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2. DESCRIPTION OF SERVICE. BIN provides each Member with various publishing and community services, including but not limited to the capability to post links and comments to a web page (the "Services"). Unless stated otherwise, any new features that enhance or otherwise change the current Services shall be subject to this Agreement.
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SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES SO SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
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20. INJUNCTIVE RELIEF. You acknowledge that a violation or attempted violation of this Agreement will cause such damage to BIN as will be irreparable, the exact amount of which would be difficult to ascertain and for which there will be no adequate remedy at law. Accordingly, you agree that BIN shall be entitled as a matter of right to an injunction issued by any court of competent jurisdiction, restraining such violation or attempted violation of these terms and conditions by you, or your affiliates, partners, or agents, as well as recover from you any and all costs and expenses sustained or incurred by BIN in obtaining such an injunction, including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys' fees. You agree that no bond or other security shall be required in connection with such injunction.
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22. GENERAL INFORMATION. If any provision(s) of this Agreement are held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be contrary to law, then such provision(s) shall be construed, as nearly as possible, to reflect the intentions of the parties with the other provisions remaining in full force and effect. BIN's failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of this Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision unless acknowledged and agreed to by BIN in writing. Member and BIN agree that any cause of action arising out of or related to these Services must commence within one (1) year after the cause of action arose; otherwise, such cause of action is permanently barred. The section titles in this Agreement are solely used for the convenience of the parties and have no legal or contractual significance. You also may be subject to additional terms and conditions that may apply when you use affiliate or other services, third-party content or third-party software. If BIN takes any action to enforce this Agreement, BIN, if the prevailing party, will be entitled to recover from you, and you agree to pay, all reasonable and necessary attorneys' fees and any cost of litigation, in addition to any other relief, at law or in equity, to which BIN may be entitled.
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February 7, 2010