EULA (NewsOnChat End User License Agreement and Terms of Service):
NewsOnChat End User License Agreement and Terms of Service
Last updated: October 6, 2016
Welcome, and thank you for your interest in NewsOnChat, LLC (“NewsOnChat”, “we,” or “us”) and our social application that helps facilitate connections between non-profit organizations, volunteers, donors and users who want to become involved with non-profits (“App”); our web site www.NewsOnChat.com (“Site”); and any related web sites, embeddable widgets, downloadable software, and other services provided by us on which a link to this End User License Agreement and Terms of Service is provided (collectively, including the Site and App, our “Service”). This End User License Agreement and Terms of Service is a legally binding contract between you and NewsOnChat regarding your use of the Service.
You acknowledge and agree that, as provided in greater detail in these Terms:
the App is licensed, not sold to you, and you may use the Service only as set forth in these Terms;
your use of the Service may be subject to separate third party terms of service and fees, including without limitation the terms of service and data, SMS, MMS, and other fees of your mobile network operator (the “Carrier”), which are your sole responsibility;
the Service is provided “as is” without warranties of any kind and NewsOnChat’s liability to you is limited;
disputes arising hereunder will be resolved by binding arbitration. BY ACCEPTING THESE TERMS, YOU AND NEWSONCHAT ARE EACH WAIVING THE RIGHT TO A TRIAL BY JURY OR TO PARTICIPATE IN A CLASS ACTION. YOU AGREE TO GIVE UP YOUR RIGHT TO GO TO COURT to assert or defend your rights under this contract (except for matters that may be taken to small claims court). Our rights will be determined by a neutral arbitrator and NOT a judge or jury, and your claims cannot be brought as a class action. Please review Section 18 below for the details regarding your agreement to arbitrate any disputes with NewsOnChat;
if you are using the App on an iOS-based device, you agree to and acknowledge the “Special Terms Regarding Apple,” below.
1. NewsOnChat Service Overview. NewsOnChat provides a platform to connect non-profit organizations (“Non-Profits”) with their staff and qualified volunteers (collectively, “Qualified Members”) as well as to other users interested in learning about and getting involved with the Non-Profits (“Clients”).
2. Eligibility. You must be at least eighteen (18) years of age to use the Service. By agreeing to these Terms, you represent and warrant to us: (i) you are at least eighteen (18) years of age; (ii) you have not previously been suspended or removed from the Service; and (iii) your registration and your use of the Service is in compliance with any and all applicable laws and regulations. If you are an entity, organization, or company, the individual accepting these Terms on your behalf represents and warrants that they have authority to bind you to these Terms and you agree to be bound by these Terms.
3. Accounts and Registration.
3.1 NewsOnChat Account. To access some features of the Service, you must register for an account. When you register for an account, you may be required to provide us with some information about yourself (such as your name, e-mail address, cell phone number or other contact information). You agree that the information you provide to us is accurate and that you will keep it accurate and up-to-date at all times. When you register, you may be asked to provide a password. You are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and password. You agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account. If you have reason to believe that your account is no longer secure, then you must immediately notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3.2 Third Party Accounts. In order to download the App, you may be required by the third party who is distributing or providing you access to the App, such as Apple, Inc. or Google, Inc., (each, a “Distributor”) to create an account. You are solely responsible for maintaining the security of any logins, passwords, or other credentials that you select or that are provided to you to access your account with any Distributor. Your use of any account with a Distributor is subject to any terms, conditions, and policies, including privacy policies, of that Distributor. NewsOnChat is not responsible for any act or omission of any Distributor.
4. Licenses. The terms of this Section 4 govern your acquisition and use of our App and the Service.
4.1 Limited License. Subject to your complete and ongoing compliance with all the terms and conditions set forth in these Terms (including, without limitation, compliance with all license restrictions), NewsOnChat grants you: (1) a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicensable, revocable license to install and use one copy of the App downloaded from a legitimate marketplace (such as Apple’s iTunes store or Google’s Play Store), solely in object code format and solely for your personal use for lawful purposes, on a single compatible device that you own or control; and (2) permission to access and use the Service, only for your personal use, and solely through the use of a licensed copy of the App.
4.2 License Restrictions. You may not reproduce, distribute, publicly display, or publicly perform the App or any part of the Service. Except if, and solely to the extent that, such a restriction is impermissible under applicable law, you may not: (a) decompile, reverse engineer, or otherwise access or attempt to access the source code for the App, or make or attempt to make any modification to or derivative work of the App; or (b) interfere with or circumvent any feature of the App, including without limitation any security or access control mechanism. You may not use the App or the Service for any purpose other than a purpose for which the App and the Service are expressly designed. The term App, as used herein, includes any update or modification to the App made available to you by NewsOnChat (unless provided with separate terms). If you are prohibited under applicable law from using the App or the Service, you may not use them.
4.3 Carrier Services and Fees. NewsOnChat does not provide you with the equipment to use the App. You are responsible for complying with any third party terms of service and paying all fees charged by third parties to access and use the App (e.g., charges by Carriers). Without limiting the foregoing, you are solely responsible for the payment of all applicable fees associated with any Carrier service plan you use in connection with your use of the Service (such as data, SMS, MMS, roaming, and other applicable fees charged by the Carrier). Accordingly, you should use care in selecting a service plan offered by your Carrier.
4.4 Feedback License. If you choose to provide input and suggestions regarding problems with or proposed modifications or improvement to the Service (“Feedback”), then you hereby grant NewsOnChat an unrestricted, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, fully-paid, royalty-free right to exploit the Feedback in any manner and for any purpose, including to improve the Service and create other products and services.
5. Donating to Non-Profits; Fees.
5.1 Donations. As part of the Service, you may be allowed to donate to the Non-Profit of your choosing. You select the amount of your donation and the Non-Profit to which you are donating. Before you make any donations, you will have an opportunity to review and accept the amounts for which you will be charged. All donations are in U.S. dollars and are FINAL AND NONREFUNDABLE. All donation transactions are handled directly by our third-party donation processors and not by NewsOnChat.
5.2 Fees. NewsOnChat does not charge any upfront fees for donations. A payment processing fee is deducted from each donation and is payable directly to our third-party donation processors, including TransNational Bankcard, Inc. and First Data Corporation.Donors acknowledge that by donating, the donor is agreeing to any and all applicable terms and conditions set forth by our third-party donation processors, in addition to these Terms.
7. Ownership; Proprietary Rights. The Service is owned and operated by NewsOnChat. The visual interfaces, graphics, design, compilation, information, data, computer code (including source code or object code), products, software, services, and all other elements of the Service (the “Materials”) provided by NewsOnChat are protected by all relevant intellectual property and proprietary rights and applicable laws. All Materials contained in the Service and all intellectual property rights therein and thereto, are the property of NewsOnChat or our third-party licensors. Except as expressly authorized by NewsOnChat, you may not make use of the Materials. NewsOnChat reserves all rights to the Materials not granted expressly in these Terms.
8. Third-Party Terms.
8.1 Third-Party Services and Linked Websites. NewsOnChat may provide tools through the Service that enable you to export and import information, including User Content (as defined in Section 9), to and from third party services, including through features that allow you to link your account on NewsOnChat with an account on a third party service, such as Twitter or Facebook, or through our implementation of third party buttons. By using these tools, you agree that we may transfer such information to the applicable third-party service. Such third party services are not under our control, and we are not responsible for their use of your exported information. The Service may also contain links to third-party websites. Such linked websites are not under our control, and we are not responsible for their content.
8.2 Open Source Software. The Service may include open source software or third party software. Any such software, if applicable, is made available to you under the terms of the applicable licenses.
9. User Content
9.1 User Content Generally. Certain features of the Service may permit users to submit a variety of content, including messages, photos, video, images, data, text, and other types of works (collectively, “User Content”) and may permit users to make certain User Content available to other users through the Service. As between NewsOnChat and you, you retain ownership of all copyright and any other proprietary rights that you may hold in the User Content that you submit to the Service, and you do not transfer ownership of any of your intellectual property rights in your User Content to NewsOnChat.
9.2 Limited License Grant to NewsOnChat. By submitting, posting, or publishing User Content to the Service, you grant NewsOnChat a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, fully paid up, perpetual, irrevocable, and transferable right and license (with the right to sublicense) to host, store, transfer, display, perform, reproduce, modify, and distribute your User Content, in whole or in part, in any media formats and through any media channels (now known or hereafter developed) in connection with the operation, support and promotion of the Service (as it may be modified from time to time) to you and other users. Any such use of your User Content by NewsOnChat may be without any compensation paid to you.
9.3 Limited License Grant to Other Users. By posting or sharing User Content with other users of the Service, you grant those users a non-exclusive license to access and use that User Content as permitted by these Terms and the functionality of the Service.
9.4 User Content Representations and Warranties. You are solely responsible for your User Content and the consequences of posting or publishing User Content. By submitting, posting, publishing, or sharing User Content, you affirm, represent, warrant, and covenant that:
you are the creator and owner of the User Content, or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions to submit, post, publish, and share such User Content with NewsOnChat and others, and permissions to authorize NewsOnChat and users and licensees of the Service to use and distribute your User Content as necessary to exercise the licenses granted by you in this Section 9 and in the manner contemplated by these Terms;
your User Content, and the use thereof as contemplated herein, does not and will not: (i) infringe, violate, or misappropriate any third-party right, including any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, moral right, privacy right, right of publicity, or any other intellectual property or proprietary right; or (ii) slander, defame, or libel any third-party; and
your User Content is accurate and up to date, is not fraudulent, misleading, unlawful, inappropriate, or obscene, and does not violate any law or regulation, or constitute false advertising or any other unfair business practice.
9.5 User Content Disclaimer. We are under no obligation to edit or control User Content that you or other users post or publish, and will not be in any way responsible or liable for User Content. NewsOnChat may, however, at any time and without prior notice, screen, remove, edit, or block any User Content that in our sole judgment violates these Terms or is otherwise objectionable. You understand that when using the Service you may be exposed to User Content and a variety of other data and information from a variety of third party sources and acknowledge that such User Content, data, and information may be inaccurate, offensive, indecent, inappropriate, or objectionable. The opinions and/or views expressed on the Service represent the thoughts of Non-Profits, Qualified Members, Clients, and other NewsOnChat users, and not those necessarily of the NewsOnChat Entities (as defined in Section 15). You agree to waive, and hereby do waive, any legal or equitable rights or remedies you have or may have against NewsOnChat with respect to such User Content, data, or information, and we expressly disclaim any and all liability in connection with such User Content, data, or information. If notified by a user or content owner that User Content does not conform to these Terms, we may investigate the allegation and determine in our sole discretion what course of action to take, which we reserve the right to do at any time and without notice. NewsOnChat may, at any time and without prior notice, screen, remove or block any User Content that in our sole judgment violates these Terms or is otherwise objectionable. For clarity, NewsOnChat does not permit copyright-infringing or other unlawful activities on the Service.
9.6 Backups. You are solely responsible for maintaining backups of your User Content outside the Service, and NewsOnChat will have no liability whatsoever to you arising out of or in connection with any loss, compromise, or corruption of any data you may submit, receive, transmit, or store through the Service. Once you terminate your account, you will no longer have access to retrieve or obtain any of your User Content.
10. User Interactions. You are solely responsible for your interactions with Non-Profits, Qualified Members, Clients, or other NewsOnChat users. You understand that NewsOnChat does not supervise or control interactions among or between users on the Service. NewsOnChat does not conduct criminal background checks or screen its users. NewsOnChat also does not attempt to verify the statements of its users.
11. Prohibited Conduct. BY USING THE SERVICE YOU AGREE NOT TO, NOR PERMIT ANYONE ELSE TO, INDIRECTLY OR DIRECTLY:
11.1 perform any fraudulent activity including impersonating any person or entity, claiming false affiliations, accessing the Service accounts of others without permission, falsifying your age or date of birth, forging headers or otherwise manipulating identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any communication transmitted through the Service, or posting content in fields that are not intended for that content;
11.2 use the Service (including the submission, transmission, modification, addition, or deletion of any User Content or other content available through the Service) for any illegal or improper purpose, or in violation of any local, state, national, or international law, or for any purpose other than your personal, non-commercial purposes;
11.3 violate, or encourage others to violate, the rights of NewsOnChat or third parties, including by infringing or misappropriating any NewsOnChat third party intellectual property or other proprietary rights;
11.4 remove any copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights notices contained on the Service;
11.5 post, upload, or distribute any User Content or other content that is unlawful, defamatory, libelous, inaccurate, or that a reasonable person could deem to be objectionable, abusive, discriminatory, profane, indecent, pornographic, harassing, threatening, embarrassing, hateful, or otherwise inappropriate or off-topic;
11.6 post, upload, or distribute any content or initiate communications which include information that you do not have the right to disclose or make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships;
11.7 interfere with security-related features of the Service, including, without limitation, by: (i) sharing use of your password or use any passcode or password, regardless of whether or not such passcode or password is unique; (ii) participating in the Service if you are not the original recipient of a passcode or password; (iii) disabling or circumventing features that prevent or limit use or copying of any content; or (iv) reverse engineering or otherwise attempting to discover the source code of the Service or any part thereof except to the extent that such activity is expressly permitted by applicable law;
11.8 interfere with the operation of the Service or any user’s enjoyment of the Service, including without limitation by: (i) uploading or otherwise disseminating viruses, adware, spyware, worms, or other malicious code; (ii) sending unsolicited or unauthorized offers, advertisements, or other forms of solicitation to other users of the Service; (iii) attempting to collect personal information about users or third parties without their consent; or (iv) interfering with or disrupting any networks, equipment, or servers connected to or used to provide the Service, or violating the regulations, policies, or procedures of such networks, equipment, or servers;
11.9 sell or otherwise transfer the access granted herein or any User Content (as defined in Section 9 above) or any right or ability to view, access, or use any User Content; or
11.10 attempt to do any of the foregoing in this Section 11, or assist or permit any persons in engaging or attempting to engage in any of the activities described in this Section 11.
The foregoing actions shall constitute a material breach of this End User License Agreement and Terms of Service.
12. Digital Millennium Copyright Act
12.1 DMCA Notification. We comply with the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act applicable to internet service providers (17 U.S.C. §512, as amended). If you have any complaints with respect to material posted on the Service, you may contact our Designated Agent at the following address:
Attn: Andy Huang (Copyright Notification)
900 Lafayette Street, Suite 509, Santa Clara, California 95050
Any notice alleging that materials hosted by or distributed through the Service infringe intellectual property rights must include the following information:
a. an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other right being infringed;
b. a description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed;
c. a description of the material that you claim is infringing and where it is located on the Service;
d. your address, telephone number, and email address;
e. a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the use of the materials on the Service of which you are complaining is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
f. a statement by you that the above information in your notice is accurate and that, under penalty of perjury, you are the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner’s behalf.
12.2 Repeat Infringers. NewsOnChat will promptly terminate without notice the accounts of users that are determined by NewsOnChat to be “Repeat Infringers.” A Repeat Infringer is a user who has been notified of infringing activity more than twice and/or has had User Content removed from the Service more than twice.
13. Modifications to the Terms. We reserve the right, at our discretion, to change these Terms on a going-forward basis at any time. Please check these Terms periodically for changes. In the event that a change to these Terms materially modifies your rights or obligations, we will make reasonable efforts to notify you of such change. We may provide notice through a pop-up or banner within the Service, by sending an email to any address you may have used to register for an account, or through other mechanisms. Generally, modifications to the Terms are effective upon publication, provided that if the changed Terms materially modify your rights or obligations, the changes are effective upon the earlier of (a) your using the Service with actual knowledge of the change, or (b) your acceptance of the modified Terms, and further provided that disputes arising under these Terms will be resolved in accordance with the Terms in effect that the time the dispute arose. If you do not accept the changed Terms, you may not continue to access and use the Service.
14. Term and Termination of this End User License Agreement and Terms of Service
14.1 Term. As between you and NewsOnChat, the term of these Terms commences as of your first use of the Service and continues until the termination of these Terms by either you or NewsOnChat.
14.2 Termination. If you violate any provision of these Terms, your permission to use the Service will terminate automatically. You may terminate these Terms by sending written notification to NewsOnChat at email@example.com and terminating all other uses of the Service. If you wish to delete any of your User Content from the Service, then you may do so using the permitted functionalities of the Service, but the removal or deletion of such User Content will not terminate these Terms. NewsOnChat reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to restrict, suspend, or terminate these Terms and your access to all or any part of the Service at any time without prior notice or liability if you breach any provision of these Terms or violate the rights of any third party on or through the Service. NewsOnChat may further terminate these Terms for any other reason upon 10 days’ notice to you using the email address associated with your Account credentials or immediately in the event that your email address is no longer current.
14.3 Effect of Termination. Upon termination of these Terms: (i) your license rights will terminate and you must immediately cease all use of the Service; (ii) you will no longer have access to your account; and (iii) any provision that by its nature or express terms should survive will survive such termination or expiration, including Sections 4.4, 7, 9.5, 14.3, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19.
14.4 Modification of the Service. NewsOnChat reserves the right to change, suspend, or discontinue all or any part of the Service at any time (including, without limitation, by limiting or discontinuing certain features of the Service) without prior notice. We will have no liability whatsoever because of any change to the Service or any suspension or termination of your access to or use of the Service.
15. Indemnity. You agree that you will be responsible for your use of the Service, and you agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless NewsOnChat or any of its officers, directors, employees, consultants, affiliates, subsidiaries and agents (collectively, the “NewsOnChat Entities”) from and against any and all claims, liabilities, damages, losses, and expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs, arising out of or in any way connected with: (i) your access to, use or misuse of, or alleged use or misuse of the Service; (ii) your violation of these Terms or any representation, warranty, or agreements referenced herein, or any applicable law or regulation; (iii) your violation of any third-party right, including without limitation any intellectual property right, publicity, confidentiality, property or privacy right; (iv) your User Content; or (v) any disputes or issues between you and any third party. We reserve the right, at our own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you (and without limiting your indemnification obligations with respect to such matter), and in such case, you agree to cooperate with our defense of such claim.
16. Disclaimers; No Warranties
16.1 THE SERVICE AND ALL MATERIALS AND CONTENT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICE ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” AND ON AN “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. THE NEWSONCHAT ENTITIES SPECIFICALLY (BUT WITHOUT LIMITATION) DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, RELATING TO THE SERVICE AND ALL MATERIALS AND CONTENT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO: (i) ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, QUIET ENJOYMENT, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT; AND (ii) ANY WARRANTIES ARISING OUT OF COURSE OF DEALING, USAGE, OR TRADE. THE NEWSONCHAT ENTITIES DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE SERVICE OR ANY PART THEREOF, OR ANY MATERIALS OR CONTENT OFFERED THROUGH THE SERVICE WILL BE ACCURATE, UP TO DATE, UNINTERRUPTED, SECURE, OR FREE OF ERRORS, VIRUSES, OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS, AND DO NOT WARRANT THAT ANY OF THE FOREGOING WILL BE CORRECTED. NEWSONCHAT MAKES NO GUARANTEES OR WARRANTIES RELATED TO SCHEDULING INFORMATION PLACED THROUGH THE SERVICE, INCLUDING ANY GUARANTEES THAT SCHEDULING INFORMATION WILL BE CORRECT OR COMMUNICATED IN A TIMELY MANNER.
16.2 YOU ASSUME ALL RISK FOR ALL DAMAGES THAT MAY RESULT FROM YOUR USE OF OR ACCESS TO THE SERVICE, YOUR DEALINGS WITH Non-Profits, Qualified Members, Clients, OTHER NewsOnChat users, OR OTHER THIRD PARTIES, AND ANY MATERIALS OR CONTENT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICE. YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT YOU USE THE SERVICE AND USE, ACCESS, DOWNLOAD, OR OTHERWISE OBTAIN MATERIALS OR CONTENT THROUGH THE SERVICE AND ANY ASSOCIATED SITES OR SERVICES AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK, AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR PROPERTY (INCLUDING YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM USED IN CONNECTION WITH THE SERVICE) OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE USE OF THE SERVICE OR THE DOWNLOAD OR USE OF SUCH MATERIALS OR CONTENT.
16.3 THE OPINIONS AND VIEWS expressed on thE SERVICE ARE THOSE OF THE INDIVIDUAL Non-Profits, Qualified Members, Clients, OR other NewsOnChat users and do not necessarily represent the views of THE NEWSONCHAT ENTITIES.
16.4 SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY PROHIBIT A DISCLAIMER OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES AND YOU MAY HAVE OTHER RIGHTS THAT VARY FROM JURISDICTION TO JURISDICTION. NOTWITHSTANDING THE FOREGOING NEWSONCHAT DOES NOT DISCLAIM ANY WARRANTY OR OTHER RIGHT THAT NEWSONCHAT IS PROHIBITED FROM DISCLAIMING UNDER THE APPLICABLE LAW.
17. Limitation of Liability
17.1 TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT WILL THE NEWSONCHAT ENTITIES BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES (INCLUDING DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, OR ANY OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES) ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO YOUR ACCESS TO OR USE OF, OR YOUR INABILITY TO ACCESS OR USE, THE SERVICE OR ANY MATERIALS OR CONTENT ON THE SERVICE, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), STATUTE OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, WHETHER OR NOT ANY NEWSONCHAT ENTITIES HAVE BEEN INFORMED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
17.2 YOU AGREE THAT YOU BEAR ALL RISK AND YOU AGREE TO RELEASE THE NEWSONCHAT ENTITIES FROM CLAIMS, DEMANDS, AND DAMAGES (ACTUAL AND CONSEQUENTIAL) OF EVERY KIND AND NATURE, KNOWN AND UNKNOWN, SUSPECTED AND UNSUSPECTED, DISCLOSED OR UNDISCLOSED, NOW AND IN THE FUTURE, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH OUR RESOLUTIONS OF ANY DISPUTES AMONG USERS.
17.3 TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW YOU AGREE THAT THE AGGREGATE LIABILITY OF THE NEWSONCHAT ENTITIES TO YOU FOR ANY AND ALL CLAIMS ARISING OUT OF, RELATING TO THE USE OF, OR ANY INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICE (INCLUDING ANY MATERIALS OR CONTENT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICE) OR OTHERWISE UNDER THESE TERMS, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT, OR OTHERWISE, IS LIMITED TO $100.
17.4 SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES. ACCORDINGLY, THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
17.5 EACH PROVISION OF THESE TERMS THAT PROVIDES FOR A LIMITATION OF LIABILITY, DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES, OR EXCLUSION OF DAMAGES IS TO ALLOCATE THE RISKS UNDER THESE TERMS BETWEEN THE PARTIES. THIS ALLOCATION IS AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT OF THE BASIS OF THE BARGAIN BETWEEN THE PARTIES. EACH OF THESE PROVISIONS IS SEVERABLE AND INDEPENDENT OF ALL OTHER PROVISIONS OF THESE TERMS. THE LIMITATIONS IN THIS SECTION 17 WILL APPLY EVEN IF ANY LIMITED REMEDY FAILS OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE.
18. Dispute Resolution and Arbitration
18.1 Generally. In the interest of resolving disputes between you and NewsOnChat in the most expedient and cost effective manner, you and NewsOnChat agree that any and all disputes arising in connection with these Terms shall be resolved by binding arbitration. Arbitration is more informal than a lawsuit in court. Arbitration uses a neutral arbitrator instead of a judge or jury, may allow for more limited discovery than in court, and can be subject to very limited review by courts. Arbitrators can award the same damages and relief that a court can award. Our agreement to arbitrate disputes includes, but is not limited to all claims arising out of or relating to any aspect of these Terms, whether based in contract, tort, statute, fraud, misrepresentation or any other legal theory, and regardless of whether the claims arise during or after the termination of these Terms. YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT, BY ENTERING INTO THESE TERMS, YOU AND NEWSONCHAT ARE EACH WAIVING THE RIGHT TO A TRIAL BY JURY OR TO PARTICIPATE IN A CLASS ACTION.
18.2 Exceptions. Notwithstanding subsection 18.1, we both agree that nothing herein will be deemed to waive, preclude, or otherwise limit either of our right to (i) bring an individual action in small claims court, (ii) pursue enforcement actions through applicable federal, state, or local agencies where such actions are available, (iii) seek injunctive relief in a court of law, or (iv) to file suit in a court of law to address intellectual property infringement claims.
18.3 Arbitrator. Any arbitration between you and NewsOnChat will be governed by the Commercial Dispute Resolution Procedures and the Supplementary Procedures for Consumer Related Disputes (collectively, “AAA Rules”) of the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), as modified by these Terms, and will be administered by the AAA. The AAA Rules and filing forms are available online at www.adr.org, by calling the AAA at 1-800-778-7879, or by contacting NewsOnChat.
18.4 Notice; Process. A party who intends to seek arbitration must first send a written notice of the dispute to the other, by certified mail or Federal Express (signature required), or in the event that we do not have a physical address on file for you, by electronic mail (“Notice”). NewsOnChat’s address for Notice is as set forth below. The Notice must (i) describe the nature and basis of the claim or dispute; and (ii) set forth the specific relief sought (“Demand”). We agree to use good faith efforts to resolve the claim directly, but if we do not reach an agreement to do so within 30 days after the Notice is received, you or NewsOnChat may commence an arbitration proceeding. During the arbitration, the amount of any settlement offer made by you or NewsOnChat shall not be disclosed to the arbitrator until after the arbitrator makes a final decision and award, if any. In the event our dispute is finally resolved through arbitration in your favor, NewsOnChat shall pay you (i) the amount awarded by the arbitrator, if any, (ii) the last written settlement amount offered by NewsOnChat in settlement of the dispute prior to the arbitrator’s award; or (iii) $1,000.00, whichever is greater.
18.5 Fees. In the event that you commence arbitration in accordance with these Terms, NewsOnChat will reimburse you for your payment of the filing fee, unless your claim is for greater than $10,000, in which case the payment of any fees shall be decided by the AAA Rules. Any arbitration hearings will take place at a location to be agreed upon in Santa Clara County, California, provided that if the claim is for $10,000 or less, you may choose whether the arbitration will be conducted (i) solely on the basis of documents submitted to the arbitrator; (ii) through a non-appearance based telephonic hearing; or (iii) by an in-person hearing as established by the AAA Rules in the county (or parish) of your billing address. If the arbitrator finds that either the substance of your claim or the relief sought in the Demand is frivolous or brought for an improper purpose (as measured by the standards set forth in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11(b)), then the payment of all fees will be governed by the AAA Rules. In such case, you agree to reimburse NewsOnChat for all monies previously disbursed by it that are otherwise your obligation to pay under the AAA Rules. Regardless of the manner in which the arbitration is conducted, the arbitrator shall issue a reasoned written decision sufficient to explain the essential findings and conclusions on which the decision and award, if any, are based. The arbitrator may make rulings and resolve disputes as to the payment and reimbursement of fees or expenses at any time during the proceeding and upon request from either party made within 14 days of the arbitrator’s ruling on the merits.
18.6 No Class Actions. YOU AND NEWSONCHAT AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING. Further, unless both you and NewsOnChat agree otherwise, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person’s claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding.
18.7 Modifications. In the event that NewsOnChat makes any future changes to this arbitration provision (other than a change to NewsOnChat’s address for Notice), you may reject any such change by sending us written notice within 30 days of the change to NewsOnChat’s address for Notice, in which case your account with NewsOnChat shall be immediately terminated and this arbitration provision, as in effect immediately prior to the rejected amendments shall survive.
18.8 Enforceability. If Subsection 18.6 is found to be unenforceable or if the entirety of this Section 18 is found to be unenforceable, then the entirety of this Section 18 shall be null and void and, in such case, the parties agree that the exclusive jurisdiction and venue described in Section 19 shall govern any action arising out of or related to these Terms.
19.1 Governing Law. These Terms shall be governed by the laws of the State of California without regard to conflict of law principles. To the extent that any lawsuit or court proceeding is permitted hereunder, you and NewsOnChat agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the state courts and federal courts located within the Santa Clara County, California.
19.3 Additional Terms. Your use of the Service is subject to any and all additional terms, policies, rules, or guidelines applicable to the Service or certain features of the Service that we may post on or link to on the Service (the “Additional Terms”), such as rules applicable to particular features or content on the Service. All Additional Terms are hereby incorporated by reference into, and made a part of, these Terms.
19.5 Contact Information. The Services hereunder are offered by NewsOnChat Inc., 900 Lafayette Street, Suite 509, Santa Clara, CA 95050. You may contact us by sending correspondence to the foregoing address or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a California resident, you may have these Terms mailed to you electronically by sending a letter to the foregoing address with your electronic mail address and a request for these Terms.
19.6 Notice to California Residents. If you are a California resident, under California Civil Code Section 1789.3, you may contact the Complaint Assistance Unit of the Division of Consumer Services of California Department of Consumer Affairs in writing at 1625 N. Market Blvd., Suite S-202, Sacramento, California 95834, or by telephone at (800) 952-5210 in order to resolve a complaint regarding the Service or to receiver further information regarding the use of the Service.
20. Special Terms Regarding Apple. This Section 20 only applies to the extent you are using our mobile application(s) on an iOS device. You acknowledge that these Terms are between you and NewsOnChat only, not with Apple Inc. (“Apple”), and Apple is not responsible for the Service and the content thereof. Apple has no obligation whatsoever to furnish any maintenance and support services with respect to the Service. In the event of any failure of the Service to conform to any applicable warranty, you may notify Apple and Apple will refund any applicable purchase price for the mobile application to you; and, to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, Apple has no other warranty obligation whatsoever with respect to the Service. Apple is not responsible for addressing any claims by you or any third party relating to the Service or your possession and/or use of the Service, including: (i) product liability claims; (ii) any claim that the Service fails to conform to any applicable legal or regulatory requirement; and (iii) claims arising under consumer protection or similar legislation. Apple is not responsible for the investigation, defense, settlement and discharge of any third party claim that the Service and/or your possession and use of the Service infringe third party’s intellectual property rights. You agree to comply with any applicable third party terms when using the Service. Apple and Apple’s subsidiaries are third party beneficiaries of these Terms, and upon your acceptance of these Terms, Apple will have the right (and will be deemed to have accepted the right) to enforce these Terms against you as a third party beneficiary of these Terms. You hereby represent and warrant that (i) you are not located in a country that is subject to a U.S. Government embargo, or that has been designated by the U.S. Government as a “terrorist supporting” country; and (ii) you are not listed on any U.S. Government list of prohibited or restricted parties.