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Terms of Use Agreement

Welcome to, the website and online service of the Mérieux Foundation USA. ("Fondation Mérieux USA," “FMUSA,” “we,” or “us”). This page explains the terms by which you may use the website made available at (the “Website”). By accessing or using the Website, you signify that you have read, understood, and agree to be bound by this Terms of Use Agreement (“Agreement”) and to the collection and use of your information as set forth in the FMUSA Privacy Policy, whether or not you are a registered user of our Website. This Agreement applies to all visitors, users, and others who access the Website (“Users”).

Please read this agreement carefully to ensure that you understand each provision.

  1. Use of our website

  2. Our proprietary rights

  3. Privacy

  4. Security

  5. Third-party links

  6. Indemnity

  7. No warranty

  8. Limitation of liability

  9. Governing law, arbitration, and class action/jury trial waivere

  10. General

1. Use of Our Website

Our Website provides a place for discovering our programs, partnerships, initiatives, and other information about us. It also provides an avenue for donating funds to us or our partners.

a. Eligibility

You may use the Website only if you can form a binding contract with FMUSA, and only in compliance with this Agreement and all applicable local, state, national, and international laws, rules, and regulations. Any use or access to the Website by anyone under 13 is strictly prohibited and in violation of this Agreement.

b. FMUSA Website

Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, you are hereby granted a non-exclusive, limited, non-transferable, freely revocable license to use the Website as permitted by the features of the Website. FMUSA reserves all rights not expressly granted herein in the Website and the FMUSA Content (as defined below). FMUSA may terminate this license at any time for any reason or no reason.

c. Website Rules

You agree not to engage in any of the following prohibited activities: (i) copying, distributing, or disclosing any part of the Website in any medium, including without limitation by any automated or non-automated “scraping”; (ii) using any automated system, including without limitation “robots,” “spiders,” “offline readers,” etc., to access the Website in a manner that sends more request messages to the FMUSA servers than a human can reasonably produce in the same period of time by using a conventional on-line web browser (except that FMUSA grants the operators of public search engines revocable permission to use spiders to copy materials from for the sole purpose of and solely to the extent necessary for creating publicly available searchable indices of the materials, but not caches or archives of such materials); (iii) attempting to interfere with, compromise the system integrity or security or decipher any transmissions to or from the servers running the Website; (iv) taking any action that imposes, or may impose at our sole discretion an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure; (v) collecting or harvesting any personally identifiable information, including account names, from the Website; (vi) interfering with the proper working of the Website; or (vii) accessing any content on the Website through any technology or means other than those provided or authorized by the Website.

We may, without prior notice, change the Website; stop providing the Website or features of the Website, to you or to users generally; or create usage limits for the Website. We may permanently or temporarily terminate or suspend your access to the Website without notice and liability for any reason, including if in our sole determination you violate any provision of this Agreement, or for no reason. Upon termination for any reason or no reason, you continue to be bound by this Agreement.

2. Our Proprietary Rights

The Website and all materials therein or transferred thereby, including, without limitation, software, images, text, graphics, illustrations, logos, patents, trademarks, service marks, copyrights, photographs, audio, videos, and music (the “FMUSA Content”), and all Intellectual Property Rights related thereto, are the exclusive property of FMUSA and its licensors. Except as explicitly provided herein, nothing in this Agreement shall be deemed to create a license in or under any such Intellectual Property Rights, and you agree not to sell, license, rent, modify, distribute, copy, reproduce, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, publish, adapt, edit or create derivative works from any FMUSA Content. Use of the FMUSA Content for any purpose not expressly permitted by this Agreement is strictly prohibited.

You may choose to or we may invite you to submit comments or ideas about the Website, including without limitation about how to improve the Website (“Ideas”). By submitting any Idea, you agree that your disclosure is gratuitous, unsolicited and without restriction and will not place FMUSA under any fiduciary or other obligation, and that we are free to use the Idea without any additional compensation to you, and/or to disclose the Idea on a non-confidential basis or otherwise to anyone. You further acknowledge that, by acceptance of your submission, FMUSA does not waive any rights to use similar or related ideas previously known to FMUSA, or developed by its employees, or obtained from sources other than you.

3. Privacy

We care about the privacy of our Users. You understand that by using the Website you consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personally identifiable information and aggregate data as set forth in our Privacy Policy, and to have your personally identifiable information collected, used, transferred to, and processed in the United States.

4. Security

FMUSA cares about the integrity and security of your personal information. However, we cannot guarantee that unauthorized third parties will never be able to defeat our security measures or use your personal information for improper purposes. You acknowledge that you provide your personal information at your own risk.

The Website may contain links to third-party websites or other events or activities that are not owned or controlled by FMUSA. FMUSA does not endorse or assume any responsibility for any such third-party sites, information, materials, or services. If you access a third party website from the Website, you do so at your own risk, and you understand that this Agreement and FMUSA’s Privacy Policy do not apply to your use of such sites. You expressly relieve FMUSA from any and all liability arising from your use of any third-party website, service, or content. Additionally, your transactions and dealings with any organizations linked to on the Website, including but not limited to Network for Good or any other similar organization responsible for donation management, and any terms related to such transactions or dealings (such as warranties) are solely between you and such organizations. You agree that FMUSA shall not be responsible for any loss or damage of any sort relating to your dealings with such organizations.

6. Indemnity

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless FMUSA and its subsidiaries, agents, licensors, managers, and other affiliated companies, and their employees, contractors, agents, officers and directors, from and against any and all claims, damages, obligations, losses, liabilities, costs or debt, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees) arising from: (i) your use of and access to the Website, including any data or content transmitted or received by you; (ii) your violation of any term of this Agreement, including without limitation your breach of any of the representations and warranties above; (iii) your violation of any third-party right, including without limitation any right of privacy or Intellectual Property Rights; or (iv) your violation of any applicable law, rule, or regulation.

7. No Warranty

The website is provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis. Use of the website is at your own risk. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, the website is provided without warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. Without limiting the foregoing, FMUSA, its subsidiaries, its affiliates, and its licensors do not warrant that the fmusa content is accurate, reliable, or correct; that the website will meet your requirements; that the website will be available at any particular time or location, uninterrupted or secure; that any defects or errors will be corrected; or that the website is free of viruses or other harmful components. Any content downloaded or otherwise obtained through the use of the website is downloaded at your own risk and you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from such download or your use of the website.

FMUSA does not warrant, endorse, guarantee, or assume responsibility for any product or website advertised or offered by a third party through the website or any hyperlinked service or website, and fmusa will not be a party to or in any way monitor any transaction between you and third-party providers of products or services.

Federal law, some states, provinces and other jurisdictions do not allow exclusions and limitations of certain implied warranties, so some of the above limitations may not apply to you.

8. Limitation of Liability

To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, in no event shall FMUSA, its affiliates, agents, directors, employees, suppliers or licensors be liable for any indirect, punitive, incidental, special, consequential or exemplary damages, including without limitation damages for loss of profits, goodwill, use, data or other intangible losses, that result from the use of, or inability to use, this website. Under no circumstances will fmusa be responsible for any damage, loss or injury resulting from hacking, tampering, or other unauthorized access or use of the website.

To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, FMUSA assumes no liability or responsibility for any (i) errors, mistakes, or inaccuracies of FMUSA content; (ii) personal injury or property damage, of any nature whatsoever, resulting from your access to or use of our website; (iii) any unauthorized access to or use of our secure servers and/or any and all personal information stored therein; (iv) any interruption or cessation of transmission to or from the website; (v) any bugs, viruses, trojan horses, or the like that may be transmitted to or through our website by any third party; and/or (vi) any errors or omissions in any content or for any loss or damage incurred as a result of the use of any content posted, emailed, transmitted, or otherwise made available through the website. In no event shall FMUSA, its affiliates, agents, directors, employees, suppliers, or licensors be liable to you for any claims, proceedings, liabilities, obligations, damages, losses or costs in an amount exceeding the amount you paid to FMUSA hereunder or $100.00, whichever is greater.

This limitation of liability section applies whether the alleged liability is based on contract, tort, negligence, strict liability, or any other basis, even if fmusa has been advised of the possibility of such damage. The foregoing limitation of liability shall apply to the fullest extent permitted by law in the applicable jurisdiction.

Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. This agreement gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. The disclaimers, exclusions, and limitations of liability under this agreement will not apply to the extent prohibited by applicable law.

The Website is controlled and operated from facilities in the United States. FMUSA makes no representations that the Website is appropriate or available for use in other locations. Those who access or use the Website from other jurisdictions do so at their own volition and are entirely responsible for compliance with all applicable United States and local laws and regulations, including but not limited to export and import regulations. You may not use the Website if you are a resident of a country embargoed by the United States, or are a foreign person or entity blocked or denied by the United States government. Unless otherwise explicitly stated, all materials found on the Website are solely directed to individuals, companies, or other entities located in the United States.

9. Governing Law, Arbitration, and Class Action/Jury Trial Waiver

a. Governing Law

You agree that: (i) the Website shall be deemed solely based in Washington, D.C.; and (ii) the Website shall be deemed a passive one that does not give rise to personal jurisdiction over us, either specific or general, in jurisdictions other than Washington, D.C. This Agreement shall be governed by the internal substantive laws of the District of Columbia, without respect to its conflict of laws principles. The application of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods is expressly excluded. You agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the federal and state courts located in Washington, D.C. for any actions for which we 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 our copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, patents, or other intellectual property or proprietary rights, as set forth in the Arbitration provision below, including any provisional relief required to prevent irreparable harm. You agree that Washington, D.C. is the proper forum for any appeals of an arbitration award or for trial court proceedings in the event that the arbitration provision below is found to be unenforceable.

b. Arbitration

Read this section carefully because it requires the parties to arbitrate their disputes and limits the manner in which you can seek relief from fmusa.

For any dispute with FMUSA, you agree to first contact us at and attempt to resolve the dispute with us informally. In the unlikely event that FMUSA has not been able to resolve a dispute it has with you after sixty (60) days, we each agree to resolve any claim, dispute, or controversy (excluding any claims for injunctive or other equitable relief as provided below) arising out of or in connection with or relating to this Agreement, or the breach or alleged breach thereof (collectively, “Claims”), by binding arbitration by JAMS, Inc. (“JAMS”), under the Optional Expedited Arbitration Procedures then in effect for JAMS, except as provided herein. JAMS may be contacted at The arbitration will be conducted in Washington, D.C., unless you and FMUSA agree otherwise. If you are using the Website for commercial purposes, each party will be responsible for paying any JAMS filing, administrative and arbitrator fees in accordance with JAMS rules, and the award rendered by the arbitrator shall include costs of arbitration, reasonable attorneys’ fees and reasonable costs for expert and other witnesses. If you are an individual using the Website for non-commercial purposes: (i) JAMS may require you to pay a fee for the initiation of your case, unless you apply for and successfully obtain a fee waiver from JAMS; (ii) the award rendered by the arbitrator may include your costs of arbitration, your reasonable attorney’s fees, and your reasonable costs for expert and other witnesses; and (iii) you may sue in a small claims court of competent jurisdiction without first engaging in arbitration, but this does not absolve you of your commitment to engage in the informal dispute resolution process. Any judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction. Nothing in this Section shall be deemed as preventing FMUSA from seeking injunctive or other equitable relief from the courts as necessary to prevent the actual or threatened infringement, misappropriation, or violation of our data security, Intellectual Property Rights or other proprietary rights.

c. Class Action/Jury Trial Waiver

With respect to all persons and entities, regardless of whether they have obtained or used the website for personal, commercial or other purposes, all claims must be brought in the parties’ individual capacity, and not as a plaintiff or class member in any purported class action, collective action, private attorney general action or other representative proceeding. This waiver applies to class arbitration, and, unless we agree otherwise, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person’s claims. You agree that, by entering into this agreement, you and fmusa are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action, collective action, private attorney general action, or other representative proceeding of any kind.

10. General

a. Assignment

This Agreement, and any rights and licenses granted hereunder, may not be transferred or assigned by you, but may be assigned by FMUSA without restriction. Any attempted transfer or assignment in violation hereof shall be null and void.

b. Notification Procedures and Changes to the Agreement

FMUSA may provide notifications, whether such notifications are required by law or are for marketing or other business related purposes, to you via email notice, written or hard copy notice, or through posting of such notice on our website, as determined by FMUSA in our sole discretion. FMUSA reserves the right to determine the form and means of providing notifications to any Users, provided that you may opt out of certain means of notification as described in this Agreement. FMUSA is not responsible for any automatic filtering you or your network provider may apply to email notifications we send to the email address you provide us. FMUSA may, in its sole discretion, modify or update this Agreement from time to time, and so you should review this page periodically. When we change the Agreement in a material manner, we will update the ‘last modified’ date at the bottom of this page. Your continued use of the Website after any such change constitutes your acceptance of the new Terms of Use. If you do not agree to any of these terms or any future Terms of Use, do not use or access (or continue to access) the Website.

c. Entire Agreement/Severability

This Agreement, together with any amendments and any additional agreements you may enter into with FMUSA in connection with the Website, shall constitute the entire agreement between you and FMUSA concerning the Website. If any provision of this Agreement is deemed invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of this Agreement, which shall remain in full force and effect, except that in the event of unenforceability of the universal Class Action/Jury Trial Waiver, the entire arbitration agreement shall be unenforceable.

d. No Waiver

No waiver of any term of this Agreement shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or any other term, and FMUSA’s failure to assert any right or provision under this Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.

e. Contact

Please contact us with any questions regarding this Agreement.

This Agreement was last modified on June 25, 2014.

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