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Terms of Use

Welcome to our website. Lawyers Associated Worldwide ("LAW" or the "Association") is an association of independent commercial law firms constituted pursuant to Article 60 et. seq. of the Swiss Civil Code. The Association does not practice law and is neither a law firm nor a partnership of law firms. The Association does not render legal advice nor make referrals. Only the individual lawyers within each member law firm practice law and render legal advice. The member law firms of LAW maintain complete autonomy, perform their professional services on an independent basis, and are not affiliated for the joint practice of law. No member firm is responsible for the work, professional services or legal advice provided by any other member firm.

LAW maintains its website as a service to our member firms and other users. By proceeding past this Home Page and using our website, you are acknowledging that you have read and understood, and that you agree to comply with and be bound by, these terms of use ("Terms of Use"). You also agree to comply with all laws and regulations applicable to the use of this website, to the use of the Internet, and to the activities involved in using this website. Please review the following terms carefully.

Compliance with Law

This website is owned by LAW. LAW is a voluntary association of independent commercial law firms. Members and other visitors who choose to use this website do so on their own initiative. Those members and other visitors are solely responsible for compliance with all laws, rules and regulations -- federal, state, local or foreign -- applicable to the use of this website and the information, content, material and services contained herein.

Venue and Jurisdiction

Claims relating to this website, to the use of this website, and to the information, content and material available through this website are governed by the local laws of the State of Ohio and the federal laws of the United States, as applicable. You hereby unconditionally, voluntarily and irrevocably consent to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts situated in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA in any claim or dispute concerning, relating to, or arising from this website and any information received through this website. You agree not to plead forum non conveniens in any such action and you consent to service of process.

Member and Visitor On-line Conduct

You agree to use this website only for lawful purposes.

You agree to use this website only for its intended purposes.

LAW reserves the right to prohibit any conduct involving this website that it deems to be inappropriate.

You agree not to disrupt this website.

You agree not to interfere with or compromise the security of this website, or any computer, server, account, network, data, software and/or hardware associated with this website.

You agree not to disrupt or interfere with any other visitor's use of this website.

You agree not to attempt to obtain access to any portion of this website, any computer, server, account, network, software and/or hardware associated with the website, from which you are restricted.

You agree that you are solely responsible for any actions you undertake while visiting this website and that you will comply with all applicable local, state, national and international laws and regulations applicable to this website and the Internet, including all applicable copyright and export regulations.

You warrant that all information that you provide to gain access to the information provided by this website is accurate and truthful.

Copyright, Trademark and Intellectual Property

All information, content and material ("Content") comprising or made available by LAW through this website (including, without limitation, any computer source or object code comprising this website) is owned by or licensed to LAW or its member firms, which retain all rights in this Content.

All Content, including, but not limited to the website design, text, drawings, photographs, graphics, sound recordings and video recordings, are protected by copyrights owned by LAW, its member firms and their licensors. The Content and any and all such copyrighted material may not be modified, copied, distributed, downloaded, displayed, e-mailed, transmitted, sold or otherwise transferred, conveyed or used in any form or by any means, in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of the respective copyright owner.

LAW grants you permission to display, copy, distribute, print and/or download the Content on this website for your personal, non-commercial use only. Except as expressly authorized by the LAW, if you display, copy, distribute, print and/or download the Content on this website, you may not modify such Content, and you must retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained in the Content.

The permission granted herein terminates automatically if you breach these Terms of Use. Upon termination of the permission, you must immediately and permanently delete and destroy any Content you displayed, copied, distributed, printed and/or downloaded.

LAW, the Lawyers Associated Worldwide logo, and www.lawyersworldwide.com are either registered trademarks, trademarks, trade names, service marks, or otherwise protected property of LAW and may not be used, copied or imitated without the prior written consent of LAW.

LAW's intellectual property may not be used in connection with any information that is not provided by LAW's member firms. LAW's intellectual property may not be used in any manner that is likely to cause confusion among consumers or in any manner that disparages LAW or its member firms. Other trademarks, trade names, company names, service marks and otherwise protected property displayed on this website are the property of their respective owners and are subject to the terms and conditions applied by those owners to their intellectual property.

The compilation of the Content on this website is the exclusive property of LAW and is protected by U.S. and International copyright law.

You may not mirror any Content contained in this website or any other website or server.

Digital Millenium Copyright Act, Transmission of Third Party Content

You may not copy, print, download, upload, post or otherwise distribute on this website anything protected by copyright or other proprietary rights unless the owner of the applicable copyright or proprietary right has given you express authorization for such copying, printing, downloading, uploading, posting or distribution on the web.

Anything for which permission has been granted to copy, print, download, upload, post or otherwise distribute must contain the notice "Copyright, 2001, Lawyers Associated Worldwide, used by express permission."

The unauthorized use, uploading, posting, and/or distribution of Content protected by copyright or other proprietary rights is illegal and may subject the person violating such rights to civil penalties and criminal prosecution.

LAW, its affiliates, member firms, officers, directors, employees, agents, administrators and any such similarly situated persons or entities are not liable for damages caused by any infringement resulting from your actions involving copyrighted or proprietary right protected material.

LAW, pursuant to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, designates Hallie J. Mann, Executive Director of Lawyers Associated Worldwide to receive complaints and notices of suspected copyright infringements. If you believe that your work has been copied and is accessible on LAW's website in a way that constitutes infringement, you may notify LAW by providing Hallie Mann the following information:

1. An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest;

2. A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed, including the URL (i.e. web page address) of the location where the copyrighted work exists or a copy of the copyrighted work;

3. Identification of the URL or other specific location on LAW's website where the material that you claim is infringing is located;

4. Your address, telephone number and e-mail address;

5. A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;

6. A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.

Hallie Mann, the Executive Director of Lawyers Associated Worldwide can be reached via e-mail at: halliemann@lawyersworldwide.com.

You are prohibited from copying, downloading, uploading, posting or otherwise distributing on this website any unlawful, threatening, obscene, improper, intimidating, libelous, defamatory or slanderous comments, jokes, images or content that are intended to or are likely to offend a reasonable person on the basis of his or her age, physical or mental disability, gender, race, religion, national origin, physical attributes, or any other classification that could produce any civil or criminal liability for either yourself or for LAW, its affiliates, member firms, employees, agents or any such similarly situated persons or entities.

Ownership of Third Party Content

LAW may display Content supplied by members, visitors and other third parties on its website. LAW retains no editorial control over this Content. The Content supplied by members, visitors and other third parties belongs to the respective owners of that Content.

LAW, ITS AFFILIATES, MEMBER FIRMS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS AND ANY SUCH SIMILARLY SITUATED PERSONS OR ENTITIES DO NOT GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, USEFULNESS OR EXISTENCE OF ANY CONTENT SUPPLIED BY VISITORS OR THIRD PARTIES.

WE DO NOT WARRANT THE MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE OF ANY CONTENT SUPPLIED BY VISITORS OR THIRD PARTIES.

We shall not, under any circumstances, be liable for any loss, damage or harm caused by your or anyone else's reliance on Content available on this website that is the property of visitors or third parties. You are solely responsible for evaluating and acting on any Content available on this website.


Editing, Deleting and Modification

We reserve the right in our sole discretion to change, suspend or discontinue any feature, aspect, product or service available through this website at any time. LAW may alter the availability of any feature of this website or service related to any feature of this website at any time. LAW may add, remove or modify any content of this website, including that of third parties, at any time.

Indemnification

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold LAW and its member firms and their respective shareholders, partners, directors, attorneys, employees, staff and affiliates (collectively "Affiliated Parties") harmless from any damages, liability, loss, claim and expense, including attorneys' fees, related to your violation of these Terms of Use as a result of your providing inaccurate or untruthful information to gain access to the services provided through this website.

Nontransferable

Your right to use the website is not transferable. Any password or right given to you to obtain information or documents is not transferable.

Disclaimer

THIS WEBSITE IS PROVIDED "AS-IS," AND "AS AVAILABLE." THE PARTIES AGREE THAT, NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING CONTAINED HEREIN TO THE CONTRARY, LAW MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, CONCERNING THE OPERATION OF THIS WEBSITE, THE CONTENT, INFORMATION AND/OR SERVICES AVAILABLE ON OR THROUGH THIS WEBSITE.

YOU AGREE TO VISIT THIS WEBSITE AND TO USE THIS WEBSITE AND ANY CONTENT AND INFORMATION AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS WEBSITE SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK.

WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT THIS WEBSITE WILL BE AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES OR THAT A VISITOR'S USE WILL BE CONTINUOUS AND/OR ERROR FREE.

WE DO NOT MAKE ANY WARRANTIES THAT THE CONTENT AND/OR INFORMATION AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS WEBSITE ARE ACCURATE, RELIABLE, OR CURRENT.

LAW DISCLAIMS, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMISSIBLE, ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY.

Limitation of Liability

LAW AND ITS AFFILIATED PARTIES WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE AND/OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING FROM THE USE OF THIS WEBSITE.

NEITHER WE, NOR ANY OF OUR AFFILIATED PARTIES, NOR ANY OTHER PARTY INVOLVED IN CREATING, PRODUCING, SERVING, HOSTING, MAINTAINING AND/OR UPDATING THIS WEBSITE OR OUR MEMBERS' WEBSITES SHALL BE LIABLE, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES FOR ANY DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, AND/OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, AND INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DAMAGES ARISING FROM MISTAKES, OMISSIONS, INTERRUPTIONS, DETERIORATION OR CORRUPTION OF FILES, DELETION OR CORRUPTION OF E-MAIL, ERRORS, LOSS OF DATA, LOSS OF PROFITS, DEFECTS, VIRUSES, AND/OR DELAYS, THAT RESULT FROM YOUR USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THIS WEBSITE OR A MEMBER WEBSITE, RESULTING FROM ANY ACTS OR OMISSIONS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ACTS OF GOD, NETWORK FAILURE, HARDWARE OR SOFTWARE FAILURE, THEFT, UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS, OUR NEGLIGENCE OR YOUR OWN ERRORS OR OMISSIONS, AND ANY OTHER CAUSE, EVEN IF LAW HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. YOU AGREE THAT THIS SECTION APPLIES TO ALL CONTENT AND GOODS AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS WEBSITE.

IN ANY JURISDICTION WHERE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR ANY TYPE OF DAMAGES IS PROHIBITED, LAW'S LIABILITY IS LIMITED TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT ALLOWED BY THAT JURISDICTION.

Use of Information

We reserve the right, and you authorize us, to use and distribute all of your personal information provided by you in the manner consistent with our Privacy Policy. To know what privacy measures LAW has taken and what information we retain from your visit to LAW's website, please read our website Privacy Policy, which is incorporated herein by reference.

Change of Terms

By using this website, you agree to these Terms of Use as well as any posted changes to these Terms of Use. We reserve the right to change these Terms of Use at any time. We ask that you review these Terms of Use from time to time to ensure you are familiar with the most current version of it.

Links to Other Websites

The site contains links to other third-party or member websites. We are not responsible for the content, accuracy or opinions expressed in such websites, and such websites are not investigated, monitored or checked for accuracy or completeness by LAW or its member firms. Inclusion of any linked website on our website does not imply approval or endorsement of the linked website by us. If you decide to leave our website and access these third-party or member sites, you do so at your own risk.

Hold Harmless

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold LAW and its Affiliated Parties harmless from and against all damages, losses, costs and expenses that LAW or any of its Affiliated Parties may incur as a result of your use of this website or your use of the Content and other information available through this website.

Severability

If any provision of these Terms of Use is held invalid or unenforceable in whole or in part in any jurisdiction, that provision shall be ineffective in that jurisdiction without affecting the validity of enforceability of the remaining provisions of these Terms of Use.

Survivability

All representations and warranties made by LAW shall survive termination of these Terms of Use.

Headings of the Terms of Use

The section headings used in these Terms of Use are for reference and the convenience of the readers and shall not constitute part of these Terms of Use for interpretation purposes.

Integration Clause

These Terms of Use constitute the entire and only agreement between you and LAW, and supersedes all prior or contemporaneous agreements, representations, warranties and understandings with respect to the website, the Content, or the other information provided by or through the website, and the subject matter hereof.

No Waiver

LAW's failure to enforce any provision of this Agreement shall not be deemed a waiver of such provision nor of the right to enforce such provision.

Member Websites.

Members of LAW may create and post their own websites through our site ("Member Websites"). Each member firm will be solely responsible for the development, operation, and maintenance of its website and for all materials that appear therein or which are provided for use on the LAW website, including, without limitation: (a) the technical operation of its website and all related equipment; (b) creating and posting firm information and descriptions on its website; (c) the accuracy and appropriateness of materials posted on or incorporated into its website or provided for use on the LAW website; (d) ensuring that materials posted on or incorporated into its website or provided for use on the LAW website do not violate or infringe upon the copyright, trademarks, patents, trade secrets, privacy or other personal or proprietary rights of any third party; and (e) ensuring that materials posted on or incorporated into its website or provided for use on the LAW website are not libelous and comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations.

Member Warranties

Each Member firm represents and warrants that (a) no content or materials available on that member firm's website infringe or will infringe upon or violate any copyright, patent, trademark, proprietary third-party right or any applicable law, rule or regulation; and (b) each member firm and its individual website are and will continue to be fully compliant with any and all federal, state, local or international laws, regulations or guidelines applicable to the operation of its website and the content provided thereon including, without limitation, regulations or guidelines applicable to privacy and online advertising.

Member Firm Indemnification

Each member firm agrees to indemnify and hold harmless LAW and its Affiliated Parties and defend any action brought against the same with respect to any claim, demand, cause of action, debt or liability, including reasonable attorneys' fees, to the extent that such action arises out of (a) a breach of any of such member's representations, warranties or agreement hereunder, (b) the gross negligence or willful misconduct of such member; or (c) a claim that the content or materials available on such member's website infringes upon or violates any rights of third parties, including, without limitation, rights of publicity, rights of privacy, patent rights, copyrights, trademark rights, trade secret rights and/or license rights.

Acceptance

I understand that by using the LAW website I am subject to the terms and conditions set forth herein. I agree to and accept and to be bound by all such terms and conditions.

If you do not agree to the terms and conditions herein, DO NOT use our website.

Date of Last Update: October 4, 2001

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