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Finally, a pipeline issue in Nigeria forced Shell’s local subsidiary on Wednesday to declare force majeure—a clause that allows contractual shipments to be suspended—on 250,000 barrels a day of production.
Exporters have started to declare force majeure on soybean cargoes.
But with 0-100 mph acceleration in 8.8 seconds and a top speed, top-down, of 187 mph, the V8-powered Volante has plenty of force majeure, Major.
An insider told The Hollywood Reporter that the crew received force majeure letters on Friday.
The outage, which gave a boost to prices, was the first time a force majeure had been declared in the North Sea since 1988.
Instead of paying up, the New York real estate mogul countersued, claiming the 2008 crash was a force majeure event—one that Deutsche had helped precipitate.
Just days ago, the Forties pipeline cracked and shut down, and the pipeline’s operator declared force majeure on oil shipments.
Vans Old Skools and Common Projects Achilles helped usher in the minimal low-top silhouettes as a stylish force majeure.
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Force majeure translates literally from French as superior force. In English, the term is often used in line with its literal French meaning, but it has other uses as well, including one that has roots in a principle of French law. In business circles, "force majeure" describes those uncontrollable events (such as war, labor stoppages, or extreme weather) that are not the fault of any party and that make it difficult or impossible to carry out normal business. A company may insert a force majeure clause into a contract to absolve itself from liability in the event it cannot fulfill the terms of a contract (or if attempting to do so will result in loss or damage of goods) for reasons beyond its control.
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