ContractsCounsel is committed to participating in a consumer-friendly dispute resolution process. This Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Agreement shall apply if your (i) Country of Residence is in the United States; or (ii) your Country of Residence is not in the United States, but bring any claim against ContractsCounsel in the United States.
Pre-Arbitration Dispute Resolution and Notification. Prior to initiating an arbitration, you and ContractsCounsel each agree to notify the other party of the dispute and attempt to negotiate an informal resolution to it first. We will contact you at the email address you have provided to us; you can contact ContractsCounsel management team by emailing them at email@example.com. If after a good faith effort and ne less than thirty (30) days, the negotiations are unsuccessful, then the parties shall engage in 1) dispute resolution with the State bar where the attorney is licensed to practice 2) arbitration with the party intending to pursue arbitration notifying the other party via email prior to initiating the arbitration. In order to initiate arbitration, a claim must be filed with the AAA and the written Demand for Arbitration (available at www.adr.org) provided to the other party, as specified in the AAA Rules.
Agreement to Arbitrate. You and ContractsCounsel mutually agree that any dispute, claim or controversy arising out of or relating to these Terms or the breach, termination, enforcement or interpretation thereof between you and ContractsCounsel, or to the use of the ContractsCounsel Service (collectively, “Disputes”) will be settled by binding arbitration (the “Arbitration Agreement”). The parties shall mutually agree to a sole Arbitrator. If the parties cannot mutually agree, an Arbitrator will be chosen for them by AAA. If there is a dispute about whether this Arbitration Agreement can be enforced or applies to our Dispute, you and ContractsCounsel agree that the arbitrator will decide that issue.
Exceptions to Arbitration Agreement. You and ContractsCounsel each agree that the following claims are exceptions to the Arbitration Agreement and will be brought in a judicial proceeding in a court of competent jurisdiction: (i) Any claim related to actual or threatened infringement, misappropriation or violation of a party’s copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, patents, or other intellectual property rights; (ii) Any claim seeking emergency injunctive relief based on exigent circumstances (e.g., imminent danger or commission of a crime, hacking, cyber-attack).
Modification to AAA Rules - Arbitration Hearing/Location. In order to make the arbitration most convenient to you, ContractsCounsel agrees that any required arbitration hearing may be conducted, at your option, by telephone, online, or based solely on written submissions; (b) the arbitration may not involve any personal appearance by the parties unless otherwise mutually agreed by the parties. Each party has the right to present witnesses at arbitration in favor of their case.
Modification of AAA Rules - Attorney’s Fees and Costs. You and ContractsCounsel each agree that either party may be entitled to seek an award of attorney fees and expenses if they prevail in arbitration, to the extent provided under applicable law and the AAA rules.
Arbitrator’s Decision. The arbitrator’s decision will include the essential findings and conclusions upon which the arbitrator based the award. Judgment on the arbitration award may be entered in any court with proper jurisdiction. The arbitrator may award declaratory or injunctive relief only on an individual basis and only to the extent necessary to provide relief warranted by the claimant’s individual claim. The Arbitrator’s decision is final and binding on all the parties.
Jury Trial Waiver. You and ContractsCounsel acknowledge and agree that we are each waiving the right to a trial by jury as to all Disputes that are agreed as disputes being dealt with by arbitration.
No Class Actions or Representative Proceedings. You and ContractsCounsel acknowledge and agree that we are each waiving the right to participate as a plaintiff or class member in any purported class action lawsuit, class-wide arbitration, private attorney-general action, or any other representative proceeding as to all Disputes. Further, unless you and ContractsCounsel both otherwise agree in writing, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one party’s claims and may not otherwise preside over any form of any class or representative proceeding. If this paragraph is held unenforceable with respect to any Dispute, then the entirety of the Arbitration Agreement will be deemed void with respect to such Dispute.
Severability. In the event that any portion of this Arbitration Agreement is deemed illegal or unenforceable, such provision shall be severed and the remainder of the Arbitration Agreement shall be given full force and effect.
Changes and/or Revisions. Notwithstanding the provisions (“Modification of these Terms”), if ContractsCounsel changes this Section (“Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Agreement”) after the date you last accepted these Terms (or accepted any subsequent changes to these Terms), you may reject any such change by sending us written notice (including by email) within three (3) days of the date such change became effective, as indicated in the “Last Updated” date above or in the date of Contract Counsel’s notice to you of such change. By rejecting any change, you are agreeing that you will arbitrate any Dispute between you and ContractsCounsel in accordance with the provisions of the “Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Agreement” section as of the date you last accepted these Terms (or accepted any subsequent changes to these Terms).