ARBITRATION NOTICE: SECTION 17 (DISPUTE RESOLUTION) OF THESE TERMS CONTAINS A MUTUAL ARBITRATION AGREEMENT AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER THAT WAIVES YOUR RIGHT TO A COURT HEARING AND JURY TRIAL. YOU AGREE THAT ANY AND ALL DISPUTES BETWEEN YOU AND US WILL BE RESOLVED BY BINDING, INDIVIDUAL ARBITRATION AND YOU WAIVE YOUR RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT OR CLASS-WIDE ARBITRATION. PLEASE READ SECTION 17 (DISPUTE RESOLUTION) CAREFULLY.
ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS
By accessing or using the Site, or by clicking to accept these Terms when this option is made available to you, you accept and agree to be bound by these Terms. In addition to these Terms, your access to and use of certain portions or aspects of the Site, or your ability to access and/or use certain content or services that may be offered or made available to you through the Site, may require you to accept additional terms and conditions (collectively, “Additional Terms”). The Additional Terms are hereby incorporated and made a part of these Terms by this reference.
THESE TERMS GOVERN YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE SITE. BY USING THE SITE, YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS, DO NOT ACCESS OR USE THE SITE.
You must be at least the age of eighteen (18), and fully able and competent to enter into and abide by the terms and conditions of these Terms, in order to access and use the Site. Individuals under the age of eighteen (18) are not eligible to use the Site and may not submit any personal information to us. By accessing or using the Site, or by clicking to accept these Terms when this option is made available to you, you represent and warrant that you are at least the age of eighteen (18), are legally entitled to enter into these Terms, and have the right, authority and capacity to enter into and abide by the terms and conditions of these Terms.
MODIFICATION TO THESE TERMS
We will e-mail you or post a notification on the Site in the event of any material changes to these Terms. Such changes, whether in the form of modifications, additions, or deletions, shall be effective when specified in the relevant notification or, if the change is immaterial, immediately upon appearing on the Site. Please check these Terms periodically for changes. Your continued use of the Site following our posting of any changes to these Terms means that you accept and agree to those changes.
We are committed to helping those with disabilities access the Site. We strive to provide an excellent online experience for all our guests – including those with sight, hearing, and other disabilities. If you have difficulty using or accessing any element of the Site or if you have any feedback regarding accessibility of the Site, please feel free to contact us at [email protected].
RESTRICTIONS ON USE
Solely for Personal Use
You may browse the Site and all associated content solely for your personal use and enjoyment. The Site or any portion thereof may not be reproduced, duplicated, copied, sold, resold, visited, or otherwise exploited for any commercial purpose without our express written consent.
Accuracy of Information as Condition to Site Access
To access parts of the Site or some of the content and resources it offers, you may be asked to provide certain, sometimes personal, information. It is a condition of your use of the Site that all the information you provide on the Site is correct, current, and complete.
You agree not to use any device, software, or routine to interfere with the proper functioning of the Site. In addition, when accessing or using the Site you may not:
Transmit any unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, or indecent information of any kind, including images and language;
Transmit any message that constitutes, encourages, or incites conduct that would constitute a criminal offense or give rise to civil liability;
Transmit or solicit 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; is protected by copyright, trademark, or other proprietary rights; or is a derivative work with respect thereto, without first obtaining permission from the owner or right holder;
Transmit any information, software, or other material that contains a virus, trojan horse, time bomb, worm or other rogue programming or other harmful component;
Use any software, tool, data, device, or other mechanism to navigate or search the Site, other than generally available browsers or a search engine provided by us;
Use spiders, robots, data mining techniques or other automated devices or programs to catalog, download or otherwise reproduce, store or distribute any information or content available on the Site;
Frame or utilize framing techniques to enclose any aspect of the Site, including any trademark, logo, or other proprietary information (including, but not limited to, images, text, page layout, or form) without our express written consent; or
Use any metatags or any other “hidden text” utilizing our name or trademarks without our express written consent.
Additionally, you are prohibited from violating or attempting to violate any security features of the Site, including, without limitation:
Accessing content or data not intended for you or logging onto a server that you are not authorized to access;
Attempting to probe, scan, or test the vulnerability of the Site, or any associated system or network, or to breach security or authentication measures without proper authorization;
Interfering or attempting to interfere with service to any visitor, host, or network, including, without limitation, by means of submitting a virus to the Site, overloading, “flooding,” “spamming,” “mail bombing,” or “crashing;”
Violating security features that prevent or restrict use or copying of any content or enforce limitations on use of the Site or any content on the Site, including, without limitation, by use of any manual or automated software, devices, scripts bots, crawlers, spiders, data miners, scraping or other automatic access tools;
Using the Site to send unsolicited e-mail, promotions or advertisements for products or services;
Forging any TCP/IP packet header or any part of the header information in any e-mail or posting; or
Attempting to modify, reverse-engineer, decompile, disassemble, or otherwise reduce or attempt to reduce to a human-perceivable form any of the source code used by us in providing the Site.
Any violation of system or network security may subject you to civil and/or criminal liability.
By accessing or using the Site, you agree to, acknowledge, and represent as follows:
You will comply with all applicable federal, state or local laws in using the Site, and you will not perform or fail to perform any act that you know or reasonably should know would place us or our affiliates in violation of any applicable law.
You have the authority and capacity, under the laws of the state or jurisdiction in which you reside, to make the representations and warranties and be bound by the covenants provided herein.
COPYRIGHTS, TRADEMARKS, AND OTHER PROPRIETARY RIGHTS
When accessing and using the Site, you agree to obey the law and to respect the intellectual property rights of others. As between you and us, all content on the Site, including text, hidden text within our source code, trademarks, software, photos, video, images, graphics, music, audio-visual content, podcasts, recordings, sound, or any other digital media, is owned by us and/or our licensors and is subject to protection by patent, copyright, trademark, or other proprietary rights. In addition, the entire content of the Site is copyrighted as a collective work under the United States copyright laws, and we own the copyright in the selection, coordination, arrangement, and enhancement of such content. Any feedback you provide to us relating to the Site, shall be deemed to be non-confidential. We shall be free to use such information on an unrestricted basis.
All trademarks, trade names, trade dress, logos, and service marks (collectively, the “Trademarks”) appearing on the Site are the property of their respective owners, including, in some instances, us and/or our partner companies. Nothing contained on the Site or these Terms serves to grant you, by implication or otherwise, a license or right to use any of the Trademarks or copyrights owned by us or by any third party.
Except as expressly provided herein, you may not use, modify, create derivative works of, copy, redistribute, reproduce, publish, transmit, display, commercialize, or in any other way exploit any content or material from the Site without express written permission from us and, if applicable, the respective copyright owner. You acknowledge and agree that you do not acquire any ownership rights by accessing or using the Site.
We may provide links and pointers to websites, goods, and/or services maintained, owned, or controlled by others (“Third-Party Sites”) that are not affiliated with us and may be located in different countries and that may subject to different regulatory and other legal requirements. We have not reviewed all of the Third-Party Sites linked to the Site and are not responsible for the content or services offered on such Third-Party Sites, including, but not limited to, any advertising, order processing and fulfillment, or payment terms related to such Third-Party Sites. Access to Third-Party Sites through the Site does not constitute an endorsement by us or any of our subsidiaries or affiliates of any such Third-Party Sites, or the content or services offered by them. We have no responsibility or liability for these Third-Party Sites’ independent policies or actions and are not responsible for the privacy practices of such Third-Party Sites or retailers. Complaints, claims, concerns, or questions regarding Third-Party Sites should be directed to the applicable third party.
If we provide links to social media platforms, such as Facebook or Twitter, and you choose to visit any such social media platforms through our links, please note that the personal information you post, transmit, or otherwise make available on or through such social media platforms may be viewed by the general public. We do not control any content or information made available on such social media platforms and we are not responsible for any third-party use of any such content or information, including, without limitation, personally identifiable information, that you have posted, transmitted, or otherwise made available on such social media platforms.
We will not be liable if, for any reason, all or part of the Site is ever unavailable. We reserve the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Site (or any part thereof) with or without notice. We undertake no obligation to update, amend, or clarify information on the Site, except as required by law. No specified update or refresh date applied on the Site should be taken to indicate that all information on the Site has been modified or updated. Please remember when reviewing information on the Site that such information may not represent the complete information available on a subject. In addition, subsequent events or changes in circumstances may cause existing information on the Site to become inaccurate or incomplete.
On occasion, information on the Site may contain errors. We reserve the right to, at any time without prior notice, correct any errors, inaccuracies, or omissions, and to change or update information.
DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES
YOU EXPRESSLY ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE SITE IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. WE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. WE MAKE NO WARRANTY THAT THE SITE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS OR WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, UNFAILINGLY SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE, THAT THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE SITE WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE, THAT THE QUALITY OF ANY INFORMATION OR MATERIALS OBTAINED BY YOU THROUGH THE SITE WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS, AND THAT ANY ERRORS IN THE SITE WILL BE CORRECTED. YOUR SOLE REMEDY AGAINST US FOR DISSATISFACTION WITH THE SITE IS TO STOP USING THE SITE. THE FOREGOING LIMITATION OF RELIEF IS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THE BARGAIN BETWEEN YOU AND US UNDER THESE TERMS. PLEASE NOTE THAT SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON THE LENGTH OR SCOPE OF AN IMPLIED WARRANTY, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL WE AND/OR OUR SUCCESSORS, ASSIGNS, AFFILIATES, LICENSORS, SERVICE PROVIDERS, CONTENT PROVIDERS, MEMBERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, AND MANAGERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, ACTUAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR OTHER DAMAGES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES (EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES OR SUCH DAMAGES ARE REASONABLY FORESEEABLE), RESULTING FROM THE USE OR THE INABILITY TO USE THE SITE. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COLLECTIVE LIABILITY OF US AND OUR SUCCESSORS, ASSIGNS, AFFILIATES, LICENSORS, SERVICE PROVIDERS, CONTENT PROVIDERS, MEMBERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, AND MANAGERS TO YOU, FOR ANY AND ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, AND CAUSES OF ACTION, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, EXCEED, IN THE AGGREGATE, ONE HUNDRED U.S. DOLLARS ($100). SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES AND/OR THE LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. ACCORDINGLY, IN CERTAIN JURISDICTIONS, SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU; ALL OTHER PROVISIONS OF THESE TERMS REMAIN IN FULL FORCE AND EFFECT.
You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless us, our affiliates, our subsidiaries, and each of our and their respective shareholders, members, managers, directors, officers, employees, personnel, agents, successors and assigns from and against any and all claims, allegations, demands, actions, causes of action, lawsuits, investigations and proceedings (including any and all liability, damages, costs, expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees), settlements, fines, penalties and losses of any kind or nature whatsoever resulting from any of the foregoing) arising out of or in connection with: (i) your violation or breach of these Terms; (ii) your use of the Site; (iii) your dispute with another user; (iv) your violation of any rights of any third party; or (v) your violation of applicable law. This indemnification obligation will continue after you stop using the Site. We reserve the right, at our own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any claim and matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you at your expense, and you shall not in any event settle or otherwise dispose of any matter without our prior written consent.
We will not be liable or responsible to you, nor be deemed to have defaulted or breached these Terms, for any failure or delay in our performance under these Terms when and to the extent such failure or delay is caused by or results from acts or circumstances beyond our reasonable control, including, without limitation, acts of God, flood, fire, earthquake, explosion, governmental actions, war, invasion or hostilities (whether war is declared or not), terrorist threats or acts, riot or other civil unrest, national emergency, revolution, insurrection, epidemic, pandemic, lockouts, strikes or other labor disputes (whether or not relating to our workforce), restraints or delays affecting carriers, inability to obtain or delay in obtaining adequate or suitable supplies, breakdown of materials or telecommunications, or power outage.
We may send you responses or notices by e-mail, posting to the Site, or written communication sent by U.S. Postal Service. You agree that all agreements, notices, disclosures, and other communications that we provide to you electronically satisfy any legal requirement that such communications be in writing.
These Terms and your use of the Site shall be governed by and construed for both substantive and procedural purposes in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois, U.S.A., without giving effect to any principles of any choice or conflict of law provision or rule (whether of the State of Illinois or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the laws of any jurisdiction other than those of the State of Illinois to apply.
Timing of Claims
Any cause of action or claim you may have with respect to the Site must be commenced within one (1) year after the claim or cause of action arises.
Arbitration and Venue
Any dispute relating in any way to your visit to, or your use of, the Site shall be submitted to confidential arbitration in Chicago, Illinois, except that, to the extent you have in any manner violated or threatened to violate our intellectual property rights, we may seek injunctive or other appropriate relief in any state or federal court, and you consent to jurisdiction and venue in such courts. Arbitration under these Terms shall be conducted under the rules then prevailing of the American Arbitration Association in accordance with its Commercial Arbitration Rules and before a single arbitrator.
Ultimately, the selected arbitrator must have expertise in the subject matter of the dispute. The expenses of the arbitration charged by the arbitrator shall be borne by the non-prevailing party or otherwise as appropriately allocated between the parties to the arbitration by the arbitrator in his or her discretion. However, in every other regard, each party shall pay for and bear its own costs and legal fees, costs, and expenses. The arbitration shall be completed within one hundred twenty (120) days of either giving notice or filing a demand to arbitrate with the American Arbitration Association (whichever shall first occur).
The arbitrator’s award shall be binding and may be entered as a judgment in any court of competent jurisdiction. The testimony, evidence, ruling, and all documentation regarding any arbitration shall be considered confidential information. Neither party may use, disclose, or divulge any such information unless otherwise required by law.
Class Action Waiver
To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, no arbitration under these Terms shall be joined to an arbitration involving any other party subject to these Terms, whether through class arbitration proceedings or otherwise. You agree to an arbitration on an individual basis. IN ANY DISPUTE, NEITHER YOU NOR WE WILL BE ENTITLED TO JOIN OR CONSOLIDATE CLAIMS BY OR AGAINST OTHER USERS IN COURT OR IN ARBITRATION OR OTHERWISE PARTICIPATE IN ANY CLAIM AS A CLASS REPRESENTATIVE, CLASS MEMBER, OR IN A PRIVATE ATTORNEY GENERAL CAPACITY. The arbitral tribunal may not consolidate more than one (1) person’s claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding. The arbitral tribunal has no power to consider the enforceability of this class arbitration waiver and any challenge to the class arbitration waiver may only be raised in a court of competent jurisdiction.
NOTICE FOR CALIFORNIA USERS
Under California Civil Code Section 1789.3, California users of the Site are entitled to the following specific consumer rights notice: The Complaint Assistance Unit of the Division of Consumer Services of the California Department of Consumer Affairs may be contacted in writing at 1625 North Market Blvd., Suite N. 112, Sacramento, CA 95834, or by telephone at (916) 445-1254 or (800) 952-5210.