Exculpatory Fairy Tales

2 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2011

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Roger Bernhardt

Golden Gate University - School of Law

Date Written: January 1, 2005


This article advises attorneys representing landlords in drafting exculpatory clauses in California where an exculpatory clause that does not include the word “negligence” protects a landlord only from liability for passive negligence, not for active negligence. Even a well-written exculpatory clause may not shield the landlord of liability in critical aspects.

Keywords: Exculpatory Clause, Drafting, Landlord Negligence, Lease Protection, Burnett v. Chimney Sweep, Brown v. Green, Hadian v. Schwartz

JEL Classification: K11

Suggested Citation

Bernhardt, Roger, Exculpatory Fairy Tales (January 1, 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1789822 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1789822

Roger Bernhardt (Contact Author)

Golden Gate University - School of Law ( email )

536 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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