Last Updated: January 20, 2022
1.2 Arbitration. PLEASE READ THIS AGREEMENT CAREFULLY, AS IT CONTAINS AN AGREEMENT TO ARBITRATE AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS, REMEDIES, AND OBLIGATIONS. Section 9 of this Agreement contains an Arbitration Agreement, which will, with limited exception, require you to submit claims you have against us to binding and final arbitration. Under the Arbitration Agreement, (a) you will only be permitted to pursue claims against MAVRCK on an individual basis, not as a plaintiff or class member in any class or representative action or proceeding, (b) you will only be permitted to seek relief (including monetary, injunctive, and declaratory relief) on an individual basis, AND (c) YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO HAVE ANY CLAIMS YOU HAVE AGAINST US RESOLVED BY A JURY OR IN A COURT OF LAW.
1.3 You understand and agree that we may change this Agreement at any time without prior notice. If we do this, we will post the changes to this Agreement on this page and will indicate at the top of this page the date this Agreement was last revised. You may read a current, effective copy of this Agreement at any time by visiting https://mavrck.co/legal/terms-of-use. Mavrck will notify you of any material changes to this Agreement either through a pop-up notice, email, or through other reasonable means. Mavrck is not responsible for lost notifications. Any such changes will become effective no earlier than fourteen (14) days after they are posted, except that changes addressing new functions of the Mavrck Services or changes made for legal reasons will be effective immediately. Your continued use of the Mavrck Services after such date shall constitute your acceptance of the new Agreement. If you do not agree to abide by these or any future Agreements, do not access, browse, or use (or continue to access, browse, or use) the Mavrck Services.
1.5 This agreement governs the use by individual users of the mavrck services. If you are a brand OR represent a brand, the terms and conditions governing your access and use of any Mavrck Services will be set forth in a separate agreement between you and mavrck. BRANDS may POST REQUESTS through the mavrck services FOR INTERESTED users, users MAY RESPOND TO THE BRANDS, AND BRANDS AND users MAY ENTER INTO AGREEMENTS. YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT mavrck IS NOT A PARTY TO ANY AGREEMENTS ENTERED INTO BETWEEN BRANDS AND users. mavrck HAS NO CONTROL OVER THE CONDUCT OF BRANDS AND USERS OF THE mavrck services, AND DISCLAIMS ALL LIABILITY IN THIS REGARD TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
2. Mavrck Services
2.1 General. Mavrck operates the Web Sites to provide you with information about Mavrck and certain third parties to which Mavrck offers marketing and promotional services (each, a “Brand”). The Mavrck Services are designed to offer users the opportunity to connect with each other and our Brands, share information about and opinions on products or services offered by our Brands, and participate in Promotions run by Brands (as described below).
2.2 Promotions; Incentives. From time to time, Brands may make available on or through the Mavrck Services certain sweepstakes, contests, challenges, rewards programs or other promotions (collectively, “Promotions”). You are not obligated to participate in such Promotions. If you choose to participate in such Promotions, your participation in any such Promotions is subject to and governed by your agreement with the Brand running the promotion and any other additional terms and conditions posted by such Brand on any specific landing web site or community web site for any such Promotion on or through the Mavrck Services. Brands may also provide you with certain incentives (e.g., cash, gift cards, and product samples) (“Incentives”) or enable you to earn points (“Points”) by completing qualifying activities, such as, for instance, making qualifying posts, viewing certain videos, reviewing certain consumer products and raising awareness regarding Brands or certain consumer products on social media through the Mavrck Services. The specific services a Brand engages you to perform, Incentives a Brand may provide to you (including any related conditions), and ways in which you may earn Points and redeem Points for prizes or rewards (“Rewards”) each will be described in more detail in your agreement with the Brand. Any and all applicable federal, state, and local taxes and all fees and expenses related to acceptance and/or use of any Incentive or Reward is your sole responsibility. Mavrck will not replace any lost or stolen Incentives, Points or Rewards. Mavrck is not responsible for your use of any Incentive or Reward after it has been delivered to you.
In addition, Mavrck is not responsible for the accuracy, availability or reliability of any information, data, content, goods, opinions, advice, or statements made available in connection with Social Media Services. As such, Mavrck is not liable for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such Social Media Services. The integration or inclusion of such features does not imply an endorsement or recommendation of any particular Social Media Services.
2.5 Restrictions. Unless otherwise expressly authorized by Mavrck or within the Mavrck Services, you agree not to display, distribute, license, perform, publish, reproduce, duplicate, copy, create derivative works from, modify, sell, resell, exploit, transfer, or upload for any commercial purposes, any portion of the Mavrck Services, use of the Mavrck Services, or access to the MAVRCK Services. Unless otherwise expressly agreed by Mavrck, the Mavrck Services are for your personal use.
2.6 Changes to Mavrck Services. Mavrck reserves the right to modify, suspend, or discontinue the Mavrck Services (or any part thereof) with or without notice. You agree that Mavrck will not be liable to you or any third party for any modification, suspension, or discontinuance of the Mavrck Services (or any part thereof).
3. Content; Intellectual Property Rights.
3.1 Content. The Mavrck Services contain material, including but not limited to software, text, graphics, and images (collectively referred to as the “Content”). We may own the Content or portions of the Content may be made available to us through arrangements that we have with third-parties, including our Brands. The Content is protected by U.S. and foreign intellectual property laws. Unauthorized use of the Content may result in violation of copyright, trademark, and other laws. You have no rights in or to the Content, and you will not use, copy, or display the Content except as permitted under this Agreement. No other use is permitted without our prior written consent. You must retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained in the original Content on any copy you make of the Content. You may not sell, transfer, assign, license, sublicense, or modify the Content or reproduce, display, publicly perform, make a derivative version of, distribute, or otherwise use the Content in any way for any public or commercial purpose. In connection with your use of the Content and Mavrck Services, you will not engage in or use any data mining, robots, scraping, or similar data gathering or extraction methods. The use or posting of any of the Content on any other web site or in a networked computer environment for any purpose is expressly prohibited. If you violate any part of this Agreement, your right to access and/or use the Content and Mavrck Services shall automatically terminate and you shall immediately destroy any copies you have made of the Content.
3.2 Trademarks. The trademarks, service marks, logos, and design of Mavrck (the “Mavrck Trademarks”) used and displayed on the Mavrck Services are registered and unregistered trademarks or service marks of Mavrck. Other company, product, and service names located on the Mavrck Services may be trademarks or service marks owned by third parties (collectively with the Mavrck Trademarks, the “Trademarks”). Nothing on the Mavrck Services or in this Agreement should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use any Trademark displayed on the Mavrck Services without the prior written consent of Mavrck specific for each such use. The Trademarks may not be used to disparage Mavrck or the applicable third party, Mavrck’s or a third party’s products or services, or in any manner (using commercially reasonable judgment) that may damage any goodwill in the Trademarks. Use of any Trademarks as part of a link to or from any web site is prohibited without Mavrck’s prior written consent. All goodwill generated from the use of any Mavrck Trademark shall inure to Mavrck’s benefit.
3.3 You agree not to:
(a) take any action that imposes an unreasonable load on the infrastructure of the Mavrck Services;
(b) use any device, software, or routine to interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Mavrck Services or any activity being conducted on the Mavrck Services;
(c) attempt to decipher, decompile, disassemble, or reverse engineer any of the software comprising or making up the Mavrck Services;
(d) delete or alter any material posted on the Mavrck Services by Mavrck or any other person or entity;
(e) frame or link to any of the materials or information available on the Mavrck Services;
(f) misrepresent any of your metrics or statistics associated with your social accounts and performance of your posts as may be represented on the Mavrck Services; or
(g) use bots or other artificial means to inflate your metrics or statistics associated with your social accounts and performance of your posts as may be represented on the Mavrck Services.
3.4 User Content. You are solely responsible for all information, data, text, messages, images or other materials that you upload, post, publish or display (hereinafter, “upload”), or have uploaded, on the Mavrck Services, or that you authenticate and permit Mavrck to upload, or have authenticated and permitted Mavrck to upload, to the Mavrck Services, including through the integration and use of Social Media Services within your Mavrck Services account, or that you email or have emailed via the Mavrck Services (collectively, “User Content”). Mavrck reserves the right to investigate and take appropriate legal action against anyone who, in Mavrck’s sole discretion, violates this provision, including without limitation, removing content from the Site, suspending or terminating the account of such violators, and reporting you to the law enforcement authorities. You agree to not use the Mavrck Services to:
- email or otherwise upload any content that (i) infringes any intellectual property or other proprietary rights of any party; (ii) you do not have a right to upload under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships; (iii) contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment; (iv) poses or creates a privacy or security risk to any person; (v) is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, excessively violent, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, pornographic, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful racially, or ethnically or otherwise objectionable; or (vii) in our sole judgment is objectionable or which restricts or inhibits any other person from using or enjoying the Mavrck Services, or which may expose Mavrck or its Brands or users to any harm or liability of any type;
- interfere with or disrupt the Mavrck Services or servers or networks connected to the Mavrck Services;
- violate any applicable local, state, national, or international law, or any regulations having the force of law;
- violate the terms of your agreement with, and any terms and conditions and other policies of, any Social Media Services;
- impersonate any person or entity;
- falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity, including our Brands;
- solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 18, or send invitations to use the Mavrck Services to individuals under the age of 18;
- harvest or collect email addresses or other contact information of other users from the Mavrck Services by electronic or other means for the purposes of sending unsolicited emails or other unsolicited communications;
- advertise or offer to sell or buy any goods or services for any business purpose that is not specifically authorized;
- further or promote any criminal activity or enterprise; or
- obtain or attempt to access or otherwise obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available or provided for through the Mavrck Services.
3.5 License to User Content. By uploading (or permitting Mavrck to upload), or having previously uploaded (or permitted Mavrck to upload), any User Content or authorizing, or having previously authorized, Mavrck’s access to your Social Media Services accounts on or through the Mavrck Services, you hereby (a) authorize Mavrck to pull information made available through your Social Media Services accounts on or through the Mavrck Services and (b) grant to Mavrck, its affiliates, and its Brands a nonexclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, fully paid up, transferable, sublicensable (directly or indirectly through multiple tiers), perpetual, irrevocable license to copy, display, upload, perform, distribute, store, modify and otherwise use your User Content, in connection with the operation or improvement of the Mavrck Services or other of its or its Brands’ products and/or services; the development of new products and services; and the promotion, advertising, or marketing of the foregoing, in any form, medium, or technology now known or later developed. Mavrck and its affiliates may also derive statistical and usage data relating to your User Content and/or your use of the Mavrck Services (“Statistical Data”). Mavrck may use the Statistical Data for any purposes, including combining it with or into other data and information available, derived or obtained from other customers, licensees, users, or other sources. In addition, for the avoidance of doubt, Mavrck may use any publicly available data or data that is already in Mavrck’s or its affiliates’ control, regardless of whether such data qualifies as User Content hereunder, for any purposes permitted by applicable law, including without limitation growing Mavrck’s influencer index, conducting marketing activities and conducting marketing and statistical analysis.
You acknowledge and agree that any questions, comments, suggestions, ideas, feedback, or other information about the Mavrck Services (collectively, “Submissions”), provided by you to Mavrck are non-confidential and Mavrck will be entitled to the unrestricted use and dissemination of these Submissions for any purpose, commercial or otherwise, without acknowledgment or compensation to you.
3.6 Preservation, Disclosure, and Removal of User Content. You acknowledge and agree that Mavrck may preserve User Content and may also disclose User Content if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (a) comply with legal process, applicable laws or government requests; (b) enforce this Agreement; (c) respond to claims that any User Content violates the rights of third parties; or (d) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Mavrck, our Brands, users of the Mavrck Services, and the general public. You understand that the technical processing and transmission of the Mavrck Services, including your content, may involve transmissions over various networks and changes to conform and adapt to the technical requirements of connecting networks or devices. In addition, Mavrck has the sole right to remove any User Content from the Mavrck Services that it believes in its sole discretion is in violation of this Agreement or is otherwise inappropriate in any way.
3.7 No Liability for Third-Party Content. Under no circumstances will Mavrck be liable in any way for any content uploaded by third parties or at the direction of users of the Mavrck Services, including, but not limited to, for any errors or omissions in any content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any content uploaded or emailed via the Mavrck Services. You acknowledge that Mavrck may not pre-screen content, but that Mavrck and its designees will have the right (but not the obligation) in their sole discretion to refuse or remove any content that is available via the Mavrck Services. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of any content, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of such content.
3.8 External Sites. The Web Sites may contain links to third-party web sites, including Brand web sites (“External Sites”). These links are provided solely as a convenience to you and not as a referral or endorsement by us of any other entity or the content on such External Sites. The content of such External Sites is developed and provided by others. You should contact the site administrator or webmaster for those External Sites if you have any concerns regarding such links or any content located on such External Sites.
We are not responsible for the content of any linked External Sites and do not make any representations regarding the content or accuracy of any materials on such External Sites. You should take precautions when downloading files from all web sites to protect your computer from viruses and other destructive programs. If you decide to access any External Sites, you do so at your own risk.
3.9 Certain elements of the Mavrck Services are protected by trade dress, trademark, unfair competition, and other state and federal laws and may not be copied or imitated in whole or in part, by any means, including but not limited to, the use of framing or mirrors, except as otherwise expressly permitted by Section 3.1 of the Agreement. None of the Content may be retransmitted without the express written consent from Mavrck for each and every instance.
3.10 Copyright and the DMCA. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (the “DMCA”) provides recourse for copyright owners who believe that material appearing on the Internet infringes their rights under U.S. copyright law. If you believe in good faith that materials on the Mavrck Services infringe your copyright, you (or your agent) may send us a notice requesting that the material be removed, or access to it blocked. Mavrck will process and investigate notices of alleged infringement and will take appropriate actions under the DMCA and other applicable intellectual property laws with respect to any alleged or actual infringement. Notices and counter-notices must meet the then current statutory requirements imposed by the DMCA. Notices and counter notices with respect to the Web Sites should be sent to Mavrck at:
Mavrck LLC, a Delaware limited liability company
53 State Street
21st Floor – Suite 2105
Boston, MA 02109
By Email: [email protected]
To be effective, the notification must be in writing and contain the following information:
· an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other intellectual property interest;
· a description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed;
· a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the Mavrck Service, with enough detail that we may find it on the Mavrck Service;
· your address, telephone number, and email address;
· a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright or intellectual property owner, its agent, or the law; and
· a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your Notice is accurate and that you are the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner’s behalf.
If you believe that your User Content that was removed (or to which access was disabled) is not infringing, or that you have authorization from the copyright owner, the copyright owner’s agent, or pursuant to the law, to upload and use the content in your User Content, you may send a written counter-notice containing the following information to Mavrck:
· your physical or electronic signature;
· identification of the content that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the content appeared before it was removed or disabled;
· a statement that you have a good faith belief that the content was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or a misidentification of the content; and
· your name, address, telephone number, and email address, a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the federal court located within the District of Massachusetts, and a statement that you will accept service of process from the person who provided notification of the alleged infringement.
If a counter-notice is received, Mavrck will send a copy of the counter-notice to the original complaining party informing that person that it may replace the removed content or cease disabling it in ten (10) business days. Unless the copyright owner files an action seeking a court order against the content provider, member, or user, the removed content may be replaced, or access to it restored, in ten (10) to fourteen (14) business days or more after receipt of the counter-notice, at our sole discretion.
4.11 Repeat Infringer Policy. Mavrck, in its sole discretion, may limit or terminate access to the Mavrck Services for users who are deemed to be repeat infringers. Mavrck may also in its sole discretion limit or prevent access to the Mavrck Services by any users who infringe any intellectual property rights of others, whether or not there is any repeat infringement.
4. Limitation of Liability and Disclaimer of Warranties.
4.1 MAVRCK, ITS AFFILIATES, THE BRANDS, AND ITS AND THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, SUPPLIERS, AND LICENSORS (COLLECTIVELY, THE “MAVRCK PARTIES“) MAKE NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE CONTENT OR THE MAVRCK SERVICES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ITS ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, COMPLETENESS, TIMELINESS, OR RELIABILITY. THE MAVRCK PARTIES SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO LIABILITY FOR THE TRUTH, ACCURACY, OR COMPLETENESS OF THE CONTENT OR ANY OTHER INFORMATION CONVEYED TO THE USER OR FOR ERRORS, MISTAKES, OR OMISSIONS THEREIN OR FOR ANY DELAYS OR INTERRUPTIONS OF THE DATA OR INFORMATION STREAM FROM WHATEVER CAUSE. YOU AGREE THAT YOU USE THE MAVRCK SERVICES AND THE CONTENT AT YOUR OWN RISK.
THE MAVRCK PARTIES DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE MAVRCK SERVICES WILL OPERATE ERROR‑FREE OR THAT THE MAVRCK SERVICES, THEIR SERVERS, OR THE CONTENT ARE FREE OF COMPUTER VIRUSES OR SIMILAR CONTAMINATION OR DESTRUCTIVE FEATURES. IF YOUR USE OF THE MAVRCK SERVICES OR THE CONTENT RESULTS IN THE NEED FOR SERVICING OR REPLACING EQUIPMENT OR DATA, NO MAVRCK PARTY SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THOSE COSTS.
THE MAVRCK SERVICES AND CONTENT ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND. THE MAVRCK PARTIES DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE WARRANTIES OF TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, NON‑INFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTIES RIGHTS, AND FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
IF YOU ARE A USER FROM NEW JERSEY, THIS SECTION 4 TITLED “LIMITATION OF LIABILITY AND DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES” IS INTENDED TO BE ONLY AS BROAD AS IS PERMITTED UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY. IF ANY PORTION OF THIS SECTION IS HELD TO BE INVALID UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY, THE INVALIDITY OF SUCH PORTION SHALL NOT AFFECT THE VALIDITY OF THE REMAINING PORTIONS OF THE APPLICABLE SECTIONS.
4.2 IN NO EVENT SHALL ANY MAVRCK PARTY BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, INCIDENTAL AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, LOST PROFITS, OR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM LOST DATA OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) RESULTING FROM THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE MAVRCK SERVICES AND THE CONTENT, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, EVEN IF SUCH MAVRCK PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
4.3 Some states do not allow exclusion of implied warranties or limitation of liability for incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. IN SUCH STATES, THE LIABILITY OF THE MAVRCK PARTIES SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE GREATEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
5. Indemnification. You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Mavrck Parties from and against any claims, actions, or demands, including, without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees, arising or resulting from your breach of this Agreement or your access to, use, or misuse of the Content or Mavrck Services. Mavrck shall provide notice to you of any such claim, suit, or proceeding. Mavrck reserves the right to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter which is subject to indemnification under this Section. In such case, you agree to cooperate with any reasonable requests assisting Mavrck’s defense of such matter.
If you are a California resident, you waive California Civil Code Section 1542, which says: “A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his favor at the time of executing the release, which if known by him must have materially affected his settlement with the debtor.” If you are a resident of another jurisdiction, you waive any comparable statute or doctrine.
6. Termination of the Agreement.
6.1 Mavrck reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to restrict, suspend, or terminate this Agreement and your access to all or any part of the Mavrck Services or the Content at any time and for any reason without prior notice or liability. Mavrck reserves the right to change, suspend, or discontinue all or any part of the Mavrck Services or the Content at any time without prior notice or liability.
6.2 Sections 2 (Mavrck Services), 3 (Content; Intellectual Property Rights), 4 (Limitation of Liability and Disclaimer of Warranties), 5 (Indemnification), 6 (Termination of the Agreement), 9 (Dispute Resolution By Binding Arbitration), and 10 (Miscellaneous) shall survive the termination of this Agreement.
7. User Must Comply with Applicable Laws.
7.1 These Web Sites are hosted with Amazon Web Services based in Northern Virginia, USA. We make no claims concerning whether the Content may be downloaded, viewed, or be appropriate for use outside of the United States. If you access the Web Sites or the Content from outside of the United States, you do so at your own risk. Whether inside or outside of the United States, you are solely responsible for ensuring compliance with the laws of your specific jurisdiction.
7.2 The United States controls the export of products and information. You expressly agree to comply with such restrictions and not to export or re-export any of the Content to countries or persons prohibited under the export control laws. By downloading the Content, you are expressly agreeing that you are not in a country where such export is prohibited or are a person or entity for which such export is prohibited. You are solely responsible for compliance with the laws of your specific jurisdiction regarding the import, export, or re-export of the Content.
8. U.S. Government Restricted Rights. The Content is provided with “RESTRICTED RIGHTS.” Use, duplication, or disclosure by the Government is subject to the restrictions contained in 48 CFR 52.227-19 and 48 CFR 252.227-7013 et seq. or its successor. Use of the Web Sites or Content by the Government constitutes acknowledgement of our proprietary rights in the Web Sites and Content.
9. Dispute Resolution By Binding Arbitration
9.1 PLEASE READ THIS SECTION 9 CAREFULLY AS IT AFFECTS YOUR RIGHTS.
9.2 Agreement to Arbitrate. This Section 9 is referred to as the “Arbitration Agreement.” You agree that any and all disputes or claims that have arisen or may arise between you and Mavrck, whether relating to this Agreement (including any alleged breach thereof), the Mavrck Services, any advertising, any aspect of the relationship between us, or otherwise, shall be resolved exclusively through final and binding arbitration, rather than a court in accordance with the terms of this Arbitration Agreement, except that you may assert individual claims in small claims court, if your claims qualify. Further, this Arbitration Agreement does not preclude you from bringing issues to the attention of federal, state, or local agencies, and such agencies can, if the law allows, seek relief against us on your behalf. You agree that, by entering into this Agreement, you and Mavrck are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action. Your rights will be determined by a neutral arbitrator, not a judge or jury. The Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of this Arbitration Agreement.
9.3 Prohibition of Class and Representative Actions and Non-Individualized Relief. YOU AND MAVRCK AGREE THAT WE MAY EACH BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE ACTION OR PROCEEDING. UNLESS BOTH YOU AND MAVRCK AGREE OTHERWISE, THE ARBITRATOR MAY NOT CONSOLIDATE OR JOIN MORE THAN ONE PERSON’S OR PARTY’S CLAIMS AND MAY NOT OTHERWISE PRESIDE OVER ANY FORM OF A CONSOLIDATED, REPRESENTATIVE, OR CLASS PROCEEDING. ALSO, THE ARBITRATOR MAY AWARD RELIEF (INCLUDING MONETARY, INJUNCTIVE, AND DECLARATORY RELIEF) ONLY IN FAVOR OF THE INDIVIDUAL PARTY SEEKING RELIEF AND ONLY TO THE EXTENT NECESSARY TO PROVIDE RELIEF NECESSITATED BY THAT PARTY’S INDIVIDUAL CLAIM(S), EXCEPT THAT YOU MAY PURSUE A CLAIM FOR AND THE ARBITRATOR MAY AWARD PUBLIC INJUNCTIVE RELIEF UNDER APPLICABLE LAW TO THE EXTENT REQUIRED FOR THE ENFORCEABILITY OF THIS PROVISION.
9.4 Pre-Arbitration Dispute Resolution. Mavrck is always interested in resolving any disputes amicably and efficiently, and most user concerns regarding the Web Sites can be resolved quickly and to the user’s satisfaction by emailing customer support at [email protected] If such efforts prove unsuccessful, a party who intends to seek arbitration must first send to the other, by certified mail, a written Notice of Dispute (“Notice”). The Notice to Mavrck should be sent to 53 State Street, 21st Floor – Suite 2105, Boston, MA 02109 (“Notice Address”). The Notice must (a) describe the nature and basis of the claim or dispute and (b) set forth the specific relief sought. If Mavrck and you do not resolve the claim within sixty (60) calendar days after the Notice is received, you or Mavrck may commence an arbitration proceeding. During the arbitration, the amount of any settlement offer made by Mavrck or you shall not be disclosed to the arbitrator until after the arbitrator determines the amount, if any, to which you or Mavrck is entitled.
9.5 Arbitration Procedures. Arbitration will be conducted by a neutral arbitrator in accordance with the American Arbitration Association’s (“AAA”) rules and procedures, including the AAA’s Supplementary Procedures for Consumer-Related Disputes (collectively, the “AAA Rules”), as modified by this Arbitration Agreement. For information on the AAA, please visit its website at http://www.adr.org. Information about the AAA Rules and fees for consumer disputes can be found at the AAA’s consumer arbitration page, http://www.adr.org/consumer_arbitration. If there is any inconsistency between the AAA Rules and this Arbitration Agreement, the terms of this Arbitration Agreement will control unless the arbitrator determines that the application of the inconsistent Arbitration Agreement terms would not result in a fundamentally fair arbitration. The arbitrator must also follow the provisions of this Agreement as a court would. All issues are for the arbitrator to decide, including, but not limited to, issues relating to the scope, enforceability, and arbitrability of this Arbitration Agreement. Although arbitration proceedings are usually simpler and more streamlined than trials and other judicial proceedings, the arbitrator can award the same damages and relief on an individual basis that a court can award to an individual under the Agreement and applicable law. Decisions by the arbitrator are enforceable in court and may be overturned by a court only for very limited reasons.
Unless Mavrck and you agree otherwise, any arbitration hearings will take place in a reasonably convenient location for both parties with due consideration of their ability to travel and other pertinent circumstances. If the parties are unable to agree on a location, the determination shall be made by AAA. If your claim is for $10,000 or less, Mavrck agrees that you may choose whether the arbitration will be conducted solely on the basis of documents submitted to the arbitrator, through a telephonic hearing, or by an in-person hearing as established by the AAA Rules. If your claim exceeds $10,000, the right to a hearing will be determined by the AAA Rules. Regardless of the manner in which the arbitration is conducted, the arbitrator shall issue a reasoned written decision sufficient to explain the essential findings and conclusions on which the award is based.
9.6 Costs of Arbitration. Payment of all filing, administration, and arbitrator fees (collectively, the “Arbitration Fees”) will be governed by the AAA Rules, unless otherwise provided in this Arbitration Agreement. If the value of the relief sought is $75,000 or less, at your request, Mavrck will pay all Arbitration Fees. If the value of relief sought is more than $75,000 and you are able to demonstrate to the arbitrator that you are economically unable to pay your portion of the Arbitration Fees or if the arbitrator otherwise determines for any reason that you should not be required to pay your portion of the Arbitration Fees, Mavrck will pay your portion of such fees. In addition, if you demonstrate to the arbitrator that the costs of arbitration will be prohibitive as compared to the costs of litigation, Mavrck will pay as much of the Arbitration Fees as the arbitrator deems necessary to prevent the arbitration from being cost-prohibitive. Finally, if the value of the relief sought is $75,000 or less, Mavrck will pay reasonable attorneys’ fees should you prevail. Mavrck will not seek attorneys’ fees from you. But, if you initiate an arbitration in which you seek more than $75,000 in relief, the payment of attorneys’ fees will be governed by the AAA Rules.
9.7 Confidentiality. All aspects of the arbitration proceeding, and any ruling, decision, or award by the arbitrator, will be strictly confidential for the benefit of all parties.
9.8 Severability. If a court decides that any term or provision of this Arbitration Agreement other than Section 9.3 above is invalid or unenforceable, the parties agree to replace such term or provision with a term or provision that is valid and enforceable and that comes closest to expressing the intention of the invalid or unenforceable term or provision, and this Arbitration Agreement shall be enforceable as so modified. If a court decides that any provision in Section 9.3 is invalid or unenforceable, then the entirety of this Arbitration Agreement shall be null and void, unless such provisions are deemed to be invalid or unenforceable solely with respect to claims for public injunctive relief. The remainder of the Terms of Service will continue to apply.
9.9 Future Changes to Arbitration Agreement. Notwithstanding any provision in this Agreement to the contrary, Mavrck agrees that if it makes any future change to this Arbitration Agreement (other than a change to the Notice Address) while you are a user of the Mavrck Services, you may reject any such change by sending us written notice within thirty (30) calendar days of the change to the Notice Address provided above. By rejecting any future change, you are agreeing that you will arbitrate any dispute between us in accordance with the language of this Arbitration Agreement as of the date you first accepted this Agreement (or accepted any subsequent changes to this Agreement).
Subject to Section 9 above, this Agreement is governed by the internal substantive laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, without respect to its conflict of laws provisions. With respect to any disputes or claims not subject to arbitration, as set forth above, you and Mavrck agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located within Massachusetts. You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of Mavrck Services or this Agreement must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred. Failure of Mavrck to act on or enforce any provision of the Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of that provision or any other provision in this Agreement. No waiver shall be effective against Mavrck unless made in writing, and no such waiver shall be construed as a waiver in any other or subsequent instance. If any provision of this Agreement is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties’ intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of this Agreement remain in full force and effect. Except as expressly agreed by Mavrck and you, this Agreement constitutes the entire Agreement between you and Mavrck with respect to the subject matter, and supersedes all previous or contemporaneous agreements, whether written or oral, between the parties with respect to the subject matter. The section headings are provided merely for convenience and shall not be given any legal import. You may not assign this Agreement without the prior written consent of Mavrck, but Mavrck may assign or transfer this Agreement, in whole or in part, without restriction. This Agreement will inure to the benefit of our successors, assigns, licensees, and sublicensees. Any information submitted or provided by you to through the Mavrck Services might be publicly accessible. Important and private information should be protected by you. Mavrck is not liable for protection of privacy of electronic mail or other information transferred through the Internet or any other network that you may use.