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Terms of Service Agreement

1. THIS IS AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU AND THE NTEA

A. This is an agreement (“Agreement”) between the National Truck Equipment Association (and, where applicable, any and all NTEA affiliates) (together, all such entities are referred to herein as “NTEA” or “us”) and the user (“you”) of each NTEA Web site. As used herein, the term “you” also includes, and this agreement applies to and is binding on, the company for which each individual user is employed, provided the Web site is used for commercial purposes by or for such company.

B. The NTEA offers its Web sites to you conditioned on your acceptance, without modification, of this agreement. Your use of the NTEA Web sites constitutes your acceptance of all the terms of this agreement. This agreement contains disclaimers of warranties and liability (e.g., see Sections 12, 20 and 21). These provisions form an essential basis of our bargain.  


2. ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS

The NTEA provides its service to you, subject to the following Terms of Service (TOS), which may be updated by the Association from time to time with or without notice to you. In addition, when using particular NTEA-owned or operated services, you and the NTEA shall be subject to any posted guidelines or rules applicable to such services. All such guidelines or rules are hereby incorporated by reference into the TOS.   


3. ANTITRUST GUIDELINES

All activities of the NTEA shall be held in strict compliance with the Antitrust Guidelines adopted by the Board of Trustees. All users of NTEA Web sites represent and warrant that they have read and understand the NTEA’s Antitrust Guidelines and hereby agree to comply with such guidelines and all applicable antitrust laws and regulations in connection with such user’s Web site use. Read the NTEA’s Antitrust Guidelines.


4. DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES

A. The NTEA currently provides users with access to a rich collection of resources, including various communications tools, forums, purchasing services, search services, personalized content and branded programming through its Web sites (“Service”). You understand and agree that the Service may include advertisements and that these advertisements are necessary for the NTEA to provide the Service. You also understand and agree that the Service may include certain communications from the NTEA, such as (without limitation) service announcements, administrative messages and newsletters. In addition, you understand that these communications are considered part of NTEA membership and you may not be able to opt out of receiving them. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, any new features that augment or enhance the current Service, including the release of new NTEA services or features, shall be subject to the TOS.

B. You further understand and agree that the Service is provided as-is and that the NTEA assumes no responsibility for the timeliness, deletion, misdelivery or failure to store any user communications or personalization settings. The NTEA may not routinely review or verify the accuracy, integrity or quality of, the information provided through the Service. Accordingly, the NTEA makes no representation as to such matters, and you assume any and all risk of use of, or reliance on, such information, and agree to accept all such information on an as-is basis. You are responsible for obtaining access to the Service, and such access may involve third-party fees (such as Internet service provider or airtime charges). You are responsible for those fees, including those associated with the display or delivery of advertisements. In addition, you must provide and are responsible for all equipment necessary to access the Service.  


5. YOUR REGISTRATION OBLIGATIONS

In consideration of your use of the Service, you represent that you are of legal age to form a binding contract. You also agree to: (i) provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by the Service’s registration form (“Registration Data”) and (ii) maintain and promptly update the Registration Data to keep it true, accurate, current and complete. If you provide any information that is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, or the NTEA has reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, the NTEA has the right to suspend or terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of the Service (or any portion thereof).  


6. NTEA PRIVACY POLICY

Registration Data and certain other information about you is subject to the NTEA's privacy policy   


7. MEMBER ACCOUNT, PASSWORD AND SECURITY

You will receive a password and account designation upon completing the Service’s registration process, including (without limitation) joining the NTEA. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the password and account, and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or account. You agree to (i) immediately notify the NTEA of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security, and (ii) ensure that you exit from your account at the end of each session. The NTEA cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with these requirements.  


8. CONDUCT

A. You, and not NTEA, are entirely responsible for all information, data, text, software, music, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages or other materials (“Content”), that you upload, post, e-mail, transmit or otherwise make available via the Service. You understand that by using the Service, you may be exposed to Content that is offensive or objectionable. Under no circumstances will the NTEA be liable in any way for any Content, including, but not limited to, any errors or omissions in any Content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any Content posted, e-mailed, transmitted or otherwise made available via the Service.

B. You agree to not use the Service to: (i) upload, post, e-mail, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that is: (a) unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable; (b) advocates or discusses illegal activities with the intent of committing or causing such activities to be committed; or (c) makes any personal attack on or against any person or company; (ii) impersonate any person or entity, including, but not limited to, an NTEA official, employee, agent, other NTEA representative, or member, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity; (iii) forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any Content transmitted through the Service; (iv) upload, post, e-mail, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements); (v) upload, post, e-mail, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any party; (vi) upload, post, e-mail, transmit or otherwise make available any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes,” or any other form of solicitation, except in those areas (such as shopping rooms) that are designated for such purpose; (vii) upload, post, e-mail, transmit or otherwise make available any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment; (viii) disrupt the normal flow of dialogue, or otherwise act in a manner that negatively affects other users’ ability to engage in exchanges; (ix) interfere with or disrupt the Service or servers or networks connected to the Service, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to the Service; or (x) intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national or international law, including, but not limited to, regulations promulgated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, any rules of any national or other securities exchange, including, without limitation, the New York Stock Exchange, the American Stock Exchange or the NASDAQ, and any regulations having the force of law.

C. You acknowledge, consent and agree that the NTEA may or may not pre-screen Content, but that the Association shall have the right (but not the obligation) in its sole discretion to pre-screen, refuse or move any Content that is available via the Service. Without limiting the foregoing, the NTEA shall have the right to remove any Content that violates the TOS or is otherwise objectionable (as determined by the NTEA in its sole discretion). You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of any Content, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of such Content (including, without limitation, information in NTEA publications and message boards in the Service).

D. You acknowledge, consent and agree that the NTEA may access, preserve and disclose your account information and Content if required to do so by law or in a good faith belief that such access preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (i) comply with legal process; (ii) enforce the TOS; (iii) respond to claims that any Content violates the rights of third-parties; (iv) respond to your requests for customer service; or (v) protect the rights, property or personal safety of the NTEA, its users or the public.

E. You acknowledge, consent and agree that the technical processing and transmission of the Service, including your Content, may involve (i) transmissions over various networks, and (ii) changes to conform and adapt to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices.

F. You acknowledge, consent and agree that the Service and software embodied within the Service may include security components that permit digital materials to be protected, and use of these materials is subject to usage rules set by the NTEA and/or content providers who provide content to the Service. You will not attempt to override or circumvent any of the usage rules embedded into the Service. Any unauthorized reproduction, publication, further distribution or public exhibition of the materials provided on the Service, in whole or in part, is strictly prohibited.  


9. MEMBER NEWS POSTINGS

The NTEA “Member News” section has been created as an online tool for members to share information that has the potential to impact other member companies or the industry in general. The NTEA allows members to submit press releases that they believe will be of interest to the work truck industry. The NTEA encourages you to take advantage of the Member News section by frequently submitting and/or reading the posted material. All material posted to Member News shall at all times comply with, and be subject to, the terms of this Agreement (including, without limitation, the Conduct requirements above) and the NTEA Member News Guidelines. For more information read the full posting policy. By your submission to the NTEA, you acknowledge and agree to publication of your press release on NTEA.com, in NTEA News and any other NTEA publications, and you grant the NTEA the license to use your press release, all in the manner indicated herein and in accordance with the terms and conditions in the Member News Guidelines, and without royalty or other payment of any kind. You also acknowledge, consent and agree that the NTEA has the right, in its sole discretion, to reject, accept, modify, amend, refuse to post, or post, information submitted to the Service. The person(s) from the whom the information originates, however, shall at all times remain completely and solely responsible for the accuracy and integrity of such information.


10. SPECIAL ADMONITIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL USE

Recognizing the global nature of the Internet, you agree to comply with all local rules regarding online conduct and acceptable Content. Specifically, you agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United States or the country in which you reside.  


11. CONTENT SUBMITTED OR MADE AVAILABLE FOR INCLUSION ON THE SERVICE

The NTEA does not claim ownership of Content you submit or make available for inclusion on the Service. However, with respect to Content you submit or make available for inclusion on the Service, you grant the NTEA the following world-wide, royalty-free and non-exclusive license(s), as applicable:

A. With respect to photos, graphics, audio or video you submit or make available for inclusion on the Service, the license to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publicly perform and publicly display such Content on the Service for the purpose for which such Content was submitted or made available. This license exists only for as long as you elect to continue to include such Content on the Service and will terminate at the time such Content is removed from the Service.

B. With respect to Content other than photos, graphics, audio or video you submit or make available for inclusion on the Service, the perpetual, irrevocable and fully sublicensable license to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, publicly perform and publicly display such Content (in whole or in part) and to incorporate such Content into other works in any format or medium now known or later developed.


12. INDEMNITY

You agree to indemnify and hold the NTEA (including each of its affiliates), and each of their respective trustees, board members, officers, agents, employees, and other representatives, harmless from all costs, expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees), judgments, losses and liability of whatever natures incurred by the NTEA and arising out of, or in connection with, Content you submit, post, transmit or make available through the Service, your use of the Service, your connection to the Service, your violation of the TOS, or your violation of any rights of another.  


13. NO RESALE OF SERVICE

You agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, trade, resell or exploit for any commercial purposes, any portion of the Service (including your NTEA identification or registration information), use of the Service, or access to the Service.  

14. GENERAL PRACTICES REGARDING USE AND STORAGE

You acknowledge that the NTEA may establish general practices and limits concerning use of the Service, including without limitation the maximum number of days that message board postings or other uploaded Content will be retained by the Service, the maximum disk space that will be allotted on the NTEA’s servers on your behalf, and the maximum number of times (and the maximum duration for which) you may access the Service in a given period of time. You agree that the NTEA has no responsibility or liability for the deletion or failure to post or store any messages and other communications or other Content maintained or transmitted by the Service. You further acknowledge that NTEA reserves the right to modify these general practices and limits from time to time.  


15. MODIFICATIONS TO SERVICE

The NTEA reserves the right at any time, and from time to time, to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Service (or any part thereof) with or without notice. You agree that the NTEA shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the Service.  


16. TERMINATION

You agree that the NTEA may, in its sole discretion, and without cause or notice, immediately terminate your NTEA account and access to the Service. Termination of your NTEA account may include (i) removal of access to all offerings within the Service, (ii) deletion of your password and all related information, files and content associated with or inside your account (or any part thereof), and (iii) barring further use of the Service. You agree that NTEA shall not be liable to you or any third-party for any termination of your account or access to the Service.  


17. DEALINGS WITH ADVERTISERS

Your correspondence or business dealings with, or participation in promotions of, advertisers found on or through the Service, including payment and delivery of related goods or services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and such advertiser. You agree that NTEA shall not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as the result of any such dealings or as the result of the presence of such advertisers on the Service.  


18. LINKS

The Service may provide, or third parties may provide, links to other Web sites or resources. Because the NTEA has no control over such sites and resources, you acknowledge and agree that the NTEA is not responsible for the availability of such external sites or resources, and does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any Content, advertising, products, or other materials on or available from such sites or resources. You further acknowledge and agree that the NTEA shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such Content, goods or services available on or through any such site or resource.  


19. NTEA’S PROPRIETARY RIGHTS

A. You acknowledge and agree that the Service and any necessary software used in connection with the Service (“Software”) contain proprietary and confidential information that is protected by applicable intellectual property and other laws, including the proprietary rights of the NTEA and/or others. You acknowledge and agree that Content presented to you through the Service, whether presented by the NTEA or advertisers, is protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents or other proprietary rights and laws. Except as expressly authorized by the NTEA or advertisers, you agree not to modify, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute, create derivative works, or otherwise engage in impermissible use of any proprietary rights of the NTEA or others in whole or in part.

B. The NTEA grants you a personal, non-transferable and non-exclusive right and license to use the object code of its Software on a single computer; provided that you do not (and do not allow any third party to) copy, modify, create a derivative work of, reverse engineer, reverse assemble or otherwise attempt to discover any source code, sell, assign, sublicense, grant a security interest in or otherwise transfer any right in the Software. You agree not to modify the Software in any manner or form, or to use modified versions of the Software, including (without limitation) for the purpose of obtaining unauthorized access to the Service. You agree not to access the Service by any means other than through the interface that is provided by the NTEA for use in accessing the Service.  

20. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES


You expressly understand and agree that:

A. Your use of the Service is at your sole risk. The Service is provided on an as-is and as-available basis. The NTEA expressly disclaims all warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement.

B. The NTEA makes no warranty that (i) the Service will meet your requirements, (ii) the Service will be uninterrupted, timely, secure or error-free, (iii) the results that may be obtained from the use of the Service will be accurate or reliable, (iv) the quality, accuracy or integrity of any products, services, information, or other material purchased or obtained by you through the Service will meet your expectations, or (v) any errors in the software will be corrected.

C. Any material downloaded or otherwise obtained through the use of the Service is done at your own discretion and risk and that you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from the download of any such material.

D. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by you from the NTEA or through or from the Service shall create any warranty not expressly stated in the TOS.

E. A small percentage of users may experience epileptic seizures when exposed to certain light patterns or backgrounds on a computer screen or while using the Internet. Certain conditions may induce previously undetected epileptic symptoms, even in users who have no history of prior seizures or epilepsy. If you, or anyone in your family, have an epileptic condition, consult your physician prior to using the Service. Immediately discontinue use of the Service and consult your physician if you experience any of the following symptoms while using the Service: dizziness, altered vision, eye or muscle twitches, loss of awareness, disorientation, any involuntary movement, or convulsions. 

21. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

A. You expressly understand and agree that, in no event will ntea be liable to you or any person for any damages, including without limitation any direct, indirect, consequential, special, incidental, or punitive damages arising out of, based on, or resulting from: (i) this agreement, (ii) the use or the inability to use the service; (iii) the cost of procurement of substitute goods or services resulting from any goods, data, information or services purchased or obtained, or messages received or transactions entered into, through or from the service; (iv) unauthorized access to or alteration of your transmissions or data; (v) statements or conduct of any third party on the service; (vi) the inaccuracy, or lack of integrity or quality, of information on or obtained through the service, or (vi) any other matter relating to the service. Said limitation on liability shall apply even if ntea has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

B. The exclusion of damages hereunder is independent of your exclusive remedy and survives in the event such remedy fails of its essential purpose or is otherwise deemed unenforceable. These limitations and exclusions apply without regard to whether the damages arise from (i) breach of contract, (ii) breach of warranty, (iii) negligence, or (iv) any other cause of action, to the extent such exclusion and limitations are not prohibited by applicable law. If you are dissatisfied with the ntea web sites, you do not agree with any part of this agreement, or you have any other dispute or claim with or against any ntea party with respect to this agreement or the ntea web sites, then your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using such web sites.  

 

22. EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATIONS

Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of certain warranties or the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages. In such jurisdictions, the above limitations shall apply to the maximum extent allowable under applicable law. Accordingly, some of the above limitations may not apply to you.  


23. NO THIRD-PARTY BENEFICIARIES

You agree that, unless otherwise expressly provided in this TOS, there shall be no third-party beneficiaries to this Agreement.  


24. NOTICE

The NTEA may provide you with notices, including those regarding changes to the TOS, by either e-mail, regular mail, or postings on the Web site.  


25. TRADEMARK INFORMATION

The NTEA, the Green Truck Association, the Kleinstiver Institute and their respective logos, trademarks and service marks and other NTEA logos and product and service names are trademarks of NTEA (the “NTEA Marks”). Without the NTEA’s prior permission, you agree not to display or use in any manner, the NTEA Marks.  


26. NOTICE AND PROCEDURE FOR MAKING CLAIMS OF COPYRIGHT OR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY INFRINGEMENT

A. The NTEA respects the intellectual property of others, and asks users to do the same. The NTEA may, in appropriate circumstances and at its discretion, disable and/or terminate the accounts of users who may be infringers. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please provide NTEA’s Copyright Agent the following information: (i) an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other intellectual property interest; (ii) a description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed; (iii) a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the site; (iv) your address, telephone number and e-mail address; (v) a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; (vi) a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your Notice is accurate and that you are the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner’s behalf.

B. NTEA’s Agent for Notice of claims of copyright or other intellectual property infringement can be reached as follows: Attn: Copyright Agent
c/o National Truck Equipment Association
37400 Hills Tech Drive
Farmington Hills, MI 48331-3414  


27. GENERAL INFORMATION

A. Entire Agreement. The TOS constitute the entire agreement between you and the NTEA and governs your use of the Service, superceding any prior agreements between you and NTEA. You also may be subject to additional terms and conditions that may apply when you use or purchase certain other NTEA services, affiliate services, third-party content or third-party software.

B. Choice of Law and Forum. The TOS and the relationship between you and the NTEA shall be governed by the laws of the State of Michigan without regard to its conflict of law provisions. You and the NTEA agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located within the county of Oakland, Michigan.

C. Waiver and Severability of Terms. The failure of the NTEA to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the TOS shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of the TOS is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties’ intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the TOS remain in full force and effect.

D. No Right of Survivorship and Non-Transferability. You agree that your NTEA account is non-transferable and any rights to your NTEA ID or contents within your account terminate upon termination of your account or termination of your membership in NTEA.

E. Statute of Limitations. You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of the Service or the TOS must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.

F. Section Headings. The section titles in the TOS are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect.


28. VIOLATIONS

Please report any violations of the TOS to the Executive Director of the NTEA.

Last update: 12/15/10