General Rules

Your use of AALS content is subject to the terms, conditions, and disclaimers set forth below and to all applicable laws and regulations. This is a binding contract between AALS and you. By accessing our site, you hereby accept this agreement.

Access and Republishing of Content

Access to the Site and its content is provided free of charge and does not create a professional services relationship or any other relationship with AALS. You may reproduce, reprint and/or distribute content from the Site provided a link back to AALS is provided.

Acceptable Use Policy

You are solely responsible for any and all acts and omissions that occur during or relating to your use of the Site, and you agree not to engage in unacceptable use of the Site, which includes, without limitation, use of the Site to:

  • Harm or threaten to harm users or members of the general public in any way, or “stalk” or otherwise harass any other person or entity;
  • Post or transmit any Content that is unlawful, false or misleading, grossly offensive, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortuous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, pornographic, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically, or otherwise objectionable;
  • Disseminate or transmit “spam,” unsolicited messages, chain letters, any advertisements, solicitations, pyramid schemes, investment opportunities or other unsolicited commercial communication;
  • Purchase, sell, or offer to purchase or sell any equity or security or market instrument; provide information designed to manipulate any equity or security or market; or disseminate or transmit any material, non-public information about companies without authorization to do so;
  • Collect, use, or store any personally identifiable information about other users, or otherwise violate the personal privacy rights of others;
  • Impersonate any person or entity (including a Mobile Content or Site agent, user, or moderator), or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;
  • Post any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, or any other form of solicitation except in areas that are expressly designated by the Site for such purpose;
  • Disseminate or transmit any Content that infringes or violates any party’s copyright, trademark, trade secret, patent or other proprietary right; or use or distribute third-party information (whether or not protected as a trade secret) in violation of a duty of confidentiality, fiduciary duty, or similar duty;
  • Violate any law (whether local, state, national, or international), whether or not intentionally;
  • Forge headers or otherwise intentionally disguise the origin of any content or communication; interfere with or disrupt the Site, or servers or networks connected to the Site; or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies, or regulations of networks connected to the Site;
  • Post any Content related to partisan political campaigning or fundraising.
  • Express or imply that any statements you make are endorsed by us;
  • sub-license, sell, reverse engineer, decompile or disassemble any portion of the Site;
  • Obtain, copy, monitor, index or data mine through the use of a robot, spider, any automated device, or any manual process, the Site or the contents (except as expressly permitted by AALS);
  • Remove any copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights notices contained in the Site;
  • “Frame” or “mirror” any part of the Site; or
  • Engage in any other activity deemed by AALS to be in conflict with the spirit or intent of this agreement or that might violate the rights of others or give rise to liability.

You understand that by using the Site, you may be exposed to Content that may offend you or challenge your beliefs. Your remedy is to avoid such Content by discontinuing your access.

Content and Non-Endorsement

Opinions and other statements expressed by users and third parties are theirs alone, not opinions of AALS. Content created by third parties is the sole responsibility of the third parties and its accuracy and completeness are not endorsed or guaranteed. The Site and third parties may provide links to web pages, web sites, and various resources or locations on the web. AALS has no control over the information you access via such links, does not endorse that information, and shall not be responsible for it or for the consequences of your use of that information.

Limitation of Liability and Use

AALS has worked to ensure the accuracy of the information it provides through its products and services, including through the Site. This information frequently relies on data obtained from many sources, however, and AALS cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided or any analysis based thereon. YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT THE USE OF AALS’S PRODUCTS AND SERVICES, INCLUDING THE SITE, IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. SUCH PRODUCTS AND SERVICES ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” BASIS AND AALS MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, AND DISCLAIMS ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. AALS DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTY THAT THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, SECURE OR ERROR FREE. NO ADVICE, OPINION OR OTHER INFORMATION OBTAINED THROUGH THE SITE OR FROM AALS, ORALLY OR IN ANY MEDIA, SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY FROM AALS NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THIS AGREEMENT. EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE STATED, AALS MAKES NO WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION REGARDING OF CONFIDENTIALITY OF ANY COMMUNICATION OR INFORMATION TRANSMITTED ON THIS SITE OR ANY WEB SITE LINKED TO THE SITE. YOU AGREE THAT NEITHER AALS, NOR ANY OTHER PROVIDERS OF PRODUCTS OR SERVICES RELATED TO THE SITE, ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONFIDENTIALITY OF ANY INFORMATION, (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION CREDIT CARD INFORMATION, PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION, INCLUDING EMAIL ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER, ETC.), AND NEITHER AALS NOR ANY OTHER PROVIDERS OF PRODUCTS OR SERVICES RELATED TO THE SITE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGES THAT MAY ARISE FROM DISCLOSURE OF SUCH INFORMATION. AALS AND ITS REPRESENTATIVES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, PUNITIVE OR OTHER DAMAGES, INCLUDING LOST PROFITS OR COSTS OR ATTORNEY’S FEES, UNDER ANY LEGAL THEORY INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO BREACH OF CONTRACT, BREACH OF WARRANTY, NEGLIGENCE, OR STRICT LIABILITY, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER AALS WAS INFORMED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN STATES THAT DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN CATEGORIES OF DAMAGES, AALS’S LIABILITY, AND THAT OF ITS AFFILIATES, REPRESENTATIVES OR INFORMATION PROVIDERS IS LIMITED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT ALLOWED BY SUCH STATES’ LAWS. AALS assumes no responsibility or liability arising from the content of the Site nor for any error, defamation, libel, slander, omission, falsehood, obscenity, pornography, profanity, danger or inaccuracy contained in any information within the Site or accessed through the Site. AALS also does not warrant that the functions or informational materials contained in or accessed or downloaded through our Site are free of computer viruses or other harmful components. In addition, although we make a good faith effort to update the content of our Site periodically, we do not have a duty to update information contained in our Site, and we will not be liable for any failure to update such information. The Site make no representation that information content provided on Site is applicable or appropriate for use in locations outside the United States. You agree to comply with all applicable laws and local rules regarding the transmission of technical data, acceptable contents and online conduct.

Indemnification

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold AALS, its affiliates and its representatives, harmless from and against any and all claims, damages, losses, costs (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) and other expenses that arise directly or indirectly out of or from (a) your breach of this agreement, including any violation of the Terms of Service; (b) any allegation that any Content or other materials you submit to us or transmit to the Site infringe or otherwise violate the copyright, trademark, trade secret or other intellectual property or other rights of any third party; and/or (c) your activities in connection with the Site.

Special Agreement on Fee-Shifting and Choice of Law

If you attempt to bring any legal action against AALS based in any way on its products or services, including the Site, you agree that, in the event you do not prevail or AALS does prevail, you will reimburse AALS for any costs and attorneys’ fees associated with their defense of the action. The use of the Site and any claim or dispute relating to the Site shall be governed by the laws of the District of Columbia, without regard to its conflicts of law principles. Exclusive venue for any claim shall be in the district, state and federal courts located in the District of Columbia. Use of the Site is unauthorized in any jurisdiction that does not affect all provisions of these Terms of Service, including without limitation this paragraph.

Severability

If any provision or portion of these Terms of Service is held in whole or in part to be unenforceable for any reason, the remainder of that provision and of the entire agreement will be severable and will remain in effect, to the fullest degree consistent with the intent of this document.