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FacesOfLawsuitAbuse.org, which was formerly named IAmLawsuitAbuse.org, is a project of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). ILR is a national campaign, representing the nation’s business community, with the critical mission of making America’s legal system simpler, fairer and faster for everyone. ILR was founded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1998 to address the country’s litigation explosion. This Site is made available by ILR. All content provided on or through this Site may be used only under the Terms and Conditions stated below
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This Web site (“Site”) is made available by the Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (“ILR”). ILR is a national campaign, representing the nation’s business community, with the critical mission of making America’s legal system simpler, fairer and faster for everyone. ILR was founded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1998 to address the country’s litigation explosion. All content provided on or through this Site may be used only under the Terms and Conditions stated below
USE OF THIS WEB SITE CONSTITUTES YOUR AGREEMENT TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE ESTABLISED BY ILR
When you access information provided on the Site, you acknowledge your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. References to “you” or “your” refer to you as an individual as well as in any representative capacity you may have.
1. SERVICES PROVIDED
2. PROPERTY RIGHTS ON THE SITE AND IN USER-SUBMITTED DATA
2.1 Property Rights on the Site
(a) Subject to these Terms and Conditions ILR hereby grants to you, the right to access and use the Site for your own internal use. In your use of the Site you agree not to remove any copyright or other notices contained therein. Except as expressly authorized herein, you may not use, copy, reproduce, transmit, translate, offer for sale, sell, display, perform, distribute, publish, broadcast, circulate, modify, create derivative works of, disseminate, or commercially exploit the Site without the written consent of ILR. You also agree not to use the Site for any unlawful purpose.
(b) The Site is the property of ILR and is protected by applicable copyright, patent, trademark or other intellectual property law. ILR retains its title, ownership rights, and intellectual property rights in and to the Site. You agree to abide by any copyright notice or other restriction contained in any individual information, software, or other material accessible through the Site.
(c) In the event you use the Site or the links included on the Site to gain access to a World Wide Web site or Internet location or source of information, services, software, or goods of any company, organization, or person other than facesoflawsuitabuse.org, or to any other Internet location, you acknowledge that such other sites or locations are not under the control of ILR and agree that ILR shall not be responsible for any of the information, services, software, or goods or other links found at any such World Wide Web site or Internet location or source of information, services, software, or goods, or for your use of such information, services, software, or goods.
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(e) Transmission or use of any material in violation of these Terms and Conditions – or any applicable law, rule or regulation (whether of the United States or other countries) – or the rights of any third party is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, copyrighted material, material which is defamatory, threatening, obscene, lewd and indecent, material protected by trademark, trade secret, or patent laws, or material that results in an invasion of privacy.
2.2 Property Rights in User Submitted Data
Data, information or other content uploaded directly to, or provided to ILR to place on, the Site by you (“User Submitted Data”) shall be and remain your property (as between you and ILR). All other information gathered or provided by ILR (including, without limitation usage information and analysis based on User Submitted Data) shall be and remain the property of ILR (“Site Use Data”). ILR will retain possession of, and make use of, copies of the User Submitted Data and Site Use Data for the purpose of performing the Services and otherwise meeting ILR’s obligations and responsibilities under the Agreement. Subject to the confidentiality restrictions set forth in Paragraph 5 below, ILR’s use of the User Submitted Data and Site Use Data may include the display, parsing, modification, reproduction, copying, transmission, translation, performance, publication, broadcast, preparation of derivative works or dissemination thereof, internally by ILR, and to third parties with whom ILR does business for advertisement, market research and other commercial purposes. You grant to ILR all necessary rights and releases required for ILR to perform the services and the activities described on the Site.
3. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
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3.3 TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT AND UNDER NO LEGAL THEORY (CONTRACT, WARRANTY, TORT OR OTHERWISE) WILL ILR OR ITS LICENSORS OR SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, CONSEQUENTIAL OR OTHER DAMAGES INCURRED BY YOU AND IN ANY WAY ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED IN ANY WAY TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, YOUR USE OF, OR INABILITY TO USE, THE SITE OR ANY DAMAGES YOU MAY INCUR IN CONNECTION WITH ANY DECISION MADE, ACTION, OR INACTION, TAKEN BY YOU OR ANY OTHER PARTY, IN RELIANCE UPON THE INFORMATION OR FOR THE RELIABILITY, ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS OR TIMELINESS THEREOF, OR FOR ANY DELAYS OR ERRORS IN THE TRANSMISSION OR DELIVERY OF ANY PART OF THE INFORMATION OR SERVICES), EVEN IF ADVISED OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN ADDITION TO AND WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, ILR SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY HARM CAUSED BY THE TRANSMISSION, THROUGH THE SITE OF A COMPUTER VIRUS, OR OTHER COMPUTER CODE OR PROGRAMMING DEVICE THAT MIGHT BE USED TO ACCESS, MODIFY, DELETE, DAMAGE, CORRUPT, DEACTIVATE, DISABLE, DISRUPT, OR OTHERWISE IMPEDE IN ANY MANNER THE OPERATION OF THE SITE OR ANY OF YOUR SOFTWARE, HARDWARE, DATA OR PROPERTY.
4. YOUR INFORMATION
4.1 You hereby represent and warrant that you are at least thirteen (13) years of age; that any information you have provided to gain access to the Site is true and accurate to the best of your knowledge; and that you have read and agree to the terms of our Privacy Statement (above).
4.2 You shall not upload to the Site any User Submitted Data which: (i) violates or infringes the rights of any persons, including without limitation rights in copyrights, patents, trademarks or other intellectual property rights;
(ii) is libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, abusive or otherwise violates any law; or
(iii) contains viruses, “worms”, “trojan horses” or any other harmful properties, or use the Services for, or to further, any illegal purposes. ILR reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to edit or delete any User Submitted Data uploaded to the Site in violation of the foregoing.
ILR agrees to protect and maintain the confidentiality of User Submitted Data in accordance with the policies, methods, and procedures set forth in the privacy statements and security policies on the Site.
If we believe you have violated these Terms and Conditions, we may terminate your access to the Site.
You agree to indemnify and hold harmless ILR (and its directors, officers, employees, control persons, suppliers, licensors and agents) from and against any and all claims, losses, liabilities, damages, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorney’s fees and costs) arising out of or related to: (a) your breach of your agreements, representations and warranties contained in these Terms and Conditions; (b) your use of the Site (i) in violation of these Terms and Conditions, (ii) in violation of any rights of ILR or any third-party information provider, including copyright, patent, trade secret, trademark, or other intellectual property rights and publicity and privacy rights, or (iii) in violation of any applicable law, rule or regulation; or (iv) information or materials you upload or post to the Site.
8. COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS
You will comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations in connection with your participation in our programs and use of our Web site, and will not engage in any act that has an adverse impact on the performance or availability of our programs or our Web site.
9.1 Notices given by ILR to you will be given by e-mail, or by a general posting on this site, or by conventional mail. In any matter requiring ILR’s prior consent, such consent will be considered given only if made in the foregoing manner by an authorized representative of ILR. Notices given by you to ILR may be sent through the form at http://www.instituteforlegalreform.com/index.php?option=com_ilr_contact or by mail addressed to U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), 1615 H Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20062-2000.
9.2 Except as herein provided, no waiver, modification or amendment of any provision of these Terms and Conditions shall be effective against ILR unless the same is in writing and signed by an authorized official of ILR. ILR may modify these terms and conditions at any time upon written notice or posting to the Site. You agree that if you access and or use the Site after notification of changes in these Terms and Conditions, you will be bound by all such changes.
9.3 ILR’s failure to insist at any time upon strict compliance with any term of these Terms and Conditions, or any delay by ILR in enforcing these Terms and Conditions, or a continued course of such conduct on ILR’s part shall at no time operate as a waiver of such power or right, nor shall any single or partial exercise preclude any other future exercise. If any provision of these Terms and Conditions is declared invalid or otherwise unenforceable, the enforceability of the remaining provisions shall be unimpaired, and the parties shall replace the invalid or unenforceable provision with a valid and enforceable provision that reflects the original intentions of the parties as nearly as possible in accordance with applicable law. These Terms and Conditions will be governed by and construed and enforced in accordance with the substantive law of the District of Columbia. The parties consent to venue in Washington, D.C., and to the jurisdiction of competent D.C. federal courts for all litigation which may be brought with respect to the terms of, and the transactions and relationships contemplated by, these Terms and Conditions.
BY CONTINUING TO USE THIS SITE YOU AGREE TO ABIDE BY THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS.