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Consumer Safety Advocates™ Website Terms and Conditions
Thank you for visiting the Consumer Safety Advocates™ website located at www.consumersafetyadvocates.com (the “Site”). The Site is an Internet property of Consumer Safety Advocates (“Consumer Safety Advocates™,” “we,” “our” or “us”). Each end-user visitor to the Site (“User,” “you” or “your”) agrees to the Consumer Safety Advocates™ Website Terms and Conditions (“Terms and Conditions”), in their entirety, when she/he: (a) accesses or uses the Site; (b) accesses and/or views any of the: (i) links to third-party product safety, health and/or medical-related resources and other information (“Third Party Links”); and/or (ii) text, video and other information pertaining to product safety, health, prescription drug and/or legal-related products and/or services (the “Informational Content,” and together with the Third Party Links, the “Content”); and/or (c) utilizes the various contact forms and/or contact information made available on the Site as a means to contact directly, or request to be contacted by, Consumer Safety Advocates’™ third-party legal-related product and/or service providers (“Third Party Legal Services Providers”) (collectively, the “Contact Services,” and together with the Site and Content, the “Site Offerings”).
Consumer Safety Advocates™ provides informational services only. Consumer Safety Advocates™ is not a law firm or a lawyer referral service. As such, Consumer Safety Advocates™ offers no legal advice, recommendations, mediation or counseling in connection with any legal matter, under any circumstances, and nothing we do and no element of the Site Offerings should be construed as such. You should always check with your attorney, accountant and/or other advisors to be sure that any other advice, products and/or services offered by and/or through the Site Offerings are appropriate for you. Any use of the Site Offerings by a User is not intended to, and will not create, an attorney-client relationship between any such User and Consumer Safety Advocates™ and/or any Third Party Legal Services Provider.
Consumer Safety Advocates™ is not a medical treatment or health services organization. As such, the Site Offerings do not include, comprise or involve any form of medical advice, oversight, diagnosis, care or treatment. No licensed medical professional/patient relationship is created by contacting Consumer Safety Advocates™. Consumer Safety Advocates™ is not a covered entity for purposes of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”), nor is the information provided by you to Consumer Safety Advocates™ considered protected health information under HIPAA. Therefore, Consumer Safety Advocates™ does not need to comply with HIPAA privacy or security rules.
Reliance on any information made available to you by and through the Site Offerings is solely at your own risk. Consumer Safety Advocates™ disclaims any and all liability for any loss, damage or injury based on information directly or indirectly obtained through the Site Offerings.
1. Scope; Modification of Agreement.
The Agreement constitutes the entire and only agreement between Users and Consumer Safety Advocates™ with respect to Users’ use of the Site Offerings, and supersedes all prior or contemporaneous agreements, representations, warranties and/or understandings with respect to same. Consumer Safety Advocates™ may amend the Agreement from time to time in its sole discretion, without specific notice to Users; provided, however, that any amendment or modification to the arbitration provisions, prohibition on class action provisions or any other provisions applicable to dispute resolution (collectively, “Dispute Resolution Provisions”) shall not apply to any disputes incurred prior to the applicable amendment or modification. The latest Agreement will be posted on the Site, and Users should review the Agreement prior to using any Site Offerings. By a User’s continued use of the Site Offerings, that User hereby agrees to comply with all of the terms and conditions contained within the Agreement effective at that time (other than with respect to disputes arising prior to the amendment or modification of the Dispute Resolution Provisions, which shall be governed by the Dispute Resolution Provisions then in effect at the time of the subject dispute).
2. Requirements; Termination of Access to the Site Offerings.
The Site Offerings are available only to individuals who can enter into legally binding contracts under applicable law. The Site Offerings are not intended for use by individuals under eighteen (18) years of age (or the applicable age of majority, if greater than eighteen (18) years of age in their jurisdiction). If a User is under eighteen (18) years of age (or the applicable age of majority, if greater than eighteen (18) years of age in her/his jurisdiction) and/or if that User is unable to enter into legally binding contracts under applicable law, that User does not have permission to use and/or access the Site Offerings. Consumer Safety Advocates™ may terminate a User’s access to the Site Offerings at any time and for any reason, in its sole discretion. Such reasons may include, without limitation, where Consumer Safety Advocates™ believes that such User is: (a) in any way in breach of the Agreement; and/or (b) engaged in any improper conduct in connection with the Site Offerings.
3. Contact Services; Third Party Legal Services Providers.
Where a User attempts to utilize the Contact Services, that User may be required to submit, and Consumer Safety Advocates™ may collect, some or all of the following information: (a) the User’s e-mail address; (b) the User’s full name; (c) the User’s telephone number; and (d) any other information collected via the Contact Services Form (collectively, “Contact Data”). Upon entering Contact Data and clicking on the applicable submission button on the Site: (i) Consumer Safety Advocates™ may pass your Contact Data along to one (1) or more of its Third Party Legal Services Providers; and/or (ii) you may be contacted by Consumer Safety Advocates™ and/or one (1) or more of its Third Party Legal Services Providers regarding your request. Where Consumer Safety Advocates™ contacts you in connection with your submission of Contact Data, a Consumer Safety Advocates™ representative may request additional information over the telephone including some or all of the following: (A) User date of birth; (B) User mailing address; (C) User’s emergency contact name and telephone number; (D) questions pertaining to certain of User’s health conditions, if any, including: (I) prescription drugs taken in connection with same; (II) physicians that provide(d) treatment in connection with same; and (III) complications experienced in connection with same; and (E) any other information requested by the applicable Consumer Safety Advocates™ representative (collectively, “Follow-Up Data,” and together with the Contact Data, the “User Data”).
Please be advised that Consumer Safety Advocates™ does not itself provide any underlying legal, medical or health services, and the ultimate terms and conditions of any such services will be determined by the applicable Third Party Legal Services Provider. You understand and agree that Consumer Safety Advocates ™ shall not be liable to you or any third party for any products and/or services offered by any Third Party Legal Services Provider.
Please be advised that the User Data submitted by you, and any and all other information provided by you to Consumer Safety Advocates™, is not protected by the attorney-client privilege, and submitting this User Data does not create an attorney-client relationship. Further, Consumer Safety Advocates™ is not a covered entity for purposes of HIPAA, nor is the User Data provided by you to Consumer Safety Advocates™ considered protected health information under HIPAA. Therefore, HIPAA privacy and security rules do not apply to Consumer Safety Advocates™.
4. Non-Endorsement; Passive Conduit.
(a) Consumer Safety Advocates™ does not sponsor, recommend or endorse any Third Party Legal Services Provider that is accessible by or through the Contact Services and/or other Site Offerings. The Site provides paid attorney advertising. Consumer Safety Advocates™ does not provide attorney referral services. The Site Offerings facilitate communication between Users and potential Third Party Legal Services Providers. The Third Party Legal Services Providers that are accessible by and through the Contact Services pay a fee for access to the Users that utilize the Contact Services. Consumer Safety Advocates™ does not guarantee that Users will successfully find legal representation through the Site Offerings.
(b) Please use caution and common sense when using the Site Offerings. Consumer Safety Advocates™ in no way endorses the content or legality of any responses, statements or promises made by Third Party Legal Professionals or any other parties on the Site or otherwise through the Site Offerings.
(c) The determination of the need for legal services and the choice of legal representation are extremely important decisions and should not be based solely on advertisements, claims of expertise or cost offered by any Third Party Legal Professional. Consumer Safety Advocates™ does not review the standing of any Third Party Legal Professionals with any regulatory authority or bar association. Therefore, Consumer Safety Advocates™ makes no representation regarding the status, standing or ability of any Third Party Legal Professional. When considering employing a Third Party Legal Professional, Users should check that Third Party Legal Professional’s standing with the applicable state bar association.
(d) Consumer Safety Advocates™ is not responsible for, and in no way endorses, any description or indication of specialization or limitation of practice by any Third Party Legal Professionals that are accessible through the Site Offerings. Please be aware that no agency or board may have certified such Third Party Legal Professional as a specialist or expert in any indicated field of law practice. In addition, a Third Party Legal Professional claiming specialization is not necessarily any more expert or competent than other legal professionals. Users should make an independent investigation, confirm and verify all claims made by Third Party Legal Professionals. Users are encouraged to use caution when reviewing any information submitted by Third Party Legal Professionals.
(e) Consumer Safety Advocates™ does not involve itself in the agreements between Users and Third Party Legal Professionals or the actual provision of Legal Services in connection with the relationships created thereby. Therefore, Consumer Safety Advocates™ does not make any representations regarding the competency, trustworthiness, honesty, integrity and/or behavior of either its Users or Third Party Legal Professionals. Each User, and not Consumer Safety Advocates™, is solely responsible for assessing the competency, trustworthiness, honesty and integrity of all Third Party Legal Professionals that the User contacts via the Directory Service.
(f) Consumer Safety Advocates™ does not involve itself in the agreements arrived at by and between Users and Third Party Legal Services Providers, or in the actual provision of legal services in connection with the relationships created thereby. Therefore, Consumer Safety Advocates™ does not make any representations regarding the competency, trustworthiness, honesty, integrity and/or behavior of any such Third Party Legal Services Provider.
5. Content; Third Party Links.
The Site contains Content which includes, but is not limited to, text, video and other information pertaining to safety, health, prescription drug and/or legal-related products and/or services, as well as regularly updated Third Party Links. The Content is offered for informational purposes only and is at all times subject to the disclaimers contained herein, and on the Site.
Users are solely responsible for their interactions with Third Party Legal Services Providers and other third parties. Because Consumer Safety Advocates™ is not involved in User interactions, in the event that you have a dispute with one or more Third Party Legal Services Providers and/or other third-parties, you hereby release Consumer Safety Advocates™ from any and all claims, demands and/or damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, suspected and unsuspected, disclosed and undisclosed, arising out of, or in any way connected with, such disputes.
7. Representations and Warranties.
Each User hereby represents and warrants to Consumer Safety Advocates™ as follows: (a) the Agreement constitutes such User’s legal, valid and binding obligation which is fully enforceable against such User in accordance with its terms; and (b) such User understands and agrees that such User has independently evaluated the desirability of utilizing the Site Offerings and that such User has not relied on any representation and/or warranty other than those set forth in the Agreement.
Each User agrees to indemnify, defend and hold Consumer Safety Advocates™, its members, officers, directors, employees, agents and attorneys, harmless from and against any and all liabilities, claims, actions, suits, proceedings, judgments, fines, damages, costs, losses and/or expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees, court costs and/or settlement costs) arising from or related to: (a) any dispute between that User and any Third Party Legal Services Provider or third party; (b) User’s breach of the Agreement and/or any representation or warranty contained herein; and/or (c) User’s use of the Site Offerings in any manner whatsoever. The provisions of this Section 8 are for the benefit of Consumer Safety Advocates™, its parents, subsidiaries and/or affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, members, employees, agents, shareholders, licensors, suppliers and/or attorneys. Each of these individuals and entities shall have the right to assert and enforce these provisions directly against you on its own behalf.
9. License Grant.
Each User is granted a non-exclusive, non-transferable, revocable and limited license to access and use the Site Offerings. Consumer Safety Advocates™ may terminate this license at any time for any reason. Unless otherwise expressly authorized by Consumer Safety Advocates™, Users may only use the Site Offerings for their own personal, non-commercial use. No part of the Site Offerings may be reproduced in any form or incorporated into any information retrieval system, electronic or mechanical. No User or other third party may use any automated means or form of scraping or data extraction to access, query or otherwise collect material from the Site Offerings except as expressly permitted by Consumer Safety Advocates™. No User or other third party may use, copy, emulate, clone, rent, lease, sell, modify, decompile, disassemble, reverse engineer or transfer the Site Offerings, or any portion thereof. No User or other third party may create any “derivative works” by altering any aspect of the Site Offerings. No User or other third party may use the Site Offerings in conjunction with any other third-party content. No User or other third party may exploit any aspect of the Site Offerings for any commercial purposes not expressly permitted by Consumer Safety Advocates™. Each User further agrees to indemnify and hold Consumer Safety Advocates™ harmless for that User’s failure to comply with this Section 9. Consumer Safety Advocates™ reserves any rights not explicitly granted in the Agreement.
10. Proprietary Rights.
The Site Offerings, as well as the organization, graphics, design, compilation, magnetic translation, digital conversion, software, services and other matters related to same, are protected under applicable copyrights, trademarks and other proprietary (including, but not limited to, intellectual property) rights. The copying, redistribution or publication by any User or other third party of any part of the Site Offerings is strictly prohibited. No User or other third party acquires ownership rights in or to any content, document, software, services or other materials viewed by or through the Site Offerings. The posting of information or material by and through the Site Offerings does not constitute a waiver of any right in or to such information and/or materials.
11. Legal Warning.
Any attempt by any individual to damage, destroy, tamper with, vandalize and/or otherwise interfere with the operation of the Site Offerings is a violation of criminal and civil law and Consumer Safety Advocates™ will diligently pursue any and all remedies in this regard against any offending individual or entity to the fullest extent permissible by law and in equity.
12. Disclaimer of Warranties.
THE SITE OFFERINGS AND/OR ANY OTHER PRODUCTS AND/OR SERVICES OFFERED BY AND/OR THROUGH SAME ARE PROVIDED TO USERS ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS AND ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS AND IMPLIED, ARE DISCLAIMED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE DISCLAIMER OF ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND/OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE). IN PARTICULAR, BUT NOT AS A LIMITATION THEREOF, CONSUMER SAFETY ADVOCATES™ MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT THE SITE OFFERINGS AND/OR ANY OTHER PRODUCTS AND/OR SERVICES OFFERED BY AND/OR THROUGH SAME: (A) WILL MEET ANY USER’S REQUIREMENTS; (B) WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE OR ERROR-FREE OR THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED; (C) WILL BE FREE OF HARMFUL COMPONENTS; (D) WILL ENABLE ANY USER TO OBTAIN LEGAL REPRESENTATION AND/OR REALIZE ANY SPECIFIC LEGAL BENEFIT, DAMAGES OR RELATED LEGAL OUTCOME; AND/OR (E) WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE. THE SITE OFFERINGS AND/OR ANY OTHER PRODUCTS AND/OR SERVICES OFFERED BY AND/OR THROUGH SAME MAY CONTAIN BUGS, ERRORS, PROBLEMS OR OTHER LIMITATIONS. CONSUMER SAFETY ADVOCATES™ WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR THE AVAILABILITY OF THE UNDERLYING INTERNET CONNECTION ASSOCIATED WITH THE SITE OFFERINGS. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY ANY USER FROM CONSUMER SAFETY ADVOCATES™ OR OTHERWISE THROUGH OR FROM THE SITE OFFERINGS SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THE AGREEMENT.
13. Limitation of Liability.
EACH USER EXPRESSLY UNDERSTANDS AND AGREES THAT CONSUMER SAFETY ADVOCATES™ SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO THAT USER OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL AND/OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES (EVEN IF CONSUMER SAFETY ADVOCATES™ HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE BY LAW FOR: (A) THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE OFFERINGS AND/OR ANY OTHER PRODUCTS AND/OR SERVICES OFFERED BY AND/OR THROUGH SAME; (B) THE COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS AND SERVICES RESULTING FROM ANY GOODS, DATA, INFORMATION, CONTENT AND/OR ANY OTHER PRODUCTS PURCHASED OR OBTAINED FROM OR THROUGH THE SITE OFFERINGS; (C) ANY DISPUTE BETWEEN ANY USERS, THIRD PARTY LEGAL SERVICES PROVIDERS AND/OR OTHER THIRD PARTIES; (D) THE UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO, OR ALTERATION OF, ANY USER DATA; (E) THE FAILURE TO OBTAIN LEGAL REPRESENTATION AND/OR REALIZE ANY SPECIFIC LEGAL BENEFIT, DAMAGES OR RELATED LEGAL OUTCOME; AND (F) ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO THE SITE OFFERINGS AND/OR ANY OTHER PRODUCTS AND/OR SERVICES OFFERED BY AND/OR THROUGH SAME. THIS LIMITATION APPLIES TO ALL CAUSES OF ACTION, IN THE AGGREGATE INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, BREACH OF CONTRACT, BREACH OF WARRANTY, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY, MISREPRESENTATION AND ANY AND ALL OTHER TORTS. EACH USER HEREBY RELEASES CONSUMER SAFETY ADVOCATES™ FROM ANY AND ALL OBLIGATIONS, LIABILITIES AND CLAIMS IN EXCESS OF THE LIMITATIONS STATED HEREIN. IF APPLICABLE LAW DOES NOT PERMIT SUCH LIMITATIONS, THE MAXIMUM LIABILITY OF CONSUMER SAFETY ADVOCATES™ TO ANY USER UNDER ANY AND ALL CIRCUMSTANCES WILL BE FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($500.00). NO ACTION, REGARDLESS OF FORM, ARISING OUT OF THE SITE OFFERINGS AND/OR ANY OTHER PRODUCTS AND/OR SERVICES OFFERED BY AND/OR THROUGH SAME, MAY BE BROUGHT BY ANY USER OR CONSUMER SAFETY ADVOCATES™ MORE THAN ONE (1) YEAR FOLLOWING THE EVENT WHICH GAVE RISE TO THE CAUSE OF ACTION. THE NEGATION OF DAMAGES SET FORTH ABOVE IS A FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENT OF THE BASIS OF THE BARGAIN BETWEEN EACH USER AND CONSUMER SAFETY ADVOCATES™. ACCESS TO THE SITE OFFERINGS WOULD NOT BE PROVIDED TO USERS WITHOUT SUCH LIMITATIONS. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW CERTAIN LIMITATIONS ON LIABILITY AND IN SUCH JURISDICTIONS THE LIABILITY OF CONSUMER SAFETY ADVOCATES™ SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
14. Third Party Websites.
The Site Offerings contain links to other websites on the Internet that are owned and operated by third parties including, without limitation, the Third Party Legal Services Provider websites and/or Third Party Links. Consumer Safety Advocates™ does not control the information, products or services made available on, by or through these third party websites. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by Consumer Safety Advocates™ of the applicable website or any association with the website’s operators. Because Consumer Safety Advocates™ has no control over such websites and/or resources, each User agrees that Consumer Safety Advocates™ is not responsible or liable for the availability or the operation of such external websites, for any material located on or available from or through any such websites or for the protection of any User’s data privacy by third parties. Each User further agrees that Consumer Safety Advocates™ shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any loss or damage caused by the use of or reliance on any such material available on, by or through any such site.
15. Editing, Deleting and Modification.
Consumer Safety Advocates™ reserves the right in its sole discretion to edit and/or delete any documents, information or Content appearing on the Site.
16. Use of User Information.
17. Dispute Resolution Provisions.
The Agreement shall be treated as though it were executed and performed in New York, New York and shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York (without regard to conflict of law principles). Should a dispute arise concerning the Site Offerings, the terms and conditions of the Agreement or the breach of same by any party hereto: (a) the parties agree to submit their dispute for resolution by arbitration before the American Arbitration Association in New York, New York, in accordance with the then current Commercial Arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association; and (b) you agree to first commence a formal dispute proceeding by completing and submitting an Initial Dispute Notice which can be found Here[INSERT LINK]. We may choose to provide you with a final written settlement offer after receiving your Initial Dispute Notice (“Final Settlement Offer”). If we provide you with a Final Settlement Offer and you do not accept it, or we cannot otherwise satisfactorily resolve your dispute and you wish to proceed, you must submit your dispute for resolution by arbitration before a reputable arbitration organization as mutually agreed upon by the parties, in your county of residence, by filing a separate Demand for Arbitration, which is available Here. For claims of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) or less, you can choose whether the arbitration proceeds in person, by telephone or based only on submissions. If the arbitrator awards you relief that is greater than our Final Settlement Offer, then we will pay all filing, administration and arbitrator fees associated with the arbitration and, if you retained an attorney to represent you in connection with the arbitration, we will reimburse any reasonable attorneys’ fees that your attorney accrued for investigating, preparing and pursuing the claim in arbitration. Any award rendered shall be final and conclusive to the parties and a judgment thereon may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to preclude any party from: (i) seeking injunctive relief in order to protect its rights pending an outcome in arbitration; and/or (ii) pursuing the matter in small claims court rather than arbitration. Although we may have a right to an award of attorneys’ fees and expenses if we prevail in arbitration, we will not seek such an award from you unless the arbitrator determines that your claim was frivolous.
To the extent permitted by law, you agree that you will not bring, join or participate in any class action lawsuit as to any claim, dispute or controversy that you may have against Consumer Safety Advocates™ and/or its employees, officers, directors, members, representatives and/or assigns. You agree to the entry of injunctive relief to stop such a lawsuit or to remove you as a participant in the suit. You agree to pay the attorney’s fees and court costs that Consumer Safety Advocates™ incurs in seeking such relief. This provision preventing you from bringing, joining or participating in class action lawsuits: (A) does not constitute a waiver of any of your rights or remedies to pursue a claim individually and not as a class action in binding arbitration as provided above; and (B) is an independent agreement. You may opt-out of these dispute resolution provisions by providing written notice of your decision within thirty (30) days of the date that you first access the Site.
To the extent that anything in or associated with the Site Offerings is in conflict or inconsistent with the Agreement, the Agreement shall take precedence. Consumer Safety Advocates’™ failure to enforce any provision of the Agreement shall not be deemed a waiver of such provision nor of the right to enforce such provision. The parties do not intend that any agency or partnership relationship be created through operation of the Agreement. Should any part of the Agreement be held invalid or unenforceable, that portion shall be construed consistent with applicable law and the remaining portions shall remain in full force and effect. Consumer Safety Advocates™ may assign its rights and obligations under the Agreement, in whole or in part, to any party at any time without any notice to you. The Agreement, may not however, be assigned by you, and you may not delegate your duties under it. Headings are for reference purposes only and in no way define, limit, construe or describe the scope or extent of such section.
19. Contact Us.
If you have any questions about the Agreement, Site Offerings or the practices of Consumer Safety Advocates™, you can utilize the options made available on the “Contact” page of the Site.