Limiting Liability in Business Agreements: Contract Clauses, Financial Caps, Indemnities, Liquidated Damages

Note: CPE credit is not offered on this program

A live 90-minute CLE video webinar with interactive Q&A

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Tuesday, October 4, 2022 (in 10 days)

1:00pm-2:30pm EDT, 10:00am-11:30am PDT

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This CLE course will advise counsel on how to structure deals to limit liability by focusing on contract clauses and financial restrictions or caps. The panel will discuss ways to include indemnification or liquidated damage provisions and how state contract laws may affect risk management.

Description

When business counsel begins working on a new agreement and assessing the risk, using a limitation of liability clause can be an effective tool to limit direct, indirect, consequential, special, and incidental damages in the event of a breach of contract claim. Establishing the restrictions on a limitation of liability provision may include terms that limit or exclude consequential damages unless the limitation or exclusion is unconscionable. For example, when contracts fall under the UCC, the limitation of consequential damages for a consumer's personal injury is subject to prima facie unconscionability.

Limitation of liability provisions generally cap damages at an amount agreed by the parties, the contract amount, or the parties' insurance limits. The clauses may exclude certain types of damages; the enforceability of exclusions may depend on the state law that governs that contract.

Courts routinely scrutinize limitation of liability provisions to ensure that they are not ambiguous, unconscionable, unfairly bargained for, or in violation of a state statute or public policy. Many courts disfavor contract provisions that limit a party's liability for gross negligence, fraud, intentional torts, or if the party seeking protection acted in bad faith.

Listen as our authoritative panel explains best practices for drafting and negotiating limitation of liability provisions in business agreements. The panel will provide strategies for avoiding common negotiation pitfalls, anticipating and overcoming enforcement hurdles, and reconciling limitation of liability provisions with indemnification clauses.

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Outline

  1. Drafting considerations and best practices for limitation of liability clauses
  2. Use of financial caps and liquidated damages to limit liability
  3. Enforceability challenges with limitation of liability clauses
  4. The intersection of limitation of liability clauses with indemnification provisions

Benefits

The panel will discuss these and other key issues:

  • What considerations should business counsel take into account when drafting and negotiating limitation of liability provisions in contracts?
  • How can financial caps and liquidated damages mitigate risks?
  • How do the UCC and state law affect limitations on liability in business agreements?
  • What enforceability challenges do parties commonly face when seeking to enforce a limitation of liability clause?
  • What is the interplay between limitation of liability clauses and indemnification provisions in business agreements?

Faculty

Allen, Joseph
Joseph B. Allen

Member
Willcox & Savage

Mr. Allen is a corporate transactional attorney who concentrates his practice on M&A transactions, private...  |  Read More

Davis, Zachary
Zachary S. Davis

Attorney
Stoel Rives

Mr. Davis is an experienced construction and design attorney who advises clients in a broad spectrum of legal matters,...  |  Read More

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