I signed a contract with a venue for a 150 person wedding. Due to COVID, that is now impossible and illegal in the state of California. Being that the venue cannot guarantee that we could proceed with a 150 person wedding, can that contract be void?


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This will depend on the exact provisions of the contract. If the contract does not specify what happens if factors beyond the parties' control prevent the fulfillment of the contract, the deal will be undone to the extent possible -- that is the vendor will be released from obligations but will have to return any payments. However, if the vendor has incurred good-faith expenses, it may be entitled to payment for them.

If the contrast specifies what happens in such an event, its provisions will be followed unless they contradict law or public policy.

  • This answer is completely wrong
    – Dale M
    Commented Jan 20, 2021 at 1:51
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    @Dale M I am not infallible, but would you care to indicate where I am wrong, and give any hint as to what would be correct? Commented Jan 20, 2021 at 2:02
  • see the question this is a dup of
    – Dale M
    Commented Jan 20, 2021 at 2:13
  • @Colin If you mean Dale M., he is a very experienced poster here who does not troll. Our answers disagree largely on the default case : what happens when the contract does not specify a result. Note that force majeure does not apply by default in most common-law jurisdictions. In fact "trolliing" is hostile and I ask you to retract it. Commented Jan 21, 2021 at 1:51
  • "Ttolling" in an online forum means that a person is not being sincere or honest, but is raising points only to start an argument, or to annoy the other parties. It is about as serious an accusation as can be made in such a forum. A troll often moves goal posts, or raises irrelevant side issues, just to keep the argument hoping. Force majeure is too big to handle further in a comment and I need to check sources. Commented Jan 21, 2021 at 2:28

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