THE TERMS OF USE SET OUT BELOW SHALL IN ALL CASES BE SUBJECT TO THE WAIVER OF CLASS ACTION RIGHTS AND ARBITRATION AS AN ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION MECHANISM AS CONTAINED HEREIN

Your access to and use of the ABL Site (the ‘Site’) is subject to the following terms and conditions which are inclusive of the Site’s Privacy Policy and all applicable laws. By accessing and using this Site, you signify your assent to these Terms of Use. If you do not agree to these Terms of Use, please do not use the Site. These Terms of Use may be amended or modified, or new conditions may be imposed, at any time without prior notice to you. Your continued use of the Site following the posting of changes to these terms (the Privacy Policy inclusive) will mean that  you accept those changes and that such changes shall apply to Your use of the Site after such changes have been posted.

  1. OWNERSHIP OF THE SITE AND RESTRICTIONS ON USE

This website is owned and operated by the African Basketball League (‘Us’, ‘We’, ‘Operator’, ‘ABL’). The basketball-related content and materials contained within the Site (including, but not limited to, video, audio, photos, text, images, statistics, updated scores, logos and other intellectual property related to the ABL and its member teams) (‘Content’) are either owned by or licensed to the Operator. No Content from the Site may be reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted, reproduced, distributed, copied, publicly displayed or otherwise used except as provided in these Terms of Use without our express written permission.

The Operator maintains this Site for your personal entertainment, information, education, and communication. You may download material displayed on the Site to any single computer only for your personal, non-commercial use, provided you also maintain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained on the materials. You may not, however, distribute, reproduce, republish, display, modify, transmit, reuse, repost, link to, or use any materials of the Site for public or commercial purposes on any other Web site or otherwise without the express written permission of the Operator.

The ABL name and logo and the names and logos of the ABL teams are the property of the Africa Sports and Entertainment Management Company Limited. and the member teams of the ABL. All other trademarks, logos and service marks (‘Trademarks’) appearing on the Site are Trademarks of their respective owners. Nothing contained on the Site should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use any Trademark displayed on the Site without the written permission of its respective owner. Your use of the Trademarks displayed on the Site, or any other content on the Site, except as provided in these Terms of Use, is strictly prohibited.

Images of people or places displayed on the Site are either the property of, or used with permission by, the Operator. The use of these images by you, or anyone else authorized by you, is prohibited unless specifically permitted by these Terms of Use or specific permission provided elsewhere on the Site. Any unauthorized use of the images may violate copyright laws, trademark laws, the laws of privacy and publicity, and communications regulations and statutes. The Operator neither warrants nor represents that your use of materials displayed on the Site will not infringe rights of third parties not owned by or affiliated with the Operator.

 

  1. REGISTRATION
    • Data required for registration: If you opt to register for any portion of this Site (including the Mobile Service, as defined below), you agree to: (i) provide true, accurate and complete information about yourself as prompted by the registration form (“Registration Data”) and (ii) maintain and promptly update the Registration Data to keep it true, accurate, current and complete. If the Operator has reasonable grounds to suspect that the Registration Data is untrue, inaccurate or incomplete, the Operator shall have the right to suspend or terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of the Site or the Mobile Service (or any portion thereof). You acknowledge and agree that the Operator shall have no liability associated with or arising from your failure to maintain accurate Registration Data, including, but not limited to, your failure to receive critical information about the Site or the Mobile Service or your account. You further agree that the Operator is authorized to verify such Registration Data.

You acknowledge and agree that the Operator may rely on the Registration Data to send you important information and notices regarding your account and the Site. From time to time, we may send you newsletters and other promotions by email or SMS. You can unsubscribe from our newsletters and other promotions through the unsubscribe mechanism contained in the applicable message. For more information about our text message campaigns, please see the column on titled ‘Mobile Content & Text Message Campaigns’).

  • Username and Password: If you opt to register for any portion of this Site (including the Mobile Service), you may be required to establish an account and provide a username and password. You hereby authorize the Operator to process any and all account transactions initiated through the use of your username and password. You are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your username and password and must immediately notify the Operator of any unauthorized use of your username and password. You acknowledge and agree that you are responsible for any unauthorized activities, charges and/or liabilities made through the use of your username and password. In no event will the Operator be liable for the unauthorized use or misuse of your username and/or password. The Operator may need to change usernames allocated to certain of our products and services and the Operator reserves the right to do so. You will be informed of this if the Operator makes such a change. The Operator collects and uses your username, password and other Registration Data in accordance with the Privacy Policyof the Site.
  • Access Without Registration: This Site may provide you with access to some products and services without you having to register as a user, such as signing up for Mobile Alerts via SMS. In each such case your identification is based on means of identification that the Operator deems appropriate, such as your mobile telephone number.
  1. MESSAGE FEATURES

The Site may offer opportunities for you to send messages or postings in connection with various features including user reviews; electronic mail, chats with special guests, and forums to communicate with other users (‘Message Features’). In order to participate in any Message Feature, you may be required to provide accurate and complete personal information consisting of your name and e-mail address, which shall be collected pursuant to the Privacy Policy of this Site.

Please use the message feature responsibly. You must not transmit any message (‘Message) in connection with any Message Feature that: (i) restricts or inhibits other users from using the Site; (ii) is unlawful, threatening, abusive, bigoted, hateful, libellous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, offensive, pornographic, profane, sexually explicit or indecent; (iii) constitutes, advocates or encourages conduct that would constitute or give rise to a criminal offense, civil liability or other violation of any local, state, national or international law; (iv) violates, plagiarizes or infringes the rights of third parties including, without limitation, copyright, trademark, patent, rights of privacy or publicity or any other proprietary right; (v) contains a virus or other harmful component; (vi) contains any information, software or other material of a commercial nature; (vii) contains advertising, promotions or commercial solicitations of any kind; (viii) constitutes or contains false or misleading indications of origin or statements of fact; or (ix) contains material irrelevant to the subject matter of the Message Feature.

We reserve the right, in our sole discretion to review, edit or delete any Message transmitted in any Message Feature that: (i) violates any term of these Terms of Use; or (ii) is otherwise illegal, offensive or inappropriate. Depending on the nature of the violation, We shall have the sole discretion to terminate your access to the Site. Please be advised that We may cooperate with any law enforcement authorities or court order requesting or directing Us to disclose personal information of anyone who submits a Message that violates the foregoing terms in accordance with the Privacy Policy of the Site.

Although the Operator may from time to time monitor or review Messages submitted in discussions, chats, postings, transmissions, bulletin boards, and the like on the Site, the Operator is under no obligation to do so and assumes no responsibility or liability arising from the content of any Message nor for any error, defamation, libel, slander, omission, falsehood, obscenity, pornography, profanity, danger, or inaccuracy contained therein. Display of any Message in any Message Feature does not constitute approval or endorsement by the Operator.

Messages submitted to the Site by electronic mail or otherwise, including any data, questions, comments, suggestions or the like are, and will be treated as, non-confidential and non-proprietary. By submitting a Message to the Site, you acknowledge that any information disclosed by you therein (i) may be used by any third party; (ii) is not confidential and may be read or intercepted by others; (iii) creates no confidential, fiduciary, contractually implied or other relationship between you and the Operators other than pursuant to these Terms of Use; and (iv) is subject to the grant of rights to the Operator described.

  1. LINKS TO THE SITE

The following restrictions apply to all links to the Site from any on-line, cable, wireless or other site, service or browser:

  • On-line, cable, wireless or other sites, services or browsers created by, licensed by or substantially associated with any entity that regularly promotes any product, brand) or service (a ‘Commercial Site’) may not create links to the Site without the written permission of the Operator, even if the page/area where a link originates does not promote a product, brand or service.
  • Sites, services or browsers which are not Commercial Sites (e.g., fan sites, chamber of commerce sites, search engines, widely available Internet browsers) (‘Permissible Sites’) may link to Site without the express written permission of the Operator if such link is: (i) a ‘word’ (as opposed to a ‘logo’) link (e.g., ‘ablafrica.com,’ ‘The Official Site of the African Basketball League,’ ‘The Official Site of the Lagos Islanders’ and (ii) structurally separated from, and not otherwise associated with, any sponsorship advertising, or other commercial text or graphics that may be on the page/area containing such word link.
  • The ABL logo or any other logo of the ABL or its teams (a ‘logo’ link) may not be used to link to the Site without the written permission of the Operator.
  • No link to the Site may be ‘framed’ by the Permissible Site where the link originated if such “frame” contains any sponsorship, advertising or other commercial text or graphics.
  • All links to the Site from a Permissible Site must be to the Site’s home page or to the homepage of a particular team — links to internal pages within the Site (e.g., a player page, a photo gallery or a feature article) other than to the home page of a team are not permitted.
  • The posting or creation of any link to the Site signifies that you have read these Linkage Restrictions and agree to abide by their terms.

 

  1. MODULAR CONTENT

We may provide certain content, which includes graphics, text, audio, video, photographs, news, scores, or other material that is capable of being incorporated, including as a module or via an RSS feed or similar technology, into a web site or other online, cable, wireless, or other service other than the Site (‘Modular Content’). To the extent that the Operator makes Modular Content available, you agree to use it responsibly and in compliance with these Terms of Use and any other rules or restrictions provided to you in connection with the Modular Content.

By using Modular Content or incorporating it within or associating it with a web site or other online, cable, wireless, or other service other than the Site, you agree not to: (1) obscure the Operator’s branding of the Modular Content, assert or imply ownership or authorship of the Modular Content, or facilitate another party’s assertion or implication of ownership or authorship of the Modular Content; (2) excerpt or edit the Modular Content, except as specifically permitted by the Operator; or (3) publish, place, or utilize the Modular Content in a setting or manner in which it may be associated with content or other material that (i) is or may be considered unlawful, threatening, abusive, hateful, libellous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, offensive, pornographic, profane, sexually explicit or indecent, (ii) may constitute, advocate or encourage conduct that would constitute or give rise to a criminal offense, civil liability or other violation of any local, state, national or international law; (iii) violates, plagiarizes or infringes the rights of third parties including, without limitation, copyright, trademark, patent, rights of privacy or publicity, or any other proprietary right; (iv) contains or may be associated with a computer virus or other harmful component; (v) constitutes or contains false or misleading indications of origin or statements of fact; (vi) contains any information, software or other material of a commercial nature; or (vii) contains advertising, promotions or commercial solicitations of any kind.

Although the Operator is under no obligation to do so and assumes no responsibility or liability arising from any use of Modular Content, the Operator may monitor the web sites or other online, cable, wireless, or other services with which Modular Content is used. You agree that you will promptly, and in any event within 24 hours, remove the Modular Content from any web site or other online, cable, wireless, or other service if the Operator or its agent requests that you do so, and that you will maintain the ability to remove Modular Content from any web site or online, cable, wireless, or other service on which you cause it to be placed or with which you cause it to be affiliated. You agree that the Operator has exclusive right to direct that the Modular Content be removed from web sites or other online, cable, wireless, or other services at any time and for any reason, including but not limited to the prohibited uses of Modular Content described above; that the Operator may implement and use protections to limit the web sites or other online, cable, wireless, or other services in conjunction with which Modular Content may be used or the manner in which Modular Content may be used; and that the Operator may not specifically advise you of the existence or nature of these protections.

The Operator provides Modular Content, if at all, on a voluntary basis. The Operator expressly disclaims any obligation to provide or update Modular Content, to maintain its availability, or to ensure its accuracy.

 

By viewing or using Modular Content, you agree that you will indemnify and hold the operator harmless for claims, liabilities, damages, and expenses arising out of your use of modular content consistent with the terms of this Agreement.

Notwithstanding any statement to the contrary by the Operator or by you or any third party, your use of Modular Content creates no fiduciary or contractual relationship between you and the Operator, or between the Operator and any third party, other than pursuant to these Terms.

 

  1. MOBILE CONTENT & TEXT MESSAGE CAMPAIGNS
    • Mobile Service. The Mobile Site and/or other areas of the Site may provide mobile alerts and other mobile entertainment content, such as news, scores, videos and other information or data via SMS, MMS, WAP, and other means of mobile content delivery to certain compatible mobile devices (the ‘Mobile Service’). You acknowledge and agree that the Mobile Service is for your personal use and will be used only on your personal mobile device (‘Mobile Device’). To the extent the Mobile Service requires designation of your Mobile Device during a registration or other process, the Mobile Service may only be used on the designated Mobile Device. You agree that you will not otherwise transmit, broadcast, upload to any computer or other mobile device, create derivative works of, or make commercial use of the Mobile Service, including, but not limited to, any mobile alert (a ‘Mobile Alert’). You may not, or attempt to (or otherwise authorize, encourage or support any attempts whichto) circumvent, re-engineer, decrypt, break or otherwise alter or interfere with the Mobile Service, including, but not limited to, any Mobile Alert. We make no representation as to the compatibility of your Mobile Device with the Mobile Service, and you acknowledge and agree that we shall have no liability for the compatibility or non-compatibility of your Mobile Device with the Mobile Service. For clarity, the Mobile Service constitutes part of the Site and is therefore subject to the other provisions of these Terms of Use. In addition, on Site pages where the Mobile Service (including any Mobile Alert) is offered, the Operator may post additional terms (e.g., regarding additional fees) that apply to your use of the Mobile Service, and your use shall also be subject to those additional terms.
    • Access to the Mobile Service. In order to use the Mobile Service, you must have a mobile communications subscription with a participating wireless service provider (a ’Service Provider’), or otherwise have access to a mobile communications network for which we make the Mobile Service available, as well as any Service Provider services necessary to download content to your Mobile Device. There may be service fees associated with certain Service Provider services necessary to download content. Please contact your Service Provider for details. In addition, you are responsible for ensuring that your equipment and/or software do not interfere with the Operator’s operations. Any equipment or software causing interference with the Operator’s operations and/or the Mobile Service will be immediately disconnected from the Mobile Service by the Operator. If any upgrade in or to the Mobile Service requires changes in your equipment or software, you must effect these changes at your own expense.
    • Your Electronic Agreement to Receive Text Messages; E-Sign Disclosure. When you agree to receive text messages, you also consent to the use of an electronic record to document your agreement. To stop receiving text messages from an Operator text message program, simply text STOP to the short code provided in the text messages that you no longer wish to receive. To view and retain a copy of this disclosure or any information regarding your enrolment in this program, you will need (i) a device (such as a computer or mobile phone) with a web browser and Internet access and (ii) either a printer or storage space on such device.
    • Who Can Receive Text Messages?By signing up to receive texts, you represent that you are 18 years of age or older and, if you are under the age of 18, you either are an emancipated minor or have obtained the legal consent of your parent, legal guardian or account holder to sign up for text messages and to fulfil the obligations and agree to the terms set forth in these Terms of Use, which form a binding agreements between you and us. You further represent that you are the subscriber of the cellular service at the mobile number provided or that you are authorized by the subscriber to sign-up for texts.
    • Text Message Opt-out. To stop receiving text messages from a specific Operator text message program, simply text STOP to the short code provided in the text messages that you no longer wish to receive. After doing so, you will receive confirmation of your opt-out via text message. If you have signed up for more than one Operator text message program, you will need to text STOP to the short code provided for each program from which you no longer wish to receive text messages.
    • What If I Want More Information?To request more information, simply text ‘HELP’ to the short code provided in the Operator text message program about which you have questions.
    • How Many Text Messages Will I Receive?The number of text messages you receive from an Operator text message program may vary significantly, depending in part on the specific text message program for which you sign up. Details regarding the type and frequency of text messages are included in the description of each Operator text message program.
    • Who Are the Participating Service Providers?Content is not available on all Service Providers and service provider participation could change. Consult with your carrier to see if it participates in a particular text message program. The content is not compatible with all mobile phone models. Operator will not be liable for any delays in the receipt of any text messages or changes to participating carriers, as delivery is subject to effective transmission from your carrier with active participation at that time.
    • How Are the Text Messages Sent?Operator or its vendor may use autodialer or non-autodialer technology to send the text messages described above to the mobile phone number you supply when you request to receive the text messages.
  2. ABL STATISTICS

The Operator of this Site may make available on this Site, statistics, including statistics generated and/or calculated by the Operator using proprietary calculations and analyses, relating to or arising out of the performance of players during or in connection with ABL, or ABL Junior, competitions or events (collectively, ‘ABL Statistics’). By using such ABL Statistics, you agree that: (1) any use, display or publication of the ABL Statistics shall include a prominent attribution to ABL in connection with such use, display or publication; (2) the ABL Statistics may only be used, displayed or published for legitimate news reporting or private, non-commercial purposes; (3) the ABL Statistics may not be used in connection with any sponsorship or commercial identification; (4) the ABL Statistics may not be used or referred to in connection with any gambling activity (including legal gambling activity); (5) the ABL Statistics may not be used in connection with any fantasy game or other commercial product or service; (6) the ABL Statistics may not be used in connection with any product or service that presents a live, near-live or other real-time or archived play-by-play account or depiction of any ABL game; and (7) the ABL Statistics may not be used in connection with any web site, product or service that features a database (in any medium or format) of comprehensive, regularly updated statistics from ABL, , competitions or events without the Operator’s express prior consent.

 

  1. ABL STORE ON THE SITE

(To be updated)

  1. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES AND DAMAGES; LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

While the Operator uses reasonable efforts to include accurate and up to date information in the Site, the Operator makes no warranties or representations as to its accuracy. The information contained in or made available through the Site (including, but not limited to information contained on Message Features or text files) cannot replace or substitute for the services of trained professionals in any field, including, but not limited to, financial, medical or legal matters. The Operator assumes no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in the content of the Site.

Neither ABL, nor any of its respective teams, parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, owners, employees, directors, officers, directors, licensors, suppliers or shareholders (collectively, the ‘Operators Parties’) make any representation that the materials contained in the Site are appropriate or authorized for use in all countries, states, provinces, county or any other jurisdictions. If you choose to access the Site, you do so on your own initiative and risk and are responsible for compliance with all applicable laws.

 

The materials in this site are provided “as is” and without warranties of any kind either express or implied to the fullest extent permissible pursuant to applicable law, the operator parties disclaim all warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The operator parties do not warrant or represent that the information contained in the site is accurate, complete, correctly sequenced, reliable or timely, or that the site will be uninterrupted or free of errors and/or viruses. You specifically acknowledge that the operator parties are not liable for the defamatory, offensive or illegal conduct of other users of the site or third parties and that the risk of injury from the foregoing rests entirely with you. You use the site at your sole risk.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, the aggregate liability of the operator parties, for any reason and upon any cause of action, arising out of or in any way related to the site or these terms of use shall be limited to direct damages actually incurred by you and shall not exceed the amount actually received by the operator from you for the use of the site during the month in which the event giving rise to such claim occurred. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, the limitation of liability herein applies to all liabilities in the aggregate, including, without limitation, those resulting from your use or your inability to use the site, or any other matter arising from or relating to these terms of use.

To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, the operator parties shall not have any liability for any indirect, punitive, actual, consequential, incidental, special or exemplary damages whatsoever for any reason arising in connection with these terms of use and/or the site, regardless of the basis upon which liability is claimed and even if advised of the possibility of such loss or damage. This limitation is independent of any other limitation set forth in these terms of use.

Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, the operator parties shall have no liability for any damages or injury caused, in whole or in part, by contingencies or issues beyond their reasonable control, including, but not limited to: the acts of third parties, errors in the content or site, network failures, internet failures, software and hardware failures, viruses and other system attacks, labour stoppages, riots, acts of government or god, natural disasters, acts of terrorism, communication line failure, or theft, destruction of, unauthorized access to, alteration of or use of records.

The foregoing limitations shall apply regardless of whether (i) liability or damage is alleged for breach of contract, tortious behaviour, negligence, or under any other theory or cause of action, and/or (ii) the party against which liability or damages is sought was advised of the possibility thereof.

To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, you agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to these terms of use, the site, or any part thereof, must be asserted within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose, or it shall be forever barred.

 

The Site may contain links and pointers to other www sites, resources, and advertisers of the Site. Links to and from the Site to other sites, maintained by third parties, do not constitute an endorsement by the Operator or any affiliate of any third party site or content. The Operator is not responsible for the availability of these third party resources, or their contents. The Operator has not reviewed any or all of the sites linked to the Site and is not responsible for the content of any off-Site pages or any other sites linked to the Site. Your linking to the Site, off-Site pages or other sites is at your own risk. By clicking on any such link, you acknowledge that the Site has no control over, and makes no representations of any kind with respect to, such other sites or any content contained within such other sites, and you hereby revoke any claim against the Operator with respect to such other sites. You should direct any concerns regarding any external link to its site administrator or Webmaster.

  1. NOTICE

The Operator may give notice to users of the Site by means of a general notice on the Site, electronic mail to a user’s e-mail address if on record in the Operator’s account information, or by written communication sent by first class mail to a user’s address if on record in the Operator’s account information. You may give notice to the Operator (such notice shall be deemed given when received) at any time by any of the following means:

  • electronic mail to info@ablafrica.com;
  • letter delivered by first class postage prepaid mail or courier to ABL, at the following address:

The African Basketball League

Plot 8 Elegushi Beach Road, Lekki, Lagos

 

  1. INDEMNIFICATION

You hereby agree to indemnify and hold the African Basketball League and its member teams and operating entities and each of their respective general and limited partners, members, shareholders, directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives, vendors and business partners, harmless from all claims, liabilities, damages and expenses (including attorneys’ fees and court costs) arising out of or relating to: (i) your use of the Site, including, but not limited to use of any Message Feature, Modular Content, or the Store; and (ii) any breach or alleged breach of these Terms of Use.

  1. TERMINATION OF SERVICE

The Operator may change, suspend or discontinue any aspect of the Site at any time, including the availability of any Site feature, database, or content. The Operator may also impose limits on certain features and services or restrict your access to parts or the entire Site without notice or liability at any time in the Operator’s exclusive discretion, without prejudice to any legal or equitable remedies available to the Operator, for any reason or purpose, including, but not limited to, conduct that the Operator believes violates these Terms of Use or other policies or guidelines posted on the Site or conduct which the Operator believes is harmful to other users, to the Operator’s business, or to other information providers. Upon any termination of this agreement, you shall immediately discontinue your use and access of the Site and destroy all materials obtained from it.

 

  1. NOTICE OF COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

If you believe in good faith that your copyrighted work has been reproduced on or linked from the Site without authorization in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please please contact us via email: info@ablafrica.com and your complaint will be forwarded to the legal unit for investigation.

 

  1. DISPUTE RESOLUTION (ARBITRATION)

You agree that these Terms of Use affect interstate commerce and that the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, Cap A18 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 governs the interpretation and enforcement of these arbitration provisions.

In the event of a dispute, claim, or controversy arising out of or in connection with your access to, and/or use of the Site, and/or the provision of content, services, and/or technology on or through the Site, the Operator or you must give the other notice of the dispute, claim, or controversy which notice will include a brief written statement that sets forth the name, address, and contact information of the party giving it, the facts giving rise to the dispute, claim, or controversy and the relief requested. You must send any such notice via letter delivered by first class postage prepaid mail or courier to the African Basketball League, at the following address:

 

Plot 8 Elegushi Beach Road, Lekki, Lagos

 

Attn: Legal Department

 

To the extent that the Operator has your contact information, it will send any such notice to your email address first class postage prepaid mail to your last known address. The Operator and you will attempt to resolve any dispute, claim, or controversy through informal negotiation within thirty (30) days from the date that any notice of dispute, claim, or controversy is sent. The Operator and you shall use reasonable, good faith, efforts to settle any dispute, claim, or controversy through consultation and good faith negotiations. After 30 days, the Operator and/or you may resort to the other alternatives described in this Section. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the notice and 30 day negotiation period required by this paragraph shall not apply, however, to disputes, claims, or controversies concerning patents, copyrights, moral rights, trademarks, and trade secrets and claims of piracy or unauthorized use of the Site.

Except as otherwise specifically set forth below, any dispute, claim, or controversy of any kind between the Operator and you arising under these Terms of Use or in connection with your access to, and/or use of the Site, and/or the provision of content, services, and/or technology on or through the Site, if unresolved through informal discussions within thirty (30) days of receipt of notice, shall be resolved by binding arbitration to be held in the state in which you reside. Notwithstanding the foregoing, disputes, claims, or controversies concerning patents, copyrights, moral rights, trademarks, and trade secrets and claims of piracy or unauthorized use of the Site shall not be subject to arbitration.

 

For residents outside Nigeria, , the place of Arbitration shall be Lagos, Nigeria and proceedings shall be in the English Language.

The arbitration shall be conducted by a single arbitrator mutually appointed by You and the Operator or, failing agreement by the Parties on the choice of an arbitrator within fourteen (14) days of the failure of amicable settlement of the dispute such arbitrator shall be appointed by the Chairman of the Nigerian Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, on the application of the either Party (i.e., the Operator or You)The decision of the arbitrator will be in writing and binding and conclusive on the Operator and you, and judgment to enforce the decision may be entered by any court of competent jurisdiction. The Operator and you agree that dispositive motions, including without limitation, motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment will be allowed in the arbitration. The arbitrator must follow these Terms of Use and can award the same damages and relief as a court, including injunctive or other equitable relief and attorney’s fees. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Operator and you agree not to seek any attorney’s fees and expert witness costs unless the arbitrator finds that a claim or defense was frivolous or asserted for an improper purpose. The Operator and you understand that, absent this mandatory arbitration provision, the Operator and you would have the right to sue in court.. The Operator and you 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.

If any clause within these arbitration provisions is found to be illegal or unenforceable, that specific clause will be severed from these arbitration provisions, and the remainder of the arbitration provisions will be given full force and effect. In the event some or all of these arbitration provisions are determined to be unenforceable for any reason, or if a claim, dispute or controversy is brought that is found by a court to be excluded from the scope of these arbitration provisions, the Operator and you agree to waive, to the fullest extent allowed by law, litigation in a court of law.

The terms of these arbitration provisions will also apply to any claims asserted by you against any present or future parent or affiliated company of the Operator to the extent that any such claims arise out of your access to, and/or use of the Site, and/or the provision of content, services, and/or technology on or through the Site.

 

  1. WAIVER OF CLASS ACTION.

The Operator and you agree that the Operator and you will resolve any disputes, claims or controversies on an individual basis, and that any claims brought under these Terms of Use in connection with the Site will be brought in an individual capacity, and not on behalf of, or as part of, any purported class, consolidated, or representative proceeding. The Operator and you further agree that the Operator and you shall not participate in any consolidated, class, or representative proceeding (existing or future) brought by any third party arising under these Terms of Use or in connection with the Site.

If any court or arbitrator determines that the class action waiver set forth in this paragraph is void or unenforceable for any reason or that arbitration can proceed on a class basis, then the disputes, claims or controversies will not be subject to arbitration and must be litigated in the Federal High Court of Nigeria

The terms of this provision will also apply to any claims asserted by you against any parent or affiliated company of the Operator to the extent that any such claims arise out of your access to, and/or use of the Site, and/or the provision of content, services, and/or technology on or through the Site.

 

  1. GOVERNING LAW

These Terms of Use and any disputes relating to these Terms of Use or the Site shall be governed by the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, without regard to its principles of conflicts of laws. You further agree to accept service of process by certified mail, return receipt requested at the address designated by you. The Operator will be entitled to recover court costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses incurred in successfully proving any breach of these Terms of Use.

 

  1. INJUNCTIVE RELIEF

You acknowledge and agree that any violation of the Agreement relating to the disclosure, use, copying, distribution, display or publishing of the information and/or content on the Site and/or its associated services and/or offerings may result in irreparable injury and damage to the Operator which may not be adequately compensable in money damages, and for which the Operator will have no adequate remedy at law. You, therefore, consent and agree that the Operator may obtain injunctions, orders or other equitable relief as may be reasonably necessary to ensure compliance with this Agreement.

 

  1. ENTIRE AGREEMENT

These Terms of Use constitute the entire agreement between the parties, and supersede all prior and contemporaneous written or oral agreements, proposals or communications with respect to the subject matter herein between you and the Operator.

 

  1. AMENDMENTS

The Operator in its sole discretion may amend these Terms of Use without prior notice to You, and your use of the Site after such amendment is posted on the Site will constitute acceptance of such amendment by you.

 

  1. HEADINGS

The section headings in these Terms of Use are for convenience only and must not be construed as legal advice to you.

 

  1. SEVERABILITY

If any provision of these Terms of Use is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be unlawful, void, invalid or unenforceable, the remaining provisions shall remain in full force and effect.

LAST UPDATED: December 29, 2015