(Last updated August 14, 2017)
Acceptance of Terms
Individuals who use the Site are referred to as “Users”, “you” and “your”. If you access the Site or accept these Terms on behalf of a company or other legal entity, you represent and warrant that you have the authority to bind that legal entity and, in such event, “you” and “your” will refer to that legal entity. “We”, “us”, or “our” refer to Grin. In addition, in these Terms, unless the context requires otherwise, words in one gender include all genders and words in the singular include the plural and vice-versa.
YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT, BY ACCESSING OR USING THE SITE OR SERVICES, YOU ARE INDICATING THAT YOU HAVE READ, AND THAT YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS.
Grin reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Site, Services or to modify these Terms at any time and without prior notice. If we modify these Terms, we will post the modification on the Site. We will also update the “Last Updated Date” at the top of these Terms. Modifications to these Terms will automatically take effect upon posting; provided, however, that material changes to the Terms will be effective as to an existing User thirty (30) days after posting. By continuing to access or use the Site after we have posted a modification, you are indicating that you agree to be bound by the modified Terms. If the modified Terms are not acceptable to you, your only recourse is to cease accessing or using the Site.
The Site is intended solely for persons who are (i) 18 or older, or (ii) 13 and older if either (a) an emancipated minor, or (b) he/she possess legal parental or guardian consent. By accessing or using the Site you represent and warrant that you are not legally prohibited from accessing the Site or using the Services under the laws of the country in which you access or use the Site.
About the Site
The Site allows a User to access information and the Services, and provides opportunities for a User to request information, apply for an account, signup for notifications or a newsletter, apply to a position, or engage with Grin through provided communication options. You agree to provide accurate, current and complete information in all communications with Grin and in all other use of the Site or Services.
PLEASE NOTE THAT, AS STATED ABOVE, THE SITE AND SERVICES ARE INTENDED TO BE USED TO FACILITATE USERS TO CONNECT AND ENTER INTO AGREEMENTS DIRECTLY WITH EACH OTHER TO SUPPORT MARKETING CAMPAIGNS. GRIN CANNOT AND DOES NOT CONTROL THE CONTENT POSTED BY USERS AND IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR AND DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL LIABILITY RELATED TO ANY AND ALL SUCH USER CONTENT, INCLUDING COMPLIANCE WITH APPLICABLE LAWS, RULES AND GUIDES (SUCH AS FTC GUIDES CONCERNING SPONSORED ENDORSEMENTS).
User Affirmations, Conduct and Use
By using the Site, you represent, warrant and agree to the following:
You are at least 18 years of age.
You are solely responsible for compliance with any and all laws, rules, regulations, or obligations that may apply to your use of the Site.
Nothing that you upload, publish, represent, warrant or transmit using the Site, will infringe, misappropriate or violate a third party’s patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, moral rights or other proprietary or intellectual property rights, or rights of publicity or privacy, or result in the violation of any applicable law or regulation.
You will not use manual or automated software, devices, scripts, redirects, robots, other means or processes to access, “scrape”, “crawl” or “spider” any web pages or other services contained in the Services.
You will not use the Site for any commercial or other purposes that are not expressly permitted by these Terms.
You will not copy, store or otherwise access any information contained on the Site for purposes not expressly permitted by these Terms.
You will not interfere with or damage the Site, including, without limitation, through the use of viruses, cancel bots, Trojan horses, harmful code, flood pings, denial-of-service attacks, packet or IP spoofing, forged routing or electronic mail address information or similar methods or technology.
You will not impersonate any person or entity, or falsify or otherwise misrepresent yourself or your affiliation with any person or entity.
You will not systematically retrieve data or other content from our Services to create or compile, directly or indirectly, in single or multiple downloads, a collection, compilation, database, directory or the like, whether by manual methods, through the use of bots, crawlers, or spiders, or otherwise.
You will not access, tamper with, or use non-public areas of the Site, Grin’s computer systems, or any third-party provider system.
You will not attempt to probe, scan, or test the vulnerability of any Grin system or network or breach any security or authentication measures. You will not avoid, bypass, remove, deactivate, impair, descramble, or otherwise circumvent any technological measure implemented by Grin or any of Grin’s providers or any other third party (including another Users) to protect the Site.
You will not advocate, encourage, or assist any third party in doing any of the foregoing. Grin will have the right to investigate and prosecute violations of any of the above to the fullest extent of the law. Grin may involve and cooperate with law enforcement authorities in prosecuting Users who violate these Terms.
You acknowledge that Grin has no obligation to monitor your access to or use of the Site, but has the right to do so for the purpose of operating the Site, to ensure your compliance with these Terms, or to comply with applicable law or the order or requirement of a court, administrative agency or other governmental body.
The Site is protected by copyright, trademark, and other laws of the United States and foreign countries. You acknowledge and agree that the Site and Services, including all associated intellectual property rights, are the exclusive property of Grin and its licensors. You will not remove, alter or obscure any copyright, trademark, service mark or other proprietary rights notices incorporated in or accompanying the Site or Services.
The Site may contain links to third-party websites or resources. You acknowledge and agree that Grin is not responsible or liable for: (i) the availability or accuracy of such websites or resources; or (ii) the content, products, or services on or available from such websites or resources. Links to such websites or resources do not imply any endorsement by Grin. You acknowledge sole responsibility for and assume all risk arising from your use of any such websites or resources or the content, products or services on or available from such websites or resources.
Grin may include advertisements on its own behalf or paid advertisements on behalf of interested companies and/or individuals on the Site. By clicking on the advertisements, you may be shifted to a website of the advertiser or receive other messages, information, or offers from the advertiser. You acknowledge and agree that Grin is not liable for the privacy practices of advertisers or the content of their websites, information, messages or offers. Users are wholly liable for all communications with advertisers and for all transactions subsequently executed.
Proprietary Rights Notices
All trademarks, service marks, logos, trade names and any other proprietary designations of Grin used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Grin. Any other trademarks, service marks, logos, trade names and any other proprietary designations are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective parties.
We may, in our discretion and without liability to you, with or without cause, with or without prior notice, and at any time terminate these Terms or your access to our Site.
IF YOU CHOOSE TO USE THE SITE OR SERVICE, YOU DO SO AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE SITE AND SERVICE ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE,” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, GRIN EXPLICITLY DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, QUIET ENJOYMENT OR NON-INFRINGEMENT, AND ANY WARRANTIES ARISING OUT OF COURSE OF DEALING OR USAGE OF TRADE. GRIN MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT THE SITE OR SERVICES WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS OR BE AVAILABLE ON AN UNINTERRUPTED, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE BASIS. GRIN MAKES NO WARRANTY REGARDING THE QUALITY OF THE SITE OR SERVICES.
Limitation of Liability
YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, THE ENTIRE RISK ARISING OUT OF YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE SITE OR SERVICES REMAINS WITH YOU. NEITHER GRIN NOR ANY OTHER PARTY INVOLVED IN CREATING, PRODUCING OR DELIVERYING THE SITE OR ANY SERVICES WILL BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING LOST PROFITS, LOSS OF DATA OR LOSS OF GOODWILL, SERVICE INTERRUPTION, COMPUTER DAMAGE OR SYSTEM FAILURE OR THE COST OF SUBSTITUTE PRODUCTS OR SERVICES, OR FOR ANY DAMAGES FOR PERSONAL OR BODILY INJURY OR EMOTIONAL DISTRESS ARISING OUR OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THESE TERMS, FROM THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE OR SERVICES, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), PRODUCT LIABILITY OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, AND WHETHER OR NOT GRIN HAS BEEN INFORMED OF THE POSSBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE, EVEN IF A LIMITED REMEDY SET FORTH HEREIN IS FOUND TO HAVE FAILED OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE.
You agree to release, defend, indemnify, and hold Grin and its affiliates and subsidiaries, and their officers, directors, employees and agents, harmless from and against any claims, liabilities, damages, losses, and expenses, including, without limitation, reasonable legal fees, arising out of or in any way connected with (a) your access to or use of the Site, or your violation of these Terms; (b) your reliance on the Site; (c) your violation of any third party right, including without limitation any copyright, property, or privacy right; or (d) any claim that your use of the Site caused damage to a third party. Grin shall have the right to control all defense and settlement activities.
You may not assign or transfer these Terms, by operation of law or otherwise, without Grin’s prior written consent. Any attempt by you to assign or transfer these Terms, without such consent, will be null and of no effect. Grin may assign or transfer these Terms, at its sole discretion, without restriction. Subject to the foregoing, these Terms will bind and inure to the benefit of the parties, their successors and permitted assigns.
Unless otherwise specified herein, any notices or other communications permitted or required hereunder, including those regarding modifications to these Terms, will be in writing and given by Grin by posting to the website or via electronic mail. For notices or communications by Grin made by e-mail, if any, the date of receipt will be deemed the date on which such notice is transmitted.
Controlling Law and Jurisdiction
You agree that (i) the Site shall be deemed solely based in California, and (ii) the Site shall be deemed a passive website that does not give rise to personal jurisdiction over Grin, either specific or general, in jurisdictions other than California. These Terms shall be governed by the internal substantive laws of the State of California, without respect to its conflict of laws principles. You and we agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of a state court located in Sacramento, California for any actions for which the parties retain the right to seek injunctive or other equitable relief in a court of competent jurisdiction to prevent the actual or threatened infringement, misappropriation or violation of a party’s copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, patents, or other intellectual property rights, as set forth in the Dispute Resolution Provision below.
YOU AND GRIN AGREE THAT ANY CAUSE OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THE SITE, SERVICES OR CONTENT MUST COMMENCE WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR AFTER THE CAUSE OF ACTION ACCRUES. OTHERWISE, SUCH CAUSE OF ACTION IS PERMANENTLY BARRED AND WAIVED.
These Terms are intended to govern the agreement between Grin and you to the extent permitted by all applicable laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations. If any provision of these Terms or the application thereof to any person or circumstances shall, for any reason or to any extent, be invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of these Terms and the application of such provision to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected thereby, but rather shall be enforced to the greatest extent permitted by law.
Dispute Resolution Provision
You and Grin agree that any dispute, claim or controversy arising out of or relating to these Terms or the breach, termination, enforcement, interpretation or validity thereof, or to the use of the Site (collectively, “Disputes”) will be settled by binding arbitration; except that each party retains the right to seek injunctive or other equitable relief in a court of competent jurisdiction to prevent the actual or threatened infringement, misappropriation or violation of a party’s copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, patents, or other intellectual property rights.
You acknowledge and agree that you and Grin are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate as a plaintiff or class member in any purported class action or representative proceeding. Further, unless both you and Grin otherwise agree in writing, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person’s claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of any class or representative proceeding. If this specific paragraph is held unenforceable, then the entirety of this “Dispute Resolution” section will be deemed void. Except as provided in the preceding sentence, this “Dispute Resolution” section will survive any termination of these Terms.
Arbitration Rules and Governing Law. The arbitration will be administered by the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) in accordance with the Commercial Arbitration Rules and the Supplementary Procedures for Consumer Related Disputes (the “AAA Rules”) then in effect, except as modified by this “Dispute Resolution” section. (The AAA Rules are available at www.adr.org/ or by calling the AAA at 1-800-778-7879.) The Federal Arbitration Act will govern the interpretation and enforcement of this section.
Arbitration Process. A party who desires to initiate arbitration must provide the other party with a written Demand for Arbitration as specified in the AAA Rules. The AAA provides a form Demand for Arbitration at www.adr.org/ and a separate form for California residents at www.adr.org/. The arbitrator will be either a retired judge or an attorney licensed to practice law in the state of California and will be selected by the parties from the AAA’s roster of consumer dispute arbitrators. If the parties are unable to agree upon an arbitrator within seven (7) days of delivery of the Demand for Arbitration, then the AAA will appoint the arbitrator in accordance with the AAA Rules.
Arbitration Location and Procedure. Unless you and Grin otherwise agree, the arbitration will be conducted in the county where you reside. If your claim does not exceed $10,000, then the arbitration will be conducted solely on the basis of documents you and Grin submit to the arbitrator, unless you request a hearing or the arbitrator determines that a hearing is necessary. If your claim exceeds $10,000, your right to a hearing will be determined by the AAA Rules. Subject to the AAA Rules, the arbitrator will have the discretion to direct a reasonable exchange of information by the parties, consistent with the expedited nature of the arbitration.
Arbitrator’s Decision. The arbitrator will render an award within the time frame specified in the AAA Rules. The arbitrator’s decision will include the essential findings and conclusions upon which the arbitrator based the award. Judgment on the arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. The arbitrator’s award damages must be consistent with the terms of the “Limitation of Liability” section above as to the types and the amounts of damages for which a party may be held liable. The arbitrator may award declaratory or injunctive relief only in favor of the claimant and only to the extent necessary to provide relief warranted by the claimant’s individual claim. If you prevail in arbitration you will be entitled to an award of attorneys’ fees and expenses, to the extent provided under applicable law.
Fees. Your responsibility to pay any AAA filing, administrative and arbitrator fees will be solely as set forth in the AAA Rules. However, if your claim for damages does not exceed $20,000, Grin will pay all such AAA filing, administrative and arbitrator fees unless the arbitrator finds that either the substance of your claim or the relief sought in your Demand for Arbitration was frivolous or was brought for an improper purpose (as measured by the standards set forth in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11(b)).
No Class Action. YOU AND GRIN AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING. Further, unless both you and we agree otherwise, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person’s claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding.
Changes. Notwithstanding the provisions of the “Modification” section above, if Grin amends this “Dispute Resolution” section after the date you first accepted these Terms (or accepted any subsequent changes to these Terms) you will be notified in accordance with these Terms. You may reject any such change by sending us written notice (including by email to email@example.com) within 30 days of the date such change became effective, as indicated in the “Last Updated Date” above or in the date of Grin’s email to you notifying you of such change. By rejecting any change, you are agreeing that you will arbitrate any Dispute between you and Grin in accordance with the provisions of this “Dispute Resolution” section as of the date you first accepted these Terms (or accepted any subsequent changes to these Terms).
Enforceability. If the “No Class Action” section of this Dispute Resolution Provision is found to be unenforceable, or if the entire Dispute Resolution Provision is found to be unenforceable, then the entirety of the entirety of the Dispute Resolution Provision will be null and void and, in that case, the parties agree that the exclusive jurisdiction and venue described above will govern any action arising out of or related to these Terms.
Right to Opt Out of Arbitration and Class Action/Jury Trial Waiver: You may opt out of this arbitration and class action/jury trial waiver provision by notifying us in writing within 30 days of the date you first registered for the Services. To opt out, you must send a written notification to Grin, Inc., 1990 3rd Street, Suite 800, Sacramento, CA 95811 that includes (a) your account username, (b) your name, (c) your address, (d) your telephone number, (e) your email address, and (f) a clear statement indicating that you do not wish to resolve claims through arbitration and demonstrating compliance with the 30-day time limit to opt out of the above arbitration and class action/jury trial waiver provisions. Alternatively or in addition, you may send this written notification to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grin makes no claim that the Site is appropriate or may be accessed outside the United States. If you access the Site from a location outside the United States, you do so at your own risk and are responsible for compliance with all applicable laws, rules, regulations or decrees of your jurisdiction.
Feedback and Reporting Misconduct
We welcome and encourage you to provide feedback, comments and suggestions (collectively “Feedback”) for improvements to the Site. You may submit feedback by emailing us at email@example.com. You acknowledge and agree that all Feedback will be the sole and exclusive property of Grin and you hereby irrevocably assign to Grin and agree to irrevocably assign to Grin all of your right, title, and interest in and to all Feedback, including without limitation all worldwide patent, copyright, trade secret, moral and other proprietary or intellectual property rights therein. At Grin’s request and expense, you will execute documents and take such further acts as Grin may reasonably request to assist Grin to acquire, perfect, and maintain its intellectual property rights and other legal protections for the Feedback.
Digital Millennium Copyright Act
If you are a copyright owner or an agent thereof and believe that any Content infringes upon your copyrights, you may submit a notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") by providing our Copyright Agent with the following information in writing (see 17 U.S.C § 512(c)(3) for further detail):
A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed; Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single website location are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that website;
Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material;
Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact you, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail;
A statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed. Grin’s designated Copyright Agent to receive notifications of claimed infringement is Grin, Inc., email: firstname.lastname@example.org, address: 1990 3rd Street, Suite 800, Sacramento, CA 95811. You acknowledge that if you fail to comply with all of these requirements, your DMCA notice may not be valid.
Counter-Notice. If you believe that your User Content that was removed (or to which access was disabled) is not infringing, or that you have the authorization from the copyright owner, the copyright owner's agent, or pursuant to the law, to post and use the material in your User Submission, you may send a counter-notice containing the following information to the Copyright Agent:
Your physical or electronic signature; Identification of the User Submission that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the User Submission appeared before it was removed or disabled;
A statement that you have a good faith belief that the User Submission was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or a misidentification of the User Submission; and
Your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address, a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the federal court in San Francisco, California, and a statement that you will accept service of process from the person who provided notification of the alleged infringement.
If a counter-notice is received by the Copyright Agent, we may send a copy of the counter-notice to the original complaining party informing that person that it may replace the removed Content or cease disabling it in 10 business days. Unless the copyright owner files an action seeking a court order against the Content provider, the removed Content may be replaced, or access to it restored, in 10 to 14 business days or more after receipt of the counter-notice, at our sole discretion.
The failure of Grin to enforce any right or provision of these Terms will not constitute a waiver of future enforcement of that right or provision. The waiver of any such right or provision will be effective only if in writing and signed by a duly authorized representative of Grin. Except as expressly set forth in these Terms, the exercise by either party of any of its remedies under these Terms will be without prejudice to its other remedies under these Terms or otherwise. If for any reason an arbitrator or a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision of these Terms invalid or unenforceable, that provision will be enforced to the maximum extent permissible and the other provisions of these Terms will remain in full force and effect.
Notice to California Residents.
If you are a California resident, under California Civil Code § 1789.3, you may contact the Complaint Assistance Unit of the Division of Consumer Services of the California Department of Consumer Affairs in writing at 1625 N. Market Blvd., Suite S-202, Sacramento, California 95834, or by telephone at (800) 952-5210 in order to resolve a complaint regarding the Site or to receive further information regarding use of the Site.
These Terms constitute the entire and exclusive understanding and agreement between Grin and you regarding the Site, and supersede and replace any and all prior oral or written understandings or agreements between Grin and you regarding the same.
Disclaimer: The original, legally binding version of this document is written in English. If it is translated into other languages by non-native English-speakers or by software, there may be discrepancies between the English version and the translated version. If so, the English version supersedes the translated version.