8x8 Virtual Office and Virtual Contact Center Service Terms
(Last updated on November 5, 2018)
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1. APPLICABILITY AND CONFLICT
These 8x8 Virtual Office and Virtual Contact Center Service Terms and all content expressly incorporated herein (these “Terms”) apply with respect to all SaaS and Project Services (“Services”) and all equipment ordered or provided under the Agreement (such equipment, “Ordered Equipment”; such Services and equipment, “Ordered Products”). In the event of any conflict among the components of these Terms, the following order of precedence shall apply: (a) the 8x8 Virtual Office and Virtual Contact Center Regional Terms included at the end hereof (the “Regional Terms”) (which are incorporated herein) (b) the 8x8 Virtual Office and Virtual Contact Center Use Policy (available at www.8x8.com/terms-and-conditions/use-policy) (the “Use Policy”) (which is incorporated herein), and (c) the other components of these Terms.
2. SaaS SERVICES
2.1. Ordering SaaS Services. The entity identified as the “Customer” in the Service Agreement (“Customer”) may order SaaS Services under the Agreement, in each case by entering into a written order for the same with 8x8, Inc. (“8x8”) or its Affiliate pursuant to the Agreement (such orders, “Orders”; such SaaS Services, the “Ordered SaaS Services”). Orders shall be deemed entered into by, and shall become effective and legally binding on, the Parties upon execution by Customer. Upon placement of an Order, the applicable Ordered SaaS Services shall be provisioned, a tenant and account shall be automatically created for Customer, and Customer’s designated administrator shall receive email instructions and credentials necessary to access such Ordered SaaS Services, assign lines and/or seats to individual users, and otherwise enable Customer to access and use such Ordered SaaS Services (“Provisioning”).
2.2. 8x8 Responsibilities With Respect to SaaS Services.
2.2.1 SaaS Services Availability. 8x8 shall, itself or through one or more of its vendors, subcontractors, or other service-providers (each, a “Partner” of 8x8) or Affiliates, (a) make the Ordered SaaS Services (which shall substantially conform to the applicable Documentation) available to Customer during the Effective Period as set forth in, and subject to the terms and conditions of, the Agreement and (b) provide standard support for Ordered SaaS Services via telephone, email, and web chat during 8x8’s regular business hours.
2.2.2 SaaS Services Pricing Commitment. The Service Fee and Regulatory Fee rates for Ordered SaaS Services shall be as set forth in the applicable Order, and such rates may not be increased during the then-current Initial Term or renewal term (each a “Term”). In addition, such rates may not be increased for any subsequent Term, except with notice to Customer at least sixty (60) days prior to the commencement of such Term and by no more than five percent (5%) above the rates in effect at the end of the immediately preceding Term, provided that (a) where the Agreement is continued on a month-to-month basis, such rates shall track full list price and (b) and such five percent (5%) cap shall not apply to Regulatory Fee rates where 8x8’s related costs have substantially increased. Finally, when Customer orders Ordered SaaS Services for the first time in a country, such order shall establish the Service Fee and Regulatory Fee rates that 8x8 must offer for future Orders of the same Ordered SaaS Services in that country, provided that such established rates shall increase in parallel with any increases under the immediately preceding sentence.
2.2.3 Changes to Ordered SaaS Services. 8x8 may not change Ordered SaaS Services in any way that materially reduces their overall functionality or security (based on customary usage in the United States (“US”), the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada (the “Primary Market”)), except with Customer’s written approval. 8x8 may, however, make other changes or perform upgrades to Ordered SaaS Services, provided that 8x8 shall provide advance notice to Customer of any such change or upgrade if reasonably practicable or otherwise promptly thereafter.
2.2.4 Content and Data Protection. 8x8 shall implement and maintain commercially reasonable administrative, physical, and technical safeguards to protect the content of all communications transmitted, received, and/or stored through any Ordered SaaS Services (Customer’s “Content”) from unauthorized access and use. Customer shall remain the owner of its Content. The Parties acknowledge and agree that (a) 8x8’s and its Affiliates’ role with respect to Customer’s Content, if any, shall be that of a passive conduit and (b) neither 8x8 nor any of its Affiliates or Partners shall be responsible for or have any involvement in determining or creating such Content or determining the recipients or destinations of any communications through Ordered SaaS Services.
2.3. Customer Responsibilities With Respect to SaaS Services
2.3.1 Customer Subscription Commitment. AS A MATERIAL COMMITMENT UPON WHICH PRICING AND OTHER TERMS OF THE AGREEMENT ARE BASED, CUSTOMER SHALL BE OBLIGATED TO PAY (IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 7 (PAYMENT)) ALL SERVICE FEES, REGULATORY FEES, AND TAXES RELATED TO ORDERED SaaS SERVICES FOR THE ENTIRE “INITIAL TERM” IDENTIFIED IN THE SERVICE AGREEMENT (THE “INITIAL TERM”) AND EACH RENEWAL TERM (CUSTOMER’S “SUBSCRIPTION COMMITMENT”), provided that Customer may reduce in quantity or downgrade (e.g., to a tier with a lower Service Fee rate) Ordered SaaS Services for the next renewal term by providing notice of the same to 8x8 at least forty-five (45) days before the start of such renewal term (“Reduce” or a “Reduction”). Such amounts shall be billed monthly, at or near the beginning of the applicable calendar month, provided that when Ordered SaaS Services are ordered, 8x8 or its Affiliate may bill the first thirty (30) days of such amounts for such Ordered SaaS Services at or near the time of order.
2.3.2 Usage. Customer shall be responsible for, and shall pay in accordance with Section 7 (Payment), any applicable usage charges of the sort set forth at the time of such usage at www.8x8.com/terms-and-conditions/usage.
2.3.3 Use Policy Compliance. Customer accepts and agrees to the Use Policy and shall fulfill all of its obligations, representations, warranties, and covenants thereunder.
2.3.4 Registration Information. Customer shall be responsible for the accuracy and legality of all account, Agent, and registration information (including without limitation Customer’s legal name and payment information, Customer/Agent contact information, and any personal data included therein) (“Registration Information”) and the means of its acquisition.
2.3.5 Network Requirements. Customer shall be responsible for ensuring that all aspects of the applicable network environment(s) adhere to the applicable standards and requirements specified in the Documentation and are configured appropriately to its proposed use of Ordered SaaS Services.
2.4. SaaS Services Limitations. Customer acknowledges and agrees that (a) the Ordered SaaS Services will not be uninterrupted, error-free, or available one-hundred percent (100%) of the time (e.g., they may be unavailable during periods of planned or unplanned downtime and communications may not always be delivered to their intended destination or without loss of data), (b) a single log-in is provided for each 8x8 Virtual Office extension, and, except with respect to conference and other extensions specifically designed for conference or multi-party use (“Conference Extensions”), such log-in and extension is provided solely for use by a single Agent, (c) data transmitted or stored through the SaaS Services may be exported therefrom in a variety of ways (including without limitation via third-party integrations, other features that interoperate with third-party offerings, or local or external download), (d) the SaaS Services are not intended to and should not be used for back-up or long-term storage of data, and (e) 8x8 shall not be responsible for any such exported data or any loss of such stored data. Use of 8x8 mobile applications may utilize underlying third-party cellular and/or data services and thus may use such services’ allotted units and/or result in usage or other charges associated with such third-party services.
2.5. Third-Party Offerings and Integrations. Customer’s relationship and dealings (including without limitation any collection or use of data) with providers of non-8x8 offerings that interoperate with the SaaS Services (e.g., third-party applications for which SaaS Services integrations are available) or that are used in connection with the SaaS Services (e.g., broadband, MPLS, and equipment leasing services) (“Providers”) shall in each case be governed by Customer’s agreement with the applicable Provider and shall be outside the scope of the Agreement. In no event shall 8x8 be liable or responsible (a) under any such agreement or for any act or omission of any Provider or any operation of its offering (e.g., any accessing, modification, or deletion of data), regardless of whether 8x8 endorses, refers Customer to, approves of Customer’s use of, or agrees to bill and/or collect behalf of such Provider or designates any such offering as “certified,” “approved,” “recommended,” etc., (b) for supporting any such third-party offering, or (c) (except as expressly set forth in an SOW) for ensuring the continued availability or operation of any such offering or any SaaS Services integrations or other features designed to interoperate therewith, which such integrations or features may be discontinued at any time.
2.6. Suspension and Restriction. In addition to 8x8’s other rights and remedies under the Agreement, 8x8 may (a) suspend some or all of the Ordered SaaS Services where (i) 8x8 reasonably determines that such suspension is necessary to avoid actual or likely harm or damages to, or liability for, any party, provided that 8x8 shall promptly notify Customer of such suspension (in advance, if practicable) and Customer shall not be liable for any fees for such Ordered SaaS Services for the period of such suspension if not due to Customer’s breach of the Agreement or (ii) Customer has materially breached the Agreement and, if such breach is reasonably capable of cure, has not cured such breach within thirty (30) days of 8x8’s notification to Customer of such suspension and/or (b) place reasonable limitations or restrictions on the use of any Ordered SaaS Services that are being used in violation of the Use Policy. Except as set forth in the foregoing clause (a), no such action by 8x8 shall relieve Customer of any of its obligations under the Agreement.
3.1. Ordering Equipment. Customer may order equipment, in each case by entering into an Order. The pricing for Ordered Equipment shall be as set forth in the Order under which it was ordered. Equipment-related pricing, discounts, and promotions (e.g., free shipping) provided in an Order shall apply solely to the particular equipment ordered under that Order, and 8x8 makes no commitment and shall have no obligation with respect to future pricing for or availability of equipment.
3.2. 8x8 Responsibilities With Respect to Equipment. 8x8 shall, itself or through its Affiliates or Partners, provide the Ordered Equipment to Customer and pass through to Customer a twelve- (12-) month warranty (or an extended warranty if permitted by the manufacturer) therefor. Customer may return any defective Ordered Equipment covered by warranty by obtaining a return authorization number from 8x8 and thereafter returning the Ordered Equipment in its original packaging or equivalent to the address specified by 8x8, in which case 8x8 shall replace the Ordered Equipment at no charge and pay the reasonable associated shipping costs.
3.3. Customer Responsibilities With Respect to Equipment. Customer shall, in accordance with Section 7 (Payment), pay for all Ordered Equipment at the pricing set forth in the applicable Order and for all shipping and related charges. All shipments of Ordered Equipment shall be F.C.A. (free carrier), and title and risk of loss or damage shall pass to Customer upon delivery to the carrier. Customer shall be deemed the importer of Ordered Equipment for all purposes. Customer shall be responsible for all lost, stolen, or broken equipment (except to the extent covered by warranty), and for ensuring that any externally-acquired equipment used with Ordered SaaS Services is in reasonable working condition and configured in accordance with 8x8’s technical requirements.
3.4. Equipment Financing Plans. Where Customer orders Ordered Equipment pursuant to an Extended Payment Plan or similar financing option (an “EPP”), Customer shall pay for such Ordered Equipment according to such EPP’s schedule and for such EPP’s entire term, which shall be (a) as set forth in the applicable Order or (b) monthly and twenty-four (24) months if not set forth therein. Customer may terminate any EPP for convenience with thirty (30) days’ advance notice to 8x8. In the event of termination of any EPP for any reason, all unpaid amounts owed thereunder shall become immediately due and payable.
4. PROJECT SERVICES
8x8 may from time to time, in each case in its sole discretion, offer to perform work for Customer related to the configuration or customization of Ordered SaaS Services, network assessments, Agent training, or similar work or services (“Project Services”). Customer may order Project Services under the Agreement (“Ordered Project Services”), in each case by entering into an Order and/or written statement of work for the same with 8x8 or its Affiliate (an “SOW”). 8x8 shall, itself or through its Affiliates or Partners, perform the Ordered Project Services in a professional and workmanlike manner, with reasonable skill and care, and in accordance with the terms of the applicable SOW (which shall set forth the other terms and pricing related to the Ordered Project Services ordered thereunder), provided that Customer’s sole and exclusive remedies for 8x8’s breach of this sentence shall be as set forth in the applicable SOW. Customer shall pay all fees and other amounts set forth in the applicable Order and/or SOW for Ordered Project Services, in accordance with Section 7 (Payment) and any other terms set forth in such SOW.
5. ORDERS AND PARTY AFFILIATES; 8x8 SUBCONTRACTING
8x8 may, in each case in its sole discretion, (a) permit an Affiliate of Customer to order Ordered Products, in which case, with respect to such orders, (i) references to “Customer” in the Agreement shall be deemed to include such Customer Affiliate (as well as Customer) and (ii) Customer shall remain fully, including jointly and severally, liable under the Agreement, (b) designate an 8x8 Affiliate to enter into one or more Orders or SOWs with Customer, in which case, with respect to such Orders or SOWs (unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Parties), (1) the Agreement’s references to “8x8” shall include such 8x8 Affiliate (as well as 8x8) (provided that the 8x8 Affiliate shall be deemed to be the service provider under such Orders or SOWs) and (2) 8x8 shall remain fully, including jointly and severally, liable under the Agreement, and (c) subcontract for the performance of 8x8’s obligations under the Agreement, provided that 8x8 shall remain responsible for performance of such obligations and for such subcontractors’ actions or omissions in performing such obligations.
Customer shall be liable and responsible for, and shall pay in accordance with Section 7 (Payment), all taxes, levies, imports, exports, customs, duties, charges, fees or similar governmental assessments, including value-added tax, sales, use, withholding, public utility, or universal service taxes or fees, and emergency services surcharges (i.e., 911, E911, 999, etc.) assessed or assessable by any governmental, fiscal, or other authority, or recoverable by 8x8, in respect of Ordered Products, other than those assessable against 8x8 based solely on its income (collectively, “Taxes”). Any Taxes set forth in the Agreement shall be solely non-binding estimates. In order to assert an exemption from any Tax, Customer must deliver to 8x8 a valid tax exemption certificate authorized by the appropriate taxing authority, in which case Customer shall still be liable for any Taxes assessed prior to such delivery. To the extent required by law, Customer may deduct amounts from its payment of Billed Amounts for or on account of any Tax and/or withholding imposed by any governmental or fiscal authority, provided that Customer shall (a) provide notice of such requirement to 8x8 at least thirty (30) days prior to making the deduction, (b) furnish 8x8 with receipts evidencing remittance of the deducted amounts, and (c) pay such additional amounts to 8x8, as applicable, as are necessary to ensure receipt by 8x8 of the full amount that it would have received but for the deduction. Customer acknowledges and agrees that 8x8 may not charge value-added, goods and services, or similar Taxes in certain jurisdictions (such as Australia) that permit reverse charge of such Taxes. Customer shall account for and remit any such Taxes on Ordered Products in such jurisdictions.
7.1. Payment of Billed Amounts. Except as set forth in this Section 7.1 (Payment of Billed Amounts) and Section 6 (Taxes), Customer shall pay all amounts billed to Customer by or on behalf of 8x8 or its Affiliate in respect of Ordered Products (“Billed Amounts”) without counter-claim, set-off, withholding, or deduction of any sort. If Customer believes in good faith that a Billed Amount was not actually incurred under the Agreement (i.e., was overbilled), then Customer may dispute such Billed Amount by providing notice to 8x8 by email to [email protected] within thirty (30) days of the date of the first posting of the Billed Amount in the relevant account (where payment is not By Invoice) or the date of the first invoice in which the Billed Amount was invoiced (where payment is By Invoice), which such notice must specify the particular Billed Amount(s) in dispute and the basis of the dispute in reasonable detail. Failure to so dispute a Billed Amount within such period shall constitute a complete and irrevocable waiver of Customer’s right to dispute such Billed Amount. If payment of a Billed Amount is By Invoice and Customer disputes such Billed Amount in good faith in accordance with this Section 7.1 (Payment of Billed Amounts), then Customer may, at its option, either (a) pay such Billed Amount expressly under protest or (b) withhold payment of such Billed Amount, in which case such Billed Amount, if (and only if) actually incurred under the Agreement (i.e., not actually overbilled), shall not become due until ten (10) days after 8x8’s determination of the same (if such due date is later than the original due date for such amount). Delinquent Billed Amounts shall, beginning upon delinquency, accrue interest at the rate of the lesser of one-point-five percent (1.5%) per month or the maximum rate permitted by applicable law. Except as expressly provided otherwise in the Agreement, all payments to 8x8 or its Affiliate shall be non-refundable and non-creditable.
7.2. Up-Front Payment. At all times during the Effective Period other than those periods for which payment of all Billed Amounts is By Invoice, Customer shall maintain on file with 8x8 or the billing 8x8 Affiliate (as applicable) complete, accurate, and up-to-date information for at least one valid, working credit card or Customer account (sufficient to permit ACH withdrawals). Payment of all Billed Amounts – other than those for which 8x8 has agreed to payment By Invoice – shall be by charge to such credit card(s) or by ACH withdrawal from such account(s), at or near time of billing, and Customer hereby authorizes 8x8 to make such charges or withdrawals. Where payment is by such charge or withdrawal, (a) 8x8 shall post a statement of the Billed Amounts in the relevant account at or near the time of the first attempted charge or withdrawal and shall thereafter make commercially reasonable efforts to notify Customer by email and/or telephone if the charge or withdrawal is not successful and (b) Billed Amounts shall be due within fourteen (14) days of such posting.
7.3. Payment by Invoice. To the extent agreed by 8x8, Customer may pay Billed Amounts by invoice, in which case payment of those Billed Amounts shall be (a) made by credit card, check, ACH, or wire transfer and (b) due within thirty (30) days of invoice date (Net 30) (payment “By Invoice”). Each such agreement shall be within 8x8’s sole discretion, but, once entered into, may not be revoked by 8x8, except upon the occurrence of event(s) that, in 8x8’s reasonable discretion, put Customer’s creditworthiness or solvency into question (which such events shall include without limitation Customer’s default on any of its financial obligations or a Solvency Event with respect to Customer or any entity that owns or controls it).
7.4. Promotions. Promotion, discount, or related codes must be provided to 8x8 at the time of the relevant order(s), may not be used cumulatively or retroactively, and may be changed or discontinued by 8x8 at any time in its sole discretion.
8. CHANGE IN TERMS
8x8 may not change these Terms in any manner that would materially reduce Customer’s rights or benefits, or materially increase Customer’s obligations or liability, under the Agreement (i.e., any such change shall not apply to the Agreement), except where 8x8 provides Customer with at least thirty (30) days’ notice of such change and Customer fails to object (via notice to 8x8) to such change before the end of such notice period (in which case the change shall take effect at the end of such period). 8x8 may make other changes to these Terms (including without limitation adding Regional Terms for a new country or region) by posting such changes to [www.8x8.com/sa-terms] or this web page, which changes shall be effective upon such posting.
9. GENERAL REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES; WARRANTY DISCLAIMER
Each Party represents and warrants that it is a bona fide business, has the power and authority to enter into and perform its obligations under the Agreement, and is not relying upon any statements, commitments, representations, or warranties other than those expressly set forth in the Agreement. Customer represents and warrants that its orders or purchases are not contingent on the delivery of any future functionality or feature. EXCEPT FOR THE WARRANTIES EXPRESSLY PROVIDED BY 8x8 IN THE AGREEMENT, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW, 8X8 MAKES NO WARRANTIES AND DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES IN RELATION TO THE SERVICES, EQUIPMENT, AND/OR THE AGREEMENT, WHETHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, AND TITLE.
10. RIGHTS IN AND TO THE SERVICES AND FEEDBACK
To the maximum extent permitted by law, all intellectual property and other rights, title, and interest in or to the Documentation or the Services and related software, applications, functionalities, APIs, tools, and interfaces (the “8x8 Platform”) – and all configuration designs, code, deliverables, and other work product produced or developed by 8x8 or its Affiliates or Partners in the course of performing under the Agreement (except to the extent such work product embodies Customer’s pre-existing intellectual property) – shall remain with, and belong exclusively to, 8x8, its Affiliates, and/or their licensors. Customer hereby assigns to 8x8 all intellectual property and other rights, title, and interest in or to any improvement, enhancement, recommendation, correction, or other feedback that Customer may provide to 8x8 or its Affiliates relating to their operations or the Services or Equipment, and agrees that 8x8 shall be free to use, license, assign, and exploit any ideas, concepts, know-how, or techniques contained therein for any purpose without restriction or compensation.
11. TERM AND RENEWAL
The Agreement shall become effective on the “Effective Date” identified in the Service Agreement and continue in full force and effect until the earlier of (a) the date terminated in accordance with Section 12.1 (Exclusive Termination Rights) and (b) the date of expiration as set forth in the next sentence (the “Effective Period”). At the end of each Term, the Agreement, if not earlier terminated in accordance with these Terms, shall:
(i) expire if either Party has elected not to renew the Agreement via express election in the Service Agreement or notice to the other Party at least thirty (30) days prior to the end of such Term;
(ii) continue on a month-to-month basis (i.e., automatically renew for successive one- (1-) calendar month renewal terms) if Customer has so elected via express election in the Service Agreement or notice to 8x8 at least thirty (30) days prior to the end of such Term; or
(iii) automatically renew for a twelve- (12-) month renewal term if neither of the foregoing applies.
12.1. Exclusive Termination Rights. The Agreement may be terminated:
(a) by either Party with thirty (30) days’ notice to the other Party in the event of the other Party’s material breach of the Agreement (which shall include without limitation any Customer payment delinquency or Customer breach of the Use Policy) and, if such breach is reasonably capable of cure, failure to cure such breach within such notice period, provided that such cure requirement shall not apply with respect to a Customer payment delinquency where there have been two or more such delinquencies in the preceding twelve- (12-) months;
(b) immediately by either Party upon notice to the other Party where the other Party experiences a Solvency Event;
(c) by 8x8 with thirty (30) days’ notice to Customer in the event that any SaaS Services become subject to an actual or threatened Claim of infringement (an “Infringement Claim”) and avoidance of the alleged infringement via procurement of a license or modification or replacement of the applicable SaaS Services (either or both of which may be exercised by 8x8, at its sole option and expense, in the event of any Infringement Claim) is not commercially feasible; or
(d) by 8x8 with thirty (30) days’ notice to Customer in the event that Customer objects to any change to these Terms proposed or made by 8x8 under Section 8 (Change in Terms).
THE PARTIES ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT THIS SECTION 12 (TERMINATION) STATES THE PARTIES’ SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS TO TERMINATE THE AGREEMENT, AND THE AGREEMENT MAY NOT OTHERWISE BE TERMINATED BY EITHER PARTY.
12.2. Effect of Termination. Upon any termination of the Agreement for any reason, subject to any continuing Customer financial obligations under the Agreement, all Orders, SOWs, and EPPs shall immediately terminate. In the event that the Agreement is terminated by Customer under and in accordance with clause (a) or (b) – or by 8x8 under clause (c) or (d) – of Section 12.1 (Exclusive Termination Rights), Customer shall be relieved of its Subscription Commitment for any post-termination period, and 8x8 shall refund any amounts un-used and pre-paid for Ordered SaaS Services for any such period. For clarity, (a) no other termination of the Agreement shall relieve Customer of such commitment (which shall survive any such termination) or entitle Customer to any refund and (b) in no event shall termination or expiration of the Agreement relieve Customer of its obligation to pay any amount incurred thereunder prior to such termination or expiration.
8x8 shall (a) defend Customer, its Affiliates, and their personnel (collectively, the “Customer Parties”) from and against any Indemnified IP Claim threatened or brought against any of them by any third party and (b) indemnify and hold harmless the Customer Parties against any damages, attorneys’ fees, defense costs, and other losses (collectively, “Losses”) payable by them pursuant to the adjudication or settlement of any Indemnified IP Claim. Customer shall (i) defend 8x8, its Affiliates, and their personnel (collectively, the “8x8 Parties”) from and against any action, claim, demand, suit, investigation, inquiry, or proceeding (each a “Claim”) threatened or brought against any of them by any third party that arises out of or results from Customer’s Content or any actual or alleged breach of the Agreement by Customer and (ii) indemnify and hold harmless the 8x8 Parties against any Losses payable by any of them pursuant to the adjudication or settlement of any such Claim. An indemnified party shall (1) provide the indemnifying Party prompt notice upon becoming aware of such a Claim, (2) permit the indemnifying Party to have sole and exclusive control over the defense and settlement of any such Claim, if it elects, and (3) provide reasonable assistance to the indemnifying Party in connection therewith; provided, the indemnifying Party shall not enter into any settlement agreement that would result in any payment or other obligation, or restriction on the business of, the indemnified party without its prior written consent.
14. EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY
TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW, (a) NONE OF THE 8x8 PARTIES SHALL BE LIABLE UNDER THE AGREEMENT FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, OR COVER DAMAGES; LOSS OF PROFITS, REVENUES, OR GOODWILL; OR LOSS OR INTERRUPTION OF BUSINESS, WHETHER FROM BREACH OR REPUDIATION OF CONTRACT, BREACH OF WARRANTY, NEGLIGENCE, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE AND (b) THE MAXIMUM LIABILITY OF THE 8x8 PARTIES UNDER THE AGREEMENT, WHETHER ARISING FROM A THEORY OR CLAIM OF BREACH OR REPUDIATION OF CONTRACT, BREACH OF WARRANTY, NEGLIGENCE, TORT, STATUTORY DUTY, OR OTHERWISE, SHALL IN NO CASE EXCEED THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF SERVICE FEES PAYABLE UNDER THE AGREEMENT FOR THE TWELVE- (12-) MONTH PERIOD PRECEDING THE FIRST INCIDENT OUT OF WHICH THE LIABILITY AROSE. THE FOREGOING EXCLUSION AND LIMITATION SHALL APPLY REGARDLESS OF WHETHER EITHER PARTY WAS ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES OR THE FAILURE OF THE ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OF ANY LIMITED REMEDY, AND ON A CUMULATIVE (RATHER THAN PER-INCIDENT) BASIS. CUSTOMER ACKNOWLEDGES AND AGREES THAT THE PRICING AND OTHER TERMS UNDER THE AGREEMENT ARE BASED ON THE FOREGOING EXCLUSION AND LIMITATION.
15. DISPUTE RESOLUTION
15.1. Pre-Filing Notice. Each Party shall, before initiating an arbitration, court or other action, suit, or proceeding against the other Party, its Affiliate, or their personnel in respect of any Covered Claim (each a “Proceeding”), provide written notice to the other Party describing in reasonable detail its contentions and the specific provisions of the Agreement, if any, allegedly breached. The Parties shall work diligently and in good faith for thirty (30) days following such notice to attempt to resolve the dispute, including without limitation by ensuring that knowledgeable executives of each Party hold at least one meeting (in person or by video- or tele-conference) to such end. If the Parties fail to resolve the dispute within such thirty- (30-) day period, either Party may thereafter initiate the Proceeding in accordance with these Terms (and without satisfying any further notice or cure period under the Agreement). FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS SECTION 15.1 (PRE-FILING NOTICE) MAY BE PLEADED AS A FULL AND COMPLETE BAR AND DEFENSE TO, AND MAY BE USED AS A BASIS FOR AN INJUNCTION AGAINST, ANY PROCEEDING INSTITUTED IN CONTRAVENTION THEREOF.
15.2. Mandatory Arbitration. (IF CUSTOMER IS DOMICILED IN THE US, THIS SECTION 15.2 (MANDATORY ARBITRATION) SHALL APPLY TO ALL COVERED CLAIMS; OTHERWISE, IT SHALL APPLY TO ONLY COVERED CLAIMS RELATING TO SERVICES PROVIDED IN THE US.) COVERED CLAIMS SHALL BE SUBMITTED TO FINAL, BINDING ARBITRATION ADMINISTERED BY AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION (“AAA“). Judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator(s) may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. This agreement to arbitrate also requires Customer to arbitrate claims against other parties relating to Services provided or billed to Customer if Claims are asserted against 8x8 in the same proceeding. Arbitration will be conducted under AAA’s published commercial arbitration rules. Customer and 8x8 agree to bear their own fees, costs, and expenses, including those for any attorneys, experts, and witnesses. The place of arbitration shall be Santa Clara County, California. The language of the arbitration shall be English.
16.1. Notices. Except as expressly provided otherwise in the Agreement, any notice to be provided thereunder shall be provided as follows: (a) to Customer – via email to the email address specified by Customer in connection with its initial order of Services or via personal service, overnight courier, or US certified mail (return receipt requested and postage prepaid) (collectively, “Delivery”) to the address set forth for Customer in the Service Agreement and (b) to 8x8 – via email to [email protected] (for notices of Claims or termination) or [email protected] (for all other notices) or via Delivery to “8x8, Inc., Attn: Customer Service, 2125 O’Nel Drive, San Jose, CA 95131”. Either Party may change any of its designated notice addresses via notice to the other Party. Notices shall be deemed effective and received as follows: (i) via Email – the first business day after the date sent (without any undeliverable notification being returned), (ii) via Personal Service – the first business day after the date delivered to the noticed Party, (iii) via Overnight Courier – the first business day after the date delivered to the overnight courier, and (iv) via US Certified Mail – the fifth (5th) day after the date sent.
16.2. Governing Law; Jurisdiction. The Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of California, without regard to its choice or conflicts of law rules. The Parties agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the state and federal courts within Santa Clara County, California (which jurisdiction shall be exclusive if Customer is domiciled in the US), and waive any objection as to venue or inconvenient forum in such courts.
16.3. Force Majeure. Neither Party shall be considered in breach of, or have any liability under, the Agreement as the result of any failure or delay in such Party’s performance thereunder caused by events beyond such Party’s reasonable control, including without limitation act of God; fire, flood, hurricane, earthquake, tsunami, or other natural disaster; riot; war; terrorism; government action or intervention; embargo; strike; destruction of facilities; late or failed delivery by suppliers; unavailability of power or Internet services; or network or carrier issues, provided that the foregoing shall not apply to either Party’s payment obligations under the Agreement.
16.4. Entire Agreement; Amendment. The documents comprising the Agreement constitute the entire agreement between the Parties in respect of the Ordered Products and expressly supersede and replace any prior or contemporaneous agreements, written or oral, relating to thereto. The Agreement may not be amended, except via both Parties’ execution of a written amendment thereto or as otherwise expressly provided in these Terms or the Service Agreement. In no event shall the terms of any purchase order or similar document delivered by or on behalf of Customer to 8x8 or its Affiliate in connection with the Agreement (to which 8x8 hereby objects) become part of, apply to, or modify or supersede the Agreement’s terms.
16.5. Severability. If any provision of the Agreement is deemed illegal, invalid, or unenforceable, in whole or in part, under applicable law, the Agreement shall be deemed amended as and to the extent necessary to render its terms valid, enforceable under applicable law, and, to the greatest extent possible, consistent with the Parties’ original intent.
16.6. Waiver. Except to the extent expressly otherwise provided in the Agreement, (a) either Party’s failure to exercise or enforce any right or remedy under the Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of such right or remedy and (b) no waiver of any right or remedy shall be enforceable against a Party unless in writing and otherwise conforming with these Terms.
16.7. Assignment; Binding Effect. The Agreement shall be binding upon the Parties’ heirs, successors, and permitted assigns. Customer may not assign its rights or delegate its obligations under the Agreement, in whole or in part, except (a) (to the extent in connection with a bona fide sale of Customer or substantially all of its assets to a third party) with ten (10) days’ prior notice to 8x8 or (b) with 8x8’s prior express written consent. In connection with any such proposed or actual assignment or delegation by Customer, Customer shall provide such information and documentation concerning the assignee or delegee as 8x8 might reasonably request. 8x8 may assign its rights and/or delegate its obligations under the Agreement, in part or in full, to one or more of its Affiliates.
16.8. No Third-Party Beneficiaries. Except as expressly stated in the Agreement, the Agreement is intended for the sole benefit of, and shall only be enforceable by, each Party and its permitted assigns. Without limiting the foregoing, 8x8 shall have no obligation or liability hereunder to any Agent or other end user of Ordered SaaS Services.
16.9. Document Execution. Use of DocuSign, or any other widely-used method of verifiable electronic signature and delivery, shall be a valid method of execution and/or delivery of all documents under the Agreement.
16.10. Interpretation. The headings in the documents comprising the Agreement are solely for the convenience of reference and shall not be given any effect in the construction or interpretation of thereof. References in the Agreement to a web address (URL) shall be deemed to include (a) any subpages that are accessible through one or a series of clearly-labelled hyperlinks and (b) such successor sites as may be designated by the owner or controller of the web site.
16.11. Survival. Sections 2.3.1 (Customer Subscription Commitment), 13 (Indemnification), 14 (Exclusions and Limitations of Liability), and 15 (Dispute Resolution) shall survive termination or expiration of the Agreement, as shall any other provision that by its nature is intended to so survive.
16.12. Definitions. When used in these Terms, the following capitalized terms shall have the following meanings:
“Affiliate” – an entity that directly/indirectly controls or is controlled by or under common control with the applicable person.
“Agent” – an individual authorized to use, administer, or perform actions with respect to Ordered SaaS Services through Customer’s account (as an agent, administrator, or otherwise), as identified through a unique log-in.
“Agreement” – the agreement entered into between Customer and 8x8 in respect of the Ordered Products, including without limitation these Terms, the Service Agreement, and all Orders, SOWs, and other documents entered into by or on behalf of Customer and 8x8 or its Affiliate with respect to Customer’s acquisition and/or use of the Ordered Products.
“Covered Claim” – a Claim that one Party intends to assert against the other Party, its Affiliates, or any of their personnel, other than (a) provisional remedies related to Claims related to infringement or misappropriation of intellectual property, (b) Claims of 8x8 or its Affiliate relating to Billed Amounts not disputed in accordance with Section 7.1 (Payment of Billed Amounts), and (c) Claims that the other Party is expressly required to defend under the Agreement.
“Documentation” – user manuals and technical documentation related to the SaaS Services posted to www.8x8.com or otherwise made available by 8x8 to its customers from time to time, but excluding marketing or promotional materials.
“Indemnified IP Claim” – a Claim alleging that the SaaS Services, as used in accordance with the Agreement and the Documentation, infringe any patent, trademark, or copyright enforceable under the laws of the Primary Market or the European Community, excluding any Claim based upon: (a) the combination, operation, or use of SaaS Services with any non-8x8 product, device, service, or software; (b) the alteration or modification of SaaS Services other than by 8x8 or its authorized subcontractors; or (c) 8x8’s or its Partner’s alteration or modification of SaaS Services at Customer’s request.
“Party” – each of 8x8 and Customer (together, the “Parties”).
“Regulatory Fees” – monthly fees (which are not Service Fees, Taxes, or government-imposed charges), including Emergency Services Fees (or E911 Service Fee in the US) and Regulatory Recovery Fees (in the US), charged by 8x8 or its Affiliate for each number (including without limitation toll free and virtual numbers) associated with telephony Ordered SaaS Services, to offset costs incurred by 8x8 and its Affiliates in complying with inquiries from, and obligations imposed on them by, regulatory bodies and/or governmental agencies.
“SaaS Services” – the 8x8 Virtual Office and 8x8 Virtual Contact Center services (whether stand-alone, included in 8x8 Editions, 8x8 X Series, or otherwise bundled with other services), including all components thereof.
“Service Agreement” – the service agreement (including its schedules but excluding its exhibits) to which these Terms apply.
“Service Fees” – the base recurring fees for Ordered SaaS Services.
“Solvency Event” – a bankruptcy, reorganization, insolvency, or similar proceeding not dismissed within thirty (30) days; dissolution; becoming insolvent or bankrupt; or the making of an assignment for the benefit of creditors.
8x8 Virtual Office and Virtual Contact Center Regional Terms
A. Applicability and Definitions. These 8x8 Virtual Office and Virtual Contact Center Regional Terms (these “Regional Terms”) shall apply solely with respect to Ordered Products provided to a Customer location (as identified by a physical address specified in the Agreement) (each a “Customer Location”) in the US, Australia, or Canada, except to the extent that one or more particular countries or regions are expressly referenced with respect to a provision of these Regional Terms, in which case such provision shall apply solely with respect to Ordered Products, if any, provided to a Customer Location in the referenced country(ies) or region(s)). Capitalized terms used and not defined in these Regional Terms shall have the meanings assigned to them in the 8x8 Virtual Office and Virtual Contact Center Service Terms into which they are incorporated (the “Terms”).
B. Numbers and Porting. Subject to the following requirements and limitations, 8x8 shall support number portability under applicable law for Ordered SaaS Services that involve telephone numbers (including codes) that are provided to Customer by 8x8 or its Affiliate in connection with such Ordered SaaS Services (“8x8 Numbers”) or telephone numbers that are ported into 8x8 or its Affiliate by Customer in connection with such Ordered SaaS Services (“Ported-In Numbers”):
- Availability of Porting – In the US and Canada, portability is dependent upon the cooperation of third parties not under the control of 8x8, and applicable laws and regulations concerning the geographic relevance of local exchange area service, where applicable. Outside of the US and Canada, number portability may be unavailable (and thus Customer may not be able to port numbers into or out of 8x8 or its Affiliate when transferring service to or from 8x8 or its Affiliate) under certain circumstances (e.g., the absence of any porting agreement between 8x8 and the relevant carrier).
- Number Port-Ins – Where Customer wishes to port numbers in to 8x8 or its Affiliate from another provider (the “Donor Provider”), Customer authorizes 8x8 to have the numbers routed by 8x8 (instead of the Donor Provider) and to forward appropriate details of Customer’s porting application.
- 8x8 Numbers – 8x8 shall use commercially reasonable efforts to facilitate Customer’s retention of numbers assigned to the Ordered SaaS Services during the Effective Period, provided that 8x8 Numbers (a) may be changed with reasonable notice to Customer where 8x8 or its Affiliate is so instructed by a regulator or determines in good faith that a third party has a valid claim to such 8x8 Number(s) or that such change is required under applicable law and (b) shall belong to 8x8, and not Customer, and Customer shall have no right to sell, dispose, transfer, or keep 8x8 Numbers.
- Number Port-Outs – Upon termination of the Agreement or a Reduction, 8x8 shall, at Customer’s request, use commercially reasonable efforts to assist Customer to port out the relevant numbers (including both 8x8 Numbers and Ported-In Numbers), provided that (a) outside of the US and Canada, 8x8 shall have no obligation to port out any 8x8 Number where such port out would require the porting out of a larger block of numbers and (b) to the extent permitted by applicable law, 8x8 may charge, and if charged, Customer shall pay, a reasonable administrative fee for each number ported out or attempted to be ported out. In the US, such fee shall be $5.00 (USD) per number.
- Disclosure to Directory Services – Subject to any specific requirements in these Regional Terms, Customer consents to 8x8’s or its Affiliate’s disclosure of details of its and its Agents’ numbers to organizations that wish to compile directories or directory enquiry services.
C. Emergency Calling Labels. In the US and Canada, 8x8 will provide Customer with warning labels regarding the limitations or unavailability of 911 emergency dialing. Customer agrees to place a label on or near each non-mobile telephone or other equipment through which Ordered SaaS Services may be utilized or accessed. If additional labels are required, Customer shall request them from 8x8.
D. Data Protection in Australia. Subject to the terms of the Agreement, 8x8 will handle any “personal information”, as defined in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) as amended from time to time, that Customer submits to 8x8 via any Ordered SaaS Services provided to a Customer Location in Australia (“Australia Personal Information”) only in accordance with 8x8’s Privacy Notice (available at https://www.8x8.com/terms-and-conditions/privacy-policy) (the “Privacy Notice”), or as otherwise permitted or required by law. 8x8 shall (a) take reasonable steps to protect Personal Information from misuse, interference, unauthorized access, modification, or disclosure and (b) not use Personal Information, except to provide the Services or Ordered Equipment or otherwise perform its obligations under the Agreement; as set forth in the Privacy Notice; or as otherwise permitted or required by law.
E. Reverse Charge of GST in Australia. The prices set forth in the Agreement are exclusive of any goods and services tax (GST) payable by Customer. The Parties agree to account for Australian GST on Ordered Products provided to a Customer Location in Australia in accordance with the reverse charge provisions of Division 83 of the A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 and confirm that such Ordered Products are provided to Customer and not to a resident agent. In addition, 8x8 confirms that, in providing the Ordered Products, 8x8 does not have a permanent establishment, nor does it provide the Ordered Products through an enterprise that it carries on, in Australia.
F. Data Protection in Canada. To the extent that the Content, if any, that Customer sends, receives, or stores via Ordered SaaS Services provided to a Customer Location in Canada includes “personal information” as defined under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (2000, c. 5) (PIPEDA) (“Canada Personal Information”), 8x8 shall use and disclose such Canada Personal Information solely (a) for the purpose of fulfilling 8x8’s obligations or exercising 8x8’s rights under the Agreement (which shall, for clarity, include providing, supporting, or enhancing (e.g., performing quality control functions) the SaaS Services), (b) as approved in advance in writing by Customer, (c) in accordance with Customer’s instructions, or (d) for the purpose of complying with laws or regulations, including without limitation in response to legal process or court or administrative order or ruling. To the extent that Customer otherwise submits Canada Personal Information to 8x8 via any Ordered SaaS Services provided to a Customer Location in Canada, 8x8 shall use and disclose such Canada Personal Information solely as set forth in 8x8’s Privacy Notice.