CLP News Network Terms of Use

April 16, 2021

Welcome to the CLP News Network, Inc., a website domiciled in North Carolina. (“CLP News Network”, “we,” “our” or “us”).  The following terms and conditions (the “Terms”) govern your access to and/or use of the document platform, website and CLP News Network’s content, services and products available at and/or through the website, including, but not limited to, electronic signature services, online uploads, display, delivery, acknowledgment, and limited storage services for documents and/or electronic contracts (collectively, the “Services”).

Arbitration notice

ARBITRATION NOTICE: EXCEPT FOR CERTAIN TYPES OF DISPUTES DESCRIBED IN THE ARBITRATION CLAUSE SET FORTH HEREIN, YOU AGREE THAT DISPUTES BETWEEN YOU AND CLP NEWS NETWORK WILL BE RESOLVED BY MANDATORY ARBITRATION AND YOU WAIVE ANY RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN A CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT AND/OR CLASS-WIDE ARBITRATION.

1. Acceptance of terms

The Services are offered subject to your acceptance of the terms and conditions contained herein and all other operating rules, policies (including, without limitation, CLP News Network’s Privacy Policy) and procedures that may be published from time to time by CLP News Network related to the Services, which shall be incorporated herein by reference.  By accessing, registering for and/or using the Services in any manner you agree to the Terms.  If you do not agree to the Terms, do not use the Services.

2. Changes

We may make changes to the Terms and/or our other operating rules, policies and/or procedures from time to time, in our sole and absolute discretion.  We will notify you of any changes to the Terms by posting the updated Terms on CLP News Network’s website and/or the Services, and we will revise the “Updated” date above.  Any changes to our operating rules, policies and/or procedures shall be incorporated herein.  It is your responsibility to review the Terms frequently and to remain informed of any changes to them.  We may also provide you with additional forms of notice of modifications and/or updates as appropriate under the circumstances including but not limited to sending you an email informing you of the changes and/or by prominently posting notice of the changes on CLP News Network’s website and/or Services.  If you do not agree with the changes and/or modifications, you shall not use the Services after the effective date of the changes.  The then-current version of the Terms will supersede all earlier versions.  You agree that your continued use of the Services after such changes have been published will constitute your acceptance of such revised Terms and operating rules, policies and/or procedures (as applicable).

3. License to use our services

3.1. Ownership and Rights to Access and/or Use the Services. By using the Services and subject to your compliance with the Terms: (i) CLP News Network and our licensors grant to you a limited, personal, non-exclusive, non-transferable, revocable right to use and/or access the Services; and (ii) you agree not to reproduce, distribute, create derivative works from, publicly display, publicly perform, license, sell and/or re-sell any content, software, products and/or services obtained from and/or through the Services without the express prior written permission of CLP News Network.  Neither the Terms nor your access to and/or use of the Services transfers to you and/or any third party any rights, title and/or interest in any intellectual property rights related to the Services.

3.2. Reservation of Rights.Our Services and those of our licensors are protected by applicable intellectual property laws, including United States copyright law and international treaties.  Subject to the limited rights expressly granted hereunder, CLP News Network and/or its third-party providers, licensors, and suppliers reserve all right, title and interest in and to the Services, including without limitation all related worldwide intellectual property rights.  No rights are granted to you hereunder other than as expressly set forth herein.

3.3. Availability of Content.  We do not guarantee that any content will be made available on the Services.  We reserve the right to, but do not have any obligation to, (i) remove, edit and/or modify any content in our sole discretion, at any time, without notice to you and for any reason (including, but not limited to, upon receipt of claims and/or allegations from third parties and/or authorities relating to such content and/or if we are concerned that you may have violated the Terms), and/or for no reason at all and (ii) remove or block any content from the Services.

4. Scope of use

4.1. Use of Services and Availability.  CLP News Network retains the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to deny access to and/or use of the Services to anyone at any time and for any reason.  While we use reasonable efforts to keep the Services accessible, the Services may be unavailable from time to time.  You understand and agree that there may be interruptions to the Services and/or use of and/or access to your Account due to circumstances both within our control (e.g., routine maintenance) and outside of CLP News Network’s control.  You are solely responsible for ensuring that your access to and/or use of the Services is in compliance with all laws, rules and regulations applicable to you and the right to access and/or use the Services is revoked where your access to and/or use of the Services is prohibited.  Further, the Services are offered only for your use, and not for the use and/or benefit of any third party.

4.2. Creating an Account.  To sign up, access and/or use the Services, you must create an account (an “Account”).  Your Account requires you to (i) indicate agreement to the Terms, (ii) provide contact information, and (iii) submit any other form of authentication required during the registration process, as determined by CLP News Network in its sole and absolute discretion.  You agree not to create an Account and/or use the Services if you have been previously removed by us and/or banned from the Services.  You agree that CLP News Network will not be liable to you and/or to any third party for any suspension and/or termination of your Account and/or any refusal of any access to and/or use of the Services (or any portion thereof).  You must provide accurate and complete information and keep your Account information updated.  You shall not: (a) select and/or use as a username a name of another person with the intent to impersonate that person; (b) use as a username a name subject to any rights of a person other than you without appropriate authorization; and/or (c) use as a username a name that is otherwise offensive, vulgar and/or obscene.  You are solely responsible for maintaining the security of your Account, and you are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your Account and any other actions taken in connection with your Account.  Your Account is non-transferrable and may not be sold, combined and/or otherwise shared with any other person.  If you violate the Terms we may terminate your account immediately.  You must notify us immediately of any change in your eligibility to use the Services (including any changes to and/or revocation of any licenses from state authorities), breach of security and/or unauthorized access to and/or use of your Account.  You should never publish, distribute and/or post login information for your Account.  If we terminate your Account, you may not subscribe under a new Account unless we formally invite you.  You must immediately notify CLP News Network of any unauthorized uses of your Account or any other breaches of security.  CLP News Network will not be liable for any acts and/or omissions by you, including without limitation any damages of any kind incurred as a result of such acts and/or omissions.

4.3. Restrictions.  Except as expressly specified in the Terms, you shall not (i) modify, and/or make derivative works of, disassemble, reverse compile and/or reverse engineer any part of the Services; (ii) license, transfer, sell, rent, lease, distribute, assign, host, sublicense and/or otherwise commercially exploit the Services, in whole or in part; (iii) frame and/or utilize framing techniques to enclose any trademark, logo, and/or other portion of the Services (including images, text, page layout, and/or form); (iv) use any metatags and/or other “hidden text” using CLP News Network’s name and/or trademarks; (v) use any manual and/or automated software, devices and/or other processes (including but not limited to spiders, robots, scrapers, crawlers, avatars, data mining tools or the like) to “scrape” and/or download data from any pages contained in the Services (except that we grant the operators of public search engines revocable permission to use spiders to copy materials from the Services for the sole purpose of and solely to the extent necessary for creating publicly available searchable indices of the materials, but not caches or archives of such); (vi) use and/or access the Services in order to build a similar and/or competitive website, product, and/or service; (vii) copy, reproduce, distribute, republish, download, display, post and/or transmit any part of the Services in any form and/or by any means; (viii) remove and/or destroy any copyright notices and/or other proprietary markings contained on and/or in the Services; (ix) intentionally hold CLP News Network and/or their employees and/or directors up to public scorn, ridicule and/or defamation; (x) promote and/or provide information about illegal activities and/or physical harm and/or injury to any group, individual, institution and/or property; (xi) take any action that imposes or may impose (as determined by us in our sole and absolute discretion) an unreasonable and/or disproportionately large load on our (and/or our third party providers’) infrastructure; (xii) run any form of auto-responder and/or “spam” on the Services; (xiii) use the Services for any unlawful purpose and/or to violate any federal, state, international law, code of conduct and/or other guidelines which may be applicable to the Services provided; (xiv) access, store, distribute or transmit any viruses, malware, or other harmful material during the course of your use of the Service; and/or (xv) make the functionality of the Services available to multiple users through any means, including, but not limited to distribution of the Services or by uploading the Services to a network and/or file-sharing service and/or through any hosting, application services provider and/or any other type of service.  You will comply with any technical restrictions on the Services that allow you to use the Services only in certain ways.  Any unauthorized use of the Services terminates the rights granted by CLP News Network pursuant to the Terms.

5. Payment

You can purchase an annual subscription  and your credit card on file will be charged. Subscriptions are non-refundable. You may cancel your subscription at any time.

All fees, expenses and taxes due hereunder will be paid in U.S. dollars.  All fees due and payable by you to CLP News Network under the Terms must be paid in full without any deduction, set-off, counterclaim or withholding of any kind unless required by law.  All fees due and payable under the Terms are exclusive of taxes, which will be added at the prevailing rate from time to time.  When you sign up for a paid plan, you are agreeing to pay and take responsibility for all charges made in accordance with the chosen plan, and your subscription will automatically renew at the end of the subscription term unless you cancel as further set forth herein.

5.1. Cancellation policy.  Once a user submits a request for cancellation, no additional charges will be made. However, no refunds (prorated or otherwise) are provided upon cancellation. In the interest of fairness to all of our clients, no exceptions will be made.

5.2. Annual plan billing.  CLP News Network’s annual plans provide year-to-year access for $30. Annual charges will be made each renewal date (the same date of the year that you originally signed up for the plan).  Annual plans automatically renew every year thereafter. If you cancel before an upcoming renewal date, you will have access to your Account through the end of the then-current year.

5.3. Failed charges; Suspension.  If your credit card on file is closed or the Account information is changed, or if, for any reason, a charge is rejected, you shall immediately update your Account or supply a new payment account, as appropriate.  If you are unable to update your credit card account with appropriate information, then CLP News Network will send an invoice to you detailing the amount due.  You must pay the amount due in full within seven (7) days after the date of the invoice.  You agree to notify CLP News Network in writing of any changes to your Account information or termination of any authorization at least thirty (30) days prior to the immediately subsequent billing date.  In the event payment dates fall on a weekend or holiday, you understand that the payments may be executed on the next business day.  CLP News Network may, without liability to you, disable the password, Account and access to all or part of the Services if any fees are not paid within forty-five (45) days after such fees first becoming due and payable under the Terms.  In the event of the foregoing, CLP News Network shall not be obligated to provide any and/or all of the Services until such fees are paid in full.  Accounts that have been terminated may be reactivated if valid payment information is entered and the card can be successfully processed for all charges accrued on the Account since the failed credit card charge.

6. User content

6.1. You represent and warrant that: (i) any information and/or User Content you provide in connection with your access to and/or use of the Services is true, accurate and complete and you will maintain and update such information regularly; and (ii) you will respect the intellectual property, other information and all rights of CLP News Network and others using the Services.

6.2. User Content.  All content you or your users upload, create, submit, distribute, and/or post to the Services, including but not limited to, document layouts, source code, pictures, video and other images, audio materials, graphics, document or data files, information relating to natural and other persons, messages, e-mail and other communications, files, texts, personalization settings and other information and/or content, which is or may be provided to CLP News Network and/or placed on the user’s CLP News Network profile page or inputted and/or uploaded by you via the Services (“User Content”) whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, is the sole responsibility of the person who originated such User Content.  CLP News Network has no responsibility and/or liability for the deletion and/or accuracy of any User Content; the failure to store, transmit and/or receive transmission of User Content; and/or the security, privacy, storage and/or transmission of other communications originating with and/or involving use of the Services. You hereby grant CLP News Network a worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, assignable, sub-licensable, transferable license to use, edit, modify, truncate, aggregate, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the User Content for purposes of providing the Services and allow CLP News Network to use your name and logo for CLP News Network’s marketing purposes. You alone are responsible for User Content, and once published, it cannot always be withdrawn.  You represent that you own, and/or have the necessary permissions to use and authorize use of User Content as described in the Terms.

6.3. Feedback.  Please keep in mind that we do not seek any unsolicited ideas and/or materials for the Services.  If you provide us (in a direct mail, email and/or otherwise) with any feedback, suggestions, improvements, enhancements, recommendations and/or feature requests relating to the Services (“Feedback”), then you further grant to CLP News Network a worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, perform, display, distribute, adapt, modify, re-format, create derivative works of, and otherwise commercially or non-commercially exploit in any manner it deems appropriate, any and all Feedback, and to sublicense the foregoing rights.  CLP News Network will treat any Feedback you provide to CLP News Network as non-confidential and non-proprietary. You represent and warrant that you have all rights necessary to submit the Feedback.

6.4. Content Provided by Others.  The Services may contain User Content provided by other users and/or third parties.  Please carefully choose the information that you post on, through and/or in connection with the Services.  You assume all risks associated with User Content, including anyone’s reliance on its quality, accuracy, and/or reliability by you.  We are not responsible for and do not control such User Content. CLP News Network disclaims any and all liability for your disclosure of personally identifiable or confidential information you submit via the Services to other users.  It is your responsibility to ensure that Services users to whom you submit personally identifiable or confidential information will take appropriate security and non-disclosure measures.

7. Prohibited user content

You agree that you will not under any circumstances transmit any User Content (including software, text, images, or other information) that:

(i) is unlawful and/or promotes unlawful activities;

(ii) defames, harasses, abuses, threatens, or incites violence towards any individual or group;

(iii) is pornographic, discriminatory and/or otherwise victimizes and/or intimidates an individual and/or group on the basis of religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age and/or disability;

(iv) is spam, is machine- or randomly-generated, constitutes unauthorized or unsolicited advertising, chain letters, any other form of unauthorized solicitation and/or any form of lottery and/or gambling;

(v) contains and/or installs any viruses, worms, malware, Trojan horses and/or other content that is designed or intended to disrupt, damage and/or limit the functioning of any software, hardware, and/or telecommunications equipment and/or to damage and/or obtain unauthorized access to any data and/or other information of any third party;

(vi) infringes on any proprietary right of any party, including patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, right of publicity and/or other rights;

(vii) impersonates any person or entity, including any of our employees or representatives; and/or

(viii) violates the privacy of any third party.

(ix) violates any state, local or Federal election or campaign law or regulation.

8. Review of user content by CLP News Network

8.1. Enforcement.  CLP News Network screens, reviews,  and/or otherwise controls User access to the discussion form and reserves the absolute right to terminate, remove, or delete a user access to the discussion forum.

CLP News Network may, but shall not be obliged to, review, either by manual and/or automated means, all User Content which is and/or may be uploaded on this Services, and monitor and/or review any areas of this Services where users transmit and/or post communications or communicate with each other or CLP News Network (as applicable).

We reserve the right (but have no obligation) to review any User Content, and to investigate and/or take appropriate action against you in our sole discretion if you violate the Terms and/or otherwise create liability for us or any other person.  Such action may include without limitation removing and/or modifying your User Content, terminating your Account, and/or reporting you to law enforcement authorities.

8.2. User Content Liability.  CLP News Network shall not be liable for any loss, deletion, removal and/or failure of delivery to the intended recipient of User Content, whether caused by computer virus, unauthorized access and/or otherwise. You are encouraged to retain a back-up copy of all User Content and you undertake that you shall do so in respect of all uploaded User Content.  CLP News Network reserves the right to deny access to this site and delete User Content at any time without notice.

9. No legal or investment advisory advice; Electronic communication

9.1. No legal advice.  The Services do not provide legal or investment advice and CLP News Network is not a law firm or an investment advisory firm.  Part of the Services may involve the making of contracts, and/or other legal relations and although we attempt to make sure our information is accurate and useful, we recommend you consult with a lawyer if you want legal advice.  CLP News Network does not offer any legal advice, legal opinions, recommendations, referrals, and/or counseling.  CLP News Network is not involved in agreements between you and other users.

9.2. Local Laws.  The use of the Services may be governed by the laws of different countries or regions, and you agree to abide by such local laws. You agree that your use of any electronic signatures will be as valid as any manual signatures, if authorized by local law, and you will ensure that your use of electronic signatures is in conformance with local laws and regulations.

9.3.  Electronic Communications.  By using the Services, you agree to receive certain communications in connection with the Services.  The communications between you and CLP News Network use electronic means, whether you use the Services or send us emails, or whether CLP News Network posts notices on the Services or communicates with you via email.  For contractual purposes, you (i) consent to receive communications from CLP News Network in an electronic form; and (ii) agree that all terms and conditions, agreements, notices, disclosures, and other communications that CLP News Network provides to you electronically satisfy any legal requirement that such communications would satisfy if it were to be a hardcopy in writing.  The foregoing does not affect your non-waivable rights.

10. Term; Termination

Subject to this Section, the Terms will remain in full force and effect while you access and/or use the Services.  We may terminate your Account and/or your access to and/or use of all or any part of the Services at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately and without liability, which may involve deletion of your User Content associated with your Account from our databases.  You agree that CLP News Network will not be liable to you or to any third party for such removal.  If you wish to terminate your Account, you may do so by following the instructions through your Account.  CLP News Network will not have any liability whatsoever to you for any termination of your rights under the Terms, including without limitation for termination of your Account and/or deletion of your User Content.

11. Disclaimer of liability

11.1. CLP News Network is under no obligation to become involved in any dispute that you have with other users and/or in any incident that you are party to with other users, or that are affected by and/or otherwise related to the Services.

11.2. CLP News Network disclaims all liability relating to any User Content, including any error, virus, defamation, libel, obscenity or inaccuracy contained in any User Content, whether or not arising under the laws of copyright, libel, privacy or otherwise, any prohibited User Content and any other User Content.  You are solely responsible for any damage (including without limitation to the Services) resulting from use (and/or submission) of any User Content and/or the Services (including without limitation disputes and incidents described in the preceding sections) and related transactions and/or occurrences. CLP News Network shall have no responsibility for unauthorized access to your Account, and/or automatic forwarding of messages and/or viruses (caused by viruses or otherwise).

12. No liability for lost data

Where CLP News Network provides web hosting or other services via the Services involving the provision of computer storage space, and/or in relation to other relevant services, CLP News Network reserves the right to impose and vary limits and/or restrictions (temporary or otherwise) on the use of the Service, including, without limitation, limits on the storage provided by reference to storage space, time/age of files, number and/or size of files, amount of data down and/or uploaded and/or any other criteria CLP News Network may specify. Any content and/or materials which exceeds any such limit, may be deleted and/or not accepted for such storage, without liability to CLP News Network.

13. Disclaimer of warranties and limitation of liability

13.1. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES.  THE SERVICES, AND ANY CONTENT, ARE PROVIDED BY CLP NEWS NETWORK TO YOU ON AN “AS IS,” “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS, EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY SET FORTH IN THE TERMS.  CLP NEWS NETWORK DOES NOT MAKE ANY OTHER WARRANTY OF ANY KIND WHETHER EXPRESS, STATUTORY AND/OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY, AND/OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ACCURACY, AND FROM COURSE OF DEALING, USAGE AND/OR TRADE PRACTICE, ALL OF WHICH CLP NEWS NETWORK EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS.  WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, CLP NEWS NETWORK AND/OR ITS LICENSORS, PARTNERS AND CONTENT PROVIDERS MAKE NO WARRANTY THAT (I) THE SERVICES AND/OR CONTENT WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS AND/OR WILL BE CONSTANTLY AVAILABLE, UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE AND/OR ERROR-FREE; (II) THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE SERVICES WILL BE EFFECTIVE, ACCURATE AND/OR RELIABLE; (III) ANY CONTENT AND/OR SOFTWARE AVAILABLE AT AND/OR THROUGH THE SERVICES IS FREE OF VIRUSES AND/OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS AND/OR (IV) CLP NEWS NETWORK WILL NOT BE LIABLE AND/OR OTHERWISE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY FAILURE AND/OR DELAY IN UPDATING THE SERVICES AND/OR ANY CONTENT.  NO ADVICE AND/OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL AND/OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM CLP NEWS NETWORK AND/OR THROUGH YOUR ACCESS TO AND/OR USE OF THE SERVICES SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THE TERMS.

IF APPLICABLE LAW REQUIRES ANY WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO THE SERVICES, ALL SUCH WARRANTIES ARE LIMITED IN DURATION TO SIXTY (60) DAYS FROM THE DATE OF FIRST USE. NO ORAL OR WRITTEN INFORMATION OR ADVICE GIVEN BY CLP NEWS NETWORK AND/OR ITS AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVES WILL CREATE A WARRANTY.  SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

13.2. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY.  IN NO EVENT SHALL CLP NEWS NETWORK, ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, PARTNERS, LICENSORS, AND/OR SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE TO YOU AND/OR ANYONE ELSE FOR (I) ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL AND/OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES WHATSOEVER, INCLUDING THOSE RESULTING FROM LOSS OF USE, DATA AND/OR PROFITS, WHETHER OR NOT FORESEEABLE, REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), WARRANTY, STRICT LIABILITY, AND/OR ANY OTHER LEGAL OR EQUITABLE THEORY, EVEN IF CLP NEWS NETWORK HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES IN ADVANCE; AND/OR (II) ANY BUGS, VIRUSES, TROJAN HORSES, AND/OR THE LIKE (REGARDLESS OF THE SOURCE OF ORIGINATION).  THE FOREGOING SHALL APPLY DESPITE ANY NEGLIGENCE, MISCONDUCT, ERRORS AND/OR OMISSIONS BY CLP NEWS NETWORK ITS EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES AND/OR AGENTS.  BECAUSE SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION AND/OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL AND/OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, IN SUCH STATES, CLP NEWS NETWORK’S LIABILITY IS LIMITED TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

CLP NEWS NETWORK’S MAXIMUM AGGREGATE LIABILITY TO YOU FOR DIRECT DAMAGES THAT YOU SUFFER IN CONNECTION WITH THE SERVICES IS LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT PAID BY YOU TO CLP NEWS NETWORK IN CONNECTION WITH THE SERVICES IN THE SIX (6) MONTH PERIOD IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE DATE OF THE CLAIM. THE LIMITATIONS OF DAMAGES SET FORTH ABOVE ARE FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTS OF THE BASIS OF THE BARGAIN BETWEEN CLP NEWS NETWORK AND YOU.

14. Indemnity and waiver

14.1. Indemnification.  You will defend, indemnify and hold CLP News Network, our suppliers and licensors, and our respective subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, employees, representatives, and assigns harmless from all demands, proceedings, losses, costs, damages, awards, fees, expenses, and/or liabilities of any nature including without limitation reasonable attorneys’ fees, that arise from and/or relate to (i) your use of the Services and/or inability to use the Services; (ii) your User Content; (iii) your violation of the Terms, (iv) your violation of any rights of a third party through use of the Services or User Content; (v) fraud you commit and/or your intentional misconduct and/or negligence (vi) your interaction with any other user; and/or (vii) your use of the Services that is in violation of any applicable privacy law.  We reserve the right to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, in which event you will assist and cooperate with us in asserting any available defenses.  You agree not to settle any matter without the prior written consent of CLP News Network.  CLP News Network will use reasonable efforts to notify you of any such claim, action or proceeding upon becoming aware of it.

14.2. Waiver.  You hereby forever discharge and release us, our affiliates and each of our and their respective employees, contractors, directors, suppliers and representatives from, and hereby waive and relinquish, each and every past, present and future dispute, claim, controversy, demand, right, obligation, liability, action and cause of action of every kind and nature (including personal injuries, death, and property damage), that has arisen or arises directly or indirectly out of, and/or that relates directly or indirectly to: (i) the Services; (ii) any inaccurate, incomplete, unreliable, illegal or infringing content posted on the Services, whether caused by us or any user of the Services, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Services; (iii) the conduct, whether online or offline, of any user; (iv) any injury, loss or damage caused by another user or User Content posted on the Services, whether online or offline; and (v) any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation and/or transmission, communications line failure, theft and/or destruction and/or unauthorized access to, and/or alteration of, the Services users’ communications.

IF YOU ARE A NORTH CAROLINA RESIDENT, YOU HEREBY WAIVE NORTH CAROLINA CIVIL CODE SECTION 1542 IN CONNECTION WITH THE FOREGOING, WHICH STATES: “A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS OR HER FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE, WHICH IF KNOWN BY HIM OR HER MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS OR HER SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR.”

15. Links

The Services may integrate with and/or provide links to various other independent third-party products and/or services (“Linked Sites”) that may be of interest to you and are for your convenience only.  CLP News Network does not control and/or endorse such Linked Sites and is not responsible for their content nor is it responsible for the accuracy and/or reliability of any information, data, opinions, advice and/or statements contained within such Linked Sites.  You will need to make your own independent judgment regarding your interaction with Linked Sites at your own risk.  We encourage you to be aware when you leave the Services and to read the terms and conditions and privacy policy of each Linked Site that you visit.  CLP News Network reserves the right to terminate any link and/or linking program at any time in its sole and absolute discretion.  We disclaim all warranties, express and implied, as to the accuracy, validity and legality and/or otherwise of any materials and/or information contained on such Linked Sites.

16. Miscellaneous

16.1. Entire Agreement; Conflict.  Unless otherwise agreed to by CLP News Network and you in writing, the Terms (including without limitation the terms and conditions set forth herein and CLP News Network’s operating rules, policies and/or procedures as described above) constitutes the entire agreement between CLP News Network and you concerning the subject matter hereof.

16.2. Governing Law.  Except to the extent applicable law, if any, provides otherwise, this Agreement and any access to or use of the Services will be governed by the laws of the State of North Carolina, U.S.A., excluding its conflict of law provisions.

16.3. Arbitration.  Except for claims for injunctive or equitable relief or claims regarding intellectual property rights (which may be brought in any competent court without the posting of a bond), any dispute arising under the Terms shall be finally settled in accordance with the Comprehensive Arbitration Rules (“Rules”) of the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Service, Inc. (“JAMS”) by three arbitrators appointed in accordance with such Rules. The arbitration shall take place in San Francisco, North Carolina, in the English language and the arbitral decision may be enforced in any court. The prevailing party in any action or proceeding to enforce the Terms shall be entitled to costs and attorneys’ fees.  You can opt-out and decline this agreement to arbitrate by contacting CLP News Network within thirty (30) days from the date that you first became subject to this arbitration provision (i.e.: the date you initially accepted the Terms).

(i)  Waiver of Jury Trial. THE PARTIES HEREBY WAIVE THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL AND STATUTORY RIGHTS TO GO TO COURT AND HAVE A TRIAL IN FRONT OF A JUDGE OR A JURY, instead electing that all claims and disputes shall be resolved by arbitration.  Arbitration procedures are typically more limited, more efficient and less costly than rules applicable in court and are subject to very limited review by a court. In the event any litigation should arise between you and CLP News Network in any state or federal court in a suit to vacate or enforce an arbitration award or otherwise, YOU AND CLP NEWS NETWORK WAIVE ALL RIGHTS TO A JURY TRIAL, instead electing that the dispute be resolved by a judge.

(ii)  Waiver of Class or Consolidated Actions. ALL CLAIMS AND DISPUTES WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THIS SECTION 16.3 MUST BE ARBITRATED OR LITIGATED ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS AND NOT ON A CLASS BASIS, AND CLAIMS OF MORE THAN ONE CUSTOMER OR USER CANNOT BE ARBITRATED OR LITIGATED JOINTLY OR CONSOLIDATED WITH THOSE OF ANY OTHER CUSTOMER OR USER.  In the event that this Section is deemed invalid or unenforceable neither you nor we are entitled to arbitration and instead claims and disputes shall be resolved in a court located in San Francisco, North Carolina.

16.4. Reference. You agree that we may reference you as our customer, and that we may reasonably use, on a royalty-free basis, your trademark and/or logo for such purpose.

16.5. Severability.  If any part of the Terms is held invalid or unenforceable, that part will be construed to reflect the parties’ original intent, and the remaining portions will remain in full force and effect. A waiver by either party of any term or condition of the Terms and/or any breach thereof, in any one instance, will not waive such term and/or condition or any subsequent breach thereof.

16.6. Assignment.   You may not assign your rights under the Terms to any other party without CLP News Network’s express prior written consent; CLP News Network may assign its rights under the Terms without condition. The Terms will be binding upon and will inure to the benefit of the parties, their successors and permitted assigns.

16.7. Force Majeure. Except for payment obligations, neither CLP News Network nor Customer will be liable by reason of any failure or delay in the performance of its obligations on account of events beyond the reasonable control of a party, which may include denial-of-service attacks, a failure by a third party hosting provider or utility provider, shortages, riots, fires, acts of God, war, strikes, terrorism, and governmental action.

16.8. Survival.  All provisions of the Terms which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, licenses of User Content, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity provisions and limitations of liability.

16.9. No Waiver.  No waiver by either you and/or CLP News Network of any breach and/or default and/or failure to exercise any right allowed under the Terms is a waiver of any preceding and/or subsequent breach and/or default and/or a waiver and/or forfeiture of any similar and/or future rights under the Terms.

Contact

If you would like to request additional information regarding the Terms or for any questions regarding a commercial relationship with CLP News Network, please contact us at ltv@CLP News Network.com.