An agreement by which one party assumes the liability of another. Hold-harmless agreements are often found in leases; the lessee (tenant) agreeing to assume the lessor's (landlord's) liability if members of the public are injured through some faulty condition in the premises occupied by the lessee.
A contract provision whereby one party assumes certain legal liabilities on behalf of another party. Such a contract provision could be of limited form, where a party reaffirms responsibility for its own negligent acts thus protecting another party from vicarious liability; an intermediate form, where a party reaffirms its responsibility and agrees to share responsibility for joint and concurrent negligence of other parties; or a broad form, where a party assumes responsibility for all liability including that arising out of the sole negligence of the other party. Synonymous with indemnification.
An agreement under whih the legal liability of one party for damages or injury is assumed by the other party to the agreement. Such hold-harmless agreements between pilots and passengers virtually never stand up in court.
An agreement in which one party, such as a tenant, accepts the responsibility of another party, such as a landlord, for losses that would otherwise fall on that other party.
An agreement by one party to indemnify another against claims of a defined nature.
A written contract whereby one party accepts legal liability for damages alleged to be caused by the other party. A common example involves construction. An injured party on a construction site may sue the owner or the contractor. Under a hold-harmless agreement, the contractor generally agrees to pay for damages alleged to have occurred on the site during construction activities, since the contractor normally controls the site and the activities during the process of construction.