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Facto v. Pantagis
Citation:390 N.J. Super. 227, 915 A.2d 59.
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Plaintiffs contracted with defendants for their wedding reception. The reception was for 150 people from 6:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m. on August 3, 2002. Plaintiffs paid the full contract price of $10,578 in advance. The contract also contained a force majeure clause excusing defendant from performance in the event of “unforeseen events or circumstances.” Forty-five minutes into the reception there was a power failure. The plaintiffs attempted to continue the reception, and some food and beverages were served, but the band refused to play without power and the photographer was unable to proceed due to the lighting. Shortly after 9:00 p.m. there was an altercation between a guest and one of defendant’s employees and the police were called. At 9:30 p.m., the defendant’s manager requested the police evacuate the building.
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