This program, presented by Baker Hostetler partner Gilbert S. Keteltas and associate Kyle T. Cutts, will discuss recent developments regarding the enforceability of force majeure clauses, and other contract defenses, to excuse performance impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The course will benefit attorneys advising clients on their contractual rights and obligations during the pandemic, as well as counsel responsible for drafting new contracts in the time of COVID-19.
Kyle Cutts focuses primarily on appellate litigation, motions practice, and trial strategy in state and federal courts. His experience spans many areas of law, including consumer class actions, commercial contract disputes and antitrust matters. Kyle also has experience defending class action lawsuits related to auto-renewal or continuous-service subscriptions, including claims brought under California’s auto-renewal statute, Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17600, et seq. Additionally, he maintains an active pro bono practice.
Kyle previously served as a law clerk for the Honorable Jay S. Bybee of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to attending law school, he worked in Silicon Valley and in Hyderabad, India, for Google Inc. He also served as a Fulbright Scholar in Hamburg, Germany.
The practice team leader of BakerHostetler’s Commercial Litigation team, Gil Keteltas is a trial lawyer with more than 25 years of experience litigating complex commercial, tort and government enforcement disputes on behalf of national and international corporations. Recognized by the National Law Journal as a 2016 Litigation Trailblazer for innovative trial advocacy, Gil’s experience spans practice areas and industries. He has advocated in courtrooms across the country on behalf of manufacturers, engineers, hospitality companies, agricultural cooperatives and farmers, and has served as trial counsel in jury and bench trials.
Gil also is experienced in coordinating and leading the defense of multi-jurisdictional, multi-party disputes – including disputes involving a mix of government and private plaintiffs – and in developing and implementing litigation risk-reduction strategies before litigation is filed.
Gil’s national trial practice benefits from his experience in electronic discovery. He brings a practical approach to e-discovery that recognizes the importance of focused advocacy in addressing the burdens, costs and opportunities of discovery in modern complex litigation. Clients and peers recognize Gil as “a notable electronic discovery expert with significant trial experience” (Chambers USA 2018).
Interesting program on a current event. Appreciate the insights.
Very timely and well done. Thank you
Especially interesting and timely -- good suggestions!
Terrific. I never truly appreciated the depth of the clause.
Thank you; very interesting and to my practice in particular
Very helpful on force majeure commercial lease issues.
Really great summary of key contracting provisions and their application during the pandemic.
Speakers were very knowledgeable and presentation was enjoyable as well.
Excellent course and very timely
Well done and I came away with some practical tips for my practice.
I appreciated the instructors breaking it up between them and adding a little colloquy here and there. It made it more interesting than most.
Presenters did a great job. Good tips at the end. Relevant cases.
Best course I've taken. Incredibly helpful and relevant. Thank you.
Timely update on recent litigation!
Thank you, fellas. You had some great content.
Excellent review of current status of cases.
Timely and interesting.
Timely course with the right mix of law and practical insights.
Very good, and timely topic that is useful for me in my own practice.
This was an informative and practical review pf the topics and was extremely current. Very knowledgeable faculty!
Very well done.
Very articulate and interesting presentation
Very timely and valuable information. Bravo.
This course was well organized. The presenters were articulate and the material was presented in a clear and concise manner
Easy to understand and helpful.
Good course, very informative and helpful
Helpful information towards contract issues that can arise during COVID and how to successfully arguments that can be made on behalf of clients.
Excellent program. Both lecturers were exceptional.
Very helpful! I teach contract law to undergraduate students and cover force majeure. The information in this presentation will enable me to enhance the materials by using contemporary examples involving COVID. Great information, especially about what the courts are doing!
Interesting, timely, and useful!
Interesting and timely.
This is one of the most interesting courses I've attended - the staff did a great job choosing colorful cases that illustrate a range of COVID force majeure issues. Also, the technique of one attorney questioning the other on case specifics/establishing a dialogue was really effective.
It covered the current litigation as promised. I was thinking of some more practical advice on F.M. and C-19 clause drafting, but that was my error. It was good.
very timely and interesting
Very informative and provided insight for an issue I'm working on.
Very good and timely.
Timely and very interesting.