Tuesday, April 27, 2010

act of God

Even atheists can avoid liability for breaching an agreement by claiming that performance was delayed by an act of God—an unforeseen natural event such as a flood, tornado, earthquake, or lightning. However, whether a court accepts this argument often depends on the contract language in a “Force Majeure” clause. Humanists please note: although the reference to ‘God’ implies a supernatural cause for such events, it is accepted that some of these events are (at least partially) human-induced—for example, flooding caused by the use of reclaimed land or earthquakes caused by human activity, such as drilling or excavation.

See: force majeure

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