Contract Drafting: How to Avoid Costly Mistakes

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Philadelphia
The CLE Conference Center
Wanamaker Building, 10th Floor, Suite 1010, Philadelphia PA, 19107
STARTFri., Apr. 12, 2019
9:00 AM
ENDFri., Apr. 12, 2019
1:15 PM
CLE 3 sub/1 eth* PRICE Regular: $249.00
New Attorney: $125.00
Pittsburgh
PBI Professional Development Center
Heinz 57 Center, 339 Sixth Avenue, 7th Fl., Pittsburgh PA, 15222
STARTTue., Apr. 30, 2019
9:00 AM
ENDTue., Apr. 30, 2019
1:15 PM
CLE 3 sub/1 eth* PRICE Regular: $249.00
New Attorney: $125.00
Allentown
Bar Association of Lehigh County
1114 Walnut Street, Allentown PA, 18102
STARTFri., Apr. 12, 2019
9:00 AM
ENDFri., Apr. 12, 2019
1:15 PM
CLE 3 sub/1 eth* PRICE Regular: $249.00
New Attorney: $125.00
Altoona
Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 - Altoona Executive Office
4500 6th Ave., Altoona PA, 16602
STARTFri., Apr. 12, 2019
9:00 AM
ENDFri., Apr. 12, 2019
1:15 PM
CLE 3 sub/1 eth* PRICE Regular: $249.00
New Attorney: $125.00
Beaver
Beaver County Bar Association
788 Turnpike Street, Beaver PA, 15009
STARTFri., Apr. 12, 2019
9:00 AM
ENDFri., Apr. 12, 2019
1:15 PM
CLE 3 sub/1 eth* PRICE Regular: $249.00
New Attorney: $125.00
Bellefonte
Centre County Bar Association
Eugene Lederer Bar Center, 192 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte PA, 16823
STARTFri., Apr. 12, 2019
9:00 AM
ENDFri., Apr. 12, 2019
1:15 PM
CLE 3 sub/1 eth* PRICE Regular: $249.00
New Attorney: $125.00
Butler
Butler County Bar Association
240 S. Main Street, Butler PA, 16001
STARTFri., Apr. 12, 2019
9:00 AM
ENDFri., Apr. 12, 2019
1:15 PM
CLE 3 sub/1 eth* PRICE Regular: $249.00
New Attorney: $125.00
Chambersburg
Franklin County Bar Association
100 Lincoln Way East Ste E, Chambersburg PA, 17201-2291
STARTFri., Apr. 12, 2019
9:00 AM
ENDFri., Apr. 12, 2019
1:15 PM
CLE 3 sub/1 eth* PRICE Regular: $249.00
New Attorney: $125.00
Erie
Erie County Bar Association
429 West 6th Street, Erie PA, 16507
STARTFri., Apr. 12, 2019
9:00 AM
ENDFri., Apr. 12, 2019
1:15 PM
CLE 3 sub/1 eth* PRICE Regular: $249.00
New Attorney: $125.00
Greensburg
Westmoreland Intermediate Unit 7
102 Equity Drive, Greensburg PA, 15601
STARTFri., Apr. 12, 2019
9:00 AM
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1:15 PM
CLE 3 sub/1 eth* PRICE Regular: $249.00
New Attorney: $125.00
Indiana
ARIN Intermediate Unit 28
2895 West Pike, Indiana PA, 15701-9769
STARTFri., Apr. 12, 2019
9:00 AM
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1:15 PM
CLE 3 sub/1 eth* PRICE Regular: $249.00
New Attorney: $125.00
Johnstown
University of Pittsburgh - Johnstown - Living/Learning Cntr
450 Schoolhouse Rd., Johnstown PA, 15904
STARTFri., Apr. 12, 2019
9:00 AM
ENDFri., Apr. 12, 2019
1:15 PM
CLE 3 sub/1 eth* PRICE Regular: $249.00
New Attorney: $125.00
Lebanon
Lebanon County Bar Association
547 South Tenth St., Lower Level, Lebanon PA, 17042
STARTFri., Apr. 12, 2019
9:00 AM
ENDFri., Apr. 12, 2019
1:15 PM
CLE 3 sub/1 eth* PRICE Regular: $249.00
New Attorney: $125.00
Mansfield
Mansfield University
20 Straughn Drive, Mansfield PA, 16933
STARTFri., Apr. 12, 2019
9:00 AM
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1:15 PM
CLE 3 sub/1 eth* PRICE Regular: $249.00
New Attorney: $125.00
Meadville
Economic Progress Alliance Conf. Ctr. - William J. Douglass Jr. Corp. Conf. Center.
764 Bessemer Street, Ste. 101, Meadville PA, 16335
STARTFri., Apr. 12, 2019
9:00 AM
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1:15 PM
CLE 3 sub/1 eth* PRICE Regular: $249.00
New Attorney: $125.00
Mechanicsburg
PBI Conference Center
5080 Ritter Road, Rossmoyne Exit, Rt. 15, Mechanicsburg PA, 17055
STARTFri., Apr. 12, 2019
9:00 AM
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1:15 PM
CLE 3 sub/1 eth* PRICE Regular: $249.00
New Attorney: $125.00
Montrose
The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains
270 Lake Avenue, Montrose PA, 18801
STARTFri., Apr. 12, 2019
9:00 AM
ENDFri., Apr. 12, 2019
1:15 PM
CLE 3 sub/1 eth* PRICE Regular: $249.00
New Attorney: $125.00
Plymouth Meeting
LaSalle University Montgomery County Center
220 West Germantown Pike, Ste. 100, Back of the Victory Bldg., Plymouth Meeting PA, 19462
STARTFri., Apr. 12, 2019
9:00 AM
ENDFri., Apr. 12, 2019
1:15 PM
CLE 3 sub/1 eth* PRICE Regular: $249.00
New Attorney: $125.00
Uniontown
Penn State University Fayette Campus - Eberly Corporate Training Center
Route 119 North, Uniontown PA, 15401
STARTFri., Apr. 12, 2019
9:00 AM
ENDFri., Apr. 12, 2019
1:15 PM
CLE 3 sub/1 eth* PRICE Regular: $249.00
New Attorney: $125.00
Warren
Warren Library Association
205 Market St., Warren PA, 16365
STARTFri., Apr. 12, 2019
9:00 AM
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1:15 PM
CLE 3 sub/1 eth* PRICE Regular: $249.00
New Attorney: $125.00
Wilkes-Barre
Kings College
Lane's Lane (off N. Main St.), Sheehy-Farmer Campus Ctr., Wilkes-Barre PA, 18711
STARTFri., Apr. 12, 2019
9:00 AM
ENDFri., Apr. 12, 2019
1:15 PM
CLE 3 sub/1 eth* PRICE Regular: $249.00
New Attorney: $125.00
Webcast
Online
STARTFri., Apr. 12, 2019
9:00 AM
ENDFri., Apr. 12, 2019
1:15 PM
CLE 3 sub/1 eth PRICE Regular: $249.00
New Attorney: $125.00

* = Ethics information has been integrated throughout this program. To receive ethics credit, you must attend the entire course.

About

Every day across the Commonwealth, lawyers are drafting contracts that won’t be enforced because they weren’t drafted correctly. The law of contracts is teeming with traps for the unwary, and common drafting mistakes expose your clients to untold, unnecessary risk. In this intense, jam-packed seminar, the authors of Corbin on Pennsylvania Contracts will guide you through a multitude of typical contract provisions and show you how to navigate around the drafting landmines. If you deal with contracts in your practice—whether a lot or a little—you do not want to miss this seminar.

9:00-9:10 Introduction

9:10-9:30 Contractual Provisions Appearing in Non-Contractual Documents
●The problem of drafting on-line contracts (browsewrap and clickwrap)
●In-the-box contracts (the Samsung smartphone cases)

9:30-9:45 Preliminary Agreements
Letters of intent, memoranda of understanding, etc.

9:45-11:00 Pitfalls in Drafting Common Contractual Provisions

-Recitals and Effective Date Provisions
-Time for Performance

-Warranties
● Drafting express warranties
● Drafting disclaimers of implied warranties
● Drafting warranties that extend to future performance and delay the running of the statute of limitations

-Merger Clauses
●The dreaded parol evidence rule
●●Integration: partial or complete

●●●Merger clauses turn even partially integrated into completely integrated contracts

●Drafting merger clauses (using the language recognized by the courts)
●Drafting completely integrated agreements without relying on merger clauses
●Drafting merger clauses to disclaim “invisible” terms—trade usage and course of dealing.
●The limitations of even well-drafted merger clauses (e.g., fraud)

-No-Oral Modification Clauses and Anti-Waiver Clauses

11:00-11:15 BREAK

11:15-1:15 Pitfalls in Drafting Common Contractual Provisions (Continued)

-Limitations of Liability Provisions

●Drafting exclusions of consequential damages
●●The fundamentals: the line between “direct” and “consequential” damages is hazy
●● “Lost profits” are not always consequential damages
●● Exclusion of consequential damages does not necessarily exclude tort damages
●● The presumption of cumulative remedies and how to draft around it
●● If a remedy fails of its essential purpose, it might eliminate the exclusion of consequential damages: drafting around it
●● Exclusion of consequential damages is sometimes not permitted if the remedy would not make the aggrieved party whole

-Indemnity Provisions
-Force Majeure Provisions

● The default protections without a force majeure clause
●● Impossibility, impracticability, and frustration of purpose
●●● How these default protections can be lost by improper drafting
● Drafting force majeure clauses

-Termination


●The problem in knowing whether a “material breach” occurred
●●Drafting to avoid the uncertainty as to what is a “material breach”
-Choice of law

● If scope is too narrow, may not include extra-contractual claims
● Opting out of The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods

-Choice of forum and arbitration
-The battle of the forms

Faculty

NameFirm/Company
Jon G. Hogue Esq. Murray Hogue & Lannis
Timothy Murray Esq. Murray Hogue & Lannis
Faculty may vary by location.
PBI reserves the right to substitute speakers at all programs.
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