- Applicability of Terms
1.1 These General Terms and Conditions (together with any addenda attached hereto and incorporated herein by this reference, the “Terms and Conditions”) and the accompanying Audiovisual Solutions Proposal (the “Proposal”) are the only terms and conditions which govern the sale of the equipment and any related software (the “Products”) and services (the “Services”) specified in the Proposal by Audio Visual Innovations, Inc. or Signal Perfection Ltd. (as applicable, “Seller”) to the buyer/customer identified in the Proposal (“Buyer”). Seller and Buyer may be individually referred to as a “Party” and collectively as “Parties.”
1.2 The Terms and Conditions and the Proposal (collectively, the “Agreement”) comprise the entire agreement between the parties, and supersede all prior or contemporaneous understandings, agreements, negotiations, representations and warranties, and communications, both written and oral. In the event of a conflict or inconsistency between the General Terms and Conditions and any addendum, the addendum shall prevail to the extent of such conflict or inconsistency. In the event of a conflict between the Terms and Conditions and the Proposal, the Terms and Conditions shall prevail to the extent of such conflict or inconsistency. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, if a master services agreement signed by both Parties is in effect covering the sale of the Products and Services that are the subject of the Proposal, the terms and conditions of said agreement shall prevail to the extent they conflict or are inconsistent with these Terms and Conditions.
- Acceptance and Modification of Terms
2.1 This Agreement shall not be binding upon Seller until accepted by Buyer as set forth in this sub-Section 2.1 and the earlier of Seller’s confirmation in writing of Buyer’s order and Seller’s performance under the applicable Proposal. Buyer’s signed acceptance of the Agreement, issuance of order against the Agreement, payment for any of the Products or Services contained in the Agreement, or receipt of the Products or Services contained in the Agreement, whichever occurs first, shall constitute Buyer’s acceptance of this Agreement.
2.2 Any modification, addition to, or waiver of any of this Agreement shall not be effective unless in writing and signed by an authorized representative of Seller, and any different or conflicting terms appearing in Buyer’s purchase order or other documents are expressly rejected by Seller. No relaxation, forbearance or indulgence by a Party in enforcing any of the terms and conditions of this Agreement or the granting of any time to the other Party shall prejudice or restrict the rights and powers of a Party hereunder, nor shall waiver of any breach hereof operate as a waiver of any subsequent or continuing breach hereof.
3.1 Seller will use its best efforts to deliver the Products in accordance with the Buyer requested delivery date, subject to receipt of all necessary information from Buyer and Buyer’s compliance with Seller’s reasonable instructions for site readiness. Shipping and installation dates are approximate only, and Seller shall not be liable for failures of or delays in manufacture, delivery or installation resulting from any cause or causes beyond its reasonable control and without its fault or negligence.
3.2 Any delay due to causes beyond Seller’s reasonable control and without Seller’s fault or negligence shall extend delivery and installation dates to the extent caused thereby. Seller will use reasonable efforts to timely notify Buyer in the event of a delay. Buyer shall reimburse the Seller its reasonable additional expenses resulting from any Buyer-caused delay. When delivery of the Products is delayed at the request of the Buyer and the Products have already been shipped by Seller’s vendor, Seller will place the Products in storage and invoice Buyer the price of such Products, which will be promptly paid. Seller shall not be liable, and the Buyer shall have no right to cancel or rescind this Agreement, in the event of any delay due to causes beyond Seller’s reasonable control and without Seller’s fault or negligence, and Buyer shall accept such delayed performance by Seller. The Buyer’s receipt of the Products shall constitute a waiver of any claims for delay.
- Billing and Payment Terms
Unless otherwise agreed in writing by Buyer and Seller in the Proposal, the total Proposal price, excluding the price for Stand-alone Services (as defined in this section), shall be billed as follows, subject to continuing credit approval: 50% down payment at time of order, 40% upon delivery at Seller; 10% upon project completion and Buyer sign-off or first beneficial use, whichever occurs first, payable net 30 from Buyer’s receipt of invoice. For purposes of this Agreement, “Stand-alone Services” means any Services not attached to an installation project. Unless otherwise specified in the Proposal, Products are sold F.O.B. origin-Buyer to pay all shipping charges. If this Proposal covers Products or Services for more than one system, room, suite, or location, for purposes of payment in accordance with payment terms stated on the face hereof each room, suite, or location shall be treated as if the subject of a separate sale and payment made accordingly. Unless otherwise specified in the Proposal, all pricing and amounts are in US Dollars and all billing and payment shall be made in US Dollars.
- Buyer in Arrears or Default
In the event Buyer is in arrears with any payment due from it to Seller at any time, whether in respect of the Proposal price or any other amount due from the Buyer to the Seller under the terms of this Agreement, the amount in arrears shall bear interest at the rate of 1.5% per month or the maximum rate permitted by applicable law, whichever is less, as from the date each amount falls due, pending actual payment thereof in full, without prejudice to any relief or remedy available to Seller. Upon notice to Buyer and without waiving any other rights or remedies to which it may be entitled, Seller shall have the right to suspend or terminate performance of the Services or delivery of the Products until payment of the amount in arrears is received, decide not to fulfill additional orders from Buyer and/or seek collection of all amounts due. Seller shall have no liability to Buyer for any such suspension or termination. In the event of any action by Seller to collect any amount not paid when due, Buyer will reimburse Seller for its costs of collection (including, without limitation, any reasonable attorneys’ fees). In the event of Buyer’s default, Seller may also, without notice, peaceably enter any premises in which the Products are located and remove, hold and sell them in accordance with applicable law, to satisfy in whole or in part Buyer’s obligations.
- Title and Risk of Loss
6.1 Title to the Products shall pass to Buyer upon delivery, subject to the manufacturer’s or Seller’s software licence (if applicable) and a purchase money security interest retained by Seller in the Products sold and the proceeds thereof until payment of all amounts then due to Seller. Seller shall be entitled to remove the Products from the Buyer’s premises if all payments are not made when due. Buyer agrees to reasonably cooperate with Seller in the execution and filing of financing statements under the Uniform Commercial Code or other documents as Seller reasonably requests to protect its security interest.
6.2 Risk of loss or damage to the Products or any part thereof shall pass to the Buyer upon delivery.
- Installation and Site Preparation
7.1 Installation (e.g. field assembly, interconnection, equipment calibration and checkout) is to be performed by the Seller’s trained technical employees. The Seller shall be entitled to employ subcontractors and/or agents to assist in or carry out, in whole or in part, the installation. In the event installation by Seller employees is prevented by trade unions, the Buyer shall arrange with the trade unions at its own expense to complete installation. The Seller is thereafter liable only for engineering supervision of installation.
7.2 The Seller shall reasonably coordinate and cooperate with other trades to facilitate satisfactory work progress. If the Seller’s work in progress is impeded by other trades and/or contractors (excluding the Seller’s own subcontractors) or by scheduling delays due to the Buyer, time delays in the final installation as well as additional charges, including labour, travel and other reasonable expenses, may result.
7.3 The Buyer shall be responsible for preparing, at its own expense, the installation site in accordance with the Seller’s reasonable instructions, including the requirements specified in the Proposal. In no event shall the Seller be responsible for any high voltage electrical work, ceiling modifications, structural modifications, or mechanical systems modifications. Unless otherwise agreed in writing in the Proposal, Buyer shall provide the Seller with source code for any non-Seller programmed remote control system required to be modified under the terms of this Agreement.
- Access to Project Site
8.1 The Buyer shall provide the Seller with reasonable access to the installation site before delivery, for purposes of determining site readiness for installation, and shall designate an individual on Buyer’s staff to serve as a contact person for all site preparation and installation issues. Buyer shall provide the Seller with free access to the installation site for the purpose of preparation for installation.
8.2 Buyer shall obtain at its expense and keep effective all permissions, licences, and permits whenever required in connection with the installation and/or use of the Products and the premises where the Products shall be situated.
9.1 Seller warrants that:
(a) Immediately prior to delivery, it had good title to the Products, free from any lien or encumbrance unless otherwise specified;
(b) For a period of ninety (90) days from delivery and acceptance of the Products and Services, or, with respect to Products manufactured by a third party, such longer period of time provided by such manufacturer, the Products and Services will (i) be free from defects in materials or workmanship and (ii) conform to the requirements of the Proposal, including any instructions, specifications and documentation incorporated therein;
(c) It is in compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and standards relating to the sale and transportation of the supplies or items, and provision of the Products including all applicable U.S. and foreign anti-corruption laws, including without limitation, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”); and
(d) With respect to Services, Seller’s personnel shall possess the requisite level of training, skill and experience to address the requisite tasks efficiently and will perform the Services provided hereunder in a professional and workmanlike manner consistent with generally accepted industry standards.
9.2 Seller shall not be liable for nor have any warranty obligations with respect to Products that are in any way misused, altered and/or repaired by someone other than a representative of the Seller which, within the sole, reasonable judgment of the Seller, results in an adverse effect, including effects upon performance or reliability of the Products.
9.3 In order to make a warranty claim, Buyer shall promptly notify Seller in writing and Seller will, subject to the applicable manufacturer’s warranty policy, repair or replace such defective Product at no cost to Buyer. Seller will attempt to reply to warranty claims received from Buyer prior to 1:00 p.m. within forty-eight hours. Normal working hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. Buyer shall reasonably and promptly cooperate with Seller’s request for information regarding the claim and with return of the defective Product if required.
9.4 Except as otherwise specified in this Agreement, no warranty whatsoever is provided by the Seller hereunder as to Products manufactured by anyone other than the Seller, including but not limited to, cables, lamps, batteries, glassware, and evacuated devices (including valve, cathode ray tubes, and other special electron tubes). Seller’s sole obligation with respect to Products manufactured by someone other than Seller shall be to pass through the applicable warranties, if any, provided by the manufacturer. THE WARRANTIES SET FORTH IN THIS AGREEMENT ARE EXCLUSIVE AND IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, WHETHER WRITTEN OR ORAL, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY. NO IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE SHALL APPLY.
- Buyer Responsibilities
Buyer or any user of the Products shall (i) notify Seller as soon as any unusual operating peculiarity appears, and (ii) operate the Products in a safe and competent manner in strict compliance with the Product specifications and operating procedures and applicable laws and government regulations. In the event the Buyer or any user of the Products fails to comply with this Section 10, Seller’s warranties and its obligations hereunder shall terminate without notice to Buyer.
- Limitation of Liability and Exclusion of Damages
TO THE FULLEST EXTENT ALLOWED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT WILL EITHER PARTY BE LIABLE FOR INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR INDIRECT DAMAGES, LOST BUSINESS PROFITS, OR LOSS, DAMAGE OR DESTRUCTION OF DATA, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT AND THE RELATIONSHIP AND/OR DEALINGS BETWEEN BUYER AND SELLER, REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), BREACH OF WARRANTY OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF SUCH PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED AS TO THE POSSIBILITY OF SAME. EXCEPT FOR SELLER’S GROSS NEGLIGENCE, WILLFUL MISCONDUCT OR FRAUD, SELLER’S AGGREGATE LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT SHALL NOT EXCEED THE TOTAL AMOUNT PAID OR PAYABLE BY BUYER UNDER THIS AGREEMENT. THE ABOVE LIMITATION WILL APPLY WHETHER AN ACTION IS IN CONTRACT OR TORT AND REGARDLESS OF THE THEORY OF LIABILITY.
12.1 Any and all taxes levied or based on the prices in this Agreement, or the Products being sold hereunder, exclusive of any taxes based on net income, shall be added to the purchase prices set forth in the Proposal, except to the extent the Buyer provides the Seller with a valid tax exemption certificate approved by Seller.
12.2 All payments to be made hereunder shall be made in cleared funds, without any deduction or set-off and free and clear of and without deduction for or on account of any taxes, levies, imports, duties, charges, fees and withholdings of any nature now or hereafter imposed by any governmental, fiscal or other authority save as required by law. If Buyer is compelled to make any such deduction, it will pay to Seller such additional amounts as are necessary to ensure receipt by Seller of the full amount which Seller would have received but for the deduction.
13.1 Each Party may from time to time during the Agreement, in the course of discussions or dealings with each other, receive or learn, orally, visually or through any tangible medium, certain information regarding the other Party’s business, including but not limited to, its products, inventions, operations, methodologies, systems, processes, product development plans or intentions, know-how, designs, trade secrets, market opportunities, business or financial affairs, and technical, marketing, financial, employees, planning, intellectual property and other confidential or proprietary information (“Confidential Information”). Confidential Information does not include, and the restrictions in this Agreement shall not apply with respect to, information (i) possessed by or independently developed by the receiving Party prior to any disclosure, (ii) obtained from sources other than the disclosing Party, which sources had no obligation of confidentiality to disclosing Party with respect to the Confidential Information, or (iii) which is within the public domain when disclosed or becomes part of the public domain after disclosed to the receiving Party without fault on the part of the receiving Party. Seller’s Confidential Information also includes the terms of this Agreement.
13.2 The Confidential Information of a Party belongs to that Party. The receiving Party will not disclose the Confidential Information of the disclosing Party to any third party without the disclosing Party’s prior written consent. The receiving Party will not use the Confidential Information of the disclosing Party for any purpose not expressly permitted by this Agreement or to carry out the Services or the sale of Products, and will disclose the Confidential Information of the disclosing Party only to the employees or contractors of the receiving Party who have a need to know such Confidential Information for purposes of carrying out the Services or the sale of Products and who are under a duty of confidentiality no less restrictive than the receiving Party’s duty hereunder. Receiving Party will protect the disclosing Party’s Confidential Information from unauthorized use, access, or disclosure in the same manner as the receiving Party protects its own confidential or proprietary information of a similar nature and with no less than reasonable care.
13.3 Receiving Party will, upon completion or termination of this Agreement or promptly upon request from the disclosing Party, return or destroy all Confidential Information of the disclosing Party, including any documents or materials that contain any Confidential Information of the disclosing Party. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, the receiving Party (i) may retain one (1) copy of the disclosing Party’s Confidential Information solely for archival, audit, disaster recovery, legal or regulatory purposes and (ii) will not be required to search archived electronic back-up files of its computer systems for the disclosing Party’s Confidential Information in order to purge the disclosing Party’s Confidential Information from its archived files; provided, however, that the receiving Party must (i) maintain its confidentiality under this Agreement as if it were still in effect, and (ii) not use the retained Confidential Information of the disclosing Party for any other purpose.
13.4 The Parties recognise that a violation of this Section 13 can cause irreparable harm to the business of the disclosing Party that could not be adequately compensated by the payment of money damages and agree that the disclosing Party may seek injunctive relief against any actual or threatened breach of this Section 13 in addition to any other available legal and equitable remedies. The prevailing Party in any action to enforce this Section 13 shall be entitled to recover from the non-prevailing Party reasonable attorneys’ fees in addition to other relief granted in such action.
- Force Majeure
Except for payment for amounts due under the Agreement, neither Party will be liable to the other for delays or failures to perform occasioned by causes beyond its reasonable control and without its fault or negligence. Such acts or events shall include but not be limited to, acts of God, civil or military authority, civil disturbance, riot, fire, strikes, lockouts or slowdowns, factory or labour conditions, inability to obtain necessary labour, materials or manufacturing facilities, and delayed issuance of export control licences. In the event of such delays or failures to perform, any dates or times by which either Party is otherwise scheduled to perform shall be extended automatically for a period of time equal in duration to the additional time required because of the delay or failure to perform. The Party claiming force majeure shall promptly inform the other Party of any event of force majeure, and its expected duration and cessation. The Party claiming force majeure shall use its best efforts to mitigate such effects to the extent reasonably practicable.
- Restocking Fees
In the event Buyer wishes to return any Products based on reasons outside of Seller’s control, including but not limited to Buyer’s cancellation or termination of this Agreement or any portion thereof for its convenience, Buyer agrees, in addition to any other amounts due under this Agreement, to reimburse Seller at cost for any and all third party cancellation/restocking fees incurred by Seller.
16.1 Seller may, without prejudice to any rights or remedies available to Seller under this Agreement, at law or in equity, terminate this Agreement immediately for cause in the event Buyer breaches a material term of this Agreement (it being understood that Buyer’s payment obligations shall constitute a material term) and such breach is not cured within thirty (30) days after written notice thereof. Seller may also, without prejudice to any rights or remedies available to Seller under this Agreement, at law or in equity, terminate this Agreement immediately for cause upon written notice if Buyer: (i) breaches a material term of this Agreement and such breach is incapable of cure, (ii) fails on multiple occasions to pay any amounts when due, (iii) is declared insolvent or adjudged bankrupt by any court of competent jurisdiction, or (iv) makes an assignment for the benefit of creditors, or a petition in bankruptcy or reorganisation or an arrangement with creditors is filed by or against Buyer and not dismissed within thirty (30) days. Upon Seller’s termination of this Agreement for cause, without waiving or otherwise limiting any other remedies available to Seller under this Agreement, at law or in equity, Buyer shall become immediately liable for any outstanding charges for Products delivered and/or Services performed up to the date of termination, any third party restocking/cancellation fees incurred by Seller, and any interest on any and all past due charges as set forth in this Agreement.
16.2 Buyer may, without prejudice to any rights or remedies available to Buyer under this Agreement, at law or in equity, terminate this Agreement immediately for cause in the event Seller breaches a material term of this Agreement and such breach is not cured within thirty (30) days after written notice thereof. Buyer may also, without prejudice to any rights or remedies available to Buyer under this Agreement, at law or in equity, terminate this Agreement immediately for cause upon written notice if Seller: (i) breaches a material term of this Agreement and such breach is incapable of cure, (ii) is declared insolvent or adjudged bankrupt by any court of competent jurisdiction, or (iii) makes an assignment for the benefit of creditors, or a petition in bankruptcy or reorganisation or an arrangement with creditors is filed by or against Buyer and not dismissed within thirty (30) days.
16.3 Buyer may, upon written notice to Seller, terminate this Agreement for its convenience provided, however, that Seller shall be paid for all Products delivered and Services performed up to the effective date of termination (less amounts already paid) plus reimbursed at cost for any third party restocking/cancellation fees in accordance with Section 15.
16.4 Upon any expiration or termination of this Agreement, in addition to any other provisions of this Agreement that state survival after termination or expiration of this Agreement, and notwithstanding expiration, completion or termination of this Agreement, the Parties shall continue to be bound by the provisions of this Agreement that, by their nature, shall survive such completion or termination, including without limitation provisions relating to warranties, governing law and jurisdiction, and confidentiality.
- Governing Law and Jurisdiction
17.1 This Agreement shall be interpreted in accordance with and governed in all respects by the laws of the State of Florida without giving effect to its conflicts of law rules. Any dispute related to, arising out of, or in connection with this Agreement shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts in Hillsborough County, Florida and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. In the event of legal proceedings arising out of or relating to this Agreement, the prevailing Party, as determined by the court, shall be entitled to recover, from the non-prevailing Party, reasonable costs suffered or incurred in connection with such proceedings including, but not limited to, court fees, attorneys’ fees, expenses and costs of investigation and court.
17.2 TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAWS, SELLER AND BUYER EACH WAIVE ANY RIGHTS WHICH EITHER MAY HAVE TO TRIAL BEFORE A JURY OF ANY DISPUTE ARISING FROM, OR RELATED TO, THIS AGREEMENT. SELLER AND BUYER FURTHER STIPULATE AND CONSENT THAT ANY SUCH LITIGATION BEFORE A COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION SHALL BE NON-JURY.
18.1 The Proposal shall be firm for the period shown on the face of the Proposal, subject to withdrawal or change by the Seller upon notice at any time prior to Buyer’s acceptance. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Seller shall have the right to amend the price of the Products to reflect current conditions that affect the price, including increase in raw material prices, and tariffs that had not been imposed at the time this Agreement was submitted to Buyer.
18.2 In providing the Products, Seller shall be deemed to be an independent contractor and its personnel and representatives shall not act as nor be Buyer’s agents or employees. Seller shall have complete charge and responsibility for personnel employed or engaged by Seller.
18.3 Buyer may not assign any of its rights or obligations under this Agreement, including by purchase, merger or operation of law, without the prior written consent of Seller, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld or delayed. Seller may assign this Agreement to any of its affiliates or any successor of all or substantially all of its business. Any attempted assignment or transfer in violation of this sub-Section 18.3 shall be null and void.
18.4 If any provision of this Agreement shall be held to be invalid, illegal, or unenforceable, the remaining terms of this Agreement shall in no way be affected or impaired.
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