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DISCLAIMER: The GECorporateFinancialServices.com website ("Site") covers a variety of topics on financial products and services. Although some of the information involves tax, legal, accounting or similar issues, neither the companies offering the products or services nor their agents or affiliates are in the business of offering such advice nor can be viewed as offering such advice on the Site. Advice on such matters must fit your particular circumstances. Consequently, we strongly encourage you to consult with your own professional advisors to examine the legal, tax, accounting or investment aspects of any information presented on this Site and how they may affect your particular situation.
The information contained on this Site is inherently limited in scope and may change without notice. The information also does not contain all of the applicable terms, conditions, limitations or exclusions of the products or services described and does not cover all issues, topics or facts that may be relevant to your goals.
By using the Site or downloading materials from the Site, you agree to abide by the terms and conditions set forth in this notice. If you do not agree to abide by these terms and conditions, do not use the site or download materials from the Site.
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Patents. Some products and processes used or referenced on the Site may be covered by, or may be subject to, one or more patents or may be subject to other trade secret and proprietary rights. Operator, Service Providers, Affiliates and Business Partners reserve all such rights. You agree not to infringe upon such rights or decompile, reverse engineer, or disassemble any of the products or processes on the Site.
Software. Any software, including any files, images generated by the software, code, and data accompanying the software (collectively, "Software"), used or accessible through the Site may be used by you solely for accessing and using the Site for purposes expressly stated on the Site or in an applicable written document, provided that such uses are not competitive with or derogatory to Operator or its Service Providers, Affiliates or Business Partners. Operator and its Service Providers, Affiliates and Business Partners retain full and complete title to and all intellectual property rights they may own in the Software. You agree not to copy, distribute, sell, modify, decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble or create derivative works based upon any Software.
LIMITED LICENSE: Subject to the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement, GECFS grants you a non-exclusive, non-transferable, limited, revocable right to access, use and display this Site and the materials thereon ("Materials") on your computer monitor. or to download Materials that are offered for download at this Site only for your internal use. This authorization is not a transfer of title in the Materials or copies of the Materials and is subject to the restrictions:
DISCLAIMER: THE MATERIALS MAY CONTAIN INACCURACIES AND TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. GECFS DOES NOT WARRANT THE ACCURACY, CURRENCY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE MATERIALS OR THE RELIABILITY COMPATIBILITY OR USEFULNESS OF ANY ADVICE, OPINION, STATEMENT OR OTHER INFORMATION DISPLAYED OR DISTRIBUTED THROUGH THE SITE. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT ANY RELIANCE ON ANY SUCH OPINION, ADVICE, STATEMENT, MEMORANDUM, OR INFORMATION SHALL BE AT YOUR SOLE RISK. GECFS RESERVES THE RIGHT, IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION, TO MAKE ANY CHANGES TO THE SITE, THE MATERIALS AND THE PRODUCTS, PROGRAMS, SERVICES OR PRICES (IF ANY) DESCRIBED IN THE SITE AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE.
GECFS DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THIS SITE, OR THE INFORMATION OR MATERIALS ON THE SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, THAT MATERIALS WILL BE UPDATED, OR THAT THIS SITE OR THE SERVER THAT MAKES THIS SITE AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. THIS SITE, THE INFORMATION AND MATERIALS ON THE SITE, AND ANY SOFTWARE MADE AVAILABLE ON THE SITE, ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" OR "AS AVAILABLE" WITHOUT ANY REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, OF ANY KIND, AND GECFS DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, NONINFRINGEMENT, TITLE OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW FOR THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
THIS SITE MAY BE USED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. GECFS MAY MAKE FINANCIAL AND OTHER INFORMATION AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS SITE. IN SOME CASES, THE INFORMATION MAY BE AUDITED. IN MOST CASES IT WILL NOT HAVE BEEN AUDITED. THE INFORMATION IN THIS SITE ALSO MAY ATTEMPT TO PREDICT TRENDS. PREDICTIONS OBVIOUSLY MAY OR MAY NOT PROVE TO BE ACCURATE. GECFS CONSIDERS PORTIONS OF THIS WEB SITE TO BE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS WITHIN THE MEANING OF SECTION 27A OF THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED, SECTION 21E OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934, AS AMENDED AND THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995 AS AMENDED. FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS ARE INHERENTLY SUBJECT TO RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES, MANY OF WHICH CANNOT BE PREDICTED WITH ACCURACY AND SOME OF WHICH MIGHT NOT EVEN BE ANTICIPATED. FUTURE EVENTS AND ACTUAL RESULTS, FINANCIAL AND OTHERWISE, MAY DIFFER MATERIALLY FROM THE RESULTS DISCUSSED IN THE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS. FACTORS THAT MIGHT CAUSE SUCH A DIFFERENCE INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING: (1) INTEREST RATES, (2) LOCAL MARKET CONDITIONS, (3) GOVERNMENTAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS RELATED TO YOUR BUSINESS OR THE BUSINESS OF GECFS, AND GENERAL ECONOMIC CONDITIONS.
LINKS TO THIRD-PARTY SITES: As a convenience to you, GECFS may provide, on this Site, links to websites operated by other entities. If you follow those links, you will leave this Site. If you decide to visit any linked website, you do so at your own risk and it is your responsibility to take all protective measures to guard against viruses or other destructive elements. GECFS makes no warranty or representation regarding, and does not endorse, approve of, sponsor or recommend any linked websites or the information appearing thereon or any of the products or services described thereon. Links do not imply that GECFS or this Site sponsors, endorses, is affiliated or associated with, or is legally authorized to use any trademark, trade name, logo or copyrighted material displayed in or accessible through the links, or that any linked site is authorized to use any trademark, trade name, logo or copyrighted material of General Electric Company, GECFS, or any of their affiliates or subsidiaries. Any such site may contain material, data or information provided, posted or offered by third parties, including but not limited to advertisements and postings in online community discussions. You agree that neither Operator nor its Service Providers, Affiliates nor Business Partners shall have any liability whatsoever to you for any such third party material, data or information.
LINKS FROM OTHER WEBSITES. All links to the Site must be approved in writing by Operator, except that Operator consents to links in which: (i) the link is a text-only link containing only the name "GECorporateFinancialServices.com" or the URL "http//www.GECorporateFinancialServices.com"; (ii) the link "points" only to http://www.GECorporateFinancialServices.com and not to deeper pages; (iii) the link, when activated by a user, displays this page full-screen in a fully operable and navigable browser window and not within a "frame" on the linked website; (iv) the appearance, position, and other aspects of the link may neither create the false appearance that an entity or its activities or products are associated with or sponsored by Operator or its Service Providers, Affiliates or Business Partners nor be such as to damage or dilute the goodwill associated with the name and trademarks of Operator or its Service Providers, Affiliates or Business Partners. Operator reserves the right to revoke this consent to link at any time in its sole discretion.
USER CONDUCT: In using the Site, you agree not to:
(a) disrupt, interfere with or compromise the security
of, or otherwise abuse, the Site, or any services, system resources, accounts,
servers or networks connected to or accessible through the Site or affiliated
or linked websites;
(b) disrupt or interfere with any other user's enjoyment of the Site or affiliated or linked websites;
(c) upload, post, or otherwise transmit through or on the Site any viruses or other harmful, disruptive or destructive files;
(d) use or distribute tools designed for compromising security (e.g., password guessing programs, cracking tools or network probing tools) or which otherwise unduly burden the system (e.g., spiders and similar probing tools).
LIMITATION OF DAMAGES: IN NO EVENT SHALL GECFS OR ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES, LICENSORS, SERVICE PROVIDERS, CONTENT PROVIDERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS BE LIABLE TO ANY ENTITY (OTHER THAN OPERATOR) FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, CONSEQUENTIAL OR OTHER DAMAGES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY LOST PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, LOSS OF INFORMATION OR PROGRAMS OR OTHER DATA ON YOUR INFORMATION HANDLING SYSTEM) THAT ARE RELATED TO THE USE OF, OR THE INABILITY TO USE, THE CONTENT, MATERIALS, AND FUNCTIONS OF THE SITE OR ANY LINKED WEBSITE, EVEN IF GECFS IS EXPRESSLY ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COLLECTIVE LIABILITY OF GECFS OR ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES, LICENSORS, SERVICE PROVIDERS, CIONTENT PROVIDERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS TO ANY PARTY, REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF THE ACTION, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE EXCEED THE AMOUNT OF THE FEES PAID OR EXPECTED TO BE EARNED IN CONNECTION WITH ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE OUT OF WHICH THE LIABILITY AROSE, OR THE SUM OF TEN THOUDSAND U.S. DOLLARS ($10,000) WHICHEVER IS LESSER.
INDEMNITY: You will indemnify and hold GECFS, its subsidiaries, affiliates, licensors, content providers, service providers, employees, agents, officers, directors, and contractors (the "Indemnified Parties") harmless from any breach of this Agreement by you, including use of Materials other than as expressly authorized in this Agreement or any allegation that information or materials that you provide infringes the intellectual property or other rights of any third party. You agree that the Indemnified Parties will have no liability in connection with any such breach or unauthorized use, and you agree to indemnify any and all resulting loss, damages, judgments, awards, costs, expenses, and attorneys' fee of the Indemnified Parties in connection therewith. You will also indemnify and hold the Indemnified Parties harmless from any claims brought by third parties arising out of your use of the information accessed from this Site.
CHANGES IN TERMS: GECFS reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to change, modify, add or remove any portion of this Agreement in whole or in part, at any time. Changes in this Agreement will be effective when notice of such changes has been posted provided that Registered Users will receive individual notice. Your continued use of the Site after any changes to this Agreement are posted constitutes acceptance of those changes.
Operator, Service Providers, Affiliates and Business Partners may terminate, change, modify, remove, suspend or discontinue any aspect of the Site, including the availability of any features or content of the Site under their control, at any time. GECFS may also impose limits on certain features and services or restrict your access to parts or all of the Site without notice or liability. GECFS may terminate the authorization, rights and license given above and, upon such termination, you shall immediately destroy all copies of any Materials in your possession or control. Operator may also without liability: (a) remove, modify or otherwise change any user's Site access for material breach of this Agreement; (b) supplement or make changes to its user access or security procedures with notice to Registered Users; and (c) change the type or location of Operator equipment, facilities or software used by it in providing access provided that no such action shall have the effect of amending or otherwise affecting the parties' respective obligations under any contract with Operator. All obligations created before termination shall survive termination.
VIOLATIONS, ILLEGAL CONDUCT: If you violate, or become involved in any violation of, system security, GECFS reserves the right to release your details to system administrators at other websites in order to assist them in resolving security incidents. GECFS reserves the right to investigate suspected violations of this Agreement.
GECFS also reserves the right to fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities, or comply with any court order or subpoena requesting or directing GECFS to disclose any information required or permitted by law concerning a user or registered user of the Site. BY ACCEPTING THIS AGREEMENT YOU WAIVE AND HOLD HARMLESS GECFS FROM ANY CLAIMS RESULTING FROM ANY ACTION TAKEN BY GECFS DURING OR AS A RESULT OF ITS INVESTIGATIONS AND/OR FROM ANY ACTIONS TAKEN AS A CONSEQUENCE OF INVESTIGATIONS BY EITHER GECFS OR LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES.
INTERNATIONAL USERS AND CHOICE OF LAW: This Site is controlled, operated and administered by GECFS from its offices within the United States of America. GECFS makes no representation that materials at this Site are appropriate or available for use at other locations outside of the United States and access to them from territories where their contents are illegal is prohibited. You may not use the Site or export the Materials in violation of U. S. export laws and regulations. If you access this Site from locations outside of the United States, you are responsible for compliance with all local laws. This Usage Agreement shall be deemed entered into in the State of New York, and is governed by the laws of the State of New York, without giving effect to its conflict of laws provisions. You agree that the exclusive jurisdiction and venue for any action arising out of or relating to the GECFS Site or the Materials, your use of the GECFS Site, or this Agreement shall be in the state or federal courts in New York City, New York, and you agree to be subject to jurisdiction in such courts for purposes of such actions.
GENERAL TERMS: This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between GECFS and you with respect to your use of the Site and the Materials and supersedes all prior and contemporaneous communications relating thereto. No modification of this Agreement shall be effective unless signed in blue ink by an officer of GECFS or posted by GECFS on this Site. These Terms are not intended to alter the terms or conditions of any other agreement you may have with Operator or its Service Providers, Affiliates or Business Partners to the extent that those agreements govern issues other than your use of this Site, nor any agreements that they may have with one another. Any cause of action you may have with respect to your use of the Site must be commenced within one (1) year after the claim or cause of action arises. If for any reason a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision of the Agreement or portion thereof, to be unenforceable, that provision shall be enforced to the maximum extent permissible so as to effect the intent of the Agreement, and the remainder of this Agreement shall continue in full force and effect. Any alleged waiver of any breach of this Agreement shall not be deemed a waiver of any future breach.
English Language. The parties agree that there shall be no requirement to translate any of the Site, or any portion thereof or content thereon, into any other language than the one in which they appear, and that all contractual and transactional communications shall be in the English language, and that there shall be no requirement to translate any communication into any other language.
Last updated: February 1, 2002.