Effective Date: May 01, 2020.
1. Our Terms
1.1. Important – this agreement (“Agreement”) is a legal document between you (either an individual or entity) (“You” or “Your”) and AppearMe, Inc., a Delaware Corporation (hereinafter “AppearMe,” “We”, “Us” or “Our”) that sets forth the legal terms and conditions for your access to and use of appearme.com, app.appearme.com, consumer.appearme.com, appearme.co, andlawyers.com and any other website owned and operated by AppearMe (the “Website(s)” or “Site(s)”) and any AppearMe software, including any AppearMe mobile applications (the “App(s)”) or other services offered by AppearMe from time to time (collectively, the Website(s), App(s) and services are referred to as “Service(s)”).
1.2. WHY SHOULD YOU READ THESE TERMS? THESE TERMS CREATE A LEGALLY BINDING AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU AND US. By accessing or using AppearMe, you are accepting this Agreement and agreeing to use the Services in accordance with the terms and conditions in this Agreement. Some of our Services may have additional rules, policies, and procedures. Where such additional terms apply, we will make them available for you. A copy of these Terms and Conditions may be downloaded, saved and printed for your reference.
1.3. You confirm that you can enter the Agreement. As a condition of your use of the Services, you confirm and warrant to us that you meet the eligibility requirements set out in Section 4.3 and have the right, authority, and capacity to enter into these terms.
1.4. WHAT TO DO IF YOU DON’T WANT TO ACCEPT THESE TERMS? IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH ALL OF THE PROVISIONS OF THESE TERMS, DO NOT ACCESS AND/OR USE APPEARME.
2. Information about AppearMe and contact details
2.1. Who we are. AppearMe, Inc. is a Delaware corporation.
2.2. Where we are based. Our registered office is at 801 N. Brand Blvd., Suite 210B Glendale, CA 91203.
2.3. How to contact us. You can contact us by writing to us at 801 N. Brand Blvd., Suite 210B Glendale, CA 91203. Our phone number is (888) 900-3080.
2.4. How we may contact you. If we have to contact you we may do so by telephone or email or postal mail sent to the number, email and/or address you provided when you registered for an Account.
2.5. Email, text message, in-app mail/message and in-app push notification count as “in writing”. When we use the words “writing” or “written” in these Terms, this includes emails, text messages, in-app mail/messages and in-app push notifications. For contractual purposes, you consent to receiving communications from AppearMe by email, text messages and in-app push notifications.
3. Changes to the Site and these Terms
3.1. Small changes. We reserve the right to change the terms and conditions of this Agreement or to modify or discontinue the Services offered by AppearMe at any time. Those changes will go into effect on the effective date shown in the revised agreement. If we change this Agreement, we will give you notice by posting the revised agreement on the applicable website(s) or app(s) and/or sending an email notice to you using the contact information provided by you. Therefore, you agree to keep your contact information up-to-date and that notice sent to the last email address you provided shall be considered effective. In addition, it is your responsibility to check this Agreement every time you submit an appearance or accept an appearance or otherwise log in or use the system to see if it has been updated.
3.2. By continuing to use any Services after the new effective date, you agree to be bound by such changes. If the modified terms are not acceptable to you, please cease using the Services.
4. Service Description and Participation/Account Creation/Eligibility
4.2. Account Creation. In order to access certain features of the Website and App and to use certain Services, you may be required to register to create an account (“Account”). In connection with setting up your Account with AppearMe, we may supply you with a user identification and/or password. In connection with any future use, you may be asked to input your user identification and/or password from time to time. YOU AGREE TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL ACTIVITY THAT OCCURS UNDER YOUR ACCOUNT AND AGREE TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING THE SECURITY OF YOUR PASSWORD AND USER IDENTIFICATION. You agree to immediately notify AppearMe of any unauthorized use of your user identification or password or any other breach of security. You can delete your Account at any time, for any reason, by pressing the delete button in your Account. Note that the Users cannot delete their account if they have active or pending requests.
4.3. ELIGIBILITY. ONLY LICENSED ATTORNEYS MAY SIGN UP AND USE APPEARME AS AN APPEARANCE ATTORNEY, DEPOSITION ATTORNEY, FREELANCE ATTORNEY OR ATTORNEY OF RECORD. IF YOUR LICENSE BECOMES SUSPENDED, TERMINATED OR INACTIVE FOR ANY REASON, YOU MUST IMMEDIATELY DELETE YOUR ACCOUNT AND STOP USING ANY AND ALL APPEARME WEBSITES AND APPS.
5. Acceptable Use
5.1. You are responsible for your use of the Services, and for any use of the Services made using your Account. Our goal is to create a positive experience in connection with our Services. To promote this goal, we prohibit certain kinds of conduct that may be harmful to other users, or to AppearMe.
5.2. YOU AGREE NOT TO ATTEMPT TO CONTACT EACH OTHER DIRECTLY ABOUT THE SERVICES OUTSIDE OF THE SERVICES FOR A PERIOD OF 6 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF YOUR LAST VISIT TO THE SERVICES, EXCEPT AS MAY BE PERMITTED BY THESE TERMS OR APPEARME, OR OTHERWISE CIRCUMVENT YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH APPEARME.
184.108.40.206. In addition, a minimum of $2,500 will be charged from each party involved for engaging in any dealings as a result of a connection made on a matter through AppearMe.
5.3. When you use the Services, you agree that you will not:
5.3.1. violate this Agreement or any AppearMe rules regarding use of the Services;
5.3.2. violate any law or regulation;
5.3.3. breach any agreements you enter into with any third parties;
5.3.4. violate, infringe, or misappropriate other people’s intellectual property, privacy, publicity, or other legal rights;
5.3.5. engage in any behavior that is abusive, harassing, indecent, profane, obscene, hateful or otherwise objectionable, including sexual misconduct;
5.3.6. stalk, harass, or harm another individual;
5.3.7. for the purpose of misleading others, create a false identity of the sender or the origin of a message, forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any material transmitted through the Services or in connection with AppearMe;
5.3.8. impersonate any person or entity or perform any other similar fraudulent activity;
5.3.9. harvest or otherwise collect or store any information (including personally identifiable information) about other users of the Services, including e-mail addresses, without the express consent of such users and AppearMe or alter transmission data;
5.3.10. collect, distribute or gather personal or aggregate information, including Internet, e-mail or other electronic addresses, about AppearMe’s customers or other users;
5.3.11. upload, post, e-mail or otherwise transmit any material that constitutes unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes,” or any other form of solicitation or commercial electronic message;
5.3.12. use any means to scrape or crawl any Web pages or Content contained in the Websites or Apps (although AppearMe may allow operators of public search engines to use spiders to index materials from the Websites for the sole purpose of creating publicly available searchable indices of the materials, and AppearMe reserves the right to revoke these exceptions either generally or in specific cases);
5.3.13. attempt to circumvent any technological measure implemented by AppearMe or any of AppearMe’s providers or any other third party (including another user) to protect the Websites or Apps; to the extent permitted by applicable law, attempt to decipher, decompile, disassemble, or reverse-engineer any of the software used to provide the Websites or Apps; or
5.3.14. advocate, encourage, or assist any third party in doing any of the foregoing.
6. Web and Mobile Application License
6.1. Subject at all times to this Agreement, if you elect to download the App, the following also applies: AppearMe grants you a license to download, install and use a copy of the App on a single mobile device or computer that you own or control solely for your personal and professional use on the basis that the license is:
6.1.1. revocable – we have the right to remove your ability to use the App in accordance with these Terms;
6.1.2. non-exclusive – other people can access and use the App;
6.1.3. non-transferable – you can’t pass this right to someone else or sublicense the license; and
6.1.4. limited – the license does not extend beyond what has just been described above.
6.2. Furthermore, with respect to any App accessed through or downloaded from an App Store such as Google Play or the Apple App Store (an “App Store Sourced Application”), you will only use the App Store Sourced Application: (1) on a product that runs the operating system for which it was intended and (2) as permitted by the “Usage Rules” set forth in the corresponding App Store. Use of the App from a third party App Store is also subject to the provisions of Section 9.
7. Ownership & Copyright
7.1. Ownership. The parties agree that all proprietary rights in the Services are and will remain the property of AppearMe. This includes non-personally identifiable aggregate data collected by AppearMe in connection with providing the Services, including usage statistics and traffic patterns, any and all rights, title and interest to which are hereby assigned to AppearMe by you.
7.2. Copyright Restrictions.
7.2.1. The Websites and Apps, including but not limited to software, content, text, photographs, images, graphics, video, audio and the compilation as a whole (“Content”), are copyrighted under U.S. copyright, trademark and other laws by AppearMe, Inc. or its licensors, unless otherwise noted. You must abide by all additional copyright notices or restrictions contained on the Websites, Apps or elsewhere. You may not delete any legal or proprietary notices in the Websites, Apps or elsewhere.
7.2.2. Except as noted in Section 6 above: (1) the Websites and Apps may not be used, displayed, copied, reproduced, distributed, republished, uploaded, downloaded, posted, transmitted, mirrored or modified; and (2) except to the extent permitted by applicable law, you may not redistribute, sell, translate, modify, reverse-engineer or reverse-compile or decompile, disassemble or make derivative works of the Websites, Apps or any Content or components that are available on the Websites or Apps.
7.2.3. You agree not to interfere or take action that results in interference with or disruption of the Websites or Apps or servers or networks connected to the Websites or Apps. You agree not to attempt to gain unauthorized access to other computer systems or networks connected to the Websites or Apps. AppearMe reserves all other rights. Except as expressly provided herein, nothing on the Websites or as part of the Services will be construed as conferring any license under AppearMe’s and/or any third party’s intellectual property rights. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, AppearMe may revoke any of the foregoing rights and/or your access to the Services, including the App, or any part thereof, at any time without prior notice.
7.3. Copyright Permission. Permission is granted for viewing the Website pages and Content on the Internet and via the Apps for your own informational purposes, subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement. In the event that information is downloaded from the Websites or Apps, the information, including any Content, data or files incorporated in or generated by the Websites or Apps are owned by AppearMe and AppearMe retains complete title to the information and all property rights therein. All other rights are reserved. Reproduction of multiple copies of the Content, in whole or in part, for resale or distribution, is strictly prohibited.
7.4. Content License. As part of the Services, we may, if our sole discretion, permit you to post, upload, publish, submit or transmit certain content (“Your Materials”). We may also post a photograph or other visual likeness of you (“Your Image”). By making available any of Your Materials on or through the Services or if we make available Your Image on or through the Services, you (i) hereby grant to AppearMe the right to use Your Materials and Your Image as necessary to provide the Services, promote the Services and improve the Services, and (ii) waive any and all rights that you may have in and to Your Materials and Your Image with respect to these uses. AppearMe does not claim any ownership rights in any of Your Materials and nothing in this Agreement will be deemed to restrict any rights that you may have to use and exploit any of Your Materials. If you do not want to grant us permission to use Your Material or Your Image in accordance with this Agreement, please do not post, upload, publish, submit or transmit Your Materials or Your Image.By supplying information to AppearMe you grant us full and unrestricted rights to use such information as we deem appropriate, including but not limited to compiling, monetizing, reselling, etc…
7.5. Copyright Policy. You acknowledge and agree that you are solely responsible for all of Your Materials that you make available through the Services. You represent and warrant that: (1) you either are the sole and exclusive owner of all of Your Materials that you make available through the Services or you have all rights, licenses, consents and releases that are necessary to grant to AppearMe (or, the Appearance Attorney or Customer as applicable) the rights in Your Materials, as contemplated by this Agreement; and (2) neither Your Materials nor your posting, uploading, publication, submission or transmittal of Your Materials or AppearMe’s (or, the Appearance Attorney’s or Customer’s as applicable) use of Your Materials or Your Image (or any portion thereof) on, through or by means of the Services will infringe, misappropriate or violate any patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, moral rights or other proprietary or intellectual property rights, or rights of publicity or privacy, or result in the violation of any applicable law or regulation.
7.6. Trademarks/Use of Name or Brand. All Content, product names, trademarks, service marks and logos appearing as part of the Services, unless otherwise noted, are wholly owned or validly licensed by AppearMe. Trademarks, service marks and logos owned by third parties remain the property of such third parties.
7.7. Feedback. If you submit any ideas, suggestions or testimonials “Feedback” to AppearMe, you hereby transfer to us all rights in such Feedback without charge. You also agree that AppearMe shall have the right to use and fully exploit such Feedback in any manner that we consider appropriate, including posting on the Internet. Please note that the Feedback you provide to us will not be treated as confidential information – accordingly, you agree not to submit to us any information or ideas that you consider to be confidential or proprietary.You may only submit ideas and material if you have obtained appropriate copyright and other permission to submit such materials and to permit AppearMe to use such material without restriction. You agree that you will not violate or infringe the rights of third parties, including privacy, publicity and intellectual and proprietary rights, such as copyright or trademark rights.
8. Rules of Conduct & Terms of Services
8.1.1. Attorney of Record is the individual who has a valid retainer agreement executed with the client for which an appearance is at issue.
8.1.2. Appearance/Deposition Attorney is the individual licensed attorney who is available and/or has agreed to make the subject appearance, specially appear, on behalf of the attorney of record.
8.1.3. Freelance Attorney is the individual licensed attorney who is available and/or has agreed to perform the subject task on behalf of the attorney of record.
8.1.4. Interpreter is the individual who translates speech orally between speakers/people who speak different languages. Each interpreter User has to provide with his/her native language, one other language that he/she speaks/writes and understands fluently, and the level of expertise in those languages, including any preferred or mandatory licenses and certificates.
8.1.5. Court Reporter (also known as stenographer or shorthand reporter) is the individual who transcribes spoken or recorded speech into written form to produce an official transcript of various legal proceedings.
8.1.6 Consumer is any individual or business entity, represented by and through an authorized party, who uses the website and/or the mobile app to find an attorney or other services available to them.
8.1.7. APPEARANCE IS THE ACTUAL CONDUCT OF PERSONALLY AND PHYSICALLY ATTENDING THE SIGHT (COURTROOM, OFFICE OR OTHER PREMISES) WHERE THE SUBJECT APPEARANCE, PROCEEDING, DEPOSITION, INTERPRETING OR REPORTING IS SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE. As an exception, for certain services an appearance can be made telephonically if explicitly stated so (ex: interpreting over the phone or making an appearance through court authorized service such as CourtCall.)
220.127.116.11. If the actual appearance type is not one that is mentioned when creating an appearance request and accepted by any User, it is not considered to be an appearance and AppearMe has the right to bill the requesting user a reasonable hourly fee for the work done.
8.2. What do we offer
8.2.1. AppearMe is a real-time on-demand software that uses the latest technology to connect independent entities. The services offered by AppearMe are not legal services, freelance legal work, Appearances, Court Hearings, Court Reportings or Interpreting coverage. APPEARME ONLY CONNECTS INDIVIDUAL USERS, LICENSED WHERE AND WHEN REQUIRED BY LAW, WITH EACH OTHER TO FULFILL A SPECIFIC TASK FOR EACH OTHER.
8.2.2. AppearMe facilitates the connection and takes care of the payment processing for one service request as described by the requesting User at the time of submission. Each request covers the service and the length of time as described with the app and the AppearMe pricing page (www.AppearMe.com/pricing). Court appearances are priced for up to one hour and thirty minutes (ninety (90) minutes total). All other services are priced based on the calculation schedule generated at each request.
18.104.22.168. The payments covered by AppearMe are those mentioned in the User’s request. Any payments due to the service providing User because of multiple requests/events/tasks packed into one request or overtime appearances are to be paid separately and in addition to the base rate paid through the AppearMe application. The additional rates are hourly and are equal to the base/first rate mentioned/charged rounded to the nearest 15 minute interval.
22.214.171.124. Each overtime payment is contingent to the approval of AND the payment submitted from the Attorneys of Record. AppearMe does not guarantee the overtime payment. The Appearance Attorney will get paid for any and all overtime fees requested only when the overtime portion is proven, agreed upon and paid by the Attorney of Record.
126.96.36.199. The duration of the appearance time starts from the time mentioned by the attorney of record and not any time before that. Arriving and/or checking in with the court before that time cannot be counted toward your overtime request calculation.
188.8.131.52.1. Appearance Example: An appearance that costs $100 and lasts 2 hours and 46 minutes will cost a total of $225 to the Attorney of Record. Meaning, AppearMe will charge an additional $125 on top of the originally offered $100 to cover the extra hour covered.
184.108.40.206.2. Interpreting/Deposition Example: A $100/hour request that is submitted for 2 hours, authorized for 3 hours max that lasts 4 hours will be charged an amount of $300, unless otherwise permitted by the Attorney of Record.
8.2.3. EACH ATTORNEY OF RECORD AND ANY REQUESTING USER IS STILL AND ALWAYS RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS/HER APPEARANCE, HEARING, DEPOSITION OR OTHER EVENT THAT HE/SHE IS LOOKING TO FIND A COVERAGE FOR.
8.2.4. EACH ATTORNEY OF RECORD AND ANY REQUESTING USER IS STILL AND ALWAYS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL UPDATES, COURT UPDATES, FUTURE CALENDARED OR AGREED UPON DATE AND SHOULD VERIFY INDEPENDENTLY WITHOUT ANY RELIANCE ON ANY REPORT OR COMMUNICATION FROM ANY USER.
8.2.5. Each User (appearance attorney, deposition attorney, freelance attorney, court reporter and interpreter) is liable and responsible for the Request he/she has accepted through the AppearMe web or mobile app. In essence, AppearMe is the equivalent of a staffing company which connects Users who wish to hire: attorneys for limited scope work (a single appearance, single deposition, single task/document preparation) on independent contractor basis; interpreters and translators for the task/event described on independent contractor basis.
8.3. How it works
8.3.1. All Users who are legal services providers need to register and submit their account/profile/application for review. Review and approval of new applications usually lasts 24 hours but is no way guaranteed.
8.3.2. Submit your request.
220.127.116.11. The requesting User is responsible for submitting a request/task where all information is true and accurate. The accepting/performing/appearing User will rely on the information provided to do the necessary appearance/work/task.
18.104.22.168.1. If the information entered changes later on or is not accurate as determined by facts or the accepting User constitutes a breach. The requesting User is liable for all and any subsequent outcomes and may be subject to hourly billing if the scope of the resulting work goes beyond that minimum described herein or on the AppearMe page for prices.
22.214.171.124.2. IT IS EVERY USER’S RESPONSIBILITY TO FOLLOW UP WITH THE ACCEPTING USER AFTER THE MATCH HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED TO CONFIRM AND CLARIFY EACH PARTY’S DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES.
8.3.3. Accepting a request.
126.96.36.199. Accepting an appearance/task is a 2-step verification process. After accepting to appear or perform the task as described, the Appearance/Deposition/Freelance Attorney, Interpreter or Court Reporter becomes responsible for making the Appearance, completing the entire task and fulfilling his/her duties to the fullest.
8.3.4. Cancelling an Appearance
188.8.131.52. Attorneys of Record and Applicable Users
184.108.40.206.1. Users can cancel a submitted request that is not yet accepted at any time.
220.127.116.11.2. Appearances that have been accepted by an Appearance/Deposition/Freelance Attorney, Interpreter or Court Reporter can be cancelled without penalty no later than 4:59:59 p.m. of the day before the scheduled Appearance/Hearing. Cancellations after the 5:00 p.m. deadline is not subject to a refund.
18.104.22.168.3. Cancellation of Appearances for certain services are refundable up to the stated minimum “appearance fee” (ex: $350 for Court Reporters.)
22.214.171.124.4. When appearances are cancelled after the 5:00 p.m. deadline the Appearing/accepting User (Appearance/Deposition/Freelance Attorney, Interpreter or Court Reporter) will receive a flat $60 fee or 50% of the net price over $200, without the obligation to appear.
126.96.36.199.4.1. Example: a $75 appearance is cancelled. The Appearance Attorney receives $60.
188.8.131.52.5. Appearance/Deposition/Freelance Attorneys, Interpreters and Court Reporters can ask from the requesting User, Attorney of Record, to cancel the matched request/appearance and relieve that User from the duty to appear.
8.3.5. Closing and Reporting. The appearing/performing User has 24 hours to close the appearance on AppearMe and submit a report after the end of the appearance.
184.108.40.206. If the report is not submitted and the request is not closed within 24 hours of the appearance/request time the performing/accepting User will be charged a $50 fee.
220.127.116.11. By signing up and submitting any info through the web or mobile app, you give AppearMe permission to use your information as needed. Your profile information as well as any case, task and appearance related information can be sent to other members, affiliates and constituents of AppearMe.
18.104.22.168. You give AppearMe permission to contact you via email, phone, physical address, in-app messages, in-app push notifications or any other means provided/available.
22.214.171.124. You further give permission to other Users to contact you via email, phone, physical address, in-app messages, in-app push notifications or any other means provided/available.
8.4.1. Payments are processed and managed using Stripe. Visit www.Stripe.com for more information.
8.4.2. To submit payments the requesting User have to add a valid credit card before creating an appearance request.
8.4.3. To receive payments, appearing User must submit a checking account info. The funds will be transferred through direct deposit into your checking account on file.
126.96.36.199. Funds are transferred immediately upon completing of “Close and report” task by the appearing/performing User at the end of each appearance. In addition, the funds are transferred no sooner than 24 (twenty four) hours after the appearing User accepts the offer to appear. It may take up to 7 business for the funds to reach the bank account of the accepting/performing attorney.
188.8.131.52. Before changing any bank or credit card account information all users have to make sure all their financial obligations are processed and paid out and all their receivables are deposited and collected. Any loss of funds as a result of switching, changing or deleting any financial data is the sole responsibility of the User making those changes.
8.4.4. The full amount of the request, including the maximum authorized charges, are charged in full and kept within the Stripe account. The performing User is paid upon the successful completion of the request/task/appearance.
8.4.5. All attorneys must submit a W-9 form. Following the IRS rules governing payments made out to independent contractors, any funds over $400 will not be distributed until all necessary documents are filed with and processed by AppearMe.
184.108.40.206. AppearMe charges a small fee for processing payments, developing and maintaining the necessary servers and software.
220.127.116.11. Prices that appear in the submitted requests reflect that amount due to the appearing User. No additional fees are subtracted before payment unless explicitly stated otherwise.
8.5. Each member of the network is responsible to check for any conflict(s) of interest. The Appearance Attorney is required to have cleared any conflict(s) or potential conflict(s) before accepting any offer. The Attorney of Record is required to check on his/her end for any conflict(s) or potential conflict(s) after the match is announced.
9. Our Responsibility for Loss or Damage
9.1. Disclaimer. AppearMe does not make any representations, conditions or warranties, express or implied, including without limitation, warranties of merchantability, satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose, title, compatibility, security, accuracy, or usefulness with respect to the services and/or quality of Appearance by any AppearMe User. You agree that any claims or causes of action arising out of any action or inaction of any User or customer, shall be exclusively between You and the other User (as applicable) and you will hold harmless and indemnify AppearMe against any claims or loss. The services are provided “as is.” You agree to use the services solely at your own risk. You assume full responsibility and risk of loss resulting from your use of the services. Although we intend to take reasonable steps to prevent any damages to you, we are not liable for any damages or harm attributable to the foregoing. You understand and acknowledge that appearme only provides a platform for communication between all Users, and as such AppearMe disclaims any and all liability relating to your interactions with any User(s). Any conduct or representations made to you by any User(s) are made solely at the discretion of the appearance attorney and appearme has no way to monitor or validate, and shall not be responsible or liable in any way for, any conduct,representations or statements made to you by the User(s). You understand and acknowledge that appearme shall have no liability to you for any conduct, statements or representations made by the User to you as a result of your use of the service(s).
I’m 9.2. AppearMe is not designed to meet all your needs. You acknowledge that AppearMe has not been developed to meet your individual requirements, and that it is therefore your responsibility to ensure that the facilities and functions of the site meet your requirements.
9.3. We are not responsible to you for any foreseeable or unforeseeable loss and/or damage caused by us of AppearMe.
9.4. We are not liable for business losses., loss of profits, loss of business, business interruption, or loss of business opportunity.
9.5. No liability for damage caused by unauthorised access. We are not responsible for any loss or damage incurred as a result of unauthorised access to your account.
9.6. Limited liability. to the maximum extent permitted by applicable laws, you agree that AppearMe, its affiliates, agents and their respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, contractors, representatives and agents will not be liable whether in contract, tort (including negligence), for breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, arising under or in connection with this agreement for: (a) any loss of profits; (b) any indirect or consequential loss; or (c) to the extent that you experience any loss or damages resulting from your use of the services, interactions with appearance attorney(s) or other customers; (d) or for any other loss.
9.7. Indemnification. you agree to indemnify and hold harmless AppearMe, its affiliates, agents, contractors, and their respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, contractors, representatives and agents, from any and all liabilities, claims, expenses and damages, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs, arising out of or in any way related to your breach of this agreement.
9.8. Liability cap. except where prohibited by applicable law, the aggregate liability of AppearMe, its affiliates, agents and their respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, contractors, representatives and agents to you for all claims arising from or relating to this agreement or your use of the services, including, without limitation, your interaction with any appearance attorney(s) or other customer(s), any cause of action sounding in contract, tort, or strict liability, will not exceed the greater of: (a) the total amount of income generated by appearme from you during the six-month period prior to the act, omission or occurrence giving rise to such liability, or (b) $100.
9.9. This limitation of liability is intended to apply without regard to whether other provisions of this agreement have been breached or have proven ineffective or if a remedy fails of its essential purpose. some jurisdictions do not allow for limited liability or exclusion of certain warranties, conditions or representations so not all of the above limitations may apply to you. you acknowledge and understand that the disclaimers, exclusions and limitations of liability set forth herein form an essential basis of the agreement between the parties hereto, that the parties have relied upon such disclaimers, exclusions and limitations of liability, and that absent such disclaimers, exclusions and limitations of liability, the terms and conditions of this agreement would be substantially different.
10. Third Party Links & App Store
10.1. Third-Party Links & Ads. The Site may contain links to third-party websites and services, and/or display advertisements for third parties (collectively, “Third-Party Links & Ads”). Where the Site contains links to Third-Party Links & Ads, these links are provided for your information and convenience only. We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources. AppearMe does not review, approve, endorse or make any promises with respect to Third-Party Links & Ads. You use Third-Party Links & Ads at your own risk. You use all Third-Party Links & Ads at your own risk, and should apply a suitable level of caution and discretion in doing so. When you click on any of the Third-Party Links & Ads, the applicable third party’s terms and policies apply, not these Terms.
10.2. App Store. When you download our Apps, you may do so through a third party’s App Store. You acknowledge that the terms of this Agreement are between you and us and not with the owner or operator of the App Store (“App Store Owner”). As between the App Store Owner and us, we, and not the App Store Owner, are solely responsible for the Services, including the App, the content, maintenance, support services, and warranty, and addressing any claims relating thereto (e.g., product liability, legal compliance or intellectual property infringement). In order to use the App, you must have access to a wireless network, and you agree to pay all fees associated with such access. You also agree to pay all fees (if any) charged by the App Store Owner in connection with the Services, including the App. The following applies to any App Store Sourced Application:
10.2.1. Your use of the App Store Sourced Application must comply with the App Store’s “Terms of Service” or equivalent terms.
10.2.2. You acknowledge that the App Store Owner has no obligation whatsoever to furnish any maintenance and support services with respect to the App Store Sourced Application.
10.2.3. In the event of any failure of the App Store Sourced Application to conform to any applicable warranty, you may notify the App Store Owner, and the App Store Owner will refund the purchase price for the App Store Sourced Application to you (if any) and to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, the App Store Owner will have no other warranty obligation whatsoever with respect to the App Store Sourced Application. As between AppearMe and the App Store Owner, any other claims, losses, liabilities, damages, costs or expenses attributable to any failure to conform to any warranty will be the sole responsibility of AppearMe.
10.2.4. You and we acknowledge that, as between AppearMe and the App Store Owner, the App Store Owner is not responsible for addressing any claims you have or any claims of any third party relating to the App Store Sourced Application or your possession and use of the App Store Sourced Application, including, but not limited to: (1) product liability claims; (2) any claim that the App Store Sourced Application fails to conform to any applicable legal or regulatory requirement; and (3) claims arising under consumer protection or similar legislation.
10.2.5. You and we acknowledge that, in the event of any third-party claim that the App Store Sourced Application or your possession and use of that App Store Sourced Application infringes that third party’s intellectual property rights, as between AppearMe and the App Store Owner, AppearMe, not the App Store Owner, will be solely responsible for the investigation, defense, settlement and discharge of any such intellectual property infringement claim to the extent required by this Agreement.
10.2.6. You and we acknowledge and agree that the App Store Owner, and the App Store Owner’s subsidiaries, are third-party beneficiaries of this Agreement as related to your license of the App Store Sourced Application, and that, upon your acceptance of this Agreement, the App Store Owner will have the right (and will be deemed to have accepted the right) to enforce the terms of this Agreement as related to your license of the App Store Sourced Application against you as a third-party beneficiary thereof.
10.2.7. You represent and warrant that (1) you are not located in a country that is subject to a U.S. Government embargo, or that has been designated by the U.S. Government as a “terrorist supporting” country; and (2) you are not listed on any U.S. Government list of prohibited or restricted parties.
10.2.8. Without limiting any other terms in this Agreement, you must comply with all applicable third-party terms of agreement when using the App Store Sourced Application.
11.1. When we might suspend or terminate your Account or Site access. We may, subject to applicable law, in our discretion and without liability to you, with or without cause, with or without prior notice and at any time: (a) terminate this Agreement and/or your access to the Services, and (b) deactivate or cancel your Account.
11.2. What happens when this agreement terminate? Upon termination we will promptly pay you any amounts that we reasonably determine we owe you (if any) in our discretion. In the event AppearMe terminates this Agreement or your access to the Services or deactivates or cancels your Account, you will remain liable for all amounts due hereunder.
11.3. Your right to cancel. You may cancel your Account at any time by contacting us at the contact information set out in Section 2. Please note that if your Account is cancelled, we do not have any obligation to delete or return to you any of Your Materials that you have posted to the Services, including, but not limited to, any reviews or Feedback.
11.4. Our right to cancel. If we terminate this Agreement and/or your access to the Services as a result of your violation of any applicable law or regulation, we may also, at our sole discretion, inform law enforcement or regulatory authorities of the circumstances surrounding such termination, if we deem such action appropriate for preserving ethics standards and/or for the safety of others.
12. Other Important Terms
12.2. Anti-Spam. AppearMe prohibits the sending of unsolicited email or text messages (spam) or other communications that violate applicable privacy and anti-spam legislation. Spam is defined for this purpose as sending any message that encourages participation in a commercial activity or multiple messages similar in content to any person(s), entity(ies), newsgroup(s), forum(s), email list(s), or other group(s), individual(s) or list(s) unless prior authorization has been obtained from the recipient or unless a business or personal relationship has already been established with the recipient in accordance with the requirements under applicable law. AppearMe also prohibits using false headers in emails or falsifying, forging or altering the origin of any email or text message in connection with AppearMe, and/or any products and Services. AppearMe prohibits engaging in any of the foregoing activities by using the service of another provider, remailer service, or otherwise. If you or anyone you know is “spammed” by someone in relation to AppearMe’s services, please contact us promptly via the contact mechanism made available via the website so that we may take appropriate action.
12.3. Governing Law and Jurisdiction. To the extent permitted by applicable law, this Agreement will be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of California and we both agree to submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the District Courts of California.
12.4. Any delay or failure to enforce any terms herein, does not constitute a waiver or breach of any rights held by AppearMe.
12.5. Rights and Remedies. Unless stated otherwise, all remedies provided for in this Agreement shall be cumulative and in addition to and not in lieu of any other remedies available to either party at law, in equity, or otherwise.
12.6. Mandatory Arbitration and Dispute Resolution for United States Users. Please read this Arbitration Agreement carefully. It is part of your contract with AppearMe and affects your rights. It contains procedures for mandatory binding arbitration and a class action waiver.
12.6.1. Applicability of Arbitration Agreement. To the extent permitted by applicable law, all claims and disputes (excluding claims for injunctive or other equitable relief as set forth below) in connection with the Terms or the use of the Services provided by AppearMe that cannot be resolved informally or in small claims court shall be resolved by binding arbitration on an individual basis under the terms of this Arbitration Agreement. Unless otherwise agreed, all arbitration proceedings shall be held in English. This Arbitration Agreement applies to you and AppearMe, and to any subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, employees, predecessors in interest, successors, and assigns, as well as all authorized or unauthorized users or beneficiaries of services or goods provided under the Terms.
12.6.2. Notice Requirement and Informal Dispute Resolution. Before either party may seek arbitration, the party must first send to the other party a written Notice of Dispute (“Notice”) describing the nature and basis of the claim or dispute, and the requested relief. A Notice to AppearMe should be sent to Director of Operations, AppearMe, Inc. [email protected]. After the Notice is received, you and AppearMe may attempt to resolve the claim or dispute informally. IF any party fails to engage in good faith settlement discussions that party shall not be entitled to any recovery of attorney’s fees even upon prevailing under a cause of action with a fee shifting provision. If you and AppearMe do not resolve the claim or dispute within thirty (30) days after the Notice is received, either party may begin an arbitration proceeding. The amount of any settlement offer made by any party may not be disclosed to the arbitrator until after the arbitrator has determined the amount of the award, if any, to which either party is entitled.
12.6.3. Arbitration Rules. Arbitration shall be initiated through JAMS, an established alternative dispute resolution provider (“ADR Provider”) that offers arbitration as set forth in this section. If JAMS is not available to arbitrate, the parties shall agree to select an alternative ADR Provider. The rules of the ADR Provider shall govern all aspects of the arbitration, including but not limited to the method of initiating and/or demanding arbitration, except to the extent such rules are in conflict with the Terms. The arbitration shall be conducted by a single, neutral arbitrator. Any claims or disputes where the total amount of the award sought is less than Ten Thousand U.S. Dollars (US $10,000.00) may be resolved through binding non-appearance-based arbitration, at the option of the party seeking relief. For claims or disputes where the total amount of the award sought is Ten Thousand U.S. Dollars (US $10,000.00) or more, the right to a hearing will be determined by the Arbitration Rules. Any hearing will be held in a location within 100 miles of your residence, unless you reside outside of the United States, and unless the parties agree otherwise. If you reside outside of the U.S., the arbitrator shall give the parties reasonable notice of the date, time and place of any oral hearing. Any judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction. If the arbitrator grants you an award that is greater than the last settlement offer that AppearMe made to you prior to the initiation of arbitration, AppearMe will pay you the greater of the award or fifty dollars ($50). Each party shall bear its own costs (including attorney’s fees) and disbursements arising out of the arbitration and shall pay an equal share of the fees and costs of the ADR Provider.
12.6.4. Additional Rules for Non-Appearance Based Arbitration. If non-appearance based arbitration is elected, the arbitration shall be conducted by telephone, online and/or based solely on written submissions; the specific manner shall be chosen by the party initiating the arbitration. The arbitration shall not involve any personal appearance by the parties or witnesses unless otherwise agreed by the parties.
12.6.5. Time Limits. If you or AppearMe pursues arbitration, the arbitration action must be initiated and/or demanded within the statute of limitations (i.e., the legal deadline for filing a claim) and within any deadline imposed under the AAA Rules for the pertinent claim.
12.6.6. Authority of Arbitrator. If arbitration is initiated, the arbitrator will decide the rights and liabilities, if any, of you and AppearMe, and the dispute will not be consolidated with any other matters or joined with any other cases or parties. The arbitrator shall have the authority to grant motions dispositive of all or part of any claim. The arbitrator shall have the authority to award monetary damages, and to grant any non-monetary remedy or relief available to an individual under applicable law, the AAA Rules, and the Terms. The arbitrator shall issue a written award and statement of decision describing the essential findings and conclusions on which the award is based, including the calculation of any damages awarded. The arbitrator has the same authority to award relief on an individual basis that a judge in a court of law would have. The award of the arbitrator is final and binding upon you and AppearMe.
12.6.7. Waiver of Jury Trial. The parties hereby waive their constitutional and statutory rights to go to court and have a trial in front of a judge or a jury, instead electing that all claims and disputes shall be resolved by arbitration under this Arbitration Agreement. Arbitration procedures are typically more limited, more efficient and less costly than rules applicable in a court and are subject to very limited review by a court. In the event any litigation should arise between you and AppearMe in any state or federal court in a suit to vacate or enforce an arbitration award or otherwise, you and company waive all rights to a jury trial, instead electing that the dispute be resolved by a judge.
12.6.8. Waiver of Class or Consolidated Actions. To the extent permitted by applicable law, all claims and disputes within the scope of this arbitration agreement must be arbitrated or litigated on an individual basis and not on a class basis, and claims of more than one customer or user cannot be arbitrated or litigated jointly or consolidated with those of any other customer or user.
12.6. 9. Confidentiality. All aspects of the arbitration proceeding, including but not limited to the award of the arbitrator and compliance therewith, shall be strictly confidential. The parties agree to maintain confidentiality unless otherwise required by law. This paragraph shall not prevent a party from submitting to a court of law any information necessary to enforce this Agreement, to enforce an arbitration award, or to seek injunctive or equitable relief.
12.6.10. Severability. If any part or parts of this Arbitration Agreement are found under the law to be invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, then such specific part or parts shall be of no force and effect and shall be severed and the remainder of the Agreement shall continue in full force and effect.
12.6.11. Right to Waive. Any or all of the rights and limitations set forth in this Arbitration Agreement may be waived by the party against whom the claim is asserted. Such waiver shall not waive or affect any other portion of this Arbitration Agreement.
12.6.12. Survival of Agreement. This Arbitration Agreement will survive the termination of your relationship with AppearMe.
12.6.13. Small Claims Court. Notwithstanding the foregoing, either you or AppearMe may bring an individual action in small claims court.
12.6.14. Courts. In any circumstances where the foregoing Arbitration Agreement permits the parties to litigate in court, the parties hereby agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts located within Los Angeles County, California, for such purpose.
12.7. If a court finds part of these Terms illegal, the rest will continue in force. Each of the Sections of these Terms operates separately. If any court or relevant authority decides that any of them are unlawful, the remaining Sections will remain in full force and effect.
12.8. We may transfer these Terms to someone else. We may transfer our rights and obligations under these Terms to another organization – for example, this could include another member of our group of companies or someone who buys our business. We will always tell you in writing if this happens and we will ensure that the transfer will not affect your rights under these Terms.
12.9. Nobody else has any rights under these Terms. These Terms are between you and us. No other person shall have any rights to enforce any of its terms.
PLEASE PRINT A COPY OF THIS AGREEMENT FOR YOUR RECORDS AND PLEASE CHECK BACK FREQUENTLY FOR ANY CHANGES TO THIS AGREEMENT.