Contractual Rights, Responsibilities, and Remedies and COVID-19

Learn all about the contractual rights, responsibilities, and available remedies of contracting parties impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
June 11, 2020
2:00pm EDT - 3:00pm EDT

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Learn all about the contractual rights, responsibilities, and available remedies and defenses of contracting parties impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Discuss issues such as “force majeure,” frustration of purpose, impossibility, payment obligations, non-payment, suspension and termination, supply and delivery delays, impacts on warranty obligations, safety, credit issues, and other matters.


  • Understanding force majeure, impossibility, frustration of purpose claims and defenses
  • Rights and defenses for COVID-19 caused delays 
  • Payment rights and obligations under COVID-19
  • Managing pandemic-related impacts including delays to deliveries of equipment and materials, nonpayment and credit issues, and potential impacts on warranties
  • Understanding suspension and termination rights

Recommended for

  • Public power executives and management
  • Contract administrators
  • Project development and construction executives
  • Project managers
  • Owner representatives
  • Legal counsel
  • Contractors, suppliers and consultants


Judah Lifschitz, Esq., Principal and Co-President, Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram
Judd has extensive experience representing clients in the power and energy sector regarding EPC contracts and construction of power plants. His clients include utilities, merchant energy owners, and developers. His experience includes winning one of the largest liquidated damages awards in the history of the construction industry relating to the late completion of a 1,080-megawatt combined cycle power plant in NY. 

Judd is an extraordinarily experienced trial attorney having tried cases to verdict in virtually every type of adjudicative forum. He is regularly recognized as a Super Lawyer and a preeminent lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell. He writes and lectures frequently on topics relating to construction law, EPC contracts, and power and energy.

Series Description

Join this two-part series to learn how COVID-19 is impacting performance under all types of contracts and business transactions, simple and complex. Learn about the legal and contractual issues arising from the pandemic including the rights, responsibilities, and remedies of contracting parties. Discuss issues arising under many different types of agreements including leases, supply contracts, service contracts, construction contracts, and long-term maintenance contracts. 

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Registration/Fee Information

Registration is for one person (individuals receive unique log in credentials that cannot be shared). Discounted group pricing is available.

Individual webinars: $109 for members; $209 for nonmembers. Click on a webinar title to register individually:

The 2-part series (discounted price): $150 for APPA members; $300 for nonmembers

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Save 50% when registering a group of 10 or more people. Contact [email protected] for details.

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  • Each webinar is worth 1 CEU/.1 PDH/1.2 CPE credits; CPE Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
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