Breaking Contracts Over COVID-19

June 1, 2020

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It hardly needs to be said the extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic has been deadly and taken its toll on a number of lives.  It has also upended the way we do business and run our operations.  Many of the “best laid plans” that were made before the pandemic now seem to be better off canceled at worst or postponed indefinitely at best.  Even though some relief is on the horizon through the CARES Act, many federal grant recipients have been forced to consider whether and how they can extricate themselves from certain contractual obligations whether with suppliers, consultants, or other third parties.  By the same token, your organization may have received notice from some of your vendors, suppliers, or consultants that they cannot perform their contractual obligations to you due to “force majeure.”

With an emphasis on the perspective of federal grant recipients, this webinar will offer a framework for evaluating whether and how to attempt to discontinue a contract with a third party and will address damages clauses in contracts as well as the contractual principles of “Acts of God” and “force majeure” as well as “impossibility” and “frustration of purpose.”  Apart from contract termination, what other types of relief are available?  This webinar is intended to assist your organization with identifying options for obtaining relief from having to perform under certain contracts while minimizing contractual risk areas and taking into account federal grant considerations.

Target Audience

  • Leadership/C-Suite
  • Operations and Management Staff
  • Finance Personnel
  • Anyone who manages vendor relationships or otherwise has contract/procurement responsibilities

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Identify the considerations associated with seeking relief from the terms of a contract.
  • Understand and distinguish the various terms associated with seeking relief from a contract such as “force majeure,” “Acts of God,” “forgiveness,” “abatement” as well as obtain a familiarity with the common law doctrines of “impossibility” and “frustration of purpose.”
  • Minimize contractual risk areas while taking into account federal grant considerations set forth in the Uniform Grants Guidance.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Certificate of Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
06/01/2020 - 3:00pm EDT
Event ends: 
06/01/2020 - 4:00pm EDT


Kathy is a Partner in Feldesman Tucker’s health law practice group. In the area of health law, Kathy’s practice focuses on government-sponsored health care programs such as Medicaid, CHIP, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act, with an emphasis on payment/reimbursement and compliance related issues. Kathy also represents clients in government investigations and audits, litigation before federal and state courts, as well as in administrative appeals with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Departmental Appeals Board (DAB) and Provider Reimbursement Review Board (PRRB). She provides reimbursement counseling (including identification, reporting, and repayment of overpayments) with respect to Medicare, Medicaid, and private third-party payors. [Full Bio]

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  • Prerequisites: None 
  • Target Audience: Leadership/C-Suite, Operations and Management Staff, Finance Personnel, and anyone who manages vendor relationships or otherwise has contract/procurement responsibilities
  • Advanced Preparation: None  
  • Program Level: All
  • Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
  • Attendance Requirements: In order to be awarded the full credits, you must respond to five (5) out of seven (7) polling questions.

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Available Credit

  • 1.00 Certificate of Attendance


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