Terms of Service and Use Agreement of HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM
1. YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THIS AGREEMENT
1.1 HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM ("HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM", "UtilityFinder.net", "Home Town Utilities", ' Utility Finder", "we", "us" or "our") provides the HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM Services to you ("you" or "your") subject to the terms of this legal agreement between you and HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM. To use the Services (defined below), you must first agree to and accept these Terms of Service and Use Agreement ("Terms"). Where such express opportunity to agree to the Terms is not present, your use of the Sites and Services (or any part thereof) shall constitute your agreement to the Terms and your obligation to comply with their requirements.
HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM provides users with access to a wide range of
Internet-based, interactive information services, general and personalized
content, and interactive tools (the "Services") which are accessible
1.3 By using the Sites and Services you are representing that you are of legal age (18 years and over) and of legal competence to enter into a binding agreement with HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM and are not otherwise prohibited from using or receiving the Sites and Services pursuant to the laws of the local or national jurisdiction from which you are accessing or using the Sites and Services. If you are not able to make the representations in the preceding sentence you are prohibited from using the Sites and Services, however, any unauthorized use of the Sites and Services by you shall be subject to these Terms until such unauthorized use has been terminated. By using the Services on behalf of any third party you are representing to us that you are an authorized representative of that third party and that your use of the Services represents their acceptance of the Terms.
1.4 We recommend that you retain a copy of these Terms in either electronic or tangible format for your subsequent reference. If you would like a printed copy of these Terms, it is your responsibility to use the print function available to you by means of your personal technology resources.
2. CHANGES TO THESE TERMS
2.1 We may periodically modify and supplement these Terms and the notice provided to you will be the updating of these Terms. You are responsible for regularly checking these Terms for revisions. All amended Terms become effective upon our posting to the Sites, and any use of the Sites or Services after such revisions have been posted signifies your consent and agreement to the modified Terms.
3. PROVISION OF THE SERVICES BY HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM
3.2 From time to time and without prior notice to you, we may change, expand and improve the Sites and Services. We may also, at any time, cease to continue operating part or all of the Services or selectively disable certain aspects of the Services or portions of the Sites. Any modification or elimination of the Services will be done in our sole and absolute discretion and without an ongoing obligation or liability to you, and your use of the Sites and Services do not entitle you to the continued provision or availability of the Sites and Services.
3.4 When we jointly provide a service with a non-HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM company, you may be subject to both these Terms and the Terms of the non-HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM company. We encourage you to review the Terms of any non-HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM company with which you do business.
4. HOW YOU MAY USE OUR MATERIAL
4.1 We use a diverse range of proprietary and authorized third party information, listings, directories, text, advertisements, User Generated Content, photographs, designs, graphics, images, sound and video recordings, animation and other material and effects (which we collectively call the " Material ") on the Sites and as part of the Services FOR YOUR PERSONAL, NON-COMMERCIAL USE ONLY. Accordingly, you may view, use, copy, and distribute the Material found on the Sites or obtained by means of the Services for individual, noncommercial, informational purposes only and in compliance with the Terms and all applicable laws.
4.2 By using the Sites and Services, you agree that you will not copy, reproduce, alter, modify, create derivative works from, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute or publicly display any of the Material (except for your own personal, non-commercial use) from the Sites without the prior written consent of HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM. In addition, you will not use the Material for any unauthorized non-commercial marketing and promotional campaigns, target or mass solicitation campaigns or political campaigning. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOUR USE OF THE SITES AND SERVICES TO ENABLE THE TRANSMISSION OF UNSOLICITED VOICE MESSAGES, FACSIMILES OR EMAILS IS IN VIOLATION OF THESE TERMS AND MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF UNITED FEDERAL AND STATE LAWS AND REGULATIONS THAT MAY SUBJECT YOU TO PENALTIES UNDER APPLICABLE LAWS.
4.3 You are prohibited from data mining, scraping, crawling, or using any robot, other automatic device, script, technology or processes that send automated queries to the Sites, or from using other similar methods and tools to gather or extract data from the Site, without our prior written consent, which consent may be withheld and withdrawn by us at any time, with or without notice, in our sole discretion.
4.4 You may not use the Sites and Services to compile data (or any other portion of the Material), in a manner that is used or usable by a competitive listing product or service. You may not use any device, software or routine to interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper functioning and display of the Sites and proper operation and usage of the Services by any other authorized users and third parties.
4.5 You are prohibited from modifying or obscuring the manner in which the Sites are displayed or the Services are used, including framing, scraping or any other technique that would alter the visual display of the Sites or the visual display of the Services and Material. You may not obscure advertisements displayed as part of the Sites and Services, nor modify the advertisements and listings in a way that is unauthorized. Unless expressly authorized by HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM in our sole and absolute discretion, you may not link to the Sites or any portion of the Services (including deep linking to a specific portion of the Sites). You are not permitted to script searches or search results of the Sites in a manner that results in the automated display of Material on a third party website.
4.6 To the extent applicable, when accessing the Site, utilizing the Services or using any Accounts, you are required to use the security procedures currently or hereafter maintained by us to confirm that only authorized users have access to the Services and any Accounts. You are prohibited from utilizing alter-egos or other disguised identities when accessing the Sites and utilizing the Services. All forms of indirect and Ôspoofed' access are strictly prohibited. You are prohibited from attempting to access portions of the site which are not intended for public usage and the use of any information obtained from non-public portions of the Sites is expressly prohibited.
4.8 You are under no obligation to use or continue to use the Sites and Services and may temporarily or permanently cease using the Sites and Services without notice to HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM. Any use of the Sites and Services, or any portion thereof, in violation of the foregoing shall constitute a violation of these Terms and may result in, among other things, termination or suspension of your rights to use the Sites or any portion thereof. If you see any objectionable content on the Sites, please contact us promptly in writing to the address listed in section 21.4 of these Terms.
5. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY NOTICE
5.1 Any and all intellectual property rights associated with the Sites, Services and the Material, including the design, text, graphics, pictures, video, information, applications, software, music, sound, and other files contained therein or related thereto, and the arrangement thereof, and/or contained in the Sites, including, without limitation, the HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM company names and logos and all related products and service names, design marks and slogans, any inventive concepts, know-how, publicity rights, trademarks, trade-dress, trade secrets, copyrights and patents (collectively, the "Intellectual Property"), are the sole property of HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM, its wholly-owned subsidiaries, affiliates, or third parties. Except as expressly and unambiguously provided herein related to User Generated Content, you do not possess, and HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM does not grant to you, any express or implied rights to any Intellectual Property and all such rights are retained by HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM, its subsidiaries, parent companies, affiliates and/or any third party owner of such rights. All authorized copies that you make of the Material or the Sites must bear any copyright, trademark or other proprietary notice located on the Site that pertains to the Material being copied, and you agree not to remove, obscure, or alter any such proprietary notices which may be affixed to or contained therein. You shall be solely liable for any damages resulting from any infringement of copyright, trademark, or other proprietary right, or any and all harm resulting from your use of or access to Sites, Services and Material.
5.2 You are not being granted a license under any copyright, trademark, patent or other intellectual property right in the Sites, Services, Material, products, processes or technology described therein. Except as otherwise expressly authorized by these Terms, you may not copy, reproduce, modify, reformat, lease, loan, sell, create derivative works from, upload, transmit, or distribute the Intellectual Property in any way without the express written consent of HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM, or the express written consent of the appropriate third party, as applicable. Requests for authorization should be made in writing to the address listed in section 21.4 of these Terms.
5.3 Without the prior written consent of HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM LLC, you are not authorized to (1) use any HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM name or mark, and related marks or any marks in our Intellectual Property portfolio, in any advertising, publicity or in any other commercial manner, (2) use any meta tags or any other "hidden text" utilizing any HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM name or mark, and related marks or any marks in our Intellectual Property portfolio, or (3) use the HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM domain name or any domain name that is confusingly similar to our domain name as a pseudonymous return e-mail address for any communications that you transmit from another location or through another service. Any requests for authorization related to the prohibitions of this provision should be made in writing to the address listed in section 21.4 of these Terms.
6. CONTENT LICENSE FROM YOU
6.1 As between you and HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM, you may possess certain copyright intellectual property rights you have under law in content that you may submit, display and/or post via the Sites and Services. This content, which includes, but is not limited to your comments, reviews, analysis, proposals and feedback, submitted in any form or medium, whether by emails, posting or otherwise, is considered "User Generated Content." Your use of the Sites and Services and your submission and/or posting of User Generated Content grants HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM, and its affiliates, an express, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide, and non-exclusive license to access, store, reproduce, adapt, modify, format, delete, translate, transmit, use, disclose, sublicense, manipulate, prepare derivative works, publish, publicly perform, publicly display, distribute and communicate any and all User Generated Content, without any obligation, notification or compensation to you. This license is granted to HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM with respect to the use of such User Generated Content in connection with the Sites and Services and any subsequent version or modification thereof, and is subject to limitation only by your removal or HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM removal of such User Generated Content from the Sites and Services.
6.2 You agree and acknowledge that the foregoing license grants to HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM and its affiliates the full right and authority to use User Generated Contents for any purpose related to the Sites and Services, including the marketing, sale, syndication, and development of the Sites, Services and any successors thereto. This license includes an unrestricted right and authority for HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM to make the User Generated Content available to sublicense to other companies, organizations or individuals with whom we have a relationship for the provision of the Services.
6.3 You agree and acknowledge that HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM and its affiliates may modify, adapt, reformat, and otherwise alter or make use of your User Generated Content in such manner as may be required to conform User Generated Content to standards, protocols, formats and requirements related to the Sites and Services and any medium by which they are accessible currently or prospectively. You agree and acknowledge that HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM and its affiliates are licensed to transmit or distribute the User Generated Content in all formats and mediums over various networks.
6.4 Your use of the Sites and your submission and/or posting of User Generated Content confirms your representation and warranty that you posses all necessary legal rights, power and authority to grant to HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM the foregoing license granted to HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM and its affiliates and you further represent, warrant and agree that none of the User Generated Content will violate or infringe upon the rights of any third party, including copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity or other personal or proprietary rights; or contain false, intentionally misleading, libelous, defamatory or otherwise unlawful statements.
6.5 HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM is under no obligation to review any User Generated Content submitted, posted or otherwise displayed on the Site and assumes no responsibility or liability relating to any such User Generated Content. You may not imply that any User Generated Content is any way sponsored or endorsed by HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM.
6.6. HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM reserves the right, but not the obligation, to refuse to post or remove any User Generated Content at our sole and absolute discretion. Reasons we may refuse to post or remove such User Generated Content may include, without limitation, any of the following:
· Any content that is unlawful, harmful, offensive, threatening, abusive, harassing, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, defamatory, libelous, vulgar, obscene, pornographic, indecent, lewd, suggestive, scantily-clad, profane, hateful, racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate material of any kind, including, but not limited to, any material which encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any applicable local, state, national or international law.
· Political campaigning, chain letters, mass mailings of any kind or any forms of SPAM, or reviews that contain the transmission, distribution or delivery of any unsolicited bulk or commercial e-mail.
· Accusations and other assertions of unlawful conduct, including occurrences of illegal activity, malpractice, purposeful overcharging, or health code violations, or false, misleading, deceptive or fraudulent advertising, including savings claims that do not offer provable savings..
· Individual user information or messages including, or soliciting the submission of, email addresses, URLs, phone numbers, postal addresses and other personally identifiable information.
· Any content that may infringe any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other intellectual or proprietary right of any party.
· Any content that makes reference to or involves gambling, casinos, off-track betting, or other gambling of any form.
· Any content that involves alcohol, tobacco or weaponry, or that promotes or has a connotation to any illegal activity.
· Reviews submitted by the reviewed business's owners, employees (past or present), agents, affiliates and competitors.
· Reviews that are exclamatory or otherwise appear to by purposefully deceptive, as determined by HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM in its sole discretion.
· Messages that are promotional or commercial in nature, or are inappropriate based on the applicable subject matter, location or topic.
· Any content that impersonates, disguises or conceals any person or entity or otherwise misrepresents a user's affiliation with a person or entity.
· Content that is not readable, that is encrypted or that contains viruses, malware, trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots or other computer programming routines and code that are intended to interfere with, damage, erase, intercept or appropriate any system, data or personal information.
· Any content that links (or includes embedded links) to any of the foregoing, or that link to social networking sites.
8. THIRD PARTY SITES
8.1 Some of the websites to which you may link from the Sites are owned by advertisers, service providers, or other third parties (collectively "Third Parties"). It is your responsibility to monitor when you have accessed a link to a website that is not part of the Sites (collectively, the "Third Party Site(s)") and we do not undertake any obligation to expressly notify you (via a pop-up or other interstitial display) when you are linking to a Third Party Site that is not part of the Sites. You can determine if you have linked from the Sites to Third Party Sites by reviewing the URL in the browser window or by "right-clicking" on the page and selecting "properties" if the link opens a new browser window. Third Party Sites may include, without limitation, sites of advertisers, other search and listing service providers, information and referral sources, ratings services, geographic location and navigation services, businesses which allow you to bid for and/or purchase products or services, and other sites of general or specific interest.
8.2 Although we monitor use of our Intellectual Property and take appropriate measures in defending against the misappropriation of our Intellectual Property by Third Parties, we may not be aware of any unauthorized use of our trademarks or service marks included on a site owned and operated by a Third Party and you should not rely upon any Third Party's use of our Intellectual Property in determining whether a Third Party Site is affiliated with the Sites or HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM, as such use may be unauthorized.
8.4 HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM makes no representations whatsoever concerning (1) the information, software or other material appearing on, or accessible through, any Third Party Site (including without limitation, any advertisement for products or services on any Third Party Site), (2) the performance or operation of any Third Party Site (including, without limitation, any transactions initiated or conducted through any Third Party Site, any taxes associated therewith and any use by third parties of user credit card information), (3) any products or services advertised or sold on or through any Third Party Site (including, without limitation, the quality, safety and legality of such products or services or the sale thereof), or (4) the sellers of any products or services advertised or sold on or through any Third Party Site. HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by, or in connection with your use of Third Party Sites or your reliance on any such Third Party content, goods or services, available on or through any Third Party Site.
8.5 You assume all risks arising out of or resulting from your transaction of business over the Internet, and you agree that we are not responsible or liable for any loss or result of the presence of information about Third Parties or links to Third Party Sites. You acknowledge and agree that we are not responsible or liable for the availability, accuracy, copyright compliance, legality, legitimacy, decency or any other aspect of the content, advertising, products, services, or other materials on or available from such sites or resources. We do not assume any responsibility for review or enforcement of any local licensing requirements that may be applicable to businesses listed on the Sites.
9. NO ASSURANCES/ NO ENDORSEMENTS MADE BY HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM/ CONTENT DISCLAIMER
9.1 HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM communicates information provided and created by advertisers, content partners, software developers, publishers, marketing agents, employees, users, resellers and other Third Parties. We have no control over the accuracy of such information provided by Third Parties, and Material on the Sites may include technical inaccuracies or typographical errors.
9.2 We make no guarantees, nor can we be responsible for any information accessible on the Sites or included in the Material, including the currency, content, quality, copyright compliance or legality of such information, nor are we responsible for any resulting loss or damage relating to the use of such information. We reserve the right, in our sole discretion and without any obligation, to make improvements to, or correct any error or omissions in, any portion of the information accessible on the Sites. Where appropriate, we will endeavor to update information listed on the Sites on a timely basis, but shall not be liable for any delay or inaccuracies related to such updates.
9.3 We do not investigate, represent or endorse the accuracy, legality, legitimacy, validity or reliability of any products, services, deals, coupons or other promotions ("Third Party Products and Promotions") or Third Party or User Generated Content, including advice, ratings, and recommendations contained on, distributed through, or linked, downloaded or accessed from the Sites.
9.4 References that we make to any names and marks of Third Parties, and Third Party Products and Promotions or hypertext links to related Third Party Sites, do not constitute or imply our endorsement, sponsorship or recommendation of the Third Party Products and Promotions.
9.5 All of the data related to Third Party Products and Promotions including but not limited to, the prices and the availability of any product or service or any feature thereof, is subject to change without notice by the party providing the Product or Promotion.
9.6 HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM does not make any representations regarding the availability and performance of the Sites or any of the Third Party Sites to which we link. When you click on advertiser banners, sponsor links, or other external links from the Sites, your browser automatically may direct you to a new browser window that is not hosted or controlled by HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM. HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM and its affiliates are not responsible for the content, functionality, or technological safety of these external sites.
9.7 We reserve the right to disable links to or from Third Party Sites to our Sites, although we are under no obligation to do so. This right to disable links includes links to or from advertisers, sponsors, and content partners and other Third Parties.
9.8 Some external links may produce information that some people find objectionable, inappropriate, or offensive. We are not responsible for the accuracy, relevancy, copyright compliance, legality, completeness, timeliness or decency of material contained in any externally linked Web sites. We do not fully screen or investigate business listing Web sites before or after including them in directory listings that become part of the Material on our Sites, and we make no representation and assume no responsibility concerning the content that Third Parties submit to become listed in any of these directories.
9.9 The Sites, Services and any Third Party Sites may contain content provided by advertisers or other Third Parties that may not be suitable for children. HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM does not knowingly collect personal information from children through the Sites.
10. SEARCH RESULTS
10.1 Certain Services and Material accessible on the Sites include search results that may commingle advertising and sponsored business listings ("Paid Advertising Content") with other business listings that are not Paid Advertising Content. Depending on the text of user-provided search terms, Paid Advertising Content will be included in a search results list intermingled with other search results. We do not undertake to identify which content, if any, is Paid Advertising Content, however, you agree and acknowledge that results may be displayed in an order or manner which gives priority to Paid Advertising Content.
11. DELETIONS FROM SITES AND SERVICES
11.1 HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM does and may take measures to remove Material and User Generated Content at the request of the advertiser who has decided to "opt-out" of the addition of supplemental Material to its advertising, specifically, to ratings and reviews provided by Third Parties, and User Generated Content.
11.2 We reserve the right, but not the obligation, to delete (or to refuse to post to public forums) any Material and User Generated Content we deem detrimental to the Sites or is, in the opinion of HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM, defamatory, infringing or in violation of applicable laws. We reserve the right to exclude the Material from the Sites. The contents from Third Party Sites or User Generated Contents submitted to us for publication on the Sites may be edited for length, clarity and/or consistency with editorial standards of HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM.
11.3 If you see objectionable content, you may promptly report the misconduct of users and/or Third Party advertisers included in the Sites to HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM to the address listed in section 21.4 of these Terms. HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM reserves the right to address such requests individually or on a case-by-case basis.
12. WARRANTY DISCLAIMER
12.1 Any use of the Sites, the Services, reliance upon any of the Material, and any use of the Internet generally shall be at your sole risk. HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM disclaims any and all responsibility or liability for the accuracy, content, completeness, legality, reliability, or operability or availability of information or the Material accessible by use of the Sites and Services.
12.2 THE SITES AND THE SERVICES (INCLUDING MATERIAL AND INFORMATION POSTED AND ACCESSIBLE THEREIN) ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM DISCLAIMS, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED UNDER LAW, ANY WARRANTIES REGARDING THE SECURITY, RELIABILITY, TIMELINESS, ACCURACY AND PERFORMANCE OF THE SITES, SERVICES AND MATERIAL. HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM DOES NOT WARRANT THAT ANY DEFECTS OR ERRORS WILL BE CORRECTED; OR THAT THE SITES, MATERIAL OR THE INTERNET GENERALLY, IS FREE OF VIRUSES, ERRORS, OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS, OR WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED. HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THAT ANY DEFECTS OR ERRORS WILL BE CORRECTED.
12.3 HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM DISCLAIMS, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED UNDER LAW, ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, REPRESENTATIONS AND ENDORSEMENTS, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING ANY WARRANTIES FOR ANY INFORMATION, GOODS, OR SERVICES, OBTAINED THROUGH, ADVERTISED OR RECEIVED THROUGH ANY LINKS PROVIDED BY OR THROUGH THE SITES; OR REGARDING THE SECURITY, RELIABILITY, TIMELINESS, ACCURACY AND PERFORMANCE OF THE SITES, SERVICES AND MATERIAL.
12.4 NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION PROVIDED BY HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM, ITS AFFILIATES, OR THEIR RESPECTIVE EMPLOYEES AND AGENTS SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY.
12.5 NEITHER HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM, NOR ITS AFFILIATES, MAKES ANY REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES OR GUARANTEES REGARDING (1) THE OPERATION OR PERFORMANCE OF THE SITES, SERVICES, OR ANY THIRD PARTY SITES, (2) THE NATURE, CONTENT OR ACCURACY (EITHER WHEN POSTED OR AS A RESULT OF THE PASSAGE OF TIME) OF ANY INFORMATION, MATERIAL, APPARATUS OR OTHER PROCESS CONTAINED ON, DISTRIBUTED THROUGH, OR LINKED, DOWNLOADED OR ACCESSED FROM THE SITES (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, THOSE CONTAINED ON A THIRD PARTY SITE), (3) ANY PRODUCTS OR SERVICES PURCHASED ON OR THROUGH A THIRD PARTY SITE, OR ANY PRODUCTS OR SERVICES PURCHASED OR OBTAINED AS A RESULT OF AN ADVERTISEMENT OR OTHER INFORMATION OR MATERIAL ON OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS WEBSITE, OR (4) THE INTERNET GENERALLY.
12.6 SOME STATES OR OTHER JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. YOU MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS THAT VARY FROM STATE TO STATE AND JURISDICTION TO JURISDICTION AND THAT MAY NOT BE LIMITED BY THESE TERM, PROVIDED HOWEVER YOU AGREE AND ACKOWLEDGE THAT TO THE EXTENT PERMISSIBLE UNDER APPLICABLE LAW, YOU WAIVE ANY SUCH STATUTORY RIGHTS WITH RESPECT TO IMPLIED WARRANTIES.
13. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
13.1 IN NO EVENT SHALL HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM BE LIABLE TO ANY USER ON ACCOUNT OF SUCH USER'S USE, MISUSE OR RELIANCE ON THE SITES AND THE SERVICES FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER, INCLUDING DIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES OR DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, REVENUE, USE, OR DATA WHETHER BROUGHT IN WARRANTY, CONTRACT, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY INFRINGEMENT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE) OR OTHER THEORY, EVEN IF HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM IS AWARE OF OR HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE, ARISING OUT OF OR CONNECTED WITH (1) THE USE (OR INABILITY TO USE) OR PERFORMANCE OF THE SITES AND THE SERVICES, (2) THE MATERIALOR THE INTERNET GENERALLY, (3) THE USE (OR INABILITY TO USE), (4) RELIANCE UPON OR PERFORMANCE OF ANY MATERIAL CONTAINED IN OR ACCESSED FROM ANY HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM SITE OR A THIRD PARTY SITE, OR (5) ANY PRODUCTS OR SERVICES PURCHASED OR OBTAINED AS A RESULT OF AN ADVERTISEMENT OR OTHER INFORMATION OR MATERIAL ON OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SITES. HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM DOES NOT ASSUME ANY LEGAL LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, TIMELINESS OR USEFULNESS OF ANY INFORMATION, APPARATUS, PRODUCT OR PROCESS DISCLOSED ON THE SITE OR OTHER MATERIAL ACCESSIBLE FROM THE SITES.
THE USER OF THE SITES AND SERVICES ASSUMES ALL RESPONSIBILITY AND RISK FOR THE USE OF THIS SITE, SERVICES, AND THE INTERNET GENERALLY.
THE FOREGOING LIMITATIONS SHALL APPLY NOTWITHSTANDING ANY FAILURE OF THE ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OF ANY LIMITED REMEDY, OR IF IT IS OTHERWISE DEEMED UNENFORCEABLE, AND TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW. THESE LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS APPLY WITHOUT REGARD TO WHETHER THE DAMAGES ARISE FROM (1) BREACH OF CONTRACT, (2) BREACH OF WARRANTY, (3) NEGLIGENCE, OR (4) ANY OTHER CAUSE OF ACTION, TO THE EXTENT SUCH EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATIONS ARE NOT PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW.
SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY OF CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO ALL USERS; IN SUCH STATES LIABILITY IS LIMITED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
14.1 You agree to indemnify and hold us and, as applicable, our parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, officers, directors, agents, employees, harmless from any claim or demand, including any and all losses, liabilities, claims, demands, damages, costs or expenses, causes of action, suits, proceedings, judgments, awards, executions, and liens, including reasonable attorneys' fees and costs, whether brought by third parties or otherwise, due to or arising out of:
(a) your breach of any representation, warranty, covenant or obligation set forth in these Terms (or any other violation of your agreement with HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM on the basis of the Terms);
(b) any information, User Generated Content or other material transmitted, submitted or provided by you through the Sites and Services, including your use of the Sites and Services to provide a link to another website or to upload content or other information to the Sites and, without limitation, our exercise of its rights with respect to such information;
(c) your violation of any law, or your violation of the rights of a third party, including the infringement by you of any intellectual property or other right of any person or entity;
(d) your publication or use of any User Generated Content (including, without limitation, user reviews) displayed on the Sites, or
(e) your use of, or conduct on, any Third Party Site including, without limitation, (i) any information, software or other material viewed or accessed by you on or through any Third Party Site (including without limitation, any advertisement or coupon for products or Services on any Third Party Site), (ii) any transactions initiated or conducted by you through any Third Party Site (including, without limitation, any taxes associated therewith and any use by third parties of your credit card information), (iii) any products or Services that you bid on, purchase or otherwise obtain on or through any Third Party Site (including, without limitation, the quality, safety and legality of such products or Services or the sale thereof), (iv) any reservations you make on or through any Third Party Site, and (v) the conduct of sellers of any products or Services that you bid on, purchase or otherwise obtain on or through any Third Party Site).
14.2 The foregoing indemnity obligations will survive any termination of the Terms.
14.3 HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM reserves the right, at its own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter subject to indemnification by you, which will not excuse your indemnity obligations under this Section. You agree not to settle any matter subject to the foregoing indemnification obligations without the express consent and approval of HOMETOWNUTILITIES.com.
15. DIGITAL MILLENIUM COPYRIGHT COMPLAINTS
15.1 HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM respects the copyright rights of others, and we ask our advertisers and other third parties to do the same. In appropriate circumstances and at our discretion, we may remove, suspend, terminate access, or take other appropriate action against users or other third parties who infringe or repeatedly infringe the copyright rights of others. Therefore, if you reasonably believe that any Material on this Sites contain unauthorized reproductions of your copyrighted work or otherwise infringe an exclusive copyright right, and you reasonably believe it is appropriate to notify us to take any action/and you want us to take any action, then, as required under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. sec. 512), (" DMCA") you must promptly provide in writing the following information to our Designated Agent:
· A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;
· Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or if mFtiple copyrighted works at a single on-line site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site;
· Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material;
· Information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact you, such as an address, telephone number and e-mail address;
· A statement that you have a good faith belief that the use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law;
· A statement that the information in the notice is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
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Plondo Network INC / DBA
175 Richland Place Dr
Monroe, LA 71203
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16.2 We reserve the right to terminate, suspend, or restrict your access to the Sites and your use of the Services, in whole or in part, unilaterally and without notice, in the event that you violate any of the Terms. If asked to do so, you agree that you will not attempt to access the Sites or attempt to utilize the Services by any alias or other disguised or fraudulent identity.
17. REMEDIES AVAILABLE TO US
17.1 HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM reserves the right to seek any and all remedies available at law or in equity in connection with a violation of these Terms.
17.3 You agree that monetary damages may not provide a sufficient remedy to us for violations of the Terms and you consent to injunctive or other equitable relief for such violations.
17.4 Nothing in these Terms is intend to confer upon you or any third parties any rights, remedies, or benefits not otherwise expressly conferred. Your use of the Services and Site (including any establishment of an Account or submission of User Generated Content) does not create any partnership, agency, joint venture, fiduciary or other similar relationship between HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM and you.
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21.3 All other claims, including without limitation, claims under or for violation of consumer protection laws, unfair competition laws, and in tort, will be adjudicated under the laws of your state of resident in the United States, or, if you reside outside the United States, under the laws of the country in which the subject Sites are directed.
21.4 Any notices required to be given under these Terms shall be given in writing and shall be delivered to the following address:
Plondo Network INC / DBA
175 Richland Place Dr
Monroe, LA 71203
21.5 Except as expressly stated herein, the Terms constitutes the entire agreement between you and HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM with respect to the Services, and it supersedes and replaces all prior or contemporaneous communications, proposals, understandings or agreement, whether electronic, oral or written, between you and HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM with respect to the Services and/or the subject matter of these Terms.
21.6 Any waiver of any provision of the Terms will be effective only if in writing and signed by you and HOMETOWNUTILITIES.COM. Our failure to enforce our rights and remedies available to us with respect your breach of these Terms shall not constitute a waiver of such breach nor of any prior, concurrent, or subsequent breach of the same or any other provision of these Terms.
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These Terms were last modified and effective as of September 1, 2010.