Revised: January 2019
(“lawlocal.ca,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) welcomes you. We’re really excited that you have decided to access and use our Website and Services.
DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES
LawLocal.ca helps Users find local Lawyers and Legal Services. We would like to point out, however, that although you are able to find information about Members and their services through our Website, we are not a party to any transactions Users make with these Members (“Transactions”). Accordingly, as discussed in more detail below, we shall have no liability to any party in connection with such Transactions, and our Users and Members acknowledge that they are assuming the risks when using the Services to facilitate Transactions.
We provide Visitors and Users with access to the Website as described in this Agreement.
Visitors. Visitors, as the term implies, are people who don’t register with us, but want to look around and see what the Services are all about. No login is required for Visitors. Visitors can (a) view all publicly-accessible content, and (b) e-mail us.
Users. Login is required for all User services. Users can do all the things that Visitors can do, and may also be able to: (a) post Projects for Members to review and potentially submit bids; (b) participate in our promotional offers and sweepstakes, (c) sign up for alerts and other notifications, and (e) post comments, pictures, and other content (collectively, “User Content”).
We are under no obligation to accept any individual as a User, and may accept or reject any registration in our sole and complete discretion.
Also, when using the Services via any Apps we may provide, Users may elect to consent to: (a) the use of their mobile device’s Geolocational Information to provide the Services; and (b) receive text messages. In either case, the Users consent to and shall pay all carrier data, messaging, and other fees resulting from their usage of the Services.
WAIVER AND RELEASE
Although Users are able to find information about and get connected to Members through our Services, we are not a party to any Transaction a User makes with a Member. Accordingly, we shall have no liability to any party in connection with such Transactions. We do recommend, however, that in connection with each Transaction, the User and Member reduce their agreement to writing.
Although membership is by invitation only, we make no attempt to confirm, and do not confirm, any Member’s purported identity. You are solely responsible for determining the identity and suitability of Members whom you may contact by means of the Services.
Although we may ask Members for references, perform site visits, and review their work product, we make no representations, offer no assurances, and do not investigate any of our Members’ backgrounds, morality, character, actions, or demeanor, and you hereby acknowledge that you assume the risk of any encounter or interaction with such Members. We encourage all Users to communicate directly with potential Members through the tools available on the Services and to review any other profile pages for feedback from other Users on other websites besides lawlocal.ca.
Although we reserve the right to do so, we typically do not verify information that Members submit to the Services.
We do not endorse any Member.
We make no, and hereby disclaim all, representations, warranties, claims, and assurances as to the Members’ products and services, including, without limitation, their quality, suitability, fitness for a particular purpose, compliance with laws, and pricing.
YOU, ON BEHALF OF YOURSELF AND YOUR HEIRS, NEXT OF KIN, SPOUSE, GUARDIANS, LEGAL REPRESENTATIVES, AGENTS, EXECUTORS, ADMINISTRATORS, SUCCESSORS, AND ASSIGNS (COLLECTIVELY, THE “RELEASING PARTIES”), AGREE THAT SUCH RELEASING PARTIES SHALL NOT HAVE ANY RIGHT OR CAUSE OF ACTION, AND HEREBY FULLY, FINALLY, AND FOREVER RELEASE, DISCHARGE, AND ACQUIT SWEETEN AND ITS PAST, CURRENT, AND FUTURE MEMBERS, SHAREHOLDERS, EMPLOYEES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, SUBSIDIARIES, PARENT ENTITIES, ATTORNEYS, PRINCIPALS, TRUSTEES, REPRESENTATIVES, AGENTS, PARTNERS, AFFILIATES, PREDECESSORS, SUCCESSORS, OPERATING PARTNERSHIPS, GENERAL PARTNERS, INSURERS, REINSURERS, AND ASSIGNS FROM ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, SUITS, OBLIGATIONS, COSTS, DAMAGES, LOSSES, CLAIMS FOR SUMS OF MONEY, CONTRACTS, CONTROVERSIES, AGREEMENTS, JUDGMENTS, AND DEMANDS WHATSOEVER, RIGHTS, LIABILITIES, ACTIONS, AND CAUSES OF ACTION OF ANY NATURE, KNOWN OR UNKNOWN, SUSPECTED OR UNSUSPECTED, AT LAW OR IN EQUITY, FIXED OR CONTINGENT, WHICH SUCH RELEASING PARTIES NOW HAVE OR MAY CLAIM TO HAVE IN THE FUTURE (COLLECTIVELY, “CLAIMS”) ARISING OUT OF, BASED UPON, ATTRIBUTABLE TO, OR IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR INTERACTION WITH OTHER USERS AND MEMBERS AND ANY TRANSACTIONS YOU MAY ENTER.
YOU HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT IT IS THE INTENTION OF THE PARTIES THAT THE FOREGOING RELEASE AND DISCHARGE SHALL BE EFFECTIVE AS A BAR TO ALL CLAIMS OF WHATEVER CHARACTER, NATURE, AND KIND, KNOWN OR UNKNOWN, SUSPECTED OR UNSUSPECTED, HEREINABOVE SPECIFIED TO BE SO BARRED.
Our community, like any community, functions best when its people follow a few simple rules. By accessing and/or using the Website, you hereby agree to comply with these community rules and that:
You will not use the Website for any unlawful purpose;
You will not post false or misleading Projects;
Other than listing Projects in accordance with this Agreement, you will not use the Website to engage in any commercial activities, including, without limitation, raising money; advertising or promoting a product, service, or company; or engaging in any pyramid or other multi-tiered marketing scheme;
You will not access or use the Website to collect any market research for a competing business;
You will not upload, post, e-mail, transmit, or otherwise make available any User Content that:
infringes any copyright, trademark, right of publicity, or other proprietary rights of any person or entity; or
is threatening, tortious, defamatory, libelous, indecent, obscene, pornographic, invasive of another’s privacy, or promotes violence; or
discloses any sensitive information about another person, including that person’s e-mail address, postal address, phone number, credit card information, or any similar information;
You will not “stalk” or otherwise harass another;
You will not impersonate any person or entity or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;
You will not cover, obscure, block, or in any way interfere with any advertisements and/or safety features (e.g., report abuse button) on the Website;
You will not take any action that imposes or may impose (in our sole discretion) an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our technical infrastructure;
You will not use automated means, including spiders, robots, crawlers, data mining tools, or the like to download or scrape data from the Website, except for Internet search engines (e.g., Google) and non-commercial public archives (e.g., archive.org) that comply with our robots.txt file;
You will not use any automated device or software that enables the submission of automatic postings on the Website without human intervention or authorship, including, without limitation, the use of any such automated posting device in connection with bulk postings or for automatic submission of postings at certain times or intervals; and
You will not interfere with or attempt to interrupt the proper operation of the Website through the use of any virus, device, information collection or transmission mechanism, software or routine, or access or attempt to gain access to any data, files, or passwords related to the Website through hacking, password or data mining, or any other means.
Please let us know about inappropriate content. If you find something that violates our community guidelines, let us know, and we’ll review it. We reserve the right, in our sole and absolute discretion, to deny you access to the Website, or any portion of the Services, without notice and remove any User Content that does not adhere to these guidelines.
The Services are available for individuals aged 18 years or older. If you are under 18, please do not use the Website. By registering as a User, you represent and warrant that you are at least 18.
The Website contains material, such as software, text, graphics, images, sound recordings, audiovisual works, and other material provided by or on behalf of lawlocal.ca (collectively referred to as the “Content”). The Content may be owned by us or by third parties. The Content is protected under laws. Unauthorized use of the Content may violate copyright, trademark, and other laws. You have no rights in or to the Content, and you will not use the Content except as permitted under this Agreement. No other use is permitted without prior written consent from us. You must retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained in the original Content on any copy you make of the Content. You may not sell, transfer, assign, license, sublicense, or modify the Content or reproduce, display, publicly perform, make a derivative version of, distribute, or otherwise use the Content in any way for any public or commercial purpose. The use or posting of the Content on any other website or in a networked computer environment for any purpose is expressly prohibited.
If you violate any part of this Agreement, your permission to access and/or use the Content, the Website, and the Services automatically terminates and you must immediately destroy any copies you have made of the Content.
The trademarks, service marks, and logos of lawlocal.ca (“lawlocal.ca Trademarks”) used and displayed on the Website are registered and unregistered trademarks or service marks of lawlocal.ca. Other company, product, and service names located on the Website may be trademarks or service marks owned by others (the “Third-Party Trademarks,” and, collectively with the lawlocal.ca Trademarks, the “Trademarks”). Nothing on the Website should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use the Trademarks, without our prior written permission specific for each such use. Use of the Trademarks as part of a link to or from any site is prohibited unless establishment of such a link is approved in advance by us in writing. All goodwill generated from the use of the lawlocal.ca Trademarks inures to our benefit.
Elements of the Website and the Services are protected by trade dress, trademark, unfair competition, and other state and federal laws and may not be copied or imitated in whole or in part, by any means, including but not limited to the use of framing or mirrors. None of the Content may be retransmitted without our express, written consent for each and every instance.
COMMUNICATIONS TO US; USER SUBMISSIONS; AND PUBLICITY
Although we encourage you to e-mail us, we do not want you to, and you should not, e-mail us any content that contains confidential information. With respect to all e-mails you send to us, including but not limited to, feedback, questions, comments, suggestions, and the like, we shall be free to use any ideas, concepts, know-how, or techniques contained in your communications for any purpose whatsoever, including, but not limited to, the development, production and marketing of products and services that incorporate such information, without compensation to you.
As noted above, the Website provides Users the ability to post and upload User Content. You expressly acknowledge and agree that once you submit your User Content, it will be accessible by others and that there is no confidentiality or privacy with respect to such User Content, including, without limitation, any personally identifying information that you may make publicly available. YOU, AND NOT LAWLOCALl.CA, ARE ENTIRELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL THE USER CONTENT THAT YOU UPLOAD, POST, E-MAIL, OR OTHERWISE TRANSMIT VIA THE WEBSITE.
You retain all copyrights and other intellectual property rights in and to your own User Content. You do, however, hereby irrevocably grant us and our sublicensees and assignees a non-exclusive, transferable, perpetual, royalty-free, freely sublicensable (through multiple tiers) license to modify, compile, combine with other content, copy, record, synchronize, transmit, translate, format, distribute, publicly display, publicly perform, and otherwise use or exploit (including for profit) any and all of your User Content, your Sign-In Name (or username if you sign in with a social media account), the picture associated with your account, and all intellectual property and moral rights therein throughout the universe, in each case, by or in any means, methods, media, or technology now known or hereafter devised. Without limiting the foregoing, you acknowledge and agree that uses of your User Content, Sign-In Name/username, and associated picture permitted by the foregoing rights and licenses may include the display of such User Content, Sign-In Name/username, and associated picture adjacent to advertising and other material or content, including for profit.
If you submit User Content to us, each such submission constitutes a representation and warranty that such User Content is your original creation (or that you otherwise have the right to provide the User Content), that you have the rights necessary to grant the license to the User Content under this Section, and that it and its use by lawlocal.ca and its content partners as permitted by this Agreement does not and will not infringe or misappropriate the intellectual property or moral rights of any person or contain any libelous, defamatory, or obscene material or content that violates our community guidelines.
NO WARRANTIES/LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
WE MAKE NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE WEBSITE, THE CONTENTS OF THE SERVICES, THE MEMBERS, OR OTHER USERS. WE SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO LIABILITY FOR ANY DELAYS OR INTERRUPTIONS OF THE WEBSITE FROM WHATEVER CAUSE. YOU AGREE THAT YOU USE THE WEBSITE, THE CONTENT, AND THE SERVICES AT YOUR OWN RISK.
WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE WEBSITE WILL OPERATE ERROR-FREE OR THAT THE WEBSITE, ITS SERVERS, OR THEIR CONTENT ARE FREE OF COMPUTER VIRUSES OR SIMILAR CONTAMINATION OR DESTRUCTIVE FEATURES. IF YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE, THE CONTENT, OR THE SERVICES RESULTS IN THE NEED FOR SERVICING OR REPLACING EQUIPMENT OR DATA, WE SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THOSE COSTS.
THE WEBSITE, THE CONTENT, AND THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND. WE DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE WARRANTY OF TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTIES’ RIGHTS, AND FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
IN NO EVENT SHALL WE BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, INCIDENTAL AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, LOST PROFITS, OR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM LOST DATA OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) RESULTING FROM THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE WEBSITE, THE CONTENT, OR THE SERVICES, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
THE WEBSITE MAY CONTAIN TECHNICAL INACCURACIES OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS OR OMISSIONS. WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY SUCH TYPOGRAPHICAL OR TECHNICAL ERRORS LISTED ON THE WEBSITE. THE WEBSITE MAY CONTAIN INFORMATION ON MEMBERS WHO ARE NOT AVAILABLE IN EVERY LOCATION. A REFERENCE TO A MEMBER ON THE WEBSITE DOES NOT IMPLY THAT SUCH MEMBER IS OR WILL BE AVAILABLE TO WORK ON YOUR PROJECT. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES, CORRECTIONS, AND/OR IMPROVEMENTS TO THE WEBSITE AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE.
The Website may contain links to third-party websites (“External Sites”). These links are provided solely as a convenience to you and not as an endorsement by us of the content on such External Sites. The content of such External Sites is developed and provided by others. You should contact the site administrator or webmaster for those External Sites if you have any concerns regarding such links or any content located on such External Sites. We are not responsible for the content of any linked External Sites and do not make any representations regarding the content or accuracy of materials on such External Sites. You should take precautions when downloading files from all websites to protect your computer from viruses and other destructive programs. If you decide to access linked External Sites, you do so at your own risk.
You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold us and our officers, directors, employees, successors, licensees, and assigns harmless from and against any claims, actions, or demands, including, without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees, arising or resulting from your breach of this Agreement or any of your Transactions or your access to, use, or misuse of the Website, the Content, or the Services. We shall provide notice to you of any such claim, suit, or proceeding and shall assist you, at your expense, in defending any such claim, suit, or proceeding. We reserve the right, at your expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter that is subject to indemnification under this section. In such case, you agree to cooperate with any reasonable requests assisting our defense of such matter.
COMPLIANCE WITH APPLICABLE LAWS
The Website is based in Canada. We make no claims concerning whether the Content may be downloaded, viewed, or be appropriate for use outside of Canada. If you access the Website, the Services, or the Content from outside of Canada, you do so at your own risk. Whether inside or outside of Canada, you are solely responsible for ensuring compliance with the laws of your specific jurisdiction.
TERMINATION OF THE AGREEMENT
We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to restrict, suspend, or terminate this Agreement and your access to the Website and to all or any part of the Services, at any time and for any reason without prior notice or liability. We reserve the right to change, suspend, or discontinue all or any part of the Services at any time without prior notice or liability.
DIGITAL MILLENIUM COPYRIGHT ACT
lawlocal.ca respects the intellectual property rights of others and attempts to comply with all relevant laws. We will review all claims of copyright infringement received and remove any Content or user submissions deemed to have been posted or distributed in violation of any such laws. Contact: email@example.com
If you believe that your work has been copied on the Website in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide our agent with notice in accordance with the requirements of the Act, including (i) a description of the copyrighted work that has been infringed and the specific location on the Website where such work is located; (ii) a description of the location of the original or an authorized copy of the copyrighted work; (iii) your address, telephone number and e-mail address; (iv) 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; (v) a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf; and (vi) an electronic or physical signature of the owner of the copyright or the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest.
This Agreement is governed by the laws of the Province of Ontario in Canada, without respect to its conflict of laws provisions. You expressly agree: (i) to submit to the exclusive personal jurisdiction of the Province of Ontario in Canada and federal courts sitting in the Province of Ontario in Canada; and (ii) that the Services shall be deemed passive do not give rise to personal jurisdiction over lawlocal.ca, either specific or general, in jurisdictions other than the Province of Ontario in Canada. If any provision of this Agreement is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction or terminated in accordance with the Termination provision above, the invalidity or termination of such provision shall not affect the validity of the following provisions of this Agreement, which shall remain in full force and effect: “Waiver and Release,” “Intellectual Property,” “Communications to Us; User Submissions; and Publicity,” “No Warranties/Limitation of Liability,” “Indemnification,” “Termination of the Agreement,” and “Miscellaneous.”
Our failure to act on or enforce any provision of the Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of that provision or any other provision in this Agreement. No waiver shall be effective against us unless made in writing, and no such waiver shall be construed as a waiver in any other or subsequent instance. Except as expressly agreed by us and you in writing, this Agreement constitutes the entire Agreement between you and us with respect to the subject matter, and supersedes all previous or contemporaneous agreements, whether written or oral, between the parties with respect to the subject matter. The section headings are provided merely for convenience and shall not be given any legal import. This Agreement will inure to the benefit of our successors, assigns, licensees, and sublicensees.