ABACUSLAW END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT (EULA)
This End User License Agreement (“EULA”) sets forth the scope of the license granted to Client by Abacus Data Systems, Inc. (“Abacus”) to use the services comprising Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription (previously referred to as “VIP Subscription”), which may include the use of AbacusLaw, AbacusLaw Gold, Practice Area Solutions (“PALS”), AbacusLaw Forms, AbacusLaw Rules, Abacus Mobile, Abacus Payment Exchange, as well as all components of the software, updates, forms, court rules, and related materials including but not limited to manuals, on-line information, and marketing materials. By purchasing an AbacusLaw Subscription by way of a Service Order Form executed by Client or otherwise using any products or services that are comprise Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription, Client agrees to be bound by the terms of this EULA.
1. GRANT OF LICENSE – Abacus grants Client a non-exclusive, limited and non-transferable license to use the products and services that comprise Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription subject to Client making payment of the Monthly Recurring Charge (“MRC”), as set forth in the corresponding Service Order Form executed by the Client, on the first of each month or upfront payment of the Total Contractual Value. This license does not allow for the use of AbacusLaw within a Remote Desktop Services session, Terminal Services Session, in a cloud (private or multitenant) environment, or at multiple physical locations connected to a single database. Furthermore, this license is limited to one runtime and/or repository instance. A separate subscription is required for each additional runtime and/or repository instance. Separate license fees and validation codes are required for each business entity and computer where Client uses any of the products that comprise Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription. Client agrees to pay a license fee for each person in the firm who uses any of the products that comprise Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription, and only those users whose initials (User ID) are entered into AbacusLaw or AbacusLaw Gold as operators may use those products or any of the other products that comprise Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription. Abacus is under no obligation to grant Client additional licenses. During the term of Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription, Client shall be entitled to upgrades to the products that comprise Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription released by Abacus. Client acknowledges that if it accepts any upgrades to those services or products, any license Client may have had to prior versions of that product or service terminates upon the installation of the updated version. Client agrees that it will not rent, lend, or transfer any products or services the comprise Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription or any of its rights under this EULA without the express written permission of Abacus.
2. FEES AND INVOICING – Client agrees to pay Abacus the Total Contractual Value (upfront), or the Monthly Recurring Charges (“MRC”) each month for the full term of Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription, or the Annual Recurring Charges (“ARC” = 12 x MRC) and fees as set forth in the applicable Service Order Form together with any taxes payable by Client that are required to be collected by Abacus pursuant to any applicable law. Any fees listed in a Service Order Form or Service Order Addendum are set forth in US Dollars unless specifically indicated on the Service Order Form or Service Order Addendum that the charged are in CAD. To the extent Client wishes to be billed in Canadian Dollars, at the time of signature, Abacus will take the 30-day average of the conversion from US Dollars to Canadian, and charge that rate for the duration of Client’s Initial Term. Client’s MRC for Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription is billed in advance of Abacus providing Client that month’s AbacusLaw related services. Client’s ARC for Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription is billed in advance of Abacus providing Client that year’s AbacusLaw related services. Client authorizes Abacus to automatically bill the Client’s credit card or process an Automated Clearing House transaction each month for the balance due, or each year for annual recurring charges. All payments made by Client to Abacus are non-refundable. As it relates to payments made by Client, Client will be charged a fee of $35 for any returned payment, including but not limited to any check or Automated Clearing House transaction that is deemed invalid due to insufficient funds. Any fees due under this EULA that are greater than 15 days past due shall bear interest at the rate of one and one-half percent per month.
3. MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS – The minimum system requirements to run AbacusLaw and AbacusLaw Gold (on systems other than Abacus Private Cloud) are as follows: For a single to 5 user network server or workstation – Windows 8.x or Windows 10; Dual Core Processor or higher; 2GB of RAM or higher; and 4 GB of Hard disk available space (Install footprint is 350 MB). (Note - On networks with two or more users, Abacus Law requires a server or PC not assigned to an individual user.) For networks with 6-10 users – Windows 8.x or Windows 10; Duel Core Processor or higher; 4 GB of RAM or higher; and 4 GB of available hard disk space. For networks greater than 10 users – Windows Server 2012 R2-2019 or higher; Dual Core Processor or higher; 4 GB of RAM or higher; and 4 GB of available hard disk space. (Note - If Client uses a server-based operating system, AbacusLaw and AbacusLaw Gold can be supported on Server 2012 R2-2019) Requirements for E-mail Integration – In order to integrate e-mails with AbacusLaw, Client will need to be using 32-bit versions Microsoft Outlook 2007, 2010, 2013 or 2016. (AbacusLaw does not integrated with online version of Microsoft 365.) Requirements for Document Generation – If Client wishes to utilize the document generation features, Client must use Windows 8.x or Windows 10 and will not be able to use the naming conventions automatically unless Client is using Microsoft Word 2007 or higher.
4. UPDATES AND PATCHES – During the Term of Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription, Abacus will notify Client within AbacusLaw or AbacusLaw Gold (as applicable) of updates and patches. It is ultimately Client’s responsibility to ensure that these updates and patches are installed. In part, the updates and patches to are designed to thwart the continual threat of security breaches (including data mining agents and other malware) which if not prevented would make the Client more vulnerable to having its data compromised. Client hereby acknowledges that it is not best practices to use a version of any of the services or products that comprise Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription that is not the most current and up to date version offered by Abacus, and that doing so, Client would be putting the integrity of the system and Client’s data at heightened risk of corruption, hard shutdown, and security breaches that could extend beyond the data accessed by the products or services that comprise Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription.
5. SUPPORT – Given the rapid changes with technology, Abacus will provide technical support and updates only for the most recent version of the products or services that comprise Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription provided Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription is current. Abacus cannot guarantee how long any particular version of any service or product will remain the current version. AbacusLaw and AbacusLaw Gold require connecting to the Internet from time to time for registration, updates and use analysis. Such connectivity is outside the scope of Abacus’ obligations, and thus it is Client’s responsibility to obtain and pay for the necessary connectivity. Whenever Client permits Abacus to connect to Client’s system for remote support Client will have already made a current backup of its system and all data and Client shall remain solely responsible for it. Client can reach AbacusLaw Support by calling (800) 488-3334 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Abacus’ Customer Service hours are Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (PST) (excepting certain holidays). Abacus will make its best efforts to respond to all calls or e-mails to Customer Service by the next business day and make efforts to diagnose the cause of Client’s reported issue. If Abacus determines that the reported issue is caused by a software malfunction (hereinafter referred to as “System Related Error”) and not caused by the Client, its computer(s), network, server(s), connectivity or third party software (hereinafter referred to as “User Error”), then Abacus will make its best efforts to correct the problem at no charge to Client. Reported errors that cannot be observed or replicated by Abacus cannot by definition be a System Related Error. If the issue is caused by User Error, Client can purchase Professional Services hours to assist with further training and/or correcting the problem with Client’s computer(s), network, server(s), connectivity or third party software. All such Professional Services shall be governed by a separate Statement of Work (“SOW”) executed by Client.
6. ADVANCED SUPPORT OFFERINGS – Clients can purchase the following advanced support options to optimize their Abacus experience.
- Premium Support – Where purchased in a Service Order Form or Service Order Addendum, Premium Support shall include unlimited maintenance, support, and updates for AbacusNext software products. In addition to receiving access for up to ten (10) designated Users to use a priority level support queue, unlimited access to an online training database, and 50% discounted fees to attend all AbacusNext events and webinars, Premium Support shall also include a dedicated Technical Account Manager (“TAM”), which shall serve as Client’s primary point of contact. Where Client has made Premium Support a part of Client’s AbacusNext Subscription, Abacus will make its best efforts to respond to support inquiries in accordance with the following table:
Severity Level Initial Response Objective Severity Level 1 – Mission critical AbacusNext software application(s) unavailable, risk of loss or corruption of data, business operations severely disrupted. 30 Minutes Response Time, M-F, 24 hours per day. Severity Level 2 – Mission critical AbacusNext software application(s) available, but critical function of application is unavailable, business operations disrupted. 2 Hours Response Time, M-F, 24 hours per day. Severity Level 3 – Mission critical applications available, but non-critical function of application is unavailable, business operations not immediately interrupted. 4 Regular Business Hours Response Time.
- Technical Account Manager (“TAM”) – Where purchased in a Service Order Form or Service Order Addendum, or as included within Client’s purchase of Premium Support, Client’s TAM includes a dedicated resource available for technical account management or technical support escalations, with scheduled weekly or bi-weekly case scrub/project management calls, and one (1) annual onsite visit to Client’s principal place of business to discuss strategic planning, project or product roadmaps, with travel expenses paid by Client. In addition, Client’s TAM will assist in scheduling application upgrades, and can provide step-by-step resolution guides or screen recordings on certain types of technical support tickets in order to elevate Client’s self-service ability and result in more successful use of platform features.
7. CLIENT’S DATA – Client shall at all times retain ownership of all data generated or imported into the Service by Client. If Client’s license to use the Service is suspended or terminated (as discussed below), Client shall have an opportunity (at its sole expense) to extract its data from the Service in a format that could be used in another platform or application. Client acknowledges that during the term of Client’s license, Abacus may need to view Client’s data to assist Client with training or other customer service issues. Client further acknowledges that in performing those services, Abacus may need to take screen grabs or video of Client’s screen(s). In such an event, Abacus warrants that it will not access Client’s data without Client’s permission, that it will only access that data which is reasonably necessary to complete the specified task(s), and that it will only take screen grabs or video of Client’s screens when necessary to complete the specified task(s). To the extent Client gives Abacus access to Client’s data, Abacus acknowledges that Client’s data shall be treated as confidential information and will not disclose the data or its contents to third parties without the Client’s express written consent. The migration of pre-existing data to AbacusLaw is outside of Abacus’ obligations set forth in this EULA. Professional Services can be retained on an hourly basis to perform such a migration (where possible). Any such services shall be governed by a separate SOW executed by Client.
8. TERM – Unless stated otherwise in the Service Order Form, the term of Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription commences on the date when Abacus processes Client’s initial payment and shall continue for the minimum term set forth in the corresponding Service Order Form executed by Client (“Initial Term”). Absent either party providing the other with written notification (as required pursuant to Paragraph 26 below) at least 60 days prior to the expiration of the Initial Term or any subsequent Renewal Term, Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription will automatically renew for a twelve (12) month term (“Renewal Term”) subject to a price increase.
9. FLEX USER – In any Service Order Form and/or Service Order Addendums (if any) affirmatively accepted by Client and herein, “Flex User” means license to use AbacusLaw and any other ancillary services associated with that user, such as MS365 - On Premises and AbacusLaw Mobile (wherever applicable) on a month-to-month basis, which can be cancelled from Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription without having to pay an Early Termination Fee (as discussed in Paragraph 20 below) so long as Client provides Abacus with an executed downgrade form 30 days prior to the effective date of the cancellation of the Flex User.
10. RULES – In any Service Order Form and/or Service Order Addendums (if any) accepted in writing by Client and herein, “Rules” refers to a license (during Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription) to use a selected set or sets of preconfigured calendaring work flows designed to expedite the calendaring in AbacusLaw of common court and procedural events for selected jurisdictions and subject matters. Any Rules purchased by Client shall be deemed part of Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription.
11. FORMS – In any Service Order Form and/or Service Order Addendums (if any) accepted in writing by Client and herein, “Forms” refers a license (during Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription) to use select preconfigured court documents (for select jurisdictions and subject matters) designed to auto-populate with data stored in Client’s AbacusLaw database. Any Forms purchased by Client shall be deemed part of Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription.
12. PALs – In any Service Order Form and/or Service Order Addendums (if any) accepted in writing by Client and herein, “PALs” (or Practice Area Legal Solution) refers to a license (during Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription) to use a module or modules designed to enhance the core feature set of AbacusLaw to streamline workflows of a particular predetermined practice area(s). Any PALs purchased by Client shall be deemed part of Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription.
13. ABACUS MOBILE – In any Service Order Form and/or Service Order Addendums (if any) accepted in writing by Client and herein, refers to a license (during the term of Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription) to access real time AbacusLaw data that can be viewed through an authorized internet connected browser, configured to display file types that are accessible in Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription. Client acknowledges that in order to view specific file types a corresponding third party application may be required. Client further acknowledges that providing any such application is beyond the scope of Abacus’ obligations related to Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription. To the extent Abacus Mobile is purchased, it shall be deemed part of Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription.
14. ABACUS PAYMENT EXCHANGE – Within AbacusLaw, Client shall have the option to use Abacus Payment Exchange (“APX”) which is a payment processing service provided by Vantage Card Services, Inc. (but billed through Abacus) that is made accessible in AbacusLaw, and is otherwise governed by all terms and polices set forth by Vantage Card Services, Inc. ABACUS DOES NOT WARRANT THE PERFORMANCE OR FUNCTIONALITY OF APX.
15. SOPHOS ENDPOINT ANTIVIRUS & MALWARE PROTECTION – In any Service Order Form and/or Service Order Addendums (if any) affirmatively accepted by Client and herein, “Sophos Endpoint Antivirus & Malware Protection” means a non-transferable license to deploy Sophos Endpoint Antivirus & Malware Protection product on Client’s work stations only during the term set forth in the Service Order and/or Service Order Addendums (contingent upon Client timely paying its MRC), and is otherwise governed by all terms and policies set forth by Sophos. For further information on these terms, contact Sophos directly. ABACUS DOES NOT WARRANT THE PERFORMANCE OR FUNCTIONALITY OF SOPHOS ENDPOINT ANTIVIRUS & MALWARE PROTECTION. If purchased, this Sophos Endpoint Antivirus & Malware Protection license will be deemed part of Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription. Thus any suspension or termination of Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription will also result in a corresponding suspension or termination of the Sophos Endpoint Antivirus & Malware Protection license.
16. MS365 - ON PREMISES – In any Service Order Form and/or Service Order Addendums (if any) affirmatively accepted by Client and herein, “MS365 (On Premises)” means a non-transferable license per user to use Microsoft 365 installed on Client’s premises only during the term of Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription (contingent upon Client timely paying its MRC or ARC), and is otherwise governed by all terms and policies set forth by Microsoft applicable to MS365, and may include penalties for early termination of the MS365, which will be Client’s sole responsibility to pay. For further information on these terms, contact Microsoft directly. The particular MS365 license selected by Client shall be either an E1, E3 or Exchange Online Plan 1, with the particular rights and functionality for each such licenses being determined by Microsoft. ABACUS DOES NOT WARRANT THE PERFORMANCE OR FUNCTIONALITY OF MS365 OR DATA THAT RESIDES IN MICROSOFT’S CLOUD OR INFRASTRUCTURE. If purchased, this MS365 license will be deemed part of Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription. Thus, any suspension or termination of Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription will also result in a corresponding suspension or termination of the MS365 license. Abacus will serve as Administrator of Client’s MS365 account. Client acknowledges that it will not receive Administrative rights to MS365. The deployment of MS365 on Client’s premises shall be in the form supplied by Microsoft without modification and with all default settings pre-determined by Microsoft. Professional Services can be retained on an hourly basis to make any desired changes to the settings of MS365. Any such services shall be governed by a separate Statement of Work (“SOW”). Client hereby understands that as a Certified Microsoft partner, Abacus may receive a payment from Microsoft arising from the sale of MS365.
17. NON-SOLICITATION OF ABACUS’ EMPLOYEES – During the term of Client’s license to use the Service, and for 12 months thereafter, Client agrees that it will not directly or indirectly recruit, solicit or otherwise induce or attempt to induce any employee of Abacus that had direct contact with Client while that employee was acting in the course and scope of the employee’s duties with Abacus to terminate his or her employment with Abacus. Client acknowledges that if it breached this Paragraph and the relevant employee left his or her employment with Abacus, it would be difficult to determine actual damages. Based on what the Parties presently know, they agree that an amount equal to 100% of the relevant employee’s Abacus annual salary is a reasonable estimate of the damages that would accrue if a breach of this provision occurred in the future and the relevant employee terminated his or her employment with Abacus as a result. Client agrees that the amount of liquidated damages is fair and reasonable and would not act as a penalty in such an instance. This Paragraph shall not preclude Client from hiring an Abacus employee where that employee independently responded to a job posting made available to the general public.
18. ABACUSLAW DATABASE ENCRYPTION – In any Service Order Form and/or Service Order Addendums (if any) affirmatively accepted by Client and herein, “AbacusLaw Database Encryption” refers to a module that provides at rest encryption (256 Bit AES) to the database tables that contain Client’s data that has been inputted into Client’s AbacusLaw installation. Client must be using AbacusLaw Version 23.22 or higher for this module to function. In order to open an encrypted database table (which may be necessary to restore any part of Client’s AbacusLaw database) a password is required. This password is to be created by Client and Client acknowledges that Abacus has no obligation to maintain a record of such password.
19. SUSPENSION – Abacus may, at its sole discretion, suspend Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription if Client’s account is 5 days past due. In the event that Abacus suspends Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription, AbacusLaw and AbacusLaw Gold will convert to read only format, and Client will not have the ability to import data into those programs. If Client wishes to reinstate its AbacusLaw Subscription, Client must make its account current and pay a re-activation fee of $250 (“Re-Activation Fee”).
20. TERMINATION – Either party may terminate Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription or any distinct part thereof at any time without cause by providing 30 days written notice to the other party; for security reasons, in order for any termination initiated by Client of Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription in whole or in part to be processed, Client must submit an executed cancellation or downgrade form (whichever applicable) provided by Abacus. In the event of termination of Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription in its entirety by the Client without cause or as a result of Client’s account being delinquent, Client shall pay Abacus the Early Termination Fee, which shall be equal to Client’s MRC times the remaining months left under the agreement (plus any balance owed as effective date of the termination), due and payable as of the date of early termination. In the event of termination of a part or parts of Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription (including the cancellation of a user, unless that user is a Flex User) without cause, Client shall pay Abacus the Early Termination Fee, which shall be equal to Client’s MRC times the remaining months left under the agreement for the canceled part or parts of Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription. The only time Client can terminate Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription for cause is if Abacus fails to cure a material breach of this EULA within 30 days of Abacus receiving written notice of that breach (in the manner set forth in Paragraph 26 below). In order for such notice to be deemed sufficient, the notice must expressly identify the particular provision(s) of this EULA that Client contends has been breached and set forth the facts explaining how each such provision has been breached. With respect to an allegation of breach concerning a System Related Error, in the event that Abacus cannot observe or replicate the reported issue, Abacus shall be relieved of any obligation to cure that System Related Error until the issue can be observed and replicated by Abacus. Where proper notice is given and Abacus fails to timely cure the properly identified breaches, Client would not be obligated to pay the Early Termination Fee. If after giving the requisite notice of an alleged material breach, Client refuses to allow Abacus to access Client’s computer system or data to evaluate the nature of the alleged breach or otherwise fails to cooperate with Abacus’ efforts to cure the alleged breach, Abacus shall be relieved of any obligation to cure the alleged breach, and will eliminate Client’s ability to terminate the Service for cause (with respect to the alleged breach). Abacus may terminate the Service for cause if Client fails to make its account current and pay the Re-Activation Fee within 30 days of the Services being suspended. To the extent that Client’s installation of AbacusLaw has not already been converted into read only mode, upon termination of Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription (for any reason), Client’s installation of AbacusLaw will convert to read only mode as of the effective date of Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription.
21. SERVICE OWNERS RIGHTS – Client is granted only the right to use any of the products or services that comprise Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription as limited in this EULA. Ownership and all rights not expressly granted are reserved by Abacus.
22. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY – ABACUS TRIES TO KEEP ALL OF THE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES THAT COMPRISE CLIENT’S ABACUSLAW SUBSCRIPTION OPERATING BUG-FREE, AND SAFE, BUT CLIENT ACKNOWLEDGES THAT ITS USE OF THOSE PRODUCTS AND/OR SERVICES IS AT ITS OWN RISK. ABACUS IS PROVIDING THE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES THAT COMPRISE CLIENT’S ABACUSLAW SUBSCRIPTION AS IS WITHOUT ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. ABACUS DOES NOT GUARANTEE THAT THE PRODUCTS AND/OR SERVICES THAT COMPRISE CLIENT’S ABACUSLAW SUBSCRIPTION WILL ALWAYS FUNCTION WITHOUT DISRUPTIONS, DELAYS OR IMPERFECTIONS.
23. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY – THE EXCEPTION OF ANY UNAUTHORIZED COPYING AND/OR DISTRIBUTION OF ANY OF THE PRODUCTS AND/OR SERVICES THAT COMPRISE CLIENT’S ABACUSLAW SUBSCRIPTION BY CLIENT, NEITHER PARTY SHALL BE LIABLE TO THE OTHER FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF BUSINESS PROFITS, LOSS OF BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, LOSS OF GOOD WILL, DAMAGE TO BUSINESS REPUTATION, LOSS OF BUSINESS INFORMATION, WORK STOPPAGE, LOSS OF DATA, COMPUTER FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION, OR OTHER SUCH PECUNIARY LOSS), WHETHER UNDER A THEORY OF CONTRACT, WARRANTY, TORT, OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF THE OTHER PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN NO EVENT WILL ABACUS’ TOTAL AGGREGATE AND CUMULATIVE LIABILITY TO CLIENT FOR ANY AND ALL CLAIMS OF ANY KIND ARISING AS A RESULT OF OR RELATED TO CLIENT’S ABACUSLAW SUBSCRIPTION, THE TERMS OF THE EULA, OR TO ANY ACT OR OMISSION OF ABACUS, EXCEED THE AMOUNT OF SUBSCRIPTION FEES ACTUALLY PAID (IF ANY) BY CLIENT FOR CLIENT’S ABACUSLAW SUBSCRIPTION GIVING RISE TO THE CLAIM IN THE SIX MONTHS PRECEDING THE CLAIM. WHERE CLIENT HAS PAID THE TOTAL CONTRACTUAL VALUE UPFRONT, ABACUS’ TOTAL LIABILITY FOR ANY AND ALL CLAIMS WILL NOT EXCEED THE EQUIVALENT OF SIX-MONTHLY RECURRING CHARGES (MRC). WHERE CLIENT PAYS AN ANNUAL RECURRING CHARGE, ABACUS’ TOTAL LIABILITY FOR ANY AND ALL CLAIMS WILL NOT EXCEED THE EQUIVALENT OF SIX-MONTHLY RECURRING CHARGES (MRC). LIKEWISE, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF CLAIMS ARISING OUT OF THE UNAUTHORIZED COPY OR DISTRIBUTION OF THE PRODUCTS AND/SERVICES THAT COMPRISE CLIENT’S ABACUSLAW SUBSCRIPTION BY CLIENT, CLIENT’S TOTAL AGGREGATE AND CUMULATIVE LIABILITY TO ABACUS FOR CLAIMS ARISING OUT OF CLIENT’S ABACUSLAW SUBSCRIPTION OR THE TERMS OF THE EULA SHALL NOT EXCEED THE EARLY TERMINATION FEE (AS DEFINED IN PARAGRAPH 20). THE ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OF THIS PROVISION IS TO LIMIT THE POTENTIAL LIABILITY OF THE PARTIES ARISING FROM THIS AGREEMENT. THE PARTIES ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE LIMITATIONS SET FORTH IN THIS PARAGRAPH ARE INTEGRAL TO THE AMOUNT OF FEES CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH MAKING CLIENT’S ABACUSLAW SUBSCRIPTION AVAILABLE TO CLIENT AND THAT, WERE ABACUS TO ASSUME ANY FURTHER LIABILITY OTHER THAN SET FORTH HEREIN, SUCH FEES WOULD OF NECESSITY BE SET SUBSTANTIALLY HIGHER.
24. SEVERABILITY – If any provision of this EULA is held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions shall not in any way be affected or impaired thereby.
25. INTEGRATION – This EULA and the corresponding Service Order Form(s) executed by Client (which are incorporated by reference) set forth the entire agreement relating to the subject matter hereof and supersedes all prior agreements, discussions and understandings between them, whether oral or written, relating to the subject matter hereof.
26. NOTICE – All notices to Client under this Agreement will be deemed given when delivered via e-mail to the address set forth in the Service Order. All notices to Abacus under this Agreement will be deemed given when delivered via certified mail to:
Abacus Data Systems, Inc.
4850 Eastgate Mall
San Diego, CA 92121
27. GOVERNING LAW – This EULA, any corresponding Service Order or Service Order Addendum executed by Client, and/or Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription shall be construed under the laws of the State of California regardless of conflict of law provisions. Client and Abacus irrevocably consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the state or federal courts in San Diego County, California for all disputes arising out of or related to the products and services covered by this EULA and/or any corresponding Service Order executed by Client, the terms set forth in this EULA, Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription or to any act or omission of Abacus, whether in contract, tort or otherwise. Neither party will bring a legal action arising out of or related to Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription and/or any corresponding Service Order executed by Client, or the terms set forth in this EULA , or to any act or omission of Abacus, whether in contract, tort or otherwise, more than two years after the cause of action arose. Client and Abacus further agree that as a condition precedent to instituting any legal action, the parties must participate in a non-binding mediation in San Diego, California before a neutral from JAMS, with the parties equally splitting the costs of that mediation. If the parties cannot agree on a JAMS neutral, the neutral shall be selected by JAMS at its sole discretion. The mediation process shall be initiated by the aggrieved party submitting the case for mediation to JAMS directly, after providing the other party with notice of its intent to institute mediation.
WHERE PERMITTED UNDER THE APPLICABLE LAW, CLIENT AND ABACUS AGREE THAT EACH PARTY MAY ONLY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER PARTY IN AN INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE ACTION. NO ARBITER OR JUDGE MAY CONSOLIDATE MORE THAN ONE PERSON’S CLAIMS UNDER THIS EULA AGAINST EITHER PARTY TO THIS AGREEMENT WITHOUT THE WRITTEN CONSENT OF BOTH PARTIES.
28. PREVAILING PARTY – In the event of any litigation arising out of or related to Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription, this EULA, any corresponding Service Order executed by Client and/or Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover from the non-prevailing party all costs and expenses associated with such proceedings, including reasonable attorney’s fees. For purposes of this provision, if a matter is filed in any venue other than the state or federal courts in San Diego County, California and the matter is dismissed for improper venue, the party that did not file the action shall be deemed the prevailing party in that action.
29. UPDATES/CHANGES TO SERVICES AND EULA – Due to changes in technology and the marketplace, Abacus may make modifications to the products or services that Comprise Client’s AbacusLaw Subscription or particular components of such product or service (including but not limited to discontinuing a component) from time to time and will use commercially reasonable efforts to notify Customer of any material modifications. Any such modification shall not be deemed a System Related Error. Client agrees that Abacus will not be liable to Client for any such modifications. Abacus reserves the right to discontinue offering an AbacusLaw Subscription at the conclusion of Client’s then current subscription term. Likewise, Abacus reserves the right to routinely update, amend or change the EULA. At least 30 days prior to the effective date, Abacus will notify client by e-mail of such changes, and a new EULA document will be posted at www.abacusnext.com/eula. Client’s continued use of the Services after the 30 day will serve as consent to the changed terms.
30. DATA PROCESSING ADDENDUM – The Data Processing Addendum set forth at www.abacusnext.com/dataprocessingaddendum is expressly incorporated into this EULA by reference.
31. INDEMNIFICATION – Client shall fully indemnify, hold harmless and defend (collectively “indemnify” and “indemnification”) Abacus and its directors, officers, employees, agents, stock holders, subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively, “Indemnified Parties) from and against all claims demands, actions, suits, damages, liabilities, losses, settlements, judgments, costs and expenses (including but not limited to reasonable attorney’s fees and costs), whether or not involving a third party claim, which arises out of or relate to (1) any breach of any representation or warranty of Client contained in this EULA, and (2) any breach or violation of any covenant or other obligation or duty of Client under this EULA or under applicable law.
32. ASSIGNMENT – Neither party may assign the rights and obligations arising out of this EULA and/or corresponding Service Orders and Service Order Addendums (if any) affirmatively accepted by Client for any Abacus Law Solution, in whole or in part, at any time, without the prior written consent of the other, which shall not be unreasonably withheld. Provided, however, Abacus may assign its rights and obligations under this Agreement without the consent of Client in the event of a change in control transaction. In the event of the sale or transfer by Abacus of all or substantially all of its assets to an affiliate or to a third party, whether by sale, merger or change of control, Abacus would have the right to assign any and all rights and obligations contained herein and the Agreement to such Affiliate or third party without the consent of Client and the Agreement shall be binding upon such acquirer and would remain in full force and effect, at least until the expiration of the then current term. Subject to the preceding, the rights and obligations arising out of this EULA and/or corresponding Service Orders and Service Order Addendums (if any) affirmatively accepted by Client for any Abacus Law Solution will inure to the benefit of and be binding on the parties and their respective successors, heirs and permitted assigns.
33. FORCE MAJEURE – Neither party shall be liable for any loss or delay in the performance of their obligations resulting from a cause over which they do not have reasonable control including, but not limited to, failure of electronic or mechanical equipment or communication lines, telephone or other interconnect or Internet problems, severe weather, earthquakes, nuclear or natural disasters, acts of war or terrorism, or governmental restrictions. It is understood that both parties shall use reasonable efforts which are consistent with accepted practices in the industry to resume performance as soon as practicable under the circumstances.