or excuse of non-performance for events that occur after a contract is entered into.  Mere unexpected difficulty, expense, or hardship involved in the performance of a contract does not excuse performance.  Where the difficulty or obstacle does not make performance objectively impossible, and the personal… Continue reading Impossibility of Performance

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Obtaining an Injunction Against Non-Signatories to Non-Compete Agreements

In many states, courts will enforce a written promise that one will not compete with another party to the agreement, such as a key executive promising not to compete with her employer if she leaves the company.   What would happen if the executive left the company, then helped someone else to compete with the executive’s… Continue reading Obtaining an Injunction Against Non-Signatories to Non-Compete Agreements

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The Parol Evidence Rule in Nevada

The following abstract explains Nevada’s parol evidence rule and its application to claims made in her courts. Parol evidence is inadmissible “[w]hen parties reduce a contract to writing, all prior oral negotiations and agreements are merged in the writing, and the instrument must be treated as containing the whole contract, and parol [evidence] is not… Continue reading The Parol Evidence Rule in Nevada

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Usury Laws in Nevada

Generally Nevada has no limit on the rate of interest to which parties may agree so long as the agreement reflects an arms-length transaction.[1]  Further, Nevada allows compound interest on loans.[2] Pawnbrokers and Short Term Loans Although Nevada does not have a general limitation on interest rates, certain transactions and business are subject to interest rate… Continue reading Usury Laws in Nevada

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Lis Pendens in Nevada

In Nevada, a Lis Pendens is a document recorded with the recorder’s office giving all the world constructive notice that the plaintiff in a lawsuit claims an interest in certain real property.  The recording of a lis pendens requires the filing of a lawsuit and that the lawsuit involves some claim legal interest in the… Continue reading Lis Pendens in Nevada

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