Terms and Conditions
Gourmet Afrik Legal Policy
Last Updated: January 11, 2023
THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CONTAIN A BINDING ARBITRATION CLAUSE AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER THAT IMPACT YOUR RIGHTS ABOUT HOW TO RESOLVE DISPUTES. IF YOU LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES, PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY.
By accessing and browsing any website (including, without limitation, mobile websites) on which these terms reside (collectively the “Site”), you accept, without limitation or qualification, the terms, conditions, policies and notices contained on this page (“Terms”).
Gourmet Afrik LLC (“Gourmet Afrik”) may, in its sole discretion, and at any time, discontinue this Site or any part thereof, with or without notice, or may prevent your use of this Site with or without notice to you. You agree that you do not have any rights in this Site and that Gourmet Afrik will have no liability to you if this Site is discontinued or your ability to access the Site or any content you may have posted on the Site is terminated. You further agree that Gourmet Afrik will not be liable for any modification or suspension of the Site.
Content Ownership. The content or other materials on the Site including, but not limited to, all text, audio, images and other materials or elements (collectively the “Content”) are owned and copyrighted by Gourmet Afrik and its licensors with all rights reserved. You have no right to use and shall not use the Content, except as provided in these Terms, without the prior written permission of Gourmet Afrik.
All trademarks, trade names and logos and all related product names, design marks and slogans which appear on the Site (the “Marks”) are either the trademarks or service marks (registered or unregistered) of Gourmet Afrik or its licensors unless otherwise stated herein. Gourmet Afrik and its licensors expressly reserve all intellectual property rights in all Content on the Site. You have no right to use and shall not use such Marks contained on the Site without prior written permission of Gourmet Afrik.
In its sole discretion, Gourmet Afrik or its licensors may seek to enforce their intellectual property rights to the fullest extent of the law, including the possibility of seeking criminal prosecution.
User Conduct. Gourmet Afrik maintains the Site for your personal entertainment, information, education, and communication only and grants you a limited license to use the Site and to download Content solely for noncommercial, personal use; provided, however, that you retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained on the Content, that you do not distribute, modify, copy (except as set forth above), transmit, display, reuse, reproduce, publish, license, create derivative works from, transfer, sell or otherwise use Content without the prior written permission of Gourmet Afrik, and that you do not download or use any images of people or places (“Images”) displayed on the Site for any purpose. The download or use of any such Images by you, or anyone else authorized by you, is prohibited unless specifically permitted by the prior written authorization of Gourmet Afrik. Any unauthorized use of such Images may violate copyright laws, trademark laws, the laws of privacy and publicity, and related communications regulations and statutes.
From time to time on certain areas of our Site you may be able to submit written posts and certain other materials (“User Content”). By using these features, you agree that you will not post any content that is unlawful, harmful, tortious, defamatory, libelous, obscene, invasive of the privacy of another person, threatening, harassing, abusive, hateful, racist, infringing, pornographic, violent or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate as determined by Gourmet Afrik; that you will not post any content that contains personal information about any individual, violates the privacy/publicity of any other individual or entity, or anything that you are under a contractual obligation to keep private or confidential; that you will not impersonate any person or organization, including without limitation, the personnel of Gourmet Afrik, or misrepresent an affiliation with another person or organization; and you will not post any content that contains viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may adversely affect the operation of the Site, or feature of the Site. You further understand and agree that you have no ownership rights to any account you may have with us or other access to the Site or features therein. Gourmet Afrik may cancel your account and delete all User Content associated with your account at any time, and without notice, if Gourmet Afrik deems that you have violated these Terms, the law, or for any other reason. Gourmet Afrik assumes no liability for any information removed from our Site, and reserves the right to permanently restrict access to the Site or a user account.
Content Submitted by Users. Any User Content and any other communication or material you transmit to Gourmet Afrik at or through the Site or any social media pages that Gourmet Afrik controls, including any data, questions, comments, suggestions, or the like is, and will be treated as, non-confidential and non-proprietary. By displaying, publishing, or otherwise posting any User Content on or through the Site or any social media pages that Gourmet Afrik controls, you hereby grant to Gourmet Afrik a non-exclusive, sub-licensable, worldwide, fully-paid, royalty free license to use, modify, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce, and distribute such User Content in any and all media now known or hereinafter developed without the requirement to make payment to you or to any third party or the need to seek any third party permission. This license includes the right to host, index, cache, distribute, and tag any User Content, as well as the right to sublicense User Content to third parties, including other users, for use on other media or platforms known or hereinafter developed. You continue to retain all ownership rights in your User Content, and you continue to have the right to use your User Content in any way you choose, subject to these Terms and the license described herein. You represent and warrant that you own the content submitted, displayed, published or posted by you on the Site or social media page and otherwise have the right to grant the license set forth herein, and the displaying, publishing or posting of any content you submit, and our use thereof does not and will not violate the privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, trademark rights, patents, contract rights or any other intellectual property rights or other rights of any person or entity.
Gourmet Afrik does not endorse, verify, evaluate or guarantee any information provided by users and nothing shall be considered as an endorsement, verification or guarantee of any User Content. You shall not create or distribute information, including but not limited to advertisements, press releases or other marketing materials, or include links to any sites which contain or suggest an endorsement by Gourmet Afrik without the prior review and written approval of Gourmet Afrik.
You agree to indemnify and hold Gourmet Afrik, its parents, subsidiaries, officers, employees, agents, and website contractors and each of their officers, employees and agents harmless from any claims, damages and expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs, related to your violation of these Terms, or any violations thereof by your dependents or which arises from the use of User Content you submitted, posted, or otherwise provided to Gourmet Afrik or this Site.
Copyright Complaints. Gourmet Afrik respects the intellectual property of others. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide Gourmet Afrik’ designated agent with the following information. Please be advised that to be effective, your notice must include ALL of the following:
An electronic of physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest;
A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;
The location on the Site of the material that you claim is infringing;
Your address, telephone number, and email address;
A statement that your claim of infringement is based on a good faith belief; and
A statement made under penalty of perjury that the information you have provided is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.
Gourmet Afrik’ designated agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement on the Site can be reached as follows:
Links to Third Party Sites. The Site may contain links to other Internet sites not under the ownership or editorial control of Gourmet Afrik. Such links are provided for your convenience only and are not express or implied warranties, endorsements or approvals by Gourmet Afrik of any products, services, advice or information available from such sites. Gourmet Afrik does not warrant and specifically disclaims any and all responsibility or liability for your use of such sites and you hereby release Gourmet Afrik and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors and agents from any and all such responsibility or liability for the same. If you establish a link to such sites, you do so at your own risk and without the permission of Gourmet Afrik. Check the Uniform Resources Locator (“URL”) address provided in your Worldwide Web browser to see if you are still in a Gourmet Afrik Site or have moved to another third-party site.
EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY. NEITHER GOURMET AFRIK NOR ANY OF ITS SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, NOR ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE AGENTS WILL BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR INJURY THAT ACCOMPANY OR RESULT FROM YOUR USE OF ANY GOURMET AFRIK SITE AND YOUR USE OF ANY GOURMET AFRIK SITE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. THIS INCLUDES (BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO) DAMAGES OR INJURY CAUSED BY ANY OF THE FOLLOWING: USE OF (OR INABILITY TO USE) THE SITE; USE OF (OR INABILITY TO USE) ANY SITE TO WHICH YOU HYPERLINK FROM OUR SITE; FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE; ERROR; OMISSION; INTERRUPTION; DEFECT; DELAY IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION; COMPUTER VIRUS; LINE FAILURE; INTRUSION, HACKING OR VIOLATION OF ANY GOURMET AFRIK SITE BY ANY THIRD PARTY; OR ANY ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES OF ANY THIRD PARTIES. GOURMET AFRIK DOES NOT WARRANT THE SECURITY OF ANY INFORMATION YOU TRANSMIT TO IT AT ANY GOURMET AFRIK SITE.
GOURMET AFRIK IS NOT LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING: DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF DATA, LOSS OF USE, OR OTHER DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY RELATED TO THE USE OF THE SITE OR THE CONTENT THEREIN WHETHER BASED IN CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. FURTHERMORE, GOURMET AFRIK IS NOT LIABLE EVEN IF IT HAS BEEN NEGLIGENT OR IF OUR AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES OR BOTH.
THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU TO THE EXTENT THAT APPLICABLE LAW MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY OR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES.
GOURMET AFRIK’ TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ALL LOSSES, DAMAGES, CAUSES OF ACTION OR OTHERWISE WILL NOT BE GREATER THAN THE AMOUNT THAT YOU PAID TO ACCESS THE SITE.
DISCLAIMER. THE CONTENT OF ANY GOURMET AFRIK SITE IS PROVIDED “AS IS, AS AVAILABLE” AND GOURMET AFRIK DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING WARRANTIES:
THE CONTENT IS OF ANY PARTICULAR LEVEL OF QUALITY OR FIT FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE;
THE CONTENT IS ERROR-FREE AND ACCURATE;
THE FUNCTIONAL ELEMENTS CONTAINED IN THE CONTENT WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE;
DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED;
THE SITE OR THE SERVERS THAT MAKE THEM AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS;
SUCCESSFUL RESULTS OR OUTCOMES WILL RESULT FROM PROPERLY FOLLOWING ANY INSTRUCTIONS, DIRECTIONS OR RECIPES CONTAINED IN THE CONTENT;
THE CONTENT ON THIS SITE IS NON-INFRINGING; AND/OR
THE SITE IS SECURE FROM TAMPERING, HACKING OR INTRUSION BY THIRD PARTIES.
IN ADDITION TO THE ABOVE YOU (AND NOT GOURMET AFRIK) ASSUME THE ENTIRE COST OF ALL NECESSARY SERVICING, REPAIR OR CORRECTION OF ANY EQUIPMENT, HARDWARE, SOFTWARE OR OTHER ITEMS NECESSARY TO USE THE SITE OR VIEW THE CONTENT.
EXCEPTION: IN CERTAIN STATES, THE LAW MAY NOT ALLOW US TO DISCLAIM OR EXCLUDE WARRANTIES, SO ONE OR MORE OF THE ABOVE DISCLAIMERS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
Export Control. Software and other materials from the Site may be subject to United States Export Control. The United States Export Control laws prohibit the export of certain technical data and software to certain territories. No software from the Site may be downloaded or exported in violation of any such laws. Gourmet Afrik does not authorize the exportation of any software or technical data from the Site to any jurisdiction prohibited by the United States Export laws.
Cautionary Language Regarding Forward Looking Information. The Site may contain statements, estimates or projections that constitute, “forward-looking statements” as defined under U.S. federal securities laws. Generally, the words “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “project,” “will” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which generally are not historical in nature. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from Gourmet Afrik’ historical experience and its present expectations or projections. These risks include, but are not limited to, Gourmet Afrik’ ability to finance expansion or acquisition plans, share repurchase programs and general operating activities; changes in the applicable business environment, including actions of competitors and changes in consumer preferences; regulatory and legal changes; fluctuations in the cost and availability of raw materials; interest rate and currency fluctuations; changes in economic and political conditions; our ability to penetrate developing and emerging markets; the effectiveness of our advertising and marketing programs; litigation uncertainties; adverse weather conditions; and other risks discussed in Gourmet Afrik’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including its Annual Report on Form 10-K, which filings are available from the SEC. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Gourmet Afrik undertakes no obligations to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.
Health Related Information. Information accessible on this Site is for information only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Gourmet Afrik does not endorse or warrant the validity of any such health related statements contained on the Site or any such information contained in third party sites referenced in the Site. Information is general in nature and may be helpful to some persons but not others, depending upon their personal medical needs. You should always consult with your physician prior to changing or undertaking a new diet or exercise program. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on the Site.
Site Security. Users are prohibited from violating or attempting to violate the security of the Site, including without limitation, (a) accessing data not intended for such user or logging onto a server or an account which the user is not authorized to access; (b) attempting to probe, scan or test the vulnerability of a system or network or to breach security or authentication measures without proper authorization; (c) attempting to interfere with service to any user, host or network, including, without limitation, via means of submitting a virus to the Site, overloading, flooding, spamming, mailbombing or crashing; (d) sending unsolicited e-mail, including promotions and/or advertising of products or services; (e) forging any TCP/IP packet header or any part of the header information in any e-mail or newsgroup posting; (f) by using any device, software or routine to interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Site or any activity being conducted on the Site; or (g) by using or attempting to use any engine, software, tool, agent or other device or mechanism (including, without limitation browsers, spiders, robots, avatars or intelligent agents) to navigate or search the Site other than the search engine and search agents available from Gourmet Afrik on this Site and other than generally available third party web browsers (e.g., Netscape Navigator, Microsoft Explorer). Violations of system or network security may result in civil or criminal liability. Gourmet Afrik may investigate occurrences that potentially involve such violations and may involve, and cooperate with, law enforcement authorities in prosecuting users who are involved in such violations.
YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU ARE VOLUNTARILY AND KNOWINGLY FORFEITING YOUR RIGHT TO A TRIAL BY JURY AND TO OTHERWISE PROCEED IN A LAWSUIT IN STATE OR FEDERAL COURT.
The arbitration may be conducted in Chicago, Illinois or, upon the plaintiff’s request, in the city closest to plaintiff’s location where JAMS maintains an office, unless the parties agree otherwise in writing. The arbitrator’s award shall be final and binding on all parties subject to these Terms and may be entered as a judgment in any court of competent jurisdiction.
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, to the extent the Dispute arises from: (a) a violation of your or Gourmet Afrik’s intellectual property rights in any manner; (b) any claim related to, or arising from, allegations of theft, piracy, unauthorized use or a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act; or (c) any claim for equitable relief; then both parties agree that a party may seek injunctive remedies (or an equivalent type of urgent legal relief) in a Delaware state or federal court, consistent with the “Choice of Law” clause in section 16 below, and both parties consent to exclusive jurisdiction and venue in such courts. In addition to the foregoing, either party may assert an individual action in small claims court for Claims that are within the scope of such court’s jurisdiction in lieu of arbitration.
Choice of Law. Any claim relating in any way to these Terms and your use of this Site is governed by the laws of the State of Delaware in the United States of America, without regard to its choice of law provisions. For any claims not subject to the terms of the Binding Arbitration clause in section 15 above, the parties agree that jurisdiction and venue in any legal proceeding relating in any way to these Terms or this Site shall be in the state or federal courts located in Delaware.
Class Waiver. To the fullest extent permissible under applicable law, all Claims shall be resolved by binding confidential arbitration on an individual basis. You expressly agree that no other Claims shall be consolidated or joined with your Claims, whether through class arbitration proceedings or otherwise.
YOU AND Gourmet Afrik AGREE THAT THERE IS NO RIGHT OR AUTHORITY FOR ANY CLAIM TO BE ARBITRATED ON A CLASS-ACTION BASIS OR TO UTILIZE CLASS ACTION PROCEDURES; THERE IS NO RIGHT OR AUTHORITY FOR ANY DISPUTE TO BE BROUGHT IN A PURPORTED REPRESENTATIVE CAPACITY OR AS A PRIVATE ATTORNEY GENERAL; AND NO ARBITRATION SHALL BE JOINED WITH ANY OTHER ARBITRATION.
General Terms. These Terms constitute the entire agreement between you and Gourmet Afrik and governs your use of any Gourmet Afrik Site. The failure of Gourmet Afrik to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms shall not constitute a wavier of any such right or provision. If any provision of these Terms is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid then such provision shall be eliminated from the Terms and the surviving terms shall remain in full force and effect. Any claims arising under these Terms must be brought within one (1) year after such claim or action or action arose or be forever barred.
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