Terms & Conditions

of use for the LexisNexis Services

 

NOTICE: THE FOLLOWING GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS APPLY TO YOUR USE OF THE LEXISNEXIS ONLINE SERVICES UNLESS YOU ARE AN AUTHORIZED USER IN AN ORGANIZATION THAT IS CURRENTLY A PARTY TO A SUBSCRIPTION AGREEMENT OR PRICE RENEWAL AGREEMENT WITH LN DATED BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1, 2009 WHICH IS STILL IN EFFECT AND COVERS YOUR USE. IN SUCH CASE, YOUR USE OF THE ONLINE SERVICES WILL CONTINUE TO BE GOVERNED BY THE TERMS OF YOUR WRITTEN AGREEMENT. THE GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS IN EFFECT BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1, 2009 ARE VIEWABLE AT WWW.LEXISNEXIS.COM/TERMS/GENERAL/1996. PLEASE CONTACT YOUR ACCOUNT MANAGER IF YOU WOULD LIKE A COPY OF YOUR SIGNED SUBSCRIPTION AGREEMENT.


 

GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR USE OF THE ONLINE SERVICES SEPTEMBER 1, 2009

The terms and conditions listed below govern use of the online services (the “Online Services”) and materials available therein (“Materials”) provided by LexisNexis, a division of RELX Inc. and its affiliated companies (collectively “LN”). The terms “you” and “your” in upper or lowercase shall mean the entity (e.g., company, corporation, partnership, sole proprietor, etc.) or government agency entering into a Subscription Agreement with LN. The “Subscription Agreement” shall consist of these General Terms and Conditions, and the standard, transactional rates applicable to your market (the “Price Schedule”).

1. GRANT OF RIGHTS; RESTRICTIONS ON USE
1.1 You and the Authorized Users (defined below in Section 2.1) are granted a nonexclusive, nontransferable, limited right to access and use for research purposes the Online Services and Materials made available to you. The rights granted to each Authorized User are as follows:

(a) The right to electronically display Materials retrieved from the Online Services for the Authorized User's individual use (e.g., no Authorized User may network others via LANs, WANs, intranets or the internet), subject to the Supplemental Terms for Specific Materials (“Supplemental Terms”). Notwithstanding the foregoing, an Authorized User may display a de minimis amount of the Materials on an incidental, infrequent basis for non-commercial purposes to other Authorized Users so long as the Authorized Users are in the same physical location and the means of display is not through the internet, an intranet or other types of networking communication like LANs, WANs;

(b) The right to email, fax, download or make printouts using the commands of the Online Services and the right to create a single printout of Materials accessed or downloaded by any other means (collectively, “Authorized Printouts”);

(c) With respect to Materials that are court cases, court rules, court briefs, agency issued documents, agency regulations or executive branch materials from the United States, its states, local governments, or territories (collectively, “Authorized Legal Materials”), the right to download using the commands of the Online Services and store in machine-readable form, primarily for that Authorized User's exclusive use, a single copy of insubstantial portions of those Authorized Legal Materials included in any individually searchable file or content source in the Online Services to the extent the storage of those Authorized Legal Materials is not further limited or prohibited by the Supplemental Terms. The storage may continue so long as the Authorized Legal Materials are needed for purposes contemplated under the Subscription Agreement or until the Subscription Agreement is terminated, whichever occurs first;

(d) With respect to all Materials other than Authorized Legal Materials, the right to download using the commands of the Online Services and store in machine readable form for no more than 90 days, primarily for that Authorized User's exclusive use, a single copy of insubstantial portions of those Materials included in any individually searchable file or content source in the Online Services, to the extent the storage of those Materials is not further limited or prohibited by the Supplemental Terms;

(e) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, the right to (1) excerpt or quote insubstantial portions of Materials in documents prepared in the ordinary course of your business to the extent permitted by applicable copyright law; and (2) store Materials for periods in excess of the periods set forth above to the extent required for legal or regulatory compliance.

For the avoidance of doubt, downloading and storing Materials in an archival database is prohibited. The Online Services and the Materials are protected by copyright, intellectual property laws, and other laws that prevent unauthorized access and use. If you are not an Authorized User, you are not permitted to access or use the Online Services for any purpose whatsoever. If you nevertheless access and use the Online Services without authorization, your access and use will be governed by these General Terms and Conditions and you will be liable to LN for any breach of the General Terms and Conditions as well as for unauthorized access and payment for use at the rates in the applicable Price Schedule.

1.2 To the extent permitted by applicable copyright law and not further limited or prohibited by the Supplemental Terms, you and the Authorized Users may make copies of Authorized Printouts and distribute Authorized Printouts and copies.

1.3 Except as specifically provided in Sections 1.1 and 1.2, you and the Authorized Users are prohibited from downloading, emailing, faxing, storing, reproducing, transmitting, displaying, copying, distributing, or using Materials retrieved from the Online Services. You may not exploit the goodwill of LN, including its trademarks, service marks, or logos without the express written consent of LN. Additionally, under no circumstances may you or any Authorized User offer any part of the Online Services or Materials for commercial resale or commercial redistribution in any medium or use the Online Services or the Materials to compete with the business of LN.

1.4 All right, title, and interest (including all copyrights, trademarks and other intellectual property rights) in the Online Services and Materials in any medium belongs to LN or its third party suppliers of Materials. Neither you nor the Authorized Users acquire any proprietary interest in the Online Services, Materials, or copies thereof except the limited license set forth herein.

1.5 You and the Authorized Users may not use the Online Services or Materials in any fashion that infringes the intellectual property rights or proprietary interests of LN or any third party.

1.6 You and the Authorized Users may not remove or obscure the copyright notice or other notices contained in Materials.

1.7 You and the Authorized Users may not use information included in the Online Services or Materials to determine an individual consumer's eligibility for (a) credit or insurance for personal, family, or household purposes; (b) employment; or (c) a government license or benefit. The term “consumer” is defined in the United States Fair Credit Reporting Act at 15 USC §1681.

1.8 Other provisions that govern use of the Materials are set forth in the applicable Price Schedule, the Supplemental Terms, online descriptions of files, online notices following source selection, and individual documents retrieved from the Online Services (collectively, the “Additional Terms”), all of which are incorporated by reference into the Subscription Agreement.

2. ACCESS TO SERVICES
2.1 Only your employees, temporary employees, students, partners/members, and contractors dedicated to performing work exclusively for you (to the extent those categories of persons are appropriate to your situation) are eligible to access and use the Online Services and Materials (“Eligible Persons”). Without limitation, external professional service providers such as attorneys, accountants, outsourcers and public relations firms are specifically excluded from being Eligible Persons. The term “Authorized User” means an Eligible Person whom you have identified to LN for purposes of issuing an LN ID. You agree that each LN ID may only be used by the Authorized User to whom LN assigns it and that the LN ID may not be shared with or used by any other person, including other Authorized Users. You will manage your roster of Authorized Users and will promptly notify LN to deactivate an Authorized User's LN ID if the Authorized User is no longer an Eligible Person or you otherwise wish to terminate the Authorized User's access to the Online Services. You are responsible for all use of the Online Services accessed with LN IDs issued to your Authorized Users, including associated charges, whether by Authorized Users or others. You will use reasonable commercial efforts to prevent unauthorized use of LN IDs assigned to your Authorized Users and will promptly notify LN, in writing, if you suspect that such an LN ID is lost, stolen, compromised, or misused.

2.2 Use of the Online Services via mechanical, programmatic, robotic, scripted or any other automated means is strictly prohibited. Unless otherwise agreed to by LN in writing, use of the Online Services is permitted only via manually conducted, discrete, individual search and retrieval activities.

2.3 To comply with local privacy, data protection and other laws, each LN ID is country specific and may not be used outside the country for which it is issued except for short periods not to exceed 30 continuous days. If LN suspects use of an LN ID outside the country of issue for a period in excess of 30 continuous days, LN may suspend the LN ID or require you to use and pay for an LN ID for the relevant country. On request, LN will issue a geographically compliant LN ID.

2.4 The Online Services, Materials, and feature functionality within the Online Services may be enhanced, added to, withdrawn, or otherwise changed by LN without notice.

3. LIMITED WARRANTY
3.1 LN represents and warrants that it has the right and authority to make the Online Service and Materials available to you and the Authorized Users as authorized expressly by the Subscription Agreement.

3.2 EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE PROVIDED IN SECTION 3.1, THE ONLINE SERVICES AND MATERIALS ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS”, “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS AND LN AND EACH THIRD PARTY SUPPLIER OF MATERIALS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

4. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
4.1 A Covered Party (as defined below) shall not be liable for any loss, injury, claim, liability, or damage of any kind resulting in any way from (a) any errors in or omissions from the Online Services or any Materials available or not included therein, (b) the unavailability or interruption of the Online Service or any features thereof or any Materials, (c) your or an Authorized User's use of the Online Services or Materials, (d) the loss or corruption of any data or equipment in connection with the Online Services, (e) the content, accuracy, or completeness of Materials, all regardless of whether you received assistance in the use of the Online Service from a Covered Party, or (f) any delay or failure in performance beyond the reasonable control of a Covered Party.

4.2 “Covered Party” means (a) LN and any officer, director, employee, subcontractor, agent, successor, or assign of LN; and (b) each third party supplier of Materials, their affiliates, and any officer, director, employee, subcontractor, agent, successor, or assign of any third party supplier of Materials or any of their affiliates.

4.3 TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE BY APPLICABLE LAW, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL THE AGGREGATE LIABILITY OF THE COVERED PARTIES IN CONNECTION WITH ANY CLAIM ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE ONLINE SERVICES OR MATERIALS OR THE SUBSCRIPTION AGREEMENT EXCEED THE LESSER OF YOUR ACTUAL DIRECT DAMAGES OR THE AMOUNT YOU PAID FOR THE ONLINE SERVICES IN THE TWELVE MONTH PERIOD IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE DATE THE CLAIM AROSE. YOUR RIGHT TO MONETARY DAMAGES IN THAT AMOUNT SHALL BE IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER REMEDIES WHICH YOU MAY HAVE AGAINST ANY COVERED PARTY.

4.4 TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE BY APPLICABLE LAW, NEITHER YOU NOR THE COVERED PARTIES WILL BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ATTORNEYS' FEES) IN ANY WAY DUE TO, RESULTING FROM, OR ARISING IN CONNECTION WITH THE ONLINE SERVICES, MATERIALS, OR THE FAILURE OF ANY COVERED PARTY TO PERFORM ITS OBLIGATIONS. THE FOREGOING LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SHALL NOT APPLY TO YOUR (AND YOUR AUTHORIZED USERS) INFRINGEMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OR MISAPPROPRIATION OF PROPRIETARY DATA BELONGING TO LN OR ITS THIRD PARTY SUPPLIERS.

4.5 Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Section 4: (a) If there is a breach of the warranty in Section 3.1 above, then LN at its option and expense, shall either defend or settle any action and hold you harmless against proceedings or damages of any kind or description based on a third party's claim of patent, trademark, service mark, copyright or trade secret infringement related to use of the Online Services or Materials, asserted against you by such third party provided: (i) all use of the Online Services and Materials was in accordance with the Subscription Agreement; (ii) the claim, cause of action or infringement was not caused by you modifying or combining the Online Services or Materials with or into other products or applications not approved by LN; (iii) you give LN prompt notice of any such claim; and (iv) you give LN the right to control and direct the investigation, defense and settlement of each such claim. You, at LN's expense, shall reasonably cooperate with LN in connection with the foregoing.

(b) In addition to Section 4.5(a), if the Online Services or the operation thereof become, or in the opinion of LN are likely to become, the subject of a claim of infringement, LN may, at its option and expense, either: (i) procure for you the right to continue using the Online Services, (ii) replace or modify the Online Services so that they become non-infringing; or (iii) terminate the Subscription Agreement on notice to you and grant you a pro-rata refund or credit (whichever is applicable) for any pre-paid fees or fixed charges.

(c) The provisions of Sections 4.5(a) and (b) shall constitute your sole and exclusive remedy for the respective matters specified therein.

5. MISCELLANEOUS
5.1 These General Terms and Conditions may be changed from time to time as described below or by written agreement. Charges and payment terms may be changed in accordance with the terms of your Price Schedule; all other provisions of these General Terms and Conditions may be changed by LN immediately upon notice to you. If any changes are made to these General Terms and Conditions, such changes will: (a) only be applied prospectively; and (b) not be specifically directed against you or the Authorized Users but will apply to all similarly situated LN customers using the Online Services. You may terminate the Subscription Agreement upon written notice to LN if any change to these General Terms and Conditions is unacceptable to you. For termination to be effective under this Section 5.1, written notice of termination must be provided to LN within 90 days of the effective date of the change. Continued use of the Online Services following the effective date of any change to these General Terms and Conditions constitutes acceptance of the change but does not affect the foregoing termination right. Except as provided above, the Subscription Agreement may not be supplemented, modified or otherwise revised unless signed by duly authorized representatives of both parties. Furthermore, the Subscription Agreement may not be supplemented, modified or otherwise revised by email exchange even if the email contains a printed name or signature line bearing signature-like font. The foregoing does not prohibit the execution of electronic contracts bearing electronic signatures of authorized representatives of both parties, provided such signatures include digital certifications or are otherwise authenticated.

5.2 You or LN may terminate the Subscription Agreement at any time in accordance with this Section 5.2. The effective date of termination shall be 10 days after the receipt of written notice of termination, unless a later date is specified in the notice. LN may temporarily suspend or discontinue providing the Online Services to any Authorized User without affecting other Authorized Users without notice and pursue any other legal remedies if you or any Authorized User fails to comply with any obligations under the Subscription Agreement.

5.3 All notices and other communications hereunder shall be in writing or displayed electronically in the Online Services by LN. Notices shall be deemed to have been properly given on the date deposited in the mail, if mailed; on the date first made available, if displayed in the Online Services; or on the date received, if delivered in any other manner. Legal notices to LN should be sent to LexisNexis, Attn: Chief Legal Officer, 9443 Springboro Pike, Miamisburg, OH 45342.

5.4 The failure of you, LN, or any third party supplier of Materials to enforce any provision hereof shall not constitute or be construed as a waiver of such provision or of the right to enforce it at a later time.

5.5 Neither you nor any Authorized User may assign your rights or delegate your duties under the Subscription Agreement to access and use the Online Services and Materials without the prior written consent of LN, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld. The Subscription Agreement and any amendment thereto and shall be binding on, and will inure to the benefit of the parties and their respective successors and permitted assigns.

5.6 LN's ability to provide information to its customers is regulated by a variety of privacy, data protection, and other laws in a variety of jurisdictions. You acknowledge and agree that LN will perform a due diligence review of you and that the due diligence review will be heightened if you desire access to sensitive information. You agree to reasonably cooperate with LN to provide all information reasonably necessary for LN to comply with applicable laws. You further acknowledge and agree that if you fail to cooperate with LN's due diligence review, LN may decline to provide you with access to the Online Services or to certain types of information. If you have entered into a fixed price amendment with LN but LN is unable to provide you will some of the Materials in your subscription due to your non-cooperation, LN may restrict your access in order to comply with applicable law but will be under no obligation to reduce your monthly commitment. In the rare case that LN is unable to provide you with access to any of the Materials available in the Online Services, LN will terminate the Subscription Agreement and any applicable fixed price amendment without fine or penalty to you. Finally, you also agree that during the term of the Subscription Agreement LN may perform periodic reviews of your use of regulated data in order to comply with regulatory, data security, privacy and license restrictions, and that the reviews may include, but are not necessarily limited to, asking you to verify your permissible purpose for accessing such data. You agree to cooperate with LN in any such review and to promptly produce all records and documentation reasonably requested by LN for this purpose.

5.7 If you, any of your Authorized Users, or any person you or your Authorized Users permits to use the LN Online Services or who gains access through an Authorized User's failure to properly secure his or her LN ID (a “User”) should access or use regulated data in an unauthorized manner (a “Security Event”), then the following provisions will apply: (a) if required by applicable law, you will notify the individuals whose information has potentially been accessed or used that a Security Event has occurred; (b) you will notify any other parties (including but not limited to regulatory entities and credit reporting agencies) as may be required by law; (c) the notification will not reference LN or the product through which the regulated data was provided, nor will LN be otherwise identified or referenced in connection with the Security Event, without the express written consent of LN; (d) you will be solely liable for all claims that may arise from a Security Event caused by you, your Authorized Users or a User and you will indemnify LN for any third claims directed against LN that arise from such Security Event; and (e) all such notifications and indemnity claims related to your Security Event will be solely at your expense.

5.8 The Subscription Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York regardless of the law that might otherwise apply under applicable principles of conflicts of law.

5.9 The Subscription Agreement will be enforced to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law. If any provision of the Subscription Agreement is held to be invalid or unenforceable to any extent, then (a) such provision will be interpreted, construed and reformed to the extent reasonably required to render it valid, enforceable and consistent with its original intent and (b) such invalidity or unenforceability will not affect any other provision of the Subscription Agreement.

5.10 Where applicable, each affiliated company of LN and each third party supplier of Materials has the right to assert and enforce the provisions of the Subscription Agreement directly on its own behalf as a third party beneficiary.

5.11 The Subscription Agreement constitutes the entire agreement of the parties with respect to its subject matter and replaces and supersedes any prior written or verbal communications, representations, proposals or quotations on that subject matter.

Supplemental Terms for Specific Materials