THIS USER AGREEMENT (“Agreement”) is entered into as of the “Effective Date” (defined below) by and between Accounts Receivable, (“AR”) a Florida corporation with its principal place of business at 1806 33rd St. Ste 180 Orlando FL 32839 and the party electronically accepting the within terms and conditions, (“User”).
WHEREAS, Accounts Receivable has the right to permit access to use, among other things, its licensed ID Scanner equipment (“Equipment”), its licensed software programs known as the Systems Integration Toolkit (“SDK”), its licensed XML Interface Technology (“XML”), and its licensed database information products and services website offering located at www.AccountsReceivable.Com (“Website”), which provides the ability via the Internet through the Website and/or through SDK or XML, to securely access and interpret certain consumer credit and other information (“Credit Information”) from its databases and one or more of the national consumer credit reporting agencies, TransUnion, Experian, Equifax (“Credit Bureaus”) and/or other consumer or business data (“Data”) and/or industry information (“Industry Information” and together with Credit Information and Data, “Information”) from various Data or Information providers (together with the Credit Bureaus, “Repositories” and each a “Repository”) and User desires to utilize such in accordance with the terms and conditions herein and Accounts Receivable is willing to and does permit User limited, nonexclusive, and nontransferable access to use Accounts Receivable’s products and services through the Internet and otherwise, in accordance with the terms and conditions herein.
NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of Accounts Receivable ‘s provision to User of the products and services specified in the application and fee schedule attached hereto as Exhibit A and incorporated herein by reference as if fully set forth, (“Fee Schedule”) and User’s payment of “Fees” (defined below) to Accounts Receivable therefore, of the mutual covenants and promises contained herein and of other good and valuable consideration, the extent and sufficiency of which is acknowledged between Accounts Receivable and User (each a “party” and together the “parties”), the parties hereto agree as follows:
A. User Agrees to:
1. Abide as applicable, and as a third party sales agent / distributor, if applicable, cause its customers (“Customers”) to abide by the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1681 et. seq. (“FCRA”), as amended by the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 (“FACTA”) and thereafter from time to time, the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and other applicable equal opportunity laws, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999, 15 U.S.C. § 6801 et. seq. (“GLBA”), the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act of 1994, 18 U.S.C. § 2721(b)(3) (“DPPA”), the laws of the applicable state issuing Motor Vehicle Records (“MVR”), the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (“ECOA”), the Truth In Lending Act (“TILA”) and all other applicable local, state and federal laws regarding Information, as well as the permissions and limitations of Accounts Receivable and the Repositories, when Information subject to such acts and laws is requested, accessed, used, stored and/or distributed.
2. Obtain and maintain as valid throughout the “Term” (defined below) of this Agreement, all applicable rights, title, permits, licenses, insurance, authorities and approvals necessary regarding its business, this Agreement and the receipt and use of the products and services provided hereunder, and comply, along with its officers, directors, shareholders, managers, employees, agents and representatives, with all laws and regulations applicable to its business.
3. As applicable, obtain all required Repository subcodes (“Subcodes”) and access Information both directly from and through Accounts Receivable, a Repository or, with Accounts Receivable’s prior written consent, a Accounts Receivable designated and/or approved vendor.
4. Be aware per the FCRA, those who knowingly and willfully obtain Information on a consumer from a consumer reporting agency under false pretenses shall be fined under Title 18 or imprisoned not more than two years or both.
5. Be aware that some states (CA, CO, MN, VT, WA, etc.) have stricter consumer, ADA and DMV based statutes, compliance with which is the responsibility of User.
6. Be aware that access to certain Information is subject to restrictions of the Repositories, such that User shall not export such Information, related documentation or technical data, or any product incorporating such, outside of the fifty (50) states of the United States of America and its territories.
7. Acknowledge that: Public Record Information provided to User from or through Accounts Receivable (including, but not limited to, criminal information (including, but not limited to, information relating to arrests, indictments, convictions, suits, tax liens, and outstanding judgments), civil suits and civil judgments, liens, evictions, bankruptcies), is provided solely for verification purposes, and shall not be requested, obtained, or used in whole or in part, as a factor in establishing an individual’s creditworthiness or eligibility for (i) credit or insurance, or (ii) employment purposes, application in hiring, promotion, suspension, denial or termination of a prospective or current employee, nor for any other purposes under the FCRA. User shall not take any “adverse action” as defined under the FCRA, which is based in whole or in part on verification services, against any individual. Verification services may be used to protect against or prevent actual or potential fraud, unauthorized transactions, claims, or other liability as described in the GLBA. All potential discrepancies or inaccuracies identified by such verification services, shall be re-verified by User through an additional, independent source.
8. Acknowledge that: Public Record Information provided to User from or through Accounts Receivable is derived solely from public records, which may not be 100 percent (100%) accurate or complete. User should consult state and federal laws, including the FCRA, before using Public Record Information in making business decisions based on the results. Neither we, nor the data Repositories, or our other vendors or suppliers, are liable for claims or damages arising from the use of Public Record Information, beyond the cost of the particular search performed and report obtained by User. Because misidentifications may occur when trying to identify a particular person, based solely upon name and other identifiers, extreme care must be exercised in the review and use of the Public Record Information contained herein. Public Record Information contained herein should not be used in legal proceedings; rather, it is recommended that User obtain the original public record document from the relevant jurisdiction for the purpose of legal proceedings.
9. Assure that if User chooses to use driver’s license data, that it will use such in compliance with the DPPA, and that motor vehicle department data will be used solely for authentication purposes only.
10. Assure that if User chooses to use data from the United States Treasury Department
Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) of specially designated nationals and blocked persons, that the matching of data to the OFAC list is based on very limited identification information, that a match does not necessarily indicate that the individual or entity about whom User inquired is the same individual or entity referenced by OFAC, and that any adverse action taken by User against an individual or entity must be taken based on User’s complete investigation of the individual or entity and not based solely on the OFAC information.
11. Assure that except as expressly permitted by the FCRA, User shall not use any medical information contained in a consumer report in connection with any determination of the consumer’s eligibility, or continued eligibility for credit, or for any purpose other than for use: (i) in connection with an insurance transaction with the affirmative consent of the consumer who is the subject of the report; (ii) in connection with a credit transaction involving the extension of credit to, or the review or collection of an account of the consumer, where the medical information to be furnished is relevant to process or effect the transaction, and the consumer has provided specific written consent for the furnishing of the report that describes in clear and conspicuous language, the use for which the medical information will be furnished; (iii) for employment purposes, where the medical information to be furnished is relevant to process or effect the transaction, and the consumer has provided specific written consent for the furnishing of the report that describes in clear and conspicuous language, the use for which the medical information will be furnished; or (iv) with the consumer’s consent.
12. Be aware that some commercial Repository Data may contain consumer credit information, but that such shall nevertheless solely be used in connection with a present or prospective commercial (i.e., not for personal, family or household purposes) credit or financial transaction involving the business inquired upon or the individual on whom such Information is sought and only if such individual is the proprietor of an unincorporated business, is a general partner in a partnership, is a guarantor of the business’ obligation and has provided a copy of a written guaranty, or has given written instruction for the provision of such Information, and not used as a factor in establishing an individual’s eligibility for credit, insurance for personal, family or household purposes, or employment.
13. Acknowledge that every inquiry made on an individual will appear on such individual’s consumer credit report, listed as either a consumer or business inquiry, when using the corresponding report, and will include, if and as applicable, User’s business name and address.
14. Acknowledge that for products and services accessed which contain information from the Death Master File (“DMF”) as issued by the Social Security Administration (“SSA”), User certifies pursuant to § 203 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 and 15 C.F.R. § 1110.2 and § 1110.102 that: User meets the qualifications of a “Certified Person” and that its access to the DMF is appropriate; that consistent with its applicable FCRA or GLBA use of Information, User’s use of deceased flags or other indicia within such Information is restricted to legitimate fraud prevention or business purposes in compliance with applicable laws, governmental rules, regulations or fiduciary duty, as such business purposes are interpreted under 15 C.F.R. § 1110.102(a)(1) and that User shall specify the basis for so certifying; that User has systems, facilities and procedures in place to safeguard the accessed DMF information, experience in maintaining the confidentiality, security and appropriate use of the accessed DMF information pursuant to requirements similar to those of § 6103(p)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and that User agrees to satisfy the requirements of § 6103(p)(4) as if such applies to User; that User shall not disclose information derived from the DMF to the consumer or any third party, unless clearly required by applicable law; that User acknowledges that failure to comply with the provisions above may subject it to penalties under 15 C.F.R. § 1110.200 of $1,000 for each disclosure or use, up to a maximum of $250,000 in penalties per calendar year; and that User will not take any adverse action against any consumer without further investigation to verify the information from the deceased flags or other indicia.
15. Acknowledge that: The Military Lending Act, 10 U.S.C. § 987 (“MLA”) protects Department of Defense (“DOD”) “Covered Borrower(s)”, (as defined in 32 C.F.R. § 232.3(g)(1)), including “Service Members” and certain “dependents”, from certain high-cost “consumer credit” products (as such are defined in the MLA). The DOD Covered Borrower data provided to User from or through Accounts Receivable comes from the Defense Manpower Data Center (“DMDC”) directly from the DOD, or from a DOD approved Repository. MLA data and reports obtained from or through Accounts Receivable shall be used by User with a “permissible purpose” in accordance with the FCRA, only for its own internal one-time use, and not in connection with, in whole or in part, underwriting of insurance, initiating preapproved offers of credit, to establish profiles, reports or any other documentation on individuals, for marketing, or any purpose other than to make a determination of consumer status as a Covered Borrower as required of “creditors” for credit “transactions” subject to and as defined in the MLA. Without using a Social Security Number in the query, neither the DMDC, the Repositories, nor Accounts Receivable, can authoritatively assert that the individual identified in the data and report is the same individual that your query refers to; name and data of birth alone, do not uniquely identify an individual. Refer to the MLA and consult with your own attorney for more details prior to use.
16. Be aware that Information is obtained and managed by fallible sources and that for the Fee charged, Accounts Receivable does not guarantee or insure the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, depth or continuation of Information.
17. Assume responsibility for the final verification of the consumer’s identity.
18. Be aware that Accounts Receivable employees are not allowed to render any opinions regarding Information contained in a consumer report. All actions or decisions must be based on User policies and procedures.
B. Accounts Receivable Agrees to:
1. Comply with all applicable Repository rules and procedures, as well as local, state and federal laws and regulations, including but not limited to the FCRA, the UCC, business verification and public records, in the preparation, transmission, storage
and usage of Information and all types of reports.
2. When, if and as applicable, comply with the rules set forth by the Payment Card Industry (“PCI”) Data Security Standards (“DSS”) for the appropriate level using an Approved PCI Compliance Scanning Vendor (“ASV”).
3. Maintain copies of Information accessed by User along with transaction details, for a minimum of five (5) years. During a consumer inquiry, the subject of the report has the right to learn that User ordered Information on such subject.
4. Re-verify Information at no cost on User requests by telephone or consumer requests in writing. Accounts Receivable shall respond in writing and timely.
5. Follow reasonable quality assurance procedures and maintain confidentiality of Information acquisition and verification methods.
6. Accounts Receivable hereby certifies that it is a “consumer reporting agency” and a “reseller of consumer reporting services” as currently defined in the FCRA.
C. Terms and Conditions:
1.User shall, and if and as applicable cause its Customers to: identify the end user (“End User”) of each consumer credit or other Information prior to requesting such; certify each specific “permissible purpose” as defined in the FCRA or “permitted use” under the GLBA for which the consumer credit or other Information is requested and certify that such will be used for no other purpose or use, (tendering this “permissible purpose” or “permitted use” in such form or manner as requested by Accounts Receivable); secure consumer credit and other Information on individuals solely for its own internal one-time use in accordance with the permissions and restrictions of the Repositories, which may differ from one another, and which may include credit, employment, insurance underwriting, collection, government licensing or written consumer consent or initiated transactions between itself and the consumer to whom Information refers and/or for such other “permissible purpose” related to a business transaction as is defined by the FCRA or “permitted use” under the GLBA and/or as permitted or restricted by the Repositories; notify Accounts Receivable immediately if the reason or need for the Information becomes different than originally claimed, for which a signed written addendum to this Agreement is required, provided that the new use consists of a “permissible purpose” as defined in the FCRA or a “permitted use” under the GLBA; and except as otherwise expressly permitted herein, agree it is the End User and will not resell, distribute, sublicense, compile or revise Information obtained through Accounts Receivable.
2. User and Customers are prohibited from creating derivative works of all or any portion of the ” Accounts Receivable Products” (hereinafter defined), from reverse engineering, decompiling, disassembling, or otherwise attempting to discover source code of the Accounts Receivable Products, or from copying, disclosing, or using the Accounts Receivable Products, except as otherwise provided herein.
3. User acknowledges it has received and shall provide its Customers, if applicable, with the “Notice to Users of Consumer Reports: Obligations of Users Under the FCRA” as required by the FCRA, which can be viewed and printed at the Website.
4.User agrees that it will, and if applicable cause its Customers to, obtain in advance and retain on file appropriate application, release, consent and/or authorization forms (“Forms”) from any credit applicant, job applicant or other individual on whom Information in Repositories accessed through Accounts Receivable is sought; that it will disclose to such individual(s) as and when required by law that credit and/or other Information (including investigative credit report Information, if applicable) will be sought on such individual(s); and that it will provide consumer(s) with answers about their own credit report or when credit is denied, terminated or changed or when an application is declined, based in whole or in part on Information secured through Repositories availed by Accounts Receivable, resulting in “adverse action” as defined in FCRA, with Accounts Receivable’s name, address and toll free phone number (and not that of any Accounts Receivable vendor, partner or other customer, unless required otherwise per applicable law); and both advise applicants and follow procedures itself, regarding Repository mandates on consumer inquiries or complaints.
5. User agrees that it will retain Forms for five (5) years in all cases where credit is extended or an application approved and in any case where credit is declined or an application declined; and that it will make available such Forms to Accounts Receivable t and/or Repositories upon reasonable notice for occasions where confirmation or audit is required, either by consumers, the Repositories or by Accounts Receivable.
6. User agrees to take all reasonable precautions to ensure that Information on individuals (including scores) will be disclosed internally only to those of its employees whose duties reasonably relate to the legitimate business purpose for which the Information was requested.
7. User shall, and if applicable, cause its Customers, at no cost on a monthly or sooner basis, to contribute current and updated consumer history, payment, credit, fraud and other transaction experience data on established and new accounts (“Contribution Data”) to Accounts Receivable in the form, format and manner prescribed by Accounts Receivable in accordance with Accounts Receivable ‘s then current data contribution policy, security procedures and data contribution specifications (as amended by Accounts Receivable from time to time upon reasonable prior written mail, fax, email or Website posting notice to User). Contribution Data shall be as complete and accurate as possible in accordance with then current industry standards and User shall adhere to all applicable local, state and federal laws regarding same. Accounts Receivable shall have no obligation or responsibility to return Contribution Data or the media containing same to User or act upon any instructions from User regarding the Contribution Data not expressly set forth hereunder or required by applicable law. At Accounts Receivable ‘s prior written request and within a reasonable period, User shall promptly verify the accuracy of the Contribution Data provided to Accounts Receivable. User acknowledges it has received and shall provide its Customers, if applicable, with the “Notice to Furnishers of Information: Obligations of Furnishers Under the FCRA” as required by the FCRA, which can be viewed and printed at the Website. User further acknowledges that the manner in which it collects, generates and reports Contribution Data, other than the mutually agreeable format for reporting Contribution Data to Accounts Receivable, is solely within User’s discretion. User warrants that it has the full legal right, permission and authority to provide Contribution Data and that User’s processes for collecting, generating and reporting Contribution Data did, does and will not infringe any patent, copyright or trademark right of any third party. Where applicable, User agrees to report Contribution Data as “paid collection” transactions when they are paid, which information shall not be deleted prior to submission, unless required by law. At its option and expense, Contribution Data may be incorporated into the consumer reporting systems of Accounts Receivable and/or its subsidiaries. Once Contribution Data is incorporated into a credit reporting system, such will become its exclusive property. Nothing in the preceding sentence, however, will affect User’s independent full ownership rights in its customer account information from which the Contribution Data was derived. Contribution Data is intended to be added to a computer database for inclusion in consumer reports, accessible pursuant to the FCRA by both authorized subscribers and the subject consumers of such Contribution Data, and therefore it is expressly understood by User that Contribution Data will not be kept confidential in such regard. Once Contribution Data is submitted and incorporated into a credit reporting system, such may be used and disclosed for any purpose consistent with applicable laws, rules and regulations, including but not limited to those purposes set forth in the FCRA and in Section 502(e) of the GLBA and Reg. P promulgated pursuant thereto (16 CFR 313.15); provided, however, that no list shall be released of consumers’ names and addresses that specifically identifies individuals as User’s customers, or identifies User’s customers on any third party’s list, or primarily consists of User’s customers. Nevertheless, mailing lists, customer lists, marketing lists or lists classified as to credit performance, locality or economic indicators using the information contained within a computer database, including without limitation, the Contribution Data submitted hereunder, may be provided or furnished to any authorized party which is under contract for credit furnishing or reporting services, list extract, editing or other services; provided, however, that in no event shall any selection criteria used specifically seek a list of User’s current or previous customers, and further provided that the FCRA, GLBA and the implementing regulations issued thereunder shall be fully complied with.
8. User acknowledges that services hereunder may be suspended and/or this Agreement terminated with or without notice to User, should User fail to timely undergo and successfully complete compliance, credentialing and a “Site Inspection” as set forth below.
9. Without right of setoff, User agrees to pay Accounts Receivable directly for all applicable “Set-Up Fees,” “Access Fees,” “Site Inspection” and/or “Training, Testing, Credentialing or Certification Fees,” “Monthly Minimum Fees,” “Monthly Service Fees,” “Annual Fees,” fees for “Transactions,” “Bureau Products,” “Repository Data,” “Data,” “Reports,” “Information,” “Products,” “Searches,” “Additional Data,” “Additional Products,” “Modules,” “Equipment” and any other then current, amended or additional fees, plus taxes (collectively “Fees”), due for services rendered by Accounts Receivable to User under this Agreement and related to the products, services and associated prices identified in the attached Fee Schedule. User agrees and acknowledges that payment to Accounts Receivable of all Fees due under this Agreement shall be made in one of the two following manners and by initial in the Fee Schedule by the authorized account holder, User explicitly agrees to such method and to provide all necessary information and documentation to facilitate prompt payment: (1) Accounts Receivable accepts payments via ACH (Automated Clearing House) and requires User’s company bank name, address, phone number, account name, account #, ABA # and a voided copy of a company check; or (2) Accounts Receivable accepts payments via Visa, MasterCard, AMEX and Discover. During the first week subsequent to the end of each previous month, Accounts Receivable will make invoices for all Fees due and transaction detail supporting same, available to User’s assigned account or designated representative. Should User have a reasonable dispute with regard to an invoice, User must notify Accounts Receivable of such within five (5) business days after invoice date and send all detail or documentation via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 877-730-5805 Attn: Accounting Dept., or any such dispute shall be deemed waived. Accounts Receivable will respond to User’s dispute within Thirty (30) business days after receipt. Invoices are due upon receipt and Accounts Receivable will either automatically charge User’s Credit Card or ACH User’s account, all undisputed amounts due. All Fees for services rendered during or otherwise owed for the length of the Term of this Agreement shall be immediately due and payable upon any termination of this Agreement.
10. During the Term of this Agreement, User shall be afforded access to current and available historical invoices and product / Customer transaction detail, Information and/or reports, provided User is not currently and has not been on two (2) or more prior occasions during the Term of this Agreement, whether or not notified or timely resolved, i) in breach of any term or condition of this Agreement or ii) delinquent or in default as to any payment due.
11. Accounts Receivable may, upon reasonable prior written mail, fax, email or Website posting notice to User, add, remove, increase or decrease any Fee then in effect to reflect a change in any: cost to Accounts Receivable by a Repository or other vendor; local, state or federal cost or surcharge; or new or enhanced services, tools or compliance cost.
12. User will hold its Accounts Receivable designated and issued User ID, Password and Subcodes in strict confidence, and will report to Accounts Receivable immediately any loss, theft, disclosure or unauthorized use of same. Until Accounts Receivable is so notified and acknowledges de-activation of the User ID, Password and/or Subcodes, User shall be liable for any and all Fees, and for any and all effects and/or consequences of any misuse.
13. By its electronic acceptance of this Agreement, User agrees that: Information secured will be for exclusive use in its own legitimate business decisions; all Information will be held in strict confidence; use of Information for unfair or deceptive practices is strictly prohibited; Information on current or prospective employees will only be secured by designated authorized representative(s); User employees are forbidden to obtain any Information on themselves, associates or any others save in the performance of their official duties; Information to be used for valuation purposes will be used only to perform a guideline valuation and will not be construed as a replacement for a complete, comprehensive valuation conducted by a qualified professional; Information will not be disclosed to the subject of the Information, except that it may be disclosed if adverse action or consumer dispute is taken; and subject(s) disputing or requesting a copy of their Information will be referred, upon need or legitimate inquiry, only to Accounts Receivable and not to the Repository identified on the Information, except if User has its own Subcodes, or as required by applicable law.
14. User specifically acknowledges that Accounts Receivable considers the Equipment, SDK, XML, Website and all software, source code, object code, technology and documentation related thereto to include confidential information and trade secrets and to be proprietary to Accounts Receivable Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed to convey to User any right, title, ownership, interest or intellectual property rights in such, as all vest solely in Accounts Receivable, whether or not in the nature of copyright, trade secret, trademark, service mark, trade name, patent or otherwise.
15. The Accounts Receivable and/or Repository products, services, names and marks and those of their vendors (“Marks”) identified under this Agreement and Fee Schedule or otherwise, are protected by applicable copyright laws, with all ownership rights retained by the applicable party and/or its vendor. Except as specifically authorized in this Agreement or with prior written consent of the applicable party, which, with regard to Accounts Receivable, shall not be unreasonably withheld or delayed, the direct or indirect reference, listing, marketing, press release, communication, publication, use, sale, duplication or distribution of any such Mark contrary to the terms and conditions herein, is strictly prohibited. User agrees not to infringe any copyright or other proprietary interest of Accounts Receivable, any Repository or their vendors. Accounts Receivable may at any time, after reasonable prior written notice to User via mail, fax, email or Website posting, restrict, remove, add to or modify any such Mark, which shall be promptly adhered to by User.
16. Information and Marks obtained by User hereunder shall be held in strict confidence and except as otherwise set forth herein, are never to be reproduced, disclosed, revealed or made accessible in whole or in part to any third party unless required by applicable law, valid subpoena, court order or government inquiry. User agrees to hold Accounts Receivable, the Repositories and their respective officers, employees, agents and vendors harmless from any expense, damage or liability, including any special, incidental, exemplary or consequential damages of any nature, arising from the publishing or disclosure of Information or Marks by User contrary to the conditions herein, whether such is disclosed by design or in error.
17. User acknowledges, unless otherwise permitted by a Repository, Accounts Receivable or applicable law, that its business does not sell Information direct to consumers, and it is not a credit repair, process server, dance studio, spiritual, tattoo, health or book club, adult, dating or massage business.
18. User agrees to place all devices used to obtain Information and all electronic and hard copy Information and applications with transaction detail, which shall be maintained and kept confidential for a minimum of five (5) years, in a secure location within its facility, so that unauthorized persons cannot access them, and to password protect and lock such devices and locations after normal business hours.
19. This Agreement shall commence as of the date of User’s electronic acceptance and submission thereof (the “Effective Date”) and shall remain in effect for a minimum initial period of three (3) years (the “Initial Term”) after which it shall automatically and continuously renew for additional minimum one (1) year periods, (the “Renewal Term(s)” and with the Initial Term, each a “Term”) until terminated by either party on sixty (60) days written notice to the other, prior to the end of the then existing Term, or upon termination as otherwise set forth herein. Obligations for the payment of Fees for services rendered during or otherwise owed for the length of the Term of this Agreement, the continuation of confidentiality and maintenance of records, however, shall survive termination.
20. User acknowledges, consents and agrees that Accounts Receivable does not guaranty the continuation and shall not be held liable to User and/or its Customers for the discontinuation of any one or more specific products or services offered hereunder as amended from time to time as set forth herein and that such shall not be a valid “Claim” (defined below), cause for breach or termination of this Agreement.
21. EXCEPT AS SET FORTH IN THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH, NEITHER MICROBILT NOR THE REPOSITORIES MAKE ANY OTHER REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, WITH REGARD TO THE SERVICES, PRODUCTS OR INFORMATION PROVIDED UNDER THIS AGREEMENT, (SUCH INFORMATION IS PROVIDED BY THE REPOSITORIES “AS IS”) INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. FURTHER, NEITHER MICROBILT NOR THE REPOSITORIES IN ANY WAY WARRANT OR ASSUME ANY LIABILITY FOR A “CLAIM” FOR BREACH REGARDING THE TIMELINESS, CURRENCY, CONTINUATION, VALIDITY, ACCURACY, ADEQUACY OR COMPLETENESS OF ANY INFORMATION ACCESSED. USER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT ENTERING INTO THIS AGREEMENT IS ITS BUSINESS DECISION, IS NOT BASED ON THE PROVISION OF ANY ONE OR MORE SPECIFIC PRODUCTS OR SERVICES AND THAT EVERY BUSINESS DECISION INVOLVES THE ASSUMPTION OF A RISK, WHICH NEITHER MICROBILT NOR THE REPOSITORIES DO OR WILL UNDERWRITE IN ANY MANNER.
22.MicroBilt agrees that throughout the Term of this Agreement: (i) it shall perform its services hereunder in a competent and workman-like manner in accordance with the then current standards of the industry; (ii) it has and will continue to maintain all necessary ownership rights, title, licenses, insurance, authorities and approvals necessary regarding its business and the products and services provided hereunder, the Equipment, Website, SDK, XML and any software, source code, object code and documentation thereto (together the ” Accounts Receivable Products”), free of all liens, claims, encumbrances and other restrictions; (iii) the Accounts Receivable Products do not and will not infringe upon copyrights, trademarks, patents or any other proprietary rights of any third party; (iv) it will permit access to the Accounts Receivable Products completely and accurately per the terms as set forth herein; (v) the Accounts Receivable Products shall be free from any defects in design, materials and workmanship, shall be free of any “worm,” “virus,” “lock out” or “self destruct” devices, as such terms are understood in the computer industry and shall perform in accordance with the terms herein; (vi) any documentation provided by Accounts Receivable hereunder will accurately describe the Accounts Receivable Products; (vii) the Accounts Receivable Products, Accounts Receivable and its officers, employees, agents and representatives shall comply with all applicable laws and regulations and obtain and maintain in effect such permits, licenses and other forms of authorization required to comply with such laws and regulations; and (viii) it will keep the Accounts Receivable Products validly registered and current in concert with any relevant changing industry and market conditions so that such will continue to perform all intended functions.
23. MICROBILT AND THE REPOSITORIES SHALL BE HELD HARMLESS FROM AND NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, WHETHER ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE ANY SERVICE OR PRODUCT PROVIDED HEREUNDER OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOSS OF ANY REAL OR ANTICIPATED PROFITS, EVEN IF MICROBILT AND/OR A REPOSITORY WAS ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. ANY LIABILITY OF MICROBILT AND/OR A REPOSITORY OF ANY NATURE HEREUNDER SHALL BE LIMITED TO A REFUND OF THE PAYMENTS MADE BY USER UNDER THIS AGREEMENT. A “CLAIM” INCLUDES ANY CLAIM, DEMAND, ACTION, PROCEEDING, LOSS, COST, EXPENSE (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, REASONABLE ATTORNEYS’ FEES), DAMAGE, LIABILITY OR PENALTY. NO CLAIM MAY BE COMMENCED MORE THAN TWO (2) YEARS AFTER THE OCCURRENCE WHICH HAS GIVEN RISE TO SUCH.
24. Each party shall defend, indemnify and hold the other harmless from Claims arising out of the indemnifying party’s breach of any representation, warranty or other term herein. In connection with any Claim that is indemnifiable hereunder, the indemnified party shall, if and when legally permissible: (a) give the indemnifying party prompt written notice of the Claim for which indemnification is sought; (b) give the indemnifying party the opportunity to take over and/or settle any third party Claim through counsel of the indemnifying party’s choice, at its sole direction and expense; and (c) cooperate fully with the indemnifying party as to the Claim.
25. Except as stated to the contrary in this Agreement, as to “Non-public Personal Information” or “Personally Identifiable Financial Information” of consumers as defined by applicable state or federal law, including, but not limited to Title V of the GLBA (Non-public Personal Information and Personally Identifiable Financial Information, collectively, “Consumer Information”) delivered or made available from one party to the other pursuant to this Agreement, each party agrees that: (i) it shall use Consumer Information solely for purposes of carrying out its obligations under this Agreement and for no other purposes; (ii) in compliance with the “Safeguards Rule” under the GLBA, it shall implement appropriate technical and organizational procedures and controls to safeguard and protect Consumer Information against accidental, unauthorized or unlawful access, disclosure, destruction, loss or alteration, and provide the other party with information regarding such measures upon reasonable prior written request; (iii) it shall conduct periodic employee training and other management oversight activities in order to assure that its employees understand the requirements contained in this Agreement and are cognizant of the need to strictly comply with all such measures; (iv) it may allow the other party, once each calendar year during the Term, at the requesting party’s expense, to conduct an on-site visit, audit and review of the other party’s documentation and facilities, on thirty (30) days prior written notice, at mutually convenient times and during regular business hours, to substantiate and ensure the procedures and controls are in place and adequate; (v) to the extent not restricted by subpoena, court order, government investigation or applicable law, it shall notify the providing party orally within one (1) business day of any unauthorized access to or disclosure of the providing party’s Consumer Information within the receiving party’s custody or control (a “Security Event”) and in writing within five (5) business days after such an event, including the extent and scope of the Security Event and the names of specific consumers impacted by the Security Event, or as soon as such information is available; (vi) to the extent not restricted by subpoena, court order, government investigation or applicable law, it shall cooperate with the providing party as to legal obligations and to resolve the Security Event and notify all affected consumers in the parties joint determination as to notice, costs and expenses related thereto; (vii) any intentional, grossly negligent or continuous violation of the GLBA by a party (as determined in the other party’s reasonable discretion supported by documentary evidence) may result in the immediate suspension of the provision or use of products and services under and/or termination of this Agreement, with or without prior written notice; and (viii) the notifying party may suspend the provision or use of products and services under and/or terminate this Agreement, on fifteen (15) days prior written notice to the other party, in the event that the other party’s use of any Information governed by the GLBA is either the subject of material adverse consumer reaction, which manifested in substantial negative media coverage, or the subject of material litigation or action by any governmental agency.
26. Except with regard to Contribution Data and inquiry or other submitted data, “Confidential Information” means all information furnished in any manner by one party to the other under this Agreement and all information derived therefrom, including, but not limited to, this Agreement and any exhibits, products, services and pricing, source code, object code, software, business, employee, vendor, customer and Consumer Information. The term “Confidential Information” does not include information, proven by documentation which: (i) becomes generally available to the public other than as a result of a disclosure by the information receiver; (ii) was available to the information receiver on a non-confidential basis prior to its disclosure by the information provider; (iii) becomes available to the information receiver on a non-confidential basis from a source other than the information provider, provided that such source is not known by the information receiver, after due inquiry, to be bound by any duty to the information provider or another entity, to keep such information confidential; or (iv) is independently developed by the information receiver, without use of the information provider’s Confidential Information. Each party agrees that the Confidential Information disclosed to it by the other party shall not be disclosed to any third party and shall be used only for the purposes herein. Each party agrees to treat all Confidential Information of the other in the same manner in which it treats its own confidential and proprietary information, including prohibition of and sanction against the use of such by any third party, employee, agent or associate of a party so revealing and/or using such information for direct or indirect gain.
27. Either party may terminate this Agreement, should the other party breach any material term or condition herein, provided that the non-breaching party has given written notice of the breach to the breaching party and afforded the breaching party a thirty (30) day opportunity to cure and the breaching party failed to so cure. In whole or in part, Accounts Receivable may cease or suspend its provision of one or more products or services hereunder and/or terminate this Agreement, at any time, with or without notice, with no liability to User, if: (i) Accounts Receivable reasonably determines that the provision of services hereunder violates any credit reporting or other law; (ii) Accounts Receivable is required to do so by any Repository; (iii) Accounts Receivable or a Repository eliminates, modifies or restricts a product or service; (iv) User violates or upon reasonable belief is suspected of violating a consumer protection regulation, Repository guideline, the FCRA or any applicable local, state or federal law; (v) User exhibits rude, untruthful, illegal or immoral actions or omissions or there is a general breakdown in the relationship between the parties; or (vi) User fails to timely pay all undisputed amounts due, for which Accounts Receivable may immediately suspend services and/or User fails to resolve payment delinquencies within thirty (30) days of written notice, for which Accounts Receivable may terminate this Agreement and/or User’s payments have been delinquent on two (2) or more occasions during the Term of this Agreement, whether or not notified or timely resolved, for which Accounts Receivable may immediately terminate this Agreement.
28. General Provisions
a. Notices. Except as specifically maintained otherwise herein, any and all notices shall be given in writing and sent Registered or Certified mail, return receipt requested or via overnight courier or by hand delivery to the other party at the street address listed above or in the Fee Schedule or as modified by proper notice to a party. The date of receipt shall be the effective date of the notice.
b. Waivers. A party’s failure or delay to enforce or waive any provision of this Agreement shall not affect its validity or enforceability or constitute a waiver of future enforcement of that or any other provision of this Agreement.
c. Amendments. Except as otherwise set forth herein, this Agreement may be modified or amended only by the written consent of both parties.
d. Headings. All headings used in this Agreement are for the convenience of the parties and are for reference purposes only.
e. Injunctive Relief. Each party shall have, in addition to any other relief at law or equity, the right to seek injunctive relief to redress a party’s breach of this Agreement.
f. Severability. Any term or condition of this Agreement deemed legally invalid or unenforceable, shall in no way affect any other remaining term or condition.
g. Assignment. Except as otherwise expressly permitted herein, neither party may distribute, rent, sublicense, lease, sell or assign this Agreement or the services or products provided herein without the prior written consent of the other, provided that either party may assign this Agreement to any of its affiliated companies without consent or may assign this Agreement in the event of a sale by such party of all or substantially all its assets to an assignee or to an entity with or into which it is merged or consolidated, provided that the assignee assents in writing to all terms and conditions hereof and further provided that the scope, level, volume and nature of the services to be provided to or by the assignee are not materially changed.
h. Exclusivity. This Agreement is not exclusive and either party may enter into similar agreements with others.
i. Independent Contractor. Accounts Receivable shall be considered an independent contractor and not an employee of User. Except as otherwise expressly provided herein, neither party shall in any way represent itself as an agent, employee, joint-venturer or representative of the other party.
j. Third Party Beneficiaries. This Agreement is intended for the benefit of, is binding upon and may be enforced solely by the parties hereto, their successors and permitted assigns and except as expressly provided herein otherwise, no third party shall have any rights herein.
k. Restriction on Employment. User may not solicit (other than via job fairs or advertisements to the general public) or hire any present or former Accounts Receivable employee, contractor or consultant without Accounts Receivable’s prior written consent.
l. Non-Solicitation. User may not solicit (other than via trade shows or marketing to the general public) or entice any existing or potential vendor or customer to terminate its existing or potential relationship with Accounts Receivable.
m. Communications / Marketing. User agrees that Accounts Receivable, its vendors, partners and sponsors may market products and services to User and/or Customers from time to time, including commercial advertisement, sales promotions, additions, deletions, upgrades, updates, customer service, technical, legal and compliance notifications, via mail, fax, email, Website posting or phone and may monitor / record such for the purposes of training, improvement to sales, customer service and compliance.
n. Force Majeure. Performance by Accounts Receivable may be subject to interruption and delay due to causes beyond its reasonable control such as acts of God, government, weather, fire, power or telecommunications failure, inability to obtain supplies or Information, breakdown of equipment or interruption in Repository services or communications. Neither party shall be liable to the other for any delay or failure to perform which results from causes outside its reasonable control.
o. Choice of Law and Venue. THE PARTIES IRREVOCABLY AGREE THAT: i) THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE LAW, PERSONAL JURISDICTION AND VENUE OF THE STATE AND FEDERAL COURTS OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY, COUNTY OF MERCER, WITHOUT REGARD TO ITS CONFLICTS OF LAW PRINCIPLES; ii) ANY ACTION RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE FILED IN SUCH COURTS; AND iii) ANY CLAIM OR DEFENSE THAT A PARTY LACKS MINIMUM CONTACTS WITH THE FORUM OR THAT SUCH COURTS LACK PERSONAL JURISDICTION OR THAT VENUE IS IMPROPER OR INCONVENIENT, SHALL BE WAIVED.
p. Collection and Attorneys’ Fees. Without limiting Accounts Receivable ‘s remedies for non-payment or late payment of invoices, User shall be liable to Accounts Receivable for any and all interest, late fees, costs of collection, court costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees as to any collection effort regarding invoices for services rendered pursuant to this Agreement and remaining unpaid after the due date. q. Taxes. User shall pay all applicable federal, state and/or local sales, service, use or other taxes designated or imposed due to any action or transaction under this Agreement, other than taxes imposed on Accounts Receivable’s net income. This Agreement provides an information service for purposes of state sales and use tax. Nothing contrary in this Agreement is intended to or in fact changes the nature of services provided hereunder.
r. Audits. Accounts Receivable may track, review, compile, store and use any Contribution Data and submitted inquiry or other data. During the Term and continuing after termination of this Agreement as required or necessary as set forth below, after reasonable prior written notice to User via mail, fax, email or Website posting and at mutually convenient times during normal business hours, Accounts Receivable may audit User’s compliance with the terms of this Agreement and all applicable legal requirements and laws, including, but not limited to, the FCRA and the GLBA, at User’s expense per a Accounts Receivable, Repository, consumer, legal, government or court ordered rule, mandate, subpoena, inquiry or request, via non-invasive database queries, statistical, financial and/or document reviews or requests, (or on-site visits at Accounts Receivable’s expense no more than once each calendar year), each of which shall promptly and fully be responded to by User within a reasonable time after notification, to avoid the suspension of access to one or more products or services hereunder and/or termination of this Agreement.
s. Continuation of Confidentiality. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the duty of confidentiality to which the parties hereto are bound, shall continue in full force and effect for three (3) years after any termination of this Agreement.
t. Compliance Certification, Training, Testing, Credentialing & Site Inspection. As necessary, in accordance with FCRA, FACTA, GLBA, DPPA, MVR, ECOA, TILA and other local, state and federal laws, as well as Credit Bureau, Data Repository and Accounts Receivable policies, prior to accessing consumer Credit Information or other Data and on an annual basis and when changing business premises or ownership and as new Accounts Receivable products and services are offered or accessed from time to time and new laws, Credit Bureau, Data Repository and Accounts Receivable policies are established or amended, User agrees to undergo and pay the Fees set forth in Exhibt A for compliance certification, credentialing, employee FCRA training and testing, an on-site inspection at its business premises (“Site Inspection”), criminal, consumer credit and other background checks on User’s business and principal (owner or officer), performed by ComplyTraq, LLC, to determine and review credit, history, procedures, processes and need for accessing, using, storing and/or distributing Information, security practices and other protective measures in place, so as to ensure initial compliance with the terms hereof, as well as periodically for reassurance thereafter. If applicable, to ensure its Customers’ compliance, User shall enter into a “ComplyTraq Compliance Services Agreement” directly with ComplyTraq to ensure similar compliance and credentialing. Further, Accounts Receivable may, at any time after reasonable prior written notice to User via mail, fax, email or Website posting, add to, delete or modify any Accounts Receivable, Repository or Credit Bureau contractual or legal compliance / security procedure, which shall be incorporated herein by reference and promptly and fully be adhered to within a reasonable time after notification, to avoid the suspension of one or more products or services hereunder and/or termination of this Agreement.
u. Entire Agreement. This Agreement with Recitals and Fee Schedule and/or other exhibits attached hereto, if any, incorporated herein by reference, constitutes the entire agreement between Accounts Receivable and User with regard to the subject matter contained herein and therein and supersedes all other existing or contemporaneous agreements, writings, communications or understandings between the parties concerning such subject matter, written or oral. There are no warranties, representations or agreements of the parties with respect to the subject matter of this Agreement and Fee Schedule, other than those herein and therein.
v. Approval. Accounts Receivable and User certify that the terms on all pages of this Agreement and Fee Schedule have been read and agreed to as written, and the accepting representative of each party warrants that he / she is authorized to accept this Agreement and Fee Schedule on behalf of the party so indicated.
w. Electronic Acceptance. By the parties’ electronic submission hereof, which shall constitute legal, valid and binding marks, with the same force and effect as a physically signed original, Accounts Receivable and User agree, acknowledge and consent to the terms of this Agreement and Fee Schedule and to the electronic delivery and acceptance thereof and all exhibits, documents, notices, updates, addenda and amendments related thereto, as well as any other documents to be delivered by Accounts Receivable during the Term of this Agreement. The parties acknowledge that this Agreement may exist in multiple counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original and all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument. User understands that it will need a valid e-mail address and access to the Internet, as well as the appropriate software and/or programs, including, but not limited to, Adobe Acrobat, in order to access this Agreement and Fee Schedule electronically. User also understands that it may update its information, obtain a full description of systems requirements, revoke this consent, or request one or more paper documents at any time by contacting Accounts Receivable in writing.
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