IMPORTANT NOTICE: DISPUTES ABOUT THESE TERMS AND YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES ARE SUBJECT TO BINDING ARBITRATION AND A WAIVER OF CLASS ACTION RIGHTS AS DETAILED IN THE "MANDATORY ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER" SECTION BELOW.
For purposes of this Agreement, "you" or "your" means the person who accesses, uses, and/or participates in the Services in any manner, and each of your heirs, assigns, and successors. If you use the Services on behalf of an entity, you represent and warrant that you have the authority to bind that entity, your acceptance of the Terms will be deemed an acceptance by that entity, and "you" and "your" herein shall refer to that entity.
We may, from time to time, modify these Terms. Please check this page periodically for updates. Any changes will be posted on the Services. If you do not agree to, or cannot comply with, the modified Terms, you must stop using the Services. The updated Terms will take effect after their posting and will apply on a going-forward basis, unless otherwise provided in a notice to you, and except as provided in the Mandatory Arbitration and Class Action Waiver section of these Terms. Your continued use of the Services after any such update constitutes your binding acceptance of such changes.
To use the Services you must be, and represent and warrant that you are at least 18 years of age, reside in the United States of America, and competent to agree to these Terms. If Hearth has previously prohibited you from accessing or using the Services, you are not permitted to access or use the Services.
The Services are owned and operated by Hearth and contain materials (including all software, design, text, editorial materials, informational text, photographs, illustrations, audio clips, video clips, artwork and other graphic materials, and names, logos, trademarks and services marks) which are derived in whole or in part from materials supplied by Hearth and its partners, as well as other sources, and is protected by United States copyright laws, international treaty provisions, trademarks, service marks and other intellectual property laws. The Services are also protected as a collective work or compilation under U.S. copyright and other law and treaties. You agree to abide by all applicable copyright and other laws, as well as any additional copyright notices or restrictions contained in the Services. You acknowledge that the Services have been developed, compiled, prepared, revised, selected, and arranged by Hearth and others through the application of methods and standards of judgment developed and applied through the expenditure of substantial time, effort, and money and constitute valuable intellectual property of Hearth and such others. You agree to protect the proprietary rights of Hearth and all others having rights in the Services during and after the term of these Terms and to comply with all reasonable written requests made by Hearth or its suppliers and licensors of content or otherwise to protect their and others' contractual, statutory, and common law rights in the Services. You agree to notify Hearth immediately upon becoming aware of any claim that the Services infringe upon any copyright, trademark, or other contractual, statutory, or common law rights. All present and future rights in and to trade secrets, patents, copyrights, trademarks, service marks, know-how, and other proprietary rights of any type under the laws of any governmental authority, domestic or foreign, including without limitation rights in and to all applications and registrations relating to the Services shall, as between you and Hearth, at all times be and remain the sole and exclusive property of Hearth.
Subject to your compliance with these Terms, we grant you a limited, non-exclusive, non-sublicensable, non-transferable, and revocable right to access and use the Services only for your own internal, personal, or non-commercial use, and only in a manner that complies with all legal requirements that apply to you or your use of the Services. Hearth may revoke this license at any time, in its sole discretion.
a. User Content and Submissions. The Services may enable you to submit, post, upload, or otherwise make available (collectively, "Post") content such as photographs, questions, public messages, ideas, product feedback, comments and other content (collectively, "User Content") that may or may not be viewable by other users.
c. User Content Representations. You acknowledge and agree that all User Content that you Post is your sole responsibility. You further agree that you have all required rights to Post such User Content without violation of any third-party rights. You understand that Hearth does not control, and is not responsible for, User Content, and that by using the Services, you may be exposed to User Content from other users that is offensive, indecent, inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise objectionable. Please also note that User Content may contain typographical errors, other inadvertent errors or inaccuracies. You agree that you will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Hearth for all claims resulting from User Content you Post. We reserve the right, at our own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of such disputes, and in any event you will cooperate with us in asserting any available defenses.
d. User Content Review. You acknowledge and agree that Hearth and its designees may or may not, at Hearth's discretion, pre-screen User Content before its appearance on the Services, but that Hearth has no obligation to do so. You further acknowledge and agree that Hearth reserves the right (but does not assume the obligation) in its sole discretion to reject, move, edit or remove any User Content that is contributed to the Services. Without limiting the foregoing, Hearth and its designees shall have the right to remove any User Content that violates these Terms or is otherwise objectionable in Hearth's sole discretion. You acknowledge and agree that Hearth does not verify, adopt, ratify, or sanction User Content, and you agree that you must evaluate and bear all risks associated with your use of User Content or your reliance on the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of User Content.
Use of the Services for any illegal purpose, or any other purpose not expressly permitted in these Terms, is strictly prohibited. Without limitation, you will not:
Hearth provides lead generation services to connect users ("Hearth Loan Request Users") with certain lending partners ("Lenders").
Hearth is not a lender or creditor, and we do not make any loan or credit decisions. We cannot and do not endorse or recommend the products or services of any particular Lender. Hearth Loan Request Users acknowledge and agree that Hearth is not an agent of either any Hearth Loan Request User or any Lender, and Hearth is not a party to any contract between any Hearth Loan Request User and any Lender. Hearth Loan Request Users should rely on their own judgment in deciding which available loan product, terms or Lender best suits one's needs and financial means. The Lender is solely responsible for its services to Hearth Loan Request Users, and Hearth Loan Request Users agree that Hearth shall not be liable for any damages or costs of any type arising out of or in any way connected with the use of such services by Hearth Loan Request Users.
The Hearth Loan Request User is also indicating that he is consenting, acknowledging and agreeing to receive important notices, disclosures and other communications from Hearth or applicable Lenders ("Hearth Notices") in electronic form (either by email or via the Internet) as provided for herein. The Hearth Loan Request User understands that he will need, and have access to an email address, Internet access and PDF software to review the Hearth Notices. The Hearth Loan Request User has the right to receive any document in non-electronic form and to withdraw your consent to electronic delivery at any time by contacting Hearth Customer Service at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By submitting a request for information related to lending products, the Hearth Loan Request User is further authorizing us to provide information that he provided, along with other information Hearth has or may receive from third parties, to Lenders or any other third parties as necessary to fulfill his request. The Hearth Loan Request User also authorizes Hearth and its Lenders, along with any additional third parties necessary to fulfill your request, to request from one or multiple credit bureaus /reporting agencies, his credit bureau report including any ancillary credit scores or ratings. The Hearth Loan Request User understands that Hearth has no control and is not responsible for how Lenders use, retain, or disclose his information. We encourage the Hearth Loan Request User to contact each Lender to obtain information regarding its privacy practices. To the extent a Hearth Loan Request User has any questions or requests related to a Lender's privacy practices or communications practices, the Hearth Loan Request User must contact the Lender directly.
The data and other information a Hearth Loan Request User may provide Hearth is not, and is not treated as, an application for any loan or product from Hearth, Lenders, or any other party. Hearth cannot and does not guarantee acceptance by any Lender or any other party. Individual Lenders establish and maintain their own approval standards. Likewise, Hearth does not guarantee that the loan terms or rates offered and made available by Lenders are the best terms or lowest rates available in the market. A Lender's conditional loan offer may be subject to market conditions, approval and qualification. The rates and fees actually provided by Lenders may be higher or lower depending on your complete credit profile, collateral/property considerations (if applicable) including but not limited to location, equity and value and income/asset consideration including but not limited to loan to value and debt to income ratios. Unless expressly stated in writing, nothing contained herein shall constitute an offer or promise for a loan commitment or interest rate lock-in agreement. Lenders may not offer all products as well as not offer products in all states. A Hearth Loan Request User might not be matched with the Lender making any specific offer.
To help the government fight identity theft, the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, Hearth and/or its Lenders may obtain, verify and record information that identifies each person who opens an account with them. They may ask for a Hearth Loan Request User's name, Social Security Number, address, telephone number, date of birth and other important information that will allow them to verify your identity. Hearth has no control of any Lender's identity verification processes.
By providing us with a telephone number, the Hearth Loan Request User is providing express consent for Hearth or its Lenders to contact you by telephone at the numbers (whether landline or cellular) you have provided so they may provide you with information in response to his requests, and the Hearth Loan Request User hereby consents to any such calls even if your phone number(s) are on any Do Not Call list, or by email at the email address provided or at another address that may be associated with the Hearth Loan Request User that we receive from Lenders.
Hearth offers a SaaS subware subscription to certain home improvement contractors and other service providers (a "Hearth SaaS Contractor"), who may market the Services to certain individuals. If you are a Hearth Loan Request User and you learned about Hearth from a Hearth SaaS Contractor, from a link on the website of a Hearth SaaS Contractor, or from a link associated with the Hearth SaaS Contractor on a social media platform or other webpage, you acknowledge that you are aware that Hearth may compensate the associated Hearth Saas Contractor, or a third-party that referred your contractor or service provider to Hearth. In exchange for using Hearth's service and receiving certain prequalified loan offers from Hearth's lending partners, you also agree that Hearth may share any information that either (1) you provide to Hearth or (2) Hearth's Lenders have provided to Hearth about you with the associated Hearth SaaS Contractor. This information may include but is not limited to, (a) the fact that you have contacted Hearth's Lenders to request information about loan products that they may offer; (b) the principal amount of the loan you requested; (c) whether any of Hearth's Lenders have provided potential rates to you for unsecured loan products; (d) the details of the loan options for which you were prequalified by each Lender, including principal amount, APR, term, and monthly payment; (e) whether you have navigated from Hearth to the website of a Lender; (f) whether you have completed a loan application with one of Hearth's Lenders; and (g) whether you have obtained a loan from one of Hearth's Lenders, as well as the principal amount of such loan. Additionally, you acknowledge that Hearth makes no representations of any kind with respect to any Hearth SaaS Contractor; your decision to obtain services from any service provider, including any Hearth SaaS Contractor, is made entirely at your own risk.
THE SERVICES AND ITS CONTENTS, WHETHER PROVIDED BY HEARTH, ITS LICENSORS, ITS VENDORS OR ITS LENDERS, AND OTHER INFORMATION ON OR ACCESSIBLE FROM THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY, REPRESENTATION, CONDITION, OR GUARANTEE OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES, REPRESENTATIONS, CONDITIONS OR GUARANTEES OF QUALITY, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT, ALL OF WHICH ARE DISCLAIMED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. SPECIFICALLY, BUT WITHOUT LIMITATION, HEARTH DOES NOT WARRANT THAT: (i) THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON THE SERVICES IS FREE OF ERRORS; (ii) THE FUNCTIONS OR FEATURES (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO MECHANISMS FOR THE DOWNLOADING AND UPLOADING OF CONTENT) WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, SECURE, OR FREE OF ERRORS; (iii) DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR (iv) THE SERVICES OR THE SERVER(S) THAT MAKE THE SERVICES AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.
HEARTH, ITS SUPPLIERS, LENDERS, AND INDEMNITEES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR INCOMPLETE, INCORRECT, LOST, DELAYED, LATE, MISDIRECTED, GARBLED, DAMAGED, ILLEGIBLE, UNDELIVERABLE, OR INCOMPLETELY RECEIVED COMMUNICATIONS OR MESSAGING FROM OR TO US OR YOU FOR ANY REASON, INCLUDING BY REASON OF HARDWARE, SOFTWARE, BROWSER, NETWORK, COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM FAILURE, MALFUNCTION, DELAY, OR CONGESTION, OR ANY INCOMPATIBILITY AT OUR SERVERS OR ELSEWHERE, OR FOR ANY OTHER TECHNICAL PROBLEMS, ANY FORM OF ACTIVE OR PASSIVE FILTERING BY A USER'S COMPUTER, MOBILE OR OTHER DEVICE OR ACCESS PROVIDER, INSUFFICIENT SPACE ON USER'S COMPUTER, MOBILE OR OTHER DEVICE OR ANY OTHER CAUSE OR COMBINATION THEREOF.
IN NO EVENT SHALL HEARTH OR ITS AFFILIATES, LICENSORS, VENDORS, LENDERS OR ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, OR OTHER REPRESENTATIVES BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY FOR ANY DAMAGES, WHETHER DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE OR OTHERWISE (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF DATA, LOSS OF USE, OR COSTS OF OBTAINING SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES), ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SERVICES, ANY DELAY OR INABVILITY TO USE THE SERVICES, ANY MATERIALS, INFORMATION, OR RECOMMENDATIONS APPEARING ON THE SERVICES, OR ANY LINK PROVIDED ON THE SERVICES, WHETHER OR NOT HEARTH HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES AND WHETHER BASED UPON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), STRICT LIABILITY, VIOLATION OF STATUTE, OR OTHERWISE. THIS EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY SHALL APPLY TO NEW JERSEY RESIDENTS AND OTHERWISE TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
If you are a California resident, you hereby waive California Civil Code §1542, which says: "A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his favor at the time of executing the release, which if known by him must have materially affected his settlement with the debtor." This release includes the criminal acts of others.
You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless us, our licensors, vendors, service providers, and each of our and their respective officers, directors, members, employees, independent and sub-contractors, agents, representatives, successors and assigns (collectively, "Indemnitees") from and against any and all claims, disputes, demands, proceedings, cause of action, judgments, damages, liabilities, losses, costs or expense (including, but not limited to reasonable attorneys' fees) of any kind and nature, known and unknown, suspected and unsuspected, disclosed and undisclosed (collectively, "Claims") which may arise out of or are in any way connected with your access, visitation and/or use of the Services, any information or content you submit through the Services, unauthorized use of content obtained on or through the Service, your breach or alleged breach of these Terms or any other terms governing your use of the Services, or from any of your unlawful acts or omissions in connection with the Services.
Hearth has a policy of, in appropriate circumstances and at its discretion, terminating access to users who infringe the intellectual property of others, including users who are repeat infringers. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please provide our Copyright Agent a Notice containing the following information:
You may send your claims of copyright or other intellectual property infringement to Hearth's Copyright Agent at the following address:
email@example.com or 5812 Trade Center Dr #100, Austin, TX 78744
The Services may provide (1) information and content provided by third parties, including Lenders; and (2) links to third-party websites or resources. Hearth is not responsible for the availability of such external sites or resources, and does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for (i) any content or other materials on or available from such sites or resources, (ii) any errors or omissions in these websites or resources, or (iii) any information handling practices or other business practices of the operators of such sites or resources. You further acknowledge and agree that Hearth shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any linked sites or resources. Your interactions with such third parties will be governed by the third parties' own terms of service and privacy policies, and any other similar terms.
Hearth reserves the right at any time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Services (or any part thereof), with or without notice. You agree that Hearth shall not be liable to you or any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the Services.
These Terms are effective unless and until terminated by you or us. We may, in our sole and absolute discretion, deny you access to all or part of the Services at any time for any or no reason at all, with or without notice to you. If we terminate your right to access the Services, these Terms will terminate and all rights you have to access the Services will immediately terminate; however, certain provisions of these Terms will still apply post termination, including without limitation, the Mandatory Arbitration and Class Action Waiver provisions. Even if we terminate the Services or these Terms, we may (but have no obligation to) retain information you have submitted to us, and that information may be retained and/or remain viewable by us, our licensors, vendors, service providers and/or other third parties.
You agree that Hearth may provide you with Hearth Notices and other communications, including those regarding changes to the Terms, by email, regular mail, or postings on the Services. You agree that all Hearth Notices and other communications that we provide you to electronically satisfy any legal requirement that such communications would satisfy if they were in writing. Your consent to receive communications and do business electronically, and your agreement to do so applies to all of your interactions and transactions with us.
Without limitation, you agree that Hearth and applicable Lenders may communicate with you by sending a message to the email address you provided or at another address that may be associated with you that we receive from Lenders or other parties. You agree to provide us with accurate, complete, and current information about yourself and to promptly notify us of any changes. You can update your information by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If email is undeliverable to your email address for three consecutive months, your consent will be considered withdrawn and we will send you future Hearth Notices in writing. You agree that you are able to access and retain copies of notices and information sent or made available electronically.
You have the right to receive any document in non-electronic form. You may obtain a paper copy of Hearth Notices by printing it from your computer or by contacting us at email@example.com. Where permitted by law, we may charge you a reasonable service charge for providing you with a paper copy of any Hearth Notices. The request for a paper copy of any Hearth Notices will not by itself constitute a withdrawal of your consent to receive Hearth Notices electronically. We reserve the right, but are not required, to send a paper copy of any Hearth Notices you authorize us to provide electronically.
If you do not consent to the use of electronic signatures and Hearth Notices, you will not be able to complete the transactions for the Services. You may withdraw your consent to receive electronic Hearth Notices and instead elect to use the U.S. Postal Service to obtain Hearth Notices at any time by contacting Hearth Customer Service at firstname.lastname@example.org. We do not impose a fee if you withdraw your consent to receive Hearth Notices electronically but our communications with you may be slower. If you withdraw your consent to receive Hearth Notices electronically, such withdrawal will not apply to Hearth Notices that were furnished to you electronically before the date on which the withdrawal of your consent takes effect.
With your consent, Hearth or Lenders may also contact you by telephone or through text messages. If you have agreed to receive text messages or telephone calls from Hearth or Lenders, you also consent to the use of an electronic record to document your agreement. You may withdraw your consent to the use of the electronic record by sending an email to email@example.com "Revoke Electronic Consent" in the subject line.
To view and retain a copy of this disclosure or any information regarding your consent to receive electronic communications, you will need (a) a device (such as a computer or mobile phone) with a web browser and Internet access; and (b) either a printer or storage space on such device. For a free paper copy, or to update our records of your contact information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with contact information and the address for delivery.
PLEASE READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY. IT AFFECTS YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS, INCLUDING YOUR RIGHT TO FILE A LAWSUIT IN COURT.
a. You and Hearth agree that these Terms affect interstate commerce and that the Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of these arbitration provisions. This Section 16 is intended to be interpreted broadly and governs any and all disputes between us including but not limited to claims arising out of or relating to any aspect of the relationship between us, whether based in contract, tort, statute, fraud, misrepresentation or any other legal theory; claims that arose before these Terms or any prior agreement (including, but not limited to, claims related to advertising); and claims that may arise after the termination of these Terms. The only disputes excluded from this broad prohibition are the litigation of certain intellectual property and small court claims, as provided below.
b. Initial Dispute Resolution. Most disputes can be resolved without resort to arbitration. If you have any dispute with us, you agree that before taking any formal action, you will contact us at email@example.com, and provide a brief, written description of the dispute and your contact information. Except for intellectual property and small claims court claims, the parties agree to use their best efforts to settle any dispute, claim, question, or disagreement directly through consultation with Hearth, and good faith negotiations shall be a condition to either party initiating a lawsuit or arbitration.
c. Binding Arbitration. If the parties do not reach an agreed-upon solution within a period of sixty (60) days from the time informal dispute resolution is initiated under the Initial Dispute Resolution provision above, then either party may initiate binding arbitration as the sole means to resolve claims, (except as provided in section 16(g) below) subject to the terms set forth below. Specifically, all claims arising out of or relating to these Terms (including the Terms' formation, performance, and breach), the parties' relationship with each other, and/or your use of Hearth shall be finally settled by binding arbitration administered by JAMS in accordance with the JAMS Streamlined Arbitration Procedure Rules for claims that do not exceed $250,000 and the JAMS Comprehensive Arbitration Rules and Procedures for claims exceeding $250,000 in effect at the time the arbitration is initiated, excluding any rules or procedures governing or permitting class actions.
d. Arbitrator's Powers. 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 is void or voidable, whether a claim is subject to arbitration, or the question of waiver by litigation conduct. The arbitrator shall be empowered to grant whatever relief would be available in a court under law or in equity. The arbitrator's award shall be written and shall be binding on the parties and may be entered as a judgment in any court of competent jurisdiction.
e. Filing a Demand. To start an arbitration, you must do the following: (a) Write a Demand for Arbitration that includes a description of the claim and the amount of damages you seek to recover (you may find a copy of a Demand for Arbitration at www.jamsadr.com); (b) Send three copies of the Demand for Arbitration, plus the appropriate filing fee, to JAMS, Two Embarcadero Center, Suite 1500, San Francisco California 94111; and (c) Send one copy of the Demand for Arbitration to us at: 5812 Trade Center Dr #100, Austin, TX 78744.
To the extent the filing fee for the arbitration exceeds the cost of filing a lawsuit, Hearth will pay the additional cost. If the arbitrator finds the arbitration to be non-frivolous, Hearth will pay the fees invoiced by JAMS, including filing fees and arbitrator and hearing expenses. You are responsible for your own attorneys' fees unless the arbitration rules and/or applicable law provide otherwise.
The parties understand that, absent this mandatory arbitration provision, they would have the right to sue in court and have a jury trial. They further understand that, in some instances, the costs of arbitration could exceed the costs of litigation and the right to discovery may be more limited in arbitration than in court. If you are a resident of the United States, arbitration may take place in the county where you reside at the time of filing, unless you and we both agree to another location or telephonic arbitration. For individuals residing outside the United States, arbitration shall be initiated in San Francisco County, California, United States, and you and Hearth agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of any federal or state court in San Francisco County, California, in order to compel arbitration, stay proceedings pending arbitration, or to confirm, modify, vacate, or enter judgment on the award entered by the arbitrator.
f. Class Action Waiver. The parties further agree that the arbitration shall be conducted in the party's respective individual capacities only and not as a class action or other representative action, and the parties expressly waive their right to file a class action or seek relief on a class basis. YOU AND HEARTH AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING. If any court or arbitrator determines that the class action waiver set forth in this paragraph is void or unenforceable for any reason or that an arbitration can proceed on a class basis, then the arbitration provisions set forth above shall be deemed null and void in their entirety and the parties shall be deemed to have not agreed to arbitrate disputes.
g. Exception: Litigation of Intellectual Property and Small Claims Court Claims. Notwithstanding the parties' decision to resolve all disputes through arbitration, either party may bring enforcement actions, validity determinations or claims arising from or relating to theft, piracy or unauthorized use of intellectual property in state or federal court with jurisdiction or in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to protect its intellectual property rights ("intellectual property rights" means patents, copyrights, moral rights, trademarks, and trade secrets, but not privacy or publicity rights). Either party may also seek relief in a small claims court for disputes or claims within the scope of that court's jurisdiction.
h. 30-Day Right to Opt Out. You have the right to opt out and not be bound by the arbitration and class action waiver provisions set forth above by sending written notice of your decision to opt out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line, "ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER OPT-OUT." The notice must be sent within thirty (30) days of (a) the Effective Date of these Terms; or (b) your first date that you used the Services that contained any versions of the Terms that included this version of the mandatory arbitration and class action waiver, whichever is later. Otherwise you shall be bound to arbitrate disputes in accordance with the terms of these paragraphs. If you opt out of these arbitration provisions, Hearth also will not be bound by them.
i. Changes to This Section. Hearth will provide thirty (30) days' notice of any changes to this section by posting on the Services. Amendments will become effective thirty (30) days after they are posted on the Services or sent to you by email. Changes to this section will otherwise apply prospectively only to claims arising after the thirtieth (30th) day. If a court or arbitrator decides that this subsection on "Changes to This Section" is not enforceable or valid, then this subsection shall be severed from the section entitled Mandatory Arbitration and Class Action Waiver, and the court or arbitrator shall apply the first Mandatory Arbitration and Class Action Waiver section in existence after you began using the Services.
j. This Mandatory Arbitration and Class Action Waiver section shall survive any termination of your use of the Services.
These Terms shall be construed in accordance with and governed by the laws of the State of California notwithstanding its conflicts of law principles. Except for claims subject to mandatory arbitration, any dispute arising out of these terms and conditions or the use of this site shall be initiated and conducted in the state or federal courts of San Francisco County, California, and you and Hearth consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of such courts.
a. Force Majeure. Under no circumstances shall Hearth be held liable for any delay or failure in performance resulting directly or indirectly from an event beyond its reasonable control.
b. No Waiver. No waiver of any provision of these Terms will be binding unless in writing, no waiver of any provisions of these Terms will be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such provision or any other provision, and the failure of Hearth to exercise or enforce any right or remedy in these Terms does not waive that right or remedy. If an arbitrator or a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision of these Terms to be invalid, the parties agree that the court should endeavor to give effect, to the maximum extent permitted by law, to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of these Terms will remain in full force and effect.
c. Compliance with Law. You agree to comply with all laws of any domestic or foreign jurisdiction in connection with your use of the Services.
d. Third-Party Beneficiaries/Relationship between the Parties. You agree that, except as otherwise expressly provided in these Terms, there shall be no third-party beneficiaries to these Terms. No agency between you and Hearth, or between Hearth and any Lender, is created as a result of the Terms or your use of the Services.
e. Statute of Limitations. Except for residents of New Jersey, you agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to the use of the Services and/or these Terms must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.
f. These Terms (and all terms and conditions incorporated herein) constitute the entire agreement between you and Hearth and govern your use of the Services, and supersede any prior agreements between you and conditions on the subject matter. These Terms, and any rights or licenses granted hereunder, may not be assigned or delegated by you. These Terms, and any rights or licenses granted hereunder, may be assigned or delegated by conditions without restriction. These Terms bind and inure to the benefit of each party and the party's successors and permitted assigns. These Terms may not be modified by an oral statement by a representative of conditions. No agency, partnership, joint venture or employee-employer relationship is intended or created by these Terms. You agree that any agreements made by and between you and us in electronic form are as legally binding as if made in physical written form. If you are using the Services for or on behalf of the U.S. government, your license rights do not exceed those granted to non-government consumers. The section titles in these Terms are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect. Any provision of these Terms that by its nature is reasonably intended to survive beyond termination of these Terms shall survive.
g. We may deliver notice to you in accordance with Section 15, or by posting a notice on the Services or any other method we choose and such notice will be effective on dispatch. If you give notice to us, it will be effective when received and you must use the following physical or email address: (1) 5812 Trade Center Drive, Suite 100, Austin, TX 78744; or (2) email@example.com.
If you have any questions about the Services, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You agree to provide accurate and complete payment information, and to pay all amounts owed when due. You also permit Stripe, Inc. (“Stripe”), our payments partner to charge you for all amounts owed by you. If your method of payment is unable to be successfully processed when charged, you will remain responsible to make such payment to the Hearth Contractor. You also expressly acknowledge that any attempt by Stripe to charge your bank account is legitimate, and that Hearth has a right to do so.
You understand and acknowledge that Hearth Payments is not receiving, transmitting or settling any funds when you or a Hearth Contractor uses the Hearth Payments. You understand and acknowledge that all money transmission services performed in connection with Hearth Payments are performed by Stripe, NMLS # 1280479, a duly licensed and authorized money services business engaged to conduct all money transmission activity. You understand and acknowledge that Hearth is the operator of a software platform that communicates user instructions for funds transfer to Stripe.
You promise not to describe or hold out to the public or any other party, that Hearth is receiving, transmitting or settling funds in any form through Hearth Payments. When describing the Hearth Payments to any third party, you will clarify that payments are received and transmitted by Stripe, a duly licensed money services company.
Any invoices sent or payments made through Hearth Payments are between you and the Hearth Contractor. You expressly acknowledge that Hearth makes no endorsements, representations, or guarantees with respect to any Hearth Contractor or the services they provide, and you hereby release Hearth from all liability for acts or omissions of any Hearth Contractor. You also understand that neither Hearth nor Stripe are parties to any such transactions or contracts entered into between you and a Hearth Contractor. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, HEARTH MAKES NO WARRANTIES AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL LIABILITY FOR THE HEARTH PAYMENTS PLATFORM, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY DISPUTES, ERRORS, REFUNDS, CHARGEBACKS, DELAYED PAYMENTS, INSUFFICIENT FUNDS, EXPIRED CARDS, OR ANY OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND HEARTH’S CONTROL OR OTHER ISSUES RELATING TO TRANSACTIONS MADE THROUGH HEARTH PAYMENTS. THE FOREGOING DISCLAIMERS OF WARRANTY CONSTITUTE AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THIS AGREEMENT.
Your access to Hearth Payments is at our sole discretion. Hearth may limit or terminate your access to Hearth Payments for any reason or no reason, without prior notice to you.
In the event of a dispute between you and a Hearth Contractor, Hearth Contractor will assume exclusive control of such dispute. You agree to cooperate with Hearth and Hearth Contractor to resolve the dispute, including but not limited to timely providing any requested documentation and information. If a dispute is resolved in favor of a Hearth Contractor, you agree to take all actions requested by Hearth to resolve the matter, including but not limited to making payment to the Hearth Contractor for the equivalent amount of the funds in dispute. In the event a dispute is resolved in your favor, you acknowledge that your sole recovery from Hearth Contractor will be limited to a refund of the amount in dispute, and you agree not to demand recovery for additional fees, including but not limited to bank fees, overdraft fees, attorney’s fees or costs of collection. Hearth reserves the right to terminate your access to Hearth Payments in the event of a dispute.
You represent and warrant that (a) you are fully authorized to enter into this Agreement; (b) you are authorized to make payment using the payment method you have authorized Stripe to charge; (c) Stripe making such charge will not violate any applicable laws; and (d) your account will have sufficient funds to cover the full amount you have authorized.
You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Hearth, its Affiliates and licensors, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, agents and successors and assigns (each, a “Company Indemnitee”), from and against any and all claims, actions, suits, demands, causes of action, losses, liabilities, damages, costs and expenses, incurred or otherwise suffered by each Company Indemnitee (including but not limited to costs of defense, investigation and reasonable attorneys’ fees), which are attributable to or arise from: (i) a breach by you of any warranty, representation, covenant, obligation, or other provision under this Agreement, (ii) any false or materially misleading representation or breach of warranty furnished by you in this Agreement; (iii) a violation of any Applicable Law; and (iv) any dispute between you and a Hearth Contractor. If and as requested by Hearth, you agree to defend, at your cost, each Company Indemnitee in connection with any third party claims, demands, or causes of action resulting from, arising out of or in connection with any of the foregoing; provided that you shall not settle any claim, action or suit without the prior written consent of Hearth. HEARTH HAS NO OBLIGATION TO DEFEND, INDEMNIFY OR HOLD YOU HARMLESS UNDER THIS AGREEMENT.
TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, (1) HEARTH WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR LOST PROFITS (HOWEVER ARISING, INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE) ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT, EVEN IF SUCH PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF THE DAMAGES; AND (2) HEARTH’S AGGREGATE LIABILITY OF ALL KINDS ARISING OUT OF, OR WITH RESPECT TO, THIS AGREEMENT CANNOT EXCEED $500. EACH PROVISION OF THIS AGREEMENT THAT PROVIDES FOR A LIMITATION OF LIABILITY OR EXCLUSION OF DAMAGES IS TO ALLOCATE THE RISKS OF THIS AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE PARTIES. THIS ALLOCATION IS AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT OF THE BASIS OF THE BARGAIN BETWEEN THE PARTIES.
HEARTH IS NOT LIABLE FOR ANY ADDITIONAL FEES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO BANK FEES, OVERDRAFT FEES, ATTORNEY’S FEES, OR COSTS OF COLLECTION.
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, you agree to all the terms and conditions set forth in the Hearth Contractor Agreement.
Hearth Contracts is a Software as Service platform. The information contained in this site is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter. You should not act or refrain from acting on the basis of any content included in this site without seeking legal or other professional advice.
The use of Hearth Contracts nor any of its information are not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. By using Hearth Contracts, you explicitly acknowledge that you do not intend to establish an attorney-client relationship. The content of any unsolicited email sent to Hearth or any of its employees at an email address available on this website will not create an attorney-client relationship and the contents of such unsolicited email shall not be considered confidential.
You promise not to describe or hold out to the public or any other party, that Hearth is your legal counsel or legal advisor. When describing the Hearth Contracts to any third party, Contractor promises to clarify that Hearth Contracts is a software platform that allows for the digital creation and transmission of contracts for execution.
You agree to pay any applicable taxes, fees, or assessments that are charged by any federal, state, or local authority. You agree to permit Hearth to charge the same payment method (for instance, a credit card or debit card) provided to Hearth for purposes of satisfying these obligations.
Any contracts transmitted and executed through Hearth Contracts are between you and your Customer. You understand that Hearth is not a party to any such transactions or contracts entered into between you and any of your Customers. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, HEARTH MAKES NO WARRANTIES AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL LIABILITY FOR THE HEARTH CONTRACTS PLATFORM, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY CONTRACT DISPUTES, ERRORS, OR ANY OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND HEARTH’S CONTROL OR OTHER ISSUES RELATING TO TRANSACTIONS MADE THROUGH HEARTH CONTRACTS.
TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, HEARTH WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR LOST PROFITS ARISING OUT HEARTH CONTRACTS. HEARTH’S AGGREGATE LIABILITY FOR ANY CLAIM ARISING HEREUNDER SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE LIABILITY LIMITATIONS IN THE HEARTH CONTRACTOR AGREEMENT.
In all other respects, the Hearth Policies shall remain unchanged and in full force and effect in accordance with the terms thereof. In the event of any conflict between this Contracts Terms, Hearth Contractor Agreement, and the Hearth Policies, the provisions shall govern in the following order: this Contracts Terms, the Hearth Contractor Agreement, and the Hearth Policies. This Contracts Terms is governed by the laws of the State of Texas.
Please read this Hearth Deposit Account Agreement (the “Agreement”) carefully and retain it for your future reference. This Agreement contains the general terms, conditions and disclosures related to the demand deposit account (the “Account”) made available to eligible businesses by Shogun Enterprises, Inc. DBA Hearth (“Program Partner”), the program partner responsible for managing the Account program, in partnership with Blue Ridge Bank, N.A.
When you see the words “we,” “us,” or “our” in this Agreement, it refers to the Bank, the Program Partner acting as agent for the Bank, and any of the Bank’s affiliates, successors, assignees, agents or service providers. When you see the words “you” or “your,” it refers to you, the commercial owner of the Account, as well as your Authorized Users, representatives, officers, agents and successors.
By opening or continuing to hold an account with us, you agree to be bound by this Agreement as well as any other agreement or document we may provide to you from time to time in connection with the Account.
IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS AGREEMENT IS SUBJECT TO BINDING ARBITRATION AND A WAIVER OF CLASS ACTIONS AND YOUR RIGHT TO A JURY. THE TERMS OF ARBITRATION AND THE WAIVER APPEAR IN SECTION 9 OF THIS AGREEMENT.
1.1 How to Contact Us
You may contact us with any questions or concerns regarding your Account. All communication between you and us will be handled by the Program Partner. The best way to contact us is through email at email@example.com. You may also contact us by phone at 1-512-686-4141 or mail at the following address: 5812 Trade Center Drive, Suite 100, Austin, TX, 78744.
1.2 Type of Account and Eligibility
The Account is a non-interest-bearing, non-consumer demand deposit account used to hold your business deposits and make certain types of payments and transfers. To open an Account, you must be a sole proprietorship, corporation, unincorporated association, limited liability company, limited liability partnership, or partnership (collectively, “Business Entity”) within the fifty (50) United States, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. territories. Other eligibility requirements may apply. This Account may only be used for business purposes and cannot be used for any personal, family or household purposes.
We may decline to open an Account for any reason at the sole discretion of the Bank or Program Partner. We are not liable for any damages or liabilities resulting from refusal of an Account relationship.
1. 3 Online or Mobile Access
To Your AccountWhen you open an Account, you will also be enrolled in an online business banking service or mobile application (collectively, “Online Banking Services”) offered by the Program Partner that you can use to access your Account, view information about your Account and conduct certain transactions. You may also be given access to various features through the Online Banking Services separate from your Account. If you cancel your enrollment in the Online Banking Services at any time, we may close your Account (see Section 3.12 below).
1.4 Paperless Account
To open an Account, you must agree to go “paperless.” This means that you must (1) provide us with and continue to maintain a valid email address and (2) accept electronic delivery of all communications that we need or decide to send you in connection with your Account by agreeing to our Terms for Electronic Transactions and Records, available at https://www.gethearth.com/econsent.
1.5 Authorized Users
You may be given the ability to designate additional individuals (“Authorized Users”) who you authorize to access your Account and/or conduct transactions through your Account. By establishing an Authorized User, you understand that any transaction authorization, instruction or any other action concerning your Account that your Authorized User engages in shall be deemed authorized by you and valid and we are under no obligation to investigate the authorization, instruction or activity. You also agree that you will not hold us liable for acting upon any such authorization, instruction or activity. We will continue to treat all actions taken by your Authorized User as authorized by you until you revoke the Authorized User’s access to your Account by notifying us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also reserve the right to terminate your Authorized User’s access to the Account for any reason and without advance notice.
1.6 How To Open an Account
You may open an Account by visiting the Program Partner’s website at https://www.gethearth.com and following the instructions there. Eligible customers will see a banking tab once logged in, with instructions and links to start the application process. Any person completing the Account opening process or otherwise completing any Account opening requirements represents and agrees that they:Are authorized to execute all documents or otherwise complete our requirements in their stated capacityHave furnished all documents or other information necessary to demonstrate that authorityWill furnish other documents and complete other requirements as we may request themCertify that, to the best of his or her knowledge, all information provided to us, including information concerning beneficial owners, is complete and correctWe may refuse to recognize any resolution or document affecting the Account that appears to us to be incomplete, improperly executed, or fraudulent.
Important information about procedures for opening a new Account: To help the government fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, federal law requires all financial institutions to obtain, verify and record information identifying each person who opens an Account. This means that when you open an Account, we will ask for information that allows us to identify you. We may ask for a driver’s license or other identifying documents for your business, Authorized Users, account owners, and your officers, directors, beneficial owners, controlling shareholders and others.
1.7 Minimum Deposits and Balances
There is no minimum deposit required to open an Account but, to avoid being charged a monthly service fee for the Account (see Section 3.14), you must either:
(a) maintain a minimum daily balance of at least two thousand dollars ($ 2,000) during each day in the statement period. The daily balance will be calculated to be the Available Balance for the account at the close of each day as described in Section 3.8.3 , OR
(b) deposit at least two thousand dollars ($2,000) into your Account during the statement period, either in a single deposit or multiple deposits in aggregate, or (b) via transfer or settlement of at least two thousand dollars ($2,000) into the Account from your Hearth Pay payments balance during the statement period.
1.8 Interest Disclosures
This Account is not interest-bearing. No interest will be paid on this Account.
You agree that we may honor and rely upon the instructions or the execution, delivery and/or negotiation of any check, substitute check, draft, withdrawal order, instruction or similar instrument (collectively, “items”) or document by any of your authorized agents regardless of the necessity or reasonableness of such action, the circumstances of any transactions affected by such action, the amount of the transaction, the source or disposition of any proceeds and regardless of whether the relevant items or documents result in payment to the authorized agent or an individual obligation of the authorized agent or anyone else. “Authorized agents” include Authorized Users and any person who has signed a signature card, who is authorized by this Agreement, any resolution or otherwise to access or use the Account. It also includes any person who has been permitted by you or another authorized agent to act on your behalf in dealing with us.
You agree that you may not deny the authenticity, validity, binding effect and authorization of any action we take in reliance upon the instructions, items or documents provided by an authorized agent unless you have previously revoked such person’s authority to access or use your Account by emailing us at email@example.com and we have confirmed our acceptance of your notice.
1.10 Power of Attorney and Attorneys-In-Fact
We may allow you to give another person (known as an “attorney-in-fact”) power of attorney to act on your behalf for your Account. You must obtain written approval from us before we will honor any power of attorney. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for approval if you plan to create a power of attorney. Please be aware that it may take up to two (2) weeks for us to review your request. If approved, we will honor orders and instructions from your attorney-in-fact until (1) we receive a written revocation from you; (2) we are notified that you or your attorney-in-fact have died or become incapacitated; or (3) we terminate our acceptance of the power of attorney. We may terminate our acceptance at any time, for any reason and without notice to you, and you agree not to hold us liable for any damages that may result from such action. You also agree to hold us harmless for any actions we take based on the instructions of your attorney-in-fact, including if it is later determined that your power of attorney was invalid or improperly executed.
1.11 Death or Incapacitation
You agree that if we receive notification or if we have reason to believe that you or any Authorized User has died or become legally incapacitated, we may place a hold on your Account and refuse all transactions until we know and have verified the identify of your heir, devisee, or successor. Until we receive notice and any required proof of death or incapacitation, we may continue to accept deposits and process transactions to your Account. Your estate will be responsible for repaying us for any tax liability resulting from payment of your account balance to your estate. You agree to hold us harmless for any actions we take based on our belief that you have died or become incapacitated. If certain payments originating from government entities are deposited into your Account after your death, we may be required to return those payments to the originator upon notice.
1.12 Our Relationship With You
By opening an Account, we are establishing an Account relationship with you and committing to act in good faith and to the exercise of ordinary care in our dealings with you as defined by the Uniform Commercial Code as adopted by the Commonwealth of Virginia. This Agreement and the Account relationship do not create a fiduciary relationship or any other special relationship between you and us.
1.13 Third-Party Service Providers
1.15 Cell Phone Communications
By providing us with your cellular phone or other wireless device number, you are expressly consenting to receiving non-marketing communications at that number—including but not limited to prerecorded or artificial voice message calls and text messages, and calls made by an auto-dialer—from us and our affiliates and agents. This consent applies to all telephone numbers you provide to us now or in the future. Your telephone or mobile service provider may charge you for these calls or messages. You also agree that we may record or monitor any communications for quality control and training purposes.
1.16 Our Business Days
Our business days are Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays.
We strive to keep your Account secure and provide you with tools and services to help you manage your Account. However, there are certain things you should do to protect your Account and your funds.
2.1 Notify Us If Your Information Changes
You must notify us immediately if there is a change to your business or trade name, the names of any individual or Authorized User with access to your Account, telephone number, mailing address, email address or any other information you have provided us so that we can continue to provide you with statements and important notices concerning your Account.
2.2 Keep Track of Your Transactions and Available Balance
It is important that you keep track of your transactions and the funds in your Account that are available for you to use (“Available Balance”) by reviewing your transaction history. It is also important to understand that your Available Balance may not reflect transactions you have authorized that have not yet been presented to us for payment.
You are also responsible for reviewing your Account statements as they are made available to you for errors or unauthorized activity. If you identify an error or unauthorized activity, you must notify us promptly to avoid losing your money. Please refer to Sections 3.10, 4.5, 4.6, and 7.10 for information concerning errors and unauthorized activity.
2.3 Protect Your Account Information
It is important that you protect your Account information to prevent unauthorized transactions and fraud. Keep your Account number, debit card and statements secure at all times, and be careful about who you share this information with. If the Program Partner provides you with access to Online Banking Services, make sure to also keep your computer or mobile device secure at all times, with updated software, and avoid accessing the Online Banking Services when others can see your screen.
If your Account number, debit card, mobile device or Online Banking Services login credentials are lost or stolen, notify us immediately to keep your losses to a minimum. Please refer to Section 4.5 for information and applicable deadlines for notifying us of losses or theft.
You understand that any payment instruction or activity performed using any Online Banking Services provided to you by the Program Partner shall be deemed authorized by you and valid and we are under no obligation to investigate the instruction or activity.
3.1 Deposits Into Your Account
You may make deposits into your Account using any of these methods described below. We do not charge you any fees for making deposits.
You understand and agree that to initiate deposits via direct payments/ACH debit, you must comply with the ACH Origination Service security procedures described in Section 5.4 below.
We do not accept cash deposits by mail, or paper check or foreign currency deposits: We are not liable for deposits of any kind that you mail to us, including if it is lost in transit, lost in the mail, or otherwise not received by us.
Cash: We do not accept cash deposits made by mail. If you mail us a cash deposit, we will send the cash back to you.
Paper Checks: If you mail a paper check to us, including personal or business checks, money orders or cashier’s checks, we may apply the check to any negative balance you have on your Account or send the check back to you.
Foreign Currency: We do not accept any deposits in foreign currency. Any deposits received in foreign currency, whether in the form of cash or check, will be sent back to you.
We will send all items back to the address we have for you, and we are not liable if you do not receive the items.
You may only deposit with us funds that are immediately available, which under applicable law are irreversible and are not subject to any lien, claim or encumbrance.
For more information about deposits and when funds from a deposit will be made available to you, please refer to Section 3.2.
3.2 Our Funds Availability Policy
It is our policy to make deposits made to your Account each business day available for withdrawal according to the table below. The end of the business day is referred to as the "deposit cut-off time". If you make a deposit before our cut-off time on a business day that we are open, we will consider that day to be the day of your deposit. However, if you make a deposit after our cut-off time or on a day we are not open, we will consider the deposit to be made on the next business day that we are open.
The availability of funds transferred to your Account from a connected bank account held by another financial institution follow different rules. Please refer to Section 3.6 for more information. In addition, the availability of any funds credited to your Account as a result of transactions initiated via the ACH Origination Service also follow different rules. Please refer to Section 5 for more information.
3.3 ACH Credit Transactions and UCC Article 4A
Credit given by us with respect to an ACH credit entry is provisional until we receive final settlement for such entry through a Federal Reserve Bank. If we do not receive final settlement, you acknowledge and agree that we are entitled to a refund of the amount credited to you in connection with the ACH credit entry, and the party making payment to you via such entry shall not be deemed to have paid you in the amount of such entry.
Under the operating rules of the National Automated Clearing House Association, which are applicable to ACH transactions involving your Account, we are not required to give next day notice to you of receipt of an ACH item and will not do so. However, we will continue to notify you of the receipt of ACH items through your Account statements.
We may accept on your behalf payments to your Account which have been transmitted through one or more Automated Clearing Houses and which are not subject to the Electronic Fund Transfer Act and your rights and obligations with respect to such payments shall be construed in accordance with and governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, unless otherwise specified in a separate agreement that the law of some other state shall govern.
3.4 Problems that Could Occur With Deposits
If a deposit or transfer to your Account is returned or rejected by the paying financial institution for any reason, or if there is an error or mistake involving a deposit or transfer, we may deduct the amount of the deposit, transfer, or error without prior notice to you. If there are insufficient funds in your Account at the time, your Account may become overdrawn. Please refer to Section 3.11 concerning overdrafts for more information.
3.5 Withdrawals From Your Account
You may withdraw funds up to the amount of your Available Balance in your Account using any of the following methods and subject to the following limits
If you have been issued a debit card for your Account, there may also be limitations that apply to your use of the card. Please refer to the applicable cardholder agreement provided to you with your card for information on any applicable limitations and other terms.
You cannot withdraw funds by check, and we do not permit you to create checks drawn on your Account.
Before permitting a withdrawal or other transaction, we may request that you provide us with additional information or documentation that we deem necessary to confirm your identity or to prevent illegal activity. We may refuse the transaction if you do not comply with our request.
3.6 Transfers To or From Connected Bank Accounts
You may be provided with the ability to link another bank account you have with another financial institution (“connected bank account”) to your Account with us to make inbound and outbound ACH transfers between the connected bank account and your Account through the Online Banking Services. An “inbound transfer” moves funds into your Account from a connected bank account. An “outbound transfer” moves funds from your Account to a connected bank account. We will facilitate transfers to a connected bank account separate and apart from any access we provide you to the ACH Origination Service (see Section 5 below).
For inbound transfers, we will debit your connected bank account and credit your Account with us on the next business day after you initiate the transfer. The funds you transfer to your Account will be made available to you by the fifth (5th) business day after the funds have been credited to your Account.
For outbound transfers, we will debit your Account with us and credit your connected bank account on the next business day after you initiate the transfer. The financial institution that holds your connected bank account determines when those funds will be made available to you in your connected bank account.
The cut-off time for both inbound and outbound transfers is 3:00 PM ET. Transfer requests that you make on a business day before the cut-off time will be considered initiated on that day. Transfer requests that you make after the cut-off time, or on a day that is not a business day, will be considered initiated the following business day that we are open.
There are limits to the dollar amount of both inbound and outbound transfers you can make. Please see Sections 3.1 and 3.5.
You agree that you will only attempt to link a bank account for which you have the authority to transfer funds. You also agree to indemnify and hold us harmless from any claims by any business or person related to the connected bank account, including any other owner of the connected bank account. You may only link a bank account that is a deposit account, such as a checking, savings or money market account.
3.7 No Illegal Activity, Internet Gambling and Right to Refuse Transactions
You must not use your Account for any illegal purposes or, regardless of whether it is legal or illegal, for internet gambling. We may deny any transaction or refuse to accept any deposit that we believe is related to illegal activity, online gambling or for any other reason at our discretion.
3.8 How We Post Transactions To Your Account and Determine Your Available Balance
3.8.1 Posting Overview
To understand how we post transactions to your Account, it is important to first understand the difference between your Available Balance and your ledger balance. Your Available Balance is the amount of money you have in your Account at any given time that is available for you to use. Your ledger balance is the balance in your Account at the beginning of the day after we have posted all transactions to your Account from the day before. We use your Available Balance to authorize your transactions throughout the day and determine whether you have sufficient funds to pay your transactions. Here are some additional terms that are helpful to understand:
Credit and debit – A credit increases your balance and a debit decreases your balance.
Post or posted – Transactions that are paid from or deposited to your Account. Posted transactions will either increase or decrease both your Available Balance and your ledger balance.
Pending – Transactions that we receive notice of and are scheduled to post to your Account. Pending transactions affect your Available Balance, but not your ledger balance.
Card authorization and settlement – When you use a debit card to make a purchase, the transaction occurs in two steps: card authorization and settlement. Card authorizations reduce your Available Balance, but not your ledger balance. Settlement reduces both your Available Balance and your ledger balance. Card authorizations are removed when settlement occurs or after a certain number of days have passed, whichever is sooner. Please see Section 3.8.4 for more information about card authorizations and settlement.
3.8.2. Posting Order
We receive transactions throughout the day and post them to your Account as they are received and in the order that they are received. Note that for debit card transactions, we consider the transaction received when the merchant requests settlement, which may occur several days after you authorize the transaction. See Section 3.8.4 for additional information concerning how debit card transactions are processed.
We may change the order in which we post transactions to your Account at our discretion and without notice to you. It is therefore important for you to keep track of the deposits you make and the transactions you authorize to make sure there are sufficient funds in your Account to cover all transactions and any applicable fees.
3.8.3 Determining Your Available Balance
To determine your Available Balance, we start with your ledger balance at the beginning of the business day, add any pending credits or deposits that we make available to you, and subtract any card authorizations and pending debits. All transactions are debited or credited from your Available Balance in the order received.You may check their available balance via Online Banking Services or by calling us at 1-512-686-4141. Keep in mind that your Available Balance may not reflect every transaction you have initiated or previously authorized. For example, your Available Balance may not include transactions you have authorized that we have not received.
3.8.4 Debit Card Authorizations
If you are issued a debit card with your Account, you will be able to use your card to pay for goods or services or conduct other transactions with a merchant. When you engage in a transaction with a merchant using your debit card, the merchant will request preauthorization (“card authorization”) for the transaction. If there are sufficient available funds in your Account, we will approve the request and reduce your Available Balance for as long as the card authorization remains on your Account.
Your Available Balance will generally be reduced by the amount of the card authorization. If you use your card at a restaurant, your Available Balance may be reduced by the amount of the card authorization plus up to an additional twenty percent (20%) of that amount, to account for potential tipping.
The card authorization will remain on your Account until the merchant sends us the final amount of the transaction and requests payment (“settlement”). In most cases, If the merchant does not request settlement, or the merchant is delayed in requesting settlement, the card authorization will automatically be removed after three (3) days. However, for certain merchants such as hotels and rental car companies, it may take up to thirty (30) days for the card authorization to be removed.
It is important to understand that the merchant controls the timing of card authorizations or settlement. A merchant may request settlement after the card authorization has been removed from your Account. This means that if you use the funds in your Account after the card authorization has been removed and the merchant later requests settlement, your Account may become overdrawn. A merchant may also request settlement for an amount that is different than the card authorization. Therefore, it is important that you keep track of your transactions and your balance. Once we have approved a card authorization, we cannot stop the transaction and you will be responsible for repaying any negative balance that may occur.
Statements will periodically be provided to you by email and via Online Banking Services as long as your Account is not inactive. You will receive a statement monthly as long as you have transactions on your Account during the statement period. If there were no transactions on your Account, we may not provide you with statements or may provide you with statements on a less frequent basis. You will not receive paper statements.
3.10 Errors On Your Account and Limitations of Liability
You agree to carefully review your statements and promptly report to us any errors or unauthorized activity by email at email@example.com within thirty (30) days after we make the statement available to you. Unless otherwise specified in this Agreement or required by law, if you do not provide us with timely notice of an error or unauthorized activity, we will deem our records concerning your Account to be correct and you agree that we will not be liable to you for any loss you suffer relating to the error or unauthorized activity. You further agree that we may debit or credit your Account at any time and without notice to you to correct an error or address unauthorized activity.
In any case, our maximum liability to you will never exceed the amount of actual damages proven by you. Our liability may also be further reduced by the amount of the loss that is caused by your own negligence or lack of care, as well as any recovery of the loss you obtain from third parties. Please refer to Section 4 for additional information concerning errors and unauthorized transactions involving electronic fund transfers and related limitations of liability. There may also be other limitations of liability contained in this Agreement.
3.11 Overdrafts, Nonsufficient Funds and Negative Balances
We do not permit you to overdraw your Account. If the Available Balance in your Account is not sufficient to cover any transaction you have authorized, we may return the transaction or refuse to process the transaction. However, there may be instances where your Account can still go into the negative, such as if a deposit you make is returned. You must make a deposit immediately to cover any negative balance. If your Account has a negative balance for sixty (60) calendar days or more, we may close your Account.
3.12 Closing Your Account and Account Suspensions
You can close your Account at any time and for any reason by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We reserve the right to refuse your request if you have a negative balance on your Account. We recommend that you transfer or withdraw any funds you may have in the Account prior to submitting a request to close the Account to avoid delays in receiving your funds.
We may also suspend or close your account, or suspend or disable any service or feature of your Account, at our discretion with or without notice. This includes if we believe you are using your Account for fraudulent or illegal purposes or in violation of law or regulation, this Agreement, any other agreement you may have with us or Unit, if multiple transactions are returned on your Account, or if you otherwise present undue risk to us or Unit. We may also close your Account if you have not made any deposits or withdrawals from your Account in over twelve (12) months. In addition, canceling your enrollment in the Online Banking Services with the Program Partner will result in our closure of the Account and our return of your funds. We are not responsible to you for any damages you may suffer as a result of the closure or suspension of your Account.
If your Account is closed with a balance greater than $1.00, we will return any funds you may have in the Account to you by ACH transfer to another bank account or by paper check. We reserve the right not to return the funds to you if the balance in your Account is $1.00 or less. The closure of your Account or termination of this Agreement does not impact any right or obligation that arose prior to closure or termination, or any right or obligation that, by its nature, should survive termination (including, but not limited to, any indemnification obligation by you, our limitations of liability, and any terms governing arbitration).
3.13 Dormancy, Inactivity and Unclaimed Property
State law and our policy govern when your Account is considered dormant. Your Account is usually considered dormant if you have not accessed your Account, communicated to us about your Account or otherwise shown an interest in your Account within the period of time specified under applicable law. Each state has varying laws as to when an account becomes dormant, and we may be required to send the balance in your Account if it becomes dormant to the state of your last known address. We will make reasonable efforts to contact you if required by applicable law before transferring the remaining balance of your Account to the applicable state. After we surrender the funds to the state, you must apply to the appropriate state agency to reclaim your funds. You can avoid the surrender of your funds by simply conducting transactions, contacting us about your Account or replying to any abandoned property notices we may provide to you.
We may also place your Account in an inactive status if you have not had any transaction for at least six (6) months. If your Account becomes inactive, you may not receive statements or be able to conduct certain transactions. Inactive Accounts must be reactivated. Contact us by email at email@example.com to reactivate your Account.
3.14 Account Fees and Fee Schedule
You agree to pay all fees and charges applicable to your Account. All fee amounts will be withdrawn from your Account and will be assessed regardless of whether you have sufficient funds in your Account, except where prohibited by law. Fees are subject to change at any time. We will provide you advance notice of any changes where required by law.
Your Account allows you to withdraw funds up to the Available Balance or make deposits through Electronic Fund Transfers (“EFTs”). EFTs are transactions that are processed by electronic means and include, among others, ACH transfers, debit card transactions and direct deposits. This Section provides you with information and important disclosures and terms about the EFTs that are permitted on your Account. You may also receive additional services through Online Banking Services provided by the Program Partner, that allow you to initiate EFTs to and from your Account that are not described in this Agreement. You will be provided separate agreements and disclosures applicable to those services by the Program Partner.
4. 1 Types of EFTs Supported by Your Account
Your Account allows the following types of EFTs:
- Direct deposits from your sources of income
- Transfers to or from your Account to or from a connected bank account (see Section 3.6)
- Transfers to or from your Account to a merchant or other third party by providing the third party with your Account routing number and account number
- Purchases or other transactions using your debit card
- ATM deposits or withdrawals using your debit card
4.2 Limitations on EFTs
There are limitations on the frequency and amount of transactions you can make to or from your Account. These limits are different for each type of transaction. For limits that apply to transactions that credit or deposit funds into your Account, please refer to Section 3.1 concerning deposits. For limits that apply to transactions that debit or withdraw from your Account, please refer to Section 3.5 concerning withdrawals. For limits that apply to transfers to or from your Account from a connected bank account, please refer to Section 3.6. These security-related limits may change from time to time.
If you have been issued a debit card for your Account, there may also be transaction limitations that apply to your use of the card. Please refer to the applicable cardholder agreement provided to you with your card for information on any limitations and other terms.
4.3 Documentation of Your Transactions
We will provide you information about each transaction that debits or credits your Account on your statements. Please refer to Section 3.9 for information about statements. You may also be able to view your transaction history and other information through Online Banking Services provided to you by the Program Partner. You may also contact us by phone at 1-512-686-4141 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for information concerning your Account or your transactions.
If you are provided with a debit card, you can get receipts at the time you make a withdrawal at an ATM or a purchase at a point-of-sale terminal when using your card.
4.4 Preauthorized Transfers, Stop Payments and Notices of Varying Amounts
If you authorize us or another company or person to withdraw from your Account on a regular basis (such as when you sign up for “autopay” to pay a recurring bill or invoice), it is called a Preauthorized Transfer. You may request that we place a stop payment on Preauthorized Transfers, as well as get notification when the amount of a particular withdrawal will be different from the amount of the last withdrawal.
4.4.1 How to Request a Stop Payment
If you authorize a third party to take payments from your Account on a regular basis through a Preauthorized Transfer, you can place a stop payment on those payments by contacting by email at email@example.com at least three (3) business days before the next payment is scheduled to be made.
You must provide us with (1) your name, (2) your Account number, (3) the company or person taking the payments, and (4) the date and amount of the scheduled payment you wish to stop. If you want all future payments from that company or person stopped, be sure to tell us that as well. If you do not provide us with the correct information, such as the correct payee or the correct amount of the payment you wish to stop, we may not be able to stop the payment.
4.5 Questions About Your EFTs and Reporting Errors or Unauthorized EFTs
You may contact us with questions concerning EFTs that occur on your Account. For card related transactions, contact us at 1-833-333-0417; for all other transactions call us at 1-512-686-4141 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also contact us using the methods above to report suspected errors or unauthorized EFTs. Be sure to contact us immediately if you believe that an error or unauthorized EFT has occurred or may occur concerning your Account, or if your Account, debit card or Online Banking Services login credentials have been lost, stolen or compromised. You must contact us no later than thirty (30) days after we sent the FIRST statement on which the error or unauthorized EFT appeared. You must provide us with the following information:
- Your name and Account number.
- A description of the error or the EFT you are unsure about and why you believe it is an error or you need more information.
- The dollar amount of the suspected error.
- If you tell us orally, we may require that you send us your complaint or question in writing by email within ten (10) business days.
After receiving your notice of error or unauthorized EFT, we will investigate and provide you with the results and any corrections we make to your Account within a commercially reasonable time.
4.6 Our Liability for a Failure To Complete A Transaction, Unauthorized Transactions or Failure to Stop a Payment
We will respond to notices of errors or unauthorized EFTs and requests to stop payments in a commercially reasonable manner and time. You agree that in no event will we be liable in an amount exceeding the lesser of five thousand dollars ($5,000) or the actual amount of your loss. You also agree that we will not be liable for any amount of loss that you may incur if you:
- Do not tell us about an error or unauthorized EFT within thirty (30) days after the first statement showing the error or unauthorized EFT is made available to you; or
- If you do not provide us with the information necessary to place a stop payment on a Preauthorized Transfer in a timely manner.
In addition, we are not liable for any losses you may incur in any of the following circumstances:
- If the Available Balance in your Account is not sufficient to complete the transaction through no fault of ours.
- If the ATM you use does not have enough cash.
- If the failure is due to an equipment or system breakdown, such as a problem with the Online Banking Services provided by the Program Partner, that you knew about before you began a transaction.
- The failure was caused by an Act of God, fire or other catastrophe, or any other cause beyond our control despite reasonable precautions we have taken.
- If your funds are not available due to a hold or if your funds are subject to legal process.
- If we do not complete a transaction because we or Unit has reason to believe the transaction is unauthorized or illegal.
- If your Account is closed or inactive.
- There may be additional exceptions stated in our or Unit’s agreements with you or permitted by law.
5.1 Description of ACH Origination Service
The ACH Origination Service allows you to instruct us to create and/or send a NACHA formatted file on your behalf to execute the transfer of funds to/from another financial institution to disburse/concentrate funds or to make payments/collect funds to/from another party via the System. All transactions executed through the ACH Origination Service described above will be collectively known as (“ACH transactions”.) The ACH Origination Service is only accessible through the Online Banking Services. Your use of and access to the ACH Origination Service is separate and apart from your ability to facilitate transfers via ACH to a connected bank account (see Section 3.6).
We will facilitate only Internet-Initiated/Mobile Entry (“WEB”) and Corporate Credit or Debit Entry (“CCD”) ACH transactions through the ACH Origination Service. We will select, at our sole discretion, whether to facilitate any given ACH transaction as a WEB transaction or CCD transaction.
Unless otherwise defined in this Agreement, capitalized terms that appear in this Section 5 shall have the meanings set forth in the Operating Rules (the “Rules”) of the National Automated Clearing House Association (“NACHA”).
5.2 Processing Deadlines
Except as provided in Security Procedures in Section 5.4 below, we shall (i) process entries received from you to conform with the file specifications set forth in the Rules, (ii) transmit such entries as an Originating Depository Financial Institution to the Federal Reserve Bank, and (iii) settle for such entries to the specified accounts as provided in the Rules.
We shall transmit such entries to the Federal Reserve Bank by the deadline of the ACH (1) one business day prior to the Effective Entry Date shown in such entries, provided (i) such entries are received 3:00 PM ET on a business day, (ii) the Effective Entry Date is at least two (2) days after such business day, and (iii) the Federal Reserve is open for business on such business day. A “business day” is a day in which the Federal Reserve Bank is opened to the public for carrying on substantially all of its business, other than a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday.
If any of the requirements of clause (i), (ii), or (iii) listed above are not met, we shall use reasonable efforts to transmit such entries to the Federal Reserve Bank by the next deposit deadline on which the Federal Reserve is open for business.
5.3 ACH Rules
When engaging in any transaction through the ACH Origination Service, you agree to comply with the Rules. You can obtain a copy of the Rules from NACHA at 13450 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 100 Herndon, VA 20171; instructions for obtaining a copy of the Rules are also available at www.nacha.org. You agree to comply with and be bound by the Rules. In the event you violate any of the applicable Rules and NACHA imposes a fine on us because of your violation, we may charge the fine to you. We agree to inform you of revisions to the Rules of which we have knowledge. Our current process does not support the origination of IAT’s (International ACH Transactions).
5.4 Security Procedures
Our security procedures or security requirements are integrated into the Online Banking Services, and you acknowledge and agree that these security procedures are a commercially reasonable method of providing security against unauthorized payment orders. You agree to submit ACH origination requests solely through the Online Banking Services.
5.5 Our ACH Origination Obligations
In a timely manner and in accordance with the Rules, we will process, transmit and settle for the entries received from you, which comply with the terms of this Agreement and/or any addendums or future addendums.
You warrant and agree that:
- Each entry is accurate, timely, and has been authorized by the party whose account will be credited or debited, and otherwise complies with the Rules.
- Each debit entry is for an amount, which on the settlement date with respect to it, will be owing to you from the party whose account will be debited, is for a sum specified by such party to be paid to you, or is a correction of a previously transmitted erroneous credit entry.
- You have complied with all pre-notification requirements of the Rules.
- You will comply with the terms of the Electronic Funds Transfer Act, if applicable, or Uniform Commercial Code Article 4A if applicable, and the laws of the United States. You shall otherwise perform your obligations under this Agreement in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. You shall indemnify us against any loss, liability or expense (including attorney’s fees and expenses) resulting from or arising out of any breach of any of the foregoing warranties or agreements.
5.7 Authorized Daily Dollar Limits
There are limitations on the frequency and amount of ACH transactions you can originate from your Account using the ACH Origination Service. For limits that apply to transactions that credit or deposit funds into your Account, please refer to Section 3.1 concerning deposits. For limits that apply to transactions that debit or withdraw from your Account, please refer to Section 3.5 concerning withdrawals. These security related limits may change from time to time.
Inherent to the implementation of any ACH Origination Service is a degree or risk assumed by us. It is possible for you to expose us to significant financial liability if you do not have sufficient funds on deposit in the Account to settle ACH transactions or returns. We reserve the right to periodically request and review your financial information and revoke your access to ACH Origination Service if we believe, in our sole discretion, that you cannot financially support your liability for ACH transactions originated from the Account.
The following types of ACH transactions may be originated using the Account and the Online Banking Services: CCD and WEB.
5.8 Provisional Credit
You acknowledge that the Rules make provisional any credit given for an entry until the financial institution crediting the account specified in the entry receives final settlement. If the financial institution does not receive final settlement, it is entitled to a refund from the credited party and the originator of the entry shall not be deemed to have paid the party.
You will maintain the Account during the term of this Agreement. You will maintain in the Account as of the applicable settlement date immediately available funds sufficient to cover all credit and debit entries initiated by you. You authorize us to debit the Account on the applicable settlement date in the amount of each entry. In the event there are not sufficient available funds in the Account to cover your obligations under this Agreement, you agree that we may debit any account maintained by you with us or that we may set off against any amount we owe to you, to obtain payment of your obligations under this Agreement.
5.10 Cancellation or Amendment
You shall have no right to cancel or amend any entry/file after its receipt by us. However, we shall use reasonable efforts to act on a request, in writing, by an Authorized User to cancel an entry/file before transmitting it to the Federal Reserve Bank. Any such request shall comply with the security procedures described in Section 5.4 above. You may be required to submit a new transfer request in writing or electronically through the Online Banking Services. We shall have no liability if the cancellation or change is not affected.
You may request the reversal of an entry for erroneous or duplicate transactions that have been transmitted to the Federal Reserve by contacting us through the Online Banking Services.
5.12 Rejection of Entries
We shall reject any entry, including an on-us entry, which does not comply with the requirements of this Agreement and may reject any entry if you are not otherwise in compliance with the terms of the Agreement. We shall notify you by email or via the Online Banking Services of such rejection no later than the business day such entry would otherwise have been transmitted by us to the ACH or, in the case of an on-us entry, its effective entry date.
5.13 Returned Entries
We shall notify you by email or via the Online Banking Services of the receipt of a returned entry from the Federal Reserve no later than one business day after the business day of such receipt. We shall have no obligation to re-transmit a returned entry if we complied with the terms of this Agreement with respect to the original entry.
You agree not to exceed ninety five percent (95%) of any thresholds set forth in the NACHA Rules for returns on the basis that the Transaction was unauthorized, returns for administrative reasons, or all returns regardless of the cause in any thirty (30) day period. You further agree not to exceed one-half percent (0.5%) returns on the basis that the Transaction was unauthorized in any thirty (30) day period irrespective of whether any NACHA thresholds have been exceeded. Returns on the basis that the transaction was unauthorized will be assigned a NACHA return status of R07 (“authorization revoked by customer”), R10 (“customer advises not authorized”), or R29 (“corporate customer advises not authorized”).
We reserve the right to limit, suspend, or terminate your ACH Origination Service privileges for any violation of this Section 5.13.
5.14 Notifications of Change
We shall advise you of all notifications of changes that we receive related to entries that you transmit by email or via the Online Banking Services no later than five (5) business days after receipt thereof.
You agree to pay us for ACH Origination Service provided under the Agreement in accordance with the current schedule of fees in Section 3.14 above. We may change our fees from time to time upon written notice.
We shall have the right to audit any records for compliance with the agreements and Rules relating to ACH Transactions originated by you.
5.17 ACH Origination Service Liability, Limitations on Liability & Indemnity
WE SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE ONLY FOR PERFORMING THE ACH ORIGINATION SERVICE EXPRESSLY PROVIDED FOR IN THIS AGREEMENT AND SHALL BE LIABLE ONLY FOR OUR GROSS NEGLIGENCE IN PERFORMING THIS SERVICE. WE SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR ACTS OR OMISSIONS (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE AMOUNT, ACCURACY, TIMELINESS OF TRANSMITTAL OR AUTHORIZATION OF ANY FILE RECEIVED FROM YOU) OR THOSE OF ANY OTHER PERSON. WE ARE AUTHORIZED BY YOU TO PROCESS TRANSACTIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE INFORMATION THAT WE RECEIVE IN THE ISSUED FILE TRANSMISSION FROM YOU. YOU SHALL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE FILE, AND WE SHALL HAVE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ERRONEOUS DATA PROVIDED BY YOU. YOU WILL INDEMNIFY AND HOLD US HARMLESS FROM AND AGAINST ANY LOSS, CHARGE, LIABILITY, COST, FEE OR EXPENSE (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES AND EXPENSES) WE SUFFER OR INCUR RESULTING FROM ANY THIRD-PARTY LAWSUIT, CLAIM, ARBITRATION OR OTHER ACTION, ACTUAL OR THREATENED, ARISING UNDER OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT.
IN NO EVENT SHALL WE BE LIABLE FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE OR INDIRECT LOSS OR DAMAGE THAT YOU MAY INCUR OR SUFFER IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT, INCLUDING LOSSES OR DAMAGES FROM SUBSEQUENT WRONGFUL DISHONOR RESULTING FROM OUR ACTS OR OMISSIONS PURSUANT TO THIS AGREEMENT.
WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING PROVISIONS, WE SHALL BE EXCUSED FROM FAILING TO ACT OR DELAY IN ACTING IF SUCH FAILURE OR DELAY IS CAUSED BY LEGAL CONSTRAINT, INTERRUPTION OF TRANSMISSION OR COMMUNICATION FACILITIES, EQUIPMENT FAILURE, WAR, NATURAL DISASTER, EMERGENCY CONDITIONS, OR OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL. NOTWITHSTANDING THE ABOVE, WE WILL REIMBURSE YOU FOR EXPENSES INCURRED (E.G. WIRE FEES) IN THE EVENT OF OUR FAILURE OR DELAY IN TRANSFERRING FUNDS SOLELY CAUSED US.
IN ADDITION, WE SHALL BE EXCUSED FROM FAILING TO TRANSMIT OR DELAY IN TRANSMITTING AN ENTRY IF SUCH TRANSMITTAL WOULD RESULT IN OUR HAVING EXCEEDED ANY LIMITATION UPON ITS INTRA-DAY NET FUNDS POSITION ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO PRESENT OR FUTURE FEDERAL RESERVE GUIDELINES OR IN OUR REASONABLE JUDGMENT OTHERWISE VIOLATE ANY PROVISION OF ANY PRESENT OR FUTURE RISK CONTROL PROGRAM OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE, OR ANY RULE OR REGULATION OF ANY OTHER U.S. GOVERNMENTAL REGULATORY AUTHORITY. SUBJECT TO THE FOREGOING LIMITATIONS, OUR LIABILITY FOR LOSS OF INTEREST RESULTING FROM ITS ERROR OR DELAY SHALL BE CALCULATED BY USING A RATE EQUAL TO THE AVERAGE FEDERAL FUNDS RATE SET BY THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK FOR THE PERIOD INVOLVED. AT OUR OPTION, PAYMENT OF SUCH INTEREST MAY BE MADE BY CREDITING THE ACCOUNT RESULTING FROM OR ARISING OUT OF ANY CLAIM OF ANY PERSON WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR, ANY ACT OR OMISSION OF YOU OR ANY OTHER PERSON.
PERFORMANCE INTERRUPTION OF THE ACH ORIGINATION SERVICE FOR ANY REASON SHALL NOT RELIEVE YOU OF YOUR OBLIGATION TO MAKE ANY TAX DEPOSIT, AND WE WILL INCUR NO LIABILITY TO YOU FOR YOUR FAILURE TO MAKE ANY REQUIRED TAX PAYMENT BY OTHER MEANS IN THE EVENT OF SUCH INTERRUPTIONS.
5.18 Inconsistency of Name and Account Number
You acknowledge that, if an entry describes the Receiver inconsistently by name and/or account number, payment of the entry may be made based on the account number even if it identifies a person different from the named Receiver. You are solely responsible for providing correct information for all ACH Origination Service requests through the Online Banking Services.
You may cancel your ACH Origination Service at any time by providing us with written notice. Your access to the ACH Service through Online Banking Services will be suspended within three (3) business days of our receipt of instructions to cancel your ACH Origination Service from any Authorized User. We shall be entitled to rely on any written notice believed by us, in good faith, to be signed by any Authorized User. We shall have no obligation to transmit entries if you are in default of any of its obligations under this Agreement, including the obligation to pay any related fees for each credit and debit entry.
You will remain responsible for all transactions that occur prior to termination, whether termination by you or by us, and for any fees and charges incurred prior to the date of cancellation. Any unprocessed transactions including future dated and recurring transactions, will be canceled as a result of termination of your ACH Origination Service. You agree that we can terminate or limit your access to the ACH Origination Service for any of the following reason without prior notice:
- If you have insufficient funds in your Account. The ACH Origination Service may be reinstated, at our sole discretion, once sufficient funds are available to cover any fees, pending transfers, and debits.
- You breach of any term of this Agreement and/or the Rules.
- Upon reasonable notice (including immediate), for cause (including the foregoing) or without cause, in our sole discretion. Any unprocessed transactions including future dated and recurring transactions will be canceled as a result of termination of your ACH Origination Service.
5.20 Notice Disclosure
Under the operating rules of NACHA, which are applicable to ACH transactions involving your Account, we are not required to give next day notice to you of receipt of an ACH item, and we will not do so. However, we will continue to notify you of the receipt of payments in the periodic statements we provide you.
As defined in the Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act (“Check 21”), a “check” is a draft, payable on demand and drawn on or payable through or at an office of a bank, whether or not negotiable, that is handled for forward collection or return, including substitute checks (see Section 6.1.1) and travelers checks.
You can only deposit checks into the Account using the mobile deposit capture services (the “MDC Services,” as further described herein) and in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.
6.2 Substitute Checks and Your Rights
Federal rules for Check 21 allow banks to replace original checks with “substitute checks,” as defined in Check 21. Below are the details and your rights related to substitute checks.
6.2.1 Substitute Checks
To make check processing faster, federal law permits banks to replace original checks with “substitute checks.” These checks are similar in size to original checks with a slightly reduced image of the front and back of the original check. The front of a substitute check states: “This is a legal copy of your check. You can use it the same way you would use the original check.” You may use a substitute check as proof of payment just like the original check.
Some or all of the checks that you receive back from us may be substitute checks. This notice describes rights you have when you receive substitute checks from us. The rights in this notice do not apply to original checks or to electronic debits to your account. However, you have rights under other law with respect to those transactions.
6.3 The Mobile Deposit Capture Services
The MDC Services allow you to make deposits to your Account from a compatible mobile device by scanning or photographing checks and delivering the images and associated deposit information to us or our designated processor. By using the MDC Services, you agree to comply with all applicable laws and regulations and National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA) rules that apply to remote deposit check capture processing and ACH transaction processing.
6.3.1 Eligibility to Use the MDC Services
Accountholders adhering to all requirements described herein may be eligible to use the MDC Services. Not all Accounts are eligible for the MDC Services. We may terminate your use of the MDC Services at any time at our sole discretion. You may also stop using the MDC Services at any time. However, any images or information transmitted through your use of the MDC Services shall continue to be subject to this Agreement after termination. We may change our eligibility criteria at any time with or without notice to you.
To use the MDC Services, you must 1) have a mobile device w/built-in camera 2) be able to access the Services on iOS or Android and 3) be enrolled in the Online Banking Service. The MDC Services are not compatible with desktop or laptop computers.
6.3.2 Eligible Items
You agree that the only images you will scan or capture and deposit (“transmit”) to your Account through use of the MDC Services will be Eligible Items. “Eligible Items” include paper items that are defined as “checks” or “certified checks” under Federal Reserve Regulation CC and other paper items not otherwise prohibited by this Agreement. You agree that images deemed to be Ineligible Items (see Section 6.2.3) may not be transmitted to your Account and will be rejected by us. You further agree that the image of the Eligible Item transmitted to us will be deemed an “item” within the meaning adopted in the Uniform Commercial Code of the Virginia of your Account.
6.3.3 Ineligible Items
You agree you will not use the MDC Services to scan or deposit images of items that:
- are not payable in United States currency;
- are not drawn on a financial institution located in the United States;
- are payable to someone other than you;
- are money orders, savings bonds, or traveler’s checks;
- are checks authorized over the telephone and created remotely;
- are images of a check that never existed in paper form;
- must be authorized or activated by us prior to being deposited;
- have already been deposited by or returned to you;
- are not legible or do not conform to our standards, as determined in our sole discretion;
- are fraudulent, not authorized, suspicious or not likely to be honored;
- are not dated, are post-dated, or are more than 6 months old when transmitted;
- do not comply with the requirements established from time to time by any applicable statute, regulation, regulatory agency, clearing house or association;
- we deem to be Ineligible Items herein or at any other time, with or without prior notice to you;
- do not comply with the requirements of your Account Agreement;
- or do not meet the Technical Requirements described in Section 6.2.4).
These items, collectively, are “Ineligible Items” under this Agreement, and they are not eligible for deposit into your Account via the MDC Services.
6.3.4 Image Capture, Transmission, Processing and Payment
All images you transmit to us using the MDC Services must comply with the technical requirements we may specify from time to time (the “Technical Requirements”). You are responsible for all expenses you incur to meet the Technical Requirements. We reserve the right to change the Technical Requirements at any time without prior notice.
You are responsible for reviewing and validating the accuracy and completeness of any information you transmit to us, including but not limited to the amount indicated on the item and the legibility of the image transmitted. You will only submit check images that meet our quality standards. You will not transmit an image or images of the same check to us more than once and will not deposit or negotiate, or seek to deposit or negotiate, such check or item with us or any other party.
You shall be solely responsible for ensuring the quality, accuracy and completeness of the images you transmit using the MDC Services. You shall be solely responsible for the selection, use and operation of the mobile device you use to transmit images.
We can attempt to process, collect, present for payment, return or re-present images you attempt to transmit in any way we choose that is allowed by law.
We can also reject any transmission for any reason at our option and without liability. An image shall be deemed received when you receive a confirmation from us that we have received the image. Receipt of such confirmation does not mean that the transmission was an Eligible Item or accepted.
If an image does not meet our requirements, we can also at our option:
- process the image as received for payment;
- correct the image or its accompanying data and process the corrected image for payment;
- process the deposit for payment in another format as allowed;
- or debit (chargeback) your Account for the amount indicated in the image.
Successfully transmitting an image to us does not mean that your transmission and deposit are complete. All of your images are subject to our further verification prior to being accepted for deposit and payment. Do not destroy the item transmitted as an image until you see the full deposit amount posted when you view your transaction history via the Online Banking Services.
6.3.5 Limits for the MDC Services
There may be limitations on the frequency and amount of transactions you can make using the MDC Services. Please refer to Section 3.1 concerning deposit limitations for information on transaction limitations that will apply to your use of the MDC Services.
6.3.6 Required Endorsements on Items You Deposit and Managing the Original Item
When you transmit an image to us, you will still have possession of the original item. To prevent an additional submission of the item for payment, you are required take the following steps:
- Before you transmit an image to us, you must endorse the original item being captured for transmission by signing the back of the original item and writing the words “For deposit only at Blue Ridge Bank, N.A.” either above or below your signature.
- After you transmit the image to us, you should write the date and the words “Deposited by MDC” on the front of the item and keep the original item in a safe place.
You should not deposit or attempt to cash the item after transmitting the image to us.
6.3.7 Availability of Your Deposits Using the MDC Services
You acknowledge that items transmitted using the MDC Services are not subject to the funds availability rules contained in Regulation CC. Funds deposited using the MDC Services will ordinarily be made available to you for withdrawal within five (5) business days after the day you make your deposit. See Section 6.2.8 for information concerning how we determine the day your deposit is made. We may make such funds available sooner or later based on the length and extent of your relationship with us, transaction and experience information, and other security and risk-related factors as we, in our sole discretion, deem relevant.
6.3.8 Cutoff Times for Deposits Using the MDC Services
If you successfully transmit an image to us before the cutoff time of 7:00pm ET for the Account on a business day that we are open, we will consider that day to be the day of your deposit. After that time or on a day we are not open, we will consider the deposit to be made on the next business day that we are open.
You agree to notify us of any suspected errors regarding items transmitted through the MDC Services right away, and in no event later than sixty (60) days after the first Account statement on which the error appears is made available to you. Unless you notify us of an error within sixty (60) days after the applicable Account statement is made available to you, all deposits made through the MDC Services that appear on that statement shall be deemed correct and we will have no obligation to investigate any claim of error you make.
We can chargeback your Account or any other deposit account you have with us for the amount of any item, its image or any other representation of an item that is:
- returned to us; or
- is rejected by us for any reason, including when we believe it has been previously submitted or deposited with us or with anyone else.
This is true even if you have made withdrawals against any amount we have credited to your Account for the deposited item that was returned or rejected.
We can also charge fees connected to the chargeback as described in your Account Agreement and any other agreements you have with us.
There may be fees associated with your use of the MDC Services. Please refer to Section 3.14 for all fee information.
You are responsible for protecting your mobile device against unauthorized use as well as any losses and damages from unauthorized access. You will protect your mobile device, set up strong passwords and take other reasonable security precautions to protect your mobile device from unauthorized use. Always keep your passwords secret and remember that neither we nor any of our employees or agents will ever ask for your password. If you receive a communication from anyone requesting that you provide your password, do not respond. We are not responsible or obligated for any of these security precautions. If another person uses the MDC Services with your mobile device, you will be responsible for their actions on the Account as well as anyone else they allow to use your mobile device. This will be true even if you did not want, or agree to, their use.
If your mobile device is lost or stolen, or if you believe there has been unauthorized activity involving the MDC Services, tell us immediately by emailing us at email@example.com and promptly change your password.
6.3.13 MDC Services Disruption
The MDC Services might not be available from time to time due to maintenance, technical problems or other reasons. We are not responsible if the MDC Services are not available. We cannot assume responsibility for any technical or other difficulties or any resulting damages that you may incur. We reserve the right to change, suspend, discontinue, or limit your use of the MDC Services, in whole or in part, immediately and at any time without prior notice to you.
6.3.14 Ownership and License
You agree that we retain all ownership and proprietary rights in the MDC Services, associated content, technology, and website(s). Your use of the MDC Services is subject to and conditioned upon your complete compliance with this Agreement. Without limiting the effect of the foregoing, any breach of this Agreement immediately terminates your right to use the MDC Services. Without limiting the restriction of the foregoing, you may not use the MDC Services:
- in any anti-competitive manner;
- for any purpose which would be contrary to our business interests (as deemed by us in our sole discretion); or
- to our actual or potential economic disadvantage in any aspect.
You may not copy, reproduce, distribute or create derivative works from the content and agree not to reverse engineer or reverse compile any of the technology used to provide the MDC Services.
6.3.15 Indemnification and Limitation of Liability
You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold us, and any of our services providers responsible for administering the MDC Services, harmless from any losses incurred from (1) your breach of the Agreement, (2) a return of a check deposit made using the MDC Services due to incomplete or incorrect information provided, a closed account, or insufficient funds, and (3) fraudulent activity.
YOU AGREE YOUR USE OF THE MDC SERVICES AND ALL INFORMATION AND CONTENT (INCLUDING THAT OF THIRD PARTIES, INCLUDING OUR SERVICE PROVIDERS) IS AT YOUR RISK AND IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. WE DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND AS TO THE USE OF THE SERVICE, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. WE MAKE NO WARRANTY THAT THE SERVICE WILL (i) MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, (ii) BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE, OR (iii) PROVIDE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE RESULTS.
You agree that neither we nor any service provider we use to facilitate the MDC Services will be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential, exemplary or punitive damages, including, but not limited to, damages for loss of profits, goodwill, use, data or other losses resulting from the use or the inability to use the Service incurred by you or any third party arising from or related to the use of, inability to use, or the termination of the use of the MDC Services, regardless of the form of action or claim (whether contract, tort, strict liability or otherwise), even if we have been informed of the possibility thereof.
We may terminate your access to the MDC Services for any or not reason, including due to your material breach of this Agreement, your fraudulent actions or omissions with respect to your use of the MDC Services, if you become insolvent or file for bankruptcy, or if there is a change in the Rules that govern your use of the MDC Services.
6.3.17 Third-Party Beneficiary
You acknowledge and agree that any third-party service provider that facilitates your use of the MDC Services is a third-party beneficiary of this Agreement and that the third-party service provider has the right to directly enforce your obligations of this Agreement against you
7.1 Types of Wire Transfers Supported by Your Account
Your Account may support receiving and/or initiating domestic wire transfers. Refer to Sections 3.1 and 3.5 to determine whether you will be able to receive wires, initiate wires, or both. We may make use of correspondents, agents, subagents, and funds transfer and communication systems.
We may select any means for the transmission of funds that we consider suitable. We may make use of correspondents, agents, subagents, and funds transfer and communication systems. Such third parties shall be deemed your agents, and we shall not be liable for any errors, delay, misdelivery, or failure of delivery by any of them unless applicable law says otherwise.
We will not be liable for our inability to perform our obligations under this Agreement when such inability arises out of causes beyond our control, including but not limited to, any act of God, accident, labor disputes, power failures, system failure, equipment malfunction, suspension of payment by another bank, refusal or delay by another bank to accept the wire transfer, war, emergency conditions, fire, earthquake, or the failure of any third party to provide any electronic or telecommunication service used in connection with the execution or cancellation of a wire transfer.
7.2 Limitations on Wire Transfers
There are limitations on the frequency and amount of transactions you can make to or from your Account. These limits are different for each type of transaction. For limits that apply to transactions that credit or deposit funds into your Account, please refer to Section 3.1 concerning deposits. For limits that apply to transactions that debit or withdraw from your Account, please refer to Section 3.5 concerning withdrawals. There may be limits on the beneficiaries who can receive a wire transfer you initiate from your Account. These security-related limits may change from time to time.
7.3 Cut-Off Times for Wire Transfers
We have cut-off hours for processing wire transfers. If a wire request is received by 1:00 PM ET on a Business Day and verified through our security procedures outlined in the section below titled “Security Procedures,” funds will be processed the same business day. If it is received after 1:00 PM ET or on a non-Business Day and verified through our security procedures, funds may be processed the next business day.
We may treat any wire transfer request received at or after our cut-off time as if it was received that business day, or we may treat it as if it were received at the opening of the next business day.
7.4 Security Procedures
You agree and consent to the use of certain security procedures by us to confirm the validity of the wire transfer request made pursuant to this Agreement. You understand the security procedures are not designed to detect errors in the content of the wire transfer request or to prevent duplicate transfers. Some elements of the procedures will vary, depending upon the method used to initiate a wire transfer. You hereby agree that your utilization of any security procedure established hereunder shall constitute your agreement to its use and affirmative acknowledgment of its commercial reasonableness.
You further agree that any wire transfer request that is acted upon in good faith by us in compliance with these security procedures, whether in fact authorized by you, shall constitute an authorized wire transfer.
7.5 Liability for Incorrect Wire Transfers
You are responsible for providing us with the accurate name and account number for wire transfers, and we are responsible for transmitting money to the account number you provided.
When you provide us with a name and account number for us to process a wire transfer, we may make payment solely on the basis of the account number, even if the account number identifies a person different from the beneficiary so named. We or an intermediary bank may send a wire transfer to an intermediary bank or beneficiary's/designated recipient's bank based solely on the bank identifying number, even if the payment order indicates a different name. You should be very careful when providing the account number for a wire transfer.
If you have provided us with the wrong account number, there may be no way to correct the error or retrieve the funds. You agree that you will pay the amount of a wire transfer even in such circumstances. You are responsible for any losses resulting from an incorrect account number or your misidentification of the beneficiary/designated recipient.
If you think a wire transfer is wrong or if you need more information about a wire transfer, you must contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible and no later than fourteen (14) days after you receive your monthly statement. If you don’t tell us about an error, we will not have any obligation to pay interest on the amount of an unauthorized or erroneous wire transfer for which we are liable, and you will also be liable to us for any damages or losses we may incur.
You must pay us the amount of the wire transfer, plus any applicable fees, before we will execute the wire transfer request. Please see Section 3.14 of this Agreement for fees applicable to wire transfers.
7.7 Execution of Wire Transfers
A wire transfer request is considered accepted by us when we execute it. Please refer to Section 7.3 concerning cut-off times for more details. You can verify whether your wire transfer request has been executed by calling us at 1-512-686-4141 or emailing us at email@example.com.
We have no responsibility to accept any incoming wire transfer(s) for your benefit. Likewise, we have a right to reject any wire transfer request(s) for an outgoing wire transfer for reasons including, but not limited to, insufficient or uncollected funds in the account specified in the wire transfer request, a request that fails any requires security procedures, our inability to execute the wire transfer for the reasons set out in the section of this agreement entitled method used to make the wire transfer above, or if we are unable to verify the authenticity of the wire transfer request. If we stop a domestic outgoing wire transfer, we will refund the fee.
If we determine, in our sole discretion, not to honor, execute, or accept a wire transfer request, we will make reasonable efforts to notify you. We will also make reasonable efforts to notify you promptly if a wire transfer is returned to us after its execution. In either case, we shall have no liability by reason of our delay or failure to provide you with notice, and we shall have no obligation to resend a wire transfer if we complied with the original wire transfer request and such wire transfer was returned to us.
7.8 Cancellation or Amendment of Wire Transfer
Once we receive a wire transfer request, it may not be able to be canceled or amended. However, at our discretion, we may use reasonable efforts to act on any request for cancellation or amendment, provided that the method by which we are notified of a request for cancellation or amendment complies with our security procedures. However, we shall have no liability if such cancellation or amendment is not affected. You agree to indemnify and hold us harmless from all liabilities, claims, damages, costs, and expenses we may incur in attempting to cancel or amend the wire transfer. any cancellation or amendment of a wire transfer by us shall relieve us of any obligation to act on the original wire transfer request.
7.9 Our Liability for Failure to Complete a Wire Transfer
We shall be responsible only for performing the wire transfer service expressly provided for in this Agreement; provided however, we shall be liable only for our own gross negligence or willful misconduct in performing such service. We shall not be liable to any third party or for any act or omission of yours or any third party, including, but not limited to, third parties used by us in executing a wire transfer or performing a related act and no such third party shall be deemed to be our agent. IN NO EVENT SHALL WE BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, LOST PROFITS, LOSSES OR EXPENSES ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE WIRE TRANSFER SERVICE, EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SAME. Except as otherwise provided by applicable law, the maximum period for which we shall be liable for interest on any amount to be refunded or paid to you with respect to an unauthorized, erroneous, or other wire transfer request is thirty days.
7.10 Your Liability for Unauthorized Wire Transfers
Except as otherwise provided by law, you shall be liable for any loss or damage to which your negligence contributed or which resulted in unauthorized, fraudulent, or dishonest acts by your current and/or former authorized representatives. Such liability includes instances when a current or former authorized representative effects one or more wire transfers or improper use of telephone security procedures to effect a wire transfer to your detriment.
7.11 Compliance with Anti-Money Laundering and Exchange Control Regulations and OFAC Enforced Sanctions
You agree to observe all Anti-Money Laundering and Exchange Control laws and regulations including economic and trade sanctions promulgated by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of Treasury in relation to any wire transfer, and you will use all reasonable endeavors to assist us to do likewise. You agree that the information given to us by you is accurate. We may disclose any information given to us that we in our sole discretion think necessary or desirable to disclose; except we will only disclose confidential information if required by law, a court, or legal, regulatory, or governmental authority, or as permitted by law to combat, prevent, or investigate issues arising under anti-money laundering laws, economic sanctions, or criminal law.
Sometimes legal, regulatory, or governmental authorities require additional information, either in respect of individuals, entities, or particular transactions. You agree to promptly supply all such information, which any such authority may require, and/or which we may be required to supply, in relation to the individual, entity, or particular transaction.
If you, or your authorized representative, breach any such laws or regulations, you irrevocably agree that we may retain any monies or funds transmitted to us pursuant to this Agreement and/or not fulfill any wire transfer request if we are required to take or refrain from such action by any legal, regulatory, or governmental authority or if we reasonably believe that such action may violate any laws or regulations described herein, and such monies shall not bear interest against us. You further agree that we may pay such monies to the appropriate legal, regulatory, or governmental authority, when required by law.
8.1 No Assignments
Your Account and your obligations under this Agreement are not transferable and not assignable as collateral for a loan or for any other purpose. We may transfer our rights under this Agreement.
8.2 Legal Processes and Claims Affecting Your Account
If we receive a levy, attachment, or other legal process against you (collectively, “Legal Process”), we may refuse to permit withdrawals or transfers from your Account until the Legal Process is dismissed or satisfied. Any Legal Process will be subject to our right of set-off and security interest. You are responsible for any losses, costs or expenses we incur as a result of any dispute or legal proceeding involving your Account. If we receive a claim against the funds in your Account, or if we know of or believe that there is a dispute as to the ownership or control of funds in your Account, we may, in our discretion: (1) place a hold on your Account and refuse to pay out any funds until we are satisfied that the dispute is settled; (2) close your Account and send the balance to the named account holder; (3) require a court order to act; or (4) take any other action we feel is necessary to protect us. We will not be liable to you for taking any such action.
8.3 Limitation of Liability and Disclaimer of Warranty
EXCEPT AS REQUIRED BY LAW, WE ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIMS, COSTS, LOSSES, OR DAMAGES RESULTING DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY FROM OUR FAILURE TO ACT, OR ANY DELAY BEYOND TIME LIMITS PRESCRIBED BY LAW OR PERMITTED BY THIS AGREEMENT IF SUCH FAILURE OR DELAY IS CAUSED BY MAINTENANCE OR INTERRUPTION OR MALFUNCTION OF EQUIPMENT OR COMMUNICATION FACILITIES, UNUSUAL TRANSACTION VOLUME, SUSPENSION OF PAYMENTS BY ANOTHER FINANCIAL INSTITUTION, FIRE, NATURAL DISASTERS, ELEMENTS OF NATURE, GOVERNMENT ACTION, ACTS OF WAR, TERRORISM OR CIVIL STRIFE, EMERGENCY CONDITIONS, OR OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND THE REASONABLE CONTROL OF BLUE RIDGE BANK, N.A. EXCEPT AS REQUIRED BY LAW, OUR LIABILITY TO YOU FOR A CLAIM IS LIMITED TO THE FACE VALUE OF THE ITEM OR TRANSACTION, OR THE ACTUAL VALUE OF ANY FUNDS NOT PROPERLY CREDITED OR DEBITED. IN NO EVENT WILL WE OR UNIT BE LIABLE FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, INDIRECT, SPECIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES EVEN IF YOU ADVISE US OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
EXCEPT AS REQUIRED BY LAW AND NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY, WE SHALL ONLY BE RESPONSIBLE AND LIABLE FOR OUR OWN GROSS NEGLIGENCE OR WILLFUL MISCONDUCT IN PERFORMING OUR OBLIGATIONS UNDER THIS AGREEMENT. WE SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO ANY THIRD PARTY OR FOR ANY ACT OR OMISSION OF YOURS OR ANY THIRD PARTY, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THIRD PARTIES USED BY US IN EXECUTING ANY TRANSACTION CONTEMPLATED BY THIS AGREEMENT OR PERFORMING A RELATED ACT AND NO SUCH THIRD PARTY SHALL BE DEEMED TO BE OUR AGENT.
IN ADDITION, EXCEPT AS REQUIRED BY LAW, BLUE RIDGE BANK, N.A. IS NOT LIABLE OR RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY SERVICES OR FEATURES OF ANY ONLINE BANKING SERVICES PROVIDED TO YOU BY SHOGUN ENTERPRISES, INC. WE ARE ALSO NOT LIABLE FOR ANY UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS OF YOUR INFORMATION OR DATA BY A THIRD PARTY DUE TO YOUR USE OF THIRD-PARTY COMMUNICATION CHANNELS NOT OFFERED BY US.
ALL BANK SERVICES AND ACCOUNT FEATURES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. WE DO NOT WARRANT THE BANK’S SERVICES OR ACCOUNT FEATURES WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, BE CONTINUOUS, UNINTERRUPTED, SECURE, TIMELY, OR ERROR-FREE, OR THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED.
You agree to indemnify and hold us and our officers, directors, shareholders, employees, successors, predecessors, representatives, principals, agents, assigns, parents, subsidiaries and/or insurers harmless for any losses, damages, suits and expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, that we may incur, without regard to the merit or lack thereof, arising out of, or related in any way to (1) the matters set forth herein; (2) our taking any action or not taking any action that we are entitled to take pursuant to this Agreement; (3) any action or omission by you; or (4) our action or inaction in reliance upon oral, written or electronic instructions or information from you.
Equally, you agree to indemnify and hold Unit and its officers, directors, shareholders, employees, successors, predecessors, representatives, principals, agents, assigns, parents, subsidiaries and/or insurers harmless for any losses, damages, suits and expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, that we may incur, without regard to the merit or lack thereof, arising out of, or related in any way to (1) the matters set forth herein; (2) our taking any action or not taking any action that we are entitled to take pursuant to this Agreement; (3) any action or omission by you; or (4) our action or inaction in reliance upon oral, written or electronic instructions or information from you.
8.5 Our Right of Set-Off and Security Interest
We have the right to set-off any liability, direct or contingent, past, present or future that you owe against any account you have with us. This means that we can take any funds in your Account or any other account you have with us to pay any debt or liability you owe us. You also agree to grant us a security interest in your Account to secure payment of any money that you owe to us or will owe us arising under this Agreement or any other agreements with us. You acknowledge that this security interest is consensual and in addition to any right of set-off. We may exercise our security interest or right of set-off without regard to the source of the funds in your Account or prior recourse to other sources of repayment or collateral, even if it causes you to incur penalties or suffer any other consequence. You waive any conditions or limits to our right of set-off to the maximum extent permitted by law. We will notify you if we exercise our right to set-off if required by law.
If we take any action to collect debt incurred by you or other amounts you owe us under this Agreement or defend ourselves in a lawsuit brought by you where we are the prevailing party, you agree to reimburse us for our losses, including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees, to the extent permitted by applicable law. We may charge your Account for our losses without prior notice to you.
8.6 Changes in Terms and Additional Services
We may change this Agreement, or any fees and features of your Account, at any time by posting an amended Agreement on the Program Partner’s website, https://www.gethearth.com/terms, and any such amendment shall be effective upon posting. We will give you advance notice of any change where required by law. We may provide such notice to you with your statement, electronically, or by mail. Any notice we provide to you will be binding and sent to the last (postal or electronic) address in our records. We may change your address if we receive an address change notice from the U.S. Postal Service. We may change or terminate this Agreement without notice at our discretion or to comply with any appropriate federal or state law or regulation.
If we make any of our other banking services available to you in connection with your Account, we may provide certain terms and conditions for those additional services to you in a separate agreement or disclosure.
8.7 No Waiver of Rights
We may waive or decline to enforce any of our rights under this Agreement without obligating ourselves to waive such rights in the future or on any other occasion. We may release any other person obligated under this Agreement without affecting your responsibilities under this Agreement.
8.8 Conflicts and Section Headings
If there is a conflict between this Agreement and any other document or statement made to you concerning the Account, this Agreement will govern. If there is a conflict between this Agreement and any other document or statement made to you concerning any services or products other than the Account, the separate terms and conditions applicable to that service or product will govern. Section headings that appear in this Agreement are for convenience purposes only and are intended to help you find information. They should not be construed as affecting the meaning of the Agreement.
If any court or tribunal of competent jurisdiction determines that any provision of this Agreement is illegal, invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of this Agreement shall not be affected. To the extent permitted by law, the parties waive any provision of law which prohibits or renders unenforceable any provisions of this Agreement, and to the extent that such waiver is not permitted by law, you and we agree that such provision will be interpreted as modified to the minimum extent necessary to render the provisions enforceable.
8.10 Governing Law, Forum and Time Limits
All actions relating to your Account and this Agreement will be governed by the laws and regulations of the United States and Commonwealth of Virginia where your Account will be opened, irrespective of conflict of law principles. You agree that any dispute arising under this Agreement or relating in any way to your relationship with us that is not arbitrated will be resolved in a federal or state court located in the Commonwealth of Virginia and that you will be subject to such court’s jurisdiction.
Except where prohibited by law, you agree that you must file any lawsuit or arbitration against us within two (2) years after the claim arises unless federal or Virginia law, or another agreement you have with us, provides for a shorter time. If federal or Virginia law requires a longer time period than the time periods in this Agreement, you agree to the shortest time period permitted under the law.
BE SURE THAT YOU HAVE READ THIS PROVISION CAREFULLY AND UNDERSTAND THAT IT LIMITS YOUR RIGHTS IN THE EVENT OF A DISPUTE BETWEEN YOU AND US.
9.1 Election to Arbitrate
You, Shogun Enterprises, Inc. and the Bank agree that the sole and exclusive forum and remedy for resolution of a Claim be final and binding arbitration pursuant to this Section 9 (the “Arbitration Provision”). As used in this Arbitration Provision, “Claim” shall include any past, present, or future claim, dispute, or controversy involving you (or persons claiming through or connected with you), on the one hand, and us on the other hand, relating to or arising out of this Agreement, and/or the activities or relationships that involve, lead to, or result from this Agreement, including the validity or enforceability of this Arbitration Provision, any part thereof, or the entire Agreement. Claims are subject to arbitration regardless of whether they arise from contract; tort (intentional or otherwise); a constitution, statute, common law, or principles of equity; or otherwise. Claims include matters arising as initial claims, counterclaims, cross-claims, third-party claims, or otherwise. Please note that you may continue to assert Claims in small claims court, if your Claims qualify and so long as the matter remains in such court and advances only on an individual (non-class, non-representative) basis. The scope of this Arbitration Provision is to be given the broadest possible interpretation that is enforceable.
9.2 Applicability of the Federal Arbitration Act; Arbitrator’s Powers
This Arbitration Provision is made pursuant to a transaction involving interstate commerce and shall be governed by and enforceable under the Federal Arbitration Act (the “FAA”). The arbitrator will apply substantive law consistent with the FAA and applicable statutes of limitations. The arbitrator may award damages or other types of relief permitted by applicable substantive law, subject to the limitations set forth in this Arbitration Provision. The arbitrator will not be bound by judicial rules of procedure and evidence that would apply in a court. The arbitrator shall take steps to reasonably protect confidential information.
9.3 Informal Dispute Resolution
If a Claim arises, our goal is to address your concerns and, if we are unable to do so, to provide you with a neutral and cost-effective means of resolving the dispute quickly. You agree that before filing any claim in arbitration, you will first submit your Claim to us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide us with the opportunity to resolve your concern prior to initiating arbitration.
9.4 Arbitration Procedures
The party initiating arbitration shall do so with the American Arbitration Association (the “AAA”) or Judicial Alternatives and Mediation Services (“JAMS”). The arbitration shall be conducted according to, and the location of the arbitration shall be determined in accordance with, the rules and policies of the administrator selected, except to the extent the rules conflict with this Arbitration Provision or any countervailing law. If you have any questions concerning the AAA or would like to obtain a copy of the AAA arbitration rules, you may call 1(800) 778-7879 or visit the AAA's web site at: www.adr.org. If you have any questions concerning JAMS or would like to obtain a copy of the JAMS arbitration rules, you may call 1(800) 352-5267 or visit their web site at: www.jamsadr.com. In the case of a conflict between the rules and policies of the administrator and this Arbitration Provision, this Arbitration Provision shall control, subject to countervailing law, unless all parties to the arbitration consent to have the rules and policies of the administrator apply. The arbitration will be held in the United States county where you live or work, or any other location we agree to.
9.5 Arbitration Fees
If we initiate arbitration, we shall pay all the administrator's filing costs and administrative fees (other than hearing fees). If you initiate arbitration, filing costs and administrative fees (other than hearing fees) shall be paid in accordance with the rules of the administrator selected, or in accordance with countervailing law if contrary to the administrator's rules. We shall pay the administrator's hearing fees for one full day of arbitration hearings. Fees for hearings that exceed one day will be paid by the party requesting the hearing, unless the administrator's rules or applicable law require otherwise, or you request that we pay them and we agree to do so. Each party shall bear the expense of its own attorneys' fees, except as otherwise provided by law. If a statute gives you the right to recover any of these fees, these statutory rights shall apply in the arbitration notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein.
Within thirty (30) days of a final award by the arbitrator, any party may appeal the award for reconsideration by a three-arbitrator panel selected according to the rules of the arbitrator administrator. In the event of such an appeal, any opposing party may cross-appeal within thirty (30) days after notice of the appeal. The panel will reconsider de novo all aspects of the initial award that are appealed. Costs and conduct of any appeal shall be governed by this Arbitration Provision and the administrator's rules, in the same way as the initial arbitration proceeding. Any award by the individual arbitrator that is not subject to appeal, and any panel award on appeal, shall be final and binding, except for any appeal right under the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”), and may be entered as a judgment in any court of competent jurisdiction.
9.7 No Class Actions
NO ARBITRATION SHALL PROCEED ON A CLASS, REPRESENTATIVE, OR COLLECTIVE BASIS (INCLUDING AS PRIVATE ATTORNEY GENERAL ON BEHALF OF OTHERS), EVEN IF THE CLAIM OR CLAIMS THAT ARE THE SUBJECT OF THE ARBITRATION HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN ASSERTED (OR COULD HAVE BEEN ASSERTED) IN A COURT AS CLASS REPRESENTATIVE, OR COLLECTIVE ACTIONS IN A COURT. Unless consented to in writing by all parties to the arbitration, no party to the arbitration may join, consolidate, or otherwise bring claims for or on behalf of two or more individuals or unrelated corporate entities in the same arbitration unless those persons are parties to a single transaction. Unless consented to in writing by all parties to the arbitration, an award in arbitration shall determine the rights and obligations of the named parties only, and only with respect to the claims in arbitration, and shall not (a) determine the rights, obligations, or interests of anyone other than a named party, or resolve any Claim of anyone other than a named party; nor (b) make an award for the benefit of, or against, anyone other than a named party. No administrator or arbitrator shall have the power or authority to waive, modify, or fail to enforce this Section 9.7, and any attempt to do so, whether by rule, policy, arbitration decision or otherwise, shall be invalid and unenforceable. Any challenge to the validity of this Section 9.7 shall be determined exclusively by a court and not by the administrator or any arbitrator.
9.8 Survival and Severability of Arbitration Provision
This Arbitration Provision shall survive the termination of this Agreement. If any portion of this Arbitration Provision other than Section 9.7 is deemed invalid or unenforceable, the remaining portions of this Arbitration Provision shall nevertheless remain valid and in force. If there is a final judicial determination that applicable law precludes enforcement of this Arbitration Provision’s limitations as to a particular claim for relief or particular term, then that claim (and only that claim) or that term (and only that term) must be severed from the Arbitration Provision and may be brought in court. If an arbitration is brought on a class, representative, or collective basis, and the limitations on such proceedings in Section 9.7 are finally adjudicated pursuant to the last sentence of Section 9.7 to be unenforceable, then no arbitration shall be had. In no event shall any invalidation be deemed to authorize an arbitrator to determine Claims or make awards beyond those authorized in this Arbitration Provision.
9.9 Judicial Forum for Claims
Except as otherwise required by applicable law, if this Arbitration Provision is found not to apply to you or your Claim, you and the Bank agree that any judicial proceeding (other than small claims actions) will be brought in the federal or state courts of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Both you and the Bank consent to venue and personal jurisdiction there. We both agree to waive our right to a jury trial.
9.10 WAIVER OF RIGHT TO LITIGATE
THE PARTIES ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO LITIGATE CLAIMS THROUGH A COURT BEFORE A JUDGE OR JURY, BUT ARE HEREBY KNOWINGLY AND VOLUNTARILY WAIVING THAT RIGHT BY AGREEING TO THIS AGREEMENT AND ARBITRATION PROVISION.
Please read this Hearth VISA Debit Cardholder Agreement (the “Agreement”) carefully and retain it for your future reference. This Agreement applies to all transactions resulting from the use of your Debit Card (the “Card”) through an automated teller machine (ATM), a Point-of-Sale (POS) terminal or any other use of the Card(s), whether electronic or not, which has been made available to you by Shogun Enterprises, Inc. (“Program Partner”), the program partner responsible for managing the Card program, in partnership with Blue Ridge Bank, N.A (the “Bank”), member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”).
Please read this Agreement carefully and keep it for your records. The agreement you make with us, and the rights and obligations we both have, are governed by and interpreted according to the Commonwealth of Virginia and federal law. This Agreement, together with other agreements or disclosures you may receive from us, such as the Hearth Business Deposit Account Agreement (“Account Agreement”), establishes our and your rights and obligations.
When you see the words “we,” “us,” or “our” in this Agreement, it refers to the Bank, the Program Partner acting as agent for the Bank, and any of the Bank’s affiliates, successors, assignees, agents or service providers. When you see the words “you” or “your,” it refers to you, the owner of the Account, as well as your personal representatives, executors, administrators, and successors.
You authorize us to pay from your deposit account (“Account”) the total amount of any transaction originated by use of the Card. You also agree that the use of the Card described in this Agreement shall be subject to the rules, regulations and fees governing each deposit account which is accessed by such Card, including but not limited to the Bank's right of set-off.
1.1 Card Agreement Acceptance and Card Activation
This Card requires activation before you may use it. You may activate the Card by calling 1-833-333-0417 or by any other method made available to you by Hearth. Your activation and use of the Card means that you agree to the terms and conditions described in this Agreement.
If you do not want to activate the Card, you should destroy and dispose of it.
1.2 Personal Identification Number (PIN)
You will be required to select a 4-digit personal identification number (PIN) prior to using the Card for the first time or by any method made available to you by Hearth. The 4-digit numerical PIN issued to you is for security purposes. The PIN represents your signature authorizing transactions made using your Card, identifies the bearer of the Card, and serves to validate and authenticate the directions given to complete the Card transactions.
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR SAFEKEEPING YOUR PIN. YOU AGREE TO TAKE ALL REASONABLE PRECAUTIONS SO NO ONE ELSE LEARNS YOUR PIN AND YOU AGREE NOT TO DISCLOSE OR OTHERWISE MAKE YOUR PIN AVAILABLE TO ANYONE NOT AUTHORIZED TO SIGN ON YOUR DEPOSIT AND/OR LOAN ACCOUNT(S).
Your PIN should NOT be written on the Card or anywhere it is available to others for use by lawful and/or unlawful means.
1.3 Permissible Uses of Your Card
You agree that you will use the Card only for business purposes and it will not be used for personal, household or family purposes.
2.1 ATM Cash Deposits
With your PIN, you can use your Card to deposit cash into your Account at an in-network ATM. You can identify an in-network ATM by looking for the Allpoint logo on or near the ATM. You cannot make cash deposits at out-of-network ATMs.
2.2 ATM and Point-of-Sale PIN Withdrawals
With your PIN, you can use your Card to obtain cash from your Account up to the amount of your Available Balance at any ATM or any Point-of-Sale (“POS”) device in the United States that displays the Visa, VisaATM, Plus, Interlink, or Accel acceptance marks. Not all merchants will permit you to get cash back through their POS devices.
If you use an ATM, including a balance inquiry, you may be charged a fee by the ATM operator even if you do not complete a withdrawal. This ATM fee is a third-party fee assessed by the individual ATM operator only and is not assessed or controlled by us. This ATM fee amount will be charged to your Account in addition to any applicable fees disclosed in this Agreement or your Account Agreement.
2.3 Retail Card Purchases
You may use your Card to make purchases using your PIN at any merchant with a POS device anywhere that displays the Visa, VisaATM, Plus, Interlink, or Accel acceptance marks. You may also use your Card to make purchases without your PIN anywhere that Visa debit cards are accepted.
2.4 Split Transactions
You can instruct a merchant to charge your Card for part of a purchase and pay any remaining amount with cash or another card. This is called a “split transaction.” Some merchants do not permit split transactions. If you wish to conduct a split transaction, you must tell the merchant the exact amount you would like charged to your Card. If you fail to inform the merchant you would like to complete a split transaction and you do not have sufficient available funds in your Account to cover the entire purchase amount, your Card is likely to be declined.
2.5 Card-Not-Present Transactions
You may make retail card purchases without presenting your Card by providing information from your Card, such as transactions done by internet or telephone. Conducting transactions in this way has the same legal effect as if you used the Card itself. For security reasons, the amount or number of card-not-present transactions you are permitted to make may be limited.
2.6 Virtual Card Use
When you open an Account, you may also receive a virtual card (“Virtual Card”) represented by a 16-digit card number, a 3-digit card verification value (“CVV”) number, and an expiration date. The Virtual Card is separate from your physical Card and can be managed through the Online Banking Services (see Section 1.3 of the Account Agreement). We will issue you a replacement Virtual Card when it expires. The Virtual Card accesses the available funds in your Account to make card-not-present transactions (see Section 2.5) anywhere Visa debit cards are accepted in the same way as your physical Card. The Virtual Card can also be added to a digital wallet (see Section 2.7) in the same way as your physical Card. Your use of the Virtual Card is subject to the terms of this Agreement, including transaction limitations, to the same extent as your physical Card.
2.7 Use of the Card with Digital Wallets
A digital wallet (“Wallet”) provides another way for you to make purchases with your Card. A digital wallet is a service provided by another company (such as Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay, etc.), that allows you to use your Card to pay for transactions where the Wallet is accepted. A Wallet may not be accepted at all places where your Card is otherwise accepted, and your Card may not be eligible for all the features and functionalities of the Wallet. Any use of your Card in or through the Wallet continues to be subject to all terms and conditions of this Agreement. We may terminate your access to or use of your Card with a Wallet at any time and for any reason, including if you violate any of the terms or conditions of this Agreement.
You can add or remove your Card from a Wallet by following the instructions provided by the Wallet provider. By doing this, you agree to allow us to share your Card information with the Wallet provider. You may be required to take additional steps to authenticate your identity before your Card is added to the Wallet. We do not charge you any additional fees for adding your Card to a Wallet or for using your Card in the Wallet. However, any fees and charges that would apply when you use your Card outside the Wallet will also apply when you use a Wallet to make purchases with your Card or otherwise access your Card. The Wallet provider and other third parties such as wireless companies or data service providers may charge you fees. The digital version of your Card in a Wallet may, in our sole discretion, be automatically updated or upgraded without notice to you.
TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES AND UNDER NO LEGAL THEORY ARE WE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSSES OR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM YOUR USE OF A WALLET, YOUR USE OF THE CARD OR VIRTUAL CARD IN CONNECTION WITH A WALLET, OR A MOBILE DEVICE.
If you use a Wallet, you should protect your Wallet and your mobile device as you would your Card. If your Wallet or mobile device is compromised, lost or stolen, you should also consider your Card lost or stolen and notify us immediately. Please see Section 7 for instructions for reporting a lost or stolen Card.
If you have any questions, disputes, or complaints about a Wallet, contact the Wallet provider using the information given to you by the provider.
2.8 Foreign Transactions
Charges from foreign merchants and financial institutions may be made in a foreign currency. We will bill you in U.S. dollars based on the exchange rate on the day we settle the transaction, plus any special currency exchanges charges that may be imposed by us, the Visa network and/or by any third-party used to complete the transaction.
The exchange rate between the transaction currency and the billing currency used for processing international transactions is a rate selected by Visa from the range of rates available in wholesale currency markets for the applicable central processing date. This rate may vary from the rate Visa itself receives, or the government-mandated rate in effect for the applicable central processing date. The conversion rate may be different from the rate in effect on the date of your transaction and the date it is posted to your Account.
Regardless of whether the transaction is made in foreign currency or in U.S. dollars, additional fees may apply to all international transactions using the Card. Please refer to our current fee schedule for more information about our fees.
2.9 Card Authorization Holds
When you use your Card to purchase goods or services or to obtain cash from a merchant, the merchant may request preauthorization (“Card Authorization”) for the transaction. If the merchant makes such a request and there are sufficient available funds in your Account, we will approve the transaction and place a temporary hold on the funds in your Account. This hold will reduce the Available Balance in your Account. The amount of this temporary hold will usually be the amount of the Card Authorization. The hold will remain on your Account until the merchant sends the final amount of the transaction to us and requests payment (“Settlement”). In most cases, if the merchant does not request Settlement or is delayed in requesting settlement, the hold will automatically be removed after three (3) days. However, for transactions with certain merchants, such as hotels, the hold may remain on your account up to seven (7) days.
Please note that the merchant controls the timing of both the Card Authorization and Settlement. This means that a merchant may initiate Settlement after the Card Authorization hold has already been removed. If the hold is removed and you spend the funds in your Account before Settlement, it may cause your Account to overdraw. In addition, the Card Authorization amount that the merchant requests may be different than the Settlement amount. It is therefore important that you keep track of your transactions and your Account. We cannot stop a Card transaction once we have approved a Card Authorization and you will be responsible for repaying any negative balance that may occur in your Account.
2.10 Customized Debit Card Limits
As part of the Online Banking Services, you may be given the ability to establish customized debit card transaction limits that are lower than the limits that are otherwise applicable to POS transactions and ATM withdrawals for yourself or any secondary cardholders to help you manage and control your spending.
There may be limits on the amount and frequency of withdrawals and deposits you can make using your Card. Please refer to the Account Agreement for any limits that may apply to your Account.
Please be aware of the merchant’s return policies before using your Card to make a purchase. Neither the Bank nor the Program Partner is responsible for the delivery, quality, safety, legality or any other aspect of the goods or services you purchase using your Card. If you have a problem with a purchase that you made with your Card or if you have a dispute with the merchant, you must handle it directly with the merchant. If you are entitled to a refund for any reason for goods or services obtained using your Card, you agree to accept credits to your Card for the refund and agree to the refund policy of the merchant. The amounts credited to your Card for refunds may not be available for up to five (5) days from the date the refund transaction occurs.
5.1 Additional Benefits
Your Card may also be eligible for certain benefits provided by Visa. Please see the Visa Debit Card Benefits Guide (https://usa.visa.com/support/consumer/debit-cards.html) for a full description of all additional benefits to which you may be eligible, specifically Visa Zero Liability Benefits (https://usa.visa.com/pay-with-visa/visa-chip-technology-consumers/zero-liability-policy.html). You are also eligible for Visa’s Fraud Alerts Program.
5.2 Fraud Alerts Program Overview
The Visa Fraud Alerts Program provides you with alerts via email, phone call, and/or text messages when Visa’s fraud monitoring system detects suspicious activity involving your Card.
Messaging frequency depends on account activity. For more information, text HELP to 23618 or call 1-833-333-0417. To cancel fraud text messaging services at any time reply STOP to any alert from your mobile device.
For Fraud alerts support, call 1-833-333-0417. By giving us your mobile number, you agree that Fraud Alerts text messaging is authorized to notify you of suspected incidents of financial or identity fraud. HELP instructions: Text HELP to 23618 for help. Standard text messaging rates will apply.
5.2.1 Stop Instructions
Text STOP to 23618 to cancel.
5.2.2 Release of Liability
Alerts sent via SMS may not be delivered to you if your phone is not in the range of a transmission site, or if sufficient network capacity is not available at a particular time. Even within coverage, factors beyond the control of wireless carriers may interfere with messages delivery for which the carrier is not responsible. We do not guarantee that alerts will be delivered.
There may be fees associated with your use of the Card. Please refer to the Account Agreement for any fees that may apply to your use of the Card.
7.1 Error Resolution
You may contact us by calling 1-833-333-0417 with questions concerning transactions involving your Card.
You may also contact us at the number above to report suspected errors or unauthorized transactions. Be sure to contact us immediately if you believe that an error or unauthorized transaction has occurred or may occur concerning your Card. You must contact us no later than thirty (30) days after we sent the FIRST statement on which the suspected error or unauthorized transaction appeared. You must provide us with the following information:
- Your name and Account number.
- A description of the error or the transaction you are unsure about and why you believe it is an error or you need more information.
- The dollar amount of the suspected error.
- If you tell us orally, we may require that you send us your complaint or question in writing by email within ten (10) business days.
After receiving your notice of error or unauthorized transaction, we will investigate and provide you with the results and any corrections we make to your Account within a commercially reasonable time.
7.2 Reporting Lost or Stolen Cards or Replacing Your Card
If you need to report your Card or PIN as lost, stolen, or compromised, or to replace your Card for any reason, please report the card as lost or stolen in the mobile app or contact us at 1-833-333-0417 seven days a week, 24 hours a day. You will be required to provide personal information so that we may verify your identity before we will issue you a replacement Card.
Your Card allows you to withdraw funds from your Account up to the Available Balance through Electronic Fund Transfers (“EFTs”). EFTs are transactions that are processed by electronic means and include, among others, ATM withdrawals and point-of-sale purchases at merchants.
Your Account Agreement provides you with the information and terms about the EFTs that are permitted on your Account.
8.1 Types of EFTs Supported by Your Card
Your Card allows the following types of EFTs:
- Transfers to or from your Account to a merchant or other third party by providing the third party with your Card or Card information
- ATM deposits and withdrawals using your Card
8.2 Limitations on EFTs
There are limitations on the frequency and amount of transactions you can make to or from your Account using your Card. These limits are different for each type of transaction. For limits that apply to Card transactions, please refer to Section 3 of this Agreement. For other limitations that may apply to your Account, please refer to your Account Agreement. Your Card may also be subject to security-related limits. These limits may change from time to time.
8.3 Documentation of Your Transactions
You will be provided with information about each transaction using your Card on your Account statements. Please refer to your Account Agreement for more information about statements and other ways to view your transaction history and other information. You will also have the option to receive a receipt when making a withdrawal at an ATM or when you make a POS purchase at a merchant.
8.4 Recurring Card Payments (Preauthorized Transfers)
If you authorize a merchant or other third party to automatically initiate a payment using your Card on a recurring basis, you must do so in writing. If you are issued a new Card with a different expiration date or a different number, we may (but are not obligated to) provide your new Card number and expiration date to a merchant or other third party with whom you have set up a recurring pre-authorized card payment to facilitate the continuation of your authorized recurring transactions.
If you do not wish Visa to provide your new Card number and/or expiration date to merchants or other third parties, please let us know by emailing us at email@example.com.
8.4.1 How to Request a Stop Payment
If you authorize a merchant or other third party to take payments from your Account using your Card through recurring card payments, you can place a stop payment on one or all of those payments by contacting us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org at least three (3) business days before the next payment is scheduled to be made.
You must provide us with (1) your name, (2) your Account number, (3) the company or person taking the payments, and (4) the date and amount of the scheduled payment you wish to stop. If you want all future payments from that company or person stopped, be sure to tell us that as well. If you do not provide us with the correct information, such as the correct payee or the correct amount of the payment you wish to stop, we may not be able to stop the payment.
You may be charged a fee for each stop payment you request under your Account Agreement. Please refer to your Account Agreement for fees applicable to your Account.
8.4.2 Our Business Days
Our business days are Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays.
8.5 Your Liability for Unauthorized EFTs
Contact us immediately if you believe that an unauthorized EFT has occurred or may occur concerning your Account, or if your Card has been lost, stolen or compromised. Calling us at 1-833-333-0417 is the best way of keeping your losses to a minimum. Your liability for unauthorized EFTs is outlined in your Account Agreement. Please refer to your Account Agreement for details.
8.6 Our Liability for a Failure To Complete A Transaction, Unauthorized Transactions or Failure to Stop a Payment
We will respond to notices of errors or unauthorized EFTs and requests to stop payments in a commercially reasonable manner and time. Our liability for a failure to complete a transaction, an unauthorized transaction, or failure to stop a payment is limited to terms described in your Account Agreement. Please refer to your Account Agreement for details.
We can change the term of this Agreement at any time. We will provide advance notice to you of a change in terms where required by law.
We will disclose information to third parties about your account or the transfers you make:
- Where it is necessary for completing the transaction
- To verify the existence and condition of your account with us (such as to confirm that sufficient funds are available to cover specific transactions) upon the request from a third party (such as a credit bureau or merchant)
- To comply with government agency or court orders If you give us your written permission
We may refuse to issue, deactivate, revoke, suspend or cancel your Card at any time with or without notice to you, other than as required by law. This includes deactivating or canceling your Card if it has been lost or stolen to prevent unauthorized transactions. You agree not to use your Card once it has been deactivated, revoked, suspended or canceled. We may also limit your use of the Card, including limiting or prohibiting specific types of transactions. If you would like to cancel your Card, you may do so at any time by contacting us through the Online Banking Services or by emailing us at email@example.com.
The cancellation of your Card privileges will not otherwise affect your rights and obligations related to your Account.
Please read this Hearth Cashback Rewards Program (the “Rewards”) carefully and retain it for your future reference. This Program contains the general terms, definitions, conditions, and disclosures related to the demand deposit account (the “Account”) made available to eligible businesses by Shogun Enterprises, Inc. DBA Hearth (“Program Partner”), the program partner responsible for managing the Account program, in partnership with Blue Ridge Bank, N.A. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Program Partner is solely responsible for the offering and management of the Rewards program.
When you see the words “we,” “us,” or “our” in this Agreement, it refers to the Bank, the Program Partner acting as agent for the Bank, and any of the Bank’s affiliates, successors, assignees, agents, or service providers. When you see the words “you” or “your,” it refers to you, the commercial owner of the Account, as well as your Authorized Users, representatives, officers, agents, and successors.
By opening or continuing to hold an account with us, you agree to be bound by this Agreement as well as any other agreement or document we may provide to you from time to time in connection with the Account.
No Enrollment is required for the Rewards. All active, current, and eligible accounts will be automatically enrolled into Rewards upon account creation. You may opt out of Rewards for your eligible accounts by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us by phone at 1-512-686-4141 or mail at the following address: 5812 Trade Center Drive, Suite 100, Austin, TX, 78744. For more information, please refer to the Hearth Business Deposit Account Agreement.
You may earn rewards based on qualifying debit card purchases made using your Hearth debit card. You will earn rewards of 1% on all qualifying debit card purchases per calendar month. For example, an eligible purchase of $35.50 would be rounded to $36.00 and you would earn $0.36 in rewards, while an eligible purchase of $35.48 would be rounded to $35.00 and you would earn $0.35 in rewards. An eligible purchase of $0.49 would be rounded to $0.00 and would not earn rewards, while an eligible purchase of $0.50 would be rounded to $1.00 and you would earn $0.01.
Qualifying debit card purchases include:
- Point-of- sale (“POS”) made with your debit card; and
- Online Purchases made with your debit card.
Debit card purchases that are not eligible for rewards include:
- Transactions conducted at an ATM,
- Balance Transfers,
- Fee(s) applied to your account,
- Interest Charges,
- Overdrawn purchases,
- Returned purchases,
- Disputed purchases,
- Fraudulent purchases,
- Wire Transfers, and
- Cash Advances
- Loan Payments
- Money Order or other Cash Equivalents
- ACH transfers.
3.1 Cashback Reward Redemption
We will redeem the rewards in your Cashback balance at the end of each month. Redeemed rewards will be automatically deposited directly into your Hearth Business Checking account within five (5) business days. The maximum amount of reward redemption per month is $500.00. Any reward amount accrued over $500 will be carried over to the following month for redemption in the following month.
3.2 Account Closure
Cashback Rewards do not expire, but if your Hearth Business Checking account is closed for any reason, unredeemed rewards may be forfeited.
3.3 Adjustments and Terminations
We may make adjustments to your Rewards based on debit card activity. For example, we will decrease the balance in your Cashback Rewards to correspond with the return of a debit card purchase, or the amount of a reward disbursed by us in error. In the event that your reward balance is in the negative, all future earned rewards will go to offsetting the negative reward balance.
We reserve the right, in our capacity as Program Partner, to terminate your access to Rewards immediately if we determine or can reasonably determine that fraud or any illegal activities has taken place as it relates to your Rewards.
You promise not to describe or hold out to the public or any other party that the Program Partner is conducting any banking activities, including processing transactions and/or handling account operations.
You agree to pay any applicable taxes, fees, or assessments that are charged by any federal, state, or local authority with respect to payments from your Customer.
You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Program Partner, it Affiliates and licensors, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, agents and successors and assigns (each, a “Company Indemnitee”), from and against any and all claims, actions, suits, demands, causes of actions, losses, liabilities, damages, costs and expenses, incurred or otherwise suffered by each Company Indemnitee (including but not limited to cost of defense, investigation and reasonable attorneys’ fees), which are attributable to or arise from: (a) your breach of the Deposit Account Agreement and (b) any disputes between you and any third party. If and as requested by Program Partner, you agree to defend, at your cost, each Company Indemnitee in connection with any third party claims, demands, or causes of action resulting from, arising out of or in connection with any of the foregoing, provided that you shall not settle any claim, action or suit without the prior written consent of Program Partner. PROGRAM PARTNER HAS NO OBLIGATION TO DEFEND, INDEMNIFY OR HOLD YOU HARMLESS UNDER THIS AGREEMENT.