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Acceptable Use Policies and Terms of Use

Words and expressions used in this page and elsewhere in a Practice Website are defined at the bottom of this page.

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, email 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 Mayer Brown'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. Mayer Brown does not, nor does any entity that is part of Mayer Brown, guarantee that any message-board posting or other material that you post on any Practice Website will not be traceable to you, either by Mayer Brown or by other users. Mayer Brown 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 Mayer Brown, for any defamatory or otherwise unlawful material that you post on any Practice Website.

Downloading Content. Mayer Brown 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. Mayer Brown 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 Mayer Brown, or any entity that is part of Mayer Brown, or (d) otherwise imply or state that any type of relationship or special arrangements exist with Mayer Brown, or any entity that is part of Mayer Brown, that have not been approved in writing by Mayer Brown. You agree that you will promptly remove any hyperlink to any Practice Website upon written request from Mayer Brown to do so. In no event will you use Mayer Brown's logo or any other trademark as a hyperlink "button" or in any manner without Mayer Brown's express written consent.

Indemnification. Mayer Brown provides the Practice Websites, Content and Services solely as an accommodation to you, and Mayer Brown and each entity that is part of Mayer Brown will not accept any risks arising from your use thereof. As such, you will indemnify, defend and hold harmless Mayer Brown, each entity that is part of Mayer Brown, 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) Mayer Brown'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 Mayer Brown, its licensors and contributors, and are subject to copyright, trademark and other intellectual property protection. You acknowledge and agree that Mayer Brown has expended substantial time and effort to create each Practice Website, and the Content and Services provided through each Practice Website, and that Mayer Brown 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 . Mayer Brown'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
Email:

License to Use Your Postings. With respect to any message-board posting, article or other material that you upload, post, email or otherwise transmit to a Practice Website, you hereby grant to Mayer Brown and each of the entities that are comprised in Mayer Brown a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free license to use, copy and publish such material on a Practice Website and elsewhere; provided, that Mayer Brown will adhere to the provisions of the Privacy Notice 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 MAYER BROWN OR ANY OTHER ENTITY THAT IS PART OF MAYER BROWN, 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 MAYER BROWN, OR ANY OTHER ENTITY THAT IS PART OF MAYER BROWN, 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 MAYER BROWN OR ANY OTHER ENTITY THAT IS PART OF MAYER BROWN, 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. THE PRECEDING CLAUSES SHALL NOT APPLY TO THE EXTENT THAT ANY LIABILITY MAY NOT BE EXCLUDED UNDER APPLICABLE MANDATORY LAWS. THE EXTENT OF THIS EXCEPTION IF ANY 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. Mayer Brown will not, nor will any entity that is part of Mayer Brown, 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 Mayer Brown (or any entity that is part of Mayer Brown).

Waiver. Mayer Brown will not, nor will any entity that is part of Mayer Brown, 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.

"Mayer Brown" and the Mayer Brown logo are trademarks of Mayer Brown.

Definitions
These Acceptable Use Policies and Terms of Use govern use of all websites, blogs and apps owned or controlled by Mayer Brown (collectively, "Practice Websites"), including all content provided on, or through access to, any Practice Website ("Content") and all services provided through any Practice Website ("Services"). References to "Agreement" are references to these Acceptable Use Policies and Terms of Use and the Disclaimer. Mayer Brown is defined on the Legal Notices page and is used to mean any one or more of the Mayer Brown Practices or the Mayer Brown Consultancies, or all of the Mayer Brown Practices and the Mayer Brown Consultancies collectively, as the case may be.

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