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Credits and Copyright Notice

This site was created by Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP ("Pillsbury").

This entire site is copyright protected ©2001-2014 by Pillsbury. All rights are reserved. In addition, certain parts of this site may also be protected by copyrights belonging to other parties. "Pillsbury" and "Pillsbury Winthrop" are registered United States trademarks and protected trademarks in other countries.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Website Terms of Use

(Updated July 2014)

Welcome, and thank you for visiting PillsburyLaw.com (and/or its affiliated sites and Apps, collectively the "Pillsbury Site" or "Site") which are owned and operated by Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP ("Pillsbury" or "we").

Please read these Terms of Use and Privacy Statement (collectively, the "Terms") carefully before using this Site. Using this Site indicates that you accept these Terms. Pillsbury provides the Pillsbury Site to you subject to the following Terms, which may be updated by us from time to time without any notice to you. Any changes are effective upon posting, and you are responsible for regularly reviewing these Terms. Your continued use after a change has been posted constitutes your acceptance of those changes.

If you do not agree to these Terms, your sole remedy is to discontinue use of the Pillsbury Site.

  1. Terms of Use
    1. Legal Disclaimers:
      1. No Legal Advice:The materials on the Pillsbury Site are general in nature and are intended only as background materials for informational purposes. They do not constitute legal advice. They may not apply to your specific situation or may be incomplete. Although we may update certain information on the Pillsbury Site, some of the information may be outdated. You should not act or rely on any information on the Pillsbury Site. You are not authorized to treat the Pillsbury Site as a source of legal advice. Before acting or delaying action, you should first seek the advice of an attorney qualified in the applicable subject matter and jurisdiction.
      2. No Tax Advice (Required Tax Disclosure—Circular 230): Any tax information presented on the Pillsbury Site is not intended to constitute a complete analysis of all tax considerations. Internal Revenue Service regulations generally provide that, for the purpose of avoiding United States federal tax penalties, a taxpayer may rely only on formal written opinions meeting specific regulatory requirements. The information presented on the Pillsbury Site does not meet those requirements. Accordingly, such information is not intended or written to be used, and a taxpayer cannot use it, for the purpose of avoiding United States federal or other tax penalties or for the purpose of promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any tax-related matters.
      3. No Attorney-Client Relationship: Your access to or use of the Pillsbury Site does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and Pillsbury. If you are not a current client of Pillsbury and you communicate with us through the Site, we are under no obligation to keep confidential your communication nor will the communication invoke the attorney client privilege. Thus, unless you have a pre-existing, documented attorney-client relationship with a Pillsbury attorney, you should not communicate confidential information to Pillsbury.
      4. Sensitive Communications: Should you choose to contact Pillsbury electronically, you should be aware that information transmitted electronically cannot be guaranteed to be securely transmitted. Pillsbury assumes no responsibility for the loss of confidentiality for any information you transmit through the internet.
      5. Advertising Notice: Pillsbury does not seek to be retained by anyone who approaches Pillsbury as a result of the Pillsbury Site and who is from a state where the Pillsbury Site fails to comply with all laws and ethical rules of that state. Under the New York State Lawyer's Code of Professional Responsibility, the content of the Pillsbury Site might contain advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Each representation has unique facts and circumstances that may impact results.
      6. Jurisdictional Issues: Pillsbury has offices in a number of locations, and no individual Pillsbury attorney is admitted to practice in all the locations where we have offices. Please consult the attorney biographies on this site to determine the particular jurisdictions in which individual Pillsbury attorneys are licensed to practice. If the State Bar Rules in your jurisdiction require us to designate a principal office and/or a single attorney responsible for the Pillsbury Site, Pillsbury designates its office in New York as its principal office and designates Ron Van Buskirk as the person responsible for the Pillsbury Site. Pillsbury's attorneys admitted in Texas are not certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Except as specifically stated, each Pillsbury attorney is not certified (including as a specialist) by any professional or governmental authority.
    2. Proprietary Rights
      1. Our Intellectual Property Rights. The materials on the Pillsbury Site, including without limitation any and all text, software, scripts, graphics, photos, sounds, music, videos, interactive features and the like and the trademarks, service marks and logos contained therein, are owned by or licensed to Pillsbury, subject to copyright and other intellectual property rights under United States and foreign laws and international conventions.
      2. Use of the Pillsbury Site. For your personal, non-commercial and informational purposes, and subject to these Terms, you may (a) access and view the Pillsbury Site and its materials, and (b) make a limited number of prints, downloads and copies of the documents made available on the Pillsbury Site, provided that you maintain all copyright and other notices in print outs or downloads on all copies. Any other use (and in particular, any commercial use) of the Pillsbury Site or its contents is not permitted. Except as expressly authorized by Pillsbury, you agree not to modify, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute or create derivative works based on the Site in whole or in part. You are not permitted to use any automated means of compiling e-mail addresses from the Pillsbury Site for the purpose of sending unsolicited commercial e-mails. Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved.
      3. Linking to the Site. You may hyperlink to the home page of the Pillsbury Site, but you may not frame or mirror the Pillsbury Site or use any meta tags or any other "hidden text" using Pillsbury's name or trademarks. You must remove any hyperlink to the Pillsbury Site upon Pillsbury's request.
      4. Permission Requests. Please contact Pillsbury at 212-858-1000 and ask for the Marketing Technology Manager if you wish to request permission to use any materials of the Pillsbury Site in a manner not authorized above.
      5. Trademarks. PILLSBURY, PILLSBURY WINTHROP SHAW PITTMAN and other Pillsbury logos, service marks and trademarks are trademarks of Pillsbury (the "Pillsbury Marks"). Without Pillsbury's prior permission, you agree not to display or use in any manner, the Pillsbury Marks.
    3. Registration Obligations.
      1. Registration. The Pillsbury Site may allow you to register in order to personalize your viewing of content on the site and to receive certain publications from Pillsbury. In registering, you agree to provide complete and accurate information about yourself. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your username and password and you accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your username and password.
      2. Termination. Pillsbury reserves the right to change the Pillsbury Site, including its contents, and to block or terminate access to or use of the Pillsbury Site, including through usernames and passwords, at any time for any reason and without notice.
    4. Third Party Sites. Any links on the Pillsbury Site to third party sites are provided solely as a convenience to you and are not intended to state or imply that Pillsbury sponsors, or is affiliated or associated with, the linked sites. Your privacy and conditions of your use at those websites are governed by the privacy policy and terms of use at that website and not Pillsbury's policies and terms.
    5. No Warranties. THE PILLSBURY SITE, INCLUDING THE INFORMATION PROVIDED THROUGH THE PILLSBURY SITE, IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NON-INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY, OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR USE OR PURPOSE. PILLSBURY ASSUMES NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN, OR RELIANCE UPON, THE INFORMATION IN THIS WEBSITE. ANY MATERIALS DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE PILLSBURY SITE IS DONE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK. YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OR USE OF ANY SUCH MATERIAL.
    6. Limitations of Liability. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT WILL PILLSBURY BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR INJURY OF ANY KIND OR UNDER ANY LEGAL THEORY, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DIRECT, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, THAT RESULT FROM THE USE OF, OR INABILITY TO USE THIS WEBSITE OR THE MATERIALS PROVIDED ON THIS WEBSITE. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW CERTAIN LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS OF LIABILITY IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, SO THESE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
    7. Indemnity. You agree to indemnify and hold Pillsbury, and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, partners, and employees, harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your use of the Site, your connection to the Site, your violation of the Terms, or your violation of any rights of another.
    8. General. These Terms, including the Privacy Statement below, along with any other terms and policies posted on the Pillsbury Site, constitute the entire agreement between you and Pillsbury regarding your use of the Pillsbury Site and supersedes any prior agreements between you and Pillsbury regarding such use, other than any written agreement between you and Pillsbury.
    9. Copyright Complaints. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") provides recourse to copyright owners who believe that their rights under the United States Copyright Act have been infringed by acts of third parties over the Internet. If you believe that any material uploaded, posted or otherwise transmitted through the Site infringes upon any copyright which you own or control, you may send a written notification of such infringement to Pillsbury's designated DMCA agent ("Designated DMCA Agent").

      The Designated DMCA Agent's contact information is as follows:

      Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
      Attn: Ronald Van Buskirk
      Four Embarcadero Center, 22nd Floor
      San Francisco, CA 94777-2228
      Phone: 415.983.1496
      Fax: 415.983.1200
      Email: copyright@pillsburylaw.com
      1. Notification of Alleged Copyright Infringement
        If you believe that your own copyrighted work is accessible through the Site in violation of your copyright, you may provide our Designated DMCA Agent with a written communication as set forth in Section 512(c)(3) of the DMCA that contains substantially the following information:
        1. Identify in sufficient detail the copyrighted work or intellectual property that you claim has been infringed so that we can locate the material. If multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by your notification, you may provide a representative list of such works at that site.
        2. Identify the URL or other specific location on the Site that contains the material that you claim infringes your copyright described in Item 1 above. You must provide us with reasonably sufficient information to enable us to locate the alleged infringing material.
        3. Provide the electronic or physical signature of the owner of the copyright or a person authorized to act on the owner's behalf.
        4. Include 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.
        5. Include a statement by you that the information contained in your notice is accurate and that you attest under penalty of perjury that you are the copyright owner or that you are authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.
        6. Include your name, mailing address, telephone number and email address.

        You may submit any notification of alleged copyright infringement to our Designated Copyright Agent by fax, mail, or email at the contact information noted above.

        Please note that you may be liable for damages, including court costs and attorneys fees, if you materially misrepresent that content on the Site is copyright infringing.

        Upon receiving a proper notification of alleged copyright infringement as described in this Section I, we will remove or disable access to the allegedly infringing material and promptly notify the alleged infringer of your claim. We also will advise the alleged infringer of the DMCA statutory counter-notification procedure described below in Section j by which the alleged infringer may respond to your claim and request that we restore this material.

      2. Counter Notification. If you believe your own copyrighted material has been removed from the Site as a result of mistake or misidentification, you may submit a written counter-notification letter to our Designated Copyright Agent pursuant to Sections 512(g)(2) and (3) of the DMCA. To be an effective counter notification under the DMCA, your letter must include substantially the following:

        1. Identification of the material that has been removed or disabled and the location at which the material appeared before it was removed or disabled.
        2. A statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the Federal District Court in which your address is located, or if your address is outside the United States, for any judicial district in which the service provider may be found.
        3. A statement that you will accept service of process from the party that filed the notification of alleged copyright infringement or the party's agent.
        4. Your name, address and telephone number.
        5. A statement under penalty of perjury that you have a good faith belief that the material in question was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled.
        6. Your physical or electronic signature.
        You may submit your counter-notification to our Designated Copyright Agent by fax, mail, or email at the contact information noted above.

        If you send us a valid, written counter-notification letter meeting the requirements described above, we will restore your removed or disabled material after 10 business days but no later than 14 business days from the date we receive your counter notification, unless our Designated Copyright Agent first receives notice from the party filing the original notification of alleged copyright infringement informing us that such party has filed a court action to restrain you from engaging in infringing activity related to the material in question.

        Please note that if you materially misrepresent that the disabled or removed content was removed by mistake or misidentification, you may be liable for damages, including costs and attorney's fees.

  2. Repeat Infringer Policy. In accordance with the DMCA and other applicable law, Pillsbury has adopted a policy of terminating, in appropriate circumstances and at Pillsbury's sole discretion, users of the Site who are deemed to be repeat infringers. Pillsbury may also at its sole discretion limit a user's access to the Site who infringes any intellectual property rights of others, whether or not there is any repeat infringement.
  • Privacy Statement
    1. APPLICABILITY OF THIS PRIVACY STATEMENT
      1. Scope. This Privacy Statement applies to information Pillsbury collects from users of the Pillsbury Site. It does not apply to information received by Pillsbury from you in the course of an attorney-client relationship, or received or collected by Pillsbury offline or through any other means.
      2. Individual User Information. If you are a client of Pillsbury, we protect the confidentiality of your information in accordance with the applicable professional standards of conduct. However, if you choose to submit personal information to Pillsbury through the Pillsbury Site (for example, to sign up to receive Pillsbury publications), we will store and use that information in accordance with this Privacy Statement unless you notify us otherwise as described below.
      3. Our Commitment to Children's Privacy. The Pillsbury Site is not directed to, nor intended for use by, minors. If Pillsbury becomes aware that it received personal information of minors, it will delete that information.
      4. Third Party Sites. This Privacy Statement also does not apply to information you submit to websites not controlled by Pillsbury, even if linked to the Pillsbury Site, including third party providers of webinar services offered to users of the Pillsbury Site. You should read and understand the privacy policies applicable to such third party sites and service providers.
    2. INFORMATION WE COLLECT AND HOW WE USE IT. In general, you may use the Pillsbury Site without providing any information that personally identifies you ("Personal Information"). However, as described in greater detail below, you may choose to provide Personal Information to us. In addition, we will store and use information about you, including information about where and when you browse our website ("Visitor Information"), to continually improve the quality of our business and our website, as further described below.
      1. Personal Information. You may choose to sign up for Pillsbury Connect through the Pillsbury Site in order to personalize your visit to the Site and to receive certain publications and information from Pillsbury. You also may contact us by e-mail through the Pillsbury Site. In either case, you may be asked to provide us with Personal Information, such as your name, address, telephone number, email address, employer's name and your title. We use this information in order to provide you with the publications and information you requested and to respond to your comments and questions about our services and this site. We may also use your Personal Information to send you additional information that we believe may be of interest to you.
      2. Visitor Information. When you use the Pillsbury Site, we may collect certain information to help diagnose problems with our server, administer our site, gather broad demographic information and generate user statistics. The Visitor Information we collect includes your Internet Protocol (IP) address, your Internet host company (e.g., AOL), your browser software (e.g., Microsoft Internet Explorer), your software platform (e.g., Windows 2000), the duration of your visit to our site, and the domain (e.g., .COM, .NET, .JP) of the site from which you arrived at our site.
      3. Cookie Policy. Our Site uses cookies to store users’ preferences and record session information. A cookie is a small data file that is stored by your browser on your hard drive. The vast majority of websites use cookies. A cookie file can contain information such as a user ID that the Site uses to track the pages you've visited, but the only Personal Information a cookie can contain is information you supply yourself. A cookie cannot read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites. We may also use cookies to track user traffic patterns. We do this in order to determine the usefulness of the information we supply to you and other users and to see how effective our navigational structure is in helping users reach that information. We do not correlate this information with data about individual users, nor do we share this information or sell it to any third party. When you access our Site you will receive a message advising you that we have placed some cookies on your computer or other device.  If you continue to use our Site, further cookies will be placed to maximize your experience and to help us understand how we can improve our Site. If you prefer not to receive cookies through the Site, you can set your browser to either reject all cookies, to only allow “trusted” sites to set them, or to accept only those cookies from those sites you are currently on.  However, turning cookies off may hinder your ability to access, use or navigate portions of the Site.

        Cookie List. The cookies which are used on the Site are:

        Cookie Name Purpose

        Font Re-sizing

        fontSize*

        This cookie remembers when a visitor sets the font on the Site to a particular size during a visit.

        SIFR

        sifrFetch*

        This cookie is used to display non HTML fonts in the browser which allows for a “smoother” looking type-set for the visitor during a visit.

        Media User

        MEDIAUSERID, MEDIAUSERNAME*

        A cookie is used to allow access to the Media User area of the Site.

        Google Analytics

        _utm, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz

        This cookie is used to collect information about how visitors use the Site.  We use this information to compile reports and to help us improve the Site.  The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the Site, where visitors have come to the Site from and the pages they visited.  To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

        SiteImprove

        ASP.NET_SessionId*

        This cookie is used to collect information about how visitors use the Site.  We use this information to compile reports and to help us improve the Site.  The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the Site, where visitors have come to the Site from and the pages they visited.  To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

        Hubspot

        hubspotxxxx*
        xxxxx = various letter combinations

        This cookie is used to collect information about how visitors use the Site.  We use this information to compile reports and to help us improve the Site.  The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the Site, where visitors have come to the Site from and the pages they visited.

        Alumni

        PCONNECTID, PCUSERNAME*

        These cookies are used to manage the Alumni area of the Site.  Once a visitor logs in with username and password, a cookie is used to recognize that the user has been authenticated and has access to the Alumni area.  The cookie is active until a visitor logs out or closes the browser.

        Another cookie is used to display a visitor’s first name at the top of the Site once he or she has logged in to the Alumni area.
        Another cookie operates if a visitor clicks “remember me”.  This allows a visitor to re-enter the Alumni area of the Site without having to log in again.

        Connect

        PCONNECTID, PCUSERNAME*

        These cookies are used to manage the Connect area of the Site.  Once a visitor logs in with username and password, a cookie is used to recognize that the user has been authenticated and has access to the Connect area.  The cookie is active until a visitor logs out or closes the browser.

        Another cookie is used to display a visitor’s first name at the top of the Site once he or she has logged in to the Connect area.
        Another cookie operates if a visitor clicks “remember me”.  This allows a visitor to re-enter the Connect area of the Site without having to log in again.


        * These cookies may change names from time to time and will be periodically updated on this list.
    3. WITH WHOM WE MAY SHARE YOUR INFORMATION
      1. Personal Information. We will not share your Personal Information (including e-mail address) with any third party except (1) with your consent, (2) when we believe in good faith disclosure is required by law, or (3) to third parties who are providing services to Pillsbury as needed to provide such services and subject to appropriate confidentiality obligations. We reserve the right to disclose information about you, including data on which pages you have visited, to third parties if we feel it is necessary to protect the security of our systems, Site, business, users or others.
      2. Visitor Information. Visitor Information may be provided to third parties at Pillsbury's discretion so long as the information is not linked to your Personal Information.
      3. Transfer of Practice. We may provide and transfer to third parties any or all information regarding the Pillsbury Site, including your Personal Information and Visitor Information, in connection with the transfer of all or a portion of Pillsbury's practice, whether by merger, acquisition or otherwise.
    4. GOVERNING LAW. The Pillsbury Site is hosted within the United States. By providing any Personal Information to the Site, you consent to the collection, processing, transfer, and storage of such information in the United States and any other country where Pillsbury or its service provider maintains offices, even if such country has a different level of privacy protection than the protection available under your local law. If you are a user accessing this Site from any region with regulations or laws governing personal data collection, use and disclosure, that differ from United States laws/regulations, please note that through your continued use of this Site, which is governed by U.S. Law, this Privacy Statement, and our Terms of Use, you are transferring Personal Information to the United States and you consent to that transfer.
    5. YOUR CHOICES AND OPTING-OUT. The Pillsbury Site provides current subscribers the opportunity to opt-out of receiving email from us at any time, to update your email subscription information and to review and request changes to your Personal Information that Pillsbury has collected through the Pillsbury Site. To do so, please click here or follow the instructions contained in any email sent from the Pillsbury Site. You may also notify us of your opt-out request by phoning us at 415-983-1000 and ask for the firm's general counsel.
    6. SECURITY MEASURES. We use commercially reasonable security measures designed to protect against unauthorized access to Personal Information under our control, including physical, electronic and procedural safeguards. However, please be aware that, despite these efforts, data transmission over the Internet is inherently insecure and we cannot guarantee the security of information transmitted or provided through the Pillsbury Site. Once we received your transmission, we use appropriate efforts to ensure its security on our systems, but we do not accept liability for unintentional disclosure.
    7. CHANGES. We may change this Privacy Statement from time to time, and such changes will be effective upon posting the amended terms to the Pillsbury Site. The date of update is specified at the beginning of these Terms.

Severability. If any provision of these Terms, including the Privacy Statement, is found to be void or unenforceable, such provision shall be severed and all other provisions shall remain in force.

How to Contact Us. If you have any questions about these Terms, including the Privacy Statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, please contact us via e-mail at: info@pillsburylaw.com.

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