CUES Terms and Conditions of Sale
CUES STANDARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE
ACCEPTANCE AND GOVERNING PROVISIONS. No orders shall be binding upon CUES, INC. (“Seller”) until accepted in writing by an authorized representative of Seller at its headquarters office or factory. SELLER’S ACCEPTANCE OF BUYER’S ORDER IS CONDITIONED UPON BUYER’S ACCEPTANCE OF THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET FORTH HEREIN (THE “TERMS”) AND BUYER’S AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND BY AND COMPLY WITH THE TERMS. THESE TERMS, THE TERMS ON THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT, AND ALL REFERENCED ATTACHMENTS CONSTITUTE THE ENTIRE AGREEMENT BETWEEN BUYER AND SELLER, AND NO AMENDMENT OR MODIFICATION SHALL BE BINDING ON SELLER UNLESS SIGNED BY AN OFFICER OF SELLER. THE FAILURE OF SELLER TO OBJECT TO PROVISIONS CONTAINED IN ANY PURCHASE ORDER OR OTHER DOCUMENT OF BUYER SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED AS A WAIVER BY SELLER OF THE TERMS OR AN ACCEPTANCE OF ANY SUCH PROVISIONS. ANY CONFLICTING OR ADDITIONAL TERMS OR CONDITIONS SET FORTH BY BUYER IN A PURCHASE ORDER OR OTHER DOCUMENT ARE NOT BINDING UPON SELLER, AND SELLER HEREBY EXPRESSLY OBJECTS THERETO.
LIMITED WARRANTY. Seller warrants that all parts, components, and equipment manufactured by Seller shall be free from defects in material and workmanship under normal use and service for which it was intended for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of shipment of materials by Seller to the Buyer. Seller’s obligation under this warranty is limited. Seller, at its option, may replace or repair any defective materials returned freight prepaid, to the Seller’s designated service facility. For all warranty claims, the materials must be returned in accordance with Seller’s Material Return Policy or as otherwise directed by the Seller. Buyer must notify Seller of a breach of warranty not later than the last day of the warranty period; otherwise, such claims shall be deemed waived. Major items of equipment, such as vehicles, generators, etc., furnished, but not manufactured by Seller, will be covered only under the warranty of the third party manufacturer of such equipment. Expendable parts, such as light bulbs, fuses, connectors, etc., are excluded from this warranty. Seller does not warrant the materials to meet the requirements of the safety codes of any federal, state, municipal or other governmental or administrative jurisdiction. Buyer assumes all risk and liability whatsoever resulting from the use of its products, whether used singly or in combination with other products, machines or equipment. This Warranty shall not apply to any materials, or parts thereof, which have; (a) been repaired or altered by anyone other than Seller without Seller’s written consent; (b) been subject to misuse, abuse, negligence, accident, or damage; (c) not been installed or operated in accordance with Seller’s printed instructions, or; (d) been operated under conditions exceeding or more severe than those set forth in the specifications of design tolerance of the equipment. THIS WARRANTY AND THE OBLIGATION AND LIABILITIES OF CUES HEREUNDER ARE EXCLUSIVE AND IN LIEU OF (AND PURCHASER HEREBY WAIVES) ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, GUARANTEES, REPRESENTATIONS, OBLIGATIONS, OR LIABILITIES, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, ARISING BY LAW OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, REGARDLESS WHETHER OR NOT OCCASIONED BY SELLER’S NEGLIGENCE. SELLER SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE RESULTING, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, FROM THE USE OR LOSS OF USE OF THE MATERIALS, OR FOR SPECIAL, INDIRECT, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, ECONOMIC LOSSES, LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF BUSINESS, OR LOSS OF BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, this exclusion from liability includes Buyer's expenses for downtime or for making up downtime, damages to property, and injury to or death of any persons. Seller neither assumes nor authorizes any person (including employees, agents, or representatives of Seller) to assume for it any other liability, guarantee, or warranty in connection with the sale or use of the materials, and no oral agreements, warranties, or understandings exist collateral to or affecting this warranty. This warranty shall not be extended, altered, modified, or waived except by a written instrument signed by Seller.
PATENTS AND TRADEMARKS. (a) If notified promptly by Buyer in writing and provided with authority, information, and assistance, Seller shall defend or may at any time settle, at Seller’s option, any suit or proceeding alleging that any goods designed and sold by Buyer pursuant to Seller’s proposal infringe any United States patent or trademark. Seller shall pay any damages awarded in such suit or proceeding up to the amount of the depreciated purchase price of the goods. In the event any goods are held to constitute such infringement and the use of the goods is enjoined, Seller shall, at its option and expense: (i) procure for Buyer the right to continue using the goods; (ii) replace the goods with non-infringing goods; (iii) modify the goods so that they become non-infringing; or (iv) remove the goods and return the depreciated purchase price. THE FOREGOING CONSTITUTES THE ENTIRE LIABILITY OF SELLER AND SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY OF BUYER FOR PATENT OR TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT RELATED TO THE GOODS. (b) NOTWITHSTANDING THE FOREGOING, SECTION (a) ABOVE SHALL NOT APPLY TO ANY SUIT OR PROCEEDING ALLEGING INFRINGEMENT RESULTING FROM OR RELATED TO SELLER’S COMPLIANCE WITH THE SPECIFICATIONS OR DESIGN OF BUYER OR THE USE OF GOODS OF SELLER IN COMBINATION WITH OTHER GOODS OR MATERIALS. Buyer shall defend and pay any damages awarded in such suit or proceeding.
DELIVERY AND DELAY. (a) Unless otherwise agreed to in a writing signed by Seller: (i) goods shall be delivered Ex Works Seller’s premises (Incoterms 2010), with availability of goods to the carrier constituting delivery to Buyer; (ii) title to the goods and risk of damage or loss shall pass to Buyer upon loading of goods on the initial carrier at Seller’s premises; (iii) transportation costs shall be paid by Buyer; and (iv) Buyer shall have sole responsibility for filing any claims with any carrier for delay, loss or damage. (b) Dates of delivery or other performance are estimates and are based on timely receipt from Buyer of accurate and complete approved drawings and technical data. Seller shall not be liable for any delay beyond its reasonable control or caused by accident, bad weather, embargo, act of Buyer or third parties, labor disputes, national emergency, riots, non-delivery of suppliers, delays of carriers or delivery agents, inability to obtain labor, materials or manufacturing facilities, acts of God, or government restrictions, prohibitions or requirements. In the event of any such delay, Seller’s time period for delivery or performance shall be extended accordingly. REGARDLESS OF THE CAUSE, SELLER SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR PENALTIES OF ANY NATURE AS A RESULT OF A DELAY. During any period of shortage due to the stated or similar causes, Seller may prorate its supply of material among its internal demand and its customers in whatever manner it chooses.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. (a) EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT SPECIFICALLY PROVIDED UNDER SECTION 3 ABOVE, SELLER SHALL NOT BE LIABLE UNDER ANY THEORY OF RELIEF, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, BREACH OF WARRANTY, BREACH OF CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), STRICT LIABILITY, OF OTHERWISE, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO AN ORDER OR SELLER’S ACTS OR OMISSIONS, FOR: (i) INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY NATURE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOSS OF PROFITS, DAMAGE TO PROPERTY, OR LOSS OF USE; OR (ii) ANY DAMAGE OR LOSS IN EXCESS OF THE PURCHASE PRICE ACTUALLY PAID BY BUYER. (b) Any action by Buyer must be commenced within one year after the cause of action has accrued.
CHANGES, SUBSTITUTIONS, AND CANCELLATION. (a) Any material changes requested by Buyer are not effective unless accepted in writing by an authorized representative of Seller from Seller’s corporate offices. Any changes accepted by Seller which affect the specifications or scope of work of an order shall be reflected in an updated purchase order and entitle Seller, as appropriate, to an adjustment to the price, delivery schedule, or other terms affected by such change. (b) Seller may furnish suitable substitutes for materials unobtainable due to regulations of governmental authorities or unavailability of materials from suppliers. Details of design and construction in any proposal are approximate and subject to revision by Seller. If changes in performance of services or in materials, design, layout or arrangement of goods are desired or required by conditions of which Seller was unaware or which were unforeseen by Seller, the price is subject to revision. (c) Buyer may cancel an order only with the written consent or Seller and upon payment of cancellation charges. In the event Seller accepts such cancellation for all or any part of the goods or services, Buyer shall be liable for the higher of: (i) 25% of the purchase price; or (ii) any loss incurred by Seller, including, without limitation, costs of engineering, reconditioning, labor, materials, overhead and profit margin.
APPROVALS, INSPECTION AND ACCEPTANCE. (a) Buyer’s approval, or failure to disapprove, of drawings submitted hereunder constitutes Buyer’s acceptance of equipment design, specifications and other data contained therein. (b) Inspection of goods at our plant by Buyer, or Buyer’s representatives, will be permitted insofar as such inspection does not interfere with Seller’s production and provided that complete written details of such inspection are submitted to Seller ten (10) days in advance. (c) The goods and services shall be deemed accepted, and any claim of Buyer against Seller with respect to an order shall be waived and not enforceable, unless: (i) Buyer has promptly inspected the goods and services, and written notice from Buyer of any defect has been received by Seller within forty-eight (48) hours of rejection of any equipment inspected at Seller’s factory or, if no factory inspection has taken place, within thirty (30) days following any delivery of goods or performance of services; and (ii) Seller has been given by Buyer reasonable advance notice and authorization to attend any tests designed to demonstrate that goods or services are defective, and the test conditions are mutually agreed to by Buyer and Seller. (d) Goods may not be returned without obtaining written authorization and shipping instructions from an authorized representative of Seller.
PRICES, PAYMENT, AND CREDIT. (a) Unless other terms have been expressly stated by Seller in writing, Seller’s prices: (i) are Ex-Works Seller’s Premises (Incoterms 2010); (ii) do not include any domestic sales, use, excise, or similar taxes under existing or future laws (with Buyer to be charged for same, unless Buyer has provided Seller with an appropriate tax exemption certificate); (iii) are valid for sales for 45 days from the proposal date; and (iv) do not include costs for installation of goods. All quoted prices are in U.S. Dollars and are subject to correction for clerical errors. (b) Unless otherwise agreed in writing and subject to credit approval, payment terms shall be net 30 days from the date of shipment. (c) Pro-rata payments shall become due with partial shipments of goods or partial delivery of services. Seller shall charge 11/2% per month (or such lower percentage as required by applicable law) of the unpaid invoice balance, commencing 30 days following the shipment date. Any delay in delivery or performance of an installment shall not relieve Buyer of its obligation to accept and make payment for remaining installments. If Buyer is notified by Seller that the goods are ready for shipment and there is an unreasonable delay in shipment for reasons beyond Seller’s control (including Buyer’s failure to provide shipping instructions), the date of completion shall be treated as the date of shipment for payment purposes, and completed goods shall be held at Buyer’s risk of loss or damage, with Buyer paying all storage and insurance expenses. (d) Seller may, at its option, decline to deliver goods or provide services, except for cash, or stop goods in transit whenever, for any reason, Seller doubts Buyer’s financial responsibility.
GOODS FOR EXPORT. If the ultimate destination of the goods is outside of the United States, Buyer shall designate such country on its purchase order. In the event that Buyer purchases goods for export without so notifying Seller, Buyer shall have sole liability and shall defend and indemnify Seller for any loss or damage (including without limitation, claims of governmental authorities) arising from the export from the United States or import into another country of such goods, including, without limitation, those related to packaging, labeling, marking, warranty, contents, use, or documentation of the goods. Seller shall have sole responsibility for obtaining any required export licenses. Buyer shall neither take, nor solicit Seller to take, any action which would violate any anti-boycott, anti-corruption, or any export or import statutes or regulations of the United States or other governmental authorities and shall defend and indemnify Seller for any loss or damage arising out of or related to such action.
PROPRIETARY INFORMATION. Seller retains title to all engineering and production prints, drawings, technical data, and other information and documents that relate to the goods and services sold to Buyer. Unless advised by Seller in writing to the contrary, all such information and documents disclosed or delivered by Seller to Buyer are to be deemed proprietary to Seller and shall be used by Buyer solely for the purpose of inspection, installation, and maintenance and not used by Buyer for any other purpose.