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The Battle of the Forms and Contract Issues for Credit Professionals


Mon, February 24, 2020, 03:00 - 03:30


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Cost: Members: $49
Non-Members: $99

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Registration Includes: One telephone and web connection at one physical location


US: 3:00pm – 3:30pm ET

About the Webinar

Many manufacturers and distributors are lulled into assuming that their carefully drafted credit agreement, sales order confirmation, or invoice forms will override a purchase order’s troublesome language.  If the material supplier’s employees or agents (e.g., salesperson or general manager) sign a customer’s  purchase order, it goes without saying that the terms and conditions of the customer’s signed purchase order will almost certainly override any preexisting credit agreement and may exclusively govern the transaction at issue.  But it is also almost always true that if the supplier does not sign but simply ignores the purchase order terms and conditions, in the event of a dispute, the Uniform Commercial Code (applicable in all 50 states) will dictate that a “battle of the forms” has occurred leading to a very buyer-friendly outcome.  In reality, the supplier may be “betting the farm” without even knowing it.

About the Speakers

Christopher Ng is the managing partner of Gibbs Giden. Chris primarily represents companies in a wide range of business, commercial and construction negotiations and disputes. Chris is a member of the State Bar of California and District of Columbia and licensed to practice in all California state and federal courts.  Chris is also an educator, active speaker, published author and frequent contributor to local, regional and national legal publications. For his achievements, Chris has been named a “Rising Star” and “Superlawyer” by Los Angeles Magazine and Super Lawyers® (Thomson/Reuters) regularly since 2009 (including again in 2018), a distinction conferred upon less than 5% of all California attorneys. Chris was also named the 2015-2016 “Educator of the Year” by Credit Management Association (CMA).

Chris is nationally recognized in the field of construction law and regularly pens articles and contributes to treatises for construction industry professionals and other lawyers including publications by ENR Engineering News-Record, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business (California Construction Law), BNi® (Acret’s California Mechanics Lien Laws), the California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) (California Mechanics Liens and Related Construction Remedies and California Construction Contracts, Defects and Litigation) and the American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on the Construction Industry. 

In addition to his current position as an Adjunct Professor of Business Law at the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics at California State University Northridge, Chris has taught the Legal Environment of Business at Pepperdine University and has been a guest lecturer of construction law at Loyola Law School (Los Angeles).  Chris is also a frequent speaker and educator on construction law for organizations including the ABA, Los Angeles County Bar Association, CMA, Lorman Education Services and American Society of Professional Estimators, and was a featured speaker at both the 2012 (Las Vegas) and the 2015 (Boca Raton) Annual ABA Forum on Construction Law meetings.  In 2013, Chris was appointed to the Division 9 Steering Committee of the ABA Forum on Construction Law primarily representing the interests of specialty trade contractors and suppliers in the construction industry on a national and global basis. Since 2015, Chris has served on the ABA Forum’s Diversity Committee, dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of the vital role diversity plays in the industry.

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