Effective date: October 4, 2018|
Last updated: May 12, 2019
illumy inc. ("illumy," "we," "us," "our") provides its services (described below) to you through its website located at www.illumy.com (the "Site") and through its mobile applications and related services (collectively, such services, including any new features and applications, and the Site, the "Service(s)"), subject to the following Terms of Service (as amended from time to time, the "Terms of Service"). We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to change or modify portions of these Terms of Service at any time. If we do this, we will post the changes on this page and will indicate at the top of this page the date these terms were last revised. We will also notify you, either through the Services user interface, in an email notification or through other reasonable means. Any such changes will become effective no earlier than fourteen (14) days after they are posted, except that changes addressing new functions of the Services or changes made for legal reasons will be effective immediately. Your continued use of the Service after the date of any such changes become effective constitutes your acceptance of the new Terms of Service.
Please read these Terms of Service carefully, as they contain an agreement to arbitrate and other important information regarding your legal rights, remedies, and obligations. The agreement to arbitrate requires (with limited exception) that you submit claims you have against us to binding and final arbitration, and further (1) you will only be permitted to pursue claims against illumy on an individual basis, not as a plaintiff or class member in any class or representative action or proceeding, (2) you will only be permitted to seek relief (including monetary, injunctive, and declaratory relief) on an individual basis, and (3) you may not be able to have any claims you have against us resolved by a jury or in a court of law.
Access and Use of the Service
Services Description: The Service is designed to provide a persistent communications experience for our users. This may include, but is not limited to, email, text messaging, voice and video calling, and screen sharing along with productivity applications to enhance the productivity and efficiency of our users.
Member Account, Password and Security: You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and account, if any, and are fully responsible for any and all activities that occur under your password or account. You agree to (a) immediately notify illumy of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security, and (b) ensure that you exit from your account at the end of each session when accessing the Service. illumy will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with this Section.
Modifications to Service: illumy reserves the right to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Service (or any part thereof) with or without notice. You agree that illumy will not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the Service.
General Practices Regarding Use and Storage: You acknowledge that illumy may establish general practices and limits concerning use of the Service, including without limitation the maximum period of time that data or other content will be retained by the Service and the maximum storage space that will be allotted on illumy's servers on your behalf. You agree that illumy has no responsibility or liability for the deletion or failure to store any data or other content maintained or uploaded by the Service. You acknowledge that illumy reserves the right to terminate accounts that are inactive for an extended period of time. You further acknowledge that illumy reserves the right to change these general practices and limits at any time, in its sole discretion, with or without notice.
Mobile Services: The Service includes certain services that are available via a mobile device, including (i) the ability to upload content to the Service via a mobile device, (ii) the ability to browse the Service and the Site from a mobile device and (iii) the ability to access certain features through an application downloaded and installed on a mobile device (collectively, the "Mobile Services"). To the extent you access the Service through a mobile device, your wireless service carrier's standard charges, data rates and other fees may apply. In addition, downloading, installing, or using certain Mobile Services may be prohibited or restricted by your carrier, and not all Mobile Services may work with all carriers or devices. By using the Mobile Services, you agree that we may communicate with you regarding illumy and other entities by SMS, MMS, text message or other electronic means to your mobile device and that certain information about your usage of the Mobile Services may be communicated to us. In the event you change or deactivate your mobile telephone number, you agree to promptly update your illumy account information to ensure that your messages are not sent to the person that acquires your old number.
Conditions of Use
User Conduct: You are solely responsible for all code, video, images, information, data, text, software, music, sound, photographs, graphics, messages or other materials ("content") that you upload, post, publish or display (hereinafter, "upload") or email or otherwise use via the Service. The following are examples of the kind of content and/or use that is illegal or prohibited by illumy. illumy reserves the right to investigate and take appropriate action, legal or otherwise, against anyone who, in illumy's sole discretion, violates this provision, including without limitation, removing the offending content from the Service, suspending or terminating the account of such violators and reporting you to the law enforcement authorities. You agree to not use the Service to:
- email or otherwise upload any content that (i) infringes any intellectual property or other proprietary rights of any party; (ii) you do not have a right to upload under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships; (iii) 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; (iv) poses or creates a privacy or security risk to any person; (v) constitutes unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, commercial activities and/or sales, "junk mail," "spam," "chain letters," "pyramid schemes," "contests," "sweepstakes," or any other form of solicitation; (vi) is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, excessively violent, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, pornographic, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, hateful racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable; or (vii) in the sole judgment of illumy, is objectionable or which restricts or inhibits any other person from using or enjoying the Service, or which may expose illumy or its users to any harm or liability of any type;
- 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
- violate any applicable local, state, national or international law, or any regulations having the force of law;
- impersonate any person or entity, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;
- solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 18;
- harvest or collect email addresses or other contact information of other users from the Service by electronic or other means for the purposes of sending unsolicited emails or other unsolicited communications;
- advertise or offer to sell or buy any goods or services for any business purpose that is not specifically authorized;
- further or promote any criminal activity or enterprise or provide instructional information about illegal activities; or
- obtain or attempt to access or otherwise obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available or provided for through the Service.
Fair Usage Policy: illumy's services are limited by a Fair Usage Policy. Our services are intended for individual use only (personal or business communications) in accordance with illumy’s Terms of Service, and these Fair Usage Principles.
The following is a non-exhaustive list of practices that would NOT be considered Fair Usage:
- Re-selling minutes
- Call or contact center operations, including IVR services
- Making calls (manually or automatically), intended for generating income resulting from the call itself, excluding normal business calls by the user
- Using a PBX, call center, computer or any other means to share subscription minutes between users
- Calling multiple numbers in a short period of time
- Calls of short duration, or other unusual calling behaviors inconsistent with normal use
- Use for identity validation, use for faking identity or any other fraud
- Use to facilitate any type of criminal activity
illumy may also determine other practices to be considered non Fair Usage, based on unlawful, prohibited, abnormal or unusual activity. If you don’t comply with the Fair Usage Policy, illumy may, at its discretion, terminate its relationship with you or limit your use.
Being a Beta Tester: From time to time, we may offer our services, or components of our service, as a Beta. Beta services may not be ready for prime time so they are made available “as is,” and any warranties or contractual commitments we make may be limited. Should a user encounter any problems with our Beta services, we would love to hear about them so that we may resolve any issues that may exist before the service or component is made widely available.
Special Notice for International Use; Export Controls: Software (defined below) available in connection with the Service and the transmission of applicable data, if any, is subject to United States export controls. No Software may be downloaded from the Service or otherwise exported or re-exported in violation of U.S. export laws. Downloading or using the Software is at your sole risk. Recognizing the global nature of the Internet, you agree to comply with all local rules and laws regarding your use of the Service, including as it concerns online conduct and acceptable content.
Billing and Cancellation
Fees: To the extent the Service or any portion thereof is made available for any fee, you will be required to select a payment plan and provide illumy information regarding your credit card or other payment instrument. You represent and warrant to illumy that such information is true and that you are authorized to use the payment instrument. You will promptly update your account information with any changes (for example, a change in your billing address or credit card expiration date) that may occur. You agree to pay illumy the amount that is specified in the payment plan in accordance with the terms of such plan and this Terms of Service. You hereby authorize illumy to bill your payment instrument in advance on a periodic basis in accordance with the terms of the applicable payment plan until you terminate your account, and you further agree to pay any charges so incurred. If you dispute any charges you must let illumy know within thirty (30) days after the date that illumy charges you. We reserve the right to change illumy's prices. illumy may choose to bill through an invoice, in which case, full payment for invoices issued in any given month must be received by illumy thirty (30) days after the mailing date of the invoice, or the Services may be terminated. Unpaid invoices are subject to a finance charge of 1.5% per month on any outstanding balance, or the maximum permitted by law, whichever is lower, plus all expenses of collection. You shall be responsible for all taxes associated with the Services.
Billing Cycle: If you choose to purchase or upgrade your illumy service and incur a recurring subscription fee in connection with your use of the service, the length of your billing cycle will depend upon when when you sign-up for the service. Your billing date corresponds to the day you signed up for the service. If your billing date is scheduled for a date that does not occur in every month (ie. the 31st), you will be billing on the last day of the month instead. Monthly subscription fees are billed at the beginning of your billing cycle. Subscription fees are fully earned upon payment. In some cases your billing date may change, for example if your Payment Method has not successfully settled or if your paid membership began on a day not contained in a given month. To view your next billing payment date, sign in to your account, click on "Settings" and then click on "Billing", and view the "Billing period". We may authorize your Payment Method in anticipation of a subscription or other service-related charges through various methods, including authorizing it up to approximately one month of service as soon as you register.
Updating your Payment Methods: You can update your Payment Methods by going to the "Settings > Account" page. We may also update your Payment Methods using information provided by the payment service providers. Following any update, you authorize us to continue to charge the applicable Payment Method(s).
No Refunds: Payments are nonrefundable and there are no refunds or credits for partially used periods. Following any cancellation, however, you will continue to have access to the service through the end of your current billing period. You may also choose to downgrade your service to a free edition prior to your current billing period. At any time, and for any reason, we may provide a refund, discount, credit, or other consideration to some or all of our subscribers ("credits"). The amount and form of such credits, and the decision to provide them, are at our sole and absolute discretion. The provision of credits in one instance does not entitle you to credits in the future for similar instances, nor does it obligate us to provide credits in the future, under any circumstance.
Prepaid Calling Credits: You can purchase prepaid calling credits to make calls to landline and mobile phone numbers using the illumy worldfone service. Prepaid calling credits are held in your illumy account and can be viewed in your prepaid calling balance by signing into your account and going to Settings > Billing. Prepaid calling credits will remain active and available in your account for a period of one-year after they have been purchased. After one-year, the prepaid credits will expire.
Charges for Calling to Landline and Mobile Phone Numbers: The rates for calling landlines and mobile phone numbers from illumy are charged a per-minute rate as defined in our public price tool at https://www.illumy.com/en-us/calling-rates/. Calls are charged in one-minute increments, with fractions of a minute rounded up to the next minute. When you make a call, illumy will verify that you have enough prepaid calling credits to complete the call. If your prepaid balance is low, the system will attempt to auto-purchase prepaid credits to replenish your balance and complete the call. During your call, the system will check to ensure enough prepaid calling credits are available to continue your call. If your prepaid calling credits become low during the call, the system will attempt to auto-purchase prepaid credits to replenish your balance and continue the call. If you run out of prepaid calling credits, the call will be disconnected. If the system attempts to auto-purchase prepaid credits but is unable to successfully complete the transaction, you may run out of prepaid calling credits and the call will be disconnected. During your call, the per-minute charge amount will be deducted from your prepaid calling balance. Calling rates are subject to change at any time without notice. New rates will apply to your next phone call after the new rates have been published. Call durations lasting over 4 hours are subject to disconnect and can be re-dialed to continue a call.
Calling Plans: illumy offers recurring subscription plans that offer unlimited calling to specified calling destinations as part of the plan. These recurring subscription plans are intended for individual use only and are subject to our Fair Usage Policy to prevent fraud and misuse. These plans exclude special, premium, and non-geographic numbers or other numbers that may be excluded for any reason or no reason by illumy. To benefit from the unlimited calling feature, you are required to have a paid subscription in good order. We reserve the right to terminate your subscription for any reason or no reason based on a breach of our Fair Usage Policy. We reserve the right to change our subscription plans following notice to you. Changes in subscription plans may include the addition, modification, and deletion of specified calling destinations that are part of the plan.
Apple-Enabled Software Applications
illumy offers Software applications that are intended to be operated in connection with products made commercially available by Apple Inc. ("Apple"), among other platforms. With respect to Software that is made available for your use in connection with an Apple-branded product (such Software, "Apple-Enabled Software"), in addition to the other terms and conditions set forth in these Terms of Service, the following terms and conditions apply:
- illumy and you acknowledge that these Terms of Service are concluded between illumy and you only, and not with Apple, and that as between illumy and Apple, illumy, not Apple, is solely responsible for the Apple-Enabled Software and the content thereof.
- may not use the Apple-Enabled Software in any manner that is in violation of or inconsistent with the Usage Rules set forth for Apple-Enabled Software in, or otherwise be in conflict with, the App Store Terms of Service.
- Your license to use the Apple-Enabled Software is limited to a non-transferable license to use the Apple-Enabled Software on an iOS Product that you own or control, as permitted by the Usage Rules set forth in the App Store Terms of Service.
- Apple has no obligation whatsoever to provide any maintenance or support services with respect to the Apple-Enabled Software.
- Apple is not responsible for any product warranties, whether express or implied by law. In the event of any failure of the Apple-Enabled Software to conform to any applicable warranty, you may notify Apple, and Apple will refund the purchase price for the Apple-Enabled Software to you, if any; and, to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, Apple will have no other warranty obligation whatsoever with respect to the Apple-Enabled Software, or any other claims, losses, liabilities, damages, costs or expenses attributable to any failure to conform to any warranty, which will be illumy's sole responsibility, to the extent it cannot be disclaimed under applicable law.
- illumy and you acknowledge that illumy, not Apple, is responsible for addressing any claims of you or any third party relating to the Apple-Enabled Software or your possession and/or use of that Apple-Enabled Software, including, but not limited to: (i) product liability claims; (ii) any claim that the Apple-Enabled Software fails to conform to any applicable legal or regulatory requirement; and (iii) claims arising under consumer protection or similar legislation.
- In the event of any third-party claim that the Apple-Enabled Software or the end-user's possession and use of that Apple-Enabled Software infringes that third party's intellectual property rights, as between illumy and Apple, illumy, not Apple, will be solely responsible for the investigation, defense, settlement and discharge of any such intellectual property infringement claim.
- You represent and warrant that (i) you are not located in a country that is subject to a U.S. Government embargo, or that has been designated by the U.S. Government as a "terrorist supporting" country; and (ii) you are not listed on any U.S. Government list of prohibited or restricted parties.
- If you have any questions, complaints or claims with respect to the Apple-Enabled Software, they should be directed to illumy via email at support (at) illumy (dot) com.
illumy and you acknowledge and agree that Apple, and Apple's subsidiaries, are third party beneficiaries of these Terms of Service with respect to the Apple-Enabled Software, and that, upon your acceptance of the terms and conditions of these Terms of Service, Apple will have the right (and will be deemed to have accepted the right) to enforce these Terms of Service against you with respect to the Apple-Enabled Software as a third party beneficiary thereof.
Intellectual Property Rights
Service Content, Software and Trademarks: You acknowledge and agree that the Service may contain content or features ("Service Content") that are protected by copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary rights and laws. Except as expressly authorized by illumy, you agree not to modify, copy, frame, scrape, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute or create derivative works based on the Service or the Service Content, in whole or in part, except that the foregoing does not apply to your own User Content (as defined below) that you legally upload to the Service. In connection with your use of the Service you will not engage in or use any data mining, robots, scraping or similar data gathering or extraction methods. If you are blocked by illumy from accessing the Service (including by blocking your IP address), you agree not to implement any measures to circumvent such blocking (e.g., by masking your IP address or using a proxy IP address). Any use of the Service or the Service Content other than as specifically authorized herein is strictly prohibited. The technology and software underlying the Service or distributed in connection therewith are the property of illumy, our affiliates and our partners (the "Software"). You agree not to copy, modify, create a derivative work of, reverse engineer, reverse assemble or otherwise attempt to discover any source code, sell, assign, sublicense, or otherwise transfer any right in the Software. Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved by illumy.
The illumy name and logos are trademarks and service marks of illumy inc. (collectively the "illumy Trademarks"). Other company, product, and service names and logos used and displayed via the Service may be trademarks or service marks of their respective owners who may or may not endorse or be affiliated with or connected to illumy. Nothing in this Terms of Service or the Service should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use any of illumy Trademarks displayed on the Service, without our prior written permission in each instance. All goodwill generated from the use of illumy Trademarks will inure to our exclusive benefit.
Third Party Material: Under no circumstances will illumy be liable in any way for any content or materials of any third parties (including users), including, but not limited to, for 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 such content. You acknowledge that illumy does not pre-screen content, but that illumy and its designees will have the right (but not the obligation) in their sole discretion to refuse or remove any content that is available via the Service. Without limiting the foregoing, illumy and its designees will have the right to remove any content that violates these Terms of Service or is deemed by illumy, in its sole discretion, to be otherwise objectionable. 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.
User Content Transmitted Through the Service: With respect to the content or other materials you upload through the Service or share with other users or recipients (collectively, "User Content"), you represent and warrant that you own all right, title and interest in and to such User Content, including, without limitation, all copyrights and rights of publicity contained therein. By uploading any User Content you hereby grant and will grant illumy and its affiliated companies a nonexclusive, worldwide, royalty free, fully paid up, transferable, sublicensable, perpetual, irrevocable license to copy, display, upload, perform, distribute, store, modify and otherwise use your User Content in connection with the operation of the Service or the promotion, advertising or marketing thereof, in any form, medium or technology now known or later developed.
You acknowledge and agree that any questions, comments, suggestions, ideas, feedback or other information about the Service ("Submissions"), provided by you to illumy are non-confidential and illumy will be entitled to the unrestricted use and dissemination of these Submissions for any purpose, commercial or otherwise, without acknowledgment or compensation to you.
You acknowledge and agree that illumy may preserve content and may also disclose content if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (a) comply with legal process, applicable laws or government requests; (b) enforce these Terms of Service; (c) respond to claims that any content violates the rights of third parties; or (d) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of illumy, its users and the public. You understand that the technical processing and transmission of the Service, including your content, may involve (a) transmissions over various networks; and (b) changes to conform and adapt to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices.
Copyright Complaints: illumy respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask our users to do the same. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or that your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, you should notify illumy of your infringement claim in accordance with the procedure set forth below.
illumy will process and investigate notices of alleged infringement and will take appropriate actions under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") and other applicable intellectual property laws with respect to any alleged or actual infringement. A notification of claimed copyright infringement should be emailed to illumy's Copyright Agent at support (at) illumy (dot) com (Subject line: "DMCA Takedown Request"). You may also contact us by mail at:
Attn: DMCA Takedown Request
554 Kingsbridge Ct.
San Ramon, CA 94583
To be effective, the notification must be in writing and contain the following information:
- an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other intellectual property interest;
- a description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed;
- a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the Service, with enough detail that we may find it on the Service;
- your address, telephone number, and email address;
- a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright or intellectual property owner, its agent, or the law;
- 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.
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 upload and use the content in your User Content, you may send a written counter-notice containing the following information to the Copyright Agent:
- your physical or electronic signature;
- identification of the content that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the content appeared before it was removed or disabled;
- a statement that you have a good faith belief that the content was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or a misidentification of the content; and
- your name, address, telephone number, and email address, a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the federal court located within Northern District of 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, illumy will 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, member or user, 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.
Repeat Infringer Policy: In accordance with the DMCA and other applicable law, illumy has adopted a policy of terminating, in appropriate circumstances and at illumy's sole discretion, users who are deemed to be repeat infringers. illumy may also at its sole discretion limit access to the Service and/or terminate the memberships of any users who infringe any intellectual property rights of others, whether or not there is any repeat infringement.
Third Party Websites
The Service may provide, or third parties may provide, links or other access to other sites and resources on the Internet. illumy has no control over such sites and resources and illumy is not responsible for and does not endorse such sites and resources. You further acknowledge and agree that illumy will 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 content, events, goods or services available on or through any such site or resource. Any dealings you have with third parties found while using the Service are between you and the third party, and you agree that illumy is not liable for any loss or claim that you may have against any such third party.
Indemnity and Release
You agree to release, indemnify and hold illumy and its affiliates and their officers, employees, directors and agents (collectively, "Indemnitees") harmless from any and all losses, damages, expenses, including reasonable attorneys' fees, rights, claims, actions of any kind and injury (including death) arising out of or relating to your use of the Service, any User Content, your connection to the Service, your violation of these Terms of Service or your violation of any rights of another. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you will have no obligation to indemnify or hold harmless any Indemnitee from or against any liability, losses, damages or expenses incurred as a result of any action or inaction of such Indemnitee. If you are a California resident, you waive California Civil Code Section 1542, which says: "A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his favor at the time of executing the release, which if known by him must have materially affected his settlement with the debtor." If you are a resident of another jurisdiction, you waive any comparable statute or doctrine.
Disclaimer of Warranties
Your use of the Service is at your sole risk. The Service is provided on an "as is" and "as available" basis. illumy expressly disclaims all warranties of any kind, whether express, implied or statutory, including, but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title and non-infringement.
illumy 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, or (IV) the quality of any products, services, information, or other material purchased or obtained by you through the Service will meet your expectations.
Limitation of Liability
You expressly understand and agree that illumy will not be liable for any indirect, incidental, special, consequential, exemplary damages, or damages for loss of profits including but not limited to, damages for loss of goodwill, use, data or other intangible losses (even if illumy has been advised of the possibility of such damages), whether based on contract, tort, negligence, strict liability or otherwise, resulting from: (I) the use or the inability to use the Service; (II) the cost of procurement of substitute goods and services resulting from any goods, data, information or services purchased or obtained or messages received or transactions entered into through or from the Service; (III) unauthorized access to or alternation of your transmissions or data; (IV) statements or conduct of any third party on the Service; or (V) any other matter relating to the Service. In no event will illumy's total liability to you for all damages, losses or causes of action exceed the amount you have paid the illumy in the last six (6) months, or, if greater, one hundred dollars ($100).
Some jurisdictions do not allow the disclaimer or exclusion of certain warranties or the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages. Accordingly, some of the above limitations set forth above may not apply to you or be enforceable with respect to you. If you are dissatisfied with any portion of the Service or with these Terms of Service, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue use of the Service.
If you are a user from New Jersey, the foregoing sections titled "Disclaimer of Warranties" and "Limitation of Liability" are intended to be only as broad as is permitted under the laws of the State of New Jersey. If any portion of the sections is held to be invalid under the laws of the State of New Jersey, the invalidity of such portion shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of the applicable sections.
Dispute Resolution by Binding Arbitration
Agreement to Arbitrate This Dispute Resolution by Binding Arbitration section is referred to in this Terms of Service as the "Arbitration Agreement." You agree that any and all disputes or claims that have arisen or may arise between you and illumy, whether arising out of or relating to this Terms of Service (including any alleged breach thereof), the Services, any aspect of the relationship or transactions between us, shall be resolved exclusively through final and binding arbitration, rather than a court, in accordance with the terms of this Arbitration Agreement, except that you may assert individual claims in small claims court, if your claims qualify. Further, this Arbitration Agreement does not preclude you from bringing issues to the attention of federal, state, or local agencies, and such agencies can, if the law allows, seek relief against us on your behalf. You agree that, by entering into this Terms of Service, you and illumy are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action. Your rights will be determined by a neutral arbitrator, not a judge or jury. The Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of this Arbitration Agreement.
Prohibition of Class and Representative Actions and Non-Individualized Relief You and illumy agree that each of us may bring claims against the other only on an individual basis and not as a plaintiff or class member in any purported class or representative action or proceeding. Unless both you and the illumy agree otherwise, the arbitrator may not consolidate or join more than one person's or party's claims and may not otherwise preside over any form of a consolidated, representative, or class proceeding. Also, the arbitrator may award relief (including monetary, injunctive, and declaratory relief) only in favor of the individual party seeking relief and only to the extent necessary to provide relief necessitated by that party's individual claim(s), except that you may pursue a claim for the arbitrator may award public injunctive relief under applicable law to the extent required for the enforceability of this provision.
Pre-Arbitration Dispute Resolution illumy is always interested in resolving disputes amicably and efficiently, and most customer concerns can be resolved quickly and to the customer's satisfaction by emailing customer support at support (at) illumy (dot) com. If such efforts prove unsuccessful, a party who intends to seek arbitration must first send to the other, by certified mail, a written Notice of Dispute ("Notice"). The Notice to illumy should be sent to illumy inc, Attn: Notice of Dispute, 554 Kingsbridge Ct, San Ramon, CA 94583 ("Notice Address"). The Notice must (i) describe the nature and basis of the claim or dispute and (ii) set forth the specific relief sought. If illumy and you do not resolve the claim within sixty (60) calendar days after the Notice is received, you or illumy may commence an arbitration proceeding. During the arbitration, the amount of any settlement offer made by illumy or you shall not be disclosed to the arbitrator until after the arbitrator determines the amount, if any, to which you or illumy is entitled.
Arbitration Procedures Arbitration will be conducted by a neutral arbitrator in accordance with the American Arbitration Association's ("AAA") rules and procedures, including the AAA's Consumer Arbitration Rules (collectively, the "AAA Rules"), as modified by this Arbitration Agreement. For information on the AAA, please visit its website, http://www.adr.org. Information about the AAA Rules and fees for consumer disputes can be found at the AAA's consumer arbitration page, http://www.adr.org/consumer_arbitration. If there is any inconsistency between any term of the AAA Rules and any term of this Arbitration Agreement, the applicable terms of this Arbitration Agreement will control unless the arbitrator determines that the application of the inconsistent Arbitration Agreement terms would not result in a fundamentally fair arbitration. The arbitrator must also follow the provisions of these Terms of Service as a court would. All issues are for the arbitrator to decide, including, but not limited to, issues relating to the scope, enforceability, and arbitrability of this Arbitration Agreement. Although arbitration proceedings are usually simpler and more streamlined than trials and other judicial proceedings, the arbitrator can award the same damages and relief on an individual basis that a court can award to an individual under the Terms of Service and applicable law. Decisions by the arbitrator are enforceable in court and may be overturned by a court only for very limited reasons.
Unless illumy and you agree otherwise, any arbitration hearings will take place in a reasonably convenient location for both parties with due consideration of their ability to travel and other pertinent circumstances. If the parties are unable to agree on a location, the determination shall be made by AAA. If your claim is for $10,000 or less, illumy agrees that you may choose whether the arbitration will be conducted solely on the basis of documents submitted to the arbitrator, through a telephonic hearing, or by an in-person hearing as established by the AAA Rules. If your claim exceeds $10,000, the right to a hearing will be determined by the AAA Rules. Regardless of the manner in which the arbitration is conducted, the arbitrator shall issue a reasoned written decision sufficient to explain the essential findings and conclusions on which the award is based.
Costs of Arbitration Payment of all filing, administration, and arbitrator fees (collectively, the "Arbitration Fees") will be governed by the AAA Rules, unless otherwise provided in this Arbitration Agreement. If the value of the relief sought is $75,000 or less, at your request, illumy will pay all Arbitration Fees. If the value of relief sought is more than $75,000 and you are able to demonstrate to the arbitrator that you are economically unable to pay your portion of the Arbitration Fees or if the arbitrator otherwise determines for any reason that you should not be required to pay your portion of the Arbitration Fees, illumy will pay your portion of such fees. In addition, if you demonstrate to the arbitrator that the costs of arbitration will be prohibitive as compared to the costs of litigation, illumy will pay as much of the Arbitration Fees as the arbitrator deems necessary to prevent the arbitration from being cost-prohibitive. Any payment of attorneys' fees will be governed by the AAA Rules.
Confidentiality All aspects of the arbitration proceeding, and any ruling, decision, or award by the arbitrator, will be strictly confidential for the benefit of all parties.
Severability If a court or the arbitrator decides that any term or provision of this Arbitration Agreement (other than the subsection (b) titled "Prohibition of Class and Representative Actions and Non-Individualized Relief" above) is invalid or unenforceable, the parties agree to replace such term or provision with a term or provision that is valid and enforceable and that comes closest to expressing the intention of the invalid or unenforceable term or provision, and this Arbitration Agreement shall be enforceable as so modified. If a court or the arbitrator decides that any of the provisions of subsection (b) above titled "Prohibition of Class and Representative Actions and Non-Individualized Relief" are invalid or unenforceable, then the entirety of this Arbitration Agreement shall be null and void, unless such provisions are deemed to be invalid or unenforceable solely with respect to claims for public injunctive relief. The remainder of the Terms of Service will continue to apply.
Future Changes to Arbitration Agreement Notwithstanding any provision in this Terms of Service to the contrary, illumy agrees that if it makes any future change to this Arbitration Agreement (other than a change to the Notice Address) while you are a user of the Services, you may reject any such change by sending illumy written notice within thirty (30) calendar days of the change to the Notice Address provided above. By rejecting any future change, you are agreeing that you will arbitrate any dispute between us in accordance with the language of this Arbitration Agreement as of the date you first accepted these Terms of Service (or accepted any subsequent changes to these Terms of Service).
You agree that illumy, in its sole discretion, may suspend or terminate your account (or any part thereof) or use of the Service and remove and discard any content within the Service, for any reason, including, without limitation, for lack of use or if illumy believes that you have violated or acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of these Terms of Service. Any suspected fraudulent, abusive or illegal activity that may be grounds for termination of your use of Service, and may be referred to appropriate law enforcement authorities. illumy may also in its sole discretion and at any time discontinue providing the Service, or any part thereof, with or without notice. You agree that any termination of your access to the Service under any provision of this Terms of Service may be effected without prior notice, and acknowledge and agree that illumy may immediately deactivate or delete your account and all related information and files in your account and/or bar any further access to such files or the Service. Further, you agree that illumy will not be liable to you or any third party for any termination of your access to the Service.
You agree that you are solely responsible for your interactions with any other user in connection with the Service and illumy will have no liability or responsibility with respect thereto. illumy reserves the right, but has no obligation, to become involved in any way with disputes between you and any other user of the Service.
These Terms of Service constitute the entire agreement between you and illumy and govern your use of the Service, superseding any prior agreements between you and illumy with respect to the Service. You also may be subject to additional terms and conditions that may apply when you use affiliate or third-party services, third party content or third-party software. These Terms of Service will be governed by the laws of the State of California without regard to its conflict of law provisions. With respect to any disputes or claims not subject to arbitration, as set forth above, you and illumy agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located within San Francisco County, California. The failure of illumy to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms of Service will not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of these Terms of Service 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 these Terms of Service remain in full force and effect. 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 these Terms of Service must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred. A printed version of this agreement and of any notice given in electronic form will be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to this agreement to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form. You may not assign this Terms of Service without the prior written consent of illumy, but illumy may assign or transfer this Terms of Service, in whole or in part, without restriction. The section titles in these Terms of Service are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect. Notices to you may be made via either email, in Service messaging, or regular mail. The Service may also provide notices to you of changes to these Terms of Service or other matters by displaying notices or links to notices generally on the Service.
Notice for California Users
Under California Civil Code Section 1789.3, users of the Service from California are entitled to the following specific consumer rights notice: The Complaint Assistance Unit of the Division of Consumer Services of the California Department of Consumer Affairs may be contacted in writing at 1625 North Market Blvd., Suite N 112, Sacramento, CA 95834, or by telephone at (916) 445-1254 or (800) 952-5210.
Questions? Concerns? Suggestions?
Please contact us at support (at) illumy (dot) com to report any violations of these Terms of Service or to pose any questions regarding this Terms of Service.