Last Updated: January 1, 2015
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THESE TERMS CONTAIN DISCLAIMERS OF WARRANTIES (SECTION 12), DISCLAIMERS OF LIABILITY (SECTION 13), AS WELL AS A BINDING ARBITRATION CLAUSE AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER THAT AFFECT YOUR RIGHTS FOR RESOLVING ANY DISPUTE WITH US (SECTION 15).
1. CHANGES TO THE SITE
We expressly reserve the right to make any changes that we deem appropriate from time to time to the Site or to any information, text, data, databases, graphics, images, sound recordings, video materials, audio clips, logos, software, features, services, and other materials within the Site (all such materials, and any compilation, collection, or arrangement thereof, the “Content”).
2. LICENSE TO ACCESS AND USE
2.1 You may access and use this Site only for your personal use (or, if accessing the Site on behalf of a Company, only your Company’s own internal use). Any other access to or use of the Site or the Content constitutes a violation of these Terms and may violate applicable copyright, trademark, or other laws. We make no representation that the Site or Content is appropriate or available for use in locations other than the United States. If you choose to access this Site from locations other than in the United States, you do so at your own initiative, at your own risk, and are responsible for complying with applicable local laws.
2.2 You may not access, use, or copy any portion of the Site or of the Content through the use of bots, spiders, scrapers, web crawlers, indexing agents, or other automated devices or mechanisms. You agree not to remove or modify any copyright notice or trademark legend, author attribution, or other notice placed on or contained within any of the Content. Except as expressly authorized by us in writing, in no event will you reproduce, redistribute, duplicate, copy, sell, resell, or exploit for any commercial purpose any portion of the Site or the Content or any access to or use of the Site or the Content.
2.3 You represent and agree that all information that you provide to us in connection with your access to and use of the Site is true, accurate, and complete to the best of your knowledge and belief. You represent that you are at least 18 years of age.
4. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
You understand and agree that we own, or (where applicable) we have licensed or obtained from third parties, all right, title, and interest in and to the Site and all of the Content. You acknowledge and agree that the Content constitutes valuable intellectual property and proprietary information of DineEquity or its licensors and content providers that is protected by applicable laws, and treaties of the United States and other countries, and that you acquire no ownership interest by accessing or using the Site or the Content. Such intellectual property and proprietary rights may include, but are not limited to, copyrights, trademarks and service marks, trade dress, and trade secrets, and all such rights are the property of DineEquity or its licensors and content providers.
5. COPYRIGHT POLICY
If you are a copyright owner who believes in good faith that your copyrighted material has been reproduced, posted or distributed on the Site in a manner that constitutes copyright infringement, please inform our designated copyright agent by sending written notice by U.S. Mail to:
Attention: Compliance Director – DMCA Copyright Agent
450 N. Brand Blvd., 7th Floor
Glendale, CA 91203
or by email to: [email protected](opens new window)
Please include the following information in your written notice: (i) your contact information, including your name, address, telephone number, and email address; (ii) identification and description of each copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed; (iii) the exact URL or location of the material that you claim is infringing; (iv) a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; (v) an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest; and (vi) a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owners.
6. TERMINATION OF ACCESS
6.1 DineEquity reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate your access to all or part of the Site, without notice or liability, for any reason, including, but not limited to: (a) the unauthorized use of any username or password; or (b) the breach of any agreement between you and DineEquity, including, without limitation, these Terms. Following any such termination of access, you will continue to be bound hereunder to the fullest extent applicable.
6.2 Upon being notified that your access is terminated, you must destroy any materials you have obtained from the Site. You may not access the Site after your access is terminated without our written approval. After terminating your access, DineEquity will retain all rights, including all intellectual property rights, proprietary rights, and licenses retained in these Terms, and the limitations upon your use and treatment of Content will remain in full force.
7. USER CONDUCT
In connection with your access and use of the Site and that of any person authorized by you to access and use the Site, you are responsible for complying with all applicable laws, regulations, and policies of all relevant jurisdictions, including all applicable local rules regarding online conduct. Not in limitation of the previous sentence, in connection with your use of the Site, neither you nor the Company may cause or permit any person to do any of the following:
8.1 By disclosing or offering any information to us, including comments, computer files, software, documents, images, graphics, or other information (each, a “Submission”), either through your use of the Site or otherwise, you authorize DineEquity to make such copies thereof as we deem necessary, including to facilitate the posting and storage of the Submission on the Site. By making a Submission, you automatically grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to DineEquity an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, royalty-free, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, adapt, publish, publicly perform, publicly display, reformat, translate, excerpt (in whole or in part) and distribute such Submission for any purpose, commercial, advertising, or otherwise, on or in connection with the Site or the promotion thereof, to prepare derivative works of, or incorporate into other works, such Submission, and to grant and authorize sublicenses of the foregoing.
8.2 By making a Submission, you represent that (a) you have all requisite rights to, and are authorized to disclose, all of the information contained in the Submission, and (b) the Submission does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity. You are fully responsible for any Submission you make and for the legality, reliability, appropriateness, and originality thereof.
8.3 DineEquity has the right (though not the obligation) to, in DineEquity’s sole discretion, refuse to display or remove any Submission appearing on the Site that, in DineEquity’s reasonable opinion, violates any DineEquity policy or is in any way harmful or objectionable.
DineEquity takes such commercially reasonable measures as it deems appropriate to secure and protect information transmitted to and from the Site. Nevertheless, we cannot and do not guarantee that any such transmissions are or will be totally secure. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any information about you, including any username and any password used in connection with your use of the Site. You agree to notify DineEquity immediately if you discover loss or access to such information by another party not under your control and supervision. DineEquity will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from the unauthorized use of your username or password.
10.1 This Site may include hyperlinks to other websites which are not maintained by DineEquity. We are not responsible for the content of such external websites and we make no representations whatsoever concerning the content or accuracy of, opinions expressed in, or other links provided by such websites. The inclusion of any hyperlink to external websites does not imply endorsement by DineEquity of those websites or any products or services referred to therein. The terms of service and privacy policies applicable to external websites may be different from those applicable to our Site. If you decide to access any external website through a link within our Site, you do so entirely at your own risk, and DineEquity will have no liability for any loss or damage arising from your access or use of any external website. Since DineEquity is not responsible for the availability of these websites, or their contents, you should direct any concerns regarding an external website to the administrator of that website. You agree that you will bring no suit or claim against us arising from or based upon any such use of external websites. Hyperlinks to other websites that are provided on the Site are not intended to imply that: (a) we are affiliated or associated with any external website; or (b) any linked site is authorized to use any of our trademarks, trade names, logos, or copyrights.
10.2 Images of the DineEquity logo can only be used to link to the Site; any other use of the DineEquity logo can only be made with our express written permission. By linking to the Site, you agree that you will not misrepresent your relationship with us or present false or misleading impressions about us. No hyperlinks to the Site may be used in a manner that implies or suggests that DineEquity approves or endorses you, your website, or your goods and services. We will have no responsibility or liability for any content appearing on your website. No hyperlink may appear on any page on your website or within any context containing content or materials that may be interpreted as libelous, obscene, or criminal, or which infringes, otherwise violates, or advocates the infringement or other violation of, any third party rights.
10.3 We reserve the right, at any time and in our sole discretion, to request that you remove from your website all hyperlinks or any particular hyperlink to the Site. We may at any time, in our sole discretion, with or without cause, withdraw the permission granted herein to use the DineEquity logo and your right to link to any pages on the Site. Upon our request, you agree to immediately remove all hyperlinks to the Site and to cease using the DineEquity logo for linking purposes. Thereafter, your posting of any future hyperlinks to the Site will require our express written permission.
11. USE OF TRADEMARKS
Except as otherwise expressly permitted by these Terms, you may not, without our express written permission, use any trademarks or service marks owned by DineEquity, Inc., Applebee’s Restaurants LLC, or IHOP Restaurants LLC for any purpose.
THE USE OF THIS SITE BY YOU AND/OR YOUR COMPANY IS AT YOUR AND ITS SOLE RISK. ACCORDINGLY, THE SITE AND THE CONTENT ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE,” WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT, AND ALL SUCH WARRANTIES ARE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMED AND EXCLUDED, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. SPECIFICALLY, DINEEQUITY AND ITS CONTENT-PROVIDERS DO NOT WARRANT THAT: (a) THE USE OF THIS SITE OR ANY THIRD PARTY WEBSITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE; (b) THE USE OF THIS SITE OR ANY SUCH THIRD PARTY WEBSITE WILL ALLOW YOU TO OBTAIN ANY PARTICULAR RESULTS WHATSOEVER; (c) THE CONTENT OR ANY INFORMATION, SERVICE OR MERCHANDISE PROVIDED THROUGH THIS SITE OR ANY THIRD PARTY WEBSITE ARE OR WILL BE ACCURATE, CURRENT, COMPLETE, RELIABLE, OR OF ANY PARTICULAR VALUE OR QUALITY; (d) ANY DEFECTS IN THE SITE OR IN THE CONTENT WILL BE CORRECTED; OR (e) THE SITE AND THE CONTENT ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER DISABLING DEVICES OR HARMFUL COMPONENTS.
13. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
13.1 In no event will DineEquity, its contractors, suppliers, content-providers, and other similar entities, and the officers, directors, employees, representatives, and agents of each of the foregoing (collectively, our “Representatives”), be liable to you, your Company, or any third party for any losses or damages, alleged under any legal theory, arising out of or in connection with: (a) your use of, or reliance on, the Site or the Content; (b) our performance of or failure to perform our obligations in connection with these Terms; (c) the defamatory, offensive, or illegal conduct of other users of the Site or of third parties; or (d) your purchase or use of any goods or services provided by third parties.
13.2 Under no circumstances will DineEquity or our Representatives be liable to you, your Company, or any third party for any indirect, consequential, incidental, punitive, special, or similar damages or costs (including, but not limited to, lost profits or data, loss of goodwill, loss of or damage to property, loss of use, business interruption, and claims of third parties) arising out of or in connection with these Terms or the use of the Site or the Content, or the transmission of information to or from the Site over the Internet, even if we were advised, knew, or should have known of the possibility of such damages or costs. In a jurisdiction that does not allow the exclusion or limitation of liability for certain damages, the liability of DineEquity and the Representatives will be limited in accordance with these Terms to the extent permitted by law.
13.3 Without limiting any of the foregoing, if DineEquity or any of its Representatives is found liable to you or to any third party as a result of any claims or other matters arising under or in connection with these Terms, the Site, or your use of the Site, the maximum liability for all such claims and other matters will not, in any calendar year, exceed the greater of the amount you paid for use of the Site or $100.
You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless DineEquity, and our officers, directors, employees, representatives, and agents, from and against all claims, demands, suits, or other proceedings, and all resulting loss, damage, liability, cost, and expense (including reasonable attorneys’ fees), arising out of: (a) content, data, or information that you submit, post to, or transmit through the Site; (b) your access to and use of the Content, the Site, and other materials, products, and services available on or through the Site and DineEquity; (c) your violation of these Terms; (d) your violation of any rights of any third party; (e) your website; and (f) any unauthorized use of a username, password, or account number. We reserve, and you grant to us, the right to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter subject to indemnification by you hereunder.
15. BINDING ARBITRATION, CLASS ACTION WAIVER
15.1 Notice of Dispute. In the event of a dispute, you or DineEquity must give the other a Notice of Dispute, which is a written statement that sets forth the name, address and contact information of the party giving it, the facts giving rise to the dispute, and the relief requested. You must send any Notice of Dispute by U.S. Mail to DineEquity, Inc., Attention: Legal Department, 450 N. Brand Blvd., 7th Floor Glendale, CA 91203. DineEquity will send any Notice of Dispute to you by U.S. Mail to your address if we have it, or otherwise to your email address. You and DineEquity will attempt to resolve any dispute through informal negotiation within 60 days from the date the Notice of Dispute is sent. After 60 days, you or DineEquity may commence arbitration.
15.2 Small claims court. You may also litigate any dispute in small claims court in your county of residence or Los Angeles County, California, U.S.A. if the dispute meets all requirements to be heard in the small claims court. You may litigate in small claims court whether or not you negotiated informally first.
15.3 Binding arbitration. If you and DineEquity do not resolve any dispute by informal negotiation or in small claims court, any other effort to resolve the dispute will be conducted exclusively by individual confidential binding arbitration governed by the Federal Arbitration Act ("FAA"). Class arbitrations are not permitted. You are giving up the right to litigate disputes in court before a judge or jury (or participate in court as a party or class member). Instead, all disputes will be resolved before a neutral arbitrator, whose decision will be final except for a limited right of appeal under the FAA. You will have a reasonable opportunity to participate in the process of choosing an arbitrator. Any court with jurisdiction over the parties may enforce the arbitrator’s award.
15.4 Class action waiver. Any proceedings to resolve or litigate any dispute in any forum will be conducted solely on an individual basis. Neither you nor DineEquity will seek to have any dispute heard as a class action, private attorney general action, or in any other proceeding in which either party acts or proposes to act in a representative capacity. No arbitration or other proceeding will be combined with another without the prior written consent of all parties to all affected arbitrations or proceedings.
15.5 Arbitration procedure. Any arbitration will be conducted by JAMS under its comprehensive arbitration rules and procedures. If you are a consumer as defined by JAMS, the JAMS consumer arbitration minimum standards will also apply which include the right to an in-person hearing. You agree to commence arbitration only in your county of residence or in Los Angeles County, California, U.S.A. The arbitrator is authorized to award all relief, and only that relief, available under applicable law, i.e., the relief that would have been available to the parties had the dispute been heard in court, subject to these Terms. Any exchange of information will adhere to the JAMS rules. The arbitrator's award will consist of a written statement providing for the disposition of each claim. The award will also provide a concise written statement of the essential findings and conclusions on which the award is based. The arbitrator's award shall be binding and may be entered as a judgment in a court of competent jurisdiction. For more information see the JAMS(opens new window) website. You or DineEquity may seek any interim or preliminary relief from a court of competent jurisdiction, necessary to protect its rights or property pending the completion of arbitration.
15.6 Fees and Costs. If you are a consumer (as defined under JAMS rules) and you commence arbitration against DineEquity, the only fee required to be paid is an initial case management fee which is approximately equivalent to current court filing fees. All other costs will be borne by DineEquity. If DineEquity commences arbitration against a consumer, DineEquity will pay for all costs associated with the arbitration. If you are not a consumer, then you and DineEquity each will pay a pro rata share of the arbitration costs. The Parties are responsible for paying their own attorneys’ fees. For arbitrations outside of California, the arbitrator shall have the authority to award attorney's fees and costs to the prevailing party if such an award is allowed by law. For arbitrations within California, the arbitrator shall have the authority to award attorney's fees and costs to a claimant who prevails against DineEquity if such an award is allowed by law.
15.7 Claims or disputes must be timely filed. To the extent permitted by law, any claim or dispute to which this Section 15 applies must be filed within one year in small claims court pursuant to Section 15.2 of these Terms or in arbitration pursuant to Section 15.3 of these Terms, unless a longer limitations period for bringing such claims is provided by law. The limitations period begins when the claim or Notice of Dispute first could be filed. If such a claim or dispute is not filed within the relevant limitations period, it is permanently barred.
15.8 Conflict with JAMS rules. These Terms govern to the extent they conflict with JAMS’s comprehensive arbitration rules and procedures.
15.9 Governing Law. These Terms will be construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of California, without given effect to their principles of conflicts of law. By using the Site, you waive any claims that may arise under the laws of other states, countries, territories or jurisdictions.
15.10 Severability. If the class action waiver in Section 15.4 of these Terms is found to be illegal or unenforceable as to all or some parts of a dispute, then this Section 15 will not apply to those parts. Instead, those parts of the dispute will be severed and proceed in a court of law, with the remaining parts proceeding in arbitration. If any other provision of this Section 15 is determined to be illegal or unenforceable, that determination will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision all of which shall remain in full force and effect. If necessary to effectuate the intent of the parties to resolve a dispute through arbitration, a court of competent jurisdiction should reform this Agreement.
16.2 Our electronically or otherwise properly stored copy of these Terms will be deemed to be the true, complete, valid, authentic, and enforceable copy, and you agree that you will not contest the admissibility or enforceability of our copy of these Terms in connection with any action or proceeding arising out of or relating to these Terms.
16.3 Any provisions of these Terms that are reasonably inferable to have been intended to survive termination (including, but not limited to, any provisions regarding limitation of our liability or indemnification) will continue in effect beyond any such termination of access to this Site.
16.4 These Terms do not confer any rights, remedies, or benefits upon any person other than you.
16.5 We may assign our rights and duties under these Terms at any time to any third party without notice. You may not assign these Terms without our prior written consent.
16.6 Our waiver of any breach of these Terms will not be a waiver of any preceding or subsequent breach thereof.
16.7 If any provision of these Terms is held to be invalid or unenforceable, that provision will be stricken and will not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.
16.8 Possible evidence of use of the Site for illegal purposes may be provided to law enforcement authorities.
16.9 Discontinuation of use of this Site is your sole right and remedy for any dissatisfaction with the Site or any of the Content.
17. OTHER AGREEMENTS
If you have entered into a separate written agreement with DineEquity with respect to your use of the Site or any Content, that agreement will supersede these Terms to the extent they are in conflict.