Front Line Whistleblower News

Terms of Use

Welcome to the Front Line Whistleblower News (FLWN). Access to the FLWN Web site and use of FLWN Internet products and services (collectively, the “Service[s]”) are subject to these Terms of Service, as may be amended from time to time (the “TOS Agreement”). The FLWN Web site is available and accessible by the general public, who may use the FLWN Web site with or without registering to use it (the “User[s]”). All Users are subject to the terms of this TOS Agreement.

Please read this TOS Agreement carefully. Your (“You” or “Your” shall refer to all Users) access and use of the FLWN Web site will constitute Your acceptance of this TOS Agreement and create a legally binding and enforceable agreement between User and the FLWN. In addition, You are subject to and are bound by all applicable laws and regulations and all other FLWN terms, conditions, and policies as posted throughout the FLWN Web site and as may be amended from time to time. The FLWN’s acceptance is expressly conditioned on You agreeing to this TOS Agreement, and this TOS Agreement becomes effective upon Your use of the FLWN Web site. If You do not agree to be bound by this TOS Agreement, then immediately discontinue use of the FLWN Web site.

Description of Service

  1. The FLWN Service is operated by the National Whistleblower Legal Defense & Education Fund (“NWLDEF” or “Fund” or “We”). The Service includes the FLWN Web site, which provides You with the capability to (1) view various legal and other types of documents or have the FLWN post content on Your behalf, (2) have digital versions of publications delivered to You or to other third parties, (3) post commentary or queries on various topics, (4) share articles and FLWN Web site information with other Internet users, and (5) purchase advertising. New Services may be offered from time to time. Any such new Service that may be introduced to You shall be covered by the terms of this TOS Agreement. The FLWN Web site may also contain advertisements and links to other Web sites, which You hereby acknowledge.
  2. The use of the Service is free to You, unless otherwise stated in this TOS Agreement or elsewhere on the FLWN Web site, as in certain cases where fees may apply to post materials or purchase advertising. You are responsible for any fees and costs associated with Your access to the Internet or for any hardware and/or software that You may require to access the FLWN Web site and/or the Internet.
  3. You are not required to register with the FLWN. Any User has access to view public content on the FLWN Web site. If You want to post documents or have FLWN post content on Your behalf, receive e-mail updates, advertise, post a blog, or participate in other permitted, You may be required to provide certain limited information in order for the FLWN to process Your request.
  4. FLWN Services are to be used only by persons who can form legally binding contracts under all applicable laws in Your jurisdiction. If You are using the Services as an employee on behalf of an employer, You must have the authorization to bind Your employer by Your use of the Services.

Notice to Authors

  1. Author acknowledges and agrees that any material submitted on the FLWN Service may be published to the general public on the Internet or through other media and expressly authorizes  FLWN to redistribute their content. Accordingly, Register User shall not post (1) any information through the FLWN that Author believes to be, should have known was, or wishes to remain private or confidential; or (2) any information Author believes others would wish to remain private or confidential.
  2. Author is solely responsible for determining the legality of any publications posted on the FLWN Web site, including, without limitation, whether any such material constitutes attorney or other professional advertising pursuant to any laws or professional association or legal association rules of any jurisdiction.
  3. Author represents and warrants that any materials or publications posted on the FLWN Service by Author are true and not misleading. Author will provide to the FLWN Service timely updates to any changes in law, qualifications, professional achievements, employers, affiliations, or contact information.
  4. Author will not list an individual as an “attorney” or  “lawyer” or any other professional title or designation, and will not in any other way indicate a right to practice law or any other profession, unless said individual is an attorney or other applicable professional in good standing who is licensed to practice law or any other indicated profession in the jurisdictions represented. Author will not post any materials that include a solicitation for representation, a professional service advertisement, or any other commercial message.
  5. Author represents and warrants that no publications posted on the FLWN Web site will contain any information that has been sealed by a court, is under a protective order, or is otherwise prohibited from public disclosure.
  6. As an Author, you attest that you have the legal ownership or legal right to use any publications or materials you post or permit to be posted on the FLWN Service and authorize FLWN to redistribute them on your behalf. Additionally, you attest that any publications or materials you post on the FLWN Service on behalf of others is being done with the other party’s expressed consent. For any materials you post or permit to post, you agree to post any applicable copyright or other legend or mark asserting you or your organization’s rights to the posted materials.
  7. Author expressly agrees not to (1) post or disseminate any material that in the sole opinion of the FLWN is libelous, defamatory, unduly controversial, harassing, obscene, pornographic, abusive, or deliberately offensive; (2) post or disseminate any material that in the sole opinion of the FLWN infringes upon the intellectual property or privacy rights of any third party, including, without limitation, any publication, logo, photo, image, text, or biographical information of a third party or that includes a third party’s licensed or unlicensed copyrighted work or that lists a third party’s private information such as, but not limited to, trade or business secrets, social security number, credit card number, phone number, or non-public e-mail or postal mail address; (3) post or disseminate any material that in the sole opinion of the FLWN otherwise violates any right of any third party, including, without limitation, any material non-public information about organizations or individuals without the express authorization to do so; (4) post or disseminate any material that in the sole opinion of the FLWN is an express solicitation for representation, an advertisement, publicity for an attorney or other professional or any other commercial message, unless an advertisement has been purchased in the advertising area of the FLWN Service; and, (5) post or disseminate any material that in the sole opinion of the FLWN impersonates or assumes the identity, persona, or likeness of any person or organization.
  8. If you are an Author, you acknowledge that you may transmit information including but not limited to documents, text, video, and photos, and that the FLWN is not responsible nor has any control over such posted or transmitted information. Author is responsible for all this posted information, including but not limited to its accuracy, quality, and usefulness. However, the FLWN reserves the right to screen, refuse, or edit any posted material, if the FLWN, in its sole discretion, reasonably believes that such posted material would be in violation of this TOS Agreement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, FLWN is not responsible or liable for any damages or losses whatsoever associated with Author’s postings, and such posted materials are the sole responsibility of the Author.
  9. The FLWN is not responsible or liable for any kind of losses or damages whatsoever arising out of Author’s failure to comply with Section 2 of this TOS Agreement. The FLWN reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to refuse service, including, without limitation, as a result of any activity by an Author in violation of Section 2 of this TOS Agreement.
  10. Author acknowledges and agrees that it is his or her duty to create and maintain any backup copies of any material posted on the FLWN Web site, and the FLWN is not responsible for creating any such copies. The FLWN is not responsible for the loss of any of Author’s data, which may occur intentionally, accidentally, or negligently. Furthermore, the FLWN is not liable for any errors or inaccuracies in any of Author’s posted material. The FLWN will make reasonable efforts to correct any errors in transcription of any posted material upon Author’s written request.

User Conduct

  1. User may only use the FLWN Service for lawful purposes and in accordance with this TOS Agreement, FLWN policies, and any operating rules established by the FLWN. You may not use the FLWN Service to abuse, harass, or impersonate any person or entity. You may not use the FLWN Service to post or disseminate any material that is libelous, defamatory, harassing, obscene, or that infringes on the intellectual property or privacy rights of others. In addition, You may not post or disseminate any material that otherwise violates any rights of any third party or the NWLDEF, including, without limitation, any material non-public information about individuals or organizations, without the proper authorization to do so.
  2. You may not use the FLWN Service to send unsolicited commercial e-mail (“spam”) or to facilitate the sending of spam. You may not access or attempt to access, without authorization, any computer or telecommunications equipment involved in providing FLWN Service, including, without limitation, the use of any robot, spider, scraper, or other automatic or manual means, or by bypassing any measure used by the FLWN to restrict access to the FLWN Service. You may not attempt to interfere with the operation of the FLWN Service.Pursuant to 47 U.S.C. Section 230(d), as amended, we hereby notify You that parental control protections are commercially available that may assist You in limiting access to material that is harmful to minors. Information identifying current providers of such protections is available on the Internet by searching for “parental control protection.”D. FLWN reserves the right to refuse service in its sole discretion, including, without limitation, based on any activity by a User in violation of Sections 3A, 3B, or 3C of this TOS Agreement.E. User acknowledges and agrees that FLWN may use data capture and other tracking tools to track, analyze, and compile any data or information resulting from use of the FLWN Web site and may share such data with Authors. FLWN uses cookies to track usage trends and patterns in order to better understand and improve areas of FLWN’s Web site.  By using this website and/or clicking any link on the website, You confirm Your consent to the FLWN’s placing and usage of cookies in accordance with the terms of use and FLWN’s privacy policy.4. International UsersA. FLWN Service is controlled, operated, and administered by the NWLDEF from its offices within the United States of America. If You access the FLWN Service from a location outside the United States, You are responsible for compliance with all local and international laws, as well as with the laws of the United States.B. You agree that You will not use the FLWN Service or any publications or other content accessed through the FLWN Service in any country or in any manner prohibited by the United States Export Administration Act or by any other applicable laws, restrictions, or regulations.

    5. Intellectual Property

    A. All software used on the FLWN Web site and all content included as part of the FLWN Service, such as text, graphics, logos, button icons, and images as well as the compilation thereof, is the property of the FLWN, its suppliers/contributors, and or Authors and is protected by United States and international copyright laws. You agree to abide by all copyright notices, legends, or other restrictions contained in any such content and will not make any changes thereto. Trade names, logos, and service marks of the FLWN and the NWLDEF are trademarks of the NWLDEF (the “Marks”). You agree not to display the Marks or use them in any manner without prior permission from the NWLDEF. Other logos and product and service names are the property of their respective owners, as may be indicated on the FLWN Web site.

    B. Each third-party content provider owns the copyright on content original to it, including, without limitation, the photos, images, videos, documents, text, postings, and other publications delivered or otherwise made available to You by the FLWN Service. You acknowledge that You do not acquire any ownership rights by downloading or disseminating any copyrighted material except as expressly permitted by the third-party content provider and lawful copyright owner.

    C. Except as explicitly permitted under copyright law, You may not modify, reverse engineer, publish, transmit, display, participate in the transfer or sale of, create derivative works from, or in any way commercially exploit the content, or any portion thereof, of the FLWN Service without the express permission of the copyright owner(s).

    D. You agree not to copy, reproduce, republish, transmit, modify, or distribute any of the content made available to You by the FLWN Service, except for Your personal, non-commercial use, unless You have the prior written approval of the copyright owner. Furthermore, User hereby acknowledges that (1) any transmittal and/or sharing of the content of the FLWN Web site made possible by the sharing features of the FLWN Web site is transmitted for personal use only and not for any commercial purposes, unless User has obtained the prior written consent of the copyright owner(s); and (2) any such transmittal and sharing does not grant You any right, title, or interest in any transmitted content.

    E. We do not grant You any licenses, express or implied, to the intellectual property of the NWLDEF or any copyright owner except as expressly authorized by this TOS Agreement. However, Authors grant the NWLDEF an irrevocable, royalty-free, and fully sub-licensable license to use, distribute, edit, publish, display, and otherwise use any content posted to or requested to be posted to its Web site.  Authors expressly authorize NWLDEF to enter into agreements to redistribute and /or license any content posted to or allowed to be posted to the FLWN website or affiliated organizations.

  3. Third-Party ContentA. The FLWN is a distributor and not the publisher of the materials (including text, photos, and graphics) or any other content supplied by third parties. Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, or other information or content expressed or made available by third parties, including those made in publications offered by the FLWN Service, are those of the respective author(s) or publisher(s) and not of the FLWN. The FLWN does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any content, nor will We be liable for any loss or damage caused by Your reliance on information obtained through the FLWN Service.B. The FLWN provides its Service for general informational purposes only. The FLWN does not guarantee the quality or accuracy of the information accessed through its Web site. The Service is not intended to be nor is it legal or other professional advice or a substitute for seeking legal or other professional advice from a licensed attorney or an appropriate professional. Therefore, Users should not use the FLWN Service for the purpose of seeking legal or professional advice. If a User is seeking professional advice, he or she should consult with a licensed attorney or appropriate professional.C. Transmission of information from or to FLWN is not intended to and does not create an attorney-client relationship, nor should Users act upon any information on the FLWN Web site. If You are seeking professional advice, You must consult a licensed attorney and/or other professional authorized to give such advice.D. FLWN Service may contain links to other Internet sites and third-party resources. The FLWN does not assume any responsibility or liability for communications or materials available at such linked sites. These links are provided for Your convenience only. You are solely responsible for understanding any terms and conditions that may apply when You visit or make a purchase with a third-party site. The FLWN makes no representations regarding any such site, cannot guarantee other sites’ practices regarding data privacy, and does not necessarily approve or endorse the information, products, or services contained on or accessible through such sites. You agree that by linking to other Web sites, Your use is solely at Your own risk.E. If You would like to display a link to the FLWN Web site, We request that you link only to the FLWN home page at www.whistleblowersblog.org We welcome links to the FLWN Web site from other Web sites; however, We in no way operate, control, or endorse sites that display links to the FLWN Web site. We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to disallow any such link at any time. Any link to the FLWN Web site or its content shall not be used in any way that would constitute an expressed or implied endorsement by the FLWN or any of its contributors.7. Advertisements

    Some of the FLWN Services are supported by advertising revenue and may display advertisements and promotions. These advertisements may be targeted to the content of information stored on the FLWN Service, queries made through the FLWN Service, or other information. In consideration for FLWN granting You access to and use of the FLWN Service, You agree that the FLWN may place such advertising on the FLWN Service.

    8. Modifications and Interruption to Service

    A. We reserve the right at any time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the FLWN Service (or any part thereof) with or without notice. Furthermore, You may experience interruptions in Your FLWN Service due to scheduled and unscheduled downtime for maintenance or for other purposes, during which time You may not be able to access FLWN Service.

    B. You agree that FLWN shall not be liable to You or to any third party for any modification, suspension, interruption, or discontinuance of the Service, nor shall FLWN be liable for any loss of data or transmissions during any modification or outage whatsoever. Your continued use or access of the Web site after modifications or any interruption in service shall be deemed Your conclusive acceptance of the modified Service.

    9. Disclaimer of Warranties

    A. YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE FLWN SERVICE AND ALL CONTENT IS PROVIDED ON “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASES. FLWN EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, WARRANTIES OF TITLE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, NEITHER FLWN NOR ITS AFFILIATES, LICENSORS, CONTRACTORS, OR AGENTS MAKE ANY WARRANTY THAT (1) THE FLWN SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS; (2) THE FLWN SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE; (3) THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE FLWN SERVICE WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE; OR (4) THE QUALITY OF ANY PRODUCTS, SERVICES, INFORMATION, OR OTHER MATERIAL PURCHASED OR OBTAINED BY YOU THROUGH THE FLWN SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS.

    B. YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU BEAR THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR OBTAINING AND MAINTAINING RELIABLE INTERNET CONNECTIVITY. FLWN IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR INABILITY TO DOWNLOAD OR UPLOAD CONTENT.

    C. YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT ANY MATERIAL DOWNLOADED, UPLOADED, OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF THE FLWN SERVICE IS DONE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OR UPLOAD OF ANY SUCH MATERIAL.

    D. YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM THE FLWN OR THROUGH OR FROM THE FLWN SERVICE SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THIS TOS AGREEMENT.

    10. Limitation of Liability

    A. YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT IN NO EVENT WILL FLWN, ITS AFFILILATES, LICENSORS, AGENTS, OR CONTRACTORS BE LIABLE UNDER ANY THEORY OF LAW FOR (1) ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES; (2) ANY LOSS OF PROFIT, GOOD WILL, OR OTHER INTANGIBLE ASSETS; (3) THE INABILITY TO USE SERVICE; (4) THE USE OF SERVICE; (5) THE LOSS OF DATA; OR (6) ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO THE FLWN SERVICE.

    B. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. YOU ASSUME ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR USE OR ACCESS TO THE FLWN SERVICE, INCLUDING YOUR ACCESS TO ANY DOCUMENTS OR CONTENT OBTAINED THROUGH THE FLWN SERVICE, AND WAIVE ALL CLAIMS OR CAUSES OF ACTION AGAINST THE FLWN AND NWLDEF, ITS MEMBERS, DIRECTORS, MANAGERS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, CONTRACTORS, LICENSORS, OR AFFILIATES.

    11. Indemnification

    You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the FLWN, its licensors, suppliers, contractors, and any third-party content providers to the FLWN Service and the FLWN’s respective directors, officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims, losses, obligations, liabilities, expenses, damages, and costs, including reasonable attorney’s fees, resulting from (A) Your use of the FLWN Service; (B) any violation of this TOS Agreement; (C) Your violation of any third-party right, including but not limited to any copyright or privacy right; and (D) any activity related to Your account (including negligent or wrongful conduct) undertaken by You or any other person or organization accessing the FLWN Service using Your account.

    12. Copyright Infringement Claims

    A. It is the FLWN’s policy to respond to clear notices, made in good faith, of alleged copyright infringement. The form of notice specified is dictated by the United States Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the text of which can be found at the U.S. Copyright Office Web site at https://www.copyright.gov.

    B. Regardless of whether there may be infringement under local country law or United States law, the FLWN’s response to these notices may include removing or disabling access to material claimed to be the subject of infringing activity and/or terminating Users or Authors. If we remove or disable access in response to such a notice, we will make a good-faith attempt to contact the owner and/or administrator of the affected site or content so that they may, at their discretion, make a counterclaim notification. We may also document notices of alleged infringement on which We act. Please note that in addition to being forwarded to the person who provided the allegedly infringing content, a copy of this legal notice may be sent to a third party who may publish and/or annotate it.

    C. To file a notice of infringement with us, You must provide a written communication that sets forth the items specified below. This communication must be sent by regular U.S. mail and not by e-mail, except by prior agreement.

    D. To expedite our ability to process Your request, and for Your notice to be effective pursuant to the DMCA requirements (see 17 U.S.C. 512(c)(3) for details), Your notice must substantially comply with the following:

    • Identify in sufficient detail the copyrighted work that You believe has been infringed upon or provide other information sufficient to specify the copyrighted work being infringed, including the location of the material on the FLWN Web site.
    • Identify the material that You claim is infringing the copyrighted work listed in item.
    • Provide information reasonably sufficient to permit the FLWN to contact You, including the company name, contact name, street address, phone number, and e-mail address, if possible.
    • Provide information reasonably sufficient to permit the FLWN to notify the owner/administrator of the allegedly infringing content, including the company name, contact name, street address, phone number, and e-mail address, if possible.
    • Include a statement to the following effect: “I have a good-faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.”
    • Include a statement to the following effect that is made under penalty of perjury: “I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.”
    • Provide a physical or electronic signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other intellectual property interest that is allegedly infringed.
    • Send the written communication to the following address:

    Attn: Managing Director
    Front Line Whistleblower News
    c/o National Whistleblower Legal Defense & Education Fund
    1800 M Street, NW
    #33888
    Washington, DC 20033

    1. Please note that in addition to being forwarded to the person who provided the allegedly infringing content, a copy of this legal notice will be sent to a third party who may publish and/or annotate it.  A link to Your published letter may be displayed in FLWN’s search results in place of the removed content.
    2. The DMCA permits the administrator of an affected site or the provider of affected content to make a good-faith counterclaim notification pursuant to the DMCA (see17 U.S.C. 512(g)(3)). When We receive a counterclaim notification in compliance with the DMCA elements, We may reinstate the material in question. To file a counterclaim notification with the FLWN, You must provide a written communication (via regular U.S. mail, not via e-mail) that meets the then-current statutory requirements imposed by the DMCA (seehttp://www.copyright.gov, 17 U.S.C. 512).

      G. Some FLWN Services do not have Authors or account holders. For Services that do, the FLWN will, in appropriate circumstances and in its sole discretion, terminate repeat infringers. If You believe that a User or Author is a repeat infringer, please follow the instructions above to contact the FLWN and provide information sufficient for us to verify such allegations.

      H. Please note that You will be liable for damages (including costs and attorneys’ fees), and there may be penalties imposed under the DMCA, if You materially misrepresent that a product or activity is infringing Your copyrights or if You file a false claim or counterclaim. Accordingly, if You are not sure whether material available online infringes Your copyright, we suggest that You first contact an attorney.

    If you wish to learn more about the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, click here.

    1. Monitoring

      The FLWN has the right, but not the obligation, to monitor the FLWN Service to determine compliance with this TOS Agreement and with any operating rules and policies established by FLWN, and to satisfy any law, regulation, or government request. Without limiting the foregoing, We shall have the right to remove or right to refuse to post any content that We, in our sole discretion, find to be (A) in violation of the provisions of this TOS Agreement, (B) otherwise objectionable, or (C) in breach of FLWN’s and/or its Authors’ obligations.

      14. Termination

      Either the FLWN or You may terminate this TOS Agreement at any time and without notice. Without limiting the foregoing, the FLWN may, in its sole discretion and without liability, disable or terminate Your use of the FLWN Service for any reason, including, without limitation, if the FLWN believes that You have violated or acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of this TOS Agreement. Any termination of Your access to the Service under any provision of this TOS Agreement may be effected without prior notice, and FLWN may immediately deactivate or delete Your account and all related information and/or bar any further access to the Service. Sections 4, 5, 6, and 8 through 13 shall survive termination of this Agreement. Furthermore, Author agrees that his or her account terminates upon his or her death. The FLWN reserves the right to terminate and/or permanently delete all content of such Author’s account upon receipt of actual notice of Author’s death.

      15. Entire Agreement

      This TOS Agreement and the other rules, guidelines, licenses, policies, and disclaimers posted on the FLWN Web site constitute the entire agreement between the FLWN and You with respect to Your use of the FLWN Service and supersede all previous written or oral agreements between FLWN and You with respect to the subject matter hereof.

      16. Governing Law

      This TOS Agreement shall be governed by the statutes and laws of the District of Columbia, without regard to the conflicts of laws principles thereof. The parties consent to the jurisdiction of any state or federal courts located in Washington, DC. The parties waive personal service of any and all process and agree that all such service of process may be made by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested to the address as set forth below in the case of FLWN, or to the address provided by an Author in the account information field. TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, EACH OF THE PARTIES WAIVES THE RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL IF ANY SUIT OR PROCEEDING ARISES UNDER THIS TOS AGREEMENT.

      17. Waiver and Severability

    No waiver by either party of any breach or default hereunder shall be deemed to be a waiver of any preceding or subsequent breach or default. If a court of competent jurisdiction finds that any provision of this TOS Agreement is invalid or unenforceable, this shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the remaining terms.

    18. Notification of Changes

    From time to time, FLWN may revise this TOS Agreement to keep them up to date with FLWN’s products and services or other changes. For revisions to this TOS Agreement, Users shall periodically refer to https://www.whistleblowersblog.org/terms-of-use/ to become familiar with such changes. The date of update is intended to alert You to recent modifications. If You do not wish to accept such modifications, You may immediately cease using the FLWN Service. Your access or use of the FLWN Service subsequent to such an update signifies Your consent to be bound by such changes.

    19. Notice

    All notices, unless otherwise stated in the terms of this TOS Agreement, may be sent to:

    Attn: Managing Director
    Front Line Whistleblower News
    c/o National Whistleblower Legal Defense & Education Fund
    1800 M Street, NW
    #33888
    Washington, DC 20033

    Phone: (202) 864-2271

    20. Assignment

    You are not allowed to assign or transfer this TOS Agreement in whole or in part or subcontract any of its rights or obligations without the prior written consent of the NWLDEF; any attempted assignment or transfer by You without the NWLDEF’s consent shall be void. The NWLDEF may assign this TOS Agreement upon reasonable notice to You.

    21. Statute of Limitations

    You agree any claim or cause of action arising out of this TOS Agreement or the use of FLWN Service must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred, regardless of any statute or law to the contrary.

    22. Acknowledgment

    You acknowledge that You have read, understand, and agree to the TOS Agreement, and that this TOS Agreement has the same force and effect as a signed agreement.

    23. Section Headings

    Section Headings are for reference only and do not affect the meaning of the provisions.

    24. Effective Date

    The terms of this TOS Agreement are effective as of February 18, 2020.