Terms of Service
General Publicizing Guidelines
Top Verdict, Inc. d.b.a. TopVerdict.com ("Top Verdict") permits a ranked law firm ("Law Firm") to mention its ranking as specified below:
To be eligible to mention that it has been ranked in a Top Verdict list, a Law Firm must appear in the print or online version of the Top Verdict list for the corresponding year, jurisdiction, area of law, and tier.
The Law Firm must prominently specify the year, jurisdiction, area of law, and tier of its Top Verdict ranking.
The Top Verdict ranking shall only be used for the purpose of identifying the Law Firm as having been named to the Top Verdict list and not to imply an endorsement of any products or services.
Top Verdict have the right to monitor mentions of the Top Verdict ranking, and if the Law Firm's description of its placement on the Top Verdict list is inaccurate, or otherwise unacceptable, Top Verdict will notify the Law Firm, and the Law Firm agrees that it shall immediately remove, or change, such materials in accordance with Top Verdict's request.
Under no circumstances may any entity use Top Verdict’s name, logos, or badges, without the express written permission of Top Verdict.
These guidelines are subject to change without notice. Top Verdict may withdraw or change these guidelines at any time and for any reason.
Publicizing Guidelines for a Top Verdict Badge
A Top Verdict badge licensed to a Law Firm ("Licensee") can be used only by the Licensee and only as permitted under the following guidelines:
To be eligible to use the Top Verdict badge, the Law Firm must appear in the print or online version of the Top Verdict list, and pay the licensing fees in full and in time, as designated by Top Verdict.
The Top Verdict badge shall only be used by the Law Firm named to the corresponding Top Verdict list, and may not be used by any parent, subsidiary, related or affiliated entity.
The Licensee may use it as follows:
- On its website.
- In the footer of e-mail messages originating from the Licensee.
- In print or online marketing presentations intended for limited distribution.
- In marketing brochures published for limited distribution.
- In print and online advertising (excluding billboards and other forms of outdoor advertisements, yellow page advertisements and television), provided that such advertising must be provided to Top Verdict for its approval prior to production. In no event will Top Verdict permit an advertisement to state that the Licensee is a "top verdict law firm" or to suggest that a listing in the Top Verdict list guarantees a desired result in a legal case or that the Licensee’s lawyers are necessarily more skilled than lawyers at firms that are not ranked on Top Verdict.
This Agreement does not authorize the Licensee to create reprints, e-prints, plaques, lapel pins or other products containing the Top Verdict brand. Such products may be purchased separately from Top Verdict.
The Licensee must prominently specify the year, jurisdiction, area of law, and tier of the ranking when displaying the Top Verdict badge.
If the Licensee uses the Top Verdict badge on the Licensee’s website, the Top Verdict badge must link back to the Licensee’s directory page at the Top Verdict website.
The Top Verdict badge shall only be used for the purpose of identifying the Licensee as having been named to the Top Verdict list and not to imply an endorsement of any products or services. The use of the Top Verdict badge is subject to the Licensee correctly describing its placement on the Top Verdict list. Top Verdict has the right to monitor use of the badges, and if Top Verdict determines at any time in its sole discretion that the Licensee's description of its placement in Top Verdict is or becomes inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise inappropriate for any reason, or that the Licensee is no longer entitled to use such a badge, Top Verdict will notify the Licensee, and the Licensee agrees that it shall immediately remove, or change such materials in accordance with Top Verdict's request.
The Top Verdict badge shall only be used in the form and colors designed by Top Verdict, without modifications or alterations. Such badge shall not be used in a way that would reflect poorly on Top Verdict.
Permission for use of the Top Verdict badge begins on the date that the Licensee pays the designated licensing fees in full.
The Licensee acknowledges that the Top Verdict badge is a trademarked and copyrighted creation belonging to Top Verdict and that all rights accruing from the use of the mark shall be to the benefit of Top Verdict.
The Licensee grants Top Verdict the right to reproduce and display the Licensee creative to demonstrate the use of the badge, and the Licensee represents to Top Verdict that it has the right to grant such rights.
The Licensee shall indemnify, defend and hold Top Verdict, and their parents, subsidiaries, and affiliated and related companies, and the directors, officers, employees, agents and representatives of each of them (the "Indemnified Parties") from and against, any and all liabilities, obligations, demands, causes of action, claims, judgements, settlements, losses, damages, injuries, costs or expenses ("Losses"), relating either directly or indirectly to, or arising from, the Licensee’s breach of this Agreement, the Licensee’s use of the badge, the purchase and/or use of the Licensee’s products or services by one or more consumers or customers, and/or the Licensee’s business, activities, products, and operations, including but not limited to programs and services advertised by the Licensee using the badge. Top Verdict shall, at their option, control on behalf of the Indemnified Parties the defense or settlement of any third party claim, or have the Licensee control the defense or settlement, using counsel approved in writing by Top Verdict. In either case, the Licensee, as the indemnifying party, shall bear all costs and expenses of the defense or settlement (including, without limitation, reasonable attorney’s fees, costs and expenses) as and when they are incurred. In the event that the Licensee shall have control of the defense or settlement of a third party claim, the Indemnified Parties shall have the right to participate in such defense or settlement with counsel of Top Verdict’s choosing. To the extent the Licensee controls the defense or settlement of any third party claim, the Licensee shall make no settlement without the written consent of Top Verdict.
TOP VERDICT MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR ARISING BY CUSTOM OR TRADE USAGE HEREUNDER (INCLUDING WITH REGARD TO THE TOP VERDICT BADGE) AND, SPECIFICALLY, MAKE NO WARRANTY OF ADEQUACY, MERCHANTABILITY, OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE LIABILITY OF TOP VERDICT OR ITS RESPECTIVE PARENTS, SUBSIDIARIES, AND AFFILIATED AND RELATED COMPANIES, AND THE DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF EACH OF THEM, FOR ANY ACT, ERROR, OR OMISSION FOR WHICH THEY MAY BE HELD LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE SHALL NOT EXCEED THE AMOUNT PAID BY THE LICENSEE UNDER THIS AGREEMENT. TOP VERDICT SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES HEREUNDER, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE COSTS OF DESIGNING, PRODUCING AND DISTRIBUTING THE LICENSEE’S ADVERTISING AND MARKETING MATERIALS.
The Licensee agrees to be bound by the terms of this contract. This contract shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the substantive laws of the state of New York. Any civil action or proceeding arising out of or related to this contract shall be brought in the courts of record of the state of New York in Brooklyn, New York, or the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The Licensee consents to the exclusive jurisdiction of such courts and waives any objection to the laying of venue of any such civil action or proceeding in such courts.
This Agreement contains the final and entire agreement of the parties and may not be modified without a writing executed by both parties.
In the event of a breach by the Licensee of this Agreement, the license is void and, upon notice from Top Verdict, the Licensee will cease all uses of the Top Verdict badge.
Except as set forth herein, no other use of the Top Verdict badge may be made without Top Verdict’s prior express approval.
TopVerdict, Top Verdict, and TopVerdict.com are trademarks of Top Verdict, Inc. Top Verdict's name, logo, products, and names of the products are protected under the trademark and copyright laws of the United States of America. Any use of same, including in electronic form, must be made only by permission and under the guidelines of Top Verdict, Inc.