Assignee May Pursue Claim for Indemnification for Unreimbursed Counsel Fees


In Searles Valley Minerals Operations Inc. v. Ralph M. Parson Service Co., 2011 DJDAR 1193 (2011), the Fourth District Court of Appeal decided an interesting contract indemnity case dealing with a fee award.

After concluding that there was no case law directly on point, that Court of Appeal concluded that an assignee of contract indemnification rights stands in the shoes of the indemnitee. So, if the indemnitor refuses to pay an indemnitee’s defense costs, the indemnitee can pay the costs and seek reimbursement from the indemnitor.

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