Terms of Service V4
Last updated on 05.19.2020
IMPORTANT NOTICE: THIS AGREEMENT IS SUBJECT TO BINDING ARBITRATION AND A WAIVER OF CLASS ACTION RIGHTS AS DETAILED IN THE DISPUTE RESOLUTION SECTION.
Ring Terms of Service
This website is owned and operated by Ring LLC and its subsidiaries (collectively “Ring,” “we,” “us,” or “our”). These Terms of Service (“Terms”) govern your legal rights to use or access our services, software, mobile application, and our websites (the “Services”) and Ring hardware products or devices (“Products”). These Terms also govern your legal rights with respect to Third Party Services (defined below).Please read these Terms carefully before purchasing or using the Products or Services or purchasing or using Third Party Services. By using or accessing our Products or Services, or purchasing or using Third Party Services, you signify your acknowledgement and assent to the terms and conditions of use set forth below. These Terms (together with other user agreements, where applicable) constitute a binding legal agreement between you and Ring (this “Agreement”). Please read these Terms closely because they contain important information about automatic renewal , a class action waiver , and an arbitration provision, requiring you to arbitrate any claims you may have against Ring on an individual basis. ARBITRATION ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS MEANS THAT YOU WILL NOT HAVE, AND YOU WAIVE, THE RIGHT FOR A JUDGE OR JURY TO DECIDE YOUR CLAIMS, AND THAT YOU MAY NOT PROCEED IN A CLASS, CONSOLIDATED, OR REPRESENTATIVE CAPACITY.
*If you do not agree with these Terms, please do not purchase or use our Products or Services or Third Party Services. *
This Agreement represents the entire understanding relating to your purchase or use of the Products and Services or Third Party Services and prevails over any prior or contemporaneous, conflicting or additional communications between you and Ring. All rights not expressly granted herein are reserved by Ring. However, to the extent your use of a Product or Service involves or is integrated with products or services of affiliated companies, any terms and policies covering those products or services may also apply.
Specific areas or pages of our websites may include additional or different terms relating to the purchase or use of our Products and Services or Third Party Services. In the event of a conflict between such specific terms and these Terms, the specific terms shall control.
The term “you,” as used in these Terms, includes any person or entity who is the owner of the Product and creates an account associated with the Product (“Owner”), as well as any person or entity allowed or authorized to access or use the Owner’s Products and Services (“Authorized Users”). Authorized Users are responsible for their own actions in connection with the Products and Services, but Owner hereby consents to these terms on behalf of all Authorized Users and agrees to be fully responsible for all actions taken by Authorized Users relating to the Owner’s Products, Services and account. As a result, if you are an Owner, you should authorize only those individuals that you trust to access your account, Products, and Services.
You must be at least 13 years old to use the Products and Services. If you are between the ages of 13 and 18, you may use our Products and Services only with the consent and under the supervision of a parent or legal guardian who agrees to be bound by these Terms. If you are a parent or legal guardian of a user between the ages of 13 and 18, you consent to these terms on behalf of such user and you are fully responsible for the acts of such user in relation to our Products and Services.
If you’re agreeing to these Terms on behalf of an organization or entity, you represent and warrant that you are authorized to agree to these Terms on that organization or entity’s behalf and bind them to these Terms (in which case, the references to “you” and “your” in these Terms, except for in this sentence, refer collectively to you personally and to that organization or entity).
CHANGES TO THIS AGREEMENT AND SERVICES
Except as set forth in the Dispute Resolution section, Ring is free to revise these Terms or any other part of this Agreement at any time by updating this page. If we make changes to these Terms that we consider material, we will make reasonable efforts to notify you by placing a notice on the ring.com website, notifying you through the Services, by sending you an email, or by some other means. By continuing to use our Products and Services after such changes, you are expressing your acknowledgement and acceptance of the changes. Please check these Terms periodically for updates.
We’re always trying to improve the Products and Services, so they may change over time. We may suspend or discontinue any part of the Services, or we may introduce new features or impose limits on certain features or restrict access to parts or all of the Products or Services. Similarly, we reserve the right to remove any Content from the Services at any time, for any reason, in our sole discretion, and without notice.
We are also free to terminate (or suspend access to) your use of the Services or your account, for any reason in our discretion, including your breach of these Terms. We have the sole right to decide whether you are in violation of any of the restrictions set forth in this Agreement.
ACCESS AND USE; GUIDELINES FOR INSTALLATION AND USE
All right, title and interest in the Services and our content provided through the Products and Services (including without limitation information, documents, logos, graphics, designs and images) are owned by Ring, its licensors, or designated third parties. Subject to these Terms, Ring grants you a limited, non-transferable, non-exclusive right to access and make personal and non-commercial use of the Products and Services Notwithstanding the foregoing, businesses may purchase Products and use the Services for their own internal, lawful business purposes (such as using Products on their business premises or enabling tenants to use the Products); however, this license does not include any right to resell Products or Services, or otherwise make the Products or Services available for third parties.
Privacy and other laws applicable in your jurisdiction may impose certain responsibilities on you and your use of the Products and Services. You agree that it is your responsibility, and not the responsibility of Ring, to ensure that you comply with any applicable laws when you use the Products and Services, including but not limited to:
(1) any laws or regulations relating to the recording or sharing of video or audio content,
(2) any laws or regulations requiring that notice be given to or that consent be obtained from third parties with respect to your use of the Products or Services (for example, laws or regulations requiring you to display appropriate signage advising others that audio/visual recording is taking place),
and/or (3) any laws or regulations requiring (a) that installation of any Product which takes visual and/or audio recordings be installed at such an angle that it does not take any recordings beyond the boundary of your property (including public pavements or roads); and (b) that, if you use your property as a workplace, you comply with laws governing the monitoring of employees.
If your use of the Services or any Products is prohibited by applicable laws, then you aren’t authorized to use the Services or Products. We can’t and won’t be responsible for your using the Services or any Products in a way that breaks the law.
You may be required to sign up for an account, and select a password and user name (“User ID”). You promise to provide us with accurate, complete, and updated registration information about yourself. You may not select as your User ID a name that you don’t have the right to use, or another person’s name with the intent to impersonate that person. Also, you will not share your account or password with anyone, and you must protect the security of your account and your password. You’re responsible for any activity associated with your account.
You represent, warrant, and agree that you will not capture or contribute any Content (as defined below) or otherwise use the Services or Products or interact with the Services or Products in a manner that:
- Infringes or violates the intellectual property rights or any other rights of anyone else (including us);
- Violates any law, ordinance, or regulation, including privacy and other laws referenced above and any applicable export control laws;
- Is harmful, fraudulent, deceptive, threatening, harassing, defamatory, obscene, or otherwise objectionable;
- Jeopardizes the security of your Ring account or anyone else’s (such as allowing someone else to log in to the Services as you);
- Attempts, in any manner, to obtain the password, account, or other security information from any other user;
- Violates the security of any computer network, or cracks any passwords or security encryption codes;
- Runs Maillist, Listserv, any form of auto-responder or “spam” on the Services, or any processes that run or are activated while you are not logged into the Services, or that otherwise interfere with the proper working of the Services (including by placing an unreasonable load on the Services’ infrastructure);
- “Crawls,” “scrapes,” or “spiders” any page, data, or portion of or relating to the Services or Content (through use of manual or automated means);
- Copies or stores any significant portion of the Content; or
- Violates the Ring Neighbors Community guidelines, which are hereby incorporated by reference.
A violation of any of the foregoing is grounds for termination of your right to use or access the Products and Services.
PRODUCTS FACILITATING ACCESS TO PROPERTY
Some of our Products facilitate access to a property. If you are installing one of these Products at a property owned, operated or managed by a third party or where other individuals live, work or are otherwise present (collectively, “Other Parties”), you represent and warrant to us that you have notified those Other Parties, to the extent required by law, and obtained all approvals, permissions, consents and authorizations, if and as required from such Other Parties, for installation and operation of the Product at the installation location, use of the Product to facilitate individuals, including delivery drivers, to have unaccompanied access to the location for deliveries to you and others, and removal of the Product.
You further represent and warrant to us that the location where the Product is installed is safe for individuals who access the property, including those who access by using the Product, and that the installation of the Product at that location will not disrupt or negatively affect any other systems, locks, or other protections or infrastructure of the property.
TRADEMARKS AND COPYRIGHTS
Nothing on or in the Products or Services shall be construed as conferring any license under any intellectual property right, including any right in the nature of trademark or copyright, of Ring or any third party, whether by estoppel, implication or otherwise. All trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners.
Except as otherwise noted, Ring is the owner of all trademarks and service marks on or in the Products and Services, whether registered or not, including, without limitation, Ring, Ring Protect and Ring Neighbors. Ring expressly forbids the unauthorized use of its logos, trademarks or other graphics to create links. All registered trademarks are registered in the United States of America (and/or other applicable jurisdictions).
What if I see something on the Services that infringes my copyright?
You may have heard of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (the “DMCA”), as it relates to online service providers, like Ring, being asked to remove material that allegedly violates someone’s copyright. We respect others’ intellectual property rights, and we reserve the right to delete or disable Content alleged to be infringing, and to terminate the accounts of repeat alleged infringers. To review our complete Copyright Dispute Policy and learn how to report potentially infringing content, click here. To learn more about the DMCA, click here.
You are solely responsible for all of your Content (including Content you share through the Ring Neighbors feature or application). “Content” means all audio, video, images, text, or other types of content captured by our Products or provided to us (including content posted by you) in connection with the Services. You represent and warrant that:
(a) you own the intellectual property rights in Content posted by you or otherwise have the right to post the Content and grant the license set forth below, and (b) the posting and use of your Content on or through the Services does not violate the privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, contract rights, intellectual property rights or any other rights of any person.
You hereby grant Ring and its licensees an unlimited, irrevocable, fee free and royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide right to use, distribute, store, delete, translate, copy, modify, display, and create derivative works from such Content that you share through our Services including, without limitation, the Ring Neighbors feature or application, the Ring Community, or via a share link, for any purpose and in any media format. You shall not use, reproduce, modify, upload, publish, transmit, distribute, display, or otherwise exploit for any purposes whatsoever any Content: (i) not owned by you without the express prior written consent of the respective owners, and (ii) in any way that violates any third party right. Ring reserves the right, but shall not be obligated, to remove any Content from the Services at any time in its sole and absolute discretion. You agree that you will indemnify Ring for all claims and resulting from Content you share through our Services, including, without limitation, the Ring Neighbors feature or application or Ring Community. If you see Content that you believe violates our Terms, please flag it in our mobile application or report it to us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
RING PROTECT RECORDINGS
When you choose to subscribe to a Ring Protect Subscription Plan (“Ring Protect Plan”), we will automatically receive for storage any video and/or audio Content captured by your Products that are associated with your Ring Protect Plan (“Ring Protect Recordings”). For more information on the Ring Protect Plan, please see Ring Protect Subscription Plans and Privacy.
FREE TRIAL AND SUBSCRIPTIONS
You may enjoy our Ring Protect Plan in the following ways:
Free Trial. When you first set up your Product, you will be automatically enrolled in a free thirty (30) day trial of the Ring Protect Plan. If you do not enter into a paid subscription for a Ring Protect Plan before the end of your trial period, your Ring Protect Recordings will be deleted.
Paid Subscriptions. When you first set up your Product through the Services, or at any time after you begin using your Product, you may enjoy our Ring Protect Plan by enrolling in our monthly or annual subscription plan, which will continue until you or we cancel your subscription. These subscription plans entitle you to access our Ring Protect Plan for each payment period until such subscription is cancelled. Your paid subscription will automatically commence on the first day following the end of your trial period, and will automatically renew on a monthly or annual basis depending on your election when you first set up your Product. By submitting your payment details in conjunction with the trial, you agree to this charge. To avoid this charge, you must cancel your Ring Protect Plan by either contacting us before the end of your trial period or discontinuing the Ring Protect Plan via the Ring website.
Subscription fees are billed or charged on the first day of the applicable subscription period. If any payment is not received, is returned unpaid or if any credit card or similar transaction is rejected or denied, Ring reserves the right to cancel your Ring Protect Plan subscription and to collect any rejection or insufficient funds fee and to process any such payment by the payment method you have submitted to us.
To the extent applicable, if you choose to pay by direct debit, you agree that we may charge you as early as the first day of the applicable subscription period. If you enroll for a paid subscription on or after the expiration of your free trial, we may charge you on the same day as you enroll. We will confirm the mandate by email once you have enrolled and will give you advance notice of future charges after the initial charge.
Auto-Renewal for Paid Subscriptions. Unless you opt out of auto-renewal, which can be done through your account settings by removing your payment information or by contacting us, any paid Services (for example, your Ring Protect Plan) you have signed up for will be automatically extended for successive renewal periods of the same duration as the subscription term originally selected, at the then-current non-promotional rate. To change or discontinue your paid Services at any time, go to account settings or contact us. If you terminate a paid Service, you may use your subscription until the end of your then-current term and 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, except as set forth in the Refund Policy below. Your non-termination or continued use of a paid Service reaffirms that we are authorized to charge your payment method for that paid Service. We may submit those charges for payment and you will be responsible for such charges. This does not waive our right to seek payment directly from you. Your charges may be payable in advance, in arrears, or as otherwise described when you initially selected to use the paid Service.
RECORDINGS, CONTENT, AND PERMISSION FROM YOU
Ring does not claim ownership of your intellectual property rights in your Content. Other than the rights you grant to us under these Terms, you retain all rights you have in your Content.
However, by purchasing or using our Products and Services, you give Ring the right, without any compensation or obligation to you, to access and use your Content for the limited purposes of providing Services to you, protecting you, improving our Products and Services, developing new Products and Services, and as otherwise set forth in our Privacy Notice.
Additionally, by electing to publicly share your Content via our Services to other users or the general public , in addition to the license granted above, you give Ring the right, without any compensation or obligation to you, to access and use your Content and related location information for the purposes of publicly sharing such recordings and information with current and future users and allowing those users to comment on the Content.
In addition to the rights granted above, you also acknowledge and agree that Ring may access, use, preserve and/or disclose your Content to law enforcement authorities, government officials, and/or third parties, if legally required to do so or if we have a good faith belief that such access, use, preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to:
(a) comply with applicable law, regulation, legal process or reasonable governmental request; (b) enforce these Terms, including investigation of any potential violation thereof; (c) detect, prevent or otherwise address security, fraud or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property or safety of Ring, its users, a third party, or the public as required or permitted by law.
Deleted Content and User Recordings may be stored by Ring in order to comply with certain legal obligations and are not retrievable without a valid court order.
CANCELLATIONS, REFUNDS, AND PAYMENTS
Cancellation of Subscription Services
You may cancel your Ring Protect Plan by contacting us or through your Ring account, at any time, with or without cause. After your cancellation, you will continue to enjoy access to the Ring Protect Plan and your Ring Protect Recordings until the last day of your subscription period. After such subscription period ends, your Ring Protect Recordings will no longer be accessible to you. For more information about canceling your Ring Protect Plan, please see Upgrading, Changing, or Canceling your Ring Protect Plan.
Risk of Loss
All purchases of physical items from Ring are made pursuant to a shipment contract. This means that the risk of loss and title for such items pass to you upon our delivery to the carrier.
If, for any reason, you decide to return Product that you purchased from us for a refund, you must notify us and return the Product to us within thirty (30) days from the date the Product was delivered.* Ring does not take title to returned items until the item arrives at our fulfillment center. At our discretion, a refund may be issued without requiring a return. In this situation, Ring does not take title to the refunded item. For more information about our returns and refunds, please see the Return Policy.
Order Limits / End-User Customers Only
Ring reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to refuse or cancel any order and limit order quantity. Ring may also require additional qualifying information prior to accepting or processing any order. Ring.com sells products to end-user customers only, and we reserve the right to refuse or cancel your order if we suspect you are purchasing products for resale.
THIRD PARTY SERVICES
You may be allowed to access or acquire third party products, websites, applications, content or services from third parties (“Third Party Services”) through our Services. A description or reference to any Third Party Service by or through our Services (including any description or reference via hyperlink) does not imply endorsement by Ring of such Third Party Service. These Third Party Services are the sole responsibility of such independent third parties, and your use thereof is solely at your own risk. Ring has no control over the content or policies of such Third Party Services, and we are not responsible for (and under no circumstances shall we be liable for) the contents, accuracy, reliability, quality or security of any such Third Party Service. Third Party Services may be subject to their own warranties, terms of service, and privacy policies. You may be required to agree to those third party terms to use the Third Party Services. Please review all information about Third Party Services before purchasing them through Ring. Those who choose to access information provided by third parties (including any information obtained through our Services) are solely responsible for the compliance of such information with any applicable law.
From time to time, Ring may develop updates, upgrades, patches and other modifications to improve the performance of the Services and/or the Products or for other reasons in our sole discretion (“Updates”). You agree that Ring may automatically install such Updates without providing any additional notice to you or receiving any additional consent from you.
Ring is pleased to hear from its customers. However, we do not accept or consider any unsolicited creative ideas, suggestions or other materials related to products, services or marketing. Anything you disclose or offer to us by or through our websites or our Services (“communications”), including e-mails to Ring or postings on interactive portions of our websites, shall be deemed and shall remain the property of Ring. If you send us such communications, you do so on a NON-CONFIDENTIAL BASIS, and we will have no obligation to keep such information secret, to refrain from using such information, or to compensate you for the receipt or use of such communications. Ring is free to use, for any purpose whatsoever, any communications, including but not limited to publishing, developing, manufacturing, and marketing our Products or Services using such communications. By submitting communications to us through our websites, via e-mail, or by any means, you hereby RELEASE Ring from any liability under any legal theory in connection with the use, modification, sale, or disclosure of any such communications. By uploading or otherwise providing any communications to our websites or to Ring, you hereby grant Ring, to the extent you retain any rights, the unlimited, perpetual right to reuse, redistribute, modify, and create derivative works from such communications for any purpose and in any media without compensation to you.
PRODUCTS AND SOFTWARE
Downloading or using our software (including our mobile application) does not give you title to such software, including any files, data and images incorporated in or associated with the software. Your use of any such software shall be only in accordance with these Terms. Our software is copyrighted by Ring or its licensor(s), and may be protected by one or more patents owned by Ring or its licensor(s). Software may not be copied, redistributed or placed on any server for further distribution. You may not sell, modify, decompile, disassemble or otherwise reverse engineer the software. Products and Services offered through this website shall be warranted, if at all, through the written license or warranty provided in connection with such product or software. These Terms apply to your use of all the Products and Services, including software that may be downloaded to your smartphone or tablet to access the Services (the “Application”). The Application is licensed to you on a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferrable, non-sublicensable basis, solely to be used in connection with the Products and Services for your private, personal, non-commercial use, subject to all the terms and conditions of these Terms as they are applicable to the Products and Services. You will only use the Application in connection with a device that you own or control. You represent and warrant that you are not located in a country subject to a U.S. Government embargo, or that has been designated by the U.S. Government as a “terrorist supporting” country, and that you are not listed on any U.S. Government list of prohibited or restricted parties.
NO LIFE AND SAFETY OR CRITICAL USES; BACKUPS
You acknowledge that our Products and Services are not intended for a third-party monitored emergency notification system and that we do not monitor emergency notifications and will not dispatch emergency authorities to your home in the event of an emergency. Ring makes no warranty or representation that use of the Products or Services will affect or increase any level of safety. You acknowledge that the Products and Services are not intended to be 100% reliable and are not a substitute for a third-party monitored emergency notification system. We cannot and do not guarantee that you will receive notifications in any given timeframe or at all. All life threatening, safety and emergency events should be directed to the appropriate response services.
We strongly suggest that you backup any important Content (for example, by downloading and locally saving any such Content). You are solely responsible to backup your Content to another location outside the Services to avoid loss of your Content and other data.
NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES
This website may contain errors and may not be complete or current. Ring therefore reserves the right to the fullest extent allowed by law to correct any errors or omissions (including after an order has been submitted) and to change or update information at any time without prior notice. Please note that such errors or omissions may relate to product descriptions, pricing and availability. We reserve the right to the fullest extent allowed by applicable law to cancel or refuse to accept any order. We apologize for any inconvenience.
EXCEPT FOR THE LIMITED WARRANTY PROVIDED ON OUR WEBSITE, OUR PRODUCTS AND SERVICES ARE PROVIDED ‘AS IS,’ AND RING DOES NOT MAKE ANY WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY WARRANTY OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR MERCHANTABILITY, NOR DO WE IN ANY WAY GUARANTEE THE QUALITY, DATA CONTENT, ARTISTIC WORTH OR LEGALITY OF INFORMATION, CONTENT, GOODS OR SERVICES THAT ARE TRANSFERRED, RECEIVED, PURCHASED OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE OR OBTAINED BY WAY OF THIS WEBSITE OR THE SERVICES. WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT OUR PRODUCTS OR SERVICES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, OR ERROR-FREE, OR THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED. APPLICABLE LAW MAY NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, SHALL RING BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR LOST PROFITS THAT RESULT FROM THE DISTRIBUTION OR USE OF, OR THE INABILITY TO USE, THE CONTENT OR MATERIALS ON THIS WEBSITE, THE PRODUCTS, OR THE SERVICES EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. APPLICABLE LAW MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY OR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY
IN NO EVENT SHALL RING’S TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES AND CAUSES OF ACTION (WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE) EXCEED THE AMOUNT PAID BY YOU, IF ANY, FOR THE PRODUCTS OR SERVICES AT ISSUE WITHIN THE PRIOR TWELVE (12) MONTHS. THIS LIMITATION IS CUMULATIVE AND WILL NOT BE INCREASED BY THE EXISTENCE OF MORE THAN ONE INCIDENT OR CLAIM. RING DISCLAIMS ALL LIABILITY OF ANY KIND OF RING’S LICENSORS AND SUPPLIERS. TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL RING BE LIABLE IN ANY WAY FOR ANY CONTENT, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN ANY CONTENT, OR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND INCURRED IN CONNECTION WITH USE OF OR EXPOSURE TO ANY CONTENT POSTED, EMAILED, ACCESSED, TRANSMITTED, OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE VIA THE SERVICES.
YOU USE THE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES AT YOUR OWN RISK. YOU HAVE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ADEQUATE PROTECTION AND BACKUP OF DATA AND/OR EQUIPMENT USED IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE, AND YOU AGREE TO HOLD RING HARMLESS FROM, AND YOU COVENANT NOT TO SUE US FOR, ANY CLAIMS BASED ON YOUR USE OF THE PRODUCT OR SERVICES, INCLUDING CLAIMS FOR LOST DATA OR CONTENT, WORK DELAYS OR LOST PROFITS RESULTING FROM YOUR USE OF THE PRODUCT OR SERVICES.
THE LIMITATION OF LIABILITY DESCRIBED ABOVE SHALL APPLY FULLY TO RESIDENTS OF NEW JERSEY. IF ANY PORTION OF THIS SECTION IS HELD TO BE INVALID UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY, THE INVALIDITY OF SUCH PORTION SHALL NOT AFFECT THE VALIDITY OF THE REMAINING PORTIONS OF THE APPLICABLE SECTIONS.
JURISDICTION AND CHOICE OF LAW
Ring controls and manages the Services from its facilities in the State of California in the United States of America. Unless otherwise stated, materials and content on the Services are presented solely for promoting Products and Services in the United States of America. Information published on the Products and Services may contain references to products, programs and services that are not announced or available in your country or region. We make no representation that such information, products, programs or services referenced on the Products or Services are legal, available or appropriate in your country or region.
These Terms shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California and the United States of America, without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law.
Mandatory, Bilateral Arbitration and Waiver of Class Actions
PLEASE READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY – IT MAY SIGNIFICANTLY AFFECT YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS, INCLUDING YOUR RIGHT TO FILE A LAWSUIT IN COURT.
YOU AND RING AGREE THAT ANY DISPUTE, CONTROVERSY, OR CLAIM ARISING OUT OF, OR RELATING TO YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES AND OR PRODUCTS, TO THIS AGREEMENT, OR TO THE CONTENT, ANY RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN US AND/OR ANY RECORDING ON THE SERVICES AND/OR PRODUCTS SHALL BE RESOLVED ONLY BY FINAL AND BINDING, BILATERAL ARBITRATION, except that (1) you may assert claims in small claims court in your county of residence within the United States if your claims qualify; and (2) this agreement to arbitrate does not include your or Ring’s right to seek injunctive or other equitable relief in state or federal court in Los Angeles County California to prevent the actual or threatened infringement, misappropriation or violation of a party’s copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, patents, or other intellectual property rights. The Federal Arbitration Act (the “FAA”), 9 U.S.C. § 1, et seq., and federal arbitration law apply to this Agreement and govern all questions as to whether a dispute is subject to arbitration.
There is no judge or jury in arbitration, and court review of an arbitration award is limited. An arbitrator, however, can award on an individual basis the same damages and relief as a court (including injunctive and declaratory relief or statutory damages), and must follow the terms of these Terms.
“Disputes” shall include, but are not limited to, any claims or controversies between you and Ring against each other related in any way to or arising out of in any way from this Agreement, the Services, the Products, the Content, including but not limited to sales, returns, refunds, cancellations, defects, policies, privacy, advertising, or any communications between you and Ring, even if the claim arises after you or Ring has terminated Services or a user account. Disputes also include, but are not limited to, claims that: (a) you bring against our employees, agents, affiliates, or other representatives; or (b) Ring brings against you. Disputes also include, but are not limited to, (i) claims in any way related to or arising out of any aspect of the relationship between you and Ring, whether based in contract, tort, statute, fraud, misrepresentation, advertising claims, or any other legal theory; (ii) claims that arose before these Terms or out of a prior set of Terms with Ring; (iii) claims that are subject to on-going litigation where you are not a party or a class member; and/or (iv) claims that arise after the termination of these Terms.
Before initiating an arbitration, you and Ring each agree to first provide the other a written notice (“Notice of Dispute”), which shall contain: (a) a written description of the problem and relevant documents and supporting information; and (b) a statement of the specific relief sought. A Notice of Dispute should be sent to: 1523 26th Street Santa Monica, CA 90404, Attention: Legal Department. We will provide a Notice of Dispute to you via the email address associated with your Ring account. You and Ring agree to attempt in good faith to resolve the Dispute prior to commencing an arbitration and not to commence an arbitration proceeding until a forty-five (45) day post-notice resolution period expires.
*Arbitration Process and Procedure *
If the parties do not reach an agreed upon solution within forty-five (45) days from the original Dispute Notice, then either party may initiate binding arbitration as the sole means to resolve claims, subject to these terms. Arbitration shall (1) be administered by the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (“JAMS”), pursuant to the JAMS Streamlined Arbitration Rules & Procedures then in effect (the “JAMS Rules”) and as modified by this agreement to arbitrate, including the rules regarding filing, administration, discovery, and arbitrator fees; (2) be conducted by a single, neutral arbitrator; and (3) take place in the county where you reside or any reasonable location within the United States convenient for you. To the extent that this agreement to arbitrate conflicts with the JAMS Policy on Consumer Arbitrations Pursuant to Pre-Dispute Clauses Minimum Standards for Procedural Fairness (the “Minimum Standards”), the Minimum Standards in that regard will apply.
WE EACH AGREE THAT ANY DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCEEDINGS WILL BE CONDUCTED ONLY ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS AND NOT IN A CLASS, REPRESENTATIVE OR PRIVATE ATTORNEY GENERAL ACTION. Further, unless both you and Ring expressly agree otherwise, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person’s claims and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding. If a court decides that applicable law precludes enforcement of any of this subsection’s limitations as to a particular claim for relief, then that claim (and only that claim) must be severed from the arbitration and may be brought in court.
If, for any reason, a claim proceeds in court rather than in arbitration, we each waive our right to a jury trial.
YOU THEREFORE UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT BY ENTERING INTO THIS AGREEMENT, YOU AND RING ARE EACH WAIVING THE RIGHT TO A TRIAL BY JURY AND THE RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN A CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE ACTION FOR ANY CLAIMS COVERED BY THIS AGREEMENT.
The arbitrator may award declaratory or injunctive relief only in favor of the individual party seeking relief and only to the extent necessary to provide relief warranted by that party's individual claim.
The JAMS Rules are available on its website at http://www.jamsadr.com/rules-streamlined-arbitration/. Notwithstanding any JAMS Rules to the contrary or any other provision in the arbitration rules chosen, by agreement, to govern, you and Ring each agree that all issues regarding the Dispute are delegated to the arbitrator to decide. Further, the arbitrator, and not any federal, state or local court or agency, shall have exclusive authority to resolve all disputes arising out of or relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability or formation of these Terms, including, but not limited to any claim that all or any part of these Terms are void or voidable, or whether a claim is subject to arbitration. The arbitrator’s award shall be written, and binding on the parties and may be entered as a judgment in any court of competent jurisdiction.
If your claim does not exceed $10,000 (USD), you and Ring agree to waive an oral hearing by the arbitrator and the arbitration will be conducted solely on the basis of documents you and Ring submit to the arbitrator, unless you request a hearing or the arbitrator determines that a hearing is necessary. To the extent an oral hearing is requested by you or Ring, or deemed necessary by the arbitrator, you and Ring agree that the hearing will be conducted telephonically or videographically.
An arbitrator’s award will be a written statement of the disposition of each claim and will also provide a concise written statement of the essential findings and conclusions which form the basis of the award. The arbitrator’s decision and award is final and binding, with some limited court review under the FAA, and judgment on the award may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction.
It is each parties’ responsibility to pay any JAMS filing, case management/administrative, and arbitrator fees as set forth in the JAMS Rules. To the extent the filing fee for the arbitration exceeds the cost of filing a lawsuit, Ring will pay the additional cost. If your claim for damages does not exceed $25,000 (USD) and you follow the dispute notice procedure set forth above, Ring will pay all such fees unless the arbitrator finds that either the substance of your Dispute or the relief sought was frivolous or was brought for an improper purpose (as measured by the standards set forth in the Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11(b)).
*Small Claims & Government Actions *
As an alternative to arbitration, you or Ring may resolve Disputes in a small claims court that has jurisdiction over your claim. These Terms and this arbitration agreement do not prevent you from bringing your Dispute to the attention of any federal, state, or local government agency. Such agencies can, if the law allows, seek relief against Ring on your behalf.
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