Recently, one of the largest operators of U.S. airport restaurants argued that COVID-19 pandemic triggered the use of a force majeure clause in its contract with our wholesale bakery client – and non-payment of more than $320,000 in already delivered product. Our partners Steven Adler and Lauren X. Topelsohn successfully argued that force majeure, which allows parties to absolve contractual duties when forces beyond their control prevent performance, did not apply. Steven and Lauren subsequently secured an AAA arbitration award for the full $320,000 due to our client, plus more than $20,000 in pre-judgment interest.