Last updated: August 01, 2020
Please read these terms and conditions carefully before using Our Service.
Interpretation and Definitions
The words of which the initial letter is capitalized have meanings defined under the following conditions. The following definitions shall have the same meaning regardless of whether they appear in singular or in plural.
For the purposes of these Terms and Conditions:
Application means the software program provided by the Company downloaded by You on any electronic device, named Pymt & Pymt KDS
Application Store means the digital distribution service operated and developed by Apple Inc. (Apple App Store) or Google Inc. (Google Play Store) in which the Application has been downloaded.
Affiliate means an entity that controls, is controlled by or is under common control with a party, where "control" means ownership of 50% or more of the shares, equity interest or other securities entitled to vote for election of directors or other managing authority.
Account means a unique account created for You to access our Service or parts of our Service.
Country refers to: Wyoming, United States
Company (referred to as either "the Company", "We", "Us" or "Our" in this Agreement) refers to Pymt, LLC, 120 19th Street North Unit 440, Birmingham AL 35203.
Content refers to content such as text, images, or other information that can be posted, uploaded, linked to or otherwise made available by You, regardless of the form of that content.
Device means any device that can access the Service such as a computer, a cellphone or a digital tablet.
Feedback means feedback, innovations or suggestions sent by You regarding the attributes, performance or features of our Service.
Service refers to the Application or the Website or both.
Terms and Conditions (also referred as "Terms") mean these Terms and Conditions that form the entire agreement between You and the Company regarding the use of the Service.
Third-party Social Media Service means any services or content (including data, information, products or services) provided by a third-party that may be displayed, included or made available by the Service.
Website refers to Pymt, accessible from https://pymtpos.com
You means the individual accessing or using the Service, or the company, or other legal entity on behalf of which such individual is accessing or using the Service, as applicable.
These are the Terms and Conditions governing the use of this Service and the agreement that operates between You and the Company. These Terms and Conditions set out the rights and obligations of all users regarding the use of the Service.
Your access to and use of the Service is conditioned on Your acceptance of and compliance with these Terms and Conditions. These Terms and Conditions apply to all visitors, users and others who access or use the Service.
By accessing or using the Service You agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. If You disagree with any part of these Terms and Conditions then You may not access the Service.
Children Under Thirteen Pymt does not knowingly collect, either online or offline, personal information from persons under the age of thirteen. If you are under 18, you may use pymtpos.com only with permission of a parent or guardian.
Cancellation/Refund Policy You may cancel any service from Pymt, subject to the merchant services agreement available upon request and 30 days written notice of intent to close the account. Please contact email@example.com for help. Additionally, accounts in any approval status found to be dormant or lacking use for the purposes of accepting card payments for more than 60 days without prior written notice to hold account maybe closed with limited or no notice.
Accounts are subject to the merchant services agreement to be signed by the business owner or legal representative all provisions in the merchant services agreement supersedes this agreement. To use Pymt or Pymt KDS you must obtain a merchant services account from Pymt using a preferred processing partner, and maintain that account in good standing for the duration of use.
When You create an account with Us, You must provide Us information that is accurate, complete, and current at all times. Failure to do so constitutes a breach of the Terms, which may result in immediate termination of Your account on Our Service.
You are responsible for safeguarding the password that You use to access the Service and for any activities or actions under Your password, whether Your password is with Our Service or a Third-Party Social Media Service.
You agree not to disclose Your password to any third party. You must notify Us immediately upon becoming aware of any breach of security or unauthorized use of Your account.
You may not use as a username the name of another person or entity or that is not lawfully available for use, a name or trademark that is subject to any rights of another person or entity other than You without appropriate authorization, or a name that is otherwise offensive, vulgar or obscene.
Our Service allows You to post Content. You are responsible for the Content that You post to the Service, including its legality, reliability, and appropriateness.
By posting Content to the Service, You grant Us the right and license to use, modify, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce, and distribute such Content on and through the Service. You retain any and all of Your rights to any Content You submit, post or display on or through the Service and You are responsible for protecting those rights. You agree that this license includes the right for Us to make Your Content available to other users of the Service, who may also use Your Content subject to these Terms.
You represent and warrant that: (i) the Content is Yours (You own it) or You have the right to use it and grant Us the rights and license as provided in these Terms, and (ii) the posting of Your Content on or through the Service does not violate the privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, contract rights or any other rights of any person.
The Company is not responsible for the content of the Service's users. You expressly understand and agree that You are solely responsible for the Content and for all activity that occurs under your account, whether done so by You or any third person using Your account.
You may not transmit any Content that is unlawful, offensive, upsetting, intended to disgust, threatening, libelous, defamatory, obscene or otherwise objectionable. Examples of such objectionable Content include, but are not limited to, the following:
· Unlawful or promoting unlawful activity.
· Defamatory, discriminatory, or mean-spirited content, including references or commentary about religion, race, sexual orientation, gender, national/ethnic origin, or other targeted groups.
· Spam, machine – or randomly – generated, constituting unauthorized or unsolicited advertising, chain letters, any other form of unauthorized solicitation, or any form of lottery or gambling.
· Containing or installing any viruses, worms, malware, trojan horses, or other content that is designed or intended to disrupt, damage, or limit the functioning of any software, hardware or telecommunications equipment or to damage or obtain unauthorized access to any data or other information of a third person.
· Infringing on any proprietary rights of any party, including patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, right of publicity or other rights.
· Impersonating any person or entity including the Company and its employees or representatives.
· Violating the privacy of any third person.
· False information and features.
The Company reserves the right, but not the obligation, to, in its sole discretion, determine whether or not any Content is appropriate and complies with this Terms, refuse or remove this Content. The Company further reserves the right to make formatting and edits and change the manner any Content. The Company can also limit or revoke the use of the Service if You post such objectionable Content. As the Company cannot control all content posted by users and/or third parties on the Service, you agree to use the Service at your own risk. You understand that by using the Service You may be exposed to content that You may find offensive, indecent, incorrect or objectionable, and You agree that under no circumstances will the Company be liable in any way for any content, including any errors or omissions in any content, or any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of your use of any content.
Although regular backups of Content are performed, the Company do not guarantee there will be no loss or corruption of data.
Corrupt or invalid backup points may be caused by, without limitation, Content that is corrupted prior to being backed up or that changes during the time a backup is performed.
The Company will provide support and attempt to troubleshoot any known or discovered issues that may affect the backups of Content. But You acknowledge that the Company has no liability related to the integrity of Content or the failure to successfully restore Content to a usable state.
You agree to maintain a complete and accurate copy of any Content in a location independent of the Service.
We respect the intellectual property rights of others. It is Our policy to respond to any claim that Content posted on the Service infringes a copyright or other intellectual property infringement of any person.
If You are a copyright owner, or authorized on behalf of one, and You believe that the copyrighted work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement that is taking place through the Service, You must submit Your notice in writing to the attention of our copyright agent via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and include in Your notice a detailed description of the alleged infringement.
You may be held accountable for damages (including costs and attorneys' fees) for misrepresenting that any Content is infringing Your copyright.
You may submit a notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) by providing our Copyright Agent with the following information in writing (see 17 U.S.C 512(c)(3) for further detail):
· An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright's interest.
· A description of the copyrighted work that You claim has been infringed, including the URL (i.e., web page address) of the location where the copyrighted work exists or a copy of the copyrighted work.
· Identification of the URL or other specific location on the Service where the material that You claim is infringing is located.
· Your address, telephone number, and email address.
· A statement by You that You have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
· A statement by You, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in Your notice is accurate and that You are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.
You can contact our copyright agent via email at email@example.com. Upon receipt of a notification, the Company will take whatever action, in its sole discretion, it deems appropriate, including removal of the challenged content from the Service.
The Service and its original content (excluding Content provided by You or other users), features and functionality are and will remain the exclusive property of the Company and its licensors.
The Service is protected by copyright, trademark, and other laws of both the Country and foreign countries.
Our trademarks and trade dress may not be used in connection with any product or service without the prior written consent of the Company.
Your Feedback to Us
You assign all rights, title and interest in any Feedback You provide the Company. If for any reason such assignment is ineffective, You agree to grant the Company a non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty free, worldwide right and license to use, reproduce, disclose, sub-license, distribute, modify and exploit such Feedback without restriction.
Links to Other Websites
Our Service may contain links to third-party web sites or services that are not owned or controlled by the Company.
The Company has no control over, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third party web sites or services. You further acknowledge and agree that the Company 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 the use of or reliance on any such content, goods or services available on or through any such web sites or services.
We strongly advise You to read the terms and conditions and privacy policies of any third-party web sites or services that You visit.
We may terminate or suspend Your Account immediately, without prior notice or liability, for any reason whatsoever, including without limitation if You breach these Terms and Conditions.
Upon termination, Your right to use the Service will cease immediately. If You wish to terminate Your Account, You may simply discontinue using the Service.
Limitation of Liability
Notwithstanding any damages that You might incur, the entire liability of the Company and any of its suppliers under any provision of this Terms and Your exclusive remedy for all of the foregoing shall be limited to the amount actually paid by You through the Service or 100 USD if You haven't purchased anything through the Service.
To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, in no event shall the Company or its suppliers be liable for any special, incidental, indirect, or consequential damages whatsoever (including, but not limited to, damages for loss of profits, loss of data or other information, for business interruption, for personal injury, loss of privacy arising out of or in any way related to the use of or inability to use the Service, third-party software and/or third-party hardware used with the Service, or otherwise in connection with any provision of this Terms), even if the Company or any supplier has been advised of the possibility of such damages and even if the remedy fails of its essential purpose.
Some states do not allow the exclusion of implied warranties or limitation of liability for incidental or consequential damages, which means that some of the above limitations may not apply. In these states, each party's liability will be limited to the greatest extent permitted by law.
"AS IS" and "AS AVAILABLE" Disclaimer
The Service is provided to You "AS IS" and "AS AVAILABLE" and with all faults and defects without warranty of any kind. To the maximum extent permitted under applicable law, the Company, on its own behalf and on behalf of its Affiliates and its and their respective licensors and service providers, expressly disclaims all warranties, whether express, implied, statutory or otherwise, with respect to the Service, including all implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title and non-infringement, and warranties that may arise out of course of dealing, course of performance, usage or trade practice. Without limitation to the foregoing, the Company provides no warranty or undertaking, and makes no representation of any kind that the Service will meet Your requirements, achieve any intended results, be compatible or work with any other software, applications, systems or services, operate without interruption, meet any performance or reliability standards or be error free or that any errors or defects can or will be corrected.
Without limiting the foregoing, neither the Company nor any of the company's provider makes any representation or warranty of any kind, express or implied: (i) as to the operation or availability of the Service, or the information, content, and materials or products included thereon; (ii) that the Service will be uninterrupted or error-free; (iii) as to the accuracy, reliability, or currency of any information or content provided through the Service; or (iv) that the Service, its servers, the content, or e-mails sent from or on behalf of the Company are free of viruses, scripts, trojan horses, worms, malware, timebombs or other harmful components.
Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of certain types of warranties or limitations on applicable statutory rights of a consumer, so some or all of the above exclusions and limitations may not apply to You. But in such a case the exclusions and limitations set forth in this section shall be applied to the greatest extent enforceable under applicable law.
The laws of the Country, excluding its conflicts of law rules, shall govern this Terms and Your use of the Service. Your use of the Application may also be subject to other local, state, national, or international laws.
If You have any concern or dispute about the Service, You agree to first try to resolve the dispute informally by contacting the Company.
For European Union (EU) Users
If You are a European Union consumer, you will benefit from any mandatory provisions of the law of the country in which you are resident in.
United States Legal Compliance
You represent and warrant that (i) You are not located in a country that is subject to the United States government embargo, or that has been designated by the United States government as a "terrorist supporting" country, and (ii) You are not listed on any United States government list of prohibited or restricted parties.
Severability and Waiver
If any provision of these Terms is held to be unenforceable or invalid, such provision will be changed and interpreted to accomplish the objectives of such provision to the greatest extent possible under applicable law and the remaining provisions will continue in full force and effect.
Except as provided herein, the failure to exercise a right or to require performance of an obligation under this Terms shall not effect a party's ability to exercise such right or require such performance at any time thereafter nor shall be the waiver of a breach constitute a waiver of any subsequent breach.
These Terms and Conditions may have been translated if We have made them available to You on our Service. You agree that the original English text shall prevail in the case of a dispute.
Changes to These Terms and Conditions
We reserve the right, at Our sole discretion, to modify or replace these Terms at any time. If a revision is material We will make reasonable efforts to provide at least 30 days' notice prior to any new terms taking effect. What constitutes a material change will be determined at Our sole discretion.
By continuing to access or use Our Service after those revisions become effective, You agree to be bound by the revised terms. If You do not agree to the new terms, in whole or in part, please stop using the website and the Service.
If you have any questions about these Terms and Conditions, You can contact us:
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By mail: 120 19th Street North Unit 440, Birmingham, AL 35203
MEMBER BANK (ACQUIRER) INFORMATION
BMO Harris Bank N.A., 150 N Martingale Road, Suite 900, Schaumburg, IL 60173, 847-240-6600
Important Member Bank (Acquirer) Responsibilities
1) A Visa Member is the only entity approved to extend acceptance of Visa products directly to a merchant.
2) A Visa member must be a principal (signer) to the Merchant Agreement.
3) The Visa member is responsible for and must provide settlement funds to the merchant.
4) The Visa Member is responsible for all funds held in reserve that are derived from settlement.
5) The Visa Member is responsible for educating merchants on pertinent Visa International Operating Regulations with which merchant must comply.
Important Merchant Responsibilities
1) Ensure compliance with cardholder data security and storage requirements.
2) Maintain fraud and chargebacks below thresholds.
3) Review and understand the terms of the Merchant Agreement.
4) Comply with Visa International Operating Regulations.
The responsibilities above do not supersede the terms of the Merchant Agreement and are provided to ensure the Merchant understands some important obligations of each party and that the Visa member (acquirer) is the ultimate authority should the merchant have any problems.
• You may download “Visa Regulations” from Visa’s website at:
• You may download “MasterCard Rules” from MasterCard’s website at:
• You may download additional merchant information from Discover’s website at:
• You may download “American Express Merchant Operating Requirements” at:
For questions regarding Card Services, contact: International Bancard Corp., Attn: Customer Care, 1505 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226, or call 800.827.4880. Note: Billing disputes must be forwarded, in writing, to Customer Care within 60 days of the date of the statement and/or notice.
CREDIT/DEBIT CARD SERVICES AND FEE SCHEDULE
RETAIL (80%+ Swiped) Discount Rates
Visa / MasterCard / Discover* / American Express*
MOTO/Internet (20%+ Keyed) Discount Rates
Visa / MasterCard / Discover* / American Express*
Standard Account Fees:
*If requested. ** first terminal free, additional contact your Merchant Success Specialist.
The foregoing discount rate, per item, and authorization (“auth”) fees are based upon Merchant’s complying with all processing requirements as established by the applicable governing authority of the payment type which qualifies Merchant for the most favorable interchange rates available for such payment type. Transactions that do not qualify for the most favorable interchange rates will be subject to mid or non-qualifying surcharges up to 5.0% over the quoted qualified rate. See the fee schedule above and Section 32 of the Card Services Terms & Conditions for more information regarding mid and non-qualifying surcharges. Discount rates and other percentage fees are calculated by multiplying the rates or fees and the Merchant’s acceptable transaction volume. Per item and per authorization fees are calculated per transaction or authorization, as applicable. See Section 13 of the Card Services Terms & Conditions for information regarding the early termination fee. In addition to the per item fee, all Debit transactions include fees assessed by the applicable network organization.
PCI DSS and Card Network rules prohibit storage of sensitive authentication data after the transaction has been authorized (even if encrypted). If you or your POS system store, process, or transmit full cardholder’s data, then you (merchant) must validate PCI DSS compliance. If you (merchant) utilize a
payment application the POS software must be PA DSS (Payment Application Data Security Standards) validated where applicable. If you use a payment gateway, they must be PCI DSS Compliant.
Please note that if you have indicated that your organization has experienced an account data compromise in the past, a PCI DSS Level 1 Compliance Assessment may be required upon Global’s request. A compromise of cardholder data from your location(s) may result in the issuance of fines and/or penalties by the card brand, for which you will be responsible under your Merchant Agreement, notwithstanding this Compliance Statement.
I/We hereby irrevocably guarantee to Global Direct and Member, their successors and assigns, the full, prompt, and complete performance of Merchant and all of Merchant’s obligations under the Card Services Agreement, including but not limited to all monetary obligations arising out of Merchant’s
performance or non-performance under the Card Services Agreement, whether arising before or after termination of the Card Services Agreement. This guaranty shall not be discharged or otherwise affected by any waiver, indulgence, compromise, settlement, extension of credit, or variation of terms of the Card Services Agreement made by or agreed to by Global direct, Member, and/or Merchant. I/We hereby waive a notice of acceptance of this guaranty, notice of nonpayment or nonperformance of any provision of the Card Services Agreement by Merchant, and all other notices or demands regarding the Card Services Agreement. I/We agree to promptly provide to Global Direct and Member any information requested by any of them from time to time concerning my/our financial condition(s), business history, business relationships, and employment information. I/We agree that Global Direct and Global Direct (on behalf of Member) may order a consumer credit report on me, Merchant and each of Merchant’s officers, partners, and/or owners, as well as subsequent consumer credit reports, which may be required or used in conjunction with the maintenance, updating, renewal or extension of the services provided hereunder, or in conjunction with reviewing, taking collection action on, or other legitimate purposes associated with the Merchant account. I/We have read, understand, and agree to be bound by the Card Services Terms & Conditions provided to Merchant and those terms and conditions contained in this Merchant Application.
ACCEPTANCE OF MERCHANT APPLICATION AND TERMS & CONDITIONS / MERCHANT AUTHORIZATION
(Application must be signed by Owner if Sole Proprietorship or; Partners/Officers with greater than 50% combined Ownership if Partnership or Corporation)
Your Card Services agreement is between Global Payments Direct, Inc. (“Global Direct”), the Merchant named above, and the member named below (Member). Member is a member of Visa, USA, Inc. (“Visa”) and MasterCard International, Inc. (“MasterCard”); Global Direct and International Bancard
Corporation are registered independent sales organization of Visa, member service providers of MasterCard and Global Direct is a registered acquirer for Discover Financial Services, LLC. (“Discover”) and a registered Program Participant of American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc.
(“American Express”). A copy of the Card Services Terms and Conditions, revision number 11-19-GP-ISO-A-IBC, has been provided to you. Please sign below to signify that you have received a copy of the Card Services Terms & Conditions and that you agree to all terms and conditions contained therein. If this Merchant Application is accepted for card services, Merchant agrees to comply with the Merchant Application and the Card Services Terms & Conditions as may be modified or amended in the future. If you disagree with any Card Services Terms & Conditions, do not accept service. IF MERCHANT SUBMITS A TRANSACTION TO GLOBAL DIRECT HEREUNDER, MERCHANT WILL BE DEEMED TO HAVE ACCEPTED THE CARD SERVICES TERMS & CONDITIONS. By your signature below on behalf of Merchant you certify that all information provided in this Merchant Application is true and accurate and you authorize Global Direct, and Global Direct on Member’s behalf, to initiate debit entries to Merchant’s checking account(s) in accordance with the Card Services Terms & Conditions. In addition by your signature below on behalf of Merchant you authorize Global Direct and/or International Bancard Corp. to order a consumer credit report on you, Merchant and each of Merchant’s officers, partners, and/or owners, as well as subsequent consumer credit reports, which may be required or used in conjunction with the maintenance, updating, renewal or extension of the services provided hereunder, or in conjunction with reviewing, taking collection action on, or other legitimate purposes associated with the Merchant Account.
CARD SERVICES TERMS & CONDITIONS
PLEASE READ SECTION 17 (“DISPUTE RESOLUTION”) CAREFULLY AS IT RELATES TO ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTIONS
The "Card Services Agreement" consists of these Card Services Terms & Conditions and the Merchant Application and is made by and among Merchant (or “you”), Global Payments Direct, Inc. ("Global Direct") and Member (as defined below). The provisions in the Card Services Agreement are applicable to Merchant if Merchant has signed the appropriate space in the Acceptance of Terms & Conditions/Merchant Authorization section of the Merchant Application. The member bank identified in the Merchant Application ("Member") is a member of Visa USA, Inc. ("Visa") and MasterCard International, Inc. ("MasterCard"). Global Direct is a registered independent sales organization of Visa, a member service provider of MasterCard, a registered Program Participant of American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc. (“American Express”), and a registered acquirer for Discover Financial Services LLC (“Discover”). Any references to the Debit Sponsor shall refer to the debit sponsor identified below.
Merchant and Global Direct agree that the rights and obligations contained in these Card Services Terms and Conditions do not apply to the Member with respect to American Express, Discover, and Switched Transactions (as defined below). To the extent Merchant accepts Discover cards, the provisions in this Agreement with respect to Discover apply if Merchant does not have a separate agreement with Discover. In such case, Merchant will also be enabled to accept JCB, China UnionPay, Diner’s Club and, for card present transactions under the Discover network and such transactions will be processed at the same fee rate as Merchant’s Discover transactions are processed. To the extent Merchant accepts Discover cards and has a separate agreement with Discover, Discover card transactions shall be processed as Switched Transactions (as defined below). To the extent Merchant accepts American Express cards, the provisions in this Agreement with respect to American Express apply if Merchant does not have a separate agreement with American Express.
Under the terms of the Card Services Agreement, Merchant will be furnished with the services and products, including any software, described herein and in the Merchant Application and selected by Merchant therein (collectively and individually, as applicable, the "Services"). During the term of the Card Services Agreement, Global Direct will be the sole and exclusive provider of all card Services to Merchant. Any Merchant accepted by Global Direct for card processing services agrees to be bound by the Card Services Agreement, including the terms of the Merchant Application and these Card Services Terms & Conditions as may be modified or amended in the future. A MERCHANT’S SUBMISSION OF A TRANSACTION TO GLOBAL DIRECT SHALL BE DEEMED TO SIGNIFY MERCHANT’S ACCEPTANCE OF THE CARD SERVICES AGREEMENT, INCLUDING THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS HEREIN.
Except as expressly stated in the first three paragraphs of Section 13, all terms and conditions of this Card Services Agreement shall survive termination to the extent necessary to protect Global Direct and Member’s rights herein.
2. SERVICE DESCRIPTIONS.
Credit Card Processing Services: Global Direct’s credit card processing services consist of authorization and electronic draft capture of credit card transactions; out clearing of such transactions to the appropriate card associations and/or issuers (e.g., Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners, Discover); settlement; dispute resolution with cardholders’ banks; and transaction-related reporting, statements and products. From time to time under this Card Services Agreement, upon Merchant’s request, Global Direct may facilitate the transmission of certain payment card transactions ("Switched Transactions") to the respective card issuers, including but not limited to American Express®, Diners Club® and various fleet, private label and commercial cards. Switched Transactions require Global Direct’s prior written approval and are subject to applicable pricing; Global Direct does not purchase the indebtedness associated with Switched Transactions.
EBT Transaction Processing Services: Global Direct offers electronic interfaces to Electronic Benefits Transfer ("EBT") networks for the processing of cash payments or credits to or for the benefit of benefit recipients ("Recipients"). Global Direct will provide settlement and switching services for various Point of Sale transactions initiated through Merchant for the authorization of the issuance of the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services ("FNS") food stamp benefits ("FS Benefits") and/or government delivered cash assistance benefits ("Cash Benefits," with FS Benefits, "Benefits") to Recipients through the use of a state-issued card ("EBT Card").
Provisions regarding debit card services are set forth in Section 27 below.
With respect to Visa and MasterCard products, Merchant may elect to accept credit cards or debit/prepaid cards or both. Merchant shall so elect on the Merchant Application being completed contemporaneously herewith. Merchant agrees to pay and Merchant’s account(s) will be charged pursuant to Section 5 of this Card Services Agreement for any additional fees incurred as a result of Merchant’s subsequent acceptance of transactions with any Visa or MasterCard product that it has elected not to accept.
Merchant will permit holders of valid cards bearing the symbols of the cards authorized to be accepted by Merchant hereunder to charge purchases or leases of goods and services and the debt resulting therefrom shall be purchased hereunder, provided that the transaction complies with the terms of this Card Services Agreement. All indebtedness submitted by Merchant for purchase will be evidenced by an approved sales slip. Merchant will not present for purchase any indebtedness that does not arise out of a transaction between a cardholder and Merchant. Merchant agrees to follow the Card Acceptance Guide which is incorporated into and made part of this Card Services Agreement, and to be bound by the operating regulations, requirements, and rules of Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and any other card association or network organization covered by this Card Services Agreement, as any of the above referenced documents may be modified and amended from time to time. Merchant acknowledges that the Card Acceptance Guide is located on Global Direct’s website at www.globalpaymentsinc.com.
Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Merchant agrees to comply with and be bound by, and to cause any third party who provides Merchant with services related to payment processing or facilitates Merchant’s ability to accept credit and debit cards and who is not a party to this Card Services Agreement to comply with and be bound by, the rules and regulations of Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and any other card association or network organization related to cardholder and transaction information security, including without limitation, all rules and regulations imposed by the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council (including without limitation the PCI Data Security Standard),Visa’s Cardholder Information Security Program, MasterCard’s Site Data Protection Program, and Payment Application Best Practices. Merchant also agrees to cooperate at its sole expense with any request for an audit or investigation by Global Direct, Member, a card association or network organization in connection with cardholder and transaction information security.
Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Merchant agrees that it will use information obtained from a cardholder in connection with a card transaction solely for the purpose of processing a transaction with that cardholder or attempting to re-present a chargeback with respect to such transaction. Merchant will indemnify and hold Global Direct and Member harmless from any fines and penalties issued by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or any card association or network organization and any other fees and costs arising out of or relating to the processing of transactions by Global Direct and Member at Merchant’s location(s) and will reimburse Global Direct for any losses incurred by Global Direct with respect to any such fines, penalties, fees and costs.
Without limiting the generality of any other provision of this Card Services Agreement, Merchant also agrees that it will comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations related to both (a) the truncation or masking of cardholder numbers and expiration dates on transaction receipts from transactions processed at Merchant’s location(s), including without limitation the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act and applicable state laws (“Truncation Laws”) and (b) the collection of personal information from a cardholder in connection with a card transaction, including all applicable state laws ("Laws on Collection of Personal Information"). As between Merchant, on the one hand, and Global Direct and Member, on the other hand, Merchant shall be solely responsible for complying with all Truncation Laws and Laws on Collection of Personal Information and will indemnify and hold Global Direct and Member harmless from any claim, loss or damage resulting from a violation of Truncation Laws or Laws on Collection of Personal Information as a result of transactions processed at Merchant’s location(s).
Global Direct may, from time to time, issue written directions (via mail or Internet) regarding procedures to follow and forms to use to carry out this Card Services Agreement. These directions and the terms of the forms are binding as soon as they are issued and shall form part of these Card Services Terms & Conditions. Such operating regulations and rules may be reviewed upon appointment at Global Direct’s designated premises and Merchant acknowledges that it has had the opportunity to request a review and/or review such operating regulations and rules in connection with its execution of this Card Services Agreement.
Merchant shall adequately display the card issuer service marks and promotional materials supplied by Global Direct. Merchant shall cease to use or display such service marks immediately upon notice from Global Direct or upon termination of this Card Services Agreement.
5. PAYMENT, CHARGES AND FEES.
Fees and charges payable by Merchant for all products, services and applications, whether provided by Global Direct or by a third party through Global Direct, shall be as set forth in the Merchant Application (exclusive of taxes, duties and shipping and handling charges). Merchant shall at all times maintain one or more commercial checking accounts with Member or with another financial institution of Merchant’s choice acceptable to Member and Global Direct that belongs to the Automated Clearing House (“ACH”) network and which can accept ACH transactions. Merchant will be paid for indebtedness purchased under this Card Services Agreement by credit to Merchant’s account(s). Merchant’s account(s) will be credited for the gross amount of the indebtedness deposited less the amount of any credit vouchers deposited. Merchant shall not be entitled to credit for any indebtedness that arises out of a transaction not processed in accordance with the terms of this Card Services Agreement or the rules and regulations of a card association or network organization. Availability of any such funds shall be subject to the procedures of the applicable financial institution. Chargebacks and adjustments will be charged to Merchant’s account(s) on a daily basis. Merchant agrees to pay and Merchant’s account(s) will be charged for the discount, fees, product service costs, chargebacks, and other fees and charges described in this Card Services Agreement. Merchant also agrees to pay and Merchant’s account(s) will be debited for all fees, arbitration fees, fines, penalties, etc. charged or assessed by the card associations or network organizations on account of or related to Merchant’s processing hereunder, including without limitation with regards to any third party who provides Merchant with services related to payment processing or facilitates Merchant’s ability to accept credit and debit cards and who is not a party to this Card Services Agreement. If any type of overpayment to Merchant or other error occurs, Merchant’s account(s) may be debited or credited, without notice, and if Merchant’s account(s) do not contain sufficient funds, Merchant agrees to remit the amount owed directly to Global Direct. Merchant agrees not to, directly or indirectly, prevent, block or otherwise preclude any debit by Global Direct or Member to Merchant’s account which is permitted hereunder. Merchant represents and warrants that no one other than Merchant has any claim against such indebtedness except as authorized in writing by Member and Global Direct. Merchant hereby assigns to Member and Global Direct all of its right, title, and interest in and to all indebtedness submitted hereunder, agrees that Member and Global Direct have the sole right to receive payment on any indebtedness purchased hereunder, and further agrees that Merchant shall have no right, title or interest in any such funds, including any such funds held in a Reserve Account (as defined below).
6. EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES/THIRD PARTY SERVICES.
Merchant agrees that it will not acquire any title, copyrights, or any other proprietary right to any advertising material; leased equipment including imprinters, authorization terminals, card reader hardware or printers; software; credit card authenticators; unused forms (online or paper); and Merchant deposit plastic cards provided by Global Direct in connection with this Card Services Agreement. Merchant will protect all such items from loss, theft, damage or any legal encumbrance and will allow Global Direct and its designated representatives reasonable access to Merchant’s premises for their repair, removal, modification, installation and relocation. Merchant acknowledges that any equipment or software provided under this Card Services Agreement is embedded with proprietary technology ("Software"). Merchant shall not obtain title, copyrights or any other proprietary right to any Software. At all time, Global Direct or its suppliers retain all rights to such Software, including but not limited to updates, enhancements and additions. Merchant shall not disclose such Software to any party, convey, copy, license, sublicense, modify, translate, reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble, tamper with, or create any derivative work based on such Software, or transmit any data that contains software viruses, time bombs, worms, Trojan horses, spyware, disabling devices, or any other malicious or unauthorized code. Merchant’s use of such Software shall be limited to that expressly authorized by Global Direct. Global Direct’s suppliers are intended third party beneficiaries of this Card Services Agreement to the extent of any terms herein pertaining to such suppliers’ ownership rights; such suppliers have the right to rely on and directly enforce such terms against Merchant.
The operating instructions or user guides will instruct Merchant in the proper use of the terminals, other hardware or payment application(s), and Merchant shall use and operate the terminals, other hardware or payment application(s) only in such manner. If Merchant has purchased the relevant maintenance/help desk service hereunder, Merchant will promptly notify Global Direct of any equipment malfunction, failure or other incident resulting in the loss of use of the equipment or software or need for repair or maintenance, whereupon Global Direct will make the necessary arrangements to obtain required maintenance or replacement software or hardware. Merchant is responsible for shipping costs. Merchant shall cooperate with Global Direct in its attempt to diagnose any problem with the terminal, other hardware or payment application(s).
In the event the Merchant’s terminal requires additional Software, Merchant is obligated to cooperate and participate in a dial in down line load procedure. With respect to any item of equipment leased to Merchant by Global Direct, Merchant will not be liable for normal wear and tear, provided, however, that Merchant will be liable to Global Direct in the event that any leased item of equipment is lost, destroyed, stolen or rendered inoperative. Merchant will indemnify Global Direct against any loss arising out of damage to or destruction of any item of equipment or software provided hereunder for any cause whatsoever. Merchant also agrees to hold harmless and indemnify Global Direct for any costs, expenses, and judgments Global Direct may suffer, including reasonable attorney’s fees, as a result of Merchant’s use of the equipment or software provided hereunder. Any unused equipment in its original packaging purchased from Global Direct hereunder may be returned to Global Direct at Merchant’s expense within sixty (60) days of receipt. Merchant shall receive a refund of any money paid in connection therewith subject to a re-stocking fee of an amount equal to 20 percent of the total purchase price for the returned equipment. No refunds shall be issued for any equipment returned after sixty (60) days.
Merchant acknowledges that some of the services and applications to be provided by Global Direct and Member hereunder may be provided by third parties. Merchant agrees that except for its right to utilize such services in connection with this Card Services Agreement, it acquires no right, title or interest in any such services. Merchant further agrees that it has no contractual relationship with any third party providing services under this Card Services Agreement and that Merchant is not a third party beneficiary of any agreement between Global Direct or Member, as applicable, and such third party. Merchant may not resell the services of any third party providing services under this Card Services Agreement to any other party.
7. FINANCIAL INFORMATION.
Merchant agrees to furnish Global Direct and Member such financial statements and information concerning Merchant, its owners, principals, partners, proprietors or its affiliates as Global Direct or Member may from time to time request. Global Direct, and Member, or their duly authorized representatives, may examine the books and records of Merchant, including records of all indebtedness previously purchased or presented for purchase. Merchant agrees to retain copies of all paper and electronic sales slips and credit slips submitted to Global Direct for a period of two years from submission, or such longer period of time as may be required by the operating rules or regulations of the card associations or network organizations, by law, or by Global Direct as specifically requested in writing in individual cases.
8. CHANGE IN BUSINESS.
Merchant agrees to provide Global Direct and Member sixty (60) days prior written notice of its (a) transfer or sale of any substantial part (ten percent (10%) or more) of its total stock, assets and/or to liquidate; or (b) change to the basic nature of its business, or (c) provided that Merchant has not indicated on the Merchant Application that it accepts mail order, telephone order, or internet-based transactions, conversion of all or part of the business to mail order sales, telephone order sales, Internet-based sales or to other sales where the card is not present and swiped through Merchant’s terminal or other card reader. Upon the occurrence of any such event, the terms of this Card Services Agreement may be modified to address issues arising therefrom, including but not limited to requirements of applicable card associations or network organizations.
This Card Services Agreement is not transferable by Merchant without the written consent of Global Direct and Member. Any attempt by Merchant to assign its rights or to delegate its obligations in violation of this paragraph shall be void. Merchant agrees that the rights and obligations of Global Direct hereunder may be transferred by Global Direct without notice to Merchant. Merchant agrees that the rights and obligations of Member hereunder may be transferred to any other member without notice to Merchant. Merchant acknowledges that the transferable rights of Global Direct and Member hereunder shall include, but shall not be limited to, the authority and right to debit the Merchant’s account(s) as described herein.
10. WARRANTIES AND REPRESENTATIONS.
Merchant warrants and represents to Global Direct and Member: (a) that each sales transaction delivered hereunder will represent a bona fide sale to a cardholder by Merchant for the amount shown on the sales slip as the total sale and constitutes the binding obligation of the cardholder, free from any claim, demand, defense, setoff or other adverse claim whatsoever; (b) that each sales slip or other evidence of indebtedness will accurately describe the goods and services which have been sold and delivered to the cardholder or in accordance with his instructions; (c) that Merchant will comply fully with all federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations applicable to its business; (d) that Merchant will fulfill completely all of its obligations to the cardholder and will resolve any customer dispute or complaint directly with the cardholder; (e) that the signature on the sales slip will be genuine and authorized by cardholder and not forged or unauthorized; (f) that the sales transaction shall have been consummated and the sales slip prepared in full compliance with the provisions of the Card Acceptance Guide and the operating regulations and rules of the applicable card association or network organization, as amended from time to time; (g) provided that Merchant has not indicated on the Merchant Application that it accepts mail order, telephone order, or internet-based transactions, that none of the sales transactions submitted hereunder represent sales by telephone, or mail, or Internet, or where the card is not physically present at the Merchant’s location and swiped through Merchant’s terminal, unless Merchant is specifically authorized in writing by Global Direct to submit such sales slips for purchase, (h) to the extent Merchant has indicated on the Merchant Application that it accepts mail order, telephone order, or internet-based transactions, Merchant shall not submit such a transaction to Global Direct and Member for processing until the goods and/or services are shipped or performed, as applicable, unless otherwise permitted by the card associations or network organizations, (i) that none of the sales transactions submitted hereunder for purchase represent sales to any principal, partner, proprietor, or owner of Merchant,
(j) that, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, each sales transaction submitted hereunder and the handling, retention, and storage of information related thereto, will comply with the rules and regulations of Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and any other card association or network organization related to cardholder and transaction information security, including without limitation Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards, Visa’s Cardholder Information Security Program and MasterCard’s Site Data Protection Program, and (k) that all of the information contained in this Card Services Agreement (including the Merchant Application) is true and correct. In the event that any of the foregoing warranties or representations is breached, the affected sales slips or other indebtedness may be refused, or prior acceptance revoked and charged back to the Merchant. Furthermore, if Merchant submits for purchase hereunder a sales transaction that is not the result of a sale of Merchant’s goods or services offered to the general public or if Merchant submits any sales transactions for purchase hereunder which represents a sale to any principal, partner, proprietor, or owner of Merchant, such sales transaction may be refused or charged back.
Merchant must notify Global Direct if Merchant elects to use the terminal service of American Express, Novus, or any other third-party provider. If Merchant elects to use a third-party terminal provider, that provider becomes Merchant’s agent for the delivery of card transactions to Global Direct via the applicable card- processing network. Global Direct and Member shall have no responsibility for or liability in connection with any hardware, software or services Merchant receives from a third party agent, even if Global Direct collects monies with respect to such hardware, software or services. Neither Global Direct nor Member makes any representation or warranty with respect to such agent’s access to or ability to integrate with the products, services, and systems of Global Direct and any such access or ability may terminate at any time and Global Direct shall have no obligation to advise Merchant of such termination. Merchant agrees to assume full responsibility and liability for any failure of such agent to comply with the operating regulations and rules of the applicable card association or network organization, including without limitation any violation, which results in a chargeback to the Merchant. Global Direct and Member have no responsibility for any card transactions until it receives data for the card transaction in the format required by Global Direct. Merchant also agrees that the obligation hereunder to reimburse the Merchant for the value of the card transactions captured by an agent is limited to the value of the transactions (less applicable fees) received by the card-processing network from the agent.
NEITHER MEMBER, NOR GLOBAL DIRECT NOR ANY SUPPLIER MAKES ANY REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE WITH RESPECT TO ANY TERMINAL, ANY EQUIPMENT, SOFTWARE OR SERVICES LEASED, SOLD OR OTHERWISE FURNISHED IN CONNECTION THEREWITH, OR ANY OF THE SERVICES FURNISHED HEREUNDER.
Merchant agrees to satisfy directly with the cardholder any claim or complaint arising in connection with the card sale, regardless of whether such claim or complaint is brought by the cardholder, Global Direct, or another party. Merchant agrees to indemnify defend and hold Global Direct, Member and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries and affiliates (including, without limitation, the respective officers, directors, employees, attorneys, shareholders, representatives and agents of all of the foregoing) harmless from and against any and all liabilities, judgments, arbitration awards, settlements, actions, suits, claims, demands, losses, damages, costs (including, but not limited to, court costs and out of pocket costs and expenses), expenses of any and every type, litigation expenses, and attorneys’ fees, including, but not limited to, attorneys’ fees incurred in any and every type of suit, proceeding, or action, including but not limited to, bankruptcy proceedings, in connection with, by virtue of, or arising from, either directly or indirectly: (a) any card transaction that does not conform to the requirements of this Card Services Agreement, the rules and regulations of any card association or applicable laws; (b) any card transaction or any act or omission of Merchant in connection with a cardholder; (c) Merchant’s breach or default or an alleged breach or default of or under any term, covenant, condition, representation, warranty, obligation, undertaking, promise or agreement contained in this Card Services Agreement or in any agreement (whether oral or written) with any cardholder, any agreement with any card association, or in any other agreement with Member or Global Direct, any breach or threatened breach by Merchant of the card association rules and regulations or any violation by Merchant of laws, rules and regulations applicable to Merchant; (d) the rescission, cancellation or avoidance of any card transaction, by operation of law, adjudication or otherwise; (e) any claim, counterclaim, complaint, dispute or defense, including, without limitation claims brought by Merchant, whether or not well founded, with respect to this Card Services Agreement or a card transaction; (f) damages, including, without limitation, those for death or injury caused by the good or service purchased with the card; or (g) for all web based, Internet or electronic commerce transactions including Merchant's insecure transmission of card transaction data and/or storage of cardholder information. For purposes of this Agreement, including the foregoing indemnities, Merchant is responsible and liable for the acts and omissions of its employees, agents and representatives (whether or not acting within the scope of their duties).
12. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY.
12.1 NEITHER MEMBER NOR GLOBAL DIRECT SHALL BE LIABLE FOR FAILURE TO PROVIDE THE SERVICES OR DELAY IN PROVIDING THE SERVICES INCLUDING PROCESSING DELAYS OR OTHER NON-PERFORMANCE IF SUCH FAILURE IS DUE TO ANY CAUSE OR CONDITION BEYOND SUCH PARTY’S REASONABLE CONTROL. SUCH CAUSES OR CONDITIONS SHALL INCLUDE, BUT SHALL NOT BE LIMITED TO, ACTS OF GOD OR OF THE PUBLIC ENEMY, ACTS OF THE GOVERNMENT IN EITHER ITS SOVEREIGN OR CONTRACTUAL CAPACITY, FIRES, FLOODS, EPIDEMICS, QUARANTINE RESTRICTIONS, STRIKES, RIOTS, WAR, SHORTAGES OF LABOR OR MATERIALS, FREIGHT EMBARGOES, UNUSUALLY SEVERE WEATHER, BREAKDOWNS, OPERATIONAL FAILURES, ELECTRICAL POWER FAILURES, TELECOMMUNICATIONS FAILURES, EQUIPMENT FAILURES, UNAVOIDABLE DELAYS, THE ERRORS OR FAILURES OF THIRD PARTY SYSTEMS, NON-PERFORMANCE OF VENDORS, SUPPLIERS, PROCESSORS OR TRANSMITTERS OF INFORMATION, OR OTHER SIMILAR CAUSES BEYOND SUCH PARTY’S CONTROL.
12.2 THE LIABILITY OF GLOBAL DIRECT AND MEMBER FOR ANY LOSS ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING IN ANY WAY TO THIS CARD SERVICES AGREEMENT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF ANY MALFUNCTION OF THE EQUIPMENT OR THE FAILURE OF THE EQUIPMENT TO OPERATE, THE UNAVAILABILITY OR MALFUNCTION OF THE SERVICES, PERSONAL INJURY, OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, SHALL, IN THE AGGREGATE, BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL, DIRECT, AND GENERAL MONEY DAMAGES IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED ONE (1) MONTH’S AVERAGE CHARGE PAID BY MERCHANT HEREUNDER (EXCLUSIVE OF INTERCHANGE FEES, ASSESSMENTS, AND ANY OTHER FEES OR COSTS THAT ARE IMPOSED BY A THIRD PARTY IN CONNECTION WITH MERCHANT’S PAYMENT PROCESSING) FOR THE SERVICES DURING THE PREVIOUS TWELVE (12) MONTHS OR SUCH LESSER NUMBER OF MONTHS AS SHALL HAVE ELAPSED SUBSEQUENT TO THE EFFECTIVE
DATE OF THIS CARD SERVICES AGREEMENT. THIS SHALL BE THE EXTENT OF GLOBAL DIRECT’S AND MEMBER’S LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING IN ANY WAY TO THIS CARD SERVICES AGREEMENT, INCLUDING ALLEGED ACTS OF NEGLIGENCE, BREACH OF CONTRACT, OR OTHERWISE AND REGARDLESS OF THE FORM IN WHICH ANY LEGAL OR EQUITABLE ACTION MAY BE BROUGHT AGAINST GLOBAL DIRECT OR MEMBER, WHETHER CONTRACT, TORT, OR OTHERWISE, AND THE FOREGOING SHALL CONSTITUTE MERCHANT’S EXCLUSIVE REMEDY.
12.3 UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL GLOBAL DIRECT OR MEMBER BE LIABLE FOR SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING LOST PROFITS, REVENUES AND BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING IN ANY WAY TO THIS CARD SERVICES AGREEMENT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF PLACEMENT OF A MERCHANT’S NAME ON ANY TERMINATED MERCHANT LIST FOR ANY REASON, EVEN IF GLOBAL DIRECT OR MEMBER HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. Under no circumstances shall Global Direct, or Member be liable for any settlement amounts pertaining to Switched Transactions; Merchant’s recourse therefore shall be to the applicable card issuer. Member shall not be responsible or liable to Merchant for any action taken by Member (or the results thereof) that is authorized by this Agreement.
12.4 IT IS AGREED THAT IN NO EVENT WILL GLOBAL DIRECT OR MEMBER BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, LOSS, BILLING ERROR, DAMAGE, OR EXPENSE ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING IN ANY WAY TO THIS CARD SERVICES AGREEMENT WHICH IS NOT REPORTED IN WRITING TO GLOBAL DIRECT BY MERCHANT WITHIN SIXTY (60) DAYS OF SUCH FAILURE TO PERFORM OR, IN THE EVENT OF A BILLING ERROR, WITHIN NINETY (90) DAYS OF THE DATE OF THE INVOICE OR APPLICABLE STATEMENT. MERCHANT EXPRESSLY WAIVES ANY SUCH CLAIM THAT IS NOT BROUGHT WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS STATED HEREIN.
13. TERM AND TERMINATION.
This Card Services Agreement shall remain in full force and effect for an initial term of three (3) years. This Card Services Agreement shall be automatically extended for successive one (1) year periods on the same terms and conditions expressed herein, or as may be amended, unless Merchant gives written notice of termination as to the entire Card Services Agreement or a portion thereof at least 60 days prior to the expiration of the initial term or any extension or renewals thereof, in which case this Card Services Agreement will terminate at the end of the then-current term. Not withstanding anything to the contrary set forth herein, in the event Merchant terminates this Card Services Agreement in breach of this Section 13, the following amount(s) shall be immediately due and payable to Global Direct: the lesser of (a) $599.00, (b) the maximum amount permitted by state laws. Merchant hereby authorizes Global Direct to accelerate the payment of such applicable amount(s) and to deduct such total amount(s) from Merchant’s account referenced in Section 5, or to otherwise withhold the total amount(s) from amounts due to Merchant from Global Direct immediately on or after the effective date of termination. If the Merchant’s account does not contain sufficient funds for the debit or the amount cannot be withheld by Global Direct from amounts due to Merchant, Merchant shall pay Global Direct the amount due within ten (10) days of the date of Global Direct’s or invoice for same. The payment as described here is not a penalty, but rather is hereby agreed by the parties to be a reasonable amount of liquidated damages to compensate Global Direct for their termination expenses and all other damages under the circumstances in which such amounts would be payable. Such amount(s) shall not be in lieu of but in addition to any payment obligations for Services already provided hereunder (or that Global Direct may continue to provide), which shall be an additional cost, and any and all other damages to which Global Direct may be entitled hereunder. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if Merchant provides Global Direct with written notice within forty-five (45) days of Merchant’s execution of this Card Services Agreement that it wishes to terminate this Card Services Agreement immediately, Merchant shall not be responsible for the payment of the above-referenced amount(s), but shall be responsible for compliance with all other terms and conditions set forth in this Card Service Agreement, including but not limited to payment for all fees incurred prior to the termination of this Card Services Agreement.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, Global Direct may terminate this Card Services Agreement or any portion thereof upon written notice to Merchant. Furthermore, Global Direct may terminate this Card Services Agreement at any time without notice upon Merchant’s default in performing under any provision of this Card Services Agreement, upon an unauthorized conversion of all or any part of Merchant’s activity to mail order, telephone order, Internet order, or to any activity where the card is not physically present and swiped through the Merchant’s terminal or other card reader, upon any failure to follow the Card Acceptance Guide or any operating regulation or rule of a card association or network organization, upon any misrepresentation by Merchant, upon commencement of bankruptcy or insolvency proceedings by or against the Merchant, upon a material change in the Merchant’s average ticket or volume as stated in the Merchant Application, the rules or regulations of any card association require that Member and/or Global Direct terminate and/or suspend this Card Services Agreement, or in the event Global Direct or Member reasonably deems itself insecure (including, without limitation, credit, operational, reputational, financial, technological, security and/or fraud risk or exposure) in continuing this Card Services Agreement. In addition, a termination by Global Direct shall serve as a termination of the entire Card Services Agreement, including with regard to any ACH Transaction Services provided hereunder.
In the event that Global Direct and Member breach the terms and conditions hereof, the Merchant may, at its option, give written notice to Global Direct and Member of its intention to terminate this Card Services Agreement unless such breach is remedied within thirty (30) days of such notice. Failure to remedy such a breach shall make this Card Services Agreement terminable, at the option of the Merchant, at the end of such thirty (30) day period unless notification is withdrawn.
Any Merchant deposit of sales or credit slips that is accepted by Global Direct and Member or by a designated depository after the effective date of termination will be returned to Merchant and will not be credited (or debited) to merchant’s account(s). If the deposit has already been posted to Merchant’s account(s), said posting will be reversed and the deposit returned to Merchant. Termination of this Card Services Agreement shall not affect Merchant’s obligations which have accrued prior to termination or which relate to any indebtedness purchased hereunder prior to termination, including but not limited to chargebacks even if such chargebacks come in after termination. In the event of termination, all equipment leased from, and software provided by, Global Direct, including but not limited to imprinters, terminals, and printers; all supplies; Card Acceptance Guides; and operating instructions must be returned immediately to Global Direct at Merchant’s expense.
14. RETURNED ITEMS/CHARGEBACKS.
If a cardholder disputes any transaction, if a transaction is charged back for any reason by the card issuing institution, or if Global Direct or Member has any reason to believe an indebtedness previously purchased is questionable, not genuine, or is otherwise unacceptable, the amount of such indebtedness may be charged back and deducted from any payment due to Merchant or may be charged against any of Merchant’s accounts or the Reserve Account (as defined below). Merchant acknowledges and agrees that it is bound by the rules of the card associations and network organizations with respect to any chargeback. Merchant further acknowledges that it is solely responsible for providing Global Direct and Member with any available information to re-present a chargeback and that, regardless of any information it provides or does not provide Global Direct and Member in connection with a chargeback, or any other reason, Merchant shall be solely responsible for the liability related to such chargeback. A list of some common reasons for chargebacks is contained in the Card Acceptance Guide provided, however, that such list is not exclusive and does not limit the generality of the foregoing. If any such amount is uncollectible through withholding from any payments due hereunder or through charging Merchant’s accounts or the Reserve Account, Merchant shall, upon demand by Global Direct, pay Global Direct the full amount of the chargeback. Merchant understands that obtaining an authorization for any sale shall not constitute a guarantee of payment, and such sales slips can be returned or charged back to Merchant like any other item hereunder.
15. RESERVE ACCOUNT.
At any time, Global Direct and Member may, at their option, establish a reserve account to secure the performance of Merchant’s obligations under this Card Services Agreement to such party ("Reserve Account"). The Reserve Account may be funded, at Global Direct’s sole discretion, through any or all of the following: (a) Direct payment by Merchant -- At the request of Global Direct or Member, Merchant will deposit funds in the Reserve Account; (b) The proceeds of indebtedness presented for purchase; or (c) The transfer by Global Direct and Member into the Reserve Account of funds withdrawn from any of the accounts referred to in Section 5 or any other accounts, including certificates of deposit, maintained by Merchant or Merchant’s guarantor, if any, with any designated depositary or other financial institution. Merchant and Merchant’s guarantor hereby grants Member a security interest in all accounts referenced in Section 5 or any other accounts, including certificates of deposits, maintained by Merchant or Merchant’s guarantor, if any, with any designated depository or other financial institution and authorizes Global Direct (to the extent authorized by Member) or Member to make such withdrawals at such times and in such amounts as it may deem necessary hereunder.
Merchant and Merchant’s guarantor hereby instruct said financial institutions to honor any requests made by Global Direct and Member under the terms of this provision. Merchant and Merchant’s guarantor will hold harmless the financial institutions and indemnify them for any claims or losses they may suffer as a result of honoring withdrawal requests from Global Direct and Member.
Merchant hereby agrees that Global Direct and Member may deduct from this Reserve Account any amount owed to such party in accordance with this Card Services Agreement. Any funds in the Reserve Account may be held until the later of (a) the expiration of any potentially applicable chargeback rights in respect of purchased indebtedness under the rules and regulations of the card associations or network organizations and (b) the period necessary to secure the performance of Merchant’s obligations under this Card Services Agreement, which holding period may extend beyond termination of this Card Services Agreement. Merchant will not receive any interest on funds being held in a Reserve Account and Merchant has no right to access the funds being held in the Reserve Account or otherwise transfer, pledge or use these funds for its own purposes. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Merchant shall, upon termination of this Card Services Agreement, maintain the sum of at least five percent (5%) of gross sales for the 90 day period prior to termination to be held in a Reserve Account in accordance with the terms of this Card Services Agreement. Global may, at its discretion upon termination of this Card Services Agreement, require that the Merchant maintain more than five percent (5%) of gross sales for the 90 day period prior to termination in a Reserve Account.
16. DEFAULT/SECURITY INTEREST.
Upon failure by Merchant to meet any of its obligations under this Card Services Agreement (including funding the Reserve Account), any of the accounts referred to in Section 5 or any other accounts belonging to Merchant, Merchant’s affiliated entities, or Merchant’s guarantor held by any designated depository (or by any other financial institution) may be debited without notice to Merchant, and Merchant (on behalf of itself and its affiliated entities) hereby grants to Member, Global Direct a lien and security interest in all of Merchant’s right, title and interest in or to any of the following assets or properties: (a) all of the accounts referenced in the preceding sentence, (b) the Reserve Account, (c) any rights to receive credits or payments under this Card Services Agreement and (d) all deposits and other property of Merchant that Member or its affiliates possess or maintain (including all proceeds of the foregoing). Merchant shall execute, acknowledge or deliver any documents or take any actions Member, Global Direct may from time to time request to better assure, preserve, protect, perfect, maintain or enforce this security interest. To the extent permitted by law, Merchant irrevocably authorizes Member, Global Direct to file any financing statements (at Merchant’s expense) in any relevant jurisdiction or any other documents or instruments related to this security interest. Merchant represents and warrants that (a) Merchant has good and valid rights and title to the property described herein, (b) Merchant has full power and authority to grant to Member the security interest pursuant hereto and to execute, deliver and perform its obligations in accordance with the terms of this Card Services Agreement, without the consent or approval of any other person or entity, (c) no other person or entity has a security interest or lien in any of the property described herein and (d) this security interest is a first lien security interest and secures Merchant’s obligations to Member under this Card Services Agreement. Member shall have all rights of a secured party and Merchant must obtain the prior written consent of Member before granting any subsequent security interest or lien in the property described herein. Merchant agrees that it is Merchant’s intent that these accounts and secured property shall to the extent allowed by applicable law not be subject to any preference, claim, or stay by reason of any bankruptcy or insolvency law. Merchant agrees to act consistently with the understanding that said accounts and secured property under this Card Services Agreement are free of all such preferences, claims or stays by reason of and as allowed by any such law. The scope of the security interest, and Merchant’s (on behalf of itself and its affiliated entities) and Merchant’s guarantor’s instructions to its financial institutions to accept withdrawal requests from Global Direct, Member, and Merchant’s agreement to hold such institutions harmless and to indemnify them are described above in Section 15.
Merchant also agrees that, in the event of a default by Merchant, Member has a right of setoff and may apply any of Merchant’s balances or any other monies due Merchant from Member towards the payment of amounts due from Merchant under the terms of this Card Services Agreement. The rights stated herein are in addition to any other rights Global Direct, Member may have under applicable law.
17. DISPUTE RESOLUTION – ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER
NOTE: PLEASE READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY AS IT AFFECTS YOUR RIGHTS AND THE RESOLUTION OF DISPUTES
17.1 MANDATORY ARBITRATION: ANY DISPUTE OR CLAIM ARISING OUT OF, RELATING TO, OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS CARD SERVICES AGREEMENT OR THE RELATIONSHIPS WHICH RESULT FROM THIS CARD SERVICES AGREEMENT SHALL BE RESOLVED BY BINDING ARBITRATION, RATHER THAN IN COURT; HOWEVER, YOU MAY ASSERT CLAIMS IN SMALL CLAIMS COURT IF (1) THE CLAIMS QUALIFY FOR SMALL CLAIMS COURT; (2) THE MATTER REMAINS IN SMALL CLAIMS COURT AT ALL TIMES; AND (3) THE MATTER PROCEEDS ONLY ON AN INDIVIDUAL (NOT A CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE BASIS). ARBITRATION DOES NOT PROCEED BEFORE A JURY AND MAY INVOLVE MORE LIMITED DISCOVERY THAN A COURT PROCEEDING. ANY ARBITRATION UNDER THIS CARD SERVICES AGREEMENT WILL ONLY BE ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS. CLASS ARBITRATIONS, CLASS ACTIONS, PRIVATE ATTORNEY GENERAL ACTIONS, AND CONSOLIDATION WITH OTHER ARBITRATIONS ARE NOT PERMITTED. The arbitrator's award or decision will not affect issues or claims involved in any proceeding between Global Direct or Member and any person or entity who is not a party to the arbitration. The arbitrator may award monetary, declaratory or injunctive relief only in favor of the individual party seeking relief and only to the extent necessary to provide relief warranted by that party's individual claim. The arbitrator's award, if any, will not apply to any person or entity that is not a party to the arbitration. However, nothing in this Section or this Card Services Agreement shall preclude any party from bringing issues to the attention of federal, state or local agencies. Such agencies can, if the law allows, seek relief on your behalf. Further, notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing in this Section or this Card Services Agreement prohibits a party from applying to a court of competent jurisdiction for a temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction, or other equitable relief.
The Federal Arbitration Act (9 U.S.C. § 1 et seq.) governs the interpretation and enforcement of the arbitration provisions of this section. Arbitration will be administered by JAMS (www.jamsadr.com). For claims greater than $250,000, the JAMS Comprehensive Arbitration Rules and Procedures in effect at the time the arbitration is commenced will apply (if no such rules are in effect, JAMs default arbitration rules shall apply). For claims equal to or less than $250,000, the JAMS Streamlined Arbitration Rules and Procedures in effect at the time the arbitration is commenced will apply (if no such rules are in effect, JAMS default arbitration rules shall apply). Unless the arbitrator(s) determine that justice or fairness require otherwise: (i) any arbitration will proceed in Atlanta, Georgia (although, for the convenience of the Merchant or guarantor (as applicable), any party or its counsel may participate telephonically); and (ii) the arbitrator(s) will oversee limited discovery, taking into account the amount in controversy and the parties’ desire to keep proceedings cost-effective and efficient. Any decision rendered in any arbitration proceeding shall be final and binding on each of the parties to the arbitration and judgment may be entered thereon in any court of competent jurisdiction. The parties will maintain the confidential nature of the arbitration proceeding except as may be necessary to enforce any award or to comply with applicable law.
If the total damage claims in an arbitration are $10,000 or less, not including the Merchant’s attorney fees (“Small Arbitration Claim"), the arbitrator may, if the Merchant, prevails, award the Merchant reasonable attorney fees, expert fees and costs (separate from Arbitration Costs as defined below), but may not grant Global Direct or Member its attorney fees, expert fees or costs (separate from Arbitration Costs) unless the arbitrator determines that the Merchant's claim was frivolous or brought in bad faith. In a Small Arbitration Claim case, Global Direct will pay all arbitration filing, administrative and arbitrator costs (together, “Arbitration Costs"). The Merchant must submit any request for payment of Arbitration Costs to JAMS at the same time the Merchant submits its Demand for Arbitration. However, if the Merchant wants Global Direct to advance the Arbitration Costs for a Small Arbitration Claim before filing, Global Direct will do so at the Merchant's written request which must be sent to Global Direct at the address set forth in the Notices section (Section 22) herein below.
If the Merchant's total damage claims in an arbitration exceed $10,000, not including the Merchant's attorney fees (“Large Arbitration Claim"), the arbitrator may award the prevailing party its reasonable attorneys' fees and costs, or it may apportion attorneys' fees and costs between the Merchant and Global Direct (such fees and costs being separate from Arbitration Costs). In a Large Arbitration Claim case, if the Merchant is able to demonstrate that the Arbitration Costs will be prohibitive as compared to the costs of litigation, Global Direct will pay as much of the Arbitration Costs as the arbitrator deems necessary to prevent the arbitration from being cost-prohibitive.
Merchant hereby agrees that claims applicable to American Express may be resolved through arbitration as further described in the American Express Merchant Requirements Guide (the “American Express Guide”).
17.2 Choice of Forum: A court, not the arbitrator, will decide any questions regarding the validity, scope and/or enforceability of Section 17.1. Any litigated action (as opposed to an arbitration) regarding, relating to or involving the validity, scope and/or enforceability of Section 17.1, or otherwise, shall be brought in either the courts of the State of Georgia sitting in Fulton County or the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, and Merchant and guarantor (if applicable) expressly agree to the exclusive jurisdiction of such courts. Merchant and guarantor (if applicable) hereby agree and consent to the personal jurisdiction and venue of such courts, and expressly waive any objection that Merchant or guarantor might otherwise have to personal jurisdiction or venue in such courts.
17.3 Class Action Waiver: MERCHANT AND GUARANTOR (IF APPLICABLE) ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT ALL DISPUTES ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THIS CARD SERVICES AGREEMENT SHALL BE RESOLVED ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS WITHOUT RESORT TO ANY FORM OF CLASS ACTION AND SHALL NOT BE CONSOLIDATED WITH THE CLAIMS OF ANY OTHER PARTIES. MERCHANT AND GUARANTOR (IF APPLICABLE) FURTHER AGREE TO WAIVE, AND HEREBY WAIVE, THE RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN A CLASS ACTION OR TO LITIGATE OR ARBITRATE ON A CLASS-WIDE BASIS.
This Card Services Agreement may be amended only in writing signed by Global Direct, Member, and Merchant, except that (a) the Card Acceptance Guide and any and all fees, charges, and/or discounts (including without limitation surcharges) may be changed immediately, or (b) Global Direct may mail Merchant either (i) a notice describing amendments to this Card Services Agreement or new services to be provided or fees to be charged to Merchant or (ii) an entirely new agreement, which notice, amendments or new agreement will be binding upon Merchant if it deposits sales or credit slips after the effective date of such amendment or new agreement set forth in Global Direct’s notice.
No provision of this Card Services Agreement shall be deemed waived by any party unless such waiver is in writing and signed by the party against whom enforcement is sought. No failure to exercise, and no delay in exercising on the part of any party hereto, any right, power or privilege under this Card Services Agreement shall operate as a waiver thereof; nor shall any single or partial exercise of any right, power or privilege under this Card Services Agreement preclude any other or further exercise thereof or the exercise of any other right, power, or privilege.
20. EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION.
Merchant authorizes Global Direct to order a credit report on Merchant or any owner, officer, shareholder, partner, proprietor, managing agent or guarantor of Merchant. Merchant hereby authorizes Member or any depository institution to release any financial information concerning Merchant or its accounts to Global Direct. Subsequent credit reports may be ordered in connection with updating, renewing or continuing this Card Services Agreement. Upon the written request of any individual who is the subject of a consumer credit report, Global Direct, as applicable, will provide the name and address of the consumer credit reporting agency furnishing such report, if any. Global Direct may exchange information about Merchant, Merchant’s owners, principals, partners, proprietors, officers, shareholders, managing agents and guarantors with Member, other financial institutions and credit card associations, network organizations and any other party. Merchant hereby authorizes Global Direct to disclose information concerning Merchant’s activity to any card association, network organizations, or any of their member financial institutions, or any other party without any liability whatsoever to Merchant.
If any provision of this Card Services Agreement or portion thereof is held to be unenforceable, such a determination will not affect the remainder of this Card Services Agreement. Paragraph headings are included for convenience only and are not to be used in interpreting this Card Services Agreement.
All notices required by this Card Services Agreement shall be in writing and shall be sent by facsimile, by overnight carrier, or by regular or certified mail. All notices sent to Global Direct, or Member shall be effective upon actual receipt by the Corporate Secretary of Global Payments Direct, Inc., 3550 Lenox Road NE, Suite 3000, Atlanta, GA 30326. Any notices sent to Merchant shall be effective upon the earlier of actual receipt or upon sending such notice to the address provided by Merchant in the Merchant Application or to any other e-mail or physical address to which notices, statements and/or other communications are sent to the Merchant hereunder. The parties hereto may change the name and address of the person to whom notices or other documents required under this Card Services Agreement must be sent at any time by giving written notice to the other party.
This Card Services Agreement, including these Card Services Terms & Conditions and the Merchant Application, constitutes the entire agreement between Merchant, Global Direct, and Member and supersedes all prior memoranda or agreements relating thereto, whether oral or in writing.
24. EFFECTIVE DATE.
This Card Services Agreement shall become effective only upon acceptance by Global Direct, and Member, or upon delivery of indebtedness at such locations as designated by Global Direct for purchase, whichever event shall first occur.
25. DESIGNATION OF DEPOSITORY.
The financial institution set forth in the Merchant Application is designated by Merchant as a depository institution ("Depository") for its credit card indebtedness. Such financial institution must be a member of an Automated Clearing House Association. Merchant authorizes payment for indebtedness purchased hereunder to be made by paying Depository therefore with instructions to credit Merchant’s accounts. Depository, Member, and/or Global Direct may charge any of Merchant’s accounts at Depository for any amount due under this Card Services Agreement. Global Direct must approve in writing any proposed changes to the account numbers or to the Depository. Merchant hereby authorizes Depository to release any and all account information to Global Direct as Global Direct may request without any further authorization, approval or notice from or to Merchant.
26. FINANCIAL ACCOMMODATION.
The acquisition and processing of sales slips hereunder is a financial accommodation and, as such, in the event Merchant becomes a debtor in bankruptcy, this Card Services Agreement cannot be assumed or enforced, and Global Direct, and Member shall be excused from performance hereunder.
27. DEBIT / ATM PROCESSING SERVICES: ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
Debit Sponsor shall act as Merchant’s sponsor with respect to the participation of point-of-sale terminals owned, controlled, and/or operated by Merchant (the "Covered Terminals") in each of the following debit card networks ("Networks"): Accel, AFFN, Alaska Option, CU24, Interlink, Maestro, NYCE, Pulse, Shazam, Star, and Tyme, which Networks may be changed from time-to-time by Debit Sponsor or Global Direct without notice. Merchant may also have access to other debit networks that do not require a sponsor. Global Direct will provide Merchant with the ability to access the Networks at the Covered Terminals for the purpose of authorizing debit card transactions from cards issued by the members of the respective Networks. Global Direct will provide connection to such Networks, terminal applications, settlement, and reporting activities.
Merchant will comply with all federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, and ordinances ("Applicable Laws") and with all by-laws, regulations, rules, and operating guidelines of the Networks ("Network Rules"). Merchant will execute and deliver any application, participation, or membership agreement or other document necessary to enable Debit Sponsor to act as sponsor for Merchant in each Network. Merchant agrees to utilize the debit card Services in accordance with the Card Services Agreement, its exhibits or attachments, and Global Direct’s instructions and specifications (including but not limited to the Card Acceptance Guide which is incorporated into and made a part of this Card Services Agreement), and to provide Global Direct with the necessary data in the proper format to enable Global Direct to properly furnish the Services. Copies of the relevant agreements or operating regulations shall be made available to Merchant upon request.
Merchant shall not in any way indicate that Debit Sponsor endorses Merchant’s activities, products, or services. Debit Sponsor and Merchant are and shall remain independent contractors of one another, and neither they, nor their respective individual employees, shall have or hold themselves out as having any power to bind the other to any third party. Nothing contained in this Section shall be construed to create or constitute a partnership, joint venture, employer-employee, or agency relationship between Debit Sponsor and Merchant.
In the event that Debit Sponsor’s sponsorship of Merchant in any Network is terminated prior to the termination of the Card Services Agreement, Global Direct may assign Debit Sponsor’s rights and obligations hereunder to a third party. All provisions in this Section necessary to enforce the rights and obligations of the parties contained in this Section shall survive the termination of Debit Sponsor’s debit sponsorship of Merchant under the Card Services Agreement. Debit Sponsor may assign this Agreement to any parent, subsidiary, affiliate, or successor-in-interest.
28. MERCHANT ACCEPTANCE OF EBT TRANSACTIONS: ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
Merchant agrees to issue Benefits to Recipients in accordance with the procedures specified herein, and in all documentation and user guides provided to Merchant by Global Direct, as amended from time-to-time (including but not limited to the Card Acceptance Guide which is incorporated into and made a part of this Card Services Agreement); and pursuant to the Quest Operating Rules (the "Rules"), as amended from time-to-time, issued by the National Automated Clearing House Association as approved by the Financial Management Service of the U.S. Treasury Department. Unless otherwise defined herein, all capitalized terms shall have the meanings ascribed them in the Rules. Merchant will provide each recipient a receipt of each Benefit issuance. Merchant will be solely responsible for Merchant’s issuance of Benefits other than in accordance with authorizations. Merchant agrees to comply with all the requirements, laws, rules and regulations pertaining to the delivery of services to Benefit Recipients and Benefit Recipient confidentiality. If Merchant issues FS Benefits under this Card Services Agreement, Merchant represents and warrants to Global Direct that Merchant is an FNS-authorized "Merchant" (as such term is defined in the Rules) and is not currently suspended or disqualified by FNS. Merchant agrees to secure and maintain at its own expense all necessary licenses, permits, franchises, or other authorities required to lawfully effect the issuance and distribution of Benefits under this Card Services Agreement, including without limitation, any applicable franchise tax certificate and non-governmental contractor’s certificate, and covenants that Merchant will not issue Benefits at any time during which Merchant is not in compliance with the requirements of any applicable law. Merchant agrees to hold Global Direct harmless from any costs of compliance or failure to comply with any such obligation by Merchant. Global Direct may terminate or modify the provision of Services to Merchant if any of Global Direct’s agreements with government EBT agencies are terminated for any reason or if any party threatens to terminate services to Global Direct due to some action or inaction on the part of Merchant. If any of these Card Services Terms & Conditions are found to conflict with Federal or State law, regulation or policy of the Rules, these Card Services Terms & Conditions are subject to reasonable amendment by Global Direct, the State or its EBT Service Provider to address such conflict upon ninety (90) days written notice to Merchant, provided that Merchant may, upon written notice, terminate the Card Services Agreement upon receipt of notice of such amendment. Nothing contained herein shall preclude the State from commencing appropriate administrative or legal action against Merchant or for making any referral for such action to any appropriate Federal, State, or local agency. Any references to "State" herein shall mean the State in which Merchant issues Benefits pursuant hereto. If Merchant issues Benefits in more than one State pursuant hereto, then the reference shall mean each such State severally, not jointly.
29. DISCOVER PROGRAM MARKS.
Merchant is hereby granted a limited non-exclusive, non-transferable license to use Discover brands, emblems, trademarks, and/or logos that identify Discover cards (“Discover Program Marks”). Merchant is prohibited from using the Discover Program Marks other than as expressly authorized in writing by Global Direct. Merchant shall not use the Discover Program Marks other than to display decals, signage, advertising and other forms depicting the Discover Program Marks that are provided to Merchant by Global Direct pursuant to this Card Services Agreement or otherwise approved in advance in writing by Global Direct. Merchant may use the Discover Program Marks only to promote the services covered by the Discover Program Marks by using them on decals, indoor and outdoor signs, advertising materials and marketing materials; provided that all such uses by Merchant must be approved in advance by Global Direct in writing. Merchant shall not use the Discover Program Marks in such a way that customers could believe that the products or services offered by Merchant are sponsored or guaranteed by the owners of the Discover Program Marks. Merchant recognizes that it has no ownership rights in the Discover Program Marks and shall not assign to any third party any of the rights to use the Discover Program Marks.
30. AMERICAN EXPRESS CARD ACCEPTANCE.
Merchant hereby acknowledges and agrees that for purposes of acceptance of American Express, the American Express Guide is hereby incorporated by reference into this Card Services Agreement. In addition, Merchant agrees to comply with the terms of all other security and operational guides published by American Express from time to time, including the American Express Data Security Requirements. Merchant hereby authorizes Global Direct to submit American Express transactions to, and receive settlement from, American Express on behalf of Merchant. Merchant must accept the American Express card as payment for goods and services (other than those goods and services prohibited under the American Express Guide sold, or (if applicable) for charitable contributions made, at all of its establishments, except as expressly permitted by state statute. Merchant is jointly and severally liable for the obligations of Merchant’s establishments under the Card Services Agreement. For the avoidance of doubt, “cardholder” as used in this Card Services Agreement shall include Card Members as defined in the American Express Guide.
Merchant hereby acknowledges and agrees that (i) Global Direct may disclose American Express Transaction Data (which for purposes of this Section 30 shall have the same definition as “Transaction Data” in the American Express Guide), Merchant Data (as defined below), and other information about Merchant to American Express, (ii) American Express may use such information to perform its responsibilities in connection with the American Express Program, promote the American Express Network, perform analytics and create reports, and for any other lawful business purpose, including marketing purposes, and
(iii) American Express may use the information obtained in this application at the time of setup to screen and/or monitor Merchant in connection with American Express Card marketing and administrative purposes. If Merchant has provided a wireless phone number in connection with this Card Services Agreement, Merchant hereby agrees that it may be contacted at that number and the communications sent may include autodialed text messages or automated prerecorded calls. If Merchant has provided a fax number, Merchant hereby agrees that it may be sent fax communications. To opt out of American Express-related marketing communications, Merchant may contact Global Direct customer service as described in this Card Services Agreement. For purposes of this Section 30, “Merchant Data” means names, postal and email addresses, tax ID numbers, names and social security numbers of the authorized signer of Merchant and similar identifying information about Merchant. For clarification, Merchant Data does not include American Express Transaction Data.
Merchant hereby agrees that, in the event that Merchant becomes a High Charge Volume Merchant (as defined below), Merchant will be converted to from the American Express Program to a direct American Express Card acceptance relationship with American Express, and upon such conversion, (i) Merchant will be bound by American Express’ then-current card acceptance agreement, and (ii) American Express will set pricing and other fees payable by Merchant for American Express Card acceptance. “High Charge Volume Merchant” for purposes of this Section 30 means an American Express Program Merchant with either (i) greater than $1,000,000 in American Express charge volume in a rolling twelve (12) month period or (ii) greater than $100,000 in American Express charge volume in any three (3) consecutive months. For clarification, if Merchant has multiple establishments, the American Express charge volume from all establishments shall be summed to together when determining whether Merchant has exceeded the thresholds above.
Merchant shall not assign to any third party any American Express-related payments due to it under this Card Services Agreement, and all indebtedness arising from American Express Charges (as defined below) will be for bona fide sales of goods and services (or both) at its establishments (as defined below) and free of liens, claims, and encumbrances other than ordinary sales taxes; provided, however, that Merchant may sell and assign future American Express transaction receivables to Global Direct, its affiliated entities and/or any other cash advance funding source that partners with Global Direct or its affiliated entities, without consent of American Express.
In connection with Merchants acceptance of American Express, Merchant agrees to comply with and be bound by, the rules and regulations imposed by the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council (including without limitation the PCI Data Security Standard). Merchant hereby agrees to report all actual or suspected Data Incidents (as such term is defined in the American Express Data Security Requirements) immediately to Global Direct and American Express immediately upon discovery thereof.
Merchant hereby agrees that American Express shall have third party beneficiary rights, but not obligations, to enforce the Card Services Agreement against Merchant to the extent applicable to American Express processing. Merchant’s termination of American Express card acceptance shall have no direct or indirect effect on Merchant’s rights to accept other card brands. To terminate American Express acceptance, Merchant may contact Global Direct customer service as described in this Card Services Agreement.
Without limiting any other rights provided herein, Global Direct shall have the right to immediately terminate Merchant’s acceptance of American Express cards upon request of American Express. Merchant may not bill or collect from any American Express Card Member for any purchase or payment on the American Express card unless a chargeback has been exercised, Merchant has fully paid for such charge, and it otherwise has the right to do so. Merchant shall use the American Express brand and marks in accordance with the requirements set forth in the American Express Guide.
31. ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES.
Under the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (E-Sign), this Card Services Agreement and all electronically executed documents related hereto are legally binding in the same manner as are hard copy documents executed by hand signature when (1) your electronic signature is associated with the Card Services Agreement and related documents, (2) you consent and intend to be bound by the Card Services Agreement and related documents, and (3) the Card Services Agreement is delivered in an electronic record capable of retention by the recipient at the time of receipt (i.e., print or otherwise store the electronic record). This Card Services Agreement and all related electronic documents shall be governed by the provisions of E-Sign.
By pressing Submit, you agree (i) that the Card Services Agreement and related documents shall be effective by electronic means, (ii) to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Card Services Agreement and related documents, (iii) that you have the ability to print or otherwise store the Card Services Agreement and related documents, and (iv) to authorize us to conduct an investigation of your credit history with various credit reporting and credit bureau agencies for the sole purpose of determining the approval of the applicant for merchant status or equipment leasing. This information is kept strictly confidential and will not be released.
32. SURCHARGES/OTHER FEES.
Merchant pricing appears in the Card Services Fee Schedule of the Merchant Application. T&E merchants (airline, car rental, cruise line, fast food, lodging, restaurant, travel agent, transportation) may have separate rates quoted for consumer and commercial (business) transactions. Transactions that do not clear as priced are subject to surcharges (as outlined in Merchant Application) that are billed back to you on your monthly statement. The most predominant market sectors and transactions types for surcharges appear below; however, such sectors and transaction types are not comprehensive and are subject to change. Most surcharges can be avoided by using a product that supports authorization and market data requirements established by the card associations and that are subject to change from time to time. Some surcharges occur on specific types of cards (including without limitation Visa Rewards Card, Visa Signature Card, Visa Signature Preferred Card, Visa Infinite Card, MasterCard Rewards Card, MasterCard World Card, MasterCard World Elite Card, Discover Rewards Card, Discover Premium Card, Discover Premium Plus Card, and "foreign" cards issued outside the United States). Unless your Card Services Fee Schedule specifically addresses commercial cards (i.e., Business Cards, Corporate Cards, Fleet Cards, GSA Cards, Purchase Cards), you will be billed back for the higher cost of acceptance of commercial cards, unless you are primarily a business-to-business supplier with corresponding pricing based on acceptance of commercial cards. The card associations require that information from the original authorization, including a lifecycle identifier, be retained and returned with subsequent authorizations and/or the settled transaction data.
The card associations validate this information as part of the clearing and settlement process. If authorization data is not retained and returned at settlement, then the transaction will not clear as priced and will incur a surcharge. For more information concerning surcharging and to view market data, you may wish to check the Global Direct website (www.globalpaymentsinc.com) for best practices information and to license Global Access @dvantage (GA@) or Business View for transaction detail review.
The items listed in this Section 32 are not and are not intended to be a comprehensive list of all instances in which surcharges may apply. Surcharges may apply in additional situations. All surcharges may include additional fees assessed by the applicable card association and Member or Global Direct.
In addition, Merchant may be assessed additional fees which will be in addition to the fees stated on the Merchant Application, including the following:
Merchant will also be assessed (a) Cross-Border fees and a U.S. Acquirer Support fee for international MasterCard and Maestro transactions. (b) an International Service Assessment fee and International Acquirer fee for international Visa transactions, and (c) an International Processing fee and International Service fee for international Discover transactions. These fees, which are applicable to transactions between Merchant and a non-U.S. MasterCard, Maestro, Visa, American Express or Discover cardholder will be displayed as a separate item on Merchant’s monthly statement and may include fees assessed by both the applicable card association and Member or Global Direct.
Merchant will also be assessed per transaction access or participation fees and assessment rates for Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover transactions, which will be displayed as a separate item on Merchant’s monthly statement and may include fees by both the applicable card association and Member or Global Direct. Merchant will also be assessed a Discover Network Authorization Fee.
Merchant may also be assessed a PCI DSS Compliance fee, which will appear as a separate item on Merchant’s monthly statement. This fee is assessed by Member and Global Direct in connection with Member and Global Direct’s efforts to comply with the PCI Data Security Standard and does not ensure Merchant’s compliance with the PCI Data Security Standard or any law, rule or regulation related to cardholder data security. The payment of such fee shall not relieve Merchant of its responsibility to comply with all rules and regulations related to cardholder data security, including without limitation the PCI Data Security Standard. Merchant may also be assessed a PCI DSS Non-Compliance fee until they validate compliance or confirm they are using a PA DSS Validated payment application. Merchant will also be assessed the following fees on or related to Visa transactions: the Visa Misuse of Authorization System fee, which will be assessed on authorizations that are approved but never settled with the Merchant’s daily batch, the Visa Zero Floor Limit Fee, which will be assessed on settled transactions that were not authorized, the Visa Zero Dollar Verification fee, which will be assessed on transactions where Merchant requested an address verification response without an authorization, the Visa Transaction Integrity fee, which will be assessed on Visa signature debit and prepaid transactions that fail to meet processing and transaction standards defined by Visa, and a monthly fee based on the number of card present Merchant locations by Merchant taxpayer identification number and/or all Visa volume processed by a Merchant’s taxpayer identification number. Merchant will also be assessed a MasterCard CVC2 Transaction fee and the MasterCard Misuse of Authorization System fee, which will be assessed on authorizations that are approved but never settled with the Merchant’s daily batch or not properly reversed within 120 days, and an acceptance and licensing fee that will be applied to the Merchant’s total U.S. MasterCard sales volume. These fees will be displayed as separate items on Merchant’s monthly statement, provided that the acceptance and licensing fee may be included with Merchant’s MasterCard assessment fees, and may include fees assessed by both the applicable card association and Member or Global Direct.
SURCHARGES FOR PREDOMINANT MARKET SECTORS
Retail/Restaurant Electronic Merchant
If you are a Retail Merchant or a Restaurant Merchant with retail-only pricing (no Business Card Rate) and utilize a certified terminal product or electronic system or the payment application provided by Global Direct or its partner, which is designed for authorization and settlement through Global Direct, each consumer card transaction you submit which meets all of the following requirements will be priced at the rate quoted. Each transaction not processed as outlined, including without limitation retail commercial card transactions in addition to transactions using Visa Rewards Card, Visa Signature Card, Visa Signature Preferred Card, Visa Infinite Card, MasterCard Rewards Card, MasterCard World Card, MasterCard World Elite Card, Discover Rewards Card, Discover Premium Card, Discover Premium Plus Card and all Commercial Cards, will be priced at the rate quoted plus the applicable surcharge rate quoted in the Merchant Application.
Supermarket Electronic Merchant
If you are an approved (certified) supermarket merchant and utilize a terminal or electronic system for authorization and settlement through Global Direct, each transaction you submit which meets all of the following requirements will be priced at the rate(s) quoted for Supermarket Credit Card and Supermarket Check Card. Each transaction not processed as outlined, in addition to transactions using Visa Rewards Card, Visa Signature Card, Visa Signature Preferred Card, Visa Infinite Card, MasterCard Rewards Card, MasterCard World Card, MasterCard World Elite, Discover Rewards Card, Discover Premium Card, Discover Premium Plus Card and commercial cards, will be priced at the rate quoted plus the applicable surcharge rate quoted in the Merchant Application.
Purchase Card Electronic Merchant
If you are a Purchase Card Merchant (non-magnetic swipe read transactions) and utilize a certified terminal product or electronic system for authorization and settlement through Global Direct, each transaction you submit which meets the following requirements will be priced at the rate quoted. Each Visa transaction not processed as outlined, but transmitted same day or next day via your terminal/electronic system, will be priced at the rate quoted plus the applicable surcharge rate quoted in the Merchant Application. Each Visa business and commercial card transaction will be priced at the rate quoted plus the applicable surcharge rate quoted in the Merchant Application. Any other transaction that does not meet the following requirements, including without limitation foreign transactions, tax- exempt Visa Commercial transactions, Visa Rewards Card, Visa Signature Card, Visa Signature Preferred Card, Visa Infinite Card, MasterCard Rewards Card, MasterCard World Card, MasterCard World Elite Card, Discover Rewards Card, Discover Premium Card, and Discover Premium Plus Card will be priced at the rate quoted plus the applicable surcharge rate quoted in the Merchant Application.
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Intellectual Property Rights
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You must not:
Republish material from our website without prior written consent.
Sell or rent material from our website.
Reproduce, duplicate, create derivative, copy or otherwise exploit material on our website for any purpose.
Redistribute any content from our website, including on another website.
You agree to use our website only for lawful purposes, and in a way that does not infringe the rights of, restrict or inhibit anyone else”s use and enjoyment of the website. Prohibited behavior includes harassing or causing distress or inconvenience to any other user, transmitting obscene or offensive content or disrupting the normal flow of dialogue within our website.
You must not use our website to send unsolicited commercial communications. You must not use the content on our website for any marketing related purpose without our express written consent.
We may in the future need to restrict access to parts (or all) of our website and reserve full rights to do so. If, at any point, we provide you with a username and password for you to access restricted areas of our website, you must ensure that both your username and password are kept confidential.
Use of Testimonials
In accordance to with the FTC guidelines concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, please be aware of the following:
Testimonials that appear on this site are actually received via text, audio or video submission. They are individual experiences, reflecting real life experiences of those who have used our products and/or services in some way. They are individual results and results do vary. We do not claim that they are typical results. The testimonials are not necessarily representative of all of those who will use our products and/or services.
The testimonials displayed in any form on this site (text, audio, video or other) are reproduced verbatim, except for correction of grammatical or typing errors. Some may have been shortened. In other words, not the whole message received by the testimonial writer is displayed when it seems too long or not the whole statement seems relevant for the general public – the opinions are strictly the views of the testimonial source.
The testimonials are never intended to make claims that our products and/or services can be used to diagnose, treat, cure, mitigate or prevent any disease. Any such claims, implicit or explicit, in any shape or form, have not been clinically tested or evaluated.
How Do We Protect Your Information and Secure Information Transmissions?
Email is not recognized as a secure medium of communication. For this reason, we request that you do not send private information to us by email. However, doing so is allowed, but at your own risk. Some of the information you may enter on our website may be transmitted securely via a secure medium known as Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL. Credit Card information and other sensitive information is never transmitted via email.
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For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, uses software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.
Disclaimer and Limitation of Liability
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All the materials on this site are provided “as is” without any express or implied warranty of any kind, including warranties of merchantability, noninfringement of intellectual property or fitness for any particular purpose. In no event shall or its agents or associates be liable for any damages whatsoever (including, without limitation, damages for loss of profits, business interruption, loss of information, injury or death) arising out of the use of or inability to use the materials, even if has been advised of the possibility of such loss or damages.
We are committed to conducting our business in accordance with these principles in order to ensure that the confidentiality of personal information is protected and maintained.
If you have any questions regarding this policy, or your dealings with our website, please contact us here:
help [ at ] pymtpos.com
Processing Time: Orders placed for in-stock items before 1pm Central Time are shipped within 2 business days.
Shipping Time: Standard shipping is Ground Service from Birmingham, AL this would be 1-5 days in the lower 48 US, Alaska and Hawaii add 2-3 additional days. Priority shipping is 2-day service to the Lower 48, Alaska and Hawaii add 2-3 additional days. Shipping cost will be quoted in realtime on the checkout page.
All Products have a 21 day return policy with a 15% restocking fee if opened. Returned goods must be returning in good working order.
Shipping damage must be reported within 24 hours of delivery.