TERMS AND CONDITIONS
A. Incorporation By Reference
B. No Prior Agreements
Forget About the Past, this is It! This Agreement is like a broom sweeping away all those previous agreements, discussions, and representations. It’s the grand finale, the last piece of the puzzle, the cherry on top of our professional sundae. And it’s as solid as a rock – no changes unless we both put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and say “aye.”
Now, let’s get one thing straight: Judigo Legal doesn’t promise you the moon. We don’t lay claim to any exclusive geographical territory or practice area and we don’t cap the number of attorney memberships. We can’t promise that the inquiries you answer will lead to any users becoming clients. We also can’t promise that any marketing we do of you, including putting your profile on our directory and featuring you on our site and social media, will produce any tangible results for you, although we cross our fingers it does. There are no guarantees that we’ll gift wrap a specific client or matter just for you. Basically, unless it’s chiseled into this agreement, we don’t make any warranties, guarantees, or promises.
C. Engagement with Users
Judigo Legal plays Cupid, not Jiminy Cricket, in any relationship between you and users. In other words, we have absolutely no involvement in or with any agreement between you any user, including your representation thereof. Should a user become your client, you are solely responsible for determining the honesty and creditworthiness of that person/entity, and the legitimacy of any claims. We do not warrant, endorse, or guarantee the accuracy, truthfulness, or legitimacy of any representations made by users.
D. No Attorney-Client Relationship with Judigo Legal
We are not a law firm and cannot give legal advice to anyone. Anyone seeking legal advice directly from Judigo Legal is better off asking their pet parrot. No interaction or communication between anyone and Judigo Legal will result in an attorney-client relationship. Now, Judigo Legal may sometimes lend a helping hand to a user by suggesting ways in which they can clarify their inquiries to you, the attorney. But don’t get it twisted, this isn’t legal advice or the practice of law. It’s more like helping your grandma set up her Facebook profile – it’s just assistance aimed at making sure users can relay information effectively, increasing the chances that an attorney can effectively and efficiently respond to their inquiries.
E. Attorney Submissions
You are the captain of your own ship. You are the one behind the wheel, the one responsible for all the info you share through our Services, including our marketing platforms. This includes, but isn’t limited to, your ads, your profile, your contact information, your fees, your articles and templates, and every chat you have with users (aka potential clients). So, if any of your shared information turns out to be a bit off, or even worse, it’s defamatory, deceptive, misleading, breaks the law, or steps on the toes of ethics in any way – well, that’s on solely you.
F. Checks for Conflicts of Interest
It’s up to you, and only you, to check for conflicts of interest and to steer clear of them. You are solely responsible for ensuring compliance with conflict-of-interest laws and rules of ethics. We know it’s a bit like brushing your teeth – it might not be the most exciting part of your day, but it’s essential.
G. Confidentiality of Communications with Users
Mum’s the word. You agree to maintain communications with users while using our Services private and confidential regardless of whether an attorney-client relationship is ever formed between you and any user. You may, however, share the communications with your law firm’s staff, including your intake team.
Should someone decide to raise a fuss about something you or someone else has posted or done using your account (like putting up offensive or harmful content), or if you’ve stepped on someone’s toes by violating this Agreement, you agree to indemnify and hold us and our representatives harmless. This means you’ll cover any and all costs or pesky lawyer fees incurred by us or our representatives in relation to any third-party claim, cause of action, demand or damages related to or arising out of: (a) content that is posted or transmitted using your account; (b) activity that occurs through or by use of your account, including, without limitation, all content posted or transmitted and interactions and communications with others; (c) your use of or reliance on any user information or communications; and (d) your violation of any provisions contained in this Agreement. We sometimes like to handle our own battles, so we might decide to take over the defense side of things at our own expense. If that happens, then you agree to play nice and cooperate with us in defending these claims.
I. Choice of Law & Forum for Resolution of Disputes
This Agreement shall be interpreted and bound according to the laws of the sunny state of California. If things get a little heated and we find ourselves in a pickle over this Agreement, we’ll sort it out in the courts of Los Angeles County, California, subject to the included Arbitration Agreement.
If any matter arising from this Agreement or our Services must be litigated, everyone’s on their own when it comes to coughing up for their lawyer’s bill and other expenses—each side bears their own attorneys’ fees and costs, so long as California law permits.
J. Arbitration Agreement and Waiver of Jury Trial and of Class Action
In the event of any issue arising from the Terms or your use of the Services, both you and Judigo Legal agree to resolve it through arbitration rather than engaging in litigation. This pertains to all potential disputes, controversies, or claims (“Claims”) that could emerge at any given time. These claims may concern any aspect of these Terms (including the creation, existence, breach, termination, enforcement, interpretation, validity, scope, or enforceability), your access to or use of our services, any marketing content you receive, or any information concerning our services. Additionally, any other elements of your relationship or transactions with us, as well as any Third-Party Disputes (as defined below in subsection 2), are encompassed within this “Arbitration Agreement.” Therefore, this Arbitration Agreement serves as a comprehensive apparatus, encapsulating all claims without exception to the extent permitted by law.
This Arbitration Agreement covers any conflict, dispute, or claim that involves any third parties, provided these issues are pertinent to your utilization of our Services or your Judigo Legal account (hereafter referred to as “Third Party Disputes”)
The term ‘third parties’ refers to a wide range of entities which could include advertisers, service providers, providers of goods, or vendors. Third parties may be people or entities who process payments, assist us in fraud prevention, advertise through our Services, help us with advertising campaigns, and/or analyze our data. This also extends to companies that offer co-branded services or products. Further, “third parties” includes your spouses, heirs, and any other individual who may benefit from or be assigned your account. A “Claim” under this Arbitration Agreement includes all claims or disputes between you and any third party that are in any way related to the Services or the Terms.
If there’s a disagreement between you and Judigo Legal, you both have the option to take the matter to a small claims court as long as the matter is relatively simple and only includes us or a third party and you. Either party is also free to ask a court for an injunction to stop further infringement if they feel that their intellectual property rights are being violated. If a claim could potentially be resolved in a small claims court, per the terms of this section but one party initiates arbitration instead, the other party can request to revert the case back to small claims court. The small claims court, not the arbitrator, has the last say in any situation where there is uncertainty over whether a claim should be heard in small claims court or through arbitration.
BY CLICKING ON THE “I AGREE” BOX AND YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES, YOU ARE CONSENTING TO RESOLVE ANY DISPUTES ARISING UNDER THIS ARBITRATION AGREEMENT THROUGH ARBITRATION, RATHER THAN A JURY TRIAL. THIS MEANS THAT BOTH YOU AND JUDIGO LEGAL ARE VOLUNTARILY RELINQUISHING THE RIGHT TO HAVE A JURY DECIDE ANY LEGAL ISSUES.
BY ACCEPTING THE TERMS, YOU AGREE THAT, IN THE EVENT THAT THERE IS A DISPUTE COVERED BY THIS ARBITRATION AGREEMENT, YOU AND JUDIGO LEGAL SHALL FORFEIT THE RIGHT TO BRING, JOIN, OR PARTICIPATE IN ANY CLASS ACTION, TO THE EXTENT ALLOWED BY APPLICABLE LAWS. THIS MEANS THAT YOU MAY NOT PARTICIPATE AS A PLAINTIFF OR MEMBER OF A CLASS ACTION, COLLECTIVE ACTION, OR REPRESENTATIVE ACTION.
ALSO, UNLESS OTHERWISE AGREED TO IN WRITING BY YOU AND JUDIGO LEGAL, ANY ARBITRATION WILL BE CONDUCTED ONLY ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS. IN OTHER WORDS, NO CLASS, COLLECTIVE, CONSOLIDATED, OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDINGS OR ACTIONS ARE PERMITTED.
FURTHER, IN THEIR CAPACITY AS THE NEUTRAL PARTY, THE ARBITRATOR MAY ONLY RULE IN YOUR FAVOR AND AWARD YOU BASED ENTIRELY ON YOUR INDIVIDUAL CLAIMS; ANY AWARD MADE BY THE ARBITRATOR BELONGS TO YOU ALONE AND CANNOT AFFECT OTHER USERS. TO BE CLEAR, THE ARBITRATOR IS PROHIBITED FROM CONSOLIDATING THE CLAIMS OF MULTIPLE PARTIES OR FROM PARTICIPATING IN ANY FORM OF COLLECTIVE, CLASS, OR REPRESENTATIVE ARBITRATION; ONLY INDIVIDUAL ARBITRATION IS ALLOWED.
This Arbitration Agreement shall be interpreted and enforced in accordance with the Federal Arbitration Act, or FAA for short. To the extent that the law permits, it supersedes all state laws. Any dispute covered by this Arbitration Agreement that is determined to not be governed by the FAA will be governed by California state law.
Unless you reside in California, the American Arbitration Association, or AAA, shall conduct the arbitration in accordance with the Consumer Arbitration Rules (the “Rules”) that are in effect at the time the demand for arbitration is made. These rules are available at https://www.adr.org/sites/default/files/Consumer-Rules-Web_0.pdf. This Arbitration Agreement shall take precedence over the Rules in the event of any discrepancy between the Rules and this Arbitration Agreement.
We both consent to let the arbitrator make decisions according to the Rules. This individual will ascertain your and our rights and obligations. The arbitrator has the same authority to provide relief and damages as a judge would in court. They must abide by all applicable California laws, and their decisions are final, binding, and enforceable once they are made.
You and Judigo Legal acknowledge that an arbitrator, not a court or agency, has the final say on whether this Arbitration Agreement is valid or not, and they also get to decide if there are any issues with the fairness or legitimacy of these terms.
The arbitration will take place in Los Angeles, California, or at a location mutually agreed upon in writing by you and Judigo Legal. Unless the arbitrator decides that a hearing is required, the arbitration will only be performed based on the documents that you and Judigo Legal submit to the arbitrator if your claim does not exceed $10,000. If your claim is for more than $10,000, the Rules shall govern your right to a hearing.
The Rules will determine who pays for all the filing, administrative or arbitrator fees tied to the arbitration (we’ll call these “Arbitration Fees”). Each of us will handle our own Arbitration Fees according to those Rules or to the extent the law allows. However, each of us can ask for reimbursement of reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs—including Arbitration Fees—if the Arbitrator finds that the other party’s claim or defense is baseless, made in bad faith, intended to harass, or is generally frivolous. This would be in line with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11.
If you and Judigo Legal disagree on anything, ADR Services, Inc. will arbitrate the dispute in accordance with its Arbitration Rules (the “ADR Services Rules”) if you live in California. These are available for your review at https://www.adrservices.com/services/arbitration-rules/. This Arbitration Agreement shall take precedence over the ADR Services Rules in the event of any conflict. In accordance with the ADR Services Rules, you and Judigo Legal shall select a neutral arbitrator from ADR Services who is satisfactory to you both and who will determine your rights and obligations, if any. Like a court judge, this arbitrator has the authority to award relief and damages. The arbitrator will adhere to California state law as it applies. Their decision is final and binding against all parties.
The arbitrator shall have the power to resolve any disputes relating to this Arbitration Agreement, unless otherwise explicitly indicated herein. This authority includes evaluating whether any part of the Arbitration Agreement is not valid or enforceable, as well as considering whether to nullify all of it in its entirety. The arbitrator will also settle any initial disputes pertaining to the arbitration procedure, including determining if any delays were excessive or whether any terms are unfair. The arbitration will take place in Los Angeles County, California or at any other place that you and Judigo Legal agree to in writing.
The regulations from ADR Services determine who is responsible for paying what. This includes filing fees, administrative charges, arbitrator fees, etc. A detailed explanation is available on their website at https://www.adrservices.com/rate-fee-schedule/. Each of us, however, may request reimbursement of reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs, and arbitration fees, if the arbitrator determines that the other party’s claim or defense is frivolous, baseless, in bad faith, or intended to harass. This would be in line with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11.
You have a 30-day window from the date you initially accept these Terms to decline the Arbitration Agreement. To exercise this right, you must send an email to Judigo Legal at firstname.lastname@example.org. The email should contain your full name (first and last) and the email address associated with your account. Also, please make it clear in your correspondence that you are choosing to opt out of the Arbitration Agreement. Opting out of the Arbitration Agreement only opts you out of the terms within section “J” and its subsections. It does not opt you out of any other provisions or clauses contained within the Terms.
Please be advised that Judigo Legal reserves the right to modify Section “J” and its subsections after your acceptance of the Terms (or any subsequent modifications thereof). If you disagree with any modification, you retain the right to reject the changes by sending us an email within 30 days of the implementation of the said changes. The email should include your full name, the email address associated with your account, and a clear statement indicating your refusal to accept the alterations in Section “J”. However, your refusal of a modification does not nullify or alter your previous consent or any prior agreements to arbitrate any disputes between you and Judigo Legal or any third parties involved.
The severance of any provision, whether whole or in part, even if void, unenforceable, or unlawful shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the rest of the terms in the Arbitration Agreement.
The provisions of this Arbitration Agreement will continue to govern any disputes or disagreements that may arise even after you stop using the Services or delete your account.
K. Proprietary Rights and Assignment of Rights
Picture this: you’re hanging out on our Services, and you see all sorts of cool stuff. Words, our name and logo, images, tunes, designs, videos, and more – it’s like a treasure trove of goodies! Now, just like a museum, all these treasures are protected by copyrights, trademarks, patents, and other fancy legal shields. All this content is our baby, we’ve nurtured it with love, late-night brainstorming, and endless cups of coffee. So, you agree to respect that. You can enjoy it, use it, but only as much as we, at Judigo Legal, say it’s okay. No copying, reproducing, sending it across the globe, or making your own version without our express, written authorization.
Lastly, here’s the deal: you agree that any content, images, or data you submit to us for your use of the Services, we get to use on our Services, including for marketing purposes. Think of it as a souvenir from your visit. So, by hopping on board, you’re agreeing to assign the copyright of this data to us. You may, however, revoke this permission at any time by sending us an email at email@example.com.
L. Account Designation and Password
Once your membership gets the thumbs up, you will set up a username and password. Think of it as your secret handshake into our club. Now, here’s the deal: you pinky-promise (in other words, agree) not to sell, assign, or let anyone else use Judigo Legal’s Services’s without our written consent. Also, you agree to help keep any party-crashers at bay by taking reasonable steps to stop third parties from accessing your Judigo Legal credentials and account. Remember, like Spiderman, with great power comes great responsibility. That means you’re in charge of keeping your password and account details hush-hush. If anything goes sideways, like an unauthorized use of your account or a security breach, you agree to tell us about it right away.
M. Removal of Improper Submissions
We’re all about maintaining a healthy, positive environment. So, we have the right, but not the obligation, to regulate content including postings, text, code, images, videos, ads, binary files, account information, emails, messages, posts, profiles, and any other communications posted to, stored, or transmitted via our Services. So, heads up – if we stumble upon any submissions on our Services that don’t play by the rules of this Agreement, or if they’re potentially breaking the law, or just generally giving off a bad vibe (negatively impacting Judigo Legal’s purpose, reputation or integrity, or the reputation of our users or member attorneys), we reserve the right to give the submissions and the submitters the boot. We’re not constantly peering over your shoulders, monitoring every inquiry or attorney response, but rest assured, if a complaint lands on our desk and we think it seems legit, we will investigate, and if necessary, take action.
N. Promoting Your Services
YOU ARE ALLOWED TO CONTACT USERS SUBMITTING INQUIRIES VIA OUR CHAT FEATURE AND OFFER YOUR SERVICES TO THEM TO THE EXTENT APPLICABLE LAW AND RULES OF ETHICS ALLOW, BUT ONLY AFTER YOU HAVE MADE A REASONABLE ATTEMPT TO ANSWER THE PENDING INQUIRY VIA OUR CHAT FEATURE. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL YOU (1) RESPOND TO ANY SUCH USER BY ANY MANNER OTHER THAN THROUGH OUR CHAT FEATURE OR (2) OFFER ANY LEGAL SERVICES TO ANY SUCH USER, WHETHER THROUGH OUR CHAT FEATURE OR OTHERWISE, UNLESS AND UNTIL YOU HAVE FIRST MADE A REASONABLE ATTEMPT TO ANSWER THEIR INQUIRY USING VIA OUR CHAT FEATURE. YOU ALSO AGREE THAT YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ABIDING BY ALL APPLICABLE LAWS AND RULES OF ETHICS WHEN PROMOTING OR OFFERING YOUR SERVICES TO USERS AND WILL ABIDE BY ALL SUCH APPLICABLE LAWS AND RULES OF ETHICS.
O. Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Judigo Legal provides you with the option to use AI to help you formulate responses to inquiries from users more efficiently. However, if you choose to use AI, whether directly from our Services or from a site/application of your choosing, you agree that you will always verify any AI-generated information for accuracy before incorporating any portion of that info into your response to users while using Judigo Legal’s Services. Judigo Legal is not responsible or liable for any inaccurate information provided to any users as a result of your use of AI.
P. Use of Spanish-English Translator
Judigo Legal also provides you with the option to use a Spanish-English translator directly from our Services. You acknowledge that Judigo Legal does not guarantee the accuracy of translations and that oftentimes, electronic/digital translators are not accurate. You assume all liability and risks that may result from using a translator, including the one on our Services. We also heavily advise that you only use the Spanish-English translator from our Services if you or someone on your staff speaks Spanish fluently. Your ability to adequately represent a Spanish-only speaking person, should they become your client, might be compromised unless there is someone on your staff that can communicate fluently with them.
Q. Prohibited Activities
You agree to refrain from doing the following using Judigo Legal’s name, logos, brand, content, technologies, software, or Services:
You acknowledge and accept that you use the Judigo Legal Services at your own risk. The Services are provided without any warranties, either express or implied, and are available “as is” and “as available.” Judigo Legal specifically disclaims all types of warranties, including but not limited to, those of merchantability, fitness for a specific purpose, and non-infringement.
Judigo Legal does not guarantee that the Services will fulfill every attorney’s needs, nor does it promise uninterrupted, secure, timely, or error-free service. We also do not guarantee the outcomes that may be achieved from using our Services, or the accuracy or reliability of any information procured through our Services. We don’t assure that any software defects will be corrected.
We offer no warranty about any goods, services, or information obtained through or on our Services. Further, we do not guarantee any transactions conducted through our Services. Any advice, instructions, recommendations, or information you receive from Judigo Legal, whether orally or in writing, does not create any warranty beyond what is explicitly stated in this Agreement.
S. Limitations of Liability
You affirm that Judigo Legal is not responsible for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, or consequential damages resulting from the use or inability to use our Services, or the costs incurred in acquiring alternative goods or services. This also covers any goods or services purchased, messages received, or transactions made via our Services. Judigo Legal is not liable for any unauthorized changes to or access of your data transmissions, leading to losses such as profits, usage, data, or other tangible or intangible things, even if Judigo Legal has been informed of these potential damages.
Further, you agree that Judigo Legal is not responsible for any damages that result from the interruption, suspension, or termination of the Services regardless of whether Judigo Legal’s actions or omissions causing such interruption, suspension, or termination of the Services were negligent, intentional, inadvertent or advertent. This extends to any loss of data due to accidental or deliberate deletion, network or system downtime, file corruption, and other reasons.
T. Electronic Communications
When you decide to hang out on our website, use our Services, or even shoot us an email, it’s like we’re having a virtual coffee together. You’re giving us the thumbs up to chat back with you through the mystical realms of the internet. Whether we reply by email or post something on our site, it’s as good as a handwritten letter delivered by a carrier pigeon, just a lot quicker and less messy. So, all those legal eagles insisting on stuff being in writing? Well, our electronic chit-chat fits the bill perfectly. No quill or parchment needed. Just us, you, and the sweet sound of the send button. In other words, you consent to receive communications from us electronically and agree that all agreements, notices, disclosures and other communications that we provide to you electronically satisfy any legal requirement that such communications be in writing.
U. Electronic Contracting
Engaging with our Services may require you to enter into agreements or conduct transactions online. By proceeding in this digital format, you’re expressing your acceptance of terms associated with such electronic transaction. This encompasses any payments related to transactions you initiate. This Agreement governs all your actions within arising out of our Service, even in instances of cancellation, adherence to our policies, signing of contracts, or completion of applications.
In a way that’s more exciting than finding a surprise extra fry at the bottom of the bag, you’re giving us the green light – no, make that a dazzling disco light – to freely use and weave any bright ideas, improvement nudges, suggestions, recommendations, or feedback you share with us into the fabric of our Services and marketing royalty-free, worldwide, irrevocably, and perpetually.
We really hate to be the party poopers, but it seems we need to keep our serious hats on for a moment. You see, this Agreement is pretty important. It’s like that secret recipe your grandma handed down – you’ve got to follow it to a T to get that perfect apple pie. Just like with grandma’s recipe, if you miss an ingredient or decide to go rogue with the terms in this Agreement, we might have to show you the exit door from our Judigo Legal party. We’d rather not, of course. We love having you here! But sometimes, we have to make tough calls. So, if we decide to revoke your membership, don’t take it personally. It’s not you, it’s us. Well, actually, it might be you. But let’s just say it’s a professional decision made with a heavy heart.
Our failure to enforce or exercise any part of this Agreement doesn’t mean we’re giving you or anyone else a free pass. Oh no, my friend! It doesn’t mean we’ve waived that provision or right. We might be cool, laid-back and all, but when it’s about rules, we don’t kid around. So don’t mistake our silence for surrender – our failure to enforce or exercise any provision or right in this Agreement does not mean we are waiving such provision or right, or any other part of this Agreement.
Y. Contact Information
If you have any questions or comments regarding our Terms, please contact us at:
Judigo Legal, Inc.
132 S. Lasky Dr., #300
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
California residents: you have the right under Cal. Civ. Code §1789.3 to file grievances with the Complaint Assistance Unit of the Division of Consumer Services, a part of the California Department of Consumer Affairs. You can reach them by mail at 1625 N. Market Blvd., Ste. N 112, Sacramento, California 95834 or via phone at (800) 952-5210 or (916) 445-1254.
Last updated on December 14, 2023