Force Majeure Clause

A clause often found in commercial leases (and other commercial contracts) that excuses or delays performance of an obligation by one or both parties due to events that make the performance impossible or impracticable, particularly when the event is beyond the control of the parties. Examples of common force majeure events include war, flood, drought, earthquake, fire, volcanic eruption, landslide, hurricane, tornado, an act of God, terrorist act, epidemic, military action, government action, strike, labor dispute, etc.