Until COVID-19, many business people had not heard about or given much consideration to force majeure clauses in their business contracts. Now, in the light of the COVID-19 outbreak across the globe, both force majeure clauses and the doctrine of frustration have become very relevant and much-discussed topics.
One of the frequent issues encountered in contractual litigation is parties failing to negotiate and set to writing the contractual obligations that exist between them. So long as the parties are getting along and no questions are raised about anyone’s obligations, the lack of written contractual terms may not be an issue and convention will general dictate the parties’ interactions.
The decision in JAG Worldwide v. Lakeside Produce demonstrates that Ontario courts continue to reaffirm the importance of respecting parties’ decisions to arbitrate their disputes, and adhere to the strict limitations of their ability to review international arbitration awards.