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It’s Time to Notice Your Notice Provisions

It’s Time to Notice Your Notice Provisions

August 24, 2021 at 2:13 PM - commercial contracts,

As the Covid-19 pandemic wears on, forcing businesses to continue suspending or terminating contracts, it seems the oft-overlooked notice provision is finally having its day. Although notice provisions can take a multitude of forms, many are proving to be antiquated or problematic, especially considering the substantial changes to the way we work. To that end, now may be a great time to review the notice provisions in your form contracts and make adjustments where needed.

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Contract Signed, Deal Done: 4 Important Next Steps

Contract Signed, Deal Done: 4 Important Next Steps

May 18, 2021 at 1:47 PM - commercial contracts,

We’ve all heard stories about lavish closing dinners (perhaps you’ve attended one or more), where the completion of large corporate transactions are celebrated over dinner, drinks and token gifts of appreciation. Yet, even the execution of a small commercial agreement can be cause for raising a glass or simply breathing a deep sigh of relief. Hard work deserves a moment of pause. However, once the ink has dried on a newly-executed agreement and the party is over, what happens (or should happen) next? Placing the agreement into a neat, three-ring binder may feel organized, but it will not ensure performance under the agreement.

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Additional Insights into the Use of Force Majeure for COVID-19

Additional Insights into the Use of Force Majeure for COVID-19

April 13, 2021 at 10:50 AM - commercial contracts,

A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, some businesses are still incurring losses due to COVID-related closures and other restrictions. As we shared last April, the possibility of mitigating those losses by relying on a force majeure provision depends on a variety of different factors, including which state law governs your contract, the exact wording of the force majeure clause contained within it, and other facts and circumstances, such as the subject matter of the agreement and/or the foreseeability of the pandemic at the time you entered into the contract.

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5 Issues a Buyer/Licensee Should Consider Before Renewing Vendor Agreements/Licenses

5 Issues a Buyer/Licensee Should Consider Before Renewing Vendor Agreements/Licenses

April 7, 2021 at 11:32 AM - commercial contracts,

A common or “boilerplate” provision in commercial contracts is the renewal clause. Typically included in the Term section, this clause dictates if and how the agreement will renew after the initial term ends. When entering an agreement, your position on the renewal provision will likely depend on your role in the relationship (e.g., as either buyer or seller of products/services).

In some agreements, renewal is automatic if neither party opts out in writing. Although automatic renewal terms may be convenient, particularly when your business depends on the seller’s product or license, they may also be costly unless there is a termination for convenience right with a short notice period.

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9 Provisions to Look for in Corporate Recruitment Contracts

9 Provisions to Look for in Corporate Recruitment Contracts

March 30, 2021 at 2:26 PM - commercial contracts,

Most companies engage professional recruiters or “headhunters” out of sheer necessity, particularly in highly competitive markets where talented candidates are scarce. Recruiters are able to approach prospects freely, and often, their networks are more robust than those of an internal hiring manager. Notwithstanding such advantages, working with a headhunter can be expensive. To protect this investment, companies should carefully review and negotiate the provisions of their recruitment agreement, which, in most cases, should include the following nine “must-have” clauses:

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6 Key Issues in Mutual Non-Disclosure Agreements

6 Key Issues in Mutual Non-Disclosure Agreements

March 16, 2021 at 3:19 PM - commercial contracts,

Commercial transactions often involve the disclosure of proprietary and confidential information by one or both parties to an agreement. To preserve the value of such information, the disclosing party typically expects the receiving party to sign a non-disclosure (NDA) or confidentiality agreement. Although NDAs can vary considerably, when both parties to an agreement wish to protect proprietary information, a mutual NDA will be negotiated.

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9 Issues to Look for in the Payment Provisions of a Contract

9 Issues to Look for in the Payment Provisions of a Contract

March 1, 2021 at 3:02 PM - commercial contracts,

Virtually all contracts have payment-related provisions which can span a wide variety of ancillary issues, including invoicing, disputes over invoiced amounts, timing of payments, and remedies for late payments. When reviewing these provisions, your position will, naturally, depend on your role in the agreement: are you the vendor collecting payment or the customer making payment? In some situations, such as in co-marketing deals, payments will be flowing in both directions.

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Managing Hyperlinked Contract Terms

Managing Hyperlinked Contract Terms

December 29, 2020 at 1:38 PM - commercial contracts,

Many technology-related service agreements between providers and their customers now include terms beyond the four corners of the document. Specifically, certain contract terms are incorporated as mere hyperlinks to a URL where the provider’s standard terms and provisions are maintained.

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