In the aftermath of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, many organizations canceled meetings that had been contracted months or years earlier. Because of the uniqueness of the situation, many hotels acquiesced. However, since that time, the issue of what constitutes a force majeure situation has been the subject of much discussion. Force majeure is a legal term — literally, “superior force” — that provides a reason for terminating an agreement without liability. A ...

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