Last Updated February 1, 2022
These Terms of Service (this “TOS” or “Agreement”) concern all-digital, print, and event properties, products, and services, including the websites, newsletters, mobile versions thereof, and downloadable mobile applications (collectively the “Services”) of Houston Defender Newspaper Inc., dba Defender Network (HDNI), dba Houston Defender Media Group and its affiliated companies (collectively “below”, “we”, “us”, or “our”) described further below. This Agreement constitutes a legally binding contract between you — together with any person helping you — visiting, accessing, registering with or using the Services, (“you” or “your”) on the one side, and HDNI on the other side (with you and HDNI sometimes referred to herein each as a “Party” and together as the “Parties”).
1. YOUR ACCEPTANCE
2. REGISTRATION, PRIVACY, AND SECURITY
A. The Services are offered only to users eighteen (18) years of age or older, or otherwise the age of majority in their respective jurisdictions, and who have accepted these TOS. By visiting, accessing, registering with, subscribing to or using the Services, you represent and warrant to HDNI that you meet these eligibility requirements. You agree to comply with all applicable laws for visiting, accessing, registering with, subscribing to and using the Services, and for purchasing and using any products or services on or through the Services, and you may only use the Services for lawful purposes.
B. A large majority of the Services and content offered to you on the Services and do not require you to establish or maintain an account or user profile. As explained further herein, to secure the right to access and use certain Services, you may need to register with and create a personal user account with Us through the Services (a “User Account“), as well as reaffirm your acceptance of and agreement to these TOS and those additional terms, conditions and policies referenced herein, as We may require from time-to-time.
Unless otherwise permitted by Us in writing, you may only have one (1) non-transferable User Account. You are responsible for all activity that occurs under your User Account and you are prohibited from authorizing or allowing any third party to access or use your User Account. Accordingly, you should take all steps necessary to protect and keep secret your User Account details and access information (including your login name and password) and that absent such notice from you, you agree that We may assume that any communications We receive from, through or in reference to your User Account (including Posts (defined herein), are made by you.
You should also maintain accurate, complete, and up-to-date information in your User Account (including, without limitation, maintaining a valid and current payment method and email address) and your failure to do so may result in your inability to access, use or receive all or any part of the Services and/or our termination of these TOS. If you become aware of any unauthorized use of your user’s name, password, or account, or any other breach of security, you agree to notify us immediately by emailing us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are not liable for any loss that you may incur as a result of someone else using your password or account, either with or without your knowledge. You may not use anyone else’s account at any time or allow others to use your account. For the sake of security, you must immediately notify Us if you suspect that a third-party has gained access to or is making any use of your User Account without authorization. For the avoidance of doubt, HDNI has the unencumbered right to access and use, and to allow its agents, employees, representatives, contractors and vendors to access and use, the information in your User Account to facilitate the exercise and performance of our rights and obligations under these TOS, the operation of the Site, the provision and performance of the Services and/or any other rights, obligations, operations and services related to the subject matter of these TOS (including, without limitation, payments, and communications).
You agree that you will not: (i) register under the name of another person; (ii) use the login credentials of another person; or (iii) use a username that we deem offensive. If we believe the information you provide is incomplete or inaccurate, we reserve the right to terminate your account and prohibit you from using the Services.
D. You acknowledge that public computers are not considered secure and that using your user account on a public computer may adversely impact the confidentiality and security of your account and personal data. We are not liable for any such breaches of security.
E. Certain portions of the Services may be configured for, and we may offer the Services through, computers, tablets, smartphones and/or other electronic devices (“Device(s)“), and this Agreement shall apply with equal force and measure to your visit, access, registration with and use of the Services through such Devices. You are responsible for obtaining and updating the Device, software, operating system, carrier and network access necessary to properly access and use the Services. We do not guarantee that the Services or any portions thereof will function on or in connection with any particular Device, software, operating system, carrier, or network. If you visit, access, register with or use the Services through a particular Device, then you hereby acknowledge and agree that information about your use of the Services through that Device or its carrier or network (such as, by way of example only, the identity of your Device or its carrier or network) may be communicated to HDNI and/or certain third parties. All or any part of the voice, message, and data fees, rates, charges and taxes of your Device’s carrier or network, or another third party, may apply to your visit, access, registration with and/or use of the Services. HDNI is not responsible for, and you further accept full responsibility for, all Device, carrier and network fees, rates, charges and taxes which may apply, if any.
3. OUR CONTENT AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
A. Content via the Services. All materials published via the Services including, but not limited to, news articles, photographs, images, illustrations, audio clips, video clips, trademarks, logos, site source code, codes, object codes, and other materials (collectively, “Content”) are our property or the property of our affiliates, licensors, or their respective owners, and are protected by U.S. copyright law, U.S. trademark law, international treaty provisions, and other intellectual property laws. Do not remove or modify any proprietary notices of HDNI or of any other respective owner. All rights are reserved. To obtain use of our content, please e-mail email@example.com.
B. Personal and Non-Commercial Use Limitation. You may use the Services for your personal and non-commercial use only. You may not modify, distribute, display, perform, reproduce, archive, license, copy, publish, upload, post, transmit, create derivative works from, or sell any information, Content, software, products, or services obtained from the Services in any manner without our written authorization.
By registering as a user, you further represent and warrant that you are not an attorney or agent of an attorney conducting an investigation for a potential claim related to HDNI or any of its affiliates.
C. Not Authorized Spokespersons. Any content published via the Services is considered the view of the author or owner and is not necessarily the view of HDNI, its employees, agents, or affiliates. Any statements by HDNI, its employees, agents, or affiliates are provided for informational purposes.
D. ASSOCIATED PRESS MATERIALS NOTICE. All visitors (including persons and representatives of legal entities, including, without limitation, digital engines of a kind that crawl, index, scrape, copy, store, or transmit digital content) agree that:
By accessing the Services, you specifically acknowledge and agree that: (i) Associated Press text, photo, graphic, audio, and/or video material (collectively, “AP Material”) shall not be published, broadcast, modified for broadcast or publication, or redistributed directly or indirectly in any medium; (ii) No AP Material nor any portion thereof may be stored on a computer except for personal, non-commercial use; (iii) The Associated Press shall not be held liable for any delays, inaccuracies, errors, or omissions in AP Material or in the transmission or delivery of any part thereof or for any damages arising there from or occasioned thereby; (iv) The Associated Press is an intended third-party beneficiary of these terms and conditions and may exercise all rights and remedies available to it; and (v) The Associated Press reserves the right to audit possible unauthorized commercial use of AP Material or any portion thereof at any time.
E. Submissions. HDNI does not accept unsolicited materials or ideas for content, and you acknowledge and agree that neither HDNI nor any of HDNI’s content providers are responsible or liable for the similarity of any information or content made available on or through the Services.
4. USER CONTENT
A. User Content: Representations and Warranties. The Services may allow you to submit, post, display, transmit and/or exchange information, ideas, opinions, photographs, images, video, creative works or other information, messages or material, including your name or likeness to us (collectively, “User Content”). Absent further notice and your agreement, We do not claim ownership of any User Content you or any other user submits to us. By submitting User Content, you represent and warrant: (a) you own, have been granted permission, or otherwise control or have all necessary rights to post, upload, input, provide, or otherwise submit the User Content as required by the TOS; (b) the User Content does not infringe or misappropriate any copyright, trademark, service mark, trade secret, patent, or other intellectual property or proprietary rights of any third party, including, but not limited to, rights of privacy, publicity, or likeness; and (c) the User Content will not violate any applicable law or regulation, including, but not limited to, any applicable advertising or fair housing laws or regulations, or cause injury to any person or damage to any property. Using a name other than your own legal name in association with the submission of User Content is prohibited (except in those specific areas of the Services that specifically ask for unique, fictitious names).
B. User Content: License. You grant us a perpetual, nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, sub-licensable license to any User Content submitted by you to the Services, which includes, without limitation, the right for us or any third party we designate, to use, copy, translate, edit, reproduce, transmit, excerpt, publish, distribute, publicly display or publicly perform, create derivative works from, host, archive, index, cache, tag, encode, modify and adapt (including, without limitation, the right to adapt the User Content for streaming, downloading, broadcasting, mobile, digital, thumbnail, scanning or other technologies) in any form or media now known or hereinafter developed. As such, we reserve the right to use any User Content in our RSS feeds, application program interfaces (“APIs”), and various other HDNI services. You recognize and agree that if you do not want to license your User Content, you should not submit it. You further agree that we are neither liable nor responsible for the proliferation of your User Content, we do not provide nor do we owe compensation or attribution for the use of your User Content, and we are unable to terminate any license to User Content that you unwittingly extend.
C. User Content: Screening and Removal. You acknowledge that we may or may not pre-screen User Content, and have the right (but not the obligation) to remove, block, edit, or refuse any User Content for any reason or no reason, in our sole discretion.
D. User Content: Assumption of the Risk. You acknowledge that we cannot and do not monitor, regularly review, or manage submitted User Content. As such, we cannot guarantee the privacy of User Content submitted to the services. To protect your safety, please use your best judgment when submitting any personal information. We discourage divulging phone numbers, addresses, or any personal-identifying information. We cannot guarantee the security of any information you disclose, all disclosure is AT YOUR OWN RISK. You further understand that we may publish your user name in connection with any User Content you submit. If you use your legal name as your user name, your legal name may be published.
E. No Compensation. No compensation of any kind will be owed or paid with respect to any User Content submitted or used.
5. NO UNLAWFUL, PROHIBITED, OR IMPROPER USE
You agree that in using the Services, you will not:
a. Restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the Services;
b. Use the Services to impersonate any person or entity, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;
c. Interfere with, damage, disable, overburden, impair, or disrupt any servers or affiliated networks used to provide the Services or its features,
d. Disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of the networks we use to provide the Services;
e. Use the Services to instigate or encourage others to commit illegal activities or cause injury or property damage to any person;
f. Gain unauthorized access to the Services, any account, computer system, or network connected to the Services, by means such as hacking, password mining, or other illicit means;
g. Obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available through the Services;
h. Use the Services to post or transmit any unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, illegal, infringing, tortious, profane or indecent information of any kind, including, without limitation, any transmissions constituting or encouraging conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any local, state, national or international law;
i. Use the Services to post or transmit any information, software or other material that violates or infringes upon the rights of others, including material that is an invasion of privacy or publicity rights, that is protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary right, or that are derivative works with respect thereto, without first obtaining permission from the owner or rights holder;
j. Use the Services to post or transmit any information, software, or other material that contains a virus or other harmful component;
k. Use the Services to exploit any information, software, or other material for commercial or advertising purposes (e.g., pyramid schemes, chain letters, junk email, spamming, or any duplicative or unsolicited messages);
l. Use the Services to advertise or solicit anyone without our express, written approval (e.g., buy or sell products or Services, make donations of any kind);
m. Gather for marketing purposes any e-mail addresses or other personal information that has been posted by other users on the Services;
n. Contact anyone who has asked not to be contacted;
o. Attack personally, harass, threaten, question the motives behind others’ posts or comments, deliberately inflame or disrupt the conversation, or air personal grievances about other users;
p. Repeatedly post the same or similar content or otherwise impose an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure;
q. Take or cause to be taken any action that disrupts the normal flow of postings and dialogue on the Services (such as submitting an excessive number of messages – i.e. a flooding attack), or that otherwise negatively affects other users ability to use the Services or their features;
r. Use automated means, including spiders, robots, crawlers, data mining tools, scraping tools, or the like, to download data from the Services, except for Internet search engines (e.g., Google) and non-commercial public archives (e.g., archive.org) that comply with our TOS;
s. Download any file posted by another user that you know, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally reproduced, displayed, performed, and/or distributed in such a manner;
t. Download any file posted by another user that you know, or reasonably should know, contains a harmful component; and
We reserve the right, but disclaim any obligation or responsibility, to: (i) remove any User Content from the Services, including any HDNI website(s) that violates the TOS (including, without limitation, this prohibited conduct provision), and (ii) comply with any subpoena, order, or otherwise cooperate with any law enforcement officials regarding the identification of any user alleged to be using the Services, including HDNI websites in violation of the law, or alleged to have any information related to an ongoing investigation. We reserve the right to preserve a record of User Content and transfer all such records to law enforcement officials upon request.
6. LIMITATIONS ON INLINE LINKING AND FRAMING
a. Website operators may include a hyperlink to our Services as long as the hyperlink does not falsely imply or state that we sponsor, endorse, or are otherwise affiliated with your site or services. You further agree to remove the hyperlink if requested.
b. You may not, however, frame, inline link, scrape, or otherwise incorporate Content or User Content into your website or any other service without our express, written approval.
Links to our Services, and the existence of such links do not constitute an endorsement by Us of the linked services or the content thereof from which/who the link sends a user.
7. NOTICE OF COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT
If you believe your copyrighted material has been infringed upon, please send written notice to:
Houston Defender Newspaper Inc.
Attn: Sonny Messiah Jiles, P.O. Box 8005, Houston, TX 77288
Pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, you must include the following information in your written notice for it to be effective:
· A detailed description of the copyrighted work you believe is being infringed upon;
· A description (such as the subdomain link) of the location on the Services where the allegedly infringing content appears;
· Your contact information, including your name, address, telephone number, and, if available, email address;
· A statement that you have a good-faith belief that the allegedly infringing use is not authorized by you as the copyright owner, by your agent, or by law;
· A statement affirming that, under penalty of perjury, the information in the notice is accurate and that you are, or are authorized to act on behalf of, the copyright owner; and
· An original or electronic signature of the copyright owner or someone authorized on the owner’s behalf to assert infringement of copyright and to submit the statement.
The above contact information is for copyright infringement notices only. ALL OTHER INQUIRIES WILL BE IGNORED. Contact information regarding other matters is provided elsewhere on the Services.
8. THIRD PARTIES
a. Third-Party Web Sites. The Services may include links and pointers to other websites maintained by third parties. A link from the Services to another website does not imply an endorsement or sponsorship of the site, information, product, or service offered on or through the site. We do not control nor are we responsible for any content, advertising, products, services or materials offered on or available from third-party sites. A third-party site may have privacy policies or terms of service that differ from ours. As such, we have no liability or responsibility for any interaction you may have with or from those sites. If you have any questions or concerns regarding another website, please contact that website.
b. Purchase of Products or Services from Third-Party Vendors.
· The Services may allow you to purchase products or Services from third-party vendors (“Vendor”).
· When you interact with a Vendor, you are subject to the Vendor’s terms, conditions, or policies. Any interaction with a Vendor IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. We do not endorse or sponsor any Vendor.
· We are never a party to any transaction between you and a Vendor. We do not review any transactions between you and the Vendor.
· Please contact a Vendor directly regarding any inquiries about its products, Services, policies, or any other applicable terms and conditions.
· We are NOT responsible for any damages that you may incur or claims arising out your purchase, use, dealings, reliance on, interactions with, or general contracting with a Vendor.
9. DISCLAIMERS AND RELEASES
YOUR VISIT, ACCESS, REGISTRATION WITH, SUBSCRIPTION TO OR USE OF THE SERVICES AND/OR ANY PRODUCTS OR SERVICES MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU ON, THROUGH OR IN RELATION TO THE SERVICES IN ANY WAY IS DONE AT YOUR OWN RISK. EACH SITE, PRODUCT AND SERVICE WE OFFER, THE SUCCESS OR PERFORMANCE OF THE SITE OR SUCH PRODUCTS AND SERVICES, AND ALL INFORMATION, COMMUNICATIONS, CONTENT AND FEATURES OFFERED, MARKETED, SOLD, PROVIDED, LICENSED OR MADE AVAILABLE ON, THROUGH OR IN RELATION TO THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED TO YOU ON AN “AS IS,” “WHERE IS,” “AS AVAILABLE,” AND “WITH ALL FAULTS” BASIS. WE DO NOT MAKE, NOR HAVE WE MADE, ANY REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND OR NATURE (WHETHER DIRECT OR INDIRECT, ORAL OR WRITTEN OR EXPRESS OR IMPLIED) TO YOU WITH RESPECT TO THE SERVICES ANY SUCH INFORMATION, COMMUNICATIONS, CONTENT AND FEATURES OR THEIR SUCCESS, PERFORMANCE, FUNCTIONALITY, QUALITY, COMPLETENESS, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, MARKETABILITY OR SAFETY. WE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL EXPRESS WARRANTIES, IMPLIED WARRANTIES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, GOOD FAITH AND FAIR DEALING, TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, PERFORMANCE, FUNCTIONALITY, QUALITY, COMPLETENESS, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY AND SAFETY) AND WARRANTIES ARISING FROM CONDUCT, COURSE OF DEALING, CUSTOM AND USAGE IN TRADE WITH RESPECT TO THE SERVICES, ANY SUCH INFORMATION, COMMUNICATIONS, CONTENT OR FEATURES AND THEIR SUCCESS, PERFORMANCE, FUNCTIONALITY, QUALITY, COMPLETENESS, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, MARKETABILITY AND SAFETY. WE DO NOT MAKE, NOR HAVE WE MADE, ANY AFFIRMATION OF FACT, PROMISE OR WARRANTY (EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR OTHERWISE) RELATING TO ANY SERVICES, ANY SUCH INFORMATION, COMMUNICATIONS, CONTENT OR FEATURES OR THEIR SUCCESS, PERFORMANCE, FUNCTIONALITY, QUALITY, COMPLETENESS, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, MARKETABILITY OR SAFETY THAT EXTENDS BEYOND THE FACE OF THESE TOS OR THAT HAS BECOME ANY BASIS OF ANY BARGAIN.
YOU MUST PROVIDE AND ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL HARDWARE AND/OR SOFTWARE NECESSARY TO ACCESS THE SERVICES. YOU FURTHER ASSUME THE ENTIRE COST OF AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY DAMAGE TO AS WELL AS ALL NECESSARY MAINTENANCE FOR (REPAIR OR CORRECTION OF) THAT HARDWARE AND/OR SOFTWARE. THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY, AND ARE NOT INTENDED FOR TRADING OR INVESTMENT PURPOSES, OR FOR COMMERCIAL USE. STOCK AND MUTUAL FUND QUOTES AS WELL AS RELATED FINANCIAL STORIES MAY BE DELAYED AT LEAST 20 MINUTES, AS MAY BE REQUIRED BY THE STOCK EXCHANGES AND/OR THE FINANCIAL INFORMATION SERVICES. THE SERVICES SHOULD NOT BE USED IN ANY HIGH-RISK ACTIVITIES WHERE DAMAGE OR INJURY TO PERSONS, PROPERTY, ENVIRONMENT, FINANCES, OR BUSINESSES MAY RESULT IF ERROR OCCURS. YOU EXPRESSLY ASSUME ALL RISK FOR SUCH USE.
YOU HEREBY RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS HDNI AND ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, MEMBERS, MANAGERS, OWNERS, PARTNERS, AGENTS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES, PARENTS, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, SUCCESSORS, TRUSTEES, ASSIGNS, TRANSFEREES, CONTRACTORS, VENDORS AND LICENSEES FROM AND AGAINST ALL CLAIMS THAT YOU HAVE OR MAY HAVE AGAINST THEM FOR INFRINGEMENT, VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF PRIVACY OR PUBLICITY, DEFAMATION, DISPARAGEMENT, PERSONAL INJURY, PROPERTY DAMAGE, NEGLIGENCE AND/OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY ARISING FROM OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SERVICES, THE PRODUCTS OR SERVICES MADE AVAILABLE ON OR THROUGH THE SERVICES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE SERVICES) AND/OR THE RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES GRANTED OR CONVEYED BY YOU UNDER THIS AGREEMENT (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THOSE RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES RELATING TO THE USER MATERIALS AND/OR ANY ELEMENTS, DERIVATIVES OR MARKETING OF THE FOREGOING). FURTHER, YOU WAIVE YOUR RIGHT TO, AND IN NO EVENT SHALL YOU SEEK TO, ENJOIN HDNI, ANY OF ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, MEMBERS, MANAGERS, OWNERS, PARTNERS, AGENTS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES, PARENTS, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, SUCCESSORS, TRUSTEES, ASSIGNS, TRANSFEREES, CONTRACTORS, VENDORS OR LICENSEES OR ANY EXERCISE OF THE RIGHTS OR PRIVILEGES GRANTED OR CONVEYED BY YOU UNDER THIS AGREEMENT (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE USER MATERIALS).
10. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
NEITHER WE, NOR ANY OF OUR PARENT COMPANIES, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, OR ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE OWNERS, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, CONTRACTORS, AGENTS, SHAREHOLDERS, INFORMATION PROVIDERS, LICENSORS, OR SUBLICENSEES (“OUR RELATED AFFILIATES”) WILL BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOST REVENUE, LOST PROFITS, COST OF REPLACEMENT OF GOODS OR SERVICES, LOSS OF TECHNOLOGY, RIGHTS OR SERVICES, LOSS OF DATA OR INTERRUPTION OR LOSS OF USE OF SERVICE, THAT RESULT FROM THE USE OF, OR THE INABILITY TO USE, THE SERVICES, RELATED SERVICES, CONTENT, USER CONTENT, OR ANY THIRD-PARTY FEATURES, RELATED CONTENT, MATERIAL, PRODUCTS, OR SERVICES MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICES, OR DISCLOSURE OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION, EVEN IF WE ARE ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN NO EVENT WILL OUR OR OUR RELATED AFFILIATES’ (AS DEFINED HEREIN) AGGREGATE MAXIMUM LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF ANY KIND OF LEGAL CLAIM (WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT, OR ANY OTHER THEORY) IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH THE SERVICES, THE CONTENT, THE USER CONTENT OR ANY THIRD-PARTY FEATURES, RELATED CONTENT, MATERIAL, PRODUCTS, OR RELATED SERVICES MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICES EXCEED THE AMOUNT PAID BY YOU TO US, IF ANY, OR FIFTY DOLLARS (US $50), WHICHEVER IS LESS.
IF WE BREACH OR OTHERWISE VIOLATE THESE TOS, THEN YOU SHALL NOT BE ENTITLED TO SEEK OR OBTAIN, AND YOU DO HEREBY WAIVE, ANY TYPE OF INJUNCTIVE RELIEF AGAINST THE SERVICES AND/OR ANY PRODUCTS OR SERVICES MADE AVAILABLE ON, THROUGH OR IN RELATION TO THE SERVICES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE SERVICES) AS A RESULT OF SUCH BREACH OR OTHER VIOLATION. FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBT, THE FOREGOING LIMITATION ON INJUNCTIVE RELIEF DOES NOT LIMIT YOUR ABILITY TO SEEK OR RECOVER ANY MONETARY REMEDIES AUTHORIZED BY LAW IN THE EVENT OF ANY SUCH BREACH OR OTHER VIOLATION (EXCEPT FOR THOSE WHICH ARE OTHERWISE EXPRESSLY PRECLUDED BY THESE TOS).
SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN CATEGORIES OF DAMAGES. IN SUCH STATES, OUR LIABILITY, AND THE LIABILITY OF OUR PARENT COMPANIES, SUBSIDIARIES, AND AFFILIATES IS LIMITED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED UNDER SUCH STATE LAW. WE WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE, OR UNLAWFUL CONDUCT OF ANY USER. YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE USE OF THE SERVICES.
a. Express Consent. YOU HEREBY EXPRESSLY CONSENT TO HDNI AND ITS AFFILIATED COMPANIES SENDING OR OTHERWISE COMMUNICATING WITH YOU FOR ANY PURPOSE (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, FOR ADVERTISING, TELEMARKETING, OR OTHER MARKETING OR PROMOTIONAL PURPOSES, OR FOR SENDING OR NOTIFYING YOU ABOUT SPECIAL OFFERS, UPDATES, NEWSLETTERS OR OTHER INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES) VIA ANY ELECTRONIC MEANS OR FORMS AS HDNI DEEMS APPROPRIATE IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION, WHETHER THROUGH THE SERVICES, THROUGH YOUR USER ACCOUNT, BY PERSONAL COMMUNICATION, BY EMAIL, BY AUTOMATIC TELEPHONE DIALING SYSTEM, BY ARTIFICIAL OR PRERECORDED VOICE, BY ONLINE SOCIAL MEDIA, BY TEXT MESSAGE (E.G., SHORT MESSAGE SERVICE A/K/A SMS, AND MULTIMEDIA MESSAGING SERVICE A/K/A MMS) OR BY OTHER ELECTRONIC MEDIA MEANS OR FORMS. BY GIVING SUCH CONSENT, YOU AGREE THAT NO SUCH COMMUNICATION SHALL VIOLATE THE TELEPHONE CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT, THE CAN-SPAM ACT, OR ANY OTHER APPLICABLE LAWS, RULES, OR REGULATIONS. VOICE, MESSAGE, AND DATA FEES, RATES, CHARGES AND/OR TAXES MAY APPLY TO YOU, AND YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT OF THE SAME. YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO GRANT THE FOREGOING CONSENT AS A CONDITION FOR PURCHASE OR LICENSE OF ANY OTHER PRODUCTS OR SERVICES.
b. Email Opt-Out. You may opt-out of receiving any emails by following the opt-out instructions in any such emails you have received. You acknowledge that opting out of receiving any such communications may impact your receipt, the success, and/or the performance of all or any part of the Services, your User Account, our products or services, and/or your ability to receive certain messages and/or notifications from us.
c. Text Message Opt-Out. You may opt-out of receiving any text messages (e.g., short message service a/k/a SMS, and multimedia messaging service a/k/a MMS) as described above at any time by following the opt-out instructions in any such text messages you have received and would like to opt-out of. You acknowledge that opting out of receiving any such communications may impact your receipt, the success, and/or the performance of all or any part of the Services, your User Account, our products or services, and/or your ability to receive certain messages and/or notifications from us.
d. Other Opt-Outs. You may opt-out of receiving certain communications by providing us with a request, with a subject line of “Opt-Out of Communications,” a list in the body of the email that identifies the specific type of communication(s) that is the subject of your opt-out request (e.g., communications by automatic telephone dialing system), and a list in the body of the email that identifies the telephone number(s) or email address(es) (as applicable depending on the specific type of communication(s) that is the subject of your opt-out request) belonging to you which are the subject of your opt-out request. Further, for certain telephone communications (e.g., communications by automatic dialing system), you may opt-out by using any other reasonable method delivered to the appropriate department. You acknowledge that opting out of receiving any of those communications may impact your receipt, the success, and/or the performance of all or any part of the Services, your User Account, our products or services, and/or your ability to receive certain messages and/or notifications from us.
13. GOVERNING LAW
14. DISPUTE RESOLUTION
a. Binding Arbitration; Waiver. Each Party hereby irrevocably submits all disputes, controversies and claims arising from or concerning this Agreement, any additional terms, conditions, or policies referenced in this Agreement, your visit, access, registration with or use of the Services, any transactions made on or through the Services, and/or the Parties’ relationship*(whether grounded in contract, tort, statute, law or equity) (collectively, the “_Dispute(s)_”) to binding arbitration administered by Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (a/k/a JAMS) or its successor (“_JAMS_”) for the resolution thereof, and such arbitration shall be the sole and exclusive method for resolving the Disputes. The arbitration shall be binding, final and confidential.*Each Party acknowledges and agrees that he/she/it is waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate as the member of a class in any purported class action proceeding.
b. Arbitration Rules. The arbitration shall be conducted before a single arbitrator under the then-current JAMS Comprehensive Arbitration Rules & Procedures (the “JAMS Rules“), as supplemented by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence if and where applicable as a gap-filler. If there is any conflict between a provision of the JAMS Rules, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, or this Agreement, then the conflicting provision of this Agreement shall control and govern over the JAMS Rules, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence; and the JAMS Rules shall control and govern over the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence. The construction, interpretation, and enforcement of this section is governed by the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. §§ 1 et seq.
c. Arbitration Process, Location, and Procedures. The Party initiating the arbitration proceeding shall serve a written notice of arbitration on the other Party in accordance with the JAMS Rules. The arbitration shall be held in Houston, Texas, United States of America. The arbitration shall be conducted in the English language. The arbitrator shall be selected in accordance with the JAMS Rules, unless otherwise agreed to by the parties to the arbitration. All issues or questions concerning either the scope of this arbitration clause or the arbitrability of any of the Disputes shall be referred to and finally decided by the arbitrator. The arbitrator may construe or interpret, but shall not vary or ignore, the terms and conditions of this Agreement and shall be bound by applicable law.
d. Arbitration Decisions and Awards. The arbitrator shall render a written final decision on the subject Dispute as soon as practicable and in any event not more than forty-five (45) days after the close of evidence and briefing. The arbitrator’s decision shall be written, shall be in accordance with applicable law, and shall be supported by written findings of fact and conclusions of law setting forth the basis for his/her decision. The arbitrator shall have no authority to award punitive, exemplary or consequential damages, unless such an award is authorized by applicable law. The arbitrator shall have the authority to award attorney fees and expenses if such an award is permitted under this Agreement or applicable law. Subject to any applicable rights of appeal, the final decision of the arbitrator shall be binding and conclusive upon all of the Parties who have been served with proper written notice of the arbitration proceeding as required by this section. Judgment on any award rendered by the arbitrator may be confirmed in any state or federal court having jurisdiction thereof that is located in the State of Texas, and may be entered in and enforced by any domestic, foreign, or international court having appropriate subject matter jurisdiction. Any decision, judgment, ruling, finding, award or other determination of the arbitrator and any information disclosed in the course of any arbitration hereunder shall be kept confidential by the Parties, and any court order to enforce the decision, judgment, ruling, finding, award or other determination of the arbitrator shall be filed under seal.
e. Arbitration Fees and Expenses. JAMS’s administrative and filing fees, the arbitrator’s fees and expenses and all other fees and expenses charged by JAMS and/or the arbitrator to administer or conduct the arbitration shall be shared equally among all parties to the arbitration; provided, however, that the prevailing party of the arbitration may recover an award of its share of such fees and expenses if such an award is permitted under this Agreement or applicable law.
f. Litigation; Waiver. In the event a particular Dispute is not subject to arbitration (whether by decision of an arbitrator with binding authority, or otherwise according to this Agreement or applicable law), each Party hereby irrevocably submits to the exclusive personal jurisdiction and venue of the state courts of the State of Texas in Harris County, Texas, United States of America and the United States federal courts in the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, for the litigation of said Dispute, and covenant and agree that neither of the foregoing is an inconvenient venue or forum.
g. Waiver of Jury Trial and Class Action. Regardless of whether a particular dispute is subject to arbitration or litigation, each Party does hereby waive his/her/its right to a trial by jury, to participate as the member of a class in any purported class action or other proceeding or to name unnamed members in any purported class action or other proceedings.
h. Statute of *Limitations*. You agree to bring any Dispute within TWO (2) years after it accrues or within the applicable limitations period, whichever is LESS; otherwise, such claim will be permanently barred.
c. Severability; No Waiver. If any provision of the TOS is found to be unenforceable, that provision will be enforced to the maximum extent permissible, and the remainder of the TOS will continue in full force and effect. Any failure of ours to enforce or exercise any provision of the TOS or related right will not constitute a waiver of that right or provision.
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