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H. Discussion Areas
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K. Dispute Resolution
Any dispute relating in any way to your use of the Best Practices Research Alliance site shall be submitted to confidential arbitration in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, except that, to the extent you have in any manner violated or threatened to violate Best Practices Research Alliance's intellectual property rights, Best Practices Research Alliance may seek injunctive or other appropriate relief in any state or federal court in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and you consent and submit to exclusive jurisdiction and venue in such courts. Arbitration under this agreement shall be conducted under the rules then prevailing of the American Arbitration Association. The arbitrator's award shall be binding and may be entered as a judgment in any court of competent jurisdiction. To the fullest extent permitted by law, no arbitration under this Agreement shall be joined to an arbitration involving any other party subject to this Agreement, whether through class arbitration proceedings or otherwise.
L. Limitations on Claims
Any cause of action you may have with respect to your use of the site must be commenced within one (1) year after the claim or cause of action arises.
M. Term and Termination
Without limiting its other remedies, Best Practices Research Alliance may immediately issue a warning, temporarily suspend, indefinitely suspend or terminate the license granted under this Agreement if you fail to comply with any term or condition of this Agreement.
N. Hyperlink Disclaimers
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The site is controlled, operated and administered by Best Practices Research Alliance from its offices within Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America. Best Practices Research Alliance makes no representation that materials at this site are appropriate or available for use at other locations outside of the United States and access to them from territories where their contents are illegal is prohibited. You may not use the site or export the Materials in violation of US export laws and regulations. If you access this site from locations outside of the United States, you are responsible for compliance with all local laws. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, without giving effect to its conflict of laws provisions. This is the case regardless of whether you reside or transact business with Best Practices Research Alliance in Pennsylvania or elsewhere. You agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located within Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
P. Entire Agreement
This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between Best Practices Research Alliance and you with respect this website and it supersedes all prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals, whether electronic, oral, or written, between the customer and Best Practices Research Alliance with respect to this website. A printed version of this agreement and of any notice given in electronic form shall be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to this agreement to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form. If for any reason a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision of the Agreement or portion thereof, to be unenforceable, that provision shall be enforced to the maximum extent permissible so as to effect the intent of the Agreement, and the remainder of this Agreement shall continue in full force and effect. No waiver by either party of any breach or default hereunder shall be deemed to be a waiver of any preceding or subsequent breach or default.
Q. Modifications to Agreement
Best Practices Research Alliance may revise the Agreement at any time and you agree to be bound by the revised Agreement. It is your responsibility to return to this Agreement from time to time to review the most current terms and conditions. Best Practices Research Alliance does not and will not assume any obligation to notify you of changes to this Agreement. This Agreement shall supersede any prior or subsequent terms or conditions included with any communications or agreement, whether or not such terms or conditions are signed by Best Practices Research Alliance. Best Practices Research Alliance reserves the right to make changes to this site and to these terms and conditions at any time. Any such modifications will become effective upon the date they are first posted to this site.
R. Designated Agent
Under Title 17, United States Code, Section 512(c)(2), Best
Practices Research Alliance designates an agent as described below,
to receive notifications of claimed infringement:
Legal name and address of service provider: IBACOS, Inc. 2214 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Name under which service provider does business: IBACOS, Inc.
Designated agent: Director of Operations
Designated agent's address: 2214 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15222
Telephone and fax of designated agent: 412-765-3664 (p), 412-765-3738 (f)
S. Electronic Communications and Electronic Signatures
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