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This Agreement was last updated on December 14, 2016. It is effective between Subscriber and File & ServeXpress, LLC doing business as File & ServeXpress, LLC("File & ServeXpress, LLC") as of the earlier of the date of Subscriber accepting this Agreement and or using File & Serve Illinois
NOTICE: FILE & SERVEXPRESS, LLC DOES NOT ENGAGE IN THE PRACTICE OF LAW, NOR IS FILE & SERVEXPRESS, LLC PART OF THE COURT SYSTEM IN WHICH YOUR LAWSUIT IS PENDING. File & ServeXpress, LLC encourages all of its users who are not lawyers to consult with an attorney before using File & Serve Illinois to file, serve or receive electronic and/or paper documents in a legal action
1. DEFINITIONS. The following quoted terms not otherwise defined herein shall have the following meanings:
1.1 “Subscriber” means a Subscriber that pays for use of File & Serve Illinois on a transactional basis and who has the functionality within the File & Serve Illinois System as is set forth in the Section 1.7.
1.2 “Court” means the applicable state or federal Court or administrative agency that has entered into an agreement with File & ServeXpress, LLC or an EFM to accept, send, retrieve and maintain Documents in electronic format through File & Serve Illinois
1.3 “Courts” mean all state and federal Courts and other administrative agencies that have entered into an agreement with File & ServeXpress, LLC or an EFM to accept, send, retrieve and maintain Documents in electronic format through File & Serve Illinois.
1.4 “Court Rules” means the local rules of procedure established by a Court as well as any rules promulgated by a Court governing use of File & Serve Illinois.
1.5 “Documents” mean pleadings, Court documents and other legal documents, filings, correspondence and associated data available on File & Serve Illinois.
1.6 “EFM” or “Electronic Filing Manager” means an entity that has entered into an agreement with the Courts or File & ServeXpress, LLC to provide a standardized interface that accepts Documents in an electronic format for filing with a Court through File & Serve Illinois.
1.7 “File & Serve Illinois” means the File & Serve Illinois service that permits Subscriber to: (a) file Documents with a Court in either electronic or paper form; (b) send or serve an electronic or paper copy of Documents on other parties and their lawyers; (c) perform other functions available through File & Serve Illinois; (d) receive Documents by electronic notification instead of mail or fax; and (e) access, view, print and download Documents and related Court information filed with Courts using File & Serve Illinois. File & Serve Illinois also permits Courts to file Documents and orders with notification to Subscribers.
1.8 “File & Serve Illinois System” means the proprietary business process component and systems component of File & Serve Illinois. The business process component includes special know-how and procedures to provide access and support to individuals who conduct electronic Transactions. The File & Serve Illinois System’s components consist of the Site, databases, and computer programs that reside on hardware located at third party data centers.
1.9 “Filing Receipt” means a confirmation that is transmitted to Subscriber after it has submitted a Transaction through File & Serve Illinois to a designated Court and/or parties and their lawyers. The Filing Receipt displays the date and time the Transaction was submitted by Subscriber through File & Serve Illinois. According to Court Rules, the Filing Receipt may serve as Subscriber’s proof of E-Filing.
1.10 “ID” means the username and password issued by File & Serve Illinois to Subscriber and its Users, if applicable, which ID permits access to, and use of, File & Serve Illinois. Passwords must conform to the requirements set forth on the site, which are subject to change to ensure privacy and security of data.
1.11 “Site” means the File & ServeXpress, LLC website currently located at www.fileandserveIllinois.com (but which is subject to change upon notice to Subscriber) at which Subscriber, by entering a valid username, may: (a) file and serve Documents; (b) access and view Documents E-filed and E-served by Subscriber or other subscribers; (c) maintain personal, firm and case account information; (d) file multiple copies of a Document through Filer Courtesy Copy.
1.12 “Subscriber” means: (a) if Subscriber is an individual, the person who accepts the terms of this Agreement; or (b) if Subscriber is a company or organization (an “Organization”), the Organization. If the person executing this Agreement is executing it on behalf of an Organization, such person represents and warrants that he or she is duly authorized to enter into this Agreement on behalf of the Organization.
1.13 “Transaction” means the record that is created by File & Serve Illinois with respect to a sent, E-Filed or E-Served Document, or Courier Courtesy Copy Delivery, including the Document(s), Court name, name of case matter, and name of filing party attorney and firm and other associated information.
1.14 “User” means those employees, independent contractors and agent of a Subscriber authorized by the Subscriber to use File & Serve Illinois. Subscribers will be responsible for any and all use of File & Serve Illinois and for all charges incurred by your Users.
1.15 “Completed Filings” means any E-filed and/or E-served filing(s) that have been submitted, served, accepted and/or rejected. The details of the completed filings as well as the documents that were filed and/or served are viewable by a user within the File & Serve Illinois system.
1.16 Terms as defined in this Section 1 and elsewhere, parenthetically, shall have the same meaning throughout this Agreement.
2.1 This Agreement is made between File & ServeXpress, LLC and Subscriber.
2.2 By subscribing to File & Serve Illinois, Subscriber will be permitted to use File & Serve Illinois to E-File, E-Serve, and effectuate Courier Courtesy Copy Delivery to the applicable Courts. In exchange for access to File & Serve Illinois, Subscriber agrees to the terms of this Agreement and to pay all applicable fees associated with use of File & Serve Illinois as more specifically set forth in Section 4.
2.3 Subscriber shall be subject to the terms of this Agreement. By using File & Serve Illinois, all Users accept the terms of this Agreement. File & ServeXpress, LLC has the right to notify each User of the terms of the Agreement and Subscriber shall be responsible for the actions of each of its Users.3.LICENSE TO USE FILE & SERVE Illinois; FILE & SERVE Illinois FEATURES; AND LIMITATIONS.
3.1 File & ServeXpress, LLC hereby grants Subscriber a non-exclusive, non-transferable, limited, terminable license to use File & Serve Illinois, subject to the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement, any additional terms and conditions posted on the Site, the Court Rules and any applicable state and federal laws.
3.2 The information accessible through File & Serve Illinois shall be for Subscriber’s own internal use in the ordinary course of its business. Subscriber may share the results of individual record and Document searches with clients or customers. Subscriber will not provide any third party (including its clients or customers) any right of access to File & Serve Illinois, provide any on-going services to third parties through or using File & Serve Illinois, whether as a service bureau or otherwise, or provide any records or data in any form to a third party for provision to others. Subscriber acknowledges that any violation of these provisions would cause serious injury to File & ServeXpress, LLC and Subscriber hereby grants to File & ServeXpress, LLC any and all right, title, and interest to all records or data transferred in violation of these provisions.
3.3 File & Serve Illinois shall not be used in a manner contrary to or in violation of any applicable federal, state, or local law, rule, or regulation, including without limitation, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (15 U.S.C.A.1681 et seq., “FCRA”). Subscriber certifies that neither Subscriber nor any of its Users will use any information obtained from File & Serve Illinois as a factor in establishing a consumer’s eligibility for credit or insurance to be used primarily for personal, family, or household purposes, for employment purposes, for residential tenant screening, for governmental licenses, or for other uses which are covered by the FCRA.
3.4 The following is a description of the features of File & Serve Illinois that are available to all Subscribers and the limitations of such features:
(a) “Data Entry” is a feature that allows Subscriber to enter case information. Subscriber is solely responsible for providing accurate information. File & ServeXpress, LLC does not edit or update information if a Transaction cannot be completed because the information provided by Subscriber is inaccurate;
(b) “E-File” or “E-Filing” is a feature that allows Subscribers to electronically submit Documents through File & Serve Illinois to Courts that have approved the use of File & Serve Illinois in their Court Rules. Subscriber is solely responsible for loading and transmitting Documents correctly and in a timely fashion and for confirming, through File & Serve Illinois the Documents have been accepted for E-Filing by the Court;
(c) “E-Serve,” “E-Serving,” or “E-Service” means the official service of Documents on parties to a lawsuit and/or their attorneys by submitting the Documents electronically through File & Serve Illinois (excluding service of process). The term “E-Service” pertains only to subsequent pleadings filed in a litigation matter, not the initial Complaint. The ability to E-Serve Documents on other parties and their lawyers is determined by Court Rules, Case Management Order, Stipulation Order signed by the attorneys, or other agreement between the attorneys in a case. It is Subscriber’s sole responsibility to determine when a Document can or must be E-Served as opposed to service in paper or E–Filed or conventionally filed with a Court.
(d) “Courtesy Notification” is a feature that allows Subscribers to provide an informal notice to a case party that it has E-Filed a Document on File & Serve Illinois. The sending of Courtesy Notification MAY OR MAY NOT comply with Court Rules for service. Subscribers that use this feature are solely responsible for determining when a Document must be E-Served as opposed to sending a Courtesy Notification that a Document has been E-Filed. The recipient of a Courtesy Notification will receive an email notification that the Document has been E-Filed on File & Serve Illinois with a link to the Document.4. CHARGES; BILLING
4.1 The use of File & Serve Illinois by Subscribers will result in the accrual of “Usage Fees” and “Court Fees” (in some jurisdictions), as defined below.
(a) Usage Fees are those fees imposed by File & ServeXpress, LLC for use of File & Serve Illinois and may vary based upon a number of factors including the State, Court, Case Type, Case Class, and features being used. Usage Fees will be set forth on a project specific basis and are subject to change from time to time. Subscriber will check the File & Serve Illinois Site for the amount of Usage Fees and for any changes to the Usage Fees. Subscriber is solely responsible for all Usage Fees incurred for the use of File & Serve Illinois by its Users. All Usage Fees are exclusive of taxes and, if applicable, taxes will be added to Subscriber’s invoice and are payable by Subscriber. Subscriber is responsible for providing a sales tax exemption certificates to avoid such taxes. Usage Fees apply even if a document is rejected by a Court: File & ServeXpress, LLC will not provide a refund. Notwithstanding the foregoing, File & ServeXpress, LLC and Subscriber may enter into a pricing amendment to this Agreement (an “Amendment”) with respect to the amount of Usage Fees.
(b) Court Fees are the fees, charges, taxes and the like, due to a Court or other governmental entity for Documents tendered for filing, posting through File & Serve Illinois, or accessed by Subscriber through File & Serve Illinois in instances where File & ServeXpress, LLC has agreed to collect such fees on behalf of the Subscriber, Court or governmental entity. FILE & SERVEXPRESS, LLC MAY COLLECT AND REMIT COURT FEES IN SOME JURISDICTIONS. HOWEVER, SUBSCRIBER IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PAYMENT OF COURT FEES. FILE & SERVEXPRESS, LLC MAY ALSO ASSESS AN ADMINISTRATIVE FEE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COURT FEES.
4.2 At File & ServeXpress, LLC’s discretion, in addition to Usage Fees and Court Fees, File & ServeXpress, LLC may assess File & Serve Illinois Subscribers a reasonable administrative fee for the (i) processing of the statutory Court Fees and (ii) processing and/or conversion of Court case service/notice lists that are provided by Subscribers to File & ServeXpress, LLC in a format other than an Excel spreadsheet or Flat File Text format.
4.3 Subscribers will pay File & ServeXpress, LLC the applicable Usage Fees and Court Fees for use of File & Serve Illinois via a credit card. Applicable fees will be posted on the Site from time to time by File & ServeXpress, LLC. If Subscriber’s credit card charge is not approved, the Transaction will not be processed. Select approved Subscribers will be invoiced on a monthly basis, either via a hard copy or an electronic invoice. Subscribers choosing to receive an electronic invoice will not be charged an additional fee for such electronic invoice. However, Subscribers choosing to receive a hard copy invoice will be charged a minimal fee. The invoice will set forth a reasonably detailed list of the Usage Fees and, if applicable, Court Fees incurred. At File & ServeXpress, LLC’s discretion, in addition to Usage Fees and Court Fees, File & ServeXpress, LLC may assess reasonable administrative fees upon Subscribers who pay monthly invoices through multiple (in excess of five) checks or payments. Subscribers are ultimately and fully responsible for payment to File & ServeXpress, LLC of all fees, charges and other amounts (including, without limitation, any statutory filing, other Court fees or administrative fees), incurred through its User’s Usernames. The duty to pay any and all fees incurred for use of File & Serve Illinois is responsibility of the Subscriber and shall not be delegated to any third party(s) without prior authorization from File & ServeXpress, LLC.
4.4 Subscribers shall pay each invoice within ten (10) days after either Subscriber’s receipt of invoice or the date the invoice is made available to Subscriber, whichever is sooner. Any amounts not paid within thirty (30) days after the invoice date will bear interest at a rate equal to the lower of (a) eighteen percent (18%) per annum or (b) the highest rate per annum allowed by applicable law. In addition to the above finance charges, Court Fees not paid within thirty (30) days after the invoice date will bear an administrative fee of up to twenty percent (20%) per month of the outstanding statutory Court Fee. All finance charges will be determined and compounded daily from the date due until the date paid. Payment of such finance charges will not excuse or cure Subscriber of breach or default for late payment. Subscribers will reimburse any costs or expenses (including, but not limited to, reasonable attorney’s fees) incurred by File & ServeXpress, LLC to collect any amounts which are not paid when due or for any other failure to honor your payment obligations under this Agreement. Additionally, File & ServeXpress, LLC may terminate the Subscriber’s access (and access by all its Users) to File & Serve Illinois in accordance with Section 7 for any delinquent account and report such Subscriber’s failure to pay File & ServeXpress, LLC to the applicable Court and attorney licensing authority for the state.
5. SUBSCRIBER’S RESPONSIBILITIES
5.1 Subscriber is solely responsible for: (a) Subscriber’s software and equipment, including computer and communications devices; (b) ensuring Subscriber’s software and hardware are suitable for connecting to the Site and using File & Serve Illinois, including having the minimum system and software required by File & ServeXpress, LLC to use File & Serve Illinois; and (c) Subscriber’s access to the Internet, Subscriber’s connectivity to the Site, Subscriber’s relationship with its Internet service provider, and any telephone or other connection and service fees associated with such access.
5.2 Subscribers are solely responsible for training and monitoring their Users. Subscriber’s authorization of a User to obtain a username is also an authorization of that User to incur charges such as Court Fees and File & Serve Illinois Usage Fees (as such terms are defined in Section 4.1 above). Subscribers shall be solely responsible for all fees incurred by their Users.
5.3 Subscriber is solely responsible for maintaining the security and confidentiality of all usernames/passwords. Subscriber will promptly notify File & ServeXpress, LLC if a username/password is lost, stolen, no longer valid, has been misused, or compromised in any manner. File & ServeXpress, LLC will promptly cancel such username/password. File & ServeXpress, LLC shall have no liability to Subscribers, Users, or any third party (including, without limitation, Subscriber’s clients or customers, if any) for any claim based upon misuse of a username/password. Subscribers are solely responsible to control all usernames/passwords appropriately assigned by File & ServeXpress, LLC. File & ServeXpress, LLC may immediately suspend access to File & Serve Illinois, without notice to you, if it suspects unauthorized use of a username/password or in the event of an activity that might compromise File & Serve Illinois. Each username/password issued will be used solely by the individual for whom it was issued and shall not be shared under any circumstances.
5.4 Subscriber is solely responsible for maintaining and updating usernames/passwords used to access File & Serve Illinois in accordance with applicable requirements set forth on the Site. Username/password protocol is subject to change to ensure privacy and data protection. Subscribers and Users that do not follow password protocol may be unable to access the File & Serve Illinois System.
5.5 Subscriber is solely responsible for the continuing accuracy of any and all information provided by Subscriber to File & ServeXpress, LLC in connection with the electronic transmission or delivery of any Document. Subscriber must notify File & ServeXpress, LLC of any change in Subscriber’s contact information including, but not limited to, the change of address, legal name, facsimile number(s), email address, withdrawal of one or more Users from Subscriber’s organization, withdrawal by Subscriber as counsel of record from any matter pending before a Court, or any other material information known by Subscriber that is part of Subscriber’s contact information. FAILURE TO MAINTAIN ACCURATE AND CURRENT SUBSCRIBER OR USER INFORMATION ON THE SITE, File & ServeXpress, LLC MAY RESULT IN INCOMPLETE DELIVERY OF SERVICE DOCUMENTS UPON THEM, OR FAILURE TO RECEIVE SERVICE OF LEGAL DOCUMENTS.
5.6 Subscribers are solely responsible for checking the Site to determine if notification of Service has been provided, or that a Document it attempted to E-File has been rejected by a Court. SUBSCRIBERS ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR MONITORING FILE & SERVE ILLINOIS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, COMPLETED FILINGS AND EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS. FURTHER, IT IS THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF SUBSCRIBERS TO DETERMINE IF A DOCUMENT MUST BE SERVED AS OPPOSED TO SIMPLY FILED.
5.7 SUBSCRIBERS ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR CHECKING THE SITE TO DETERMINE PROPER ASSOCIATION WITH THE APPROPRIATE CASE(S) AND PLACEMENT ON THE CORRESPONDING SERVICE LIST(S). FILE & SERVEXPRESS, LLC IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACCURACY OR CONTENT OF CASE SERVICE LISTS POSTED ON THE SITE. When requesting to be associated with a particular case(s), Subscribers and any/all Users assert and warrant they are entitled to be associated with and receive service of Documents in said case(s).
5.8 Subscriber is responsible for checking the Site for changes to the terms of this Agreement and with the Courts periodically for changes in the Court Rules. FILE & SERVEXPRESS, LLC IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR CHANGES TO COURT RULES OR FOR NOTIFYING SUBSCRIBER OF SUCH CHANGES.
5.9 Subscriber shall notify File & ServeXpress, LLC immediately if an E-Filed Document is subsequently sealed by a Court and shall provide details in connection with such sealing which enable File & ServeXpress, LLC to determine the action which should be taken in connection with the E-Filed Document at issue (e.g., removal from public access in File & Serve Illinois).
6. MODIFICATION OF TERMS AND FILE & SERVE ILLINOIS
6.1 File & ServeXpress, LLC may modify or change this Agreement from time to time (including the amounts of Usage Fees, as defined in Section 4.1 above), at its sole discretion. File & ServeXpress, LLC will notify Subscriber of any material change(s) in this Agreement and Usage Fees pertaining to E-File-Only Transactions and E-File and E-Serve Transactions, by posting the proposed change(s) on the Site for five days prior to the effective date of such change(s). File & ServeXpress, LLC also reserves the right to modify or discontinue features and capabilities of File & Serve Illinois, or any portion of File & Serve Illinois, without advance notice for normal maintenance and enhancements, and to modify or update the File & Serve Illinois System documentation located on the Site. Usage Fees pertaining to enhanced and/or new features will be effective immediately upon release of such features.
6.2 The continued use of File & Serve Illinois by Subscriber or its Users, if applicable, after such notice will constitute acceptance of the change. If Subscriber objects to such modifications, Subscriber’s sole recourse will be discontinuance of Subscriber’s use of File & Serve Illinois.7. TERMINATION
7.1 Subscriber may terminate this Agreement at any time, with or without cause, upon thirty (30) days written notice to File & ServeXpress, LLC. Upon termination by Subscriber, any and/or all obligations and duties owed by File & ServeXpress, LLC to Subscriber, if any, will end. File & ServeXpress, LLC may provide post-termination assistance to Subscriber and may assess upon Subscriber reasonable administrative fees and costs associated with such assistance.
7.2 File & ServeXpress, LLC may terminate this Agreement, without cause, upon 30 days written notice to Subscriber. Additionally, in the event that Subscriber breaches any material term of the Agreement (including Court Rules), File & ServeXpress, LLC may terminate this Agreement immediately, if Subscriber has not cured such breach within five days after File & ServeXpress, LLC gives Subscriber written notice of such breach. Material breach includes (but is not limited to) any misuse of File & Serve Illinois, Subscriber’s insolvency, or any failure to make payments to File & ServeXpress, LLC. File & ServeXpress, LLC may also terminate a Subscriber’s account after an account remains inactive for six months. Terminated accounts may be deleted by File & ServeXpress, LLC. Users of a terminated Subscriber account will lose all access to the File & Serve Illinois System and will no longer have the ability to submit filings to the Court, serve documents through the File & Serve Illinois System or utilize any other features of File & Serve Illinois. A Subscriber may re-activate a terminated account by going through the online registration process at www.File & Serve Illinois.com or by contacting File & ServeXpress, LLC Customer Support.
7.3 Upon termination of this Agreement, neither Subscriber nor its Users will have the ability to use File & Serve Illinois.
7.4 Subscriber is responsible for notifying a Court and other Subscribers to File & Serve Illinois of the termination of Subscriber’s access to File & Serve Illinois.8. WARRANTY
8.1 File & ServeXpress, LLC warrants that File & Serve Illinois is capable of performing the functions in conformance with the published File & Serve Illinois System documentation, under normal use and as long as Subscriber is in compliance with its obligations under this Agreement. Subscriber’s sole relief for breach of the foregoing warranty is that File & ServeXpress, LLC (in its sole discretion) will either, (a) redeliver or re-perform the File & Serve Illinois feature or function without charge, or (b) refund to Subscriber the fee paid by Subscriber for the File & Serve Illinois feature or function that is the subject of the warranty claim.
8.2 The Internet is a not an error-free environment and some forms of electronic filings need substantial lead time and reasonable computer skills to prepare and transmit in a timely fashion. FILE & SERVE ILLINOIS IS SUBJECT TO LIMITATIONS, DELAYS AND PROBLEMS INHERENT WITH THE INTERNET AND ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS. NEITHER FILE & SERVEXPRESS, LLC NOR ITS SUPPLIERS, LICENSORS OR CONTRACTORS WARRANT THAT FILE & SERVE ILLINOIS WILL MEET SUBSCRIBER’S REQUIREMENTS, OR THAT FILE & SERVE ILLINOIS WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE OR ERROR FREE. NEITHER FILE & SERVEXPRESS, LLC NOR ITS SUPPLIERS, LICENSORS OR CONTRACTORS WARRANT THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE INFORMATION IN RECORDS AVAILABLE ON FILE & SERVE ILLINOIS, OR WARRANT THAT ANY PLEADINGS, MAIL OR OTHER DOCUMENTS WILL BE RECEIVED AND READ BY THEIR INTENDED RECIPIENTS. EXCEPT FOR THE WARRANTY SET FORTH IN SECTION 8.1, NEITHER FILE & SERVEXPRESS, LLC NOR ITS SUPPLIERS, LICENSORS OR CONTRACTORS PROVIDES ANY WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AND DISCLAIMS ALL SUCH WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. FILE & SERVE ILLINOIS IS PROVIDED “AS IS WITH ALL FAULTS” AND ON AN “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS.
8.3 Subscriber represents and warrants that it will not provide File & ServeXpress, LLC with any Protected Health Information (as that term is defined in 45 C.F.R. Sec. 160.103) or with Electronic Health Records or Patient Health Records (as those terms are defined in 42 U.S.C. Sec. 17921(5), and 42 U.S.C. Sec. 17921(11), respectively) or with information from such records without the execution of a separate agreement between the parties.9. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY
9.1 File & ServeXpress, LLC has no control over the content of a Document transmitted on or through File & Serve Illinois, and File & ServeXpress, LLC has no liability to Subscriber, Users, Subscriber’s clients, customers, or other third parties for any claim based upon (a) rejection of a Document by a Court or an EFM, (b) alleged defamation, libel, or slander contained in the Documents, (c) infringement of any intellectual property rights in a Document, and (d) the content and format of a Document. File & ServeXpress, LLC has no liability to Subscriber, Users, Subscriber’s clients, customers, or other third parties based upon incorrect transmission or delivery instructions by Subscriber or other subscribers to File & Serve Illinois, including, without limitation, liability for any losses in connection with the loss of privilege or for any other claimed injury or damages due to disclosure of a Document.
9.2 NEITHER FILE & SERVEXPRESS, LLC NOR ITS SUPPLIERS, LICENSORS OR CONTRACTORS WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR, AND SUBSCRIBER WILL NOT SEEK TO HOLD FILE & SERVEXPRESS, LLC OR ANY SUCH PARTY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOSS, INJURY, CLAIM, LIABILTY OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND RESULTING FROM: (a) any errors in or omissions from File & Serve Illinois; (b) any delays or delivery problems resulting from use of File & Serve Illinois; (c) the unavailability or interruption of File & Serve Illinois or any of its features; (d) your use of File & Serve Illinois (regardless of whether Subscriber received assistance, information or advice from the Site or any File & ServeXpress, LLC personnel); (e) transmission errors or any problems relating to telephone lines or other transmission devices, including the unavailability of telephone lines or other electronic transmission lines or devices; (f) any alteration or destruction of a Document resulting from third parties’ unauthorized access to or use of File & Serve Illinois (e.g., computer “hackers”); or (g) any losses or damages or alteration or destruction of a Document or information on any party’s computer system or elsewhere resulting from the transmission of computer “viruses” or other damaging or destructive software or software components by or through File & Serve Illinois, except in the case of willful or reckless acts on the part of File & ServeXpress, LLC.
9.3 IN NO EVENT WILL FILE & SERVEXPRESS, LLC OR ANY OF ITS SUPPLIERS, LICENSORS OR CONTRACTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES WHATSOEVER, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOSS OF USE, INTERRUPTION OF BUSINESS, LOSS OF REVENUES, PROFITS, DATA OR OTHER INFORMATION, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. SUBSCRIBER’S EXCLUSIVE REMEDY, AND THE MAXIMUM LIABILITY OF FILE & SERVEXPRESS, LLC AND SUCH OTHER PARTIES, IF ANY, FOR ANY DAMAGES, WHETHER BASED IN CONTRACT, TORT, STATUTE, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, SHALL BE STRICTLY LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT OF THE USAGE FEE SUBSCRIBER ACTUALLY PAID TO FILE & SERVEXPRESS, LLC FOR THE PARTICULAR TRANSACTIONAL USE OF FILE & SERVE ILLINOIS WHICH CAUSED THE DAMAGES, EXCLUSIVE OF COURT FEES. IF ANY REMEDY HEREUNDER IS DETERMINED TO HAVE FAILED OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE, ALL LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY, DISCLAIMERS AND EXCLUSIONS OF WARRANTY AND DAMAGES SET FORTH HEREIN SHALL REMAIN IN EFFECT
9.4 In jurisdictions where File & Serve Illinois is not required, File & Serve Illinois may be provided as a convenience service, and Subscriber can make alternative arrangements to file and serve Documents. Subscriber acknowledges that the timely E-Filing or E-Serving, in compliance with statutes, regulations, Court Rules, and orders requires the professional judgment of an attorney, and that attorneys appearing in a case are ultimately responsible for the timely E-Filing, E-Serving, or Service of Process of any such Documents (as specified by User). While File & ServeXpress, LLC will use reasonable efforts to electronically E-File or E-Serve, neither File & ServeXpress, LLC, nor any of its licensors, suppliers or contractors shall have any liability whatsoever associated with the E-Filing, E-Serving or failure to E-File, E-Serve submitted via File & Serve Illinois.
9.5 The parties will use reasonable efforts to take precautions against the contamination of their respective systems and computer files with software viruses, worms or other malicious agents that may reside within messages sent through File & Serve Illinois. At a minimum, such precautions shall include the installation, upgrading and use of commercial virus detection software to scan files and Documents transmitted via File & Serve Illinois. Additionally, the parties will use reasonable efforts to identify and to correct or remove any Document or file that may have infected data or contain viruses or other malicious agents. File & ServeXpress, LLC reserves the right to delete infected Documents, files or programs, and File & ServeXpress, LLC shall have no liability to Subscriber, or the sender or intended recipient of infected materials for such action. However, no precautions or virus detection software is or can be effective against all viruses, and File & ServeXpress, LLC shall have no liability with regard to any contamination of files, Documents or File & Serve Illinois.
9.6 In jurisdictions where File & ServeXpress, LLC is not participating as an EFM, in no event will File & ServeXpress, LLC or any of its suppliers, licensors or other contractors be responsible or liable for: (a) any problems relating to delivery or delay of Documents filed with the Court resulting from the EFM; or (b) the unavailability or interruption of EFM service.
9.7 No claim, regardless of form, which in any way arises out of or relates to File & Serve Illinois or Subscriber’s use of or inability to use File & Serve Illinois, or the use of or inability to use Documents accessed through File & Serve Illinois, may be brought by Subscriber more than one year after the basis for the claim is discovered or should have been discovered by Subscriber.
9.8 Each third party supplier, licensor or contractor of File & ServeXpress, LLC has the right to assert and enforce the provisions of Sections 8 and 9 of this Agreement on its own behalf as a third party beneficiary.10. NON-INFRINGEMENT
10.1 File & ServeXpress, LLC, at its expense and option will defend and hold Subscriber harmless from or settle any claim, cause of action or demand made by any third party against Subscriber that File & Serve Illinois or the File & Serve Illinois System infringes any U.S. patent, copyright, trademark or trade secret of any third party; provided, that (a) Subscriber promptly notifies File & ServeXpress, LLC of the claim in writing; (b) use of File & Serve Illinois was in substantial compliance with this Agreement, (c) the infringement was not caused in whole or in part by any misuse or modification of File & Serve Illinois or the File & Serve Illinois System by Subscriber; (d) File & ServeXpress, LLC shall have sole control over the investigation, defense and settlement of the claim; (e) Subscriber shall provide such assistance in the defense of the claim as File & ServeXpress, LLC may reasonably request; and (f) Subscriber shall comply with any settlement or Court order made in connection with the claim.
10.2 Subscriber agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless File & ServeXpress, LLC (including its affiliates, officers, directors and employees) from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, made by any third party that File & Serve Illinois or the File & Serve Illinois System infringes any patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets or any other intellectual property right of any third party based upon use of File & Serve Illinois or the File & Serve Illinois System not in compliance with this Agreement by Subscriber, including, but not limited to, any unauthorized use modifications to File & Serve Illinois or the File & Serve Illinois System by Subscriber. The foregoing shall not apply to a Subscriber that is a public entity if prohibited by applicable law.11. THIRD-PARTY SOFTWARE
File & Serve Illinois may utilize software from third-party providers (“Third Party Software”). Third Party Software can include sign-on and identification facilities, document transfer, and conversion tools and the facilities needed to acknowledge, time stamp and forward documents, associated data and notifications to and from the Court as well as to other users of File & Serve Illinois. Subscriber shall comply with the license terms of any Third Party Software supplied in connection with File & Serve Illinois and that it will not or allow others to alter or modify any Third Party Software without express written permission from File & ServeXpress, LLC or the Third Party Software provider in each instance. File & ServeXpress, LLC has no obligation to maintain or upgrade any such Third Party Software.
12. PILOT PROJECTS
File & ServeXpress, LLC may implement File & Serve Illinois in various jurisdictions in conjunction with local Courts and bar representatives through a process of needs assessments, pilot efforts, and phased stages to accommodate unique requirements of multiple subscribers. In such cases, Subscriber will cooperate with limited and reasonable testing, provide timely responses to reasonable requests for information or approvals, and promptly report any error condition or anomaly to File & ServeXpress, LLC.
13. FORCE MAJEURE
Neither party shall be in breach of this Agreement in the event it is unable to perform its obligations under this Agreement as a result of interruption and delay due to causes beyond its reasonable control including, but not limited to, acts of God, acts of any government, war or other hostility, civil disorder, the elements, fire, explosion, power failure, failure of equipment not under the control of either party, transmission line or communications failure or unavailability, industrial or labor dispute, inability to obtain necessary supplies and the like.
14. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
This Agreement (including the Court Rules and any applicable state or federal laws) embodies the entire understanding between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersedes any and all prior understandings and agreements, oral or written. This Agreement is governed by and construed under the laws of the State of Texas, without reference to its conflicts of law rules to the contrary. Neither this Agreement nor any part or portion of it shall be assigned, sublicensed or otherwise transferred (by merger, operation of law, or in any other manner) by Subscriber without File & ServeXpress, LLC’s prior written consent. All notices required or permitted in this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be emailed, mailed, faxed, posted on the Site by File & ServeXpress, LLC or delivered to the account representative of the other party at the last address provided to the other party in writing. Should any provision of this Agreement be held to be void, invalid, unenforceable, or illegal, the validity and enforceability of the other provisions shall not be affected. In addition, the parties will endeavor to replace the provision with a legal, valid, or enforceable one that most closely embodies the original intentions of the parties. Failure of any party to enforce any provision of this Agreement shall not constitute or be construed as a waiver of such provision or of the right to enforce such provision. The headings and captions contained in this Agreement are inserted for convenience only.