Illinois adopts anti-indemnity legislation

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday, Aug. 27, signed into law anti-indemnity legislation that takes effect immediately. The new state law voids any contract provision that a company, such as a manufacturer, asks a motor carrier to sign that attempts to indemnify or hold the company harmless, against any liability for loss or damage resulting from the negligence of the company.

House Bill 3832 was sponsored by Rep. Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) and Sen. John Sullivan (D-Rushville). More than a dozen states have adopted similar anti-indemnification legislation, with many other state legislatures also taking the issue up, according to the Mid-West Truckers Association.