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Cancellation and Force Majeure Issues in the SARS Era

LESS THAN TWO weeks before the American Association for Cancer Research was scheduled to hold its 2003 annual meeting in Toronto, the Premier of Ontario declared a provincial emergency due to the SARS epidemic. AACR had signed contracts with 21 hotels and the convention center and anticipated 16,000 attendees — nevertheless, on April 2, just three days before the conference was to start, the society made the difficult decision to cancel because of the risk of spreading SARS to

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