IMPORTANT NOTICE: THIS AGREEMENT IS SUBJECT TO BINDING ARBITRATION AND A WAIVER OF CLASS ACTION RIGHTS AS DETAILED IN SECTION 15.
1. Acceptance of terms
Rival may issue additional terms, rules and conditions of participation in particular contests. For example, Rival may issue conditions as required by various state rules and regulations, which may impact your experience or participation on the Service. You agree to be subject to those additional rules if you participate in such contests.
You hereby represent and warrant that you are fully able and competent to enter into the terms, conditions, obligations, affirmations, representations and warranties set forth in these terms and to abide by and comply with these terms.
By depositing money or entering a contest, you are representing and warranting that:
If Rival, in its sole discretion, determines that you do not meet the eligibility requirements of this section, then you are not authorized to use the Service. Rival may require you to provide proof that you are eligible to participate according to this section prior to receiving a prize. This includes by requesting that you fill out an affidavit of eligibility or other verification information (as discussed in Section 4 below). If Rival otherwise determines that you do not meet the eligibility requirements of this section, in addition to any rights that Rival may have in law or equity, Rival reserves the right to terminate your account, withhold or revoke the awarding of any prizes associated with your account or limit your ability to withdraw. In such a situation, Rival may pay out any withheld or revoked prizes to the other entrants in the relevant contest in a manner consistent with the prize structure of the contest, to be precisely determined by Rival in its sole discretion.
Rival also reserves the right to withhold revoked prizes in compliance with its fraud prevention or anti-money laundering obligations. Rival employees may use the Service for the purpose of testing the user experience, but may not withdraw money or prizes except when playing in a private league. Relatives of Rival employees with whom they share a household are not eligible to participate in paid contests unless they are private contests with other Rival employees or household members. Rival consultants or promoters of the Service may play in contests without such limitation, but only if (i) their arrangement with Rival does not permit them to have any access to non-public Service data or any other data not made available to all players on the Service and (ii) they do not receive any other advantages in their play on the Service.
Employees or operators of other daily fantasy sites that charge entry fees or offer cash prizes, including but not limited to DraftKings and Yahoo, and individuals who, by virtue of affiliation with another daily fantasy site, have access to the site’s pre-release non-public confidential data about game-related information may not enter any contests in which a real money prize is awarded. If such person enters a Rival contest that awards prizes, Rival will disqualify the entry, will not award a prize, and may report such person’s violation of this provision to the daily fantasy site for which the entrant is employed by, operates or affiliated with. Additionally, Rival may maintain information about the entrant sufficient to assist Rival in blocking the user from entering future Rival contests, unless and until Rival determines, in its sole discretion, that the entrant is no longer an employee or operator of another daily fantasy site or no longer has access to pre-release non-public confidential data about game-related information by virtue of affiliation with a daily fantasy site.
Athletes, coaches and other team management, team support personnel (e.g. without limitation, team physicians) and team owners may not participate in any Rival contests in the sport or sports with which they’re associated. Team owners, referees, league employees, sports commissioners and other individuals who through an ownership interest or game-related employment can influence the gameplay are likewise ineligible.
Rival offers proactive tools and support meant to encourage healthy player behavior and deliver positive player experiences. We also allow qualified third parties, who have concerns about a player’s ability to manage his or her play, to request a limitation on that player’s use of Rival. You can learn more about our responsible play policies and tools on our Responsible Gambling page.
Rival is not affiliated with or sponsored by the National Football League, the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, or any other professional sporting bodies whose product may be featured in Rival’s games.
4. Conditions of participation
In order to participate in a contest on the Service, you must register for an account. By registering as a user of the Service, you agree to provide accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted (such information being the “Registration Data”) and maintain and promptly update the Registration Data to keep it accurate, current and complete. If you provide any information that is inaccurate, not current or incomplete, or Rival has reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is inaccurate, not current or incomplete, Rival may deny you access to areas requiring registration, or terminate your account, at its sole discretion.
You may establish, maintain, use and control only one account on the Service. Each account on the Service may only be owned, maintained, used and controlled by one individual. For avoidance of doubt, users may not “co-own” accounts on the Service. In the event Rival determines that you have opened, maintained, used or controlled more than one account, in addition to any other rights that Rival may have, Rival reserves the right to suspend or terminate any or all of your accounts and terminate, withhold or revoke the awarding of any prizes.
You agree that the sole and specific purpose of creating an account on Rival is to participate in fantasy sports contests on the Service. Rival shall be entitled to suspend, limit or terminate your account if we determine, in our sole discretion, that you are depositing funds without the intention of using them in contests on the Service. In such circumstances, we may also report such activity to relevant authorities.
In compliance with application states and/or federal law, Rival may prohibit users who are located in certain States (and certain Provinces in Canada). Rival makes use of geo-location software to identify such persons and will prevent any such persons from registering an account and/or using Rival’s services.
4.2 Account Password and Security
At the time of registration for online account access, you must provide a valid email address and supply a Username and Password to be used in conjunction with your account. You may not use a Username that promotes a commercial venture or a Username that Rival in its sole discretion deems offensive. Many portions of the Service require registration for access (the “Restricted Areas”). You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of Password, and are fully responsible for all uses of your Username and Password, whether by you or others. You agree to (a) never to use the same Password for the Service that you use or have ever used outside of the Service; (b) keep your Username and Password confidential and not share them with anyone else; (c) immediately notify Rival of any unauthorized use of your Username and Password or account or any other breach of security; and (d) use only your own Username and Password to access the Service’s Restricted Areas. Rival cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with this Section.
You acknowledge and agree that Rival is authorized to act on instructions received through the use of your Username and Password, and that Rival may, but is not obligated to, deny access or block any transaction made through use of your Username and Password without prior notice if we believe your Username and Password are being used by someone other than you, or for any other reason. Rival may require you to change your Username or may unilaterally change your Username.
4.3 Communications and Information Practices
As a result of your registration for the Service, you may receive certain commercial communications from Rival. You understand and agree that these communications are part of your registration, and that, to the extent required by law, you may opt out of receiving these communications at any time by either using the unsubscribe functionality or sending an email to [email protected]. Following such an opt-out, we may still communicate with you via email to the extent permitted by applicable law.
4.4 Disqualification and Cancellation
Rival also reserves the right to cancel contests, in our sole discretion, without any restrictions.
If for any reason the Service is not running as originally planned (e.g., if the Site becomes corrupted or does not allow the proper usage and processing of entries in accordance with the rules, or if infection by a computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, actions by entrants, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes of any kind, in the sole opinion of Rival corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Service), Rival reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual implicated in or relating to the cause and/or to cancel, terminate, extend, modify or suspend the Service, and select the winner(s) from all eligible entries received. If such cancellation, termination, modification or suspension occurs, notification may be posted on the Site.
The failure of Rival to comply with any provision of these Terms due to an act of God, hurricane, war, fire, riot, earthquake, terrorism, act of public enemies, actions of governmental authorities outside of the control of Rival (excepting compliance with applicable codes and regulations) or other force majeure event will not be considered a breach of these Terms.
4.5 Deposits and Withdrawals Generally
By depositing funds or entering paid contests, you agree to provide us with a valid mailing address, date of birth and social security number and any other information we may require in order to run appropriate identity checks and comply with applicable rules and regulations. If necessary, you may be required to provide appropriate documentation that allows us to verify you. While your account is pending verification, you may be able to deposit funds into your account and participate in contests, but you will not be able to withdraw any funds from your account until verification is complete. If we are unable to verify you, we reserve the right to suspend your account and withhold any funds until such time as we have been able to successfully verify you.
We also may conduct checks for Terms compliance, including anti-fraud checks on playing patterns and deposits prior to processing a withdrawal, and we may request additional information before permitting a withdrawal. Subject to such checks, you may close your account and withdraw your deposits and/or winnings at any time and for any reason.
Deposits, and player winnings after contests are finished, are held in a separate, segregated bank account by a subsidiary of Rival, Inc. These funds belong to you, subject to review for evidence of fraud, verification or other prohibited conduct as described above, and Rival may not use them to cover its operating expenses or for other purposes. Your withdrawals will be made from this segregated bank account, and checks issued from that account may bear the name of Rival’s subsidiary.
Rival may limit the amount a user can deposit into his or her account in accordance with state-imposed deposit limits.
In cases where you have participated in a promotion to receive a bonus or other benefit, you may be required to play through your deposit (by entering contests) whose total entry fees equal the value of the deposit to receive the entirety of such bonus.
Each year all winners who have won $600 or more over the previous year must provide updated address and social security details to Rival. These details will be used to allow Rival to comply with tax regulations and may be shared with appropriate tax authorities. You, not Rival, are responsible for filing and paying applicable state and federal taxes on any winnings. Rival does not provide tax advice, nor should any statements in this agreement or on the Service be construed as tax advice.
By agreeing to these Terms, you are consenting to electronic delivery of all informational tax forms such as Form 1099 and Form W-2G.
By entering a contest, you consent to Rival’s and its service providers’ and business partners’ use of your name, voice, likeness, location and photograph in connection with the development, production, distribution and/or exploitation (including marketing and promotion) of the selected contest and/or other Rival contests and Rival generally, unless otherwise prohibited by law. Rival Inc and its business partners reserve the right to make public statements about the entrants and winner(s), on-air, on the Internet, or otherwise, prior to, during, or following the contest. Entrants agree that Rival Inc may announce any winner’s name on-air or on any of its websites or any other location at any time in connection with the marketing and promotion of Rival or other contests or games operated by Rival Inc. You agree that participation in and (where applicable) the winning of a prize in connection with a contest constitute complete compensation for your obligations under this paragraph, and you agree not to seek to charge a fee or impose other conditions on the fulfillment of these obligations. The rules specific to certain contests may contain additional publicity obligations or may require a written signature on a separate publicity waiver.
5. Game Rules
5.1 Game of Skill
Rival is a game of skill. Winners are determined by the criteria stated in each contest’s rules. For each contest, winners are determined by the individuals who use their skill and knowledge of relevant professional sports information and fantasy sports rules to accumulate the most fantasy points. Fantasy points are accumulated through the performance of individual athletes in sports events.
5.2 Promotional Terms
First Deposit Bonus
1. Unless stated otherwise, this promotional offer is available to all First Time Depositors of Rival
2. A First Time Depositor means a new, genuine bona fide customer of Rival who makes a deposit.
3. An eligible First Time Depositor must be over 18 years of age or the age of consent for daily fantasy sports in your State (or Province) whichever is higher, and must have a valid account with Rival.
4. Rival shall refund any losses up to $50 for all genuine bona fide and eligible First Time Depositors. Losses eligible for a refund may be derived from any product available on Rival.
5. This promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion offered by Rival
6. Customers do not have to do anything to benefit from this promotional offer; as long as you meet the criteria of this promotional offer then the refund will be awarded to your account automatically.
7. The maximum number of times that this promotion can be taken advantage of is limited to one time per household/IP address.
8. Any sum refunded to a Customer may be withdrawn immediately, without any further requirement to use the products available on Rival.
9. Fraudulent entries will invalidate the right to benefit from this promotion.
10. Rival reserves the right to adjust or end the promotional offer at any time. In the event of the end to the promotional offer, all existing refunds due pursuant to this offer shall be honoured
12. The promoter of this promotion is Rival Group, Inc. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Customer Service by email: [email protected]
5.3 Entry fees
Each Rival contest has an entry fee listed in US dollars. When you opt to participate in a contest, that amount in US dollars will be debited from your Rival account. Then, follow the links and instructions provided for entry. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of the person submitting an entry, the entry will be deemed submitted by the person in whose Username the entry was submitted, or if possession of the Username itself is contested and in Rival’s opinion sufficiently uncertain, the name in which the email address on file was registered with the email service provider. Rival reserves the right not to award a prize to an individual it believes in its sole discretion did not submit the winning entry.
Users may cancel entries up to 15 minutes prior to game start. If you timely cancel an entry, your entry fee will be refunded back into your Rival account. Rival has no obligation to honor cancellation requests received within 15 minutes of or after game start. Similarly, contests lock when the first game starts and no more entries or lineup changes may be made at that time.
5.4 Contest Term
Rival offers contests for professional sports events generally taking place on a single day or at most a week.
After each contest ends, the tentative winners are announced (generally by the following day) but remain subject to final verification. The players in each contest who accumulate the most fantasy points and comply with eligibility requirements and applicable rules will win prizes as set out in the posted contest details. Prizes are added to the winning player’s account balance. In the event of a tie, the prize is divided evenly between the tied players, unless otherwise specified.
Prize calculations are based on the results as of the time when final scoring is tabulated by Rival. Once winners are initially announced by Rival, the scoring results will not be changed in light of official adjustments made by the professional leagues, though we reserve the right to make adjustments based on errors or irregularities in the transmission of information to us from our stats provider or in our calculation of results. We also may make adjustments in the event of noncompliance with the Terms. Rival has no obligation to delay the awarding of a prize in anticipation of any adjustment, and we reserve the right to reverse payments in the event of any adjustment. You agree to cooperate with our efforts to reverse payments.
No substitution or transfer of a prize is permitted. All taxes associated with the receipt or use of any prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. In the event that the awarding of any prizes to winners of the Contest is challenged by any legal authority, Rival reserves the right in its sole discretion to determine whether or not to award or adjust such prizes. In all disputes arising out of the determination of the winner of Rival contests, Rival Inc is the sole judge and its actions are final and binding.
Winners are generally posted on the Site after the conclusion of each contest by 10 AM ET on the following day. Winners may be requested to return via email or regular mail an affidavit of eligibility, a publicity agreement and appropriate tax forms by a specified deadline. Failure to comply with this requirement can result in disqualification. Any prize notification returned as undeliverable may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. In addition, a list of winners and winner’s names for each competition period may be obtained by writing to: [email protected]
As a condition of use, you promise not to use the Services for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these Terms, or any other purpose not reasonably intended by Rival. By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree not to:
6.1 User Content
You understand that all Content made available on the Service by a user (“User Content”), including but not limited to profile information and communications with other users, whether privately transmitted or made publicly available, is the sole responsibility of the person from which such User Content originated. This means that you, not Rival, are entirely responsible for all User Content that you upload, post, share, email, transmit, or otherwise make available via the Service. Under no circumstances will Rival be liable in any way for any User Content.
You acknowledge that Rival may or may not pre-screen User Content, but that Rival and its designees have the right (but not the obligation) in their sole discretion to pre-screen, refuse, permanently delete, undelete, modify and/or move any User Content available via the Service. Without limiting the foregoing, Rival and its designees shall have the right to remove any User Content that violates these Terms or is otherwise objectionable in Rival’s sole discretion. You understand that by using the Service, you may be exposed to User Content that you may consider to be offensive or objectionable. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use or disclosure of any User Content. You further acknowledge and agree that you bear the sole risk of reliance on any Content available on or through the Service.
With respect to User Content you submit or otherwise make available on or to the Service, you grant Rival an irrevocable, fully sub-licensable, perpetual, world-wide, royalty-free, non-exclusive license to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, publicly perform and publicly display such User Content (in whole or in part), and to incorporate such User Content into other works, in any format or medium now known or later developed.
You are solely responsible for your interactions with other users of the Service. Rival reserves the right, but has no obligation, to monitor disputes between you and other users.
8. Warranty disclaimers
You expressly understand and agree that your use of the Service is at your sole risk. The Service (including the Service and the Content) are provided on an “AS IS” and “as available” basis, without warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including, without limitation, implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or non-infringement. You acknowledge that Rival has no control over, and no duty to take any action regarding: which users gain access to or use the Service; what effects the Content may have on you; how you may interpret or use the Content; or what actions you may take as a result of having been exposed to the Content. You release Rival from all liability for you having acquired or not acquired Content through the Service. The Service may contain, or direct you to other websites containing information that some people may find offensive or inappropriate. Rival makes no representations concerning any Content contained in or accessed through the Service, and Rival will not be responsible or liable for the accuracy, copyright compliance, legality or decency of material contained in or accessed through the Service. Rival makes no representation that participation in paid entry fantasy sports contests is lawful under Texas state law.
9. Limitation on liability
YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOU ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR USE OF THE SITE AND SERVICE. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT ANY INFORMATION YOU SEND OR RECEIVE DURING YOUR USE OF THE SITE AND SERVICE MAY NOT BE SECURE AND MAY BE INTERCEPTED OR LATER ACQUIRED BY UNAUTHORIZED PARTIES. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE SITE AND SERVICE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. RECOGNIZING SUCH, YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, NEITHER RIVAL NOR ITS SUPPLIERS OR LICENSORS WILL BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY OR OTHER DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER TANGIBLE OR INTANGIBLE LOSSES OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY OR ANY OTHER THEORY (EVEN IF RIVAL HAD BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), RESULTING FROM THE SITE OR SERVICE; THE USE OR THE INABILITY TO USE THE SITE OR SERVICE; UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA; STATEMENTS OR CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY ON THE SITE OR SERVICE; ANY ACTIONS WE TAKE OR FAIL TO TAKE AS A RESULT OF COMMUNICATIONS YOU SEND TO US; ANY INCORRECT, ILLEGIBLE, MISDIRECTED, STOLEN, INVALID OR INACCURATE ENTRY INFORMATION; HUMAN ERRORS; TECHNICAL MALFUNCTIONS; FAILURES, INCLUDING PUBLIC UTILITY OR TELEPHONE OUTAGES; OMISSIONS, INTERRUPTIONS, LATENCY, DELETIONS OR DEFECTS OF ANY DEVICE OR NETWORK, PROVIDERS, OR SOFTWARE (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THOSE THAT DO NOT PERMIT AN ENTRANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SERVICE); ANY INJURY OR DAMAGE TO COMPUTER EQUIPMENT; INABILITY TO FULLY ACCESS THE SITE OR SERVICE OR ANY OTHER WEBSITE; THEFT, TAMPERING, DESTRUCTION, OR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO, OR ALTERATION OF, ENTRIES, IMAGES OR OTHER CONTENT OF ANY KIND; DATA THAT IS PROCESSED LATE OR INCORRECTLY OR IS INCOMPLETE OR LOST; TYPOGRAPHICAL, PRINTING OR OTHER ERRORS, OR ANY COMBINATION THEREOF; OR ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO THE SITE OR SERVICE. NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY CONTAINED HEREIN, RIVAL’S LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ANY CAUSE WHATSOEVER AND REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF THE ACTION, WILL AT ALL TIMES BE LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT PAID, IF ANY, BY YOU TO RIVAL FOR GENERAL USE OF THE SITE OR SERVICE DURING THE TERM OF YOUR REGISTRATION FOR THE SITE, NOT INCLUDING ANY ENTRY FEES FOR CONTESTS COMPLETED PRIOR TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES GIVING RISE TO THE CLAIM.
Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of certain warranties or the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages. Accordingly, some of the above limitations may not apply to you.
10. Our proprietary rights
All title, ownership and intellectual property rights in and to the Service are owned by Rival or its licensors. You acknowledge and agree that the Service contains proprietary and confidential information that is protected by applicable intellectual property and other laws. Except as expressly authorized by Rival, you agree not to copy, modify, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute, perform, display or create derivative works based on the Service, in whole or in part.
The Service provides, or third parties may provide, links to other World Wide Web sites, applications or resources. Because Rival has no control over such sites, applications and resources, you acknowledge and agree that Rival is not responsible for the availability of such external sites, applications or resources, and does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products or other materials on or available from such sites or resources. You further acknowledge and agree that Rival shall 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 such content, goods or services available on or through any such site or resource.
12. Termination and suspension
Rival may terminate or suspend all or part of the Service and your Rival account immediately, without prior notice or liability, if you breach any of the terms or conditions of the Terms. Upon termination of your account, your right to use the Service will immediately cease. If you wish to terminate your Rival account, you may contact us via email on [email protected] with a note to say you wish to terminate your account.
The following provisions of the Terms survive any termination of these Terms: CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION (except for Registration and Account Password and Security); GAME RULES (only Bonuses and Promotions); CONDUCT (only User Content); INDEMNITY; WARRANTY DISCLAIMERS; LIMITATION ON LIABILITY; OUR PROPRIETARY RIGHTS; LINKS; TERMINATION; NO THIRD PARTY BENEFICIARIES; BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER; GENERAL INFORMATION.
If your account is subject to a suspension, you must respect the restrictions and limitations imposed on your account as part of the suspension, and you should communicate with Rival regarding restoration of your account only via [email protected].
13. No third party beneficiaries
You agree that, except as otherwise expressly provided in these Terms, there shall be no third party beneficiaries to the Terms.
14. Notice and procedure for making claims of copyright infringement
Rival may, in appropriate circumstances and at its discretion, disable and/or terminate the accounts of users who infringe the intellectual property of others. If you believe that your copyright or the copyright of a person on whose behalf you are authorized to act has been infringed, please contact Rival by email on [email protected] providing the following information:
15. Binding arbitration and class action waiver
PLEASE READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY – IT MAY SIGNIFICANTLY AFFECT YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS, INCLUDING YOUR RIGHT TO FILE A LAWSUIT IN COURT.
15.1 Initial Dispute Resolution
Our Customer Support Department is available by email – [email protected] to address any concerns you may have regarding the Service. Our Customer Service Department can resolve most concerns quickly to our players’ satisfaction. The parties shall use their best efforts through this Customer Service process to settle any dispute, claim, question, or disagreement and engage in good faith negotiations which shall be a condition to either party initiating a lawsuit or arbitration. Failure to engage in this process could result in the award of fees against you in arbitration.
15.2 Binding Arbitration
If the parties do not reach an agreed upon solution within a period of 30 days from the time informal dispute resolution begins under the Initial Dispute Resolution provision, then either party may initiate binding arbitration as the sole means to resolve claims, subject to the terms set forth below. Specifically, all claims arising out of or relating to these Terms (including their formation, performance and breach), the parties’ relationship with each other and/or your use of the Service shall be finally settled by binding arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) in accordance with the provisions of its Procedures, excluding any rules or procedures governing or permitting class or representative actions.
Except as set forth in Section 15.5, the arbitrator, and not any federal, state or local court or agency, shall have exclusive authority to resolve all disputes arising out of or relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability or formation of these Terms, including, but not limited to any claim that all or any part of these Terms are void or voidable, whether a claim is subject to arbitration, and any dispute regarding the payment of AAA administrative or arbitrator fees (including the timing of such payments and remedies for nonpayment). The arbitrator shall be empowered to grant whatever relief would be available in a court under law or in equity. The parties agree that the arbitrator may allow the filing of dispositive motions if they are likely to efficiently resolve or narrow issues in dispute. The arbitrator’s award shall be written, and binding on the parties and may be entered as a judgment in any court of competent jurisdiction. No arbitration award or decision will have any preclusive effect as to issues or claims in any dispute with anyone who is not a named party to the arbitration.
Any arbitration demand or counterclaim asserted by either party must contain sufficient information to provide fair notice to the other party of the asserting party’s identity, the claims being asserted, and the factual allegations on which they are based. The arbitrator may require amendment of any demand or counterclaim that does not satisfy these requirements. The arbitrator has the right to impose sanctions in accordance AAA Rules for any claims the arbitrator determines to be frivolous or improper (under the standard set forth in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11).
The parties agree that AAA has discretion to modify the amount or timing of any administrative or arbitration fees due under AAA Rules where it deems appropriate, provided that such modification does not increase the costs to you, and you waive any objection to such fee modification. The parties also agree that a good-faith challenge by either party to the fees imposed by AAA does not constitute a default, waiver, or breach of this Section 15 while such challenge remains pending before AAA, the arbitrator, and/or a court of competent jurisdiction.
The parties understand that, absent this mandatory provision, they would have the right to sue in court and have a jury trial. They further understand that, in some instances, the costs of arbitration could exceed the costs of litigation and the right to discovery may be more limited in arbitration than in court.
Arbitration will take place in either Washington, DC or Philadelphia, PA.
15.4 Class Action Waiver
The parties further agree that any arbitration shall be conducted in their individual capacities only and not as a class action or other representative action, and the parties expressly waive their right to file a class action or seek relief on a class basis. YOU AND RIVAL AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING. If there is a final judicial determination that applicable law precludes enforcement of this Paragraph’s limitations as to a particular remedy, then that remedy (and only that remedy) must be severed from the arbitration and may be sought in court. The parties agree, however, that any adjudication of remedies not subject to arbitration shall be stayed pending the outcome of any arbitrable claims and remedies.
15.5 Exception – Litigation of Intellectual Property and Small Claims Court Claims
Notwithstanding the parties’ decision to resolve all disputes through arbitration, either party may bring an action in state or federal court to protect its intellectual property rights (“intellectual property rights” means patents, copyrights, moral rights, trademarks, and trade secrets, but not privacy or publicity rights). Either party may also elect to have disputes or claims resolved in a small claims court that are within the scope of that court’s jurisdiction. Either party may also seek a declaratory judgment or other equitable relief in a court of competent jurisdiction regarding whether a party’s claims are time-barred or may be brought in small claims court in your state and county of residence. Seeking such relief shall not waive a party’s right to arbitration under this agreement.
15.6 30-Day Right to Opt Out
You have the right to opt-out and not be bound by the arbitration and class action waiver provisions set forth above by sending written notice of your decision to opt-out to the following address: Rival Group Inc., 8 The Green, Ste B, Dover, Delaware, 19901, USA with a copy by email to: [email protected]. The notice must be sent within 30 days of 08/20/2020 or your first use of the Service, whichever is later, otherwise you shall be bound to arbitrate disputes in accordance with the terms of those paragraphs. If you opt-out of these arbitration provisions, Rival also will not be bound by them.
15.7 Changes to this Section
Rival will provide 30 days’ notice of any changes to this section. Changes will become effective on the 30th day. If you continue to use the site after the 30th day, you agree that any unfiled claims of which Rival does not have actual notice are subject to the revised clause.
For any dispute not subject to arbitration you and Rival agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of and venue in the federal and state courts located in Delaware. You further agree to accept service of process by mail, and hereby waive any and all jurisdictional and venue defenses otherwise available.
The Terms and the relationship between you and Rival shall be governed by the laws of the State of Delaware without regard to conflict of law provisions.
16. GENERAL INFORMATION
16.1 Entire Agreement
These Terms (and any additional terms, rules and conditions of participation in particular contests that Rival may post on the Service) constitute the entire agreement between you and Rival with respect to the Service and supersedes any prior agreements, oral or written, between you and Rival. In the event of a conflict between these Terms and the additional terms, rules and conditions of participation in particular contests, the latter will prevail over the Terms to the extent of the conflict.
16.2 Waiver and Severability of Terms
The failure of Rival to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the Terms shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of the Terms is found by an arbitrator or court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the arbitrator or court should endeavor to give effect to the parties’ intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Terms remain in full force and effect.
16.3 Statute of Limitations
You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to the use of the Service or the Terms must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.
16.4 Section Titles
The section titles in the Terms are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect.
Users with questions, complaints or claims with respect to the Service may contact us using the relevant contact information set forth above.
16.6 Account Inactivity Fee
If your Rival account has no activity for twenty-four (24) months, it will be considered inactive. Rival will assess a fee of $2.99 per month on all inactive accounts until the account is reactivated by entering a contest, making a deposit, or withdrawing funds. Rival will provide all users subject to an inactivity fee with at least thirty (30) days’ notice prior to deducting any fees.
If your account remains inactive for the amount of time specified by applicable state law, usually between thirty-six (36) and sixty (60) months, it will be considered abandoned. Once an account is abandoned, Rival is required by state law to remit the abandoned funds to the appropriate state agency as unclaimed property. Rival may also charge additional fees associated with the delivery of abandoned funds to the applicable state agency.
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