Terms & Conditions of Use
PLEASE READ THIS DOCUMENT CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU ACCESS OR USE THIS SITE.
PLEASE READ THIS DOCUMENT CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU ACCESS OR USE THE SITE. BY ACCESSING OR USING THE SITE, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET FORTH BELOW. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, PLEASE DO NOT ACCESS OUR SITE.
1. Your Agreement
These Terms govern your use of the Web site. Please read these Terms carefully; they impose legal obligations on you and on COA and establish our legal relationship. By using our services or accessing our Web site, you are acknowledging that you have read and understood these Terms and agree to be legally bound by them.
In addition, if you affirmatively register as an Information Recipient, or as an Case Management User, during the submission process (and from time to time as we may require) you will be prompted to click a “Submit” button or a “Login”, which further confirms your agreement to be legally bound by these Terms.
2. The Relationship Between These Terms and Applicable Ethics Rules
We have taken efforts to harmonize these Terms with ethics rules, and other rules that apply to our legal practice (“Ethics Rules”). If a circumstance arises where applicable Ethics Rules conflict with these Terms, then applicable Ethics Rules will govern our relationship, and not the conflicting portion of these Terms.
3. Components of the COALegal.com Web site
Our Web site is divided into two broad areas and feature-sets: (i) those areas and features that are accessible to all Users (the “General Site”); and (ii) those areas that are password-protected and that are designed to be available only to our Case Management Users (the “Case Management Site”).
4. Grant of Rights
4.1 Grant To All Users.
Provided you comply with these Terms, we grant you the right to access all areas of the Web site for purposes of (i) learning more about our services, (ii) registering to receive newsletters and other materials, if any; (iii) registering for COA presentations and other events, if any; and (iv) exchanging information via a Case Management Site, in accordance with the functionality provided by that Site (collectively, “Permitted Purposes”). In addition, we grant you the right to print out a reasonable number of pages from our Web site and circulate to interested parties a copy of these pages, provided that (a) you use – and ensure others with whom you share copies use – the print-outs only for Permitted Purposes, and (b) you retain on these print-outs any copyright notices or other proprietary notices as they appear on our Web site.
Apart from these express rights to use our Site and print out Site content for Permitted Purposes, you may not use, copy, modify, distribute, or access our Web site, or any materials we have made available on the Site.
4.2 Grant to Case Management Users.
In addition to those rights set out in Section 4.1 (Grant To All Users), Case Management Users have the following rights with respect to information and materials posted on an Case Management Site to which they have authorized access: (i) where the Case Management User and COA enjoy an attorney-client relationship, the Case Management User holds those rights in COA work product posted on the Site that are set by applicable Ethics Rules; and (ii) where the Case Management User is not a COA client (or COA work product is not involved), the User enjoys such rights from COA in the materials as are necessary to accomplish the purpose of the Case Management Site.
5. COA Ownership; Reservation of Rights
All information, software, artwork, text, video, audio, pictures, logos, and other content on the Web site, including all associated intellectual property rights, are the property of COA and its licensors, and are protected by copyright and other intellectual property laws. COA retains all rights with respect to the Web site except those expressly granted to you in Section 4 (Grant of Rights), above.
6. Links to Third-Party Sites
The Web site may contain links or produce search results that reference links to third party Web sites (collectively “Linked Sites”). COA has no control over these Linked Sites or their content and does not assume responsibility or liability for any content, opinions, or materials available on Linked Sites. COA does not endorse the content of any Linked Site, nor does COA warrant that a Linked Site will be free of computer viruses or other harmful code that can impact your computer or other Web-access device. By using the Web site to search for or link to another site, you agree and understand that such use is at your own risk.
7. Code of Conduct
As a condition to your use of the Web site, you agree to follow our Code of Conduct set out below. Under this Code, you will not:
- Use the Web site in a manner that could disable, overburden, or impair the Site or interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the Site.
- Seek to obtain access to any materials or information through “hacking” or through other means we have not intentionally made available to you through the Web site.
- Submit material that is intentionally false, defamatory, unlawfully threatening, illegal, or harassing.
- Transmit materials through the Site that you know or should know contain viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots, or other computer programming routines that are intended to damage, detrimentally interfere with, surreptitiously intercept, or expropriate any system, data, or personal information.
8. Revocation or Suspension of Use Privileges
We reserve the right at any time to terminate or suspend your access to some or all of the Web site if you engage in activities that we conclude, in our discretion, breach our Code of Conduct.
9.1 Concerning Site Functionality And Availability.
COA does not promise that the Web site, including any Case Management Sites, will be error-free or uninterrupted, or that the Site will provide specific results from your use of any content, search, or link on the Site. Case Management Users acknowledge that they have means other than the Case Management Site available to them to obtain needed information from COA and agree that, if COA provides timely information via such other means, the inaccessibility of the Case Management Site is harmless. COA DISCLAIMS ALL EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES (INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE) WITH RESPECT TO THE FUNCTIONALITY OR AVAILABILITY OF THE SITE.
9.2 Advisory; No Legal Advice Provided Via the Site.
The information presented on the Site is provided as a courtesy by COA. The Site is not intended a substitute for professional legal advice. If you have, or suspect that you may have a legal problem, you should consult your lawyer to obtain legal information and recommendations specific to your problem. COA EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED CONCERNING THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OF THE INFORMATION CONTAINED ON THE GENERAL SITE. Persons accessing this information assume full responsibility for the use of the information and understand and agree that COA is not responsible or liable for any claim, loss or damage arising from the use of the information.
9.3 Scope of Disclaimers.
COA expressly retains, and does not disclaim in any manner, responsibility for the content of attorney-client communications via Case Management Sites, and its provision of any advice or attorney work product to its clients via the Case Management Sites.
9.4 Use of Web site Does Not Create An Attorney-Client Relationship.
You agree that your use of our Web site does not create an attorney/client relationship with COA.
10. Limitation of Liability
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO BREACH OF CONTRACT, TORT, OR NEGLIGENCE, WILL COA BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING LOST PROFITS) THAT ARISE OUT OF OR ARE RELATED TO (i) YOUR USE OF THE GENERAL SITE, OR (ii) YOUR USE OF AN CASE MANAGEMENT SITE, UNLESS SUCH USE IS IN CONNECTION WITH AN ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP WITH COA (in which event this Section shall not govern the parties’ relationship).
You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold COA and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, agents, and employees harmless from any liability to third parties, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, arising from or related to your breach of these Terms.
12. Contact for Alleged Copyright Infringement
COA respects the intellectual property rights of others and requires that its users do the same. If you believe that any content available on the COA Site or other activity taking place on the Site constitutes infringement of a work protected by copyright (a “Work”), please notify our agent, designated under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. §512) (the “DMCA”) to respond to such concerns, as follows:
Frank R. Olson
Cobb, Olson & Andrle LLC
500 Sugar Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30350
(770) 635-2589 fax
Your notice must comply with the DMCA. Upon receipt of a compliant notice, we will respond and proceed in accordance with the DMCA.
13. Additional Terms for Certain Services or Sites
Certain Case Management Sites, or other services that may be subject to additional or different terms and conditions. We will notify you if the Site or service you are accessing is subject to terms and conditions that differ from these Terms, and you will have the opportunity to decline to participate in such Sites or services, if you do not agree with the differing terms and conditions.
14. Modifications to these Terms
If we modify these Terms, any such modifications will take effect proactively, upon your subsequent access to the Web site. Please feel free to print out a copy of these Terms for your records.
These Terms shall be governed in all respects by the laws of the State of Georgia without giving effect to its conflicts of law provisions. Both parties submit to the personal jurisdiction of and venue in the state and federal courts in the State of Georgia. The parties further agree that any cause of action arising under these Terms shall exclusively be brought in such courts. If any provision of these Terms is held to be invalid or unenforceable, such provision shall be struck and the remaining provisions shall be enforced. Headings are for reference purposes only and in no way define, limit, construe, or describe the scope or extent of such section. COA’s failure to act with respect to a breach by you or others does not waive its right to act with respect to subsequent or similar breaches. This agreement and the terms and conditions contained herein set forth the entire understanding and agreement between COA and you with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersede any prior or contemporaneous understanding, whether written or oral.
The following provisions shall survive the termination of these Terms and shall apply indefinitely:
- Section 5 (COA Ownership; Reservation of Rights)
- Section 1 (Submitted Content) (with respect to Use Rights)
- Section 9 (Disclaimers)
- Section 10 (Limitation of Liability)
- Section 11 (Indemnity)
- Section 15 (General)
- Section 16 (Survival)
17. Site Administration
If you have comments or questions about the administration of this Site, you may contact us at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
18. Effective Date
The effective date of these Terms is January 1, 2014.