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Terms and Conditions/Privacy Policy

Website Use - www.gozdel.com 

Gozdecki, Del Giudice, Americus, Farkas & Brocato LLP, an Illinois limited liability partnership, headquartered at 1 E. Wacker Dr., Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60601 ( “Firm,” “we” or “us”), operates the website(s) located at www.gozdel.com ( “Website”).  By using the Website, you agree to comply with all of the terms, conditions and notices contained or referenced herein (the “Policy”).

BY USING THE WEBSITE, YOU ACCEPT THE POLICY AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY IT. YOUR REMEDY FOR DISSATISFACTION WITH THE WEBSITE OR ITS CONTENTS IS TO CEASE USING THE WEBSITE.

1. ACCESSING THE WEBSITE

You are responsible for any steps necessary for you to have access to the Website. We reserve the right to shut down or change the Website, and any service or material that we provide on the Website, in our sole discretion and without notice to you. We will not be liable if, for any reason, all or any part of the Website is unavailable at any time or for any period.

2. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

(a) The Website and its entire contents, features and functionality (including, but not limited to, all information, software, text, displays, images, video and audio, and the design, selection and arrangement thereof) are owned by the Firm, its clients and/or other providers of such material, and are protected by United States and international copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret and other intellectual property or proprietary rights laws. No right, title or interest in or to the Website or any content on the Website is transferred to you, and all rights not expressly granted, are reserved by the Firm.  You may only use the Website for your non-commercial use only.

(b) You must not reproduce, distribute, modify, create derivative works of, publicly display, publicly perform, republish, download, store or transmit any of the material on the Website.

(c) You may not: (i) use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences or any graphics separately from the accompanying text; or (ii) delete or alter any copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights notices from copies of materials from the Website; or (iii) access or use for any commercial purposes any part of the Website or any services or materials available through the Website.

(d) The Firm name, the Firm logo, and all related names, logos, product and service names, designs and slogans, are trademarks of the Firm. You may not use such marks without the prior written permission of the Firm.  All other names, logos, product and service names, designs and slogans on the Website are the trademarks of their respective owners.

3. MONITORING; TERMINATION OF ACCESS

We have the right to (a) monitor your use of the Website, (b) take appropriate legal action, including without limitation, referral to law enforcement, for any illegal or unauthorized use of the Website, and (c) terminate or suspend your access to all or part of the Website.

4. YOUR REPRESENTATIONS AND OBLIGATIONS

(a) You may use the Website only for lawful purposes and in accordance with this Policy.

(b) You promise that: (i) you are of the age of majority in your jurisdiction; (ii) you will not use the Website in any way that violates any applicable federal, state, local or international law or regulation; (iii) you will not impersonate or attempt to impersonate the Firm, a Firm employee, another user or any other person or entity; (iv) you will not do anything that could disable, overburden, damage, or impair the operation of the Website or interfere with any person’s use of the Website; (v) you will not use any robot, spider or other automatic program, device, process or means to access the Website for any unlawful purpose or in violation of this Policy; (vi) you will not introduce any malware, including but not limited to viruses, trojan horses, worms, logic bombs, rootkits or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful; (vii) you will not access or attempt to access data or files on the Website that you are not expressly authorized to access, and (vii) you will not co-brand or frame the Website without the express prior written permission of an authorized representative of the Firm.

5. COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

We take claims of copyright infringement seriously. We will respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement where appropriate. If you believe any materials accessible on or from the Website infringe your copyright, you may request removal of those materials (or access thereto) from the Website by submitting written notification to our Copyright Agent (designated below). In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. § 512) (“DMCA”), the written notice (the “DMCA Notice”) must include substantially the following:

  1. Your physical or electronic signature;
  2. Identification of the copyrighted work you believe to have been infringed or, if the claim involves multiple works on the Website, a representative list of such works;
  3. Identification of the material you believe to be infringing, in a sufficiently precise manner to allow us to locate that material;
  4. Adequate information by which we can contact you (including your name, postal address, telephone number and, if available, e-mail address);
  5. A statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted material is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law;
  6. A statement that the information in the written notice is accurate; and
  7. A statement, under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.

Our designated Copyright Agent to receive DMCA Notices is:

Earl E. Farkas, Esq.

1 E. Wacker Dr., Suite 1700

Chicago, IL 60601

Fax: 312-782-4324

If you fail to comply with all of the requirements of Section 512(c)(3) of the DMCA, your DMCA Notice may not be effective and may be disregarded in our sole discretion. If you knowingly misrepresent that material or activity on the Website is infringing your copyright, you may be legally liable for damages (including costs and legal fees).

6. RELIANCE ON INFORMATION/NO ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP

The information presented on or through the Website is made available to the public solely for general information purposes only. The information on this website does not constitute legal advice.  The Firm makes no representations or warranties whatsoever regarding the quality of the information.  We do not make any statements regarding the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of this information.  There may be errors and omissions on the Website or in its content.  Any reliance you place on such information is strictly at your own risk, and under no circumstances shall the Firm be liable for any loss suffered as a result of such reliance. The Website may include content provided by third parties, including materials provided by other users and third-party licensors. We are not responsible, or liable to you or any third-party, for the content or accuracy of materials provided by any third parties.

Viewing this Website or contacting the Firm via email or telephone does not create an attorney/client relationship. An attorney/client relationship can only be established after a conflict of interest evaluation is completed, you and the Firm have mutually agreed to enter into an attorney/client relationship, and you and the Firm have mutually entered into a retention agreement.

7. PRIVACY

The Firm’s policy is to respect and protect the privacy of our users.  The Firm does not collect personally identifiable information about individuals through the website except when such individuals specifically provide such information on a voluntary basis. 

Personally identifiable information on individual users will not be sold or otherwise transferred to unaffiliated third parties without the approval of the user at the time of collection, except in the event the Firm goes through a business transaction such as a merger, an acquisition by another company, or a sale of all or a portion of its assets to which this privacy policy relates.  In such event, personally identifiable information will likely be among the assets transferred and you will be notified via email and/or a prominent notice on our Website of such change in ownership or a change in the use of your personally identifiable information, as well as any choices you may have regarding your personally identifiable information. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur.

The Firm may disclose personally identifiable information in special cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) the Firm’s rights or property, other Firm’s users, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities. The Firm may disclose personally identifiable information when we believe in good faith that the law requires it.  Please note we may not provide you with notice prior to disclosure in such cases.

The Firm reserves the right to perform statistical analyses of user behavior and characteristics in order to measure interest in and use of the various areas of the site. Firm will provide only aggregated data from these analyses to third parties.

We may use personally identifiable information to communicate with you about our Terms and Conditions, and Privacy Policy, services and products of the Website and other topics we think might be interest to you.  Personally identifiable information collected by the Website may also be used for other purposes, including, but not limited to, site administration, troubleshooting, processing of e-commerce transactions, administration, and other communications with you.  Certain third parties who provide technical support for the operation of our site (our Web hosting service for example) may access such information.  We will use your information only as permitted by law.

Users also should be aware that non-personal information and data may be automatically collected through the standard operation of Firm’s internet servers or through the use of "cookies." Cookies are small text files a web site can use to recognize repeat users, facilitate the user's ongoing access to and use of the site and allow a site to track usage behavior and compile aggregate data that will allow content improvements and targeted advertising. Cookies are not programs that come onto a user's system and damage files. Generally, cookies work by assigning a unique number to the user that has no meaning outside the assigning site. Users should be aware that the Firm cannot or does not control the use of cookies or the resulting information by advertisers or third parties hosting data for Firm. 

If a user does not want information collected through the use of cookies, there is a simple procedure in most browsers that allows the user to deny or accept the cookie feature; however, users should note that cookies may be necessary to provide the user with certain features (e.g., customized delivery of information) available on the Firm’s site.

Upon request, the Firm will use reasonable efforts to allow users to update/correct personal information previously submitted which the user states is erroneous to the extent such activities will not compromise privacy or security interests. Also, upon a user's request, the Firm will use commercially reasonable efforts to functionally delete the user and his or her personal information from its database; however, it may be impossible to delete a user's entry without some residual information because of backups and records of deletions.

This site does not knowingly collect or solicit personally identifiable information from or about children under 13. If we discover we have received any information from a child under 13 in violation of this policy, we will delete that information immediately. If you believe this site has any information from or about anyone under 13, please contact us at the address listed above.

The foregoing policies are effective as of September 30, 2020. The Firm reserves the right to change this policy at any time by notifying users of the existence of a new privacy statement. This statement and the policies outlined herein are not intended to and do not create any contractual or other legal rights in or on behalf of any party.

By using this site, you signify your assent to the Firm’s Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use our site. The Firm reserves the right to change this policy at any time.  Your continued use of the Firm’s site following the posting of changes to these terms will mean you accept those changes.

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8. LINKS TO THIRD PARTY SITES

If the Website contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your convenience only. We have no control over the contents of such sites or resources, and accept no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them. If you decide to access any third-party websites linked to the Website, you do so entirely at your own risk and subject to the terms and conditions of use for such third-party websites.

9. LINKS TO THE WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA FEATURES

You may link to our homepage, but you may not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part (unless you have received the express written consent of the Firm).

Subject to the foregoing, you must not:

  • Establish a link from any website that is not owned by you;
  • Cause the Website or portions of them to be displayed, or appear to be displayed by, for example, framing, deep linking or in-line linking, on any other site;
  • Link to any part of the Website other than the homepage; or
  • Otherwise take any action with respect to the materials on the Website that is inconsistent with any other provision of this Policy.

The website from which you are linking, or on which you make certain content accessible, must comply in all respects with any content standards determined by the Firm in its sole discretion. You agree to cooperate with us in causing any unauthorized framing or linking to cease immediately. We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice. We may disable all or any social media features and any links at any time without notice in our sole discretion.

10. DISCLAIMERS

YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE, OR ITEMS OR INFORMATION OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE, IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE WEBSITE IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS, WITHOUT ANY PROMISES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. NEITHER THE FIRM NOR ANY PERSON ASSOCIATED WITH THE FIRM MAKES ANY PROMISE, WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION WITH RESPECT TO THE COMPLETENESS, SECURITY, RELIABILITY, QUALITY, ACCURACY OR AVAILABILITY OF THE WEBSITE. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, NEITHER THE FIRM NOR ANYONE ASSOCIATED WITH THE FIRM PROMISES, REPRESENTS OR WARRANTS THAT THE WEBSITE OR ITEMS OR INFORMATION OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE OR ANY PORTION THEREOF WILL BE ACCURATE, RELIABLE, ERROR-FREE OR UNINTERRUPTED, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, THAT THE WEBSITE OR THE SERVER THAT MAKES THEM AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS, OR THAT THE WEBSITE OR ITEMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE WILL OTHERWISE MEET YOUR NEEDS OR EXPECTATIONS. THE FIRM HEREBY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT AND FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

11. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL THE FIRM, ITS PARTNERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, OFFICERS OR OWNERS BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD-PARTY FOR ANY SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THOSE RESULTING FROM LOSS OF USE, LOSS OF DATA, OR LOSS OF PROFITS, WHETHER OR NOT WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF THE WEBSITE OR OF ANY WEBSITE REFERENCED OR LINKED TO FROM OUR WEBSITE. YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL CLAIMS AND DAMAGES RESULTING FROM THE MISUSE OF THE WEBSITE BY YOU.

12. CHANGES

We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to change the terms of this Policy at any time. Any changes are effective immediately upon posting to the Website. Your continued use of the Website constitutes your agreement to all such terms and conditions.

13. EQUITABLE RELIEF

You acknowledge that a breach of any proprietary rights provision of this Policy may cause the Firm irreparable damage, for which the award of damages would not be adequate compensation. Consequently, the Firm may institute an action to enjoin you from any and all acts in violation of those provisions, which remedy shall be cumulative and not exclusive, and the Firm may seek the entry of an injunction enjoining any breach or threatened breach of those provisions, in addition to any other relief to which the Firm may be entitled at law or in equity.

14. WAIVER AND AMENDMENT

No waiver of any right, obligation or default by the Firm shall be implied, but must be in writing, signed by an authorized agent of the Firm.  If the Firm fails to insist upon strict performance of your obligations under any of these terms and conditions, or if the Firm fails to exercise any of the rights or remedies to which it is entitled under this Policy, this will not constitute a waiver of such rights or remedies and will not relieve you from compliance with such obligations. No waiver by the Firm of any default will constitute a waiver of any subsequent default, and no waiver by the Firm of any of these terms and conditions will be effective unless it is expressly stated to be a waiver and is communicated to you in writing.

15. SEVERABILITY

If any provision of this Policy is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be contrary to law, such provision shall be changed and interpreted so as to best accomplish the objectives of the original provision to the fullest extent allowed by law and the remaining provisions of this Policy will remain in full force and effect.

16. GOVERNING LAW AND VENUE

This Policy shall be construed and governed by the laws of the State of Illinois, without regard to its principles of conflict of laws. You agree that any legal action or proceeding in connection with the Website, its contents, or this Policy shall be brought in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, or, if the jurisdictional prerequisites exist, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, and you expressly waive any objection to the jurisdiction or venue of such courts.

17. GEOGRAPHIC RESTRICTIONS

Software, functionality, and/or features (collectively, Downloadable Content), that may be available on or through the Website from time-to-time, may be subject to United States Export Controls. No Downloadable Content from the Website may be downloaded or exported (i) into (or to a resident of) Cuba, Libya, North Korea, Iraq, Iran, Syria, or any other country which the United States has embargoed goods or otherwise restricted the exportation of software; or (ii) by anyone on the United States Treasury Department's list of Specially Designated Nationals or the United States Commerce Department's Table of Deny Orders.  By downloading or using any Downloadable Content, you represent and warrant that you are not located in, under the control of, or a national or resident of any such country or on any such list. Although the Website may be accessible worldwide, we make no representation that the content on the Website is appropriate or available for use in locations outside the United States. Accessing the Website or its content from territories where such content is illegal is prohibited. Those who choose to access the Website from other locations do so at their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws. Any offer for any product, service, and/or information made in connection with the Website or its Content is void where prohibited.

18. COMPLETE UNDERSTANDING

This Policy, together with the documents expressly referred to herein, constitutes the sole and entire agreement between you and the Firm with respect to the Website and supersedes all prior and contemporaneous understandings, agreements, representations and warranties, both written and oral, with respect to the Website.  No representation, inducement, promise or agreement, oral or written has been made by the Firm or anyone acting on its behalf which is not contained herein.