There is no such thing as a mutual indemnity

Tech contracts use indemnities to address third party lawsuits. The indemnitor promises to defend a lawsuit against the indemnified party and to pay any judgments. (Those terms imply that the indemnitor will pay for settlements too — and many contracts make that explicit.) Given that structure, a “mutual indemnity” makes no sense. [We’ll discuss this […]

Insurance companies give nuclear indemnities; tech vendors should not

This is what I call a nuclear indemnity: “Vendor shall indemnify Customer against any third party claim arising out of or related to Vendor’s breach of this Agreement.” It’s nuclear because it destroys all in its path. It’s not limited to a type of claim, like IP, data breach, or personal injury. Tech vendors should […]