U.S. TECHNOLOGY SERVICES AGREEMENT
Version Number: 1.3
Date of Version: April 23, 2020.
This Technology Services Agreement (“Agreement”) constitutes a legal agreement between you (“you”) and Civvl (“Company” or “Civvl”).
Company provides lead generation to independent contractors that provide legal service of process using the Civvl Software Application (hereafter “Civvl Services”). The Civvl Services enable an authorized service of process provider to seek, receive and fulfill Process Serving Services requests from an authorized user of Civvl’s service of process technology. You desire to enter into this Agreement for the purpose of accessing and using the Civvl Services.
You acknowledge and agree that Company is a technology services provider that does not provide Process Serving Services.
In order to use the Civvl Services, you must agree to the terms and conditions that are set forth below. Upon your execution (electronic or otherwise) of this Agreement, you and Company shall be bound by the terms and conditions set forth herein.
IMPORTANT: PLEASE NOTE THAT TO USE THE CIVVL SERVICES, YOU MUST AGREE TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET FORTH BELOW. PLEASE REVIEW THE ARBITRATION PROVISION SET FORTH BELOW CAREFULLY, AS IT WILL REQUIRE YOU TO RESOLVE DISPUTES WITH THE COMPANY ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS, EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN SECTION 15.3, THROUGH FINAL AND BINDING ARBITRATION UNLESS YOU CHOOSE TO OPT OUT OF THE ARBITRATION PROVISION. BY VIRTUE OF YOUR ELECTRONIC EXECUTION OF THIS AGREEMENT, YOU WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGING THAT YOU HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD ALL OF THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT (INCLUDING THE ARBITRATION PROVISION) AND HAVE TAKEN TIME TO CONSIDER THE CONSEQUENCES OF THIS IMPORTANT BUSINESS DECISION. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO BE SUBJECT TO ARBITRATION, YOU MAY OPT OUT OF THE ARBITRATION PROVISION BY FOLLOWING THE INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED IN THE ARBITRATION PROVISION BELOW.
1.1 “Affiliate” means an entity that, directly or indirectly, controls, is under the control of, or is under common control with a party, where control means having more than fifty percent (50%) of the voting stock or other ownership interest or the majority of the voting rights of such entity.
1.2 “City Addendum” means an addendum or supplemental information to this Agreement setting forth additional Territory-specific terms, as made available and as updated by Company from time to time.
1.3 “Company Data” means all data related to the access and use of the Civvl Services hereunder, including all data related to Users (including User Information), all data related to the provision of Process Serving Services via the Civvl Services and the Civvl App, and the Server ID.
1.4 “Civvl App” means the mobile application provided by Company that enables service of process providers to access the Civvl Services for the purpose of seeking, receiving and fulfilling on-demand service of process requests by Users, as may be updated or modified from time to time.
1.5 “Company Device” means a mobile device owned or controlled by Company that may be provided to you if you do not have your own device. Such mobile device, in the event it is provided to you, is solely for your use of the Civvl Software Application to fulfil requests for Service of Process.
1.6 “Device” means a Company Device or Your Device, as the case may be.
1.7 “Server ID” means the identification and password key assigned by Company to you that enables you to use and access the Civvl App.
1.8 “User Fee” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.1.
1.9 “Civvl Fee” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.4.
1.10 “Territory” means the city or metro areas in the United States in which you are enabled by the Civvl App to receive requests for Process Serving Services.
1.11 “Process Serving Services” means your provision of Process Serving Services to Users via the Civvl Services in the Territory including, but not limited to, providing the information necessary for and completing an affidavit of service or non-service (“Affidavit”).
1.12 “Civvl Services” mean the Company’s on-demand lead generation and related services that enable service of process providers to seek, receive and fulfill on-demand requests for Process Serving Services by Users seeking Process Serving Services; such Civvl Services include access to the Civvl App and the Company’s software, websites, payment services as described in Section 4 below, and related support services systems, as may be updated or modified from time to time.
1.13 “User” means an end user authorized by the Company to use Civvl’s technology for the purpose of obtaining Process Serving Services offered by Company’s service of process provider customers.
1.14 “User Information” means information about a User made available to you in connection with such User’s request for and use of Process Serving Services, which may include the User’s name, contact information, and information and photos regarding the person or entity to be served.
1.15 “Vehicle” means your vehicle that you use to fulfill requests for Process Serving Services via the Civvl App.
1.16 “Your Device” means a mobile device owned or controlled by you: (a) that meets the then-current Company specifications for mobile devices and (b) on which the Civvl App has been installed as authorized by Civvl solely for the purpose of providing Process Serving Services.
2. Use of the Civvl Services
2.1 Server IDs. Company will issue you a Server ID to enable you to access and use the Civvl App on a Device in accordance with this Agreement. Company reserves the right to deactivate your Server ID if you have not accepted an assignment for Process Serving Services using the Civvl App at least once a month. You agree that you will maintain your Server ID in confidence and not share your Server ID with any third party. You will immediately notify Company of any actual or suspected breach or improper use or disclosure of your Server ID or the Civvl App.
2.2 Provision of Process Serving Services. When the Civvl App is active, User requests for Process Serving Services may appear to you via the Civvl App if you are in the vicinity of the primary address for service. If you accept a User’s request for Process Serving Services, the Civvl Services will provide you with certain User Information via the Civvl App, including the User’s contact information and information related to the individual or entity to be served. In order to enhance User satisfaction with the Civvl mobile application and your Process Serving Services, it is recommended that you communicate regularly with the User to increase the likelihood that service of process will be completed successfully. You will obtain the primary and other locations where the User believes the individual or entity can be served from the Civvl App or in subsequent communications with the User via the Civvl App or otherwise. You acknowledge and agree that once you have accepted a User’s request for Process Serving Services, Civvl’s mobile application may provide certain information about you to the User, including, but not limited to, your name, contact information, photo and location. You shall not contact any Users or use any User’s personal data for any reason other than for the purposes of fulfilling Process Serving Services. As between the Company and you, you acknowledge and agree that: (a) you in consultation with the User shall be solely responsible for determining the most effective, efficient and safe manner to perform each instance of Process Serving Services; and (b) except for the Civvl Services or any Company Devices (if applicable), you shall provide all necessary equipment, tools and other materials, at your own expense, necessary to perform the Process Serving Services.
2.3 Your Relationship with Users. You acknowledge and agree that your provision of Process Serving Services for Users creates a direct business relationship between you and the User. Company is not responsible or liable for the actions or inactions of a User or third parties in relation to you or your activities conducting your Process Serving Services or otherwise. You shall have the sole responsibility for any obligations or liabilities to Users, third parties, or the individuals or entities you are attempting to serve that arise from your provision of Process Serving Services. You acknowledge and agree that you are solely responsible for taking such precautions as may be reasonable and proper (including maintaining adequate insurance that at least meets the requirements of all applicable laws including motor vehicle financial responsibility laws) regarding any acts or omissions of a User, third party, or the individuals or entities you are attempting to serve. You acknowledge and agree that Company may release your contact and/or insurance information to a User upon such User’s reasonable request.
2.4 Your Relationship with Company. You acknowledge and agree that Company’s provision to you of the Civvl App and the Civvl Services creates a direct business relationship between Company and you. Company does not, and shall not be deemed to, direct or control you generally or in your performance under this Agreement specifically, including in connection with your provision of Process Serving Services, your acts or omissions, or your operation and maintenance of your Vehicle. You retain the sole right to determine when, where, and for how long you will utilize the Civvl App or the Civvl Services. You retain the option, via the Civvl App, to attempt to accept or to decline or ignore a User’s request for Process Serving Services via the Civvl Services, or to cancel an accepted request for Process Serving Services via the Civvl App, subject to Company’s then-current cancellation policies. With the exception of any signage required by local law or permit/license requirements, Company shall have no right to require you to: (a) display Company’s or any of its Affiliates’ names, logos or colors on your Vehicle(s); or (b) wear a uniform or any other clothing displaying Company’s or any of its Affiliates’ names, logos or colors. You acknowledge and agree that you have complete discretion to provide services or otherwise engage in other business or employment activities. For the sake of clarity, you understand that you retain the complete right to; (i) use other software application services in addition to the Civvl Services; and (ii) engage in any other occupation or business. Company retains the right to deactivate or otherwise restrict you from accessing or using the Civvl App or the Civvl Services in the event of a violation or alleged violation of this Agreement, your disparagement of Company or any of its Affiliates, your act or omission that causes harm to Company’s or its Affiliates’ brand, reputation or business as determined by Company in its sole discretion. [ratings term]???
2.5.1 You acknowledge and agree that: (a) after receiving Process Serving Services, a User will be prompted by Civvl’s mobile application to provide a rating of you and such Process Serving Services and, optionally, to provide comments or feedback about you and such Process Serving Services.
2.5.2 You acknowledge that Company desires that Users have access to high-quality services via Civvl’s mobile application. In order to continue to receive access to the Civvl App and the Civvl Services, you must maintain a rating by Users that exceeds the minimum acceptable rating established by the Company for your Territory in Company’s sole discretion (“Minimum Rating”). Your average rating is intended to reflect Users’ satisfaction with your Process Serving Services rather than your compliance with any of Company’s policies or recommendations. In the event your rating falls below the Minimum Rating, Company will notify you and may provide you, in Company’s discretion, a limited period of time to raise your rating above the Minimum Rating. If you do not increase your rating above the Minimum Average Rating within the time period allowed (if any), Company reserves the right in its sole discretion to deactivate your access to the Civvl App and the Civvl Services. Additionally, you acknowledge that your repeated failure to accept User requests for Process Serving Services creates a negative experience for Users of Civvl’s mobile application.
2.5.3 Company and its Affiliates reserve the right to use, share and display User ratings and comments about you in any manner in connection with the business of Company and its Affiliates without attribution to you or your approval. You acknowledge and agree that Company and its Affiliates are distributors (without any obligation to verify) and not publishers of these ratings and comments, provided that Company and its Affiliates reserve the right to edit or remove comments in the event that such comments include obscenities or other objectionable content, include an individual’s name or other personal information, or violate any privacy laws, other applicable laws or Company’s or its Affiliates’ content policies in any.
2.6.1 Company encourages you to use Your Device in providing Process Serving Services. Otherwise, if you elect to request to use any Company Devices, Company may in its sole discretion supply you with Company Devices, provided that you pay for the costs associated with the wireless data plan of each Company Device, require reimbursement from you and/or request a deposit for each Company Device. You agree that: (a) Company Devices may only be used for the purpose of enabling your access to the Civvl Services; and (b) Company Devices may not be transferred, loaned, sold or otherwise provided in any manner to any party other than you. Company Devices shall at all times remain the property of Company, and upon termination of this Agreement or your termination or deactivation, you agree to return to Company the applicable Company Devices within three (3) days. You agree that failure to timely return any Company Devices, or damage to Company Devices outside of “normal wear and tear,” will result in the forfeiture of related deposits.
2.6.2 If you use Your Devices: (i) you are responsible for the acquisition, cost and maintenance of Your Devices as well as any necessary wireless data plan; and (ii) Company shall make available the Civvl App for installation on Your Device. Company hereby grants you a personal, non-exclusive, non-transferable license to install and use the Civvl App on Your Device solely for the purpose of providing Process Serving Services. You agree to not provide, distribute or share, or enable the provision, distribution or sharing of, the Civvl App (or any data associated therewith) with any third party. The foregoing license grant shall immediately terminate and you will delete and fully remove the Civvl App from Your Device in the event that you cease to provide Process Serving Services using Your Device. You agree that: (i) use of the Civvl App on Your Device requires an active data plan with a wireless carrier associated with Your Device, which data plan will be provided by you at your own expense; and (ii) use of the Civvl App on Your Device as an interface with the Civvl Services may consume very large amounts of data through the data plan. COMPANY ADVISES THAT YOUR DEVICE ONLY BE USED UNDER A DATA PLAN WITH UNLIMITED OR VERY HIGH DATA USAGE LIMITS, AND COMPANY SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY FEES, COSTS, OR OVERAGE CHARGES ASSOCIATED WITH ANY DATA PLAN.
2.7 Location Based Services . You acknowledge and agree that your geo-location information must be provided to the Civvl Services via a Device in order to provide Process Serving Services. You acknowledge and agree that: (a) your geo-location information may be obtained by the Civvl Services while the Civvl App is running; and (b) the approximate location of you will be displayed to the User before and during the provision of Process Serving Services to such User who may use this information in its discretion including, but not limited to, in the Affidavit of service or non-service and supporting documents and information provided to a court and third parties. In addition, Company and its Affiliates may monitor, track and share with third parties Server’s geo-location information obtained by the Civvl App and Device for safety, security and other purposes.
3. You and Your Vehicle
3.1 Your Requirements. You acknowledge and agree that at all times, you shall: (a) hold and maintain (i) a valid driver’s license with the appropriate level of certification to operate your Vehicle, and (ii) all licenses, permits, approvals and authority applicable to you that are necessary to provide Process Serving Services to third parties in the Territory; (b) possess the appropriate and current level of training, expertise and experience to provide Process Serving Services in a professional manner with due skill, care and diligence; and (c) maintain high standards of professionalism, service and courtesy. You acknowledge and agree that you may be subject to certain background and driving record checks from time to time in order to qualify to provide, and remain eligible to provide, Process Serving Services. You acknowledge and agree that you will cooperate reasonably with the User in the provision of Process Serving Services. You acknowledge and agree that Company reserves the right, at any time in Company’s sole discretion, to deactivate or otherwise restrict you from accessing or using the Civvl App or the Civvl Services if you fail to meet any of the requirements set forth in this Agreement.
3.2 Vehicle Requirements. You acknowledge and agree that your Vehicle shall at all times be: (a) properly registered and licensed to operate as a passenger transportation vehicle in the Territory; (b) owned or leased by you, or otherwise in your lawful possession; and (c) maintained in good operating condition, consistent with industry safety and maintenance standards for a Vehicle of its kind and any additional standards or requirements in the applicable Territory.
3.3 Documentation. To ensure your compliance with all requirements in Sections 3.1 and 3.2 above, you must provide Company with written copies of all such licenses, permits, approvals, authority, registrations and certifications prior to your provision of any Process Serving Services. Thereafter, you must submit to Company written evidence of all such licenses, permits, approvals, authority, registrations and certifications as they are renewed. Company shall, upon request, be entitled to review such licenses, permits, approvals, authority, registrations and certifications from time to time, and your failure to provide or maintain any of the foregoing shall constitute a material breach of this Agreement. Company reserves the right to independently verify your documentation from time to time in any way Company deems appropriate in its reasonable discretion.
4. Financial Terms
4.1 User Fee Calculation and Your Payment. You are entitled to charge a fee for each instance of completed Process Serving Services provided to a User that are obtained via the Civvl Services (“User Fee”), where such User Fee is calculated based upon a base amount for four attempts of service (“Base Amount”) plus a bounty amount for successfully completing service of process on the individual or entity (“Bounty Amount”). The current Base Amount and Bounty Amount and the details related to how and when these fees are earned for the applicable Territory (“User Fee Calculation”). You acknowledge and agree that the User Fee provided under the User Fee Calculation is the only payment you will receive in connection with the provision of Process Serving Services, and that neither the User Fee nor the User Fee Calculation includes any gratuity. You: (i) appoint Company as your limited payment collection agent solely for the purpose of accepting the User Fee, depending on the region and/or if requested by you, applicable taxes and fees from the User on your behalf via the payment processing functionality facilitated by the Civvl Services; and (ii) agree that payment made by User to Company (or to an Affiliate of Company acting as an agent of Company) shall be considered the same as payment made directly by User to you. In addition, the parties acknowledge and agree that as between you and Company, the User Fee is a recommended amount, and the primary purpose of the pre-arranged User Fee is to act as the default amount in the event you do not negotiate a different amount. You shall always have the right to: (i) charge a User Fee that is less than the pre-arranged User Fee; or (ii) negotiate, at your request, a User Fee that is lower than the pre-arranged User Fee (each of (i) and (ii) herein, a “Negotiated User Fee”). Company shall consider all such requests from you in good faith. Company agrees to remit, or cause to be remitted, to you on at least a weekly basis: (a) the User Fee less the applicable Civvl Fee; and (b) depending on the region, certain taxes and ancillary fees. If you have separately agreed that other amounts may be deducted from the User Fee prior to remittance to you (e.g., vehicle financing payments, lease payments, mobile device usage charges, etc.), the order of any such deductions from the User Fee shall be determined exclusively by Company (as between you and Company).
4.2 Changes to User Fee Calculation. Company reserves the right to change the User Fee Calculation at any time in Company’s discretion based upon local market factors, and Company will provide you with notice in the event of changes to the Base Amount and Bounty Amount that would result in a change in the recommended User Fee. Continued use of the Civvl Services after any such change in the User Fee Calculation shall constitute your consent to such change.
4.3 User Fee Adjustment. Company reserves the right to: (i) adjust the User Fee for a particular instance of Process Serving Services (e.g., you failed to properly end a particular instance of Process Serving Services in the Civvl App, technical error in the Civvl Services, etc.); or (ii) cancel the User Fee for a particular instance of Process Serving Services (e.g., User is charged for Process Serving Services that were not provided, in the event of a User complaint, fraud, etc.). Company’s decision to reduce or cancel the User Fee in any such manner shall be exercised in a reasonable manner.
4.4 Civvl Fee. In consideration of Company’s provision of the Civvl App and the Civvl Services for your use and benefit hereunder, you agree to pay Company a service fee on a per Process Serving Services transaction basis calculated as a percentage of the User Fee determined by the User Fee Calculation (regardless of any Negotiated User Fee), as provided to you via email or otherwise made available electronically by Company from time to time for the applicable Territory (“Civvl Fee”). The current Civvl Fee is 30% of all payments and other compensation regardless of form or amount made by User for the Process Serving Services. In the event regulations applicable to your Territory require taxes to be calculated on the User Fee, Company shall calculate the Civvl Fee based on the User Fee net of such taxes. Company reserves the right to change the Civvl Fee at any time in Company’s discretion based upon local market factors, and Company will provide you with notice in the event of such change. Continued use of the Civvl Services after any such change in the Civvl Fee calculation shall constitute your consent to such change.
4.5 Cancellation Charges. You acknowledge and agree that Users may elect to cancel requests for Process Serving Services that have been accepted by you via the Civvl App at any time prior to the completion of the Process Serving Services. In the event that a User cancels an accepted request for Process Serving Services, Company may charge the User a cancellation fee on your behalf. If charged, this cancellation fee shall be deemed the User Fee for the cancelled Process Serving Services for the purpose of remittance to you hereunder (“Cancellation Fee”). The parties acknowledge and agree that as between you and Company, this Cancellation Fee is a recommended amount, and the primary purpose of such Cancellation Fee is to act as the default amount in the event you do not negotiate a different amount. You shall always have the right to: (i) charge a cancellation fee that is less than the Cancellation Fee; or (ii) negotiate, at your request, a cancellation fee that is lower than the Cancellation Fee (each of (i) and (ii) herein, a “Negotiated Cancellation Fee”). If charged, the Cancellation Fee (regardless of any Negotiated Cancellation Fee) shall be deemed the User Fee for the cancelled Process Serving Services for the purpose of remittance to you hereunder.
4.6 Receipts. As part of the Civvl Services, Company provides you a system for the delivery of receipts to Users for Process Serving Services rendered. Upon your completion of Process Serving Services for a User, Company prepares an applicable receipt and issues such receipt to the User via email on your behalf. Such receipts are also provided to you via email or available to you through the Civvl App. Receipts include the breakdown of amounts charged to the User for Process Serving Services and may include specific information about you, including your name, contact information and photo, as well as a map of the route you took. Any corrections to a User’s receipt for Process Serving Services must be submitted to Company in writing within three (3) business days after your receive the receipt or other notice showing payment or nonpayment for the Process Serving Services you are challenging. Absent such a notice by you, Company shall not be liable for any mistakes in or corrections to the receipt or for recalculation or disbursement of the User Fee or Civvl Fee.
4.7 No Additional Amounts . You acknowledge and agree that, for the mutual benefit of the parties, through advertising and marketing, Company and its Affiliates may seek to attract new Users to Civvl and to increase existing Users’ use of Civvl’s mobile application. You acknowledge and agree such advertising or marketing does not entitle you to any additional monetary amounts beyond the amounts expressly set forth in this Agreement.
4.8 Taxes. You acknowledge and agree that you are required to: (a) complete all tax registration obligations and calculate and remit all tax liabilities related to your provision of Process Serving Services as required by applicable law; and (b) provide Company with all relevant tax information. You further acknowledge and agree that you are responsible for taxes on your own income arising from the performance of Process Serving Services. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, Company may in its reasonable discretion based on applicable tax and regulatory considerations, collect and remit taxes resulting from your provision of Process Serving Services and/or provide any of the relevant tax information you have provided pursuant to the foregoing requirements in this Section 4.8 directly to the applicable governmental tax authorities on your behalf or otherwise.
5. Proprietary Rights; License
5.1 License Grant. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Company hereby grants you a non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicensable, non-assignable license, during the term of this Agreement, to use the Civvl Services (including the Civvl App on a Device) solely for the purpose of providing Process Serving Services to Users and tracking resulting User Fees and Civvl Fees. All rights not expressly granted to you are reserved by Company, its Affiliates and their respective licensors.
5.2 Restrictions. You shall not, and shall not allow any other party to: (a) license, sublicense, sell, resell, transfer, assign, distribute or otherwise provide or make available to any other party the Civvl Services, Civvl App or any Company Device in any way; (b) modify or make derivative works based upon the Civvl Services or Civvl App; (c) improperly use the Civvl Services or Civvl App, including creating Internet “links” to any part of the Civvl Services or Civvl App, “framing” or “mirroring” any part of the Civvl Services or Civvl App on any other websites or systems, or “scraping” or otherwise improperly obtaining data from the Civvl Services or Civvl App; (d) reverse engineer, decompile, modify, or disassemble the Civvl Services or Civvl App, except as allowed under applicable law; or (e) send spam or otherwise duplicative or unsolicited messages. In addition, you shall not, and shall not allow any other party to, access or use the Civvl Services or Civvl App to: (i) design or develop a competitive or substantially similar product or service; (ii) copy or extract any features, functionality, or content thereof; (iii) launch or cause to be launched on or in connection with the Civvl Services an automated program or script, including web spiders, crawlers, robots, indexers, bots, viruses or worms, or any program which may make multiple server requests per second, or unduly burden or hinder the operation and/or performance of the Civvl Services; or (iv) attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Civvl Services or its related systems or networks.
5.3 Ownership. The Civvl Services, Civvl App and Company Data, including all intellectual property rights therein, and the Company Devices are and shall remain (as between you and Company) the property of Company, its Affiliates or their respective licensors. Neither this Agreement nor your use of the Civvl Services, Civvl App or Company Data conveys or grants to you any rights in or related to the Civvl Services, Civvl App or Company Data, except for the limited license granted above. Other than as specifically permitted by the Company in connection with the Civvl Services, you are not permitted to use or reference in any manner Company’s, its Affiliates’, or their respective licensors’ company names, logos, products and service names, trademarks, service marks, trade dress, copyrights or other indicia of ownership, alone and in
combination with other letters, punctuation, words, symbols and/or designs (the “CIVVL Marks and Names”) for any commercial purposes. You agree that you will not try to register or otherwise use and/or claim ownership in any of the CIVVL Marks and Names, alone or in combination with other letters, punctuation, words, symbols and/or designs, or in any confusingly similar mark, name or title, for any goods and services.
6.1 Each party acknowledges and agrees that in the performance of this Agreement it may have access to or may be exposed to, directly or indirectly, confidential information of the other party (“Confidential Information”). Confidential Information includes Company Data, Driver IDs, User Information, and the transaction volume, marketing and business plans, business, financial, technical, operational and such other non-public information of each party (whether disclosed in writing or verbally) that such party designates as being proprietary or confidential or of which the other party should reasonably know that it should be treated as confidential.
6.2 Each party acknowledges and agrees that: (a) all Confidential Information shall remain the exclusive property of the disclosing party; (b) it shall not use Confidential Information of the other party for any purpose except in furtherance of this Agreement; (c) it shall not disclose Confidential Information of the other party to any third party, except to its employees, officers, contractors, agents and service providers (“Permitted Persons”) as necessary to perform under this Agreement, provided Permitted Persons are bound in writing to obligations of confidentiality and non-use of Confidential Information no less protective than the terms hereof; and (d) it shall return or destroy all Confidential Information of the disclosing party, upon the termination of this Agreement or at the request of the other party (subject to applicable law and, with respect to Company, its internal record-keeping requirements).
6.3 Notwithstanding the foregoing, Confidential Information shall not include any information to the extent it: (a) is or becomes part of the public domain through no act or omission on the part of the receiving party; (b) was possessed by the receiving party prior to the date of this Agreement without an obligation of confidentiality; (c) is disclosed to the receiving party by a third party having no obligation of confidentiality with respect thereto; or (d) is required to be disclosed pursuant to law, court order, subpoena or governmental authority, provided the receiving party notifies the disclosing party thereof and provides the disclosing party a reasonable opportunity to contest or limit such required disclosure.
7.1 Disclosure of Your Information. Subject to applicable law, Company and its Affiliates may, but shall not be required to, provide to you, a User, an insurance company and/or relevant authorities and/or regulatory agencies any information (including personal information (e.g., information obtained about you through any background check) and any Company Data) about you or any Process Serving Services provided hereunder if: (a) it is necessary to perform or complete the Process Serving Services; (b) there is a complaint, dispute or conflict, including an accident, between you and a User; (c) it is necessary to enforce the terms of this Agreement; (d) it is required, in Company’s or any Affiliate’s sole discretion, by applicable law or regulatory requirements (e.g. , Company or its Affiliates receive a subpoena, warrant, or other legal process for information); (d) it is necessary, in Company’s or any Affiliate’s sole discretion, to (1) protect the safety, rights, property or security of Company or its Affiliates, the Civvl Services or any third party; (2) to protect the safety of the public for any reason including the facilitation of insurance claims related to the Civvl Services; (3) to detect, prevent or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues; (4) to prevent or stop activity which Company or any of its Affiliates, in their sole discretion, may consider to be, or to pose a risk of being, an illegal, unethical, or legally actionable activity); or (e) it is required or necessary, in Company’s or any Affiliate’s sole discretion, for insurance or other purposes related to your ability to qualify, or remain qualified, to use the Civvl Services. You understand that Company may retain your personal data for legal, regulatory, safety and other necessary purposes after this Agreement is terminated.
7.2 Company and its Affiliates may collect your personal data during the course of your application for, and use of, the Civvl Services, or may obtain information about you from third parties. Such information may be stored, processed, transferred, and accessed by Company and its Affiliates, third parties, and service providers for business purposes, including for marketing, lead generation, service development and improvement, analytics, industry and market research, and such other purposes consistent with Company’s and its Affiliates’ legitimate business needs. You expressly consent to such use of personal data.
8.1 You agree to maintain during the term of this Agreement on all Vehicles operated by you to perform Process Serving Services under this Agreement automobile liability insurance that provides protection against bodily injury and property damage to third parties at levels of coverage that satisfy the minimum requirements to operate a private passenger vehicle on the public roads within the Territory. This coverage must also include any no -fault coverage required by law in the Territory that may not be waived by an insured. You agree to provide Company and its Affiliates a copy of the insurance policy, policy declarations, Civvl of insurance identification card and Civvl of premium payment for the insurance policy required in this Section 8.1 upon request. Furthermore, you must provide Company with written notice of cancellation of any insurance policy required by Company. Company shall have no right to control your selection or maintenance of your policy. You must be a named insured or individually rated driver, for which a premium is charged, on the insurance policy required in this Section 8.1 at all times.
8.2 You agree to maintain during the term of this Agreement workers’ compensation insurance as required by all applicable laws in the Territory. If permitted by applicable law, you may choose to insure yourself against industrial injuries by maintaining occupational accident insurance in place of workers’ compensation insurance. Furthermore, if permitted by applicable law, you may choose not to insure yourself against industrial injuries at all, but do so at your own risk.
8.3 You understand and acknowledge that your personal automobile insurance policy may not afford liability, comprehensive, collision, medical payments, personal injury protection, uninsured motorist, underinsured motorist, or other coverage for the Process Serving Services you provide pursuant to this Agreement. If you have any questions or concerns about the scope or applicability of your own insurance coverage, it is your responsibility, not that of Company, to resolve them with your insurer(s).
8.4 Company may maintain during the term of this Agreement insurance related to your provision of Process Serving Services as determined by Company in its reasonable discretion or as described in a City Addendum, provided that Company and its Affiliates are not required to provide you with any specific insurance coverage for any loss to you or your Vehicle. You are required to promptly notify Company of any accidents that occur while providing Process Serving Services and to cooperate and provide all necessary information related thereto.
9. Representations and Warranties; Disclaimers
9.1 By You. You hereby represent and warrant that: (a) you have full power and authority to enter into this Agreement and perform your obligations hereunder; (b) you have not entered into, and during the term will not enter into, any agreement that would prevent you from complying with this Agreement; and (c) you will comply with all applicable laws in your performance of this Agreement, including holding and complying with all permits, licenses, registrations and other governmental authorizations necessary to provide (i) Process Serving Services using the Vehicles pursuant to this Agreement, and (ii) passenger transportation services to third parties in the Territory generally.
9.2 Disclaimer of Warranties. COMPANY AND ITS AFFILIATES PROVIDE, AND YOU ACCEPT, THE CIVVL SERVICES, CIVVL APP AND THE COMPANY DEVICES ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. COMPANY AND ITS AFFILIATES DO NOT REPRESENT, WARRANT OR GUARANTEE THAT YOUR ACCESS TO OR USE OF THE CIVVL SERVICES, CIVVL APP OR THE COMPANY DEVICES: (A) WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE; OR (B) WILL RESULT IN ANY REQUESTS FOR TRANSPORTATION
SERVICES. COMPANY AND ITS AFFILIATES FUNCTION AS AN ON-DEMAND LEAD GENERATION AND RELATED SERVICE ONLY AND MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES OR GUARANTEES AS TO THE ACTIONS OR INACTIONS OF THE USERS WHO MAY REQUEST OR RECEIVE PROCESS SERVING SERVICES FROM YOU, AND COMPANY AND ITS AFFILIATES DO NOT SCREEN OR OTHERWISE EVALUATE USERS. BY USING THE CIVVL SERVICES AND CIVVL APP, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOU MAY BE INTRODUCED TO A THIRD PARTY THAT MAY POSE HARM OR RISK TO YOU OR OTHER THIRD PARTIES. YOU ARE ADVISED TO TAKE REASONABLE PRECAUTIONS WITH RESPECT TO INTERACTIONS WITH THIRD PARTIES ENCOUNTERED IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF THE CIVVL SERVICES OR CIVVL APP.NOTWITHSTANDING COMPANY’S APPOINTMENT AS THE LIMITED PAYMENT COLLECTION AGENT OF YOU FOR THE PURPOSE OF ACCEPTING PAYMENT FROM USERS ON YOUR BEHALF AS SET FORTH IN SECTION 4 ABOVE, COMPANY AND ITS AFFILIATES EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL LIABILITY FOR ANY ACT OR OMISSION OF YOU, ANY USER OR OTHER THIRD PARTY.
9.3 No Service Guarantee. COMPANY AND ITS AFFILIATES DO NOT GUARANTEE THE AVAILABILITY OR UPTIME OF THE CIVVL SERVICES OR CIVVL APP. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT THE CIVVL SERVICES OR CIVVL APP MAY BE UNAVAILABLE AT ANY TIME AND FOR ANY REASON (e.g., DUE TO SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE OR NETWORK FAILURE). FURTHER, THE CIVVL SERVICES OR CIVVL APP MAY BE SUBJECT TO LIMITATIONS, DELAYS, AND OTHER PROBLEMS INHERENT IN THE USE OF THE INTERNET AND ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS, AND COMPANY AND ITS AFFILIATES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DELAYS, DELIVERY FAILURES, OR OTHER DAMAGES, LIABILITIES OR LOSSES RESULTING FROM SUCH PROBLEMS.
10. Indemnification. You shall indemnify, defend (at Company’s option) and hold harmless Company and its Affiliates and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, successors and assigns from and against any and all liabilities, expenses (including legal fees), damages, penalties, fines, social security contributions and taxes arising out of or related to: (a) your breach of your representations, warranties or obligations under this Agreement; or (b) a claim by a third party (including Users, individuals and entities subject to service, regulators and governmental authorities) directly or indirectly related to your provision of Process Serving Services or use of the Civvl Services. This indemnification provision shall not apply to your breach of any representations regarding your status as an independent contractor.
11. Limits of Liability. COMPANY AND ITS AFFILIATES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE UNDER OR RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT FOR ANY OF THE FOLLOWING, WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, EVEN IF A PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES: (i) ANY INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR OTHER INDIRECT DAMAGES OF ANY TYPE OR KIND; OR (ii) YOUR OR ANY THIRD PARTY’S PROPERTY DAMAGE, OR LOSS OR INACCURACY OF DATA, OR LOSS OF BUSINESS, REVENUE, PROFITS, USE OR OTHER ECONOMIC ADVANTAGE. EXCEPT FOR COMPANY’S OBLIGATIONS TO PAY AMOUNTS DUE TO YOU PURSUANT TO SECTION 4 ABOVE, BUT SUBJECT TO ANY LIMITATIONS OR OTHER PROVISIONS CONTAINED IN THIS AGREEMENT WHICH ARE APPLICABLE THERETO, IN NO EVENT SHALL THE LIABILITY OF COMPANY OR ITS AFFILIATES UNDER THIS AGREEMENT EXCEED THE AMOUNT OF CIVVL FEES ACTUALLY PAID TO OR DUE TO COMPANY HEREUNDER IN THE THREE (3) MONTH PERIOD IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE EVENT GIVING RISE TO SUCH CLAIM.
12. Term and Termination
12.1 Term. This Agreement shall commence on the date accepted by you and shall continue until terminated as set forth herein.
12.2 Termination. Either party may terminate this Agreement: (a) without cause at any time upon three (3) days prior written notice to the other party; (b) immediately, without notice, for the other party’s breach of this Agreement; or (c) immediately, without notice, in the event of the insolvency or bankruptcy of the other party, or upon the other party’s filing or submission of request for suspension of payment (or similar action or event) against the terminating party. In addition, Company may terminate this Agreement or deactivate your Server ID immediately, without notice, with respect to you in the event you no longer qualify, under applicable law or the standards and policies of Company and its Affiliates, to provide Process Serving Services or to operate the Vehicle, or as otherwise set forth in this Agreement including, but not limited to, section 2.5.2.
12.3 Effect of Termination. Upon termination of the Agreement, you shall: (a) promptly return to Company all Company Devices; and (b) immediately delete and fully remove the Civvl App from any of Your Devices. Outstanding payment obligations and Sections 1, 2.3, 2.5.3, 4.7, 4.8, 5.3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12.3, 13, 14 and 15 shall survive the termination of this Agreement.
13. Relationship of the Parties
13.1 Except as otherwise expressly provided herein with respect to Company acting as the limited payment collection agent solely for the purpose of collecting payment from Users on your behalf, the relationship between the parties under this Agreement is solely that of independent contracting parties. The parties expressly agree that: (a) this Agreement is not an employment agreement, nor does it create an employment relationship, between Company and you; and (b) no joint venture, partnership, or agency relationship exists between Company and you.
13.2 You have no authority to bind Company or its Affiliates and you undertake not to hold yourself out as an employee, agent or authorized representative of Company or its Affiliates. Where, by implication of mandatory law or otherwise, you may be deemed an agent or representative of Company, you undertake and agree to indemnify, defend (at Company’s option) and hold Company and its Affiliates harmless from and against any claims by any person or entity based on such implied agency or representative relationship.
14. Miscellaneous Terms
14.1 Modification. In the event Company modifies the terms and conditions of this Agreement at any time, such modifications shall be binding on you only upon your acceptance of the modified Agreement. Company reserves the right to modify any information referenced at hyperlinks from this Agreement from time to time. You hereby acknowledge and agree that, by using the Civvl Services, or downloading, installing or using the Civvl App, you are bound by any future amendments and additions to information referenced at hyperlinks herein, or documents incorporated herein, including with respect to User Fee Calculations. Continued use of the Civvl Services or Civvl App after any such changes shall constitute your consent to such changes. Unless changes are made to the arbitration provisions herein, you acknowledge and agree that modification of this Agreement does not create a renewed opportunity to opt out of arbitration.
14.2 Supplemental Terms . Supplemental terms may apply to your use of the Civvl Services, such as use policies or terms related to certain features and functionality, which may be modified from time to time (“Supplemental Terms”). You may be presented with certain Supplemental Terms from time to time. Supplemental Terms are in addition to, and shall be deemed a part of, this Agreement. Supplemental Terms shall prevail over this Agreement in the event of a conflict.
14.3 Severability. If any provision of this Agreement is or becomes invalid or non-binding, the parties shall remain bound by all other provisions hereof. In that event, the parties shall replace the invalid or non-binding provision with provisions that are valid and binding and that have, to the greatest extent possible, a similar effect as the invalid or non-binding provision, given the contents and purpose of this Agreement.
14.4 Assignment. Neither party shall assign or transfer this Agreement or any of its rights or obligations hereunder, in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of the other party; provided that Company may assign or transfer this Agreement or any or all of its rights or obligations under this Agreement from time to time without consent: (a) to an Affiliate; or (b) to an acquirer of all or substantially all of Company’s business, equity or assets.
14.5 Entire Agreement. This Agreement, including all Supplemental Terms, constitutes the entire agreement and understanding of the parties with respect to its subject matter and replaces and supersedes all prior or contemporaneous agreements or undertakings regarding such subject matter. In this Agreement, the words “including” and “include” mean “including, but not limited to.” The recitals form a part of this Agreement.
14.6 No Third Party Beneficiaries. There are no third party beneficiaries to this Agreement, except as
expressly set forth in the Arbitration Provision in Section 15.3. Nothing contained in this Agreement is intended to or shall be interpreted to create any third-party beneficiary claims.
14.7 Notices. Any notice delivered by Company to you under this Agreement will be delivered by email to the email address associated with your account or by posting on the portal available to you on the Civvl Services. Any notice delivered by you to Company under this Agreement will be delivered by contacting Company at info@Civvl.com in the “Contact Us” section. Additional Territory-specific notices may be required from time to time.
15. Governing Law; Arbitration
15.1 The choice of law provisions contained in this Section 15.1 do not apply to the arbitration clause contained in Section 15.3, such arbitration clause being governed by the Federal Arbitration Act. Accordingly, and except as otherwise stated in Section 15.3, the interpretation of this Agreement shall be governed by Colorado law, without regard to the choice or conflicts of law provisions of any jurisdiction. Any disputes, actions, claims or causes of action arising out of or in connection with this Agreement or the Civvl Services that are not subject to the arbitration clause contained in Section 15.3 shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in the City and County of Denver, Colorado. However, neither the choice of law provision regarding the interpretation of this Agreement nor the forum selection provision is intended to create any other substantive right to non-Coloradans to assert claims under Colorado law whether that be by statute, common law, or otherwise. These provisions, and except as otherwise provided in Section 15.3, are only intended to specify the use of Colorado law to interpret this Agreement and the forum for disputes asserting a breach of this Agreement, and these provisions shall not be interpreted as generally extending Colorado law to you if you do not otherwise reside or provide services in Colorado. The foregoing choice of law and forum selection provisions do not apply to the arbitration clause in Section 15.3 or to any arbitrable disputes as defined therein. Instead, as described in Section 15.3, the Federal Arbitration Act shall apply to any such disputes. The failure of Company to enforce any right or provision in this Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision unless acknowledged and agreed to by Civvl in writing.
15.2 Other than disputes regarding the intellectual property rights of the parties and other claims identified in Section 15.3.ii, any disputes, actions, claims or causes of action arising out of or in connection with this Agreement or the Civvl Services shall be subject to arbitration pursuant to Section 15.3.
15.3 Arbitration Provision
Important Note Regarding this Arbitration Provision:
● Except as provided below, arbitration does not limit or affect the legal claims you may bring against the Company. Agreeing to arbitration only affects where any such claims may be brought and how they will be resolved.
● Arbitration is a process of private dispute resolution that does not involve the civil courts, a civil judge, or a jury. Instead, the parties’ dispute is decided by a private arbitrator selected by the parties using the process set forth herein. Other arbitration rules and procedures are also set forth herein.
● Unless the law requires otherwise, as determined by the Arbitrator based upon the circumstances presented, you will be required to split the cost of any arbitration with the Company.
● IMPORTANT: This Arbitration Provision will require you to resolve
any claim that you may have against the Company on an individual basis, except as provided below, pursuant to the terms of the Agreement unless you choose to opt out of the Arbitration Provision. Except as provided below, this provision will preclude you from bringing any class, collective, or representative action against the Company and also precludes you from participating in or recovering relief under any current or future class, collective, or representative action brought against the Company by someone else.
o Cases may be filed in the future involving claims by users of the Civvl Services and Civvl App, including by servers. You should assume that there may be in the future, lawsuits against the Company alleging class, collective, and/or representative claims on your behalf, including but not limited to claims for tips, reimbursement of expenses, and employment status. Such claims, if successful, could result in some monetary recovery to you.
o The possibility that such class, collective, and/or representative lawsuits may be filed, however, does not mean that such lawsuits will in fact be filed or ultimately succeed. But if you do agree to arbitration with the Company, you are agreeing in advance, except as otherwise provided, that you will not participate in and, therefore, will not seek to recover monetary or other relief under any such class, collective, and/or representative lawsuit, except as provided below.
o However, as discussed above and except as provided below, if you agree to arbitration, you will not be precluded from bringing your claims against the Company in an individual arbitration proceeding. If successful on such claims, you could be awarded money or other relief by an arbitrator (subject to splitting the cost of arbitration as mentioned above).
WHETHER TO AGREE TO ARBITRATION IS AN IMPORTANT BUSINESS DECISION. IT IS YOUR DECISION TO MAKE, AND YOU SHOULD NOT RELY SOLELY UPON THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THIS AGREEMENT AS IT IS NOT INTENDED TO CONTAIN A COMPLETE EXPLANATION OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF ARBITRATION. YOU SHOULD TAKE REASONABLE STEPS TO CONDUCT FURTHER RESEARCH AND TO CONSULT WITH OTHERS — INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO AN ATTORNEY — REGARDING THE CONSEQUENCES OF YOUR DECISION, JUST AS YOU WOULD WHEN MAKING ANY OTHER IMPORTANT BUSINESS OR LIFE DECISION.
i. How This Arbitration Provision Applies.
This Arbitration Provision is governed by the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. § 1 et seq. (the “FAA”) and evidences a transaction involving interstate commerce. This Arbitration Provision applies to any dispute arising out of or related to this Agreement or termination of the Agreement and survives after the Agreement terminates. Nothing contained in this Arbitration Provision shall be construed to prevent or excuse you from utilizing any informal procedure for resolution of complaints established in this Agreement (if any), and this Arbitration Provision is not intended to be a substitute for the utilization of such procedures.
Except as it otherwise provides, this Arbitration Provision is intended to apply to the resolution of disputes that otherwise would be resolved in a court of law or before any forum other than arbitration, with the exception of proceedings that must be exhausted under applicable law before pursuing a claim in a court of law or in any forum other than arbitration. Except as it otherwise provides, this Arbitration Provision requires all such disputes to be resolved only by an arbitrator through final and binding arbitration on an individual basis only and not by way of court or jury trial, or by way of class, collective, or representative action.
Except as provided in Section 15.3(v), below, regarding the Class Action Waiver, such disputes include without limitation disputes arising out of or relating to interpretation or application of this Arbitration Provision, including the enforceability, revocability or validity of the Arbitration Provision or any portion of the Arbitration Provision. All such matters shall be decided by an Arbitrator and not by a court or judge. However, as set forth below, the preceding sentences shall not apply to disputes relating to the interpretation or application of the Class Action Waiver or PAGA Waiver below, including their enforceability, revocability or validity.
Except as it otherwise provides, this Arbitration Provision also applies, without limitation, to all disputes between You and the Company, as well as all disputes between You and the Company,s fiduciaries, administrators, affiliates, subsidiaries, parents, and all successors and assigns of any of them, including but not limited to any disputes arising out of or related to this Agreement and disputes arising out of or related to your relationship with the Company, including termination of the relationship. This Arbitration Provision also applies, without limitation, to disputes regarding any city, county, state or federal wage-hour law, trade secrets, unfair competition, compensation, breaks and rest periods, expense reimbursement, termination, harassment and claims arising under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Americans With Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (except for individual claims for employee benefits under any benefit plan sponsored by the Company and covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 or funded by insurance), Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, and state statutes, if any, addressing the same or similar subject matters, and all other similar federal and state statutory and common law claims.
This Agreement is intended to require arbitration of every claim or dispute that lawfully can be arbitrated, except for those claims and disputes which by the terms of this Agreement are expressly excluded from the Arbitration Provision.
ii. Limitations On How This Agreement Applies.
The disputes and claims set forth below shall not be subject to arbitration and the requirement to arbitrate set forth in this Arbitration Provision shall not apply:
A representative action brought on behalf of others under the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (“PAGA”), California Labor Code § 2698 et seq., to the extent waiver of such a claim is deemed unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction;
Claims for workers compensation, state disability insurance and unemployment insurance benefits;
Regardless of any other terms of this Agreement, nothing prevents you from making a report to or filing a claim or charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Labor, Securities Exchange Commission, National Labor Relations Board, or Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and nothing in this Agreement or Arbitration Provision prevents the investigation by a government agency of any report, claim or charge otherwise covered by this Arbitration Provision. Nothing in this Arbitration Provision shall be deemed to preclude or excuse a party from bringing an administrative claim before any agency in order to fulfill the party’s obligation to exhaust administrative remedies before making a claim in arbitration;
Disputes that may not be subject to a predispute arbitration agreement pursuant to applicable Federal law or Executive Order are excluded from the coverage of this Arbitration Provision;
Disputes regarding your, the Company’s, intellectual property rights;
This Arbitration Provision shall not be construed to require the arbitration of any claims against a contractor that may not be the subject of a mandatory arbitration agreement as provided by section 8116 of the Department of Defense (“DoD”) Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (Pub. L. 111-118), section 8102 of the Department of Defense (“DoD”) Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (Pub. L. 112-10, Division A), and their implementing regulations, or any successor DoD appropriations act addressing the arbitrability of claims.
iii. Selecting The Arbitrator and Location of the Arbitration.
The Arbitrator shall be selected by mutual agreement of the Company and you. Unless you and the Company mutually agree otherwise, the Arbitrator shall be an attorney licensed to practice in the location where the arbitration proceeding will be conducted or a retired federal or state judicial officer who presided in the jurisdiction where the arbitration will be conducted. If the Parties cannot agree on an Arbitrator, then an arbitrator will be selected using the alternate strike method from a list of five (5) neutral arbitrators provided by JAMS (Judicial Arbitration & Mediation Services). You will have the option of making the first strike. If a JAMS arbitrator is used, then the JAMS Streamlined Arbitration Rules & Procedures rules will apply; however, if there is a conflict between the JAMS Rules and this Agreement, this Agreement shall govern.
The location of the arbitration proceeding shall be no more than 45 miles from the place where you last provided Process Serving Services under this Agreement unless each party to the arbitration agrees in writing otherwise.
iv. Starting The Arbitration.
All claims in arbitration are subject to the same statutes of limitation that would apply in court. The party bringing the claim must demand arbitration in writing and deliver the written demand by hand or first class mail to the other party within the applicable statute of limitations period. The demand for arbitration shall include identification of the Parties, a statement of the legal and factual basis of the claim(s), and a specification of the remedy sought. Any demand for arbitration made to the Company, The arbitrator shall resolve all disputes regarding the timeliness or propriety of the demand for arbitration. A party may apply to a court of competent jurisdiction for temporary or preliminary injunctive relief in connection with an arbitrable controversy, but only upon the ground that the award to which that party may be entitled may be rendered ineffectual without such provisional relief.
v. How Arbitration Proceedings Are Conducted.
In arbitration, the Parties will have the right to conduct adequate civil discovery, bring dispositive motions, and present witnesses and evidence as needed to present their cases and defenses, and any disputes in this regard shall be resolved by the Arbitrator.
You and the Company agree to resolve any dispute that is in arbitration on an individual basis only, and not on a class, collective action, or representative basis (“Class Action Waiver”). The Arbitrator shall have no authority to consider or resolve any claim or issue any relief on any basis other than an individual basis. The Arbitrator shall have no authority to consider or resolve any claim or issue any relief on a class, collective, or representative basis. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, the Arbitration Provision or the JAMS Streamlined Arbitration Rules & Procedures, disputes regarding the enforceability, revocability or validity of the Class Action Waiver may be resolved only by a civil court of competent jurisdiction and not by an arbitrator. In any case in which (1) the dispute is filed as a class, collective, or representative action and (2) there is a final judicial determination that all or part of the Class Action Waiver unenforceable, the class, collective, and/or representative action to that extent must be litigated in a civil court of competent jurisdiction, but the portion of the Class Action Waiver that is enforceable shall be enforced in arbitration.
While the Company will not take any retaliatory action in response to any exercise of rights you may have under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act, if any, the Company shall not be precluded from moving to enforce its rights under the FAA to compel arbitration on the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement.
Private Attorneys General Act.
Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement or the Arbitration Provision, to the extent permitted by law, (1) You and Company agree not to bring a representative action on behalf of others under the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (“PAGA”), California Labor Code § 2698 et seq., in any court or in arbitration, and (2) for any claim brought on a private attorney general basis—i.e., where
you are seeking to pursue a claim on behalf of a government entity—both you and Company agree that any such dispute shall be resolved in arbitration on an individual basis only (i.e., to resolve whether you have personally been aggrieved or subject to any violations of law), and that such an action may not be used to resolve the claims or rights of other individuals in a single or collective proceeding (i.e., to resolve whether other individuals have been aggrieved or subject to any violations of law) (“PAGA Waiver”). Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement or the Arbitration Provision, the validity of the PAGA Waiver may be resolved only by a civil court of competent jurisdiction and not by an arbitrator. If any provision of the PAGA Waiver is found to be unenforceable or unlawful for any reason,
(1) the unenforceable provision shall be severed from this Agreement; (2) severance of the unenforceable provision shall have no impact whatsoever on the Arbitration Provision or the Parties’ attempt to arbitrate any remaining claims on an individual basis pursuant to the Arbitration Provision; and (3) any representative action brought under PAGA on behalf of others must be litigated in a civil court of competent jurisdiction and not in arbitration. To the extent that there are any claims to be litigated in a civil court of competent jurisdiction because a civil court of competent jurisdiction determines that the PAGA Waiver is unenforceable with respect to those claims, the Parties agree that litigation of those claims shall be stayed pending the outcome of any individual claims in arbitration.
vi. Paying For The Arbitration.
Each party will pay the fees for his, her or its own attorneys, subject to any remedies to which that party may later be entitled under applicable law (i.e., a party prevails on a claim that provides for the award of reasonable attorney fees to the prevailing party). In all cases where required by law, the Company will pay the Arbitrator’s and arbitration fees. If under applicable law the Company is not required to pay all of the Arbitrator’s and/or arbitration fees, such fee(s) will be apportioned equally between the Parties or as otherwise required by applicable law. However, you will not be required to bear any type of fee or expense that you would not be required to bear if you had filed the action in a court of law. Any disputes in that regard will be resolved by the Arbitrator as soon as practicable after the Arbitrator is selected, and Company shall bear all of the Arbitrator’s and arbitration fees until such time as the Arbitrator resolves any such dispute.
vii. The Arbitration Hearing And Award.
The Parties will arbitrate their dispute before the Arbitrator, who shall confer with the Parties regarding the conduct of the hearing and resolve any disputes the Parties may have in that regard. Within 30 days of the close of the arbitration hearing, or within a longer period of time as agreed to by the Parties or as ordered by the Arbitrator, any party will have the right to prepare, serve on the other party and file with the Arbitrator a brief. The Arbitrator may award any party any remedy to which that party is entitled under applicable law, but such remedies shall be limited to those that would be available to a party in his or her individual capacity in a court of law for the claims presented to and decided by the Arbitrator, and no remedies that otherwise would be available to an individual in a court of law will be forfeited by virtue of this Arbitration Provision. The Arbitrator will issue a decision or award in writing, stating the essential findings of fact and conclusions of law. A court of competent jurisdiction shall have the authority to enter a judgment upon the award made pursuant to the arbitration. The Arbitrator shall not have the power to commit errors of law or legal reasoning, and the award may be vacated or corrected on appeal to a court of competent jurisdiction for any such error.
viii. Your Right To Opt Out Of Arbitration.
Arbitration is not a mandatory condition of your contractual relationship with the Company. If you do not want to be subject to this Arbitration Provision, you may opt out of this Arbitration Provision by notifying the Company in writing of your desire to opt out of this Arbitration Provision, either by (1) sending, within 30 days of the date this Agreement is executed by you, electronic mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, stating your name and intent to opt out of the Arbitration Provision or (2) by sending a letter by U.S. Mail, or by any nationally recognized delivery service (e.g, UPS, Federal Express, etc.), or by hand delivery to the following address which may be updated from time to time:
2831 St. Rose Pkwy, Henderson NV 89052
In order to be effective, the letter under option (2) must clearly indicate your intent to opt out of this Arbitration Provision, and must be dated and signed. The envelope containing the signed letter must be received (if delivered by hand) or post-marked within 30 days of the date this Agreement is executed by you. Your writing opting out of this Arbitration Provision, whether sent by (1) or (2), will be filed with a copy of this Agreement and maintained by the Company. Should you not opt out of this Arbitration Provision within the 30-day period, you and the Company shall be bound by the terms of this Arbitration Provision. You have the right to consult with counsel of your choice concerning this Arbitration Provision. You understand that you will not be subject to retaliation if you exercise your right to assert claims or opt-out of coverage under this Arbitration Provision.
ix. Full and Complete Agreement Related to Formal Resolution of Disputes; Enforcement Of This Agreement.
This Arbitration Provision is the full and complete agreement relating to the formal resolution of disputes arising out of this Agreement. Except as stated in subsection v, above, in the event any portion of this Arbitration Provision is deemed unenforceable, the remainder of this Arbitration Provision will be enforceable.
You also understand that no evictions will commence until the moratorium has ended.
By clicking “I accept”, you expressly acknowledge that you have read, understood, and taken steps to thoughtfully consider the consequences of this Agreement, that you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of the Agreement, and that you are legally competent to enter into this Agreement with Company.