Terms Of Service
Accepting These Terms
This document and the other documents that we reference below make up our house rules, or what we officially call our Terms of Service (the "Terms" for short).
The Terms are a legally binding contract between you and Hansen Distribution
Please note that Section 11. Disputes with Hansen Distribution, contains an arbitration clause and class action waiver. By agreeing to the Terms, you agree to resolve all disputes through binding individual arbitration, which means that you waive any right to have those disputes decided by a judge or jury, and that you waive your right to participate in class actions, class arbitrations, or representative actions. *
This contract sets out your rights and responsibilities when you use HeliteUS.com, and the other services provided by Hansen Distribution (we'll refer to all of these collectively as our "Services"), so please read it carefully. By using any of our Services (even just browsing one of our websites), you're agreeing to the Terms. If you don't agree with the Terms, you may not use our Services. Agree with us? Great, read on!
Hansen Distribution process users' personal information (for example, buyer name, email address, and shipping address) and are therefore considered separate and independent data controllers of buyers' personal information under EU law. That means that each party is responsible for the personal information it processes in providing the Services. For example, if a seller accidentally discloses a buyer's name and email address when fulfilling another buyer's order, the seller, not Hansen Distribution, will be responsible for that unauthorized disclosure.
Your Account with Hansen Distribution
You'll need to create an account with Hansen Distribution to use some of our Services. Here are a few rules about accounts with Hansen Distribution:
A. You must be 18 years or older to use our Services. Minors under 18 and at least 13 years of age are only permitted to use our Services through an account owned by a parent or legal guardian with their appropriate permission and under their direct supervision. Children under 13 years are not permitted to use Hansen Distribution or the Services. You are responsible for any and all account activity conducted by a minor on your account, and there may be commercial products or services available that you may want to consider to limit a minor's access to material online. For more information, see Hansen Distribution's Minors Policy.
B. Be honest with us. Provide accurate information about yourself. It's prohibited to use false information or impersonate another person or company through your account.
C. Choose an appropriate name. If you decide to not have your full name serve as the name associated with your account, you may not use language that is offensive, vulgar, infringes someone's intellectual property rights, or otherwise violates the Terms.
D. You're responsible for your account. You're solely responsible for any activity on your account. If you're sharing an account with other people, then the person whose financial information is on the account will ultimately be responsible for all activity. If you're registering as a business entity, you personally guarantee that you have the authority to agree to the Terms on behalf of the business. Also, your accounts are not transferable.
E. Protect your password. As we mentioned above, you're solely responsible for any activity on your account, so it's important to keep your account password secure. Here's a Help article on how to make your account more secure.
F. Let's be clear about our relationship. These Terms don't create any agency, partnership, joint venture, employment, or franchisee relationship between you and Hansen Distribution.
This detailed Help article should answer any questions you may have about registering an account with Hansen Distribution.
Your Use of Our Services
License to Use Our Services. We grant you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, and revocable license to use our Services—subject to the Terms and the following restrictions in particular:
A. Don't Use Our Services to Break the Law. You agree that you will not violate any laws in connection with your use of the Services. This includes any local, state, federal, and international laws that may apply to you. For example, it's your responsibility to obtain any permits or licenses that your shop requires, and to meet applicable legal requirements in applicable jurisdiction(s). This includes the sale and delivery of your items, such as age verification upon delivery, where required by law. You may not sell anything that violates any laws; you must comply with our Sanctions Policy, and you may not engage in fraud (including false claims or infringement notices), theft, anti-competitive conduct, threatening conduct, or any other unlawful acts or crimes against Hansen Distribution, another Hansen Distribution user, or a third party.
B. Pay Your Bills. You are responsible for paying all fees that you owe to Hansen Distribution. Except as set forth below, you are also solely responsible for collecting and/or paying any applicable taxes for any purchases or sales you make through our Services. Hansen Distribution will help collect and remit the correct amount of value-added tax or VAT. Some countries may refer to VAT using other terms, e.g. Goods and Services Tax (GST), but we'll just refer to VAT, GST, and any local sales taxes collectively as "VAT." In addition, Hansen Distribution will calculate, collect, and remit sales tax where applicable. Please see this FAQ for more information. Your fees, bills, taxes, and how you can pay them are fully explained in our Fees & Payments Policy.
C. Don't Steal Our Stuff. You agree not to crawl, scrape, or spider any page of the Services or to reverse engineer or attempt to obtain the source code of the Services.
D. Don't Try to Harm Our Systems. You agree not to interfere with or try to disrupt our Services, for example by distributing a virus or other harmful computer code.
E. Follow Our Trademark Policy. The name "Helite" and the other Helite marks, phrases, logos, and designs that we use in connection with our Services (the Helite Trademarks), are trademarks, service marks, or trade dress of Helite in the US. If you'd like to use our trademarks, please follow our Trademark Policy.
F. Talk to Us Online. From time to time, Hansen Distribution will provide you with certain legal information in writing. By using our Services, you're agreeing to our Electronic Communications Policy, which describes how we provide that information to you. It says that we can send you information electronically (such as by email) instead of mailing you paper copies (it's better for the environment), and that your electronic agreement is the same as your signature on paper.
Termination By You. We'd hate to see you go, but you may terminate your account with Hansen Distribution at any time from your account settings. You can find more information in this Help article. Terminating your account will not affect the availability of some of Your Content that you posted through the Services prior to termination. Oh, and you'll still have to pay any outstanding bills.
Termination By Hansen Distribution. We may terminate or suspend your account (and any accounts Hansen Distribution determines are related to your account) and your access to the Services should we have reason to believe you, your Content, or your use of the Services violate our Terms. If we do so, it's important to understand that you don't have a contractual or legal right to continue to use our Services, for example, to sell or buy on our websites or mobile apps. Generally, Hansen Distribution will notify you that your account has been terminated or suspended, unless you've repeatedly violated our Terms or we have legal or regulatory reasons preventing us from notifying you.
If you or Hansen Distribution terminate your account, you may lose any information associated with your account.
We May Discontinue the Services Hansen Distribution reserves the right to change, suspend, or discontinue any of the Services for you, any or all users, at any time, for any reason, including those laid out in Hansen Distribution's policies under these Terms of Service. We will not be liable to you for the effect that any changes to the Services may have on you, including your income or your ability to generate revenue through the Services.
Survival. The Terms will remain in effect even after your access to the Service is terminated, or your use of the Service ends.
Warranties and Limitation of Liability (or the Things You Can't Sue Us For)
Items You Purchase. Not all products listed may not be warrantable. Refer to our Warranty page for list of products available for warranty registration and claims.
Content You Access. You may come across materials that you find offensive or inappropriate while using our Services. We make no representations concerning any content posted by users through the Services. Hansen Distribution is not responsible for the accuracy, copyright compliance, legality, or decency of content posted by users that you accessed through the Services. You release us from all liability relating to that content.
People You Interact With. You can use the Services to interact with other individuals, either online or in person. However, you understand that we do not screen users of our Services, and you release us from all liability relating to your interactions with other users. Please be careful and exercise caution and good judgment in all interactions with others, especially if you are meeting someone in person. This Help article has some good advice about handling in person meetings.
Gift Cards and Promotions. You acknowledge that Hansen Distribution does not make any warranties with respect to your Gift Card balance and is not responsible for any unauthorized access to, or alteration, theft, or destruction of a Gift Card or Gift Card code that results from any action by you or a third party. You also acknowledge that we may suspend or prohibit use of your Gift Card if your Gift Card or Gift Card code has been reported lost or stolen, or if we believe your Gift Card balance is being used suspiciously, fraudulently, or in an otherwise unauthorized manner. If your Gift Card code stops working, your only remedy is for us to issue you a replacement Gift Card code. By participating in a special offer or promotion, you agree that you may not later claim that the rules of that special offer or promotion were ambiguous.
WARRANTIES. Hansen Distribution IS DEDICATED TO MAKING OUR SERVICES THE BEST THEY CAN BE, BUT WE'RE NOT PERFECT AND SOMETIMES THINGS CAN GO WRONG. YOU UNDERSTAND THAT OUR SERVICES ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND WITHOUT ANY KIND OF WARRANTY (EXPRESS OR IMPLIED). WE ARE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMING ANY WARRANTIES OF TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY, AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AS WELL AS ANY WARRANTIES IMPLIED BY A COURSE OF PERFORMANCE, COURSE OF DEALING, OR USAGE OF TRADE.
WE DO NOT GUARANTEE THAT: (I) THE SERVICES WILL BE SECURE OR AVAILABLE AT ANY PARTICULAR TIME OR LOCATION; (II) ANY DEFECTS OR ERRORS WILL BE CORRECTED; (III) THE SERVICES WILL BE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL MATERIALS; OR (IV) THE RESULTS OF USING THE SERVICES WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS. YOU USE THE SERVICES SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
LIABILITY LIMITS. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, NEITHER Hansen Distribution, NOR OUR EMPLOYEES OR DIRECTORS SHALL BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY LOST PROFITS OR REVENUES, OR FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SERVICES OR THESE TERMS. IN NO EVENT SHALL Hansen Distribution' AGGREGATE LIABILITY FOR ANY DAMAGES EXCEED THE GREATER OF ONE HUNDRED ($100) US DOLLARS (USD) OR THE AMOUNT YOU PAID Hansen Distribution IN THE PAST TWELVE MONTHS. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
Indemnification (or What Happens If You Get Us Sued)
We hope this never happens, but if Hansen Distribution gets sued because of something that you did, you agree to defend and indemnify us. That means you'll defend Hansen Distribution (including any of our employees) and hold us harmless from any legal claim or demand (including reasonable attorney's fees) that arises from your actions, your use (or misuse) of our Services, your breach of the Terms, or you or your account's infringement of someone else's rights.
We reserve the right to handle our legal defense however we see fit, even if you are indemnifying us, in which case you agree to cooperate with us so we can execute our strategy.
Disputes with Other Users
If you find yourself in a dispute with another user of Hansen Distribution's Services or a third party, we encourage you to contact the other party and try to resolve the dispute amicably.
Release of Hansen Distribution. You release Hansen Distribution from any claims, demands, and damages arising out of disputes with other users or parties.
Disputes with Hansen Distribution
If you're upset with us, let us know, and hopefully we can resolve your issue. But if we can't, then these rules will govern any legal dispute involving our Services:
A. Governing Law. The Terms are governed by the laws of the State of Florida, without regard to its conflict of laws rules, and the laws of the United States of America. These laws will apply no matter where in the world you live, but if you live outside of the United States, you may be entitled to the protection of the mandatory consumer protection provisions of your local consumer protection law.
B. Arbitration. You and Hansen Distribution agree that any dispute or claim arising from or relating to the Terms shall be finally settled by final and binding arbitration, using the English language, administered by the American Arbitration Association (the "AAA") under its Consumer Arbitration Rules (the "AAA Rules") then in effect (those rules are deemed to be incorporated by reference into this section, and as of the date of these Terms you can find the AAA Rules here), unless otherwise required by law. **Arbitration, including threshold questions of arbitrability of the dispute, will be handled by a sole arbitrator in accordance with those rules. Judgment on the arbitration award may be entered in any court that has jurisdiction.
Any arbitration or mediation under the Terms will take place on an individual basis. You understand that by agreeing to the Terms, you and Hansen Distribution are each waiving the right to trial by jury or to participate in a class action lawsuit. Class arbitrations shall only be available if requested by either party under its Class Action Arbitration Rules and approved by the arbitration entity. Notwithstanding the foregoing, each party shall have the right to bring an action in a court of proper jurisdiction for injunctive or other equitable or conservatory relief, pending a final decision by the arbitrator or mediator. You may instead assert your claim in "small claims" court, but only if your claim qualifies, your claim remains in such court, and your claim remains on an individual, non-representative, and non-class basis.
C. Costs of Arbitration. Payment for any and all reasonable AAA filing, administrative, and arbitrator fees will be in accordance with the Consumer Arbitration Rules, and in the case of CEDR, its rules. If the value of your claim does not exceed $10,000 USD, Hansen Distribution will pay for the reasonable filing, administrative, and arbitrator fees associated with the arbitration, unless the arbitrator finds that either the substance of your claim or the relief sought was frivolous or brought for an improper purpose. For mediation through CEDR, the parties will pay their share of mediation costs, and under certain conditions such fees may be refundable to you, depending on the outcome of the mediation.
D. Forum. We're based in Florida, so any legal action against Hansen Distribution related to our Services must be filed and take place in Palm Beach County, Florida. For all actions under the AAA Rules, the proceedings may be filed where your residence is, or in Florida, and any in-person hearings will be conducted at a location which is reasonably convenient to both parties taking into account their ability to travel and other pertinent circumstances. For any actions not subject to arbitration or mediation, you and Hansen Distribution agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of a state or federal court located in Palm Beach County, Florida if your contract is with Hansen Distribution, Inc.; if your contract is with Hansen Distribution Ireland UC, you and Hansen Distribution agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts of Ireland.
E. Government Exception. If you are a government agent or entity in the United States using the Services in your official capacity, and you are legally unable to agree to the clauses in this section, then those clauses do not apply to you. In that case, the Terms and any action related to the Terms will be governed by the laws of the United States (without reference to conflict of laws) and, in the absence of federal law and to the extent permitted under federal law, the laws of the State of Florida.
F. Modifications. If we make any changes to this "Disputes with Hansen Distribution" section after the date you last accepted the Terms, those changes will not apply to any claims filed in a legal proceeding against Hansen Distribution prior to the date the changes became effective. Hansen Distribution will notify you of substantive changes to the "Disputes with Hansen Distribution" section at least 30 days prior to the date the change will become effective. If you do not agree to the modified terms, you may send Hansen Distribution a written notification (including email) or close your account within those 30 days. By rejecting a modified term or permanently closing your account, you agree to arbitrate any disputes between you and Hansen Distribution in accordance with the provisions of this "Disputes with Hansen Distribution" section as of the date you last accepted the Terms, including any changes made prior to your rejection. If you reopen your closed account or create a new account, you agree to be bound by the current version of the Terms.
Changes to the Terms
We may update these Terms from time to time. If we believe that the changes are material, we'll definitely let you know by posting the changes through the Services and/or sending you an email or message about the changes. That way you can decide whether you want to continue using the Services. Changes will be effective upon the posting of the changes unless otherwise specified. You are responsible for reviewing and becoming familiar with any changes. Your use of the Services following the changes constitutes your acceptance of the updated Terms.
Some Finer Legal Points
The Terms, including all of the policies that make up the Terms, supersede any other agreement between you and Hansen Distribution regarding the Services. If any part of the Terms is found to be unenforceable, that part will be limited to the minimum extent necessary so that the Terms will otherwise remain in full force and effect. Our failure to enforce any part of the Terms is not a waiver of our right to later enforce that or any other part of the Terms. We may assign any of our rights and obligations under the Terms.
If you have any questions about the Terms, please email us at [email protected].
*In some countries you may have additional rights and/or the preceding may not apply to you.