Why Indemnification Provisions Are Too Important to Leave to the Lawyers

February 5, 2021Articles
The Oil Can

The Oil Can published an article by Dinsmore partner Mark Boos this week in its Spring 2021 edition about the importance of indemnification provisions in commercial contracts, an excerpt of which is below.

The idea is simple enough: An indemnity is one party’s promise to do something if certain events occur. Usually, that “something” is to cover the other party’s losses related to the occurrence of a covered event. For example, in leases it’s common for the tenant to be responsible for losses incurred by the landlord due to the tenant contaminating the leased premises. In contractual language, the tenant agrees to indemnify the landlord for losses resulting from the tenant contaminating the leased premises.

So far, so good. But arriving at the specific language for the indemnification provisions can be a challenge.

First, although many contracts impose potential indemnity obligations on both parties, the nature of the underlying transaction usually makes one party more likely than the other to have to make good on those obligations. Second, the particular language of an indemnity provision can fall anywhere along a continuum from very narrow to very broad.

Read the full article here.