Terms & Conditions
This document describes terms and conditions applicable to your use of the services made available by PINNACLE CONSULTATION GROUP, LLC ("Government Auction" "we," or "us") at the websites WWW.GOVERNMENTAUCTIONLUXURY.COM, (the "Sites").
Section 1. General.
1.1 Services. This Terms and Conditions of Use Agreement (hereafter this "Agreement") sets forth the general terms and conditions that apply to the use by you of the Sites, including the features and services offered by us from time to time at or through the Sites (collectively with the Sites, the "Services"). BY USING THE SERVICES, YOU AGREE TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CONTAINED HEREIN. This Agreement is a legally binding instrument between you and Government Auction, and describes your responsibilities in connection with your use of the Services and, among other things, limits the liability of Government Auction. Before using any of the Services, please read all of this Agreement carefully. By accessing or using any Services, you affirm that you are over 18 years of age and are otherwise capable of forming legally binding contracts, and that you agree to be legally bound and to abide by this Agreement. If you are under 18 years of age, or are otherwise incapable of forming legally binding contracts, or do not agree with any part of this Agreement, YOU MUST NOT ACCESS OR USE THE SERVICES.
1.2 Amendments. We reserve the right, exercisable in our sole discretion, to change, modify, add to, subtract from, or otherwise amend the terms and conditions of this Agreement at any time. Except as otherwise stated below, all changes, modifications, or other amendments shall be effective on a prospective basis once they are posted on our Sites. This Agreement may not otherwise be amended except in a writing signed by you and Government Auction. Continued use of the Services by you constitutes your binding acceptance of this Agreement, including any changes or modifications made by us as described above. You agree to review the terms and conditions of this Agreement periodically to become aware of such revisions and to review your compliance with them. If at any time the terms and conditions of this Agreement are no longer acceptable to you, you must immediately cease all use of the Services. The right to access and use the Services is personal to you and is not transferable to any other person or entity.
1.4 Your Account is identified by the email address you provided and you are the only party authorized to use your user ID (email address). You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your registered account with us and any password(s) you have chosen or we may issue to you in connection with your access and use of the Services. You are responsible for all uses of your account, whether or not actually or expressly authorized by you. If you believe that your account and/or password(s) have been misused or compromised in any manner, please contact us immediately at email@example.com.
1.5 Covenant Regarding Your Account. You agree that you will not maintain multiple registered accounts with us without our express written consent. If you wish to maintain a multiple account, you may submit a request to do so to firstname.lastname@example.org, including your primary User Name and your rationale for having multiple accounts.
1.6 Equipment. You shall be solely responsible for obtaining and maintaining all telephone, communications, computer hardware and other equipment needed for access to and use of the Services and all charges of any description arising from or relating thereto.
1.7 Government Auction not involved in auctions/release. We are not involved in actual transactions between users of the Sites or any "External Sites" as defined in section 5.1 below (whether such users are auction houses, appraisers, art or antiques dealers, trade members, curators, educators, antiques professionals, collectors or other third parties affiliated with Government Auction). We have no control over the quality or legality of the items displayed on our Sites or the truth or accuracy of the descriptions of such items, upcoming auction events or auction results displayed on our Sites. In the event that you have a dispute with any parties arising out of your use of the Sites you hereby release Government Auction from claims, demands and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, suspected and unsuspected, disclosed and undisclosed, arising out of or in any way connected with such disputes.
2. Live and Timed Auctions Participation. THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBES THE TERMS ON WHICH Government Auction OFFERS YOU ACCESS TO BID ONLINE AT LIVE AND TIMED AUCTIONS CONDUCTED BY PARTICIPATING AUCTION HOUSES AND LICENSED AUCTIONEERS ("AHs").
2.1 Government Auction only a venue. Notwithstanding section 1.7 above, we are not an auction house and are not conducting the live and timed auctions. Our service allows you to participate in live and timed auctions conducted by the AHs. We are solely a passive conduit to facilitate communication between you and the AH. We reserve the right in our sole discretion to change some or all of our services at any time.
2.1.01 Control. We have no control over the quality, safety or legality of the items advertised, the truth or accuracy of the listings, the ability of AHs to sell or the ability of buyers to buy items. We do not ensure that a buyer or seller will actually complete a transaction.
2.1.02 Release. Notwithstanding section 1.7 above, because we are not involved in the actual transaction between buyers and AHs, in the event that you have a dispute with an AH, you release Government Auction (and our officers, directors, agents, parent, subsidiaries, joint ventures, and employees) from claims, demands and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, suspected and unsuspected, disclosed and undisclosed, arising out of or in any way connected with such disputes. If you are a California resident, you waive California Civil Code Section 1542, which says: "A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his favor at the time of executing the release, which if known by him must have materially affected his settlement with the debtor."
2.2 Eligibility. Each AH that conducts a live or timed auction will have its own eligibility requirements that must be met in order for you to participate in that auction. You may be required to apply for and obtain approval in order to participate in a specific live or timed auction, including in some cases providing credit card information if you have not done so previously. You agree to maintain at all times the accuracy of your account information including contact information, addresses and credit card information, and to allow us to provide any of your account information to AHs whenever necessary, including for participating in auctions. Approval to participate in one live or timed auction does not guarantee approval to participate in any other live or timed auction, conducted either by that AH, or another AH. Each AH has sole discretion to refuse to approve your eligibility for any live or timed auction.
You may not use the Payment Service to engage in activities prohibited by the First Data Terms or otherwise to violate applicable law. Either Government Auction or First Data may decline to process transactions that are too large in dollar amount, too long in duration or exceed other risk parameters. In addition, First Data may decline to provide the Payment Service to you, or may impose a reserve requirement, or may limit transaction size, or may decline to process a transaction, based on First Data ''s then-current compliance and risk management programs or any other bona fide reason. You will indemnify, hold harmless and defend Government Auction, First Data and their respective affiliates and each of their respective directors, officers, employees and agents from and against any and all claims, suits, actions, damages, demands, obligations, proceedings, investigations, liabilities or other losses of any kind (including reasonable attorneys' fees and costs) arising from a third party claim based on, arising from or relating to your use of the Payment Service.
2.4.01 Auction Houses. AHs will list items up for auction for you to bid on. Auction dates and times, as well as the number, character, and order and schedule of the items to be auctioned are set by the AH and are subject to change without notice. Individual lots and items may be modified or changed at any time. Some lots and items that are made available on the auction floor will not be included in the online live auction services. We do not control the information that is provided by AH's and which is made available through our system. We do not guarantee that the AH's maintain proper auctioneer's licenses or comply with all laws.
2.4.02 Based upon the information provided by AH, Government Auction may categorize, “tag” or otherwise describe property listed for auction on the Sites. Such categorizations, "tags" and descriptions are provided for convenience only. Government Auction DISCLAIMS ALL REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES REGARDING THE ACCURACY OR RELIABILITY OF SUCH CATEGORIZATIONS, “TAGS” OR DESCRIPTIONS OF ANY NATURE, AND BY USING THE SITE, YOU HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOU SHALL HAVE NO RECOURSE AGAINST Government Auction AND ITS AFFILAITES AND REPRESENTATIVES ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO ANY SUCH CATEGORIZATIONS, “TAGS” OR DESCRIPTIONS.
2.5 Bidding, Buying and Conditions of Sale. You may cancel an absentee bid on a lot for a live auction up until the lot has been opened for live bidding. For timed auctions the following cancelation rules will apply:
2.5a PLEASE READ!
Payment & Bidder Agreement
The following, as amended by any posted notices or announcements during the sale, constitutes the entire terms and conditions on which property listed in the catalogue shall be offered for sale or sold by Government Auction.
PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE AGREEMENT.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE
1. All items are sold AS IS, WHERE IS with all faults. ALL SALES ARE FINAL - NO REFUNDS AND NO EXCHANGES. WE AND THE CONSIGNOR DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE. NO WARRANTIES ARE MADE THAT ANY OF THE MERCHANDISE COMPLIES WITH ANY APPLICABLE GOVERNMENTAL RULES, REGULATIONS OR ORDINANCES OF ANY KIND OR NATURE WHATSOEVER. All items are available for inquiries prior to bidding. Written and oral descriptions are our opinions and should in no way be construed as a guarantee of any kind as to authenticity, age, condition, materials or any other feature of items being sold. Government Auction attempts to catalog every lot correctly and will attempt to point out any defects but will not be responsible or liable for the correctness of the catalog or other descriptions of the lot. We recommend prospective bidders examine all items in which they have an interest. By placing a bid, either in person, by phone, absentee or via the Internet, you signify that you have examined the items as fully as you desire to or that you have chosen not to examine them. If you require absolute certainty in all areas of authenticity, and the results of your evaluation leave uncertainty in your mind, we recommend you have an expert examine the lot for you or do not bid on the item in question.
2. All property is sold AS IS, WHERE IS and neither Government Auction nor the consignor makes any warranties or representations of any kind or nature with respect to property or its value, and in no event shall be responsible for the correctness of description, genuineness, attribution, provenance, authenticity, authorship, completeness, condition of property or estimate of value. No statement (oral or written) in this catalog, at the sale, or elsewhere shall be deemed such a warranty or representation, or any assumption of responsibility. All measurements are approximate.
3. The successful bidder is the highest bidder acknowledged by the auctioneer. In the event of any dispute between bidders, or in the event of doubt on Government Auction's part as to the validity of any bid, the auctioneer will have the final discretion either to determine the successful bidder or to re-offer and resell the article in dispute. If any dispute arises after the sale, Government Auction's sale record is conclusive.
4. The purchaser assumes full responsibility for items at the fall of the hammer.
5. A buyer's premium of 15% will be added to the hammer price on each lot sold.
6. For all residents of California, 9.75% sales tax will be added to your invoice.
7. PAYMENT: We accept bank wire transfers, personal or company check, cashier's check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. For items purchased online, you will be emailed an invoice within 24 hours after the auction. This email provides a link that allows you to pay immediately and securely online. It is your responsibility to contact us via email at email@example.com if you are unable to pay through our online check-out system. If paying by credit card, we may ask for identification when you spend over a certain amount. We will not be able to ship your item without the requested identification. If paying by check, money order, or cashier's check, Government Auction reserves the right to hold all purchases until the check has cleared to the satisfaction of Government Auction and its bank. If we are prevented by fire, theft, or any other reason whatsoever from delivering any property to the purchaser, our liability shall be limited to the sum actually paid, by the purchaser for such property. 6. IF THERE EVER IS A CASE OF A REFUND BEING ISSUED, YOU WILL BE CHARGED A 15% RESTOCKING FEE AND YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE TO PAY SHIPPING FEES AND BUYER'S PREMIUMS WILL NOT BE REFUNDED. PLEASE BID RESPONSIBLY AND ASK ALL QUESTIONS PRIOR TO PLACING A BID.
8. Government Auction reserves the right to withdraw any lot at any time before, during, or after the auction without liability.
9. The auctioneer reserves the right to reject any bid at any time and at his sole discretion.
10. A range of estimates is given on each lot with a low and a high estimate. Estimates should not be relied on as a prediction of the actual selling or resale price.
11. On the fall of the auctioneer's hammer, ownership of the offered lot will pass to the highest bidder acknowledged by the auctioneer, subject to fulfillment by such bidder, of all the conditions set forth herein, and such bidder thereupon a) assumes full risk and responsibility thereof, but not limited to, insurance, fire, theft, removal and storage or damage from any and all causes, and b) will pay the full purchase price thereof or such part as we may require. Payment is due within 72 hours of the conclusion of the auction. Payments will be considered passed due after 72 hours. Late charges will be imposed immediatly once the purchase is considered past due. In addition to other remedies available to us by law, we reserve the right to impose a compounding late charge of 1 1/2% per week of the total purchase price if payment is not made in accordance with the conditions set forth herein. REGARDING ANY PURCHASER WHO IS REPRESENTED BY A BIDDER: BIDDERS ARE PERSONALLY AND INDIVIDUALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY OBLIGATIONS OF THE PURCHASER SET FORTH IN THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE. If any applicable conditions herein are not complied with by the purchaser, in addition to other remedies available to us and the Consigner by law, including, without limitation, the right to hold the purchaser liable for the total purchase price, we at our option may either, a) cancel the sale, retaining as liquidated damages all payments made by the purchaser, or b) resell the property at public auction without reserve, and the purchaser will be liable for any deficiency costs including handling charges, the expenses of both sales, our commissions on both sales at our regular rates, reasonable attorney's fees, incidental damages, and all other charges due hereunder. In the event that such a buyer pays a portion of the purchase price for any or all lots purchased, Government Auction shall apply the payment received to such lot or lots that Government Auction's, in its sole discretion deems appropriate. In the case of default, purchaser shall be liable for legal fees and expenses. In addition, a defaulting purchaser will be deemed to have granted us a security interest in, and we may retain as collateral security for such purchaser's obligations to us, any property in our possession owned by such purchaser.
12. In the unlikely event we lose our internet connection, Government Auction reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to cancel the remainder of the auction.
13. **Auctioneer has final discretion on sale of an item. His word is final.**
14. We do not honor misbids or bid errors. Bidders are responsible to all of your bids.
**IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ***
AS YOU HAVE ACKNOWLEDGED BY AGREEING TO THE TERMS OF THIS AUCTION, THERE ARE NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES. IN THE EVENT THAT YOU REQUEST AND ARE GRANTED BY Government Auction A RETURN, CANCELLATION, OR REFUND, YOU AGREE THAT YOU ARE STILL RESPONSIBLE TO PAY A 15% RESTOCKING FEE BASED ON THE FINAL SALE PRICE (I.E. THE HAMMER PRICE) OF EACH ITEM THAT IS RETURNED PLUS THE ENTIRE BUYER'S PREMIUM FOR EACH ITEM AS WELL AS ALL OF THE SHIPPING/HANDLING CHARGES. THIS MEANS THAT THE RESTOCKING FEE, BUYER'S PREMIUM AND SHIPPING/HANDLING CHARGES ARE NEVER ELIGIBLE FOR A REFUND OR RETURN.
Will Call of items is not allowed. Coming to our offices to view items is also not allowed. ***INSURANCE INCLUDED IN ABOVE PRICES*** ***IMPORTANT***. - Should expedited shipping be requested, substantial additional fees will apply. - We reserve the right to adjust shipping charges. - Substantial Additional fees apply when shipping Internationally. - All items are shipped insured. We cannot ship to a PO Box. Please be sure that you understand our shipping policies prior to bidding. If you are unclear, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for clarification. If you are still unsure, please enjoy the auction however, please do not bid.
IMPORTANT Notices & Disclaimers - Please Read
Regarding Appraised Jewelry and Loose Stones - Government Auction sends them out to a third party for Retail Replacement Value Appraisals, which are the most common. These types of evaluations are written for insurance needs. This would be the cost to replace the jewelry with an item of equal quality and kind, considered to be the current market price or the replacement value. This type of appraisal is done to protect you in the event of damage or loss of a valuable item. Our appraisals are conducted by independent 3rd Party appraisal firms that utilizes Certified GIA Gemologist. Appraisals should be used for verification of gemstone and/or metal weight, size, and grade only, not actual value. Appraisal value should be considered for insurance purposes only, not actual value, as price varies greatly from retail locations thru out the world. Items should not be purchased with the expectation to resell for appraisal price, or for profit.
2.6 Video and Audio. Any audio or video aspects of a live auction event are for entertainment purposes only.
2.7 No warranty. WITHOUT LIMITING SECTION 10 BELOW, WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE LIVE OR TIMED AUCTION SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE, OR THAT BIDS WILL BE RECEIVED BY THE AH OR INFORMATION REGARDING CURRENT PRICE WILL BE TRANSMITTED IN A TIMELY FASHION, NOR DO WE GUARANTEE THE PERFORMANCE OF ANY OBLIGATIONS BY AN AH.
2.8 Limitation of Liabilities. WITHOUT LIMITING SECTION 11 BELOW, IN NO EVENT SHALL WE, AHs, OR OUR SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE FOR LOST PROFITS OR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE FAILURE OF ANY BID OR PRICING INFORMATION TO BE TRANSMITTED OR RECEIVED BY YOU OR THE AH IN A TIMELY MANNER, THE INTERRUPTION OF ANY DATA TRANSMISSION, AUDIO OR VIDEO BROADCAST, OR THIS AGREEMENT (HOWEVER ARISING, INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE).
Section 3. Information You Provide to Us.
3.1 Your Information. The term "Your Information" means collectively the following: (i) any information or materials you provide to us in connection with our registration process, your use of any Services, or in email correspondence with us, (ii) any information or materials you provide to other users of the Sites in connection with your use of any Services, or in any public message board or chat room area, (iii) any information or materials you provide to auction houses, appraisers, art or antiques dealers, trade members, curators, educators, antiques professionals, collectors or other third parties affiliated with Government Auction in connection with your use of any Services, and (iv) any search terms or other instructions that you transmit to our servers through a web browser. Please note that the information and materials belonging to Your Information may include without limitation textual information, graphic images, photographs, and audio-visual materials. Except as may be otherwise expressly provided to the contrary in this Agreement or the Additional Agreements, you are solely responsible for Your Information, and we act at all times as a passive conduit for your online distribution, communication, and/or publication of Your Information.
3.2 Covenant Regarding Your Information. You agree that Your Information: will not be false, inaccurate, frivolous, or misleading, (ii) will not infringe any third party's copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret, or other proprietary rights or rights of publicity or privacy, (iii) shall not violate any law, statute, ordinance, or regulation (including without limitation those governing export control, consumer protection, unfair competition, anti-discrimination, or false advertising), (iv) will not be defamatory, trade libelous, unlawfully threatening , unlawfully harassing, or obscene, (v) will not contain any computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, time bombs, or other computer programs, scripts, or instructions that are intended to damage or detrimentally interfere with the operation or use of the Services, or to intercept or expropriate any proprietary computer system information or other confidential data or personal information relating to or arising out of the access or use of the Services, (vi) will not create any liability for Government Auction or cause Government Auction to lose (in whole or in part) the services of its internet service providers or other suppliers and business affiliates, (vii) will not contain any links to or from other information or websites for which you do not have the right to make or reproduce such links, and (vii) will not solicit or involve the purchase or sale of counterfeit, stolen or illegal items, or solicit or commit any fraudulent transaction or other form of criminal activity.
3.3 Updated Information. If you are a registered user of the Sites, you agree to promptly update your account registration information in order to keep it current, complete, and accurate.
3.4 Limited License. To enable us to use Your Information, so that we are not violating any rights you might have in Your Information, you hereby grant us a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, sub-licensable (through multiple tiers) right to exercise the copyright and publicity rights (but no other rights) you have in Your Information, in any media now known or hereafter existing, with respect to Your Information.
Section 4. Use of Content.
4.1 Copyright. You acknowledge that the Services contain information, text, software, photographs, music, audio and video clips, graphics, links and other material (collectively, the "Content") that are protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights of Government Auction or third parties. All Content used or made available through the Services is copyrighted as a collective work and/or compilation of Government Auction pursuant to applicable copyright law. Government Auction owns a copyright in the selection, coordination, arrangement and enhancement of such Content, as well as in the content original to Government Auction. You agree to comply with any additional copyright notices, information, or restrictions contained in any Content available on or accessed through the Services. Government Auction does not grant permission to users of its Services to reproduce images of original works of art.
4.2 Limited License. Subject to your compliance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement (including without limitation the restrictive terms and conditions set forth in this Section 4), and except to the extent otherwise expressly provided in an Additional Agreement between you and Government Auction, you are granted a limited non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sub-licensable, and revocable license to access the Services and/or Content only for your own personal non-commercial use.
You acknowledge that all Content included with the Services is provided for your own use. In no case shall you re-publish the Content in any form without express written permission of Government Auction. You will limit printouts for personal use of the material to a maximum of 35 individual text listings per individual. Reproduction of images is strictly prohibited without the written permission of both Government Auction and the originating auction house. Your right to use this product is limited to a single workstation unless an additional agreement for network access has been signed by both parties. You acknowledge that you are not permitted to sell or otherwise dispose the software and that no rights granted hereunder may be assigned or sublicensed by Licensee, any assignment or sublicense being void.
You agree to maintain and/or reproduce all copyright and other notices contained in such Services and/or Content. You may not modify, publish, transmit, transfer or sell, resell, reproduce, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, display, or in any way exploit or commercially use any of the Services and/or Content, in whole or in part, except as expressly permitted in this Agreement or in an Additional Agreement between you and Government Auction. You acknowledge that you do not acquire any ownership rights by accessing or downloading copyrighted materials. You shall not store electronically any portion of any Services and/or Content. You may not collect and use e-mail addresses of other users of the Sites or other user account information, listings, or perform any form of data extraction or data-mining whatsoever. Except as expressly permitted by the copyright laws, no copying, storage, redistribution or publication of any of the Services and/or Content is permitted without the express permission of Government Auction or the owners of such Services and/or Content or their authorized persons, if other than Government Auction. You are responsible for complying with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations regarding your use of any such downloaded Content. Government Auction reserves all rights in the Content and Services not expressly granted hereunder.
4.3 Trademarks. Government Auction is a trademark of Government Auction, LLC. All rights reserved. All other trademarks associated with product and company names that may appear in connection with the posting of items for sale are the property of their respective owners. Use of such third party trademarks does not suggest or imply any affiliation with or endorsement by those third parties.
4.4 Uploading or Posting Content. You will not upload, post, or otherwise make available through the Services any Content protected by copyright, trademark, or other proprietary right without the express permission of the owner of the copyright, trademark, or other proprietary right and the burden of determining that any material is not protected by copyright rests with you. You shall be solely liable for any damage resulting from any infringement of copyrights, proprietary rights, or any other harm resulting from such a submission. By submitting Content to any public area of the Sites, you hereby grant, or warrant that the owner of such Content has expressly granted, Government Auction a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, publicly display and distribute such Content (in whole or in part) worldwide and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or hereafter developed for the full term of any copyright that may exist in such Content. You also permit any other user of the Services to access, view, store, or reproduce such Content for that user's personal use.
4.5 Beneficiaries. The foregoing provisions of this Section 3 are for the benefit of Government Auction, its subsidiaries, affiliates and its third party content providers and licensors and each shall have the right to assert and enforce such provisions directly or on its own behalf.
Section 5. Sites Access; Interference with Services; Monitoring; Compliance with Laws.
5.1 Sites Access. We do not guarantee continuous, uninterrupted, or secure access to the Services, and operation of the Sites may be interfered with by numerous factors outside of our control. We recommend that you use Government Auction with Microsoft Windows Operating Systems and Internet Explorer Version 5.5 or later. Internet connection speed will determine how rapidly pages with photographs load to your browser.
5.2 No Interference. You agree that you will not use any robot, spider, other automatic device, or manual process to monitor or copy our web pages or the content contained herein without our prior expressed written permission. You agree that you will not use any device, software, or routine to interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Sites or the Services, or any transaction being conducted on or through the Sites or Services. You agree that you will not take any action that imposes an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on the server infrastructure of the Sites.
5.3 Fraudulent Activity. You may not register to use any Services under a false name, or use an invalid or unauthorized credit card in connection with any Services. You may not make offers to purchase any goods or services under a false name while using the Services. You may not impersonate any other user of the Services, or make use of another user's password(s). Such fraudulent conduct is a violation of federal and state laws. Fraudulent conduct may be reported by us to law enforcement authorities, and we will cooperate with such authorities to ensure that violators are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
5.4 Monitoring. You agree that Government Auction has the right, but not the obligation, to monitor any form of user activity and/or Content linked to or from or otherwise associated with the Services. We may investigate any reported violation of our Agreement, Additional Agreements or Sites policies, and any user or other third party complaints relating thereto. We may take any action that we deem appropriate in connection with any such investigation without notice (including without limitation issuing warnings, suspending or terminating Services, denying Sites access and/or removing any materials posted on the Sites). We may also investigate, in our sole discretion, the use of any credit card by a user in connection with the Services, and take such action as we deem necessary or appropriate, including without limitation contacting the owner or user of such card or canceling purchase orders placed by such owner or user.
5.5 Compliance with Laws. The Services may be used only for lawful purposes and in a lawful manner. You agree to comply with all applicable laws, statutes and regulations regarding use of the Services and any transactions that may be conducted by means of the Services.
Section 6. External Sites; Linking.
6.1 External Sites. The Services may contain links to websites on the Internet that are owned and operated by third parties (the "External Sites"). This Agreement does not apply to your use of any External Sites to which the Sites links, and we are not responsible for the availability of any External Sites to which the Sites links. We do not endorse or take responsibility for the contents, advertising, products or other materials made available through any External Sites, and you acknowledge that Government Auction is not responsible for the availability of, or the content, advertising, products, or other materials located on or through, any External Sites. Under no circumstances will we be held responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any loss or damage that is caused or alleged to have been caused to you in connection with your use of, or reliance on, any content, goods, or services available on any External Sites. If you decide to access an External Sites, you do so at your own risk. You should contact the sites administrator or Webmaster for those External Sites if you have any concerns regarding such links or the content or services located on such External Sites.
Section 7. Breach.
7.1 Without limiting other remedies, we may immediately issue a warning, temporarily suspend, indefinitely suspend or terminate your registered user account and/or refuse to provide the Services to you: (i) if you breach this Agreement or any of the Additional Agreements it incorporates by reference or which you have separately entered into with Government Auction; (ii) if we are unable to verify or authenticate any information you provide to us; or (iii) if we believe that your actions may cause legal liability for you, us, our other users, or other third party business affiliates.
Section 8. Indemnity.
8.1 You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold Government Auction and its affiliates, and their respective officers, directors, owners, agents, information providers, and licensors (collectively, the "Company Parties") harmless from and against any and all claims, liability, losses, costs, and expenses (including attorneys' fees) incurred by any Company Party in connection with any use or alleged use of the Service under your password by any person, whether or not authorized by you. Government Auction reserves the right, at its own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, and in such case, you agree to cooperate with Government Auction's defense of such claim.
Section 9. Termination of or Change in the Services.
9.1 Government Auction shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any of the direct or indirect consequences of any modification, malfunction, suspension, discontinuance of or interruption to or of any of the Services. Government Auction reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to restrict, suspend, or terminate your access to all or any part of the Services at any time for any reason without prior notice or liability. Government Auction may change, suspend or discontinue all or any aspect of the Services at any time, including the availability of any feature, database, or Content without prior notice or liability.
SECTION 10. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES.
10.1 NEITHER Government Auction NOR ANY PROVIDER OF THIRD PARTY CONTENT OR THEIR RESPECTIVE AGENTS WARRANTS THAT THE SITES OR SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS OR BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE OR ERROR FREE; NOR DOES Government Auction, ANY THIRD PARTY CONTENT PROVIDER, OR THEIR RESPECTIVE AGENTS MAKE ANY WARRANTY AS TO THE RESULTS TO BE OBTAINED FROM USE OF THE SITES, SERVICES OR THE CONTENT. THE SERVICES AND THE CONTENT ARE DISTRIBUTED ON AN "AS IS, AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. NONE OF Government Auction, THIRD-PARTY CONTENT PROVIDERS, AND THEIR RESPECTIVE AGENTS MAKE ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, WARRANTIES OF TITLE OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT, WITH RESPECT TO THE SITES, SERVICES, ANY CONTENT OR ANY PRODUCTS OR SERVICES SOLD THROUGH THE SERVICES. NEITHER Government Auction NOR ANY THIRD PARTY CONTENT PROVIDER WARRANTS THAT ANY FILES AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOADING THROUGH THE SITES OR SERVICES WILL BE FREE OF VIRUSES OR SIMILAR CONTAMINATION OR DESTRUCTIVE FEATURES. YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE OF THE SERVICES AND THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE CONTENT IS ASSUMED SOLELY BY YOU. WITHOUT LIMITING ANY PROVISION HEREIN, Government Auction MAKES NO WARRRANY THAT ANY PARTICULAR COMPUTER SYSTEM CONFIGURATION WILL BE COMPATIBLE WITH THE SITES. IT IS YOUR SOLE RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM HAS THE RECOMMENDED HARDWARE, OPERATING SOFTWARE, AND INTERNET BROWSER SOFTWARE VERSIONS TO ACHIEVE THE SITES FULL FUNCTIONALITY AND CAPABILITIES. Some states do not allow the disclaimer of implied warranties or limitation on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above disclaimer or limitation may not apply to you. You may have other rights, which vary from state to state.
10.2 The Sites includes an extensive collection of auction records that might be used as tools in the process of estimating values. Government Auction Content is only one of several elements that you should consider in estimating value of an antique or other artistic work and depends upon the accuracy and timing of information which Government Auction itself receives. Government Auction strongly recommends that its Content only be used in conjunction with other specialists such as Auction Houses, Personal Property Appraisers, Museums, and Dealers.
While Government Auction will endeavor to use commercially reasonable efforts to confirm the authenticity of the goods it receives and posts for auction via its websites, Government Auction makes no claims, representations or warranties with regard to the authenticity of any goods sold on its websites. Accordingly, to the extent permitted by applicable law, we exclude all express or implied warranties, terms and conditions including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement. In addition, to the extent permitted by applicable law, Government Auction (including our affiliates, officers, directors, agents and employees) is not liable, and you agree not to hold Government Auction responsible, for any damages or losses (including, but not limited to, loss of money, goodwill or reputation, profits, or other intangible losses or any special, indirect, or consequential damages) resulting directly or indirectly from the items posted for sale on our websites. Some jurisdictions do not allow the disclaimer of warranties or exclusion of damages, so such disclaimers and exclusions may not apply to you. If you have purchased an item that is not as described in our posting for auction, your sole remedy is to return it in the condition you received it in exchange for a refund.
If you believe that an item posted for sale on our websites violates a trademark, copyright or other intellectual property right held by you, please notify us immediately regarding the posting in question and the basis for your claim so we can properly investigate your claim.
10.3 Government Auction and third party content providers are not responsible for the translations provided by Google Translate. The translated copies of the Sites are not legally binding, and any differences created in translation have no legal effect. Please be aware that the original lot description in the auction catalogue provided by the AH is the official Content. If there are any concerns regarding the accuracy of the information presented within the translated versions of our sites, please refer back to the official Content.
SECTION 11. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY.
11.1 THE LIMITATION OF LIABILITY CONTAINED IN THIS SECTION 10 APPLY TO ANY DAMAGES OR INJURY CAUSED BY ANY FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE, ERROR, OMISSION, INTERRUPTION, DELETION, DEFECT, DELAY IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION, COMPUTER VIRUS, COMMUNICATION LINE FAILURE, THEFT OR DESTRUCTION OR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO, ALTERATION OF, OR USE OF RECORD, WHETHER FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT, TORTIOUS BEHAVIOR, NEGLIGENCE, OR UNDER ANY OTHER CAUSE OF ACTION. YOU SPECIFICALLY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT Government Auction IS NOT LIABLE FOR THE DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT OF OTHER USERS OR THIRD PARTIES AND THAT THE RISK OF INJURY FROM THE FOREGOING RESTS ENTIRELY WITH YOU.
11.2 UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL Government Auction OR ITS AFFILIATES, OR ANY OF ITS SHAREHOLDERS, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE CAUSED BY YOUR RELIANCE ON INFORMATION OBTAINED THROUGH EITHER THE CONTENT OR THE SERVICES, OR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE CAUSED BY YOU BEING EXPOSED TO INFORMATION CONTAINED ON THE SITES. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO EVALUATE THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS OR USEFULNESS OF ANY INFORMATION, OPINION, ADVICE OR OTHER CONTENT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICE. PLEASE SEEK THE ADVICE OF PROFESSIONALS, AS APPROPRIATE, REGARDING THE EVALUATION OF ANY SPECIFIC INFORMATION, OPINION, ADVICE OR OTHER CONTENT, INCLUDING OPINIONS OR ADVICE REGARDING THE IDENTIFICATION, VALUATION OR CARE OF ANTIQUES.
11.3 NEITHER Government Auction, ANY THIRD-PARTY CONTENT PROVIDER NOR THEIR RESPECTIVE AGENTS SHALL BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO ACCESS OR USE THE SITES OR SERVICES, EVEN IF SUCH PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. OUR LIABILITY, AND THE LIABILITY OF OUR SUPPLIERS, TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTIES IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCE IS LIMITED TO THE GREATER OF (A) THE AMOUNT OF FEES YOU PAY TO US IN THE 12 MONTHS PRIOR TO THE ACTION GIVING RISE TO LIABILITY, AND (B) $100.00. Some states do not allow exclusion of implied warranties or limitation of liability for incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. In such states, the liability of Government Auction, third party content providers and their respective agents shall be limited to the greatest extent permitted by law. Some states do not allow the limitation of liability, so the foregoing limitation may not apply to you.
SECTION 12. MICELLANEOUS
12.1 Copyright Infringement Policy. Government Auction observes the rights of all copyright holders and has adopted and implemented a policy that provides for the termination in appropriate circumstances of users and registered account holders who infringe the rights of copyright holders. If you believe that your work or that of a third party has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide our Copyright Officer (who may be contacted electronically at support@Auctionking.com or care of our notice address in Section 12.7 below) with the information required below by the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. 512:
A. A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;
B. Identification of the copyright work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online sites are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that sites;
C. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material;
D. Information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact the complaining party;
E. A statement that the complaining party has a good-faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
F. A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
12.2 Governing Law. Any dispute arising under or related to the conduct of the auction or sale of merchandise thereat, or is the result of any claim related to the merchandise offered and/or purchased thereat, shall be determined by arbitration before the American Arbitration Association, pursuant to the Commercial Arbitration Rules then in effect, such arbitration to be conducted in the City of Agoura Hills, State of California, and not by a lawsuit or resort to court process except as California law provides for judicial review of arbitration proceedings. All bidders agree to such arbitration, and give up their constitutional right to have any such dispute in a court of law before a jury. Notice: by accepting the terms of this contract you are agreeing to have all issues decided by mutual arbitration and you are giving up your right to a jury or court.
12.3 Headings. Section headings in this Agreement are for reference purposes only and in no way define, limit, construe or describe the scope or extent of such section.
12.4 Severability; Construction. If any provision of this Agreement is held to be invalid or unenforceable, such provision shall be struck and the remaining provisions shall be enforced. If any inconsistency exists between the terms of this Agreement and any additional terms and conditions of Additional Agreements (whether such Additional Agreements are posted in electronic format on the Sites or are separate written agreements entered into between you and Government Auction) such terms shall be interpreted as to eliminate any inconsistency, if possible, and otherwise, the additional terms and conditions of the Additional Agreements shall control.
12.5 Waiver. Government Auction's failure to exercise or forbearance from exercising any rights or remedies, or failure to enforce or forbearance from enforcing, the strict performance of any provision of this Agreement, will not constitute a waiver of Government Auction's right to exercise such rights or remedies or enforce such provision or any other provisions of this Agreement in that or any other instance. Any waiver of any provision of this Agreement by Government Auction must be made in writing and signed by an authorized representative of Government Auction specifically referencing this Agreement and the provision to be waived.
12.6 Assignment; Third-Party Beneficiaries. This Agreement will inure to the benefit of Government Auction's successors and assigns. Except as set forth in this Agreement, this Agreement shall not benefit or create any right or cause of action in or on behalf of any person other than the parties hereto.
12.7 Notices. Except as otherwise provided herein, any notices to be given pursuant to this Agreement may be given by postal mail to PINNACLE CONSULTING GROUP, LLC 180 Promenade Circle, Suite 300, Sacramento CA 95843 Attn: Vice President of Operations (in the case of us) or to the email address you provide to Government Auction 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 Government Auction during the registration process in the event that an address was supplied. In such case, notice shall be deemed given 3 days after the date of mailing.
12.8 Survival. Subsections 1.8, 3.1, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.3, 4.4 and 5.1 and Section 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11, shall survive any termination of this Agreement as well as any other provisions which by their terms or sense are intended to survive.
12.9 Integration. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof, and except for any Additional Agreements that you may have entered into with Government Auction, supersedes all previous written or oral agreements between the parties with respect to such subject matter hereof.
Updated April 20th, 2018