Terms

Agreement between the User and Akoma Connect, LLC

 

  1. Terms and Conditions. Welcome to Blackpeoplewithdisibilitiesconnect.com (hereafter referenced as BPWDconnect.com), operated by Akoma Connect, LLC (the “Company”).  By utilizing the website or any other website that is offered by the Company to you conditioned on your acceptance without modification of the terms, conditions, and notices contained herein (the “Terms”). These Terms governs the use of BPWDconnect.com and any other Site by the Company constitutes an agreement to all such Terms. Please read these terms carefully, and keep a copy of them for your reference. If you register as a member with our website, we will ask you to expressly agree to these terms of use.

 

  1. Privacy Policy. Please read the Company Privacy Policy, which governs the Site and Services, and Use. If you do not accept and agree with the terms, do not use the website or the service

 

  1. Copyright. The content, organization, graphics, design, and other matters related to the Site are protected under applicable copyrights and other proprietary laws, including but not limited to intellectual property laws. The copying, reproduction, use, modification or publication by you of any such matters or any part of the Site is strictly prohibited, without our express prior written permission.

 

Notice of claims of copyright infringement should be provided to the Company’s Copyright Agent cagent@bpwdconnect.com or the following address:

 

Copyright Agent

c/oAkoma Connect, LLC

P.O. Box 637

Glenn Dale, MD 20769

 

  1. Deleting and Modification. We reserve the right in our sole discretion, without any obligation and without any notice requirement to you, to edit or delete any documents, information or other content appearing on the Site, including this Agreement.

 

  1. Limits. All responsibility or liability for any damages caused by viruses contained within the electronic file containing the form or document is disclaimed. We will not be liable to you for any incidental, special or consequential damages of any kind that may result from use of or inability to use the site.

 

  1. Third-Party Website. All rules, terms and conditions, other policies (including privacy policies) and operating procedures of third-party linked websites will apply to you while on such websites. We are not responsible for the content, accuracy or opinions express in such Websites, and such Websites are not investigated, monitored or checked for accuracy or completeness by us. Inclusion of any linked Website on our Site does not imply approval or endorsement of the linked Website by us. This Site and the third-party linked websites are independent entities and neither party has authority to make any representations or commitments on behalf of the other. If you decide to leave our Site and access these third-party linked sites, you do so at your own risk. From time to time, the Company may make third party opinions, advice, statements, offers, or other third party information or content available on the Website and/or through the Service (“Third Party Content”). All Third Party Content is the responsibility of the respective authors thereof and should not necessarily be relied upon. Such third party authors are solely responsible for such content. THE COMPANY DOES NOT: (I) GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, OR USEFULNESS OF ANY THIRD PARTY CONTENT ON THE WEBSITE OR PROVIDED THROUGH THE SERVICE OR (II) ADOPT, ENDORSE OR ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ACCURACY OR RELIABILITY OF ANY OPINION, ADVICE, OR STATEMENT MADE BY ANY PARTY THAT APPEARS ON THE WEBSITE OR SERVICE. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL THE COMPANY OR ITS AFFILIATES BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE RESULTING FROM YOUR RELIANCE ON INFORMATION OR OTHER CONTENT POSTED ON THE WEBSITE OR SERVICE, OR TRANSMITTED TO OR BY ANY MEMBERS.

 

  1. Third-Party Products and Services. We advertise third-party linked websites from which you may purchase or otherwise obtain certain sample goods, freebie offerings or free trial services. You understand that we do not operate or control the products, free offerings or services offered by third-party linked websites. Third-party linked websites are responsible for all aspects of order processing, fulfillment, billing and customer service. We are not a party to the transactions entered into between you and third-party linked websites. You agree that use of such third-party linked websites is at your sole risk and is without warranties of any kind by us, expressed, implied or otherwise. Under no circumstances are we liable for any damages arising from the transactions between you and third-party linked websites or for any information appearing on third-party linked websites or any other site linked to or from our site. In addition to the Section 6 and other provisions of this Agreement, any advice that may be posted on the Website or through the Service is for informational and entertainment purposes only and is not intended to replace or substitute for any professional financial, medical, legal, or other advice. The Company makes no representations or warranties and expressly disclaims any and all liability concerning any treatment, action by, or effect on any person following the information offered or provided within or through the Website or Service. If you have specific concerns or a situation arises in which you require professional or medical advice, you should consult with an appropriately trained and qualified specialist.

 

 

  1. Indemnification. You agree to indemnify, defend and hold us, our officers, our shareholders, our partners, attorneys and employees harmless from any and all liability, loss, damages, claim and expense, including reasonable attorney's fees, related to your violation of this Agreement or use of the Site.

 

  1. Eligibility. You agree that you are at least 18 years of age to access and use the Service. You must also be single or separated from your spouse to use the Service. Any use of the Service is void where prohibited. By accessing and using the Website, you represent and warrant that you have the right, authority and capacity to enter into this Agreement and to abide by all of the terms and conditions of this Agreement. If you become a Member, you represent and warrant that you have never been convicted of a felony and that you are not required to register as a sex offender with any government entity. Using the Service may be prohibited or restricted in certain countries. If you use the Service from outside of the United States, you are responsible for complying with the laws and regulations of the territory from which you access or use the Website or Service.

 

  1. Billing Your Account. The Company bills you through a credit card account (your “Billing Account”) for use of the Service. You agree to pay the Company all charges at the prices you agreed to for any use of the Service by you or other persons (including your agents) using your Billing Account, and you authorize the Company to charge your chosen payment provider (your “Payment Method”) for the Service. You agree to make payment using that selected Payment Method. The Company may correct any billing errors or mistakes that it makes even if it has already requested or received payment for your Service/Membership you made with the Company on the Website when becoming a Member or subscribing to the Service. The terms of your payment will be based on your Payment Method and may be determined by agreements between you and the financial institution, credit card issuer or other provider of your chosen Payment Method. Your subscription will continue indefinitely until cancelled by you. After your initial subscription commitment period, and again after any subsequent subscription period, your subscription will automatically continue for an additional equivalent period, at the price you agreed to when subscribing. You agree that your account will be subject to this automatic renewal feature. If you do not wish your account to renew automatically, or if you want to change or terminate your subscription, please log in and follow the instructions on the Website and follow the directions. If you cancel your subscription, you may use your subscription until the end of your then-current subscription term; your subscription will not be renewed after your then-current term expires. However, you won’t be eligible for a prorated refund of any portion of the subscription fee paid for the then-current subscription period. By subscribing, you authorize the Company to charge your Payment Method now and again at the beginning of any subsequent subscription period. You also authorize the Company to charge you for any sales or similar taxes that may be imposed on your subscription payments. Upon the renewal of your subscription, if the Company does not receive payment from your Payment Method provider, (i) you agree to pay all amounts due on your Billing Account upon demand, and/or (ii) you agree that the Company may either terminate or suspend your subscription and continue to attempt to charge your Payment Method provider until payment is received (upon receipt of payment, your account will be activated and for purposes of automatic renewal, your new subscription commitment period will begin as of the day payment was received). You must provide current, complete and accurate information for your Billing Account. You must promptly update all information to keep your Billing Account current, complete and accurate (such as a change in billing address, card number or expiration date), and you must promptly notify the Company if your Payment Method is canceled (including if you lose your card or it is stolen), or if you become aware of a potential breach of security (such as an unauthorized disclosure or use of your name or password). Changes to such information can be made at “Billing Information” on the Website. If you fail to provide the Company any of the foregoing information, you agree that you are responsible for fees accrued under your Billing Account. In addition, you authorize us to obtain updated or replacement expiration dates and card numbers for you credit or debit card as provided by your credit or debit card issuer.

 

  1. Refunds  BPWDconnect.com has a no refund policy. BPWDconnect.com services are billed in advanced for the selected period of time. When you cancel your subscription you will be able to use all premium services until your current subscription has expired. When the expiration date passes, your account will be downgraded to the FREE version of BPWDconnect.com. There is no formal early termination fee when you cancel your BPWDconnect.com account, but you will not be eligible for a refund when you cancel no matter how many months you’ve paid for in advance. You forfeit all monies paid when you cancel your subscription.
     
  2. Company Termination of Membership. The Service may be terminated by the Company at any time, with or without cause. In such event, you agree to be personally liable for all charges incurred by you during or through the use of "Service".  You shall remain liable for such charges after termination of you access rights to "Service" for any reason.

 

  1. Membership/Subscription Termination. You may terminate your Membership/Subscription to BPWD at any time, and without cause, upon notification of the other by electronic or conventional mail, or by following the instructions on the BPWDconnect.com website. You agree to be personally liable for all charges incurred by you during or through the use of "Service" until the Company receives proper notice of your cancellation and cancellation will be effective at the end of the then current month of your membership. Your liability for such charges shall continue after termination of your membership for any reason.

 

  1. Notice. The Company may provide you with notices, including those regarding changes to this Agreement, using any reasonable communications means including by email, regular mail, SMS, MMS, text message or postings on the Website. Such notices may not be received if you violate this Agreement by accessing the Service in an unauthorized manner. You agree that you are deemed to have received any and all notices that would have been delivered had you accessed the Service in an authorized manner.

 

  1. Disclaimers. You acknowledge and agree that the Company is not responsible for and shall not have any liability, directly or indirectly, for any loss or damage, including personal injury or death, as a result of or alleged to be the result of (i) any incorrect or inaccurate Content posted on the Website or provided in connection with the Service, whether caused by users of the Website or Service, including Members, or any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Website or Service; (ii) the timeliness, deletion or removal, incorrect delivery or failure to store any Content, communications or personalization settings; (iii) the conduct, whether online or offline, of any user of the Website or Member of the Service; (iv) any error, omission or defect in, interruption, deletion, alteration, delay in operation or transmission, theft or destruction of, or unauthorized access to, any user or Member communications; or (v) any problems, failure or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of email or players on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or combination thereof, including injury or damage to users and/or Members or to any other person's computer related to or resulting from participating or downloading materials in connection with the Web and/or in connection with the Service. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT ALLOWED BY APPLICABLE LAW, THE COMPANY PROVIDES THE WEBSITE AND THE SERVICE ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS AND GRANTS NO WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE WITH RESPECT TO THE SERVICE OR THE WEBSITE (INCLUDING ALL CONTENT CONTAINED THEREIN), INCLUDING (WITHOUT LIMITATION) ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF SATISFACTORY QUALITY, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. THE COMPANY DOES NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT THE WEBSITE OR SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE, SECURE OR THAT ANY DEFECTS OR ERRORS ON THE WEBSITE OR IN THE SERVICE WILL BE CORRECTED. ANY MATERIAL DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF THE SERVICE OR WEBSITE IS ACCESSED AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK, AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR AND HEREBY WAIVE ANY AND ALL CLAIMS AND CAUSES OF ACTION WITH RESPECT TO ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM, INTERNET ACCESS, DOWNLOAD OR DISPLAY DEVICE, OR LOSS OR CORRUPTION OF DATA THAT RESULTS OR MAY RESULT FROM THE DOWNLOAD OF ANY SUCH MATERIAL. IF YOU DO NOT ACCEPT THIS LIMITATION OF LIABILITY, YOU ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO DOWNLOAD OR OBTAIN ANY MATERIAL THROUGH THE SERVICE OR WEBSITE.

 

  1. Background Checks. The Company does not screen members for criminal backgrounds. You are responsible for any criminal background checks and the Company is not liable for criminal incidents from members and subscribers.  On the website, under the Resources Section, the Company lists a number of agencies that provide background check and links to those agencies.

 

  1. Limitation on Liability. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT ALLOWED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT WILL THE COMPANY, ITS AFFILIATES, BUSINESS PARTNERS, LICENSORS OR SERVICE PROVIDERS BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PERSON FOR ANY INDIRECT, RELIANCE, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OR CORRUPTION OF DATA OR PROGRAMS, SERVICE INTERRUPTIONS AND PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE SERVICES, EVEN IF THE COMPANY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY CONTAINED HEREIN, THE COMPANY'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 THE COMPANY FOR THE SERVICE DURING THE TERM OF MEMBERSHIP. YOU AGREE THAT REGARDLESS OF ANY STATUTE OR LAW TO THE CONTRARY, ANY CLAIM OR CAUSE OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO USE OF THE WEBSITE OR SERVICE OR THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT MUST BE FILED WITHIN ONE YEAR AFTER SUCH CLAIM OR CAUSE OF ACTION AROSE OR BE FOREVER BARRED.

 

  1. Disputes. In the case of any disputes, the Company would like to reach an agreement before any arbitration activities begin. Please forward your complaint to at Akoma Connect, LLC, c/o Disputes, 5104 Aldershot Drive, Lanham, MD 20706, or contact us at 301-661-2348

 

  1. Arbitrator and Rules.  The Company utilizes the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), a non-profit organization that is not affiliated with the Company for arbitration.. For information and the arbitration process of the AAA, please visit its website, http://www.adr.org. Information about the AAA’s rules and fees for consumer disputes can be found at the AAA’s consumer arbitration page, http://www.adr.org/consumer_arbitration.

 

  1. Discovery and Confidentiality. Each party may request relevant, non-privileged documents from the other party; and request that the other party provide the particulars of its claims or defenses. Please review AAA policies regarding the discovery process and terms for discovery on their website  http://www.adr.org. Upon You and the Company’s request, the arbitrator will issue an order requiring that confidential information of You and the Company disclosed during the arbitration process and this information may not be used or disclosed except in connection with the arbitration or a proceeding to enforce the arbitration award and that any permitted filing of confidential information must be done under seal. The arbitrator shall delivery this communication in documents or orally.

 

  1. Arbitration Award. The arbitrator’s decision may not contain an award of attorneys’ fees against a party except upon an express and reasoned finding by the arbitrator. You and the Company will be rendered a written decision within 14 days after the hearing or, if no hearing was held, within 30 days after any rebuttal or supplemental statements are due. If the decision specifies, relief a description of the awarded will provide and contains a brief statement of the reasons for the award. The Company MAY seek reimbursement of its attorney fees.

 

  1. Arbitrator Communications. When communicating with the arbitrator, the parties must include each other information on the request. These should include all correspondence, e-mails, telephone calls, etc. All communications with the arbitrator will take place by telephone conference call or email.

 

  1. Starting the Arbitration Process. The Company follows the AAA rules and fees for consumer disputes can be found at http://www.adr.org/consumer_arbitration and http://www.adr.org/aaa/ShowPDF?doc=ADRSTG_004401.

 

  1. Arbitration Fees. You and The Company are responsible for paying their portion of the fees set forth in the AAA’s fee schedule for consumer disputes. If you believe you cannot afford the AAA’s fee, you may apply to the AAA for a fee waiver.

 

  1. Reasons for Default. If you or the Company fails to respond to a claim or counterclaim within the time prescribed by the AAA Rules; or materially fails to participate in the arbitration process by failing to submit information necessary to select an arbitrator, respond to discovery requests in a timely and complete fashion, appear at conferences or the hearing. If you or the Company default the arbitrator shall enter an award in favor of the non-defaulting party and against the defaulting party.