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The Mint Hill Times may provide users an opportunity to transmit or post text, videos, photographs, images, sound files and/or other content to The Mint Hill Times Services (collectively, “User Content”) and may provide for the hosting, sharing and/or publishing of such User Content. The Mint Hill Times does not necessarily endorse, support, sanction, encourage, or agree with User Content and expressly disclaims any and all liability in connection with any User Content.
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You are responsible for actions undertaken by those using your user account(s) and password(s). The Mint Hill Times, in its sole discretion, may suspend or terminate your user account(s) for any reason without notice, including but not limited to if you or anyone using your user account(s) or password(s) violates or attempts to violate these Terms of Service.
The Mint Hill Times may, in appropriate circumstances, terminate your user account(s), if you are determined to be a repeat infringer. You may be determined to be a repeat infringer if The Mint Hill Times determines that you have posted or transmitted infringing User Content more than once.
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Governing Law, Jurisdiction, and Choice of Forum
You agree that any claim, action or proceeding arising out of these Terms of Service, or your use of The Mint Hill Times Services, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the substantive laws of the State of North Carolina and must brought solely in a state or federal court in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and any appellate court from any thereof. You unconditionally submit to the exclusive personal jurisdiction of such courts for any such action and waive, to the fullest extent you may legally and effectively do so, any objection or defense you may now or hereafter have (including without limitation the defense of an inconvenient forum) to the laying of venue in any such court of any such suit, action or proceeding.
The failure of The Mint Hill Times to exercise or enforce any portion of these Terms of Service shall not constitute a waiver or modification of any such right or position.
The section titles used in the Terms of Service are for convenience of reference only, are not intended to be considered a part hereof, and shall not modify or restrict any of the terms or provisions hereof or be taken into consideration in interpreting or construing the Terms of Service.
If any portion of these Terms of Service is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be unlawful, void, invalid or otherwise unenforceable, then the court shall endeavor to give effect to the parties’ intention as reflected in that portion and the portion shall be deemed severable from these Terms of Service and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the remaining portion, which will remain in full force and effect.
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