Event Registration Portal – Terms of Service
Effective Date: 10/01/2019
BY CLICKING “I ACCEPT” OR BY ACCESSING OR USING THE SERVICES, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS AND ALL OF THE TERMS INCORPORATED HEREIN BY REFERENCE. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS, INCLUDING THE MANDATORY ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER IN SECTION 14, YOU MAY NOT ACCESS OR USE THE SERVICES.
Mather LifeWays reserves the right to revise these Terms from time to time in our sole discretion. If we make changes to these Terms, we will provide notice of such changes, such as by sending an email notification, providing notice through the Services or updating the “Effective Date” date at the beginning of these Terms. By continuing to access or use the Services, you confirm your acceptance of the revised Terms and all of the terms incorporated herein by reference. We encourage you to review the Terms frequently to ensure that you understand the terms and conditions that apply when you access or use the Services. If you do not agree to the revised Terms, you may not access or use the Services.
3. Registration, Accounts and Communication Preferences
4. Terms of Sale
5. User Conduct
6. License to Access and Use Our Services and Content
8. Third Party Links
9. Third Party Content
13. Limitations on Mather LifeWays’ Liability
15. Dispute Resolution; Arbitration
16. Governing Law and Venue
17. Modifications to the Services
The Services are not targeted toward or intended for use by anyone under the age of 18. By accessing or using the Services, you represent and warrant that you (a) are 18 years of age or older, (b) are a legal resident of the United States, (c) have not been previously suspended or removed from the Services, or engaged in any activity that could result in suspension or removal from the Services, and (d) have full power and authority to enter into these Terms and in so doing will not violate any other agreement to which you are a party.
3. Registration, Accounts and Communication Preferences
To access and use certain areas or features of the Services, you may need to register for an account (“Account”). By creating an Account, you agree to (a) provide accurate, current and complete Account information, (b) maintain and promptly update, as necessary, your Account information, (c) maintain the security of your Account credentials, (d) be responsible for the acts or omissions of any third party who has authority to access or use the Services on your behalf, and (e) immediately notify us if you discover or otherwise suspect any security breaches related to the Services or your Account. You further understand and agree that Mather LifeWays may take actions we deem reasonably necessary to prevent, respond to, pursue or remedy suspected or actual fraud and abuse, including without limitation, termination or suspension of your Account.
By creating an Account, you also consent to receive electronic communications from Mather LifeWays (e.g., via email or by posting notices to the Services). These communications may include notices about your Account (e.g., payment authorizations, password changes and other transactional information) and are part of your relationship with us. You agree that any notices, agreements, disclosures or other communications that we send to you electronically will satisfy any legal communication requirements, including, but not limited to, that such communications be in writing. You should maintain copies of electronic communications from us by printing a paper copy or saving an electronic copy. We may also send you promotional communications via email, including, but not limited to, newsletters, special offers, surveys and other news and information we think will be of interest to you. You may opt out of receiving these promotional emails at any time by following the unsubscribe instructions provided therein.
By providing your mobile phone number to us through the Services, you consent to receive calls or text messages at any such phone number sent by or on behalf of Mather LifeWays, including autodialed calls and/or text messages, for marketing, promotional, operational or informational purposes. You may opt out of marketing and promotional calls or messages by following the applicable unsubscribe instructions provided to you. Following such opt-out, you may continue to receive calls or messages for a short period of time while Mather LifeWays processes your request. It is your responsibility to keep your account information, including your phone number, updated. Standard message and data rates applied by your mobile phone carrier may apply to the text messages we send you. Please contact your mobile phone carrier for details.
4. Terms of Sale
- Additional Terms
If you register to attend any in-person events or programming, Mather LifeWays may require you to complete a waiver or other documentation prior to participation in such events or programming. If additional waivers or documentation are required, you will be informed of these requirements before you submit your purchase.
- Payment and Billing Information
By providing a credit card or other payment method that we accept, you represent and warrant that you are authorized to use the designated payment method and that you authorize us (or our third-party payment processor) to charge your payment method for the total amount of your purchase (including any applicable taxes and other charges) (collectively, as applicable, an “Order”). If the payment method cannot be verified, is invalid or is otherwise not acceptable, your Order may be suspended or cancelled. You must resolve any payment method problems before we proceed with your Order. If a payment is not successfully settled and you do not edit your payment method information or cancel your Order, you remain responsible for any uncollected amounts and, with respect to your Order, authorize us to continue billing the payment method, as it may be updated.
- Pricing and Availability
All prices on our Services are shown in U.S. dollars and applicable taxes and other charges, if any, are additional. We reserve the right to adjust prices as we may determine in our sole discretion, at any time and without notice, including without limitation, as based on geographic or other criteria as we may establish from time to time.
All of our events and services are subject to availability, and we reserve the right to impose quantity limits on any Order, to reject all or part of an Order, and to discontinue offering certain events without prior notice.
- Special Offers
From time to time, we may offer coupons or other promotions with special offers. To redeem, you must enter the promotional code found on the special offer under Payment Method during checkout. Special offers cannot be combined with other promotions. We reserve the right, without prior notice and at any time to limit or impose conditions on the honoring of any coupon or other promotion.
We will collect applicable sales, use and other tax (collectively, “Tax“) on events in jurisdictions for which we determine we have a duty to collect Tax applicable to your Order. If an Order is subject to Tax, you agree that the amount of Tax shown at checkout may be adjusted. Several factors may cause this, such as variances between processor programs and changes in applicable Tax rates.
- Cancellations; Refunds
You cannot make changes to, or cancel, an Order once it is placed. For more information about our refund policy, please click here.
- Customer Service
If you have any questions or concerns relating to your Order, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. User Conduct
You agree that you will not violate any law, contract, intellectual property or other third party right or commit a tort, and that you are solely responsible for your conduct, while accessing or using the Services. You agree that you will abide by these Terms and will not:
- Use or attempt to use another user’s account without authorization from such user and Mather LifeWays;
- Use the Services in any manner that could interfere with, disrupt, negatively affect or inhibit other users from fully enjoying the Services or that could damage, disable, overburden or impair the functioning of the Services in any manner;
- Reverse engineer any aspect of the Services or do anything that might discover source code or bypass or circumvent measures employed to prevent or limit access to any Content, area or code of the Services;
- Attempt to circumvent any content-filtering techniques we employ or attempt to access any feature or area of the Services that you are not authorized to access;
- Develop any third party applications that interact with the Services without our prior written consent;
- Use any robot, spider, crawler, scraper, script, browser extension, offline reader or other automated means or interface not authorized by us to access the Services, extract data or otherwise interfere with or modify the rendering of pages or functionality; or
- Use the Services for any illegal or unauthorized purpose, or engage in, encourage or promote any activity that violates these Terms.
6. License to Access and Use Our Services and Content
Unless otherwise indicated in writing by us, the Services and all content and other materials contained therein, including, without limitation, the Mather LifeWays logo and all designs, text, graphics, pictures, information, data, software, sound files, other files and the selection and arrangement thereof (collectively, “Content”) are the proprietary property of Mather LifeWays or our licensors or users, as applicable, and are protected by U.S. and international copyright laws.
You are hereby granted a limited, nonexclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicensable license to access and use the Services and Content. However, such license is subject to these Terms and does not include any right to (a) sell, resell or use commercially the Services or Content, (b) distribute, publicly perform or publicly display any Content, (c) modify or otherwise make any derivative uses of the Services or Content, or any portion thereof, (d) use any data mining, robots or similar data gathering or extraction methods, (e) download (other than the page caching) any portion of the Services or Content, except as expressly permitted by us, and (f) use the Services or Content other than for their intended purposes. Any use of the Services or Content other than as specifically authorized herein, without our prior written permission, is strictly prohibited and will terminate the license granted herein. Such unauthorized use may also violate applicable laws, including, without limitation, copyright and trademark laws and applicable communications regulations and statutes. Unless explicitly stated by us, nothing in these Terms shall be construed as conferring any right or license to any patent, trademark, copyright or other proprietary rights of Mather LifeWays or any third party, whether by estoppel, implication or otherwise. This license is revocable at any time.
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in these Terms, the Services and Content may include software components provided by Mather LifeWays or a third party that are subject to separate license terms, in which case those license terms will govern such software components.
“Mather LifeWays”, the Mather LifeWays logo and any other Mather Lifeways product or service names, logos or slogans that may appear on the Services are trademarks of Mather Lifeways and may not be copied, imitated or used, in whole or in part, without our prior written permission. You may not use any metatags or other “hidden text” utilizing “Mather LifeWays” or any other name, trademark or product or service name of Mather LifeWays without our prior written permission. In addition, the look and feel of the Services, including, without limitation, all page headers, custom graphics, button icons and scripts, constitute the service mark, trademark or trade dress of Mather LifeWays and may not be copied, imitated or used, in whole or in part, without our prior written permission. All other trademarks, registered trademarks, product or service names and company names or logos mentioned on the Services are the property of their respective owners and may not be copied, imitated or used, in whole or in part, without the permission of the applicable trademark holder. Reference to any products, services, processes or other information by name, trademark, manufacturer, supplier or otherwise does not constitute or imply endorsement, sponsorship or recommendation by Mather LifeWays.
8. Third Party Links
Mather LifeWays makes no claim or representation regarding the quality, content, nature or reliability of third party websites accessible by hyperlink from the Services or of websites linking to the Services. Mather LifeWays is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of any off-site pages or any other sites linked to the Services, whether or not they are affiliated with Mather LifeWays. Such linked sites are for your convenience only and you access them at your own risk. Mather LifeWays makes no representations or warranties as to the accuracy or functioning of any such link. That another web site is linked to our Services does not constitute endorsement by Mather LifeWays of the owner of the other site, the content of its site, or its products or services. You should review the applicable terms and policies, including privacy and data gathering practices, of any site to which you navigate from the Services.
9. Third Party Content
We may display content, advertisements and promotions from third parties through the Services (collectively, “Third Party Content”). We do not control, endorse or adopt any Third Party Content, and we make no representations or warranties of any kind regarding such Third Party Content, including, without limitation, regarding its accuracy or completeness. You acknowledge and agree that your interactions with third parties providing Third Party Content are solely between you and such third parties.
You can submit questions, comments, suggestions, ideas, original or creative materials or other information about Mather LifeWays or the Services (collectively, “Feedback”). Feedback is non-confidential and shall become the sole property of Mather LifeWays. Mather LifeWays shall own exclusive rights, including, without limitation, all intellectual property rights, in and to such Feedback and shall be entitled to the unrestricted use and dissemination of this Feedback for any purpose, commercial or otherwise, without acknowledgment or compensation to you.
To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, you agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Mather LifeWays, and our respective past, present and future employees, officers, directors, contractors, consultants, equityholders, suppliers, vendors, service providers, parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, representatives, predecessors, successors and assigns (individually and collectively, the “Mather LifeWays Parties”), from and against all actual or alleged Mather LifeWays Party or third party claims, damages, awards, judgments, losses, liabilities, obligations, penalties, interest, fees, expenses and costs of every kind and nature whatsoever, whether known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen, matured or unmatured, or suspected or unsuspected, in law or equity, whether in tort, contract or otherwise (collectively, “Claims”), including, but not limited to, damages to property or personal injury, that are caused by, arise out of or are related to (a) any use or misuse of the Services or Content by you or any third party you authorize to access or use such Services or Content, (b) any Feedback you provide, (c) your violation of these Terms, and (d) your violation of the rights of another. You agree to promptly notify Mather LifeWays of any third party Claims, cooperate with the Mather LifeWays Parties in defending such Claims and pay all of Mather LifeWays fees, costs and expenses associated with defending such Claims (including, but not limited to, attorneys’ fees and expenses, court costs, costs of settlement and costs of pursuing indemnification and insurance). You further agree that the Mather LifeWays Parties shall have control of the defense or settlement of any third party Claims. This indemnity is in addition to, and not in lieu of, any other indemnities set forth in a written agreement between you and Mather LifeWays.
THE SERVICES AND CONTENT ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. MATHER LIFEWAYS DISCLAIMS ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT AS TO THE SERVICES AND CONTENT, ANY WARRANTIES THAT ARISE FROM TRADE USAGE OR CUSTOM, AND ANY WARRANTIES THAT THE SERVICES WILL BE FREE AND CLEAR FROM ANY ADVERSE LIEN OR SECURITY INTERESTS.
We reserve the right to change any and all Content and to modify, suspend or stop providing access to the Services (or any features or functionality of the Services) at any time without notice and without obligation or liability to you. Reference to any events, products, services, processes or other information by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, supplier, vendor or otherwise does not constitute or imply endorsement, sponsorship or recommendation thereof, or any affiliation therewith, by us.
13. Limitations on Mather LifeWays’ Liability
TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL THE MATHER LIFEWAYS PARTIES BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, EXEMPLARY, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOSS OF REVENUE, INCOME OR PROFITS, LOSS OF USE OR DATA, LOSS OR DIMINUTION IN VALUE OF ASSETS OR SECURITIES, OR DAMAGES FOR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY RELATED TO THE ACCESS TO OR USE OF THE SERVICES OR CONTENT (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THIRD PARTY CONTENT AND LINKS TO THIRD PARTY SITES), OR OTHERWISE RELATED TO THESE TERMS (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY DAMAGES CAUSED BY OR RESULTING FROM RELIANCE ON ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM ANY MATHER LIFEWAYS PARTY, OR FROM EVENTS BEYOND THE MATHER LIFEWAYS PARTIES’ REASONABLE CONTROL, SUCH AS SERVICE INTERRUPTIONS, DELETIONS OF FILES OR EMAILS, ERRORS OR OMISSIONS, DEFECTS, BUGS, VIRUSES, TROJAN HORSES, DELAYS IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION OR ANY FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE, WHETHER OR NOT RESULTING FROM ACTS OF GOD, COMMUNICATIONS FAILURE, THEFT, DESTRUCTION OR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO THE MATHER LIFEWAYS PARTIES’ RECORDS, PROGRAMS OR SYSTEMS), REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION, WHETHER BASED IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, SIMPLE NEGLIGENCE, WHETHER ACTIVE, PASSIVE OR IMPUTED) OR ANY OTHER LEGAL OR EQUITABLE THEORY (EVEN IF THE PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES AND REGARDLESS OF WHETHER SUCH DAMAGES WERE FORESEEABLE).
TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL THE MAXIMUM AGGREGATE LIABILITY OF THE MATHER LIFEWAYS PARTIES (JOINTLY) ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY RELATED TO ACCESS OR USE OF THE SERVICES OR CONTENT, EXCEED THE GREATER OF $100 OR THE AMOUNT YOU PAID TO US IN THE THREE (3) MONTH PERIOD IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE DATE ON WHICH YOUR CLAIM AROSE. THE FOREGOING LIMITATIONS SHALL APPLY EVEN IN THE EVENT YOUR REMEDIES HEREUNDER FAIL OF THEIR ESSENTIAL PURPOSE, AND THE FOREGOING SHALL CONSTITUTE THE MATHER LIFEWAYS PARTIES’ SOLE LIABILITY AND OBLIGATION IN RESPECT HEREOF, REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION, WHETHER BASED IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, SIMPLE NEGLIGENCE, WHETHER ACTIVE, PASSIVE OR IMPUTED), OR ANY OTHER LEGAL OR EQUITABLE THEORY.
THE LIMITATIONS SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION 13 WILL NOT LIMIT OR EXCLUDE LIABILITY FOR PERSONAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE DIRECTLY AND PROXIMATELY CAUSED BY OUR FRAUD, GROSS NEGLIGENCE, OR INTENTIONAL, WILLFUL, MALICIOUS OR RECKLESS MISCONDUCT.
To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, you, on behalf of your heirs, executors, administrators, legal and personal representatives, hereby release, waive, acquit and forever discharge the Mather LifeWays Parties from and against, and covenant not to sue any such Mather LifeWays Party for, all claims you have or may have arising out of or in any way related to these Terms. IF YOU ARE A CALIFORNIA RESIDENT, YOU HEREBY WAIVE YOUR RIGHTS UNDER CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE 1542, WHICH STATES “A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS OR HER FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE, WHICH IF KNOWN BY HIM OR HER MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS OR HER SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR.”
15. Dispute Resolution; Arbitration
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING SECTION CAREFULLY BECAUSE IT REQUIRES YOU TO ARBITRATE CERTAIN DISPUTES AND CLAIMS WITH MATHER LIFEWAYS AND LIMITS THE MANNER IN WHICH YOU CAN SEEK RELIEF FROM US, INCLUDING A CLASS ACTION WAIVER. This Section 15 applies to all Disputes (unless excluded under Section 15.1) between you and the Mather LifeWays Parties.
- Binding Arbitration
EXCEPT FOR ANY DISPUTES, CLAIMS, SUITS, ACTIONS, CAUSES OF ACTION, DEMANDS OR PROCEEDINGS (COLLECTIVELY, “DISPUTES”) IN WHICH EITHER PARTY SEEKS TO BRING AN INDIVIDUAL ACTION IN SMALL CLAIMS COURT OR SEEKS INJUNCTIVE OR OTHER EQUITABLE RELIEF FOR THE ALLEGED UNLAWFUL USE OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, COPYRIGHTS, TRADEMARKS, TRADE NAMES, LOGOS, TRADE SECRETS OR PATENTS, YOU AND MATHER LIFEWAYS AGREE (A) TO WAIVE YOUR AND MATHER LIFEWAYS’ RESPECTIVE RIGHTS TO HAVE ANY AND ALL DISPUTES ARISING FROM OR RELATED TO THESE TERMS, OR THE SERVICES OR CONTENT, RESOLVED IN A COURT, AND (B) TO WAIVE YOUR AND MATHER LIFEWAYS’ RESPECTIVE RIGHTS TO A JURY TRIAL. INSTEAD, YOU AND MATHER LIFEWAYS AGREE TO ARBITRATE DISPUTES THROUGH BINDING ARBITRATION (WHICH IS THE REFERRAL OF A DISPUTE TO ONE OR MORE PERSONS CHARGED WITH REVIEWING THE DISPUTE AND MAKING A FINAL AND BINDING DETERMINATION TO RESOLVE IT INSTEAD OF HAVING THE DISPUTE DECIDED BY A JUDGE OR JURY IN COURT).
- No Class Arbitrations, Class Actions or Representative Actions
YOU AND MATHER LIFEWAYS AGREE THAT ANY DISPUTE ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THESE TERMS OR THE SERVICES, OR CONTENT IS PERSONAL TO YOU AND MATHER LIFEWAYS AND THAT SUCH DISPUTE WILL BE RESOLVED SOLELY THROUGH INDIVIDUAL ARBITRATION AND WILL NOT BE BROUGHT AS A CLASS ARBITRATION, CLASS ACTION OR ANY OTHER TYPE OF REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING. You and Mather LifeWays agree that there will be no class arbitration or arbitration in which an individual attempts to resolve a Dispute as a representative of another individual or group of individuals. Further, you and Mather LifeWays agree that a Dispute cannot be brought as a class or other type of representative action, whether within or outside of arbitration, or on behalf of any other individual or group of individuals.
- Federal Arbitration Act
You and Mather LifeWays agree that these Terms affect interstate commerce and that the enforceability of this Section 15 shall be both substantively and procedurally governed by and construed and enforced in accordance with the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. § 1 et seq. (the “FAA”), to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law.
- Notice; Informal Dispute Resolution
You and Mather LifeWays agree that each party will notify the other party in writing of any arbitrable or small claims Dispute within thirty (30) days of the date it arises, so that the parties can attempt in good faith to resolve the Dispute informally. Notice to Mather LifeWays shall be sent by certified mail or courier to: Mather LifeWays, ATTN: Community Initiatives, 1603 Orrington Ave., Suite 1800, Evanston, IL 60201. Your notice must include (a) your name, postal address, telephone number, the email address you use or used for your Account and, if different, an email address at which you can be contacted, (b) a description in reasonable detail of the nature or basis of the Dispute, and (c) the specific relief that you are seeking. Our notice to you will be sent electronically in accordance with Section 3 and will include (x) our name, postal address, telephone number and an email address at which we can be contacted with respect to the Dispute, (y) a description in reasonable detail of the nature or basis of the Dispute, and (z) the specific relief that we are seeking. If you and Mather LifeWays cannot agree how to resolve the Dispute within thirty (30) days after the date notice is received by the applicable party, then either you or Mather LifeWays may, as appropriate and in accordance with this Section 15, commence an arbitration proceeding or, to the extent specifically provided for in Section 15.1, file a claim in court.
EXCEPT FOR DISPUTES IN WHICH EITHER PARTY SEEKS TO BRING AN INDIVIDUAL ACTION IN SMALL CLAIMS COURT OR SEEKS INJUNCTIVE OR OTHER EQUITABLE RELIEF FOR THE ALLEGED UNLAWFUL USE OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, COPYRIGHTS, TRADEMARKS, TRADE NAMES, LOGOS, TRADE SECRETS OR PATENTS, YOU AND MATHER LIFEWAYS AGREE THAT ANY DISPUTE MUST BE COMMENCED OR FILED BY YOU OR MATHER LIFEWAYS WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR OF THE DATE THE DISPUTE AROSE, OTHERWISE THE UNDERLYING CLAIM IS PERMANENTLY BARRED (WHICH MEANS THAT YOU AND MATHER LIFEWAYS WILL NO LONGER HAVE THE RIGHT TO ASSERT SUCH CLAIM REGARDING THE DISPUTE). You and Mather LifeWays agree that (a) any arbitration will occur (i) in the State of Delaware, County of New Castle, (ii) in the county where you reside, or (iii) telephonically, (b) arbitration will be conducted confidentially by a single arbitrator in accordance with the American Arbitration Association’s (“AAA”) Consumer Arbitration Rules that are in effect at the time the arbitration is initiated, as modified by the terms set forth herein (“AAA Rules”), which are hereby incorporated by reference, and (c) that the seat of the arbitration shall be Wilmington, Delaware and that state or federal courts of the State of Delaware and the United States, respectively, sitting in the State of Delaware, County of New Castle, have exclusive jurisdiction over any litigation in aid of arbitration and the enforcement of any arbitration awards. The parties shall attempt to agree on the single arbitrator to be appointed to resolve the dispute. If the parties are unable to reach agreement within 30 days after commencement of the arbitration with the AAA, the arbitrator selection process identified in the AAA Consumer Arbitration Rules shall apply. You may also litigate a Dispute in the small claims court located in the county of your billing address if the Dispute meets the requirements to be heard in small claims court. Each party shall be responsible for its costs incurred in such arbitration, but the arbitrator shall not have the authority to re-allocate those costs in an award or otherwise. If you cannot afford to pay for the arbitration, you agree to provide us the option of paying the arbitrator before seeking to initiate any other form of dispute resolution, including litigation. As part of the arbitration, both you and Mather LifeWays will have the opportunity to reasonable discovery of non-privileged information that is relevant and material to the Dispute, including the ability to request from each other, and third parties, documents, information and testimony that is relevant and material to the Dispute.
- Authority of Arbitrator
As limited by the FAA, these Terms and the applicable AAA Rules, the arbitrator will have (a) the exclusive authority and jurisdiction to make all procedural and substantive decisions regarding a Dispute, including the determination of whether a Dispute is arbitrable, and (b) the authority to grant any remedy that would otherwise be available in court; provided, however, that the arbitrator does not have the authority to conduct a class arbitration or a representative action, which is prohibited by these Terms. The arbitrator may only conduct an individual arbitration and may not consolidate more than one individual’s claims, preside over any type of class or representative proceeding or preside over any proceeding involving more than one individual.
- AAA Rules
The AAA Rules and additional information about the AAA are available on the AAA website. By agreeing to be bound by these Terms, you either (a) acknowledge and agree that you have read and understand the AAA Rules, or (b) waive your opportunity to read the AAA Rules and any claim that the AAA Rules are unfair or should not apply for any reason.
If any term, clause or provision of this Section 15 is held invalid or unenforceable, it will be so held to the minimum extent required by law, and all other terms, clauses and provisions of this Section 15 will remain valid and enforceable. Further, the waivers set forth in Section 15.2 are severable from the other provisions of these Terms and will remain valid and enforceable, except as prohibited by applicable law.
- Opt-Out Right
You have the right to opt out of binding arbitration within thirty (30) days of the date you first accepted the terms of this Section 15 by writing to: Mather LifeWays, ATTN: Community Initiatives, 1603 Orrington Ave., Suite 1800, Evanston, IL 60201. In order to be effective, the opt out notice must include your full name and clearly indicate your intent to opt out of binding arbitration. By opting out of binding arbitration, you are agreeing to resolve Disputes in accordance with Section 16.
16. Governing Law and Venue
These Terms, and your access to and use of the Services shall be governed by and construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois, without regard to conflict of law rules or principles (whether of the State of Illinois or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of the laws of any other jurisdiction. Any Dispute between the parties that is not subject to arbitration or cannot be heard in small claims court, shall be resolved on an individual basis in the state or federal courts of the State of Illinois and the United States, respectively, sitting in the State of Illinois, Cook County.
17. Modifications to the Services
We reserve the right in our sole discretion to modify, suspend or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Services (or any features or parts thereof) at any time.
Notwithstanding anything contained in these Terms, we reserve the right, without notice and in our sole discretion, to terminate your right to access or use the Services at any time and for any or no reason, and you acknowledge and agree that we shall have no liability or obligation to you in such event and that you will not be entitled to a refund of any amounts that you have already paid to us, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law. Any rights and obligations which by their nature are reasonably intended to survive termination, will survive any termination of these Terms.
If any term, clause or provision of these Terms is held invalid or unenforceable, then that term, clause or provision will be severable from these Terms and will not affect the validity or enforceability of any remaining part of that term, clause or provision, or any other term, clause or provision of these Terms.
These Terms, and any other terms and policies incorporated herein, constitute the entire agreement between you and Mather LifeWays relating to your access to and use of the Services. These Terms, and any rights and licenses granted hereunder, may not be transferred or assigned by you without the prior written consent of Mather LifeWays. No waiver of any provision of these Terms will constitute a waiver of such provision in any prior, concurrent or subsequent circumstance, and Mather LifeWays’ failure to assert any right or provision under these Terms shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. Except as otherwise provided herein, these Terms are intended solely for the benefit of the parties and are not intended to confer third party beneficiary rights upon any other person or entity.