Written by attorney Todd Eric Gallinger

What is a Choice of Venue Clause?

Often times, for the Choice of Law clause to be effective, a Choice of Venue clause should accompany it. The Choice of Venue clause states the location that both parties agree upon to address all potential disputes. For example, all disputes in a contract may be settled in a certain location like San Francisco as dictated by the agreed upon choice of venue clause.

In some cases however, Choice of Law and Venue clauses can be excluded if the law is not enforceable between the countries of both parties. For example, if a California ruling is not valid in China, more litigation in China is necessary. Another example of the unreliability of the Choice of Venue include rulings that: “A court will not enforce a choice of venue provision in a contract specifying the county in which an action may be tried"

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