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Acceptable Use Policy

Courtesy and Common Sense. Participation in message boards and other online interaction with other users of Practice Websites should be governed by the same rules of courtesy and common sense as face-to-face interactions with other people who may share different opinions.

Unacceptable Behavior. You will not (nor will you aid or abet any third party to):

  1. upload, post, e-mail or otherwise transmit to a Practice Website any material that is:
    1. confidential or proprietary to you or any other person or entity, or that you do not have the right to disclose generally to the public;
    2. unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, defamatory, hateful or invasive of the rights of any other person or entity;
    3. likely to infringe or misappropriate any patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret or other intellectual-property right of any other person or entity; or,
    4. a virus, worm or Trojan horse, or any other computer code that is likely to disrupt, overload, harm or impair the functioning of any Practice Website;
  2. attempt to impersonate any other person, or otherwise misrepresent your identity, qualifications, affiliations or any other information about you;
  3. solicit other users or post any advertisement without the Practice's express written consent;
  4. attempt to disrupt, overload, harm or impair the functioning of any Practice Website; or,
  5. engage in any conduct that is unlawful, disruptive or otherwise inappropriate.

Postings Not Anonymous. The Practice does not, nor does any entity that is part of the Practice, guarantee that any message-board posting or other material that you post on any Practice Website will not be traceable to you, either by the Practice or by other users. The Practice reserves the right to monitor any and all of your activities on Practice Websites, and to take appropriate action with respect to inappropriate or unlawful conduct, including, without limitation, reporting such conduct to appropriate authorities. In some cases, the functionality of Practice Websites or other technology also may allow other users to learn your identity or other information about you. You may be liable to other users, as well as the Practice, for any defamatory or otherwise unlawful material that you post on any Practice Website.

Downloading Content. The Practice grants you a revocable, nontransferable, nonexclusive license to download copies of articles, contact information and other Content, solely for your individual or internal business use; provided, that you do not: (a) remove any copyright notice, trademark notice or other intellectual property notice from any copy of any Content, or (b) accept any consideration in exchange for any Content, or for services provided using any Content (including legal services) to any third party.

Links to Practice Websites. The Practice grants you a revocable, nontransferable, nonexclusive license to include a hyperlink on your own website to the home page of any Practice Website; provided, that you do not: (a) "deep link" to any other page of any Practice Website, (b) "frame" any Practice Website or any Content, or otherwise cause any Practice Website or any Content to appear in a window with any other material, (c) cause the hyperlink or the Practice Website to be displayed in any way that is disparaging to the Practice, or any entity that is part of the Practice, or (d) otherwise imply or state that any type of relationship or special arrangements exist with the Practice, or any entity that is part of the Practice, that have not been approved in writing by the Practice. You agree that you will promptly remove any hyperlink to any Practice Website upon written request from the Practice to do so. In no event will you use the Practice's logo or any other trademark as a hyperlink "button" or in any manner without the Practice's express written consent.

Indemnification. The Practice provides the Practice Websites, Content and Services solely as an accommodation to you, and the Practice and each entity that is part of the Practice will not accept any risks arising from your use thereof. As such, you will indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Practice, each entity that is part of the Practice, and their respective partners, employees, vendors and agents, from and against any and all claims that arise from or relate to: (a) your use of any Practice Website, Content or Service; (b) the Practice's use of any message-board posting, information or other material that you upload or send to, or post on, any Practice Website; or (c) your breach of any provision of this Agreement.

Intellectual Property

Practice Content. All of the Content, including, without limitation, all text, graphics, video and sounds on any Practice Website, and all computer code associated therewith, are the valuable proprietary property of the Practice, its licensors and contributors, and are subject to copyright, trademark and other intellectual property protection. You acknowledge and agree that the Practice has expended substantial time and effort to create each Practice Website, and the Content and Services provided through each Practice Website, and that the Practice exclusively owns or has been licensed by third parties to use and sublicense all rights, title and interest therein and all associated information, data, databases, images and other material.

Complaints and Digital Millennium Copyright Act. If you wish to make any complaint regarding any Content then please contact us at . The Practice's agent for notice purposes under 17 U.S.C. § 512, as registered with the United States Copyright Office, is:

Richard M. Assmus
Mayer Brown LLP
71 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60606
Telephone: 312-782-0600
Fax: 312-701-7711
E-mail:

License to Use Your Postings. With respect to any message-board posting, article or other material that you upload, post, e-mail or otherwise transmit to a Practice Website, you hereby grant to the Practice and each of the entities that are comprised in the Practice a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free license to use, copy and publish such material on a Practice Website and elsewhere; provided, that the Practice will adhere to the provisions of the Privacy Policy with respect to your personally identifiable information.

Limitations of Liability

NO LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES. EXCEPT AS REQUIRED BY ANY APPLICABLE MANDATORY LAW, IN NO EVENT WILL THE PRACTICE, A MAYER BROWN PRACTICE, ANY OTHER ENTITY THAT IS PART OF THE PRACTICE, OR ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE PARTNERS, EMPLOYEES, VENDORS OR AGENTS, BE LIABLE WITH RESPECT TO THIS AGREEMENT, ANY PRACTICE WEBSITE, ANY CONTENT OR ANY SERVICE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, RELIANCE, PUNITIVE OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, OR ANY LOSS OF PROFITS, DATA, OPPORTUNITY, SAVINGS OR INTEREST, OR ANY PENALTIES OR ASSESSMENTS IMPOSED UNDER APPLICABLE TAX LAWS OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF THE PRACTICE, A MAYER BROWN PRACTICE, ANY OTHER ENTITY THAT IS PART OF THE PRACTICE, OR ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE PARTNERS, EMPLOYEES, VENDORS OR AGENTS HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE LIKELIHOOD THEREOF.

AGGREGATE LIABILITY. EXCEPT AS REQUIRED BY ANY APPLICABLE MANDATORY LAW, IN NO EVENT WILL THE AGGREGATE LIABILITY OF THE PRACTICE, A MAYER BROWN PRACTICE, OR OTHER ENTITY THAT IS PART OF THE PRACTICE, OR ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE PARTNERS, EMPLOYEES, VENDORS AND AGENTS WITH RESPECT TO ALL CLAIMS ARISING IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT, ALL PRACTICE WEBSITES, ALL CONTENT AND ALL SERVICES EXCEED AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO ONE HUNDRED UNITED STATES DOLLARS.

MANDATORY APPLICABLE LAWS. CLAUSES 6.1 AND 6.2 SHALL NOT APPLY TO THE EXTENT THAT ANY LIABILITY MAY NOT BE EXCLUDED UNDER APPLICABLE MANDATORY LAWS. THE EXTENT OF THIS EXCEPTION WILL DEPEND ON THE COUNTRY IN WHICH YOU RESIDE AND THE CAPACITY IN WHICH YOU USE THE PRACTICE WEBSITES.

Miscellaneous

Jurisdiction. This Agreement will be governed by the laws of the State of New York, without regard to its rules of conflict of laws, except New York General Obligations Law § 5-1401. The state and federal courts located in New York County, New York, will have exclusive jurisdiction over any case or controversy arising from or relating to this Agreement, a Practice Website or any Services. Each party hereby consents irrevocably to personal jurisdiction in such courts with respect to any and all such matters, and waives any defense of forum non conveniens with respect to such courts. Notwithstanding the foregoing, either party may seek appropriate injunctive relief from any court having jurisdiction. Each party will and hereby does knowingly and voluntarily waive any right to a trial by jury in any case or controversy arising from or relating to this Agreement.

Assignment. Your rights and obligations under this Agreement are personal to you and may not be assigned to any other party.

Force Majeure. The Practice will not, nor will any entity that is part of the Practice, be deemed to be in breach of this Agreement for any failure or delay in performance caused by reasons beyond its reasonable control, including any natural calamity, act of God or a public enemy, act of any military, civil or regulatory authority, change in any law or regulation, disruption or outage of communications, power or other, failure to perform by any supplier or other third party, or any other cause beyond the reasonable control of the Practice (or any entity that is part of the Practice).

Waiver. The Practice will not, nor will any entity that is part of the Practice, be deemed to have waived any breach by you of this Agreement, except by a written waiver expressly so stating, and such waiver will not be construed as a waiver of subsequent or continued breaches.

Severability. If any provision of this Agreement is held to be invalid or unenforceable, such invalidity or unenforceability will be limited to the maximum extent permissible, and the other provisions of this Agreement will remain in full force and effect.

Complete Understanding. This Agreement constitutes the final and complete agreement between the parties regarding the subject matter hereof, and supersedes any prior or contemporaneous communications, representations or agreements between the parties relating to the subject matter hereof.

Definitions

These Terms of Use apply to Mayer Brown, a global legal services provider comprising legal practices that are separate entities (the “Mayer Brown Practices”). The Mayer Brown Practices are: Mayer Brown LLP and Mayer Brown Europe – Brussels LLP, both limited liability partnerships established in Illinois USA; Mayer Brown International LLP, a limited liability partnership incorporated in England and Wales (authorized and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and registered in England and Wales number OC 303359); Mayer Brown, a SELAS established in France; Mayer Brown JSM, a Hong Kong partnership and its associated entities in Asia; and Tauil & Chequer Advogados, a Brazilian law partnership with which Mayer Brown is associated. “Mayer Brown” and the Mayer Brown logo are the trademarks of the Mayer Brown Practices in their respective jurisdictions. Unless the context otherwise requires, any reference to "Mayer Brown" in these terms of use is to the “Mayer Brown Practices” taken together.

These Terms of Use govern use of all web sites owned or controlled by Mayer Brown Practices (collectively, “Practice Web Sites”), including all content provided on, or through access to, any Practice Web Site (“Content”) and all services provided through any Practice Web Site (“Services”).

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