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A. Introduction

This User Agreement and all policies posted on our sites set out the terms on which LegalRFQ.com offers you access to and use of our sites, services, applications, and tools (collectively “Services”). You can find an overview of our policies here. All policies and the LegalFRQ.com Participant Agreement are incorporated into this User Agreement. You agree to comply with all of the above when accessing or using our Services.

The entity you are contracting with is LegalRFQ.com, 1251 Irene Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44124 if you reside in the United States.

Please be advised that this User Agreement contains provisions that govern how claims you and we have against each other are resolved (see Disclaimer of Warranties; Limitation of Liability and Legal Disputes provisions below). It also contains an Agreement to Arbitrate, which will, with limited exception, require you to submit claims you have against us to binding and final arbitration, unless you opt out of the Agreement to Arbitrate (see Legal Disputes, Section B (“Agreement to Arbitrate”)). Unless you opt out: (1) you will only be permitted to pursue claims against us on an individual basis, not as a plaintiff or class member in any class or representative action or proceeding and (2) you will only be permitted to seek relief (including monetary, injunctive, and declaratory relief) on an individual basis.

B. About LegalRFQ.com

LegalRFQ LLC is an Ohio LLC whose purpose and intent is to list projects of a legal nature on LegalRFQ.com that law firms or lawyers may then submit quotes for said work, that is to be hired by the Consumer (those listing projects) should they decide to take that step. LegalRFQ.com is not providing any deference or manipulation of the quotes to the Consumer (those listing projects) it is merely a vehicle for the quotes to be submitted to the Consumer.

C. Using LegalRFQ.com

Upon joining LegalRFQ.com you are not in any way obligated to utilize the service within the twelve month membership period, it is strictly voluntary.

D. Policy Enforcement

When a user or participant issue arises, we may consider the user or participant’s performance history and the specific circumstances in applying our policies. We may choose to be more lenient with policy enforcement in an effort to do the right thing for both buyers and sellers.

E. Fees

The fees we charge for using our Services are listed on our Standard Listing Fees page within the website. We may change our seller fees from time to time by posting the changes on the LegalRFQ site fourteen (14) days in advance, but with no advance notice required for temporary promotions or any changes that result in the reduction of fees.

F. Listing Conditions

When listing a Project, you agree to comply with LegalRFQ’s rules for listing including, but not limited to:

  • You are responsible for the accuracy and content of the listing and project;
  • You are not to list any identifying information regarding your company or individuals or other parties involved in you legal matter.
  • You are not to list any identifying information regarding any previous law firms or other companies you have contacted concerning your legal matter.
  • Your listing may not be immediately searchable by category for several hours (or up to 48 hours in some circumstances). LegalRFQ cannot guarantee exact listing durations;
  • Content that violates any of LegalRFQ’s policies may be deleted at LegalRFQ’s discretion;
  • We strive to create a marketplace where users and participants find what they are looking for. Therefore, the appearance or placement of listings in search and browse results will depend on a variety of factors, including, but not limited to:
    • Category it fits under;
    • Expiration date;
    • State used in listing;
    • user or participant’s search query, browsing site, and history;
    • number of listings matching the participant’s query will also participate in determining just where the listing is displayed.
  • Metatags and URL links are not allowed in listings.
  • We may provide you with optional recommendations to consider when creating you listing.

G. Content

When providing us with content or causing content to be posted using our Services, you grant us a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, sublicensable (through multiple tiers) right to exercise any and all copyright, publicity, trademark, and database rights and other intellectual property rights you have in the content, in any media known now or developed in the future. Further, to the fullest extent permitted under applicable law, you waive your moral rights and promise not to assert such rights or any other intellectual property or publicity rights against us, our sublicensees, or our assignees.

You represent and warrant that none of the following infringe any rights mentioned in the preceding paragraph: your provision of content to us, your causing content to be posted using the Services, and use of any such content (including of works derived from it) by us, our users, or others in contract with us that is done in connection with the Services and in compliance with this User Agreement.

LegalRFQ retains the right to perform data mining on all submissions and report on those submissions while not providing any identifying information at any time. Data mining will be done per CRISP-DM 1.0. Please see the reference for more information. CRISP-DM reference: Pete Chapman, Julian Clinton, Randy Kerber, Thomas Khabaza, Thomas Reinartz, Colin Shearer, and Rüdiger Wirth (2000);

"ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/software/analytics/spss/support/Modeler/Documentation/14/UserManual/CRISP-DM.pdf"

H. Disclaimer of Warranties; Limitation of Liability

We try to keep our Services safe, secure, and functioning properly, but we cannot guarantee the continuous operation of or access to our Services. Quote update and other notification functionality in LegalRFQ’s applications may not occur in real time. Such functionality is subject to delays beyond LegalRFQ’s control.

You agree that you are making use of our Services at your own risk, and that they are being provided to you on an "AS IS" and "AS AVAILABLE" basis. Accordingly, to the extent permitted by applicable law, we exclude all express or implied warranties, terms and conditions including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement.

In addition, to the extent permitted by applicable law, we (including our parent, subsidiaries, and affiliates, and our and their officers, directors, agents and employees) are not liable, and you agree not to hold us responsible, for any damages or losses (including, but not limited to, loss of money, goodwill or reputation, profits, or other intangible losses or any special, indirect, or consequential damages) resulting directly or indirectly from:

  • your use of or your inability to use our Services;
  • delays or disruptions in our Services;
  • viruses or other malicious software obtained by accessing or linking to our Services;
  • glitches, bugs, errors, or inaccuracies of any kind in our Services;
  • damage to your hardware device from the use of any LegalRFQ Service;
  • the content, actions, or inactions of third parties, including items listed using our Services or the destruction of allegedly fake items;
  • a suspension or other action taken with respect to your account or breach of any provision of this Agreement;
  • the duration or manner in which your listings appear in search results as set out in the Listing Conditions Section above; or
  • your need to modify practices, content, or behavior or your loss of or inability to do business, as a result of changes to this User Agreement or our policies.

Some jurisdictions do not allow the disclaimer of warranties or exclusion of damages, so such disclaimers and exclusions may not apply to you.

Regardless of the previous paragraphs, if we are found to be liable, our liability to you or to any third party is limited to the greater of (a) the amount of fees in dispute not to exceed the total fees, which you paid to us in the 12 months prior to the action giving rise to the liability or (b) $100.

I. Release

If you have a dispute with one or more users or participants, you release us (and our affiliates and subsidiaries, and our and their respective officers, directors, employees and agents) from claims, demands and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, arising out of or in any way connected with such disputes. In entering into this release you expressly waive any protections (whether statutory or otherwise) that would otherwise limit the coverage of this release to include only those claims which you may know or suspect to exist in your favor at the time of agreeing to this release.

J. Indemnity

You will indemnify and hold us (and our affiliates and subsidiaries, and our and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents) harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable legal fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your breach of this Agreement, your improper use of LegalRFQ’s Services or your breach of any law or the rights of a third party.

K. Legal Disputes

PLEASE READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY. IT AFFECTS YOUR RIGHTS AND WILL HAVE A SUBSTANTIAL IMPACT ON HOW CLAIMS YOU AND LEGALRFQ HAVE AGAINST EACH OTHER ARE RESOLVED.

You and LegalRFQ agree that any claim or dispute at law or equity that has arisen or may arise between us relating in any way to or arising out of this or previous versions of the LegalRFQ User Agreement, your use of or access to the Services, or any products or services sold or purchased through the Services, will be resolved in accordance with the provisions set forth in this Legal Disputes Section.

1. Applicable Law

You agree that, except to the extent inconsistent with or preempted by federal law, the laws of the State of Ohio, without regard to principles of conflict of laws, will govern the User Agreement and any claim or dispute that has arisen or may arise between you and LegalRFQ, except as otherwise stated in the User Agreement.

2. Agreement to Arbitrate

You and LegalRFQ each agree that any and all disputes or claims that have arisen or may arise between you and LegalRFQ relating in any way to or arising out of this or previous versions of the User Agreement, your use of or access to LegalRFQ’s Services, or any products or services sold, offered, or purchased through LegalRFQ’s Services shall be resolved exclusively through final and binding arbitration, rather than in court.

YOU AND LEGALRFQ AGREE THAT EACH OF US MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE OR PRIVATE ATTORNEY GENERAL ACTION OR PROCEEDING. UNLESS BOTH YOU AND LEGALRFQ AGREE OTHERWISE, THE ARBITRATOR MAY NOT CONSOLIDATE OR JOIN MORE THAN ONE PERSON’S OR PARTY’S CLAIMS, AND MAY NOT OTHERWISE PRESIDE OVER ANY FORM OF A CONSOLIDATED, REPRESENTATIVE, CLASS, OR PRIVATE ATTORNEY GENERAL ACTION OR PROCEEDING. ALSO, THE ARBITRATOR MAY AWARD RELIEF (INCLUDING MONETARY, INJUNCTIVE, AND DECLARATORY RELIEF) ONLY IN FAVOR OF THE INDIVIDUAL PARTY SEEKING RELIEF AND ONLY TO THE EXTENT NECESSARY TO PROVIDE RELIEF NECESSITATED BY THAT PARTY'S INDIVIDUAL CLAIM(S). ANY RELIEF AWARDED CANNOT AFFECT OTHER USERS.

If a court decides that applicable law precludes enforcement of any of this paragraph’s limitations as to a particular claim for relief, then that claim (and only that claim) must be severed from the arbitration and may be brought in court, subject to your and LegalRFQ’s right to appeal the court's decision. All other claims will be arbitrated.

b. Arbitration Procedures

Arbitration is more informal than a lawsuit in court. Arbitration uses a neutral arbitrator instead of a judge or jury, and court review of an arbitration award is very limited. However, an arbitrator can award the same damages and relief on an individual basis that a court can award to an individual. An arbitrator should apply the terms of the User Agreement as a court would. All issues are for the arbitrator to decide, except that issues relating to arbitrability, the scope or enforceability of this Agreement to Arbitrate, or the interpretation of Section 1 of this Agreement to Arbitrate ("Prohibition of Class and Representative Actions and Non-Individualized Relief"), shall be for a court of competent jurisdiction to decide.

The arbitration will be conducted by the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) under its rules and procedures, as modified by this Agreement to Arbitrate. The AAA’s rules are available at www.adr.org or by calling the AAA at 1-800-778-7879. The use of the word “arbitrator” in this provision shall not be construed to prohibit more than one arbitrator from presiding over an arbitration; rather, the AAA’s rules will govern the number of arbitrators that may preside over an arbitration conducted under this Agreement to Arbitrate.

A party who intends to seek arbitration must first send to the other, by certified mail, a completed form Notice of Dispute (“Notice”). You may download a form Notice here. The Notice to LegalRFQ should be sent to LegalRFQ Inc., Attn: David M. Gross, 1251 Irene Road, Cleveland, OH 44124

LegalRFQ will send any Notice to you to the physical address we have on file associated with your LegalRFQ account; it is your responsibility to keep your physical address up to date. All information called for in the Notice must be provided, including a description of the nature and basis of the claims the party is asserting and the relief sought.

If you and LegalRFQ are unable to resolve the claims described in the Notice within thirty (30) days after the Notice is sent, you or LegalRFQ may initiate arbitration proceedings. A form for initiating arbitration proceedings is available on the AAA’s site at www.adr.org. In addition to filing this form with the AAA in accordance with its rules and procedures, the party initiating the arbitration must mail a copy of the completed form to the opposing party. You may send a copy to LegalRFQ at the following address: LegalRFQ, Inc. c/o David M. Gross, 1251 Irene Road, Cleveland, OH 44124.

In the event LegalRFQ initiates an arbitration against you, it will send a copy of the completed form to the physical address we have on file associated with your LegalRFQ account. Any settlement offer made by you or LegalRFQ shall not be disclosed to the arbitrator.

The arbitration hearing shall be held in Cuyahoga county. If the value of the relief sought is $10,000 or less, you or LegalRFQ may elect to have the arbitration conducted by telephone or based solely on written submissions, which election shall be binding on you and LegalRFQ subject to the arbitrator’s discretion to require an in-person hearing, if the circumstances warrant. In cases where an in-person hearing is held, you and/or LegalRFQ may attend by telephone, unless the arbitrator requires otherwise.

The arbitrator will decide the substance of all claims in accordance with applicable law, including recognized principles of equity, and will honor all claims of privilege recognized by law. The arbitrator shall not be bound by rulings in prior arbitrations involving different users, but is bound by rulings in prior arbitrations involving the same LegalRFQ user to the extent required by applicable law. The arbitrator’s award shall be final and binding and judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof.

c. Costs of Arbitration

Payment of all filing, administration and arbitrator fees will be governed by the AAA’s rules, unless otherwise stated in this Agreement to Arbitrate. If (a) you willfully fail to comply with the Notice of Dispute requirement discussed above or (b) in the event the arbitrator determines the claim(s) you assert in the arbitration to be frivolous, you agree to reimburse LegalRFQ for all fees associated with the arbitration paid by LegalRFQ on your behalf that you otherwise would be obligated to pay under the AAA’s rules.

d. Severability

With the exception of any of the provisions in Section 1 of this Agreement to Arbitrate (“Prohibition of Class and Representative Actions and Non-Individualized Relief”), if an arbitrator or court decides that any part of this Agreement to Arbitrate is invalid or unenforceable, the other parts of this Agreement to Arbitrate shall still apply.

e. Future Amendments to the Agreement to Arbitrate

Notwithstanding any provision in the User Agreement to the contrary, you and we agree that if we make any amendment to this Agreement to Arbitrate (other than an amendment to any notice address or site link provided herein) in the future, that amendment shall not apply to any claim that was filed in a legal proceeding against LegalRFQ prior to the effective date of the amendment. The amendment shall apply to all other disputes or claims governed by the Agreement to Arbitrate that have arisen or may arise between you and LegalRFQ. We will notify you of amendments to this Agreement to Arbitrate by posting the amended terms on www.LegalRFQ.com at least thirty (30) days before the effective date of the amendments and by providing notice through the LegalRFQ Message Center and/or by email. If you do not agree to these amended terms, you may close your account within the thirty (30) day period and you will not be bound by the amended terms.

f. Judicial Forum for Legal Disputes

Unless you and we agree otherwise, in the event that the Agreement to Arbitrate above is found not to apply to you or to a particular claim or dispute, either as a result of your decision to opt out of the Agreement to Arbitrate or as a result of a decision by the arbitrator or a court order, you agree that any claim or dispute that has arisen or may arise between you and LegalRFQ must be resolved exclusively by a state or federal court located in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. You and LegalRFQ agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts located within Cuyahoga County, Ohio for the purpose of litigating all such claims or disputes.

L. Miscellaneous

LegalRFQ Inc. is located at 1251 Irene Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44124.

Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, if any provision of this User Agreement is held to be invalid, void or for any reason unenforceable, such provision shall be struck out and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the remaining provisions. In our sole discretion, we may assign this User Agreement, by providing notice of such assignment in accordance with the Notices Section.

Headings are for reference purposes only and do not limit the scope or extent of such Section. Our failure to act with respect to a breach by you or others does not waive our right to act with respect to subsequent or similar breaches. We do not guarantee we will take action against all breaches of this User Agreement.

We may amend this User Agreement at any time by posting the amended terms on www.LegalRFQ.com. Our right to amend the User Agreement includes the right to modify, add to, or remove terms in the User Agreement. We will provide you 30 days’ notice by posting the amended terms. Additionally, we will notify you through the LegalRFQ Message Center and/or by email. Your continued access or use of our Services constitutes your acceptance of the amended terms. We may also ask you to acknowledge your acceptance of the User Agreement through an electronic click-through. This User Agreement may not otherwise be amended except through mutual agreement by you and an LegalRFQ representative who intends to amend this User Agreement and is duly authorized to agree to such an amendment.

The policies posted on our sites may be changed from time to time. Changes take effect when we post them on the LegalRFQ site.

If you create or use an account on behalf of a business entity, you represent that you are authorized to act on behalf of such business and bind the business to this User Agreement. Such account is owned and controlled by the business entity. No agency, partnership, joint venture, employee-employer or franchiser-franchisee relationship is intended or created by this User Agreement.

The User Agreement, the User Privacy Notice, and all polices set forth the entire understanding and agreement between you and LegalRFQ and supersede all prior understandings and agreements of the parties.

The following Sections survive any termination of this User Agreement: Fees, Content, Disclaimer of Warranties; Limitation of Liability; Indemnity, and Legal Disputes.

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