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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: February 10, 2017 11:51 AM
From: Representative Thomas P. Murt
To: All House members
Subject: Commercial Snow Removal Service Liability Limitation Act (Prior HB 2195)
 
In the near future, I plan to reintroduce legislation which would re-establish basic fairness in contracting, in a particular area that affects many Pennsylvanians. Specifically, the legislation will do so by nullifying certain indemnity clauses in snow removal contracts.

These clauses, which are often called “hold harmless” agreements, are features of a contract that are designed to release one of the parties to the contract from legal claims. Generally, one party agrees not to sue the other party for any expenses, damages, or losses arising from a transaction or activity between the two parties – regardless of who is at fault. The net effect of hold harmless agreements on the professional snow and ice management industry is that liability insurance rates have gone through the roof. Not only is that unfair, but the increased cost of doing business is passed on to the customer, which is bad for all Pennsylvanians. My bill simply places the liability with the appropriate party. If the property owner or manager is at fault, then he is liable; if the snow contractor is at fault, he is liable.

Please join me in cosponsoring this important, business-friendly legislation.

Previous Cosponsors: MURT, PICKETT, DRISCOLL, O'NEILL, ROZZI, DAVIS and CUTLER



Introduced as HB624