Terms Of Service And Participation

Terms Of Service

This Terms of Service Agreement was last modified on January 31, 2018.

Oropala Services, LLC operates http://www.goldshovelstandard.com (the "Site"). This page describes the terms on which Oropala Services, LLC offers you access to our GoldShovelStandard.com Online Service. As used herein, “Online Service” means the online website application provided by Oropala via http://www.goldshovelstandard.com (or at such other URL as Oropala may designate from time to time). The terms “you” and “your” in this Agreement refer to you, as someone who is accessing the Site, in any manner, whether automated or otherwise, and any company you represent or associate with your user information. The terms “we”, “us”, “our” and “Oropala” refers to Oropala Services, LLC, a California corporation.

BEFORE USING GOLDSHOVELSTANDARD.COM ONLINE SERVICE, PLEASE READ THESE TERMS OF SERVICE. THESE “TERMS” FORM A BINDING AND EXECUTED WRITTEN AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU AND OROPALA SERVICES, LLC (THE “AGREEMENT”). IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT, DO NOT USE OR ACCESS OUR SERVICES.

You must read, agree with and accept all of the terms and conditions contained in this Terms of Service Agreement and our Privacy Policy, which include those terms and conditions expressly set out below and those incorporated by reference, before you use or continue to use GoldShovelStandard.com. We may amend this Terms of Service Agreement at any time by posting notifications of the amended terms on the GoldShovelStandard.com site. Except as stated below, all amended terms shall automatically be effective the earlier of the date that you explicitly accept the new terms or 30 days after they are initially posted on our site. This Terms of Service Agreement may not be otherwise amended except in a writing signed by you and Oropala.

Our services are available only to individuals and organizations that can form legally binding contracts under applicable law. As a user of the Site, you represent that you have the authority to bind any company associated with your user information to this Agreement. Without limiting the foregoing, our services are not available to minors or to temporarily or indefinitely suspended GoldShovelStandard.com users.

1. Subject to your compliance with these Terms, Oropala agrees that it will make the Online Service available to you; and you shall be granted, and hereby are granted, a revocable, non-exclusive, non-transferable, worldwide, limited license to use GoldShovelStandard.com in accordance with this Terms of Service Agreement and our Privacy Policy. You agree that you will not: (i) sell, lease, or modify the Content; (ii) decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble, or make derivative works of the Content; (iii) remove any confidentiality, privacy, patent, copyright, trademark, or other proprietary notices in the Content; or (iv) transfer any of the Content to another person or entity in a manner inconsistent with this Terms of Service Agreement and current GoldShovelStandard.com policies. We may in our sole discretion change some or all of the Online Services. Oropala retains all rights, title and ownership of GoldShovelStandard.com. You agree only to use or access GoldShovelStandard.com in accordance with this Terms of Service Agreement and our Privacy Policy.

2. Your subscription term for the Online Service will be specified during the order / payment process on the Site. At the expiration of any subscription term, your subscription will automatically extend for additional 1-year periods at Oropala’s then-current rates, unless either party gives the other party written notice of termination at least 30 days prior to the end of the subscription term. The Subscription is not dependent on any future functionality, upgrades or features (or any public comments or other disclosure made by or on behalf of Oropala with respect thereto). Cancellation notices must be delivered via e-mail to legal@oropala.com. We may change our fees for our services from time to time, but such changes will not apply to you until the next annual renewal of your subscription.

3. No refunds or credits will be extended for partial or unused subscription periods following termination of a subscription.

4. We require a username and password system to secure access to our site. However, GoldShovelStandard.com cannot and does not confirm each user's purported identity. You agree that you are solely responsible for: (1) maintaining the strict confidentiality of your usernames and passwords; (2) not allowing others to use your username to access the site; (3) any losses that may be incurred or suffered as a result of your failure to maintain the confidentiality of your usernames and passwords; and (4) promptly informing Oropala in writing of the need to deactivate a username resulting from actual or potential security concerns. Because we cannot confirm each user's identity, you release Oropala (and our officers, directors, agents, subsidiaries, joint ventures and employees) from claims, demands and damages (actual and consequential) (each a “Claim”) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, suspected and unsuspected, disclosed and undisclosed, arising out of or in any way connected with a Claim that arises from our inability to confirm user identity other than such Claims that result solely and directly from Oropala’s breach of this Terms of Service Agreement, gross negligence or willful misconduct.

5. We do not control all information provided by other users and data providers that is made available through our system. You may find other users’ or data providers’ information to be offensive, harmful, inaccurate, or deceptive. Oropala does not warrant or make any representations regarding the accuracy, adequacy or completeness of any information on the Site, and expressly disclaims any liability arising from, or as a result of, the use of any information. Accordingly, any person acting upon or in reliance on any information does so entirely at his, her or its own risk. BY USING THIS SITE, YOU ARE EXPICITLY AGREEING THAT INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON THE SITE IS NOT TO BE RELIED UPON AND MAY CONTAIN SUBSTANTIAL INACCURACIES.

6. We will use best efforts to ensure that the Online Service will be available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, excluding any scheduled maintenance. Notwithstanding anything contained in this Agreement to the contrary, we make no warranty regarding the availability of the Site. Should the Online Service remain unavailable for an extended and continuous period exceeding 7 days, we will extend your subscription duration by an amount equal to the period the Online Service was unavailable. No extension of your subscription will be made for periods of unavailability shorter than 7 continuous days. This paragraph represents the complete remedy available to you for unavailability of the Online Service.

7. "Your Information" is defined as any information you provide to us or other users through GoldShovelStandard.com or any email feature. You are solely responsible for Your Information, and we generally act as a conduit for your online distribution and publication of Your Information. You certify that Your Information is correct and complete to the best of your knowledge. You confirm that you have all rights, power, and authority necessary to post Your Information to GoldShovelStandard.com. Your Information and your activities on the site shall not: (a) be false, inaccurate or misleading; (b) be fraudulent; (c) infringe any third party's copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary rights or rights of publicity or privacy; (d) violate any law, statute, ordinance or regulation (including, but not limited to, those governing consumer protection, unfair competition, antidiscrimination or false advertising); (e) be defamatory, trade libelous, unlawfully threatening or unlawfully harassing; (f) be obscene; (g) contain any viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots, easter eggs or other computer programming routines that may damage, detrimentally interfere with, surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data or information; (h) create liability for us or cause us to lose (in whole or in part) the services of our ISPs or other suppliers.

8. Upon transmission of Your Information, and solely to enable Oropala to use the information you supply us in offering our services, and so that we are not violating any rights you might have in Your Information, you agree to grant us a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free right to exercise the rights you have in Your Information. We will not materially change Your Information so as to make it inaccurate. Other than the license granted under this paragraph, Oropala will have no rights, title and ownership in Your Information, and you will retain all rights, title and ownership or license you may have in Your Information.

9. You acknowledge and agree that Oropala owns all rights to GoldShovelStandard.com and its modules (including all modifications, revisions and derivative works, and all programs, enhancements, design concepts and other documentation, developed for or relating to GoldShovelStandard.com), all tables (including the structure and fields) and forms developed for such modules, and all Online Services, but excluding rights you may have in Your Information. You agree to not disclose any passwords issued by us or generated by you for access to GoldShovelStandard.com to any person other than those authorized by you to access GoldShovelStandard.com. Oropala agrees to keep Your Information, user names and passwords in confidence and shall not disclose the foregoing to any person or party, except (a) contractors, attorneys or consultants who are obligated by agreement or professional codes of conduct to preserve the confidentiality and observe the use restrictions of this Agreement or an agreement providing equivalent protection, (b) other users of GoldShovelStandard.com, and (c) as required by a subpoena or similar demand of a governmental entity, following notice to you to the extent we are allowed to provide such notice. If an unauthorized use or disclosure of Your Information occurs, Oropala will (a) take reasonable steps to recover and prevent further disclosure of the disclosed data, (b) with respect to any information that is subject to a law requiring notice to a third party of such unauthorized disclosure, take those steps required to comply with such notice or other requirements under such laws, and (c) implement reasonable controls to prevent subsequent unauthorized use or disclosure and explain those controls to you at your request.

10. You agree that you will not use any device, software or routine to interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the GoldShovelStandard.com site or any activities conducted on our site. You agree that you will not take any action that imposes an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure. Much of the information on our site is updated on a real time basis and is proprietary or is licensed to Oropala by our users or third parties. You agree that you will not copy, reproduce, alter, modify, create derivative works, or publicly display any content (except for Your Information) from our website without the prior expressed written permission of Oropala or the appropriate third party.

11. We only use your information as described in the Privacy Policy. If you object to Your Information being or used in this way please do not use our services. The Privacy Policy is incorporated into this Terms of Service Agreement by reference and provides additional terms and conditions related to specific services offered on our site.

12. WE, OUR SUBSIDIARIES, EMPLOYEES AND OUR SUPPLIERS PROVIDE OUR WEB SITE AND SERVICES "AS IS" AND WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY OR CONDITION, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY. WE, OUR SUBSIDIARIES, EMPLOYEES AND OUR SUPPLIERS SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. Some jurisdictions do not allow the disclaimer of implied warranties, so the foregoing disclaimer may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other legal rights that vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

13. IN NO EVENT SHALL WE, OUR SUBSIDIARIES, EMPLOYEES OR OUR SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE FOR LOST PROFITS OR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH OUR SITE, OUR SERVICES OR THIS USER AGREEMENT (HOWEVER ARISING, INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE). OUR LIABILITY, AND THE LIABILITY OF OUR SUBSIDIARIES, EMPLOYEES, AND SUPPLIERS, TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTIES IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCE IS LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT OF FEES YOU PAY TO US IN THE 12 MONTHS PRIOR TO THE ACTION GIVING RISE TO LIABILITY. Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.

14. You agree to indemnify and hold us and (as applicable) our parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, agents, and employees, harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your breach of this Terms of Service Agreement or the documents it incorporates by reference, or your violation of any law or the rights of a third party.

15. Any legal controversy or legal claim arising out of or relating to this Terms of Service Agreement or our services, excluding legal action taken by Oropala to collect our fees and/or recover damages for, or obtain an injunction relating to, the GoldShovelStandard.com site operations, intellectual property, and our services, shall be settled by binding arbitration in accordance with the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association. Any such controversy or claim shall be arbitrated on an individual basis, and shall not be consolidated in any arbitration with any claim or controversy of any other party. The arbitration shall be conducted in Orange County, California, and judgment on the arbitration award may be entered into any court having jurisdiction thereof. Either you or Oropala may seek any interim or preliminary relief from a court of competent jurisdiction in Orange County, California necessary to protect the rights or property of you or Oropala pending the completion of arbitration. Should either party file an action contrary to this provision, the other party may recover its reasonable attorney's fees and costs.

16. All parties to this Terms of Service Agreement shall comply with applicable domestic and international laws, statutes, ordinances and regulations regarding your use and our provision of the Site.

17. Except as explicitly stated otherwise, any notices shall be given to Oropala by email to legal@oropala.com and to you by email to the email address you provide to Oropala during the registration process (in your case). Notice shall be deemed given 24 hours after email is sent, unless the sending party is notified that the email address is invalid. Alternatively, we may give you notice by certified mail, postage prepaid and return receipt requested, to the address provided to Oropala during the registration process. In such case, notice shall be deemed given three days after the date of mailing.

18. Sites linked in GoldShovelStandard.com are not necessarily under the control of Oropala and Oropala is not responsible for, nor does it certify the content of any linked site or any link contained in a non-affiliated linked site. If you decide to access any links to third party sites you do so at your own risk.

19. Without limiting other remedies, we may immediately revoke your user access, warn our community of your actions, issue a warning, temporarily suspend, indefinitely suspend or terminate your membership and refuse to provide our services to you if: (a) you breach this Terms of Service Agreement or the documents it incorporates by reference; (b) we are unable to verify or authenticate any information you provide to us; or (c) we believe that your actions may cause financial loss or legal liability for you, our other users or us.

20. Without limiting any other remedies, Oropala may suspend or terminate your account if we suspect that you (by conviction, settlement, insurance or escrow investigation, or otherwise) have engaged in fraudulent activity in connection with our site.

21. This Terms of Service Agreement shall be governed in all respects by the laws of the State of California as such laws are applied to agreements entered into and to be performed entirely within California between California residents. We do not guarantee continuous, uninterrupted or secure access to our services, and operation of our site may be interfered with by numerous factors outside of our control. If any provision of this Terms of Service Agreement is held to be invalid or unenforceable, such provision shall be struck and the remaining provisions, together with a valid, enforceable replacement provision, shall be enforced. You agree that this Terms of Service Agreement and all incorporated agreements may be automatically assigned by Oropala, in our sole discretion, to a third party in the event of a merger or acquisition. Our failure to act with respect to a breach by you or others does not waive our right to act with respect to subsequent or similar breaches. This Terms of Service Agreement sets forth the entire understanding and agreement between you and us with respect to the subject matter hereof. The following sections shall survive any termination or expiration of this Terms of Service Agreement: Sections 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14 and 15.


Terms Of Participation

This Terms of Participation Agreement was last modified on January 31, 2018.

THIS TERMS OF PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT (“Agreement”) is made on the date of acceptance (“Acceptance Date”), as defined below in this Agreement, by and between the excavator participant in the Gold Shovel Standard certification program (“Participant”) and the Gold Shovel Association, an Arizona non-profit corporation (“GSA”). Together, GSA and Participant may be referred to in the Agreement as the “Parties” and, separately, as a “Party.”

WHEREAS, upon completion of the Gold Shovel Standard excavation certification program requirements by Participant to the reasonable satisfaction of GSA, Participant desires certification of Participant’s completion of such program requirements by GSA, to provide certain information to GSA as requested by GSA for use by GSA and its sublicenses, and to license certain GSA trademarks in connection with certification, as further described in the Agreement (the “GSA Trademarks”), in order to promote certification of Participant by GSA and to promote public awareness of worker and public safety in connection with excavations near underground infrastructure and facilities (the “Purpose”), under and subject to this Agreement; and

WHEREAS, upon completion of the Gold Shovel Standard excavation certification requirements by Participant to the reasonable satisfaction of GSA, GSA desires certification by GSA of Participant’s completion of such program requirements, receipt and use by GSA of Participant’s information, and license by GSA to Participant of the GSA Trademarks for the Purpose, under and subject to this Agreement,

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual promises set forth in the Agreement, and the preamble and recitals, which are incorporated herein, the Parties agree as follows:

1. Certification. Upon completion of Gold Shovel Standard excavation certification requirements by Participant to the reasonable satisfaction of GSA, GSA will certify completion of such requirements by Participant. Participant must demonstrate to GSA’s reasonable satisfaction the following in order to earn GSA certification of Participant’s completion of excavation certification requirements:

a. At a minimum, Participant must conduct annual basic excavation damage prevention awareness training for all Participant workers, whether employees or contractors, that will perform excavation work, or be present at excavation work sites, including new hires, and Participant must preserve records of such training;

b. Participant must have whistleblower and stop work practices for such workers, and Participant must notify such workers of these practices;

c. Participant must have a policy to adhere to all applicable Common Ground Alliance (“CGA”) Best Practices[1] , especially Chapter 5 of CGA Best Practices;

d. Participant must have a policy to hire excavator subcontractors (if any subcontractors are used for excavation services by Participant) certified by GSA or to hire non-certified excavation subcontractors only after evaluation and approval of such subcontractors by Participant in lieu of such certification (the Parties each understand and acknowledge however that Participant unilaterally shall determine the hiring of excavation subcontractors by Participant);

e. Participant must have thorough investigation procedures that are used by Participant in the event of an excavation incident;

f. Participant must have corrective action procedures for excavation incidents including root cause analysis;

g. Participant must pay GSA fees charged by GSA for excavator program participation when due, as such fees may be determined by GSA from time-to-time without prior notice to, or consent by, Participant; and

h. Participant must comply with practices and policies determined by GSA that pertain to the GSA program for excavator certification, including, without restriction, program enrollment, as such practices and policies may be determined by GSA from time-to-time without prior notice to, or consent by, Participant.

2. Maintenance of Certification. To maintain such certification, Participant must demonstrate to the reasonable satisfaction of GSA the following:

a. Participant’s compliance in full with the terms, conditions, and requirements applicable to Participant in section 1 of this Agreement;

b. That Participant investigates and reports to its management and GSA all damages to any buried infrastructure (including, without limitation, gas, electric, water, sewer, and telecommunications) promptly following any and all excavation incidents;

c. Participant either hires excavator subcontractors (if any subcontractors are used for excavation services by Participant) certified by GSA or hires non-certified excavation subcontractors after evaluation by Participant under its subcontractor evaluation policy in lieu of such certification (the Parties each understand and acknowledge however that Participant unilaterally shall determine the hiring of excavation subcontractors by Participant); and

d. Participant reports certain work volume information reasonably requested by GSA that is used by GSA for normalizing metrics data.

3. Modification of Certification Requirements. GSA reserves the right to reasonably modify excavator certification requirements from time-to-time without prior notice to, or consent by, Participant, including, without limitation, certification requirements set forth in sections 1 and 2 of this Agreement. GSA will give Participant electronic notice of such modified certification requirements. Electronic notice shall include, without limitation, electronic mail notice of such modifications to Participant and/or GSA posting of such modifications on GSA’s website. Such electronic notice, including, without limitation, by GSA posting of such modifications on GSA’s website alone, shall be deemed actual notice to Participant of such modifications notwithstanding any contrary terms of this Agreement. To maintain excavator certification of Participant by GSA, Participant shall promptly come into compliance with such modified excavator certification requirements after GSA provides Participant electronic notice of such modified requirements.

4. Certification Representations. While Participant is certified by GSA under this Agreement, Participant shall represent publicly and prominently, (a) on its website where certification of Participant by GSA is mentioned, and (b) in all materials prepared by or for Participant that refer to such Participant’s GSA excavator certification that are made available to the public, its customers, or its potential customers, the following: that certification of Participant by GSA under GSA’s excavator certification program means only that Participant has satisfied certification requirements set forth in sections 1 and 2 of this Agreement to the reasonable satisfaction of GSA. Participant shall also enumerate such certification requirements on such website and in such materials. Participant shall make no additional representations or statements about such certification, or its meaning, including, without restriction, representations or statements that that are inconsistent with this section 4 of this Agreement.

5. Participant Information and License. At Participant’s sole cost and expense, Participant will provide to GSA the information set forth in sections 2(b) and 2(d) of this Agreement and such other information as GSA may reasonably request from time-to-time (“Participant Information”). With respect to Participant Information, Participant represents, warrants, covenants, and agrees as follows:

a. The Participant Information is accurate and complete at the time it is reported to GSA, and Participant will update Participant Information reported to GSA, at Participant’s sole cost and expense, in order to maintain the accuracy and completeness of Participant Information;

b. Participant Information is solely owned by Participant, or, if it is not solely owned by Participant, Participant has all permissions, consents, agreements, and/or licenses from all third parties, including, without limitation, owners of interests in Participant Information, that are or may be necessary or required in order to report Participant Information to GSA and to grant GSA the rights set forth in this Agreement pertaining to Participant Information;

c. Participant Information is neither confidential information nor trade secrets of Participant or any third party, and Participant will not assert, and will cause such third parties not to assert, against GSA or its sublicensees any confidential information interest or obligation, any trade secret right or interest, any ownership right or interest, or any other right, obligation, or interest that would have the effect of restricting or barring reporting of Participant Information to GSA or use of Participant Information by GSA or its sublicensees as set forth in this Agreement; and

d. Participant hereby grants GSA a royalty-fee, perpetual, non-exclusive license, with the right to sublicense others, to receive and use Participant Information for internal business purposes of GSA, including, without limitation, the rights to disclose Participant Information within GSA, including, without limitation, to GSA directors, officers, employees, contractors, and/or agents, to make copies of Participant Information, to prepare derivative works from Participant Information, including, without limitation summaries or compilations of Participant Information alone or together with other GSA information and/or information of third parties, and to publish, perform, and/or display Participant Information internally within GSA, including, without limitation, to its directors, officers, employees, contractors, and/or agents, with full rights to authorize others to do one or more of the foregoing, provided that, GSA will not disclose Participant Information to GSA members or other third parties, who are not GSA or its directors, officers, employees, contractors, or agents, without the prior consent of Participant.

6. Ownership of GSA Trademarks. The Parties agree that GSA is and shall remain the sole and exclusive owner of all rights, title, and interests in the GSA Trademarks, including, without limitation statutory, common law, and all other rights, title, and interests, as such GSA Trademarks are further described in Exhibit A to this Agreement. Exhibit A is attached to, hereby made a part of, and is incorporated into this Agreement. The Parties further agree that Exhibit A may be modified from time-to-time by GSA without prior consent by, or notice to, Participant. Except as expressly granted in this Agreement, Participant shall have no other rights or interests of any kind in the GSA Trademarks. Under no circumstances will anything in this Agreement be construed as granting a license to any of GSA’s other intellectual property or a license to the GSA Trademarks for any purpose other than the Purpose. GSA shall have the sole right and ability to enforce and defend the GSA Trademarks and to file trademark applications before the US Patent and Trademark Office, trademark offices of one or more States of the United States, or any other foreign or domestic trademark office in the name of GSA for the GSA Trademarks. Participant shall not object to or contest in any manner GSA’s applications or subsequent registrations or renewals of the GSA Trademarks. Participant agrees not to directly or indirectly impair, contest, challenge or dispute GSA’s ownership of the GSA Trademarks.

7. GSA Trademark License. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement and provided that Participant has been and is certified by GSA under this Agreement, GSA hereby grants to Participant a revocable, individual, non-exclusive, non-transferable, royalty-free license, without right of sublicense, to use the GSA Trademarks solely for the Purpose during the period of time that Participant is certified by GSA under this Agreement (the “License”). Participant shall not license, sublicense, sell, transfer, pledge, hypothecate, or otherwise dispose of or encumber the GSA Trademarks or any right, interest, or title therein. In every use of the GSA Trademarks, Participant shall, at Participant’s sole cost and expense: (i) acknowledge in writing, including, without limitation, in electronic communications, that the GSA Trademarks are registered trademarks of GSA and are used with permission of GSA; (ii) cooperate with GSA to maintain the goodwill associated with GSA Trademarks; and (iii) only use the GSA Trademarks in compliance with this Agreement and for the Purpose and in compliance with GSA’s Gold Shovel Standard Emblem Usage Guidelines, as such Guidelines may be amended by GSA from time-to-time (the “Guidelines”), without prior consent by, or notice to, Participant, which Guidelines are hereby incorporated into, and made a part of, this Agreement, and at a quality equal to or higher than the current use of the GSA Trademarks by GSA. In order to protect and preserve GSA’s rights in the GSA Trademarks, Participant understands, acknowledges, and agrees that the GSA shall have the right, at all reasonable times and with reasonable notice, to inspect the manner in which Participant is using the GSA Trademarks to ensure that such use is of proper quality and is otherwise consistent with this Agreement. Participant hereby acknowledges receipt of the Guidelines.

8. Term and Termination. This Agreement shall be effective on the Acceptance Date, as defined below in this Agreement and shall continue in effect until termination in accordance with its terms. The Parties may terminate this Agreement at any time upon mutual written agreement of the Parties. Either Party may terminate this Agreement at any time by giving the other Party at least thirty (30) days prior written notice of termination. GSA shall have the right to revoke certification of Participant immediately upon notice to Participant in the event that Participant fails to perform any term or condition related to certification of Participant by GSA set forth in this Agreement, including, without limitation, any of the requirements for certification set forth in sections 1-4 of this Agreement. GSA shall have the right to terminate, or suspend its performance of, this Agreement and/or to revoke the certification and/or licenses granted herein, immediately upon notice to Participant if Participant: (i) fails to perform any term or condition of this Agreement pertaining to certification of Participant by GSA, including, without limitation, any certification requirement set forth in sections 1-4 of this Agreement; (ii) fails to perform any term or condition of this Agreement pertaining to the License; (iii) fails to comply with applicable laws; (iv) fails to perform or breaches any warranty, covenant, or representation in this Agreement applicable to Participant; and/or (v) fails to perform or breaches any other material provision of this Agreement. Upon revocation of certification or the License under this Agreement by GSA, Participant shall immediately cease making any and all representations that it is certified by GSA and shall immediately cease all use of the GSA Trademarks. Upon termination of this Agreement for any reason or no reason by any Party, certification of Participant by GSA and the License shall automatically terminate, Participant shall immediately cease all use of the GSA Trademarks, and Participant shall immediately cease making any and all representations that it is certified by GSA.

9. No GSA Warranty and Liability Limitation; Participant Warranties. GSA MAKES NO WARRANTIES UNDER THIS AGREEMENT TO PARTICIPANT, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, WARRANTIES OF NON-INFRINGEMENT, ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE. GSA SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY TO PARTICIPANT IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT FOR INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, EXEMPLARY, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, WHETHER SUCH LIABILITY ARISES IN TORT, INCLUDING, WIHTOUT LIMITATION, GSA’S NEGLIGENCE, BREACH OF CONTRACT, OR OTHERWISE. GSA’S AGGREGATE LIABILITY TO PARTICIPANT UNDER THIS AGREEMENT SHALL NOT EXCEED THE DIRECT COSTS BORNE BY GSA IN CERTIFYING PARTICIPANT.

Participant represents, warrants, covenants and agrees as follows: (a) Participant, if an entity, was duly formed, is validly existing, is in good standing in the State of its formation; (b) Participant, if a natural person, is at least eighteen years of age, is a citizen or lawful resident of the United States, and is competent to enter into this Agreement; (c) Participant, if an entity, has taken all actions, corporate and otherwise, to authorize Participant, and its representatives, to enter into this Agreement; (d) entry into, and performance of, this Agreement by Participant, if an entity, is consistent with Participant’s governing instruments, and does not conflict with such instruments nor with any law, order, decree, obligation, by contract or otherwise, or any right of any third party, to which Participant is subject, and (e) this is the binding agreement of Participant.

10. Indemnity. Participant, at its sole cost and expense, will defend, indemnify, and hold harmless GSA and its members, officers, directors, employees, contractors and agents (“Indemnified Parties”) from and against all third party claims, suits, actions, demands, damages, liabilities, judgments, losses, costs and expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs of litigation) brought against, alleged, or incurred by one or more Indemnified Parties arising from or in connection with (a) Participant’s negligent or otherwise wrongful acts, omissions, or willful misconduct; (b) Participant’s breach of any of representation, warranty, covenant, or other term of this Agreement; (c) Participant’s violation of any applicable law, statute, or regulation; (d) Participant’s violation or misappropriation of any property right, interest, or title of any third party, including, without limitation, third party trade secrets, copyrights, trademarks, patents, proprietary information, common law, or other intellectual property rights, including, without limitation, in connection with Participant Information; and/or (e) any death, bodily injury, or property damage caused or incurred by Participant (together, the “Claims”). GSA will give Participant prompt written notice of written Claims received by GSA. Upon such notice, Participant shall promptly assume the defense of such Claims. GSA and other Indemnified Parties may, at its or their cost and expense, participate in the defense of such Claims. In the event that Participant does not promptly assume the defense of such Claims, GSA and/or one or more of the Indemnified Parties may assume such defense at the expense of Participant. Participant shall not settle or compromise any Claims without the prior written consent of GSA and all affected Indemnified Parties.

11. General Provisions. This Agreement, the exhibit(s) made a part of this Agreement, and the Guidelines contain the entire agreement between the Parties concerning the subject matter of this Agreement and they supersede all prior and contemporaneous agreements, understandings, and representations of the Parties concerning the subject matter of this Agreement. The waiver by either Party of any provision of this Agreement (including but not limited to a waiver of a breach or violation) shall not operate as, or be construed to be, a waiver of any subsequent breach of the same or other provision of this Agreement. No such waiver of this Agreement shall be effective unless in writing that is signed by the Party against whom the waiver is charged. If any term of this Agreement shall be held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, unenforceable or void, the remainder of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect, and the Parties shall negotiate in good faith substitute terms that are consistent with the Parties’ intentions under the invalid, unenforceable, or void terms. The rights and obligations of the Parties under this Agreement are subject to, and shall be construed under the internal laws of, the State of Arizona without regard to its choice of law principles. The parties consent to the jurisdiction and venue of the state and federal courts located in the State of Arizona with respect to disputes between the Parties arising under this Agreement. Participant will not assign this Agreement in whole or in part without the prior written consent of GSA, which GSA may refuse in its sole discretion. GSA may assign this Agreement in whole or in part by giving notice of assignment to Participant. Any assignment in violation of this section shall be void and of no effect. Subject to the foregoing, the Agreement shall inure to the benefit of the successors and permitted assigns of the Parties. This Agreement may be executed or otherwise accepted in accordance with its terms in two or more counterparts and by electronic signature and may be delivered by electronic mail, facsimile, or other electronic means. All such executed or accepted documents (including facsimiles) when taken together shall be deemed original and shall have the same force and effect as a single document. All notices under this Agreement will be in writing and will be deemed to have been duly given when delivered personally, charges prepaid, sent by first class or certified U.S. mail, postage prepaid, or sent by email with confirmation of receipt, addressed to Participant at the address set forth in the records of GSA and to GSA at the following address: Executive Director, Gold Shovel Association, 2307 S Rural Road, Tempe, AZ 85282, legal@goldshovelstandard.org. Such notices shall be deemed effective upon receipt if delivered personally, three (3) days after mailing by U.S. mail, or upon confirmation of receipt if sent by email. Either Party may change its notice address information by sending notice in accordance with this section. The rights, remedies, and obligations of the parties set forth in section 5(d) and sections 8 through 11 of this Agreement shall survive termination or expiration of this Agreement. Except as otherwise set forth in the Agreement, all other rights, remedies, and obligations incurred during the term of this Agreement shall survive termination or expiration of this Agreement.

12. Modification of Agreement Terms and Conditions; Posting. GSA may reasonably modify the terms and conditions of this Agreement from time-to-time by giving Participant electronic notice of such modifications. Electronic notice shall include, without limitation, notice of such modifications by electronic mail from GSA to Participant and/or posting of such modifications by GSA on GSA’s website. Electronic notice by GSA to Participant of such modifications, including, without limitation, by GSA posting of such modifications alone on GSA’s website, shall be deemed actual notice to Participant of such modifications, notwithstanding any contrary terms or conditions in this Agreement. Participant may not modify the terms or conditions of this Agreement without the prior written assent of GSA, which GSA may withhold in its sole discretion.

13. Acceptance and Acceptance Date. This Agreement, and all of its terms and conditions, shall be deemed accepted by Participant upon the first to occur of the following: submission of an application by Participant to enroll in the excavator certification program of GSA, whether electronically or otherwise; provision of any Participant Information to GSA by Participant; any use of the GSA Trademarks by Participant; performance of any other term or condition of this Agreement by Participant; or signature of this Agreement on behalf of Participant in writing or electronically, including, without limitation, by click-through acceptance of this Agreement online by or on behalf of Participant. This Agreement, and all of its terms and conditions, shall be deemed accepted by GSA upon the first to occur of the following: GSA notifies Participant that GSA has accepted Participant’s application to enroll in the excavator certification program of GSA, whether electronically or otherwise; GSA’s certification of Participant under this Agreement; receipt and use of Participant Information by GSA; performance of any other term or condition of this Agreement by GSA; or signature of this Agreement on behalf of GSA in writing or electronically, including, without limitation, by click-through acceptance of this Agreement online by or on behalf of GSA. GSA shall accept this Agreement, if at all, after Participant. Upon acceptance of this Agreement by GSA, the Agreement shall become effective (“Acceptance Date”).

EXHIBIT A

Registration Number Registration Date
U.S. Reg. No. 5,049,534 September 27, 2016
U.S. Reg. No. 5,049,526 September 27, 2016


[1] The Best Practices are a publication of CGA, a District of Columbia, non-profit corporation. CGA and GSA are independent organizations and are not affiliated. References by GSA to CGA Best Practices do not express or imply an endorsement by either organization of the other or its programs. While GSA’s certification requirements for excavators currently require compliance with CGA Best Practices, CGA, itself, does not maintain such a requirement.