law-force-majeure definition

Generally speaking, the term “force majeure" refers to an event, such as an
“Act of God," beyond the parties' reasonable control that intervenes to create
a contractual impossibility and thereby excuse contract performance.  See
Perlman v. Pioneer Ltd. P'ship, 918 F.2d 1244, 1248 n.5 (5th Cir. 1990);
Black's Law Dictionary 645 (6th ed. 1990).

Virginia Power Energy Marketing, Inc v. Apache Corp. (Tex.App.- Houston [14th Dist.] Aug. 6,
2009) (Sullivan) (dispute involves the application and effect of force majeure provisions in a
natural-gas supply contract,
contract construction, excuse for nonperformance) (fact issue
precludes summary judgment)
AFFIRMED IN PART; REVERSED & REMANDED IN PART: Opinion by Justice Sullivan  
Before Justices Brock Yates, Guzman and Sullivan   
14-07-00787-CV Virginia Power Energy Marketing, Inc and Dominion Resources, Inc v. Apache
Corporation   Appeal from 157th District Court of Harris County