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Coronavirus and Your Meeting Contracts: Understanding the Force Majeure clause and when it Applies

  • 09 Nov 2020
  • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Virtual

Coronavirus and Your Meeting Contracts: Understanding the Force Majeure clause and when it applies

Monday, November 9, 2020 from 12:30pm-1:30pm CST

Registration is OPEN


Coronavirus is the number one topic in the meetings and travel industries right now. If your meeting is scheduled to occur in the next few months, this webinar will discuss what your options are in making a Go or No-Go decision and how to interpret your contracts regarding liability. It will also cover how to prepare future contracts and the four legal standards to include to protect meeting sponsors from not only epidemics and diseases, but other disasters as well. Will insurance save the day? Come find out. Industry legal expert John Foster, Esq., CHME will present this topic and answer your questions at the end.

Issues addressed:

  • Define when Coronavirus, or any other calamity, is a Force majeure;
  • Understand how Force Majeure clauses are interpreted and the role of “foreseeability” when preparing the clauses;
  • Define the meaning of Impossibility, Illegality, Commercial Impracticability, and Frustration of Purpose and how contract law applies these terms


John S. Foster, Esq., CHME
Attorney - Foster, Jensen & Gulley
JOHN S. FOSTER, ESQ. CHME is an attorney, speaker, author and legal counsel whose firm FOSTER, JENSEN & GULLEY specializes in the legal aspects of meetings & conventions, trade shows & events, and association management. He has been an associate or general counsel for over four hundred (400)national and regional associations and companies since 1986 and has been named nine (9) times as one of the 25 most influential people in the meetings industry by MeetingNews. Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Members voted John special recognition as its “Author of the Year” for his frequent contributions to Convene magazine. His peers have also voted John a Special Recognition Award as “Corporate Member of the Year” through the Georgia Society of Association Executives (GSAE). John has also been selected as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) peer-to-peer assistance program, a select member of the MPI Advisory Panel, and a Platinum Speaker for Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and a former outside counsel for Meeting Professionals International (MPI) on industry contracts and other legal issues. John is the Author of the soon to be published “Hotel & Facility Contracts: A Field Guide and Best Practices for Meeting & Event Professionals”. John’s professional experience includes twelve (12) years as a director of sales and marketing for Hyatt Hotels and Resorts and Marriott Hotels and Resorts. He holds the Certified Hospitality Marketing Executive (CHME) designation from HSMAI. John is also a volunteer with the Georgia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and a member of the Christian Legal Society

How to Attend

Join the live program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer with high speed internet. You may ask questions, participate in surveys, and post comments from your computer during the program. Please note that credit (if available) is only provided to registered attendees participating at their own computer and phone. Simple instructions with a link to the program will be sent when you register and again the day before the webinar.

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