General Terms and Conditions (North America)
Terms & Conditions
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1. ACCEPTANCE. Seller acknowledges and agrees that these General Terms and Conditions are incorporated in, and a part of, this Contract and each purchase order, release, requisition, work order, shipping instruction, specification and other document, whether expressed in written form or by electronic data interchange, relating to the goods and/or services to be provided by Seller pursuant to this Contract (such documents are collectively referred to as this "Contract"). Seller acknowledges and agrees that it has read and understands these General Terms and Conditions. If Seller accepts this Contract in writing or commences any of the work or services which are the subject of this Contract, Seller will be deemed to have accepted this Contract and these General Terms and Conditions in their entirety without modification. Any additions to, changes in, modifications of, or revisions of this Contract (including these General Terms and Conditions) which Seller proposes will be deemed to be rejected by Buyer except to the extent that Buyer expressly and specifically agrees in writing to accept any such proposals. Seller shall confirm this agreement by issuing to buyer its written purchase order acceptance.
2. SHIPPING AND BILLING.
2.1 Shipping. Seller shall (a) properly pack, mark and, ship goods as instructed by Buyer or any carriers and in accordance with any applicable laws or regulations, (b) route shipments as Buyer instructs, (c) not charge for costs relating to handling, packaging, storage or transportation (including duties, taxes, fees, etc.) unless otherwise expressly stated in this Contract, (d) provide packing slips with each shipment that identify Buyer's Contract and/or release number and the date of the shipment.
2.2 Billing. Seller shall: Upon the submission of proper invoices, Seller shall be paid the prices stipulated in the purchase order for goods delivered and accepted or services rendered and accepted less adjustments for shortages, rejections, or other provisions of the purchase order. The date for cash discount shall, if any, commence on the date the goods/services are accepted or the date of the receipt of a proper invoice, whichever is later. Freight and other charges must be shown separately if cash discount is not to be taken in the full amount of the invoice.
Buyer may withhold payment for any goods or services until Buyer receives evidence, in such form and detail as Buyer requires, of the absence of any liens, encumbrances and claims on such goods or services.
2.3 Delivery Schedules. Deliveries will be made in the quantities, on the dates, and at the times specified by Buyer in this Contract or any subsequent releases or instructions Buyer issues under this Contract. Time is of the essence with respect to all delivery schedules Buyer establishes. Buyer will not be required to pay for any goods that exceed the quantities specified in Buyer's delivery schedules or to accept goods that are delivered in advance of the delivery date specified in Buyer's delivery schedules. At the option of the Buyer, all such over shipments or early shipments may be returned at the Sellers expense and risk of loss. If Buyer determines that the requirements of Buyer's customers or market, economic or other conditions require changes in delivery schedules, Buyer may change the rate of scheduled shipments or direct temporary suspension of scheduled shipments without entitling Seller to a price adjustment or other modification of this Contract.
2.4 Premium Shipments. If Seller fails to have goods ready for shipment in time to meet Buyer's delivery schedules using the method of transportation originally specified by Buyer and, as a result, Buyer requires Seller to ship the goods using a premium (more expeditious) method of transportation, Seller will ship the goods as expeditiously as possible. Seller will pay, and be responsible for, the entire cost of such premium shipment, unless Buyer's actions caused Seller to fail to meet Buyer's delivery schedules, in which case Buyer will pay any costs for premium shipment.
3. SPECIFICATION, DESIGN AND SCOPE CHANGES Buyer may at any time require Seller to implement changes to the specifications or design of the goods or to the scope of any services or work covered by this Contract, including work related to inspection, testing or quality control. While Buyer will endeavor to discuss any such changes with Seller as early as practical, Seller will promptly implement such changes. Buyer will equitably determine any adjustment in price or delivery schedules resulting from such changes In order to assist in the determination of any equitable adjustment in price or delivery schedules, Seller will, as requested, provide information to Buyer, including documentation of changes in Seller's cost of production and the time to implement such changes. In the event of any disagreement arising out of such changes, Buyer and Seller will work to resolve the disagreement in good faith; provided, however, that Seller will continue performing under this Contract, including prompt implementation of changes required by Buyer, while Buyer and Seller resolve any disagreement arising out of such changes.
4. QUALITY AND INSPECTION Seller will participate in Buyer's supplier quality and development program(s), if any, and comply with all quality requirements and procedures Buyer specifies from time to time. Seller will permit Buyer and its representatives and consultants to enter Seller's facilities at reasonable times to inspect such facilities and any goods, materials, and property that relate to this Contract. No such inspection by Buyer will constitute acceptance by Buyer of any work-in-process or finished goods.
5. NON-CONFORMING GOODS Buyer is not required to perform incoming inspections of any goods, and seller waives any right to require Buyer to conduct any such inspections. Seller will not substitute any goods for the goods covered by this Contract unless Buyer consents in writing. If Buyer rejects any goods as non-conforming, Buyer may, at its option, (a) reduce the quantities of goods ordered under this Contract by the quantity of non-confirming goods, (b) require Seller to replace the non-conforming goods, and/or (c) exercise any other applicable rights or remedies. If Seller fails to inform Buyer in writing of the manner in which Seller desires that Buyer dispose of non-conforming goods within forty-eight (48) hours of notice of Buyer's rejection of non-conforming goods (or such shorter period as is reasonable under the circumstances), Buyer will be entitled to dispose of the non-conforming goods without liability to Seller, provided, however, that in any event Buyer may elect to arrange for the shipment of any non-conforming goods back to Seller at Seller's expense. Seller will bear all risk of loss with respect to all non-conforming goods and will promptly pay or reimburse all costs incurred by Buyer to return, store or dispose of any non-conforming goods. Buyer's payment for any non-conforming goods will not constitute acceptance by Buyer, limit or impair Buyer's right to exercise any rights or remedies, or relieve Seller of responsibility for the non-conforming goods.
6. FORCE MAJEURE If Seller is unable to produce, sell or deliver any goods or services covered by this Contract, or Buyer is unable to accept delivery, buy or use any goods or services covered by this Contract, as a result of an event or occurrence beyond the reasonable control of the affected party and without such party's fault or negligence, then any delay or failure to perform under this Contract that results from such event or occurrence will be excused for so long as such event or occurrence continues; provided, however, that the affected party gives written notice of such delay (including the anticipated duration of the delay) to the other party as soon as possible after the event or occurrence (but in no event more than three (3) days thereafter). Such events and occurrences may include, by way of example and not limitation, natural disasters, fires, floods, windstorms, severe weather, explosions, riots, wars, sabotage, labor problems (including lockouts, strikes and slowdowns), equipment breakdowns and power failures. During any delay or failure to perform by Seller, Buyer may (i) purchase substitute goods from other available sources, in which case the quantities under this Contract will be reduced by the quantities of such substitute goods and Seller will reimburse Buyer for any additional costs to Buyer of obtaining the substitute goods compared to the prices set forth in this Contract and/or (ii) have Seller provide substitute goods from other available sources in quantities and at times Buyer requests and at the prices set forth in this Contract. If Seller fails to provide adequate assurances that any delay will not exceed thirty (30) days or if any delay lasts more than thirty (30) days, Buyer may terminate this Contract without liability. Before any of Seller's labor Contracts expire and as soon as Seller anticipates or learns of any impending strike, labor dispute, work stoppage or other disruption at Seller's facilities that might affect the delivery of goods to Buyer, Seller will produce (and locate in an area that will not be affected by any such disruption) a finished inventory of goods in quantities sufficient to ensure the supply of goods to Buyer for at least thirty (30) days after such disruption commences.
7. WARRANTY 7.1 General. Seller warrants and guarantees to Buyer, its successors, assigns and customers that the goods and services covered by this Contract will (a) conform to all applicable specifications, drawings, samples, descriptions, brochures and manuals furnished by Seller or Buyer, (b) be merchantable, (c) be of good material and workmanship, (d) be free from defect, and (e) be fit and sufficient for the particular purposes intended by Buyer and any customer of Buyer. If requested by Buyer, Seller will enter into a separate agreement for the administration or processing of warranty chargebacks for nonconforming goods.
7.2 Date and Time Processing. Seller warrants and guarantees to Buyer and its customers that any products (including computer hardware, software, firmware, machinery and equipment) covered by this Contract must at all times accurately process, handle, calculate, compare and sequence date and time data from, into, within and between the 20th and 21st centuries, including leap year calculations.
7.3 Warranty Period. The period for each of the foregoing warranties will be that provided by applicable law, except that if Buyer ever provides a longer warranty to its customers, such longer warranty period will apply to the goods covered by this Contract.
8. INGREDIENTS AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS If Buyer requests, Seller will promptly furnish to Buyer, in such form and detail as Buyer directs: (a) a list of all ingredients in the goods, (b) the amount of all ingredients, and (c) information concerning any changes in or additions to the ingredients. Prior to, and together with, the shipment of the goods, Seller will furnish to Buyer and all carriers sufficient written warning and notice (including appropriate labels on the goods, containers and packing) of any hazardous material that is an ingredient or a part of any of the goods, together with all special handling instructions, safety measures and precautions as may be necessary to comply with applicable law, to inform Buyer and all carriers of any applicable legal requirements and to best allow Buyer and all carriers to prevent bodily injury or property damage in the handling, transportation, processing, use or disposal of the goods, containers and packing.
9. INSOLVENCY OF SELLER Buyer may immediately terminate this Contract without liability to Seller in any of the following or any similar events: (a) insolvency or financial difficulties of Seller, (b) filing of a voluntary petition in bankruptcy by Seller, (c) filing of any involuntary petition in bankruptcy against Seller, (d) appointment of a receiver or trustee for Seller, (e) execution of an assignment for the benefit of creditors by Seller, or (f) any accommodation by Buyer, financial or otherwise, not contemplated by this Contract, that are necessary for Seller to meet its obligations under this Contract. Seller will reimburse Buyer for all costs Buyer incurs in connection with any of the foregoing whether or not this Contract is terminated, including, but not limited to, all attorney or other professional fees.
10. TERMINATION FOR BREACH Buyer may terminate all or any part of this Contract, without liability to Seller at any time after execution if Seller (a) repudiates, breaches, or threatens to breach any of the terms of this Contract, including Seller's warranties, (b) fails to perform or threatens not to perform services or deliver goods in accordance with this Contract; or (c) fails to assure timely and proper completion of services or delivery of goods.
11. TERMINATION FOR CONVENIENCE In addition to any other rights of Buyer to terminate this Contract, Buyer may immediately terminate all or any part of this Contract, at any time and for any reason, by notifying Seller in writing. Upon such termination, Buyer may, at its option, purchase from Seller any or all raw materials, work-in-process and finished goods inventory related to the goods under this Contract which are useable and in a merchantable condition. The purchase price for such finished goods, raw materials and work-in-process, and Seller's sole and exclusive recovery from Buyer (without regard to the legal theory which is the basis for any claim by Seller) on account of such termination, will be (a) the Contract price for all goods or services that have been completed in accordance with this Contract as of termination date and delivered and accepted by Buyer and not previously paid for, plus (b) the actual costs of work-in-process and raw materials incurred by Seller in furnishing the goods or services under this Contract to the extent such costs are reasonable in amount and are properly allocable or apportionable under generally accepted accounting principles to the terminated portion of this Contract less (c) the reasonable value or cost (whichever is higher) of any goods or materials used or sold by Seller with Buyer's written consent. In no event will Buyer be required to pay for finished goods, work-in-process or raw materials which Seller fabricates or procures in amounts that exceed those Buyer authorizes in delivery releases nor will Buyer be required to pay for any goods or materials that are in Seller's standard stock or that are readily marketable. Payments made under this Article will not exceed the aggregate price for finished goods that would be produced by Seller under delivery or release schedules outstanding at the date of termination. Within sixty (60) days after the effective date of termination, Seller will submit a comprehensive termination claim to Buyer, with sufficient supporting data to permit an audit by Buyer, and will thereafter promptly furnish any supplemental and supporting information Buyer requests.
12. TECHNICAL INFORMATION 12.1 Exchange of Information. Buyer and Seller will cooperate to create, maintain, update, and share technical information about the goods, products, machinery, materials, formulations and their manufacture, use, application and control in compliance with Buyer's drafting and math data standards. Such technical information will not be subject to any use or disclosure restrictions, unless marked CONFIDENTIAL AND PROPRIETARY and unless provided in a non-disclosure agreement which forms a part of this Contract. Accordingly, Seller agrees not to assert any claims against Buyer, its customers or their respective suppliers with respect to any technical information, not marked CONFIDENTIAL AND PROPRIETARY, that Seller discloses in connection with this Contract.
12.2 Waiver of Claims. Seller agrees not to assert any claim (other than a claim for patent infringement) against Buyer, Buyer's customers or their respective suppliers with respect to any technical information, not marked CONFIDENTIAL AND PROPRIETARY, that Seller shall have disclosed or may hereafter disclose in connection with the goods or services covered by this Contract.
12.3 Repair and Rebuild. Seller authorizes Buyer, its affiliates, agents and subcontractors, and Buyer's customers and their subcontractors to repair, reconstruct or rebuild the goods and products delivered under this Contract without payment of any royalty or other compensation to Seller.
12.4 12.4 Computer Programs and Written Works. All works of authorship, including without limitation, software, computer programs, and databases (including object code, micro code, source code and data structures), and all enhancements, modifications and updates thereof and all other written work products or materials, which are created in the course of performing this Contract (separately or as part of any goods and components) are "works made for hire" and the sole property of Buyer. To the extent that such works of authorship do not qualify under applicable law as works made for hire, Seller agrees to assign and assigns to Buyer all right, title and interest in any intellectual property rights in such works authorship.
12.5 Confidentiality and Use. Seller agrees that all proprietary information, including but not limited to any and all design information, trade secrets, diagrams, know-how, blue prints, drawings, specifications, process knowledge, flow sheets, sketches, reports and notes, inventions, discoveries, improvements, and any and all other technical, engineering, operational or economic knowledge, information or data received by Seller from Buyer, either orally, or in writing (hereinafter "Proprietary Information") shall be deemed as received and held by it in a fiduciary capacity solely for the benefit of Buyer and is to be held by Seller in trust solely for the benefit of Buyer. Seller shall treat as confidential, to the extent permitted by applicable law, and shall not, at any time prior to, during or following the term or termination of this Contract, directly or indirectly use or disclose any Proprietary Information received by if from Buyer, or with respect to which Seller is given access without the prior written consent of Buyer.
13. INDEMNIFICATION 13.1 Infringement. Seller will defend, hold harmless and indemnify Buyer and its customers, and their respective successors and assigns, against any claims of infringement (including patent, trademark, copyright, moral, industrial design or other proprietary rights, or misuse or misappropriation of trade secret) and resulting damages and expenses (including, without limitation, attorney and other professional fees and disbursements) relating to the goods or services covered by this Contract, including any claims in circumstances where Seller has provided only part of the goods or services. Seller waives any claim against Buyer that any such infringement arose out of compliance with Buyer's specifications.
13.2 Activities on Buyer's Premises. Seller will defend, hold harmless, and indemnify Buyer from and against any liability, claims, demands, damages, costs or expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable attorney and other professional fees and disbursements) arising from or in connection with the performance of any service or work by Seller or its employees, agents, representatives and subcontractors on Buyer's or Buyer's customer's premises or the use of the property of Buyer or any customer of Buyer, except to the extent such liability arises out of the negligence or willful misconduct of Buyer or Buyer's customer.
13.3 Product Liability. Seller will defend, hold harmless, and indemnify Buyer from and against any liability and expenses (including, without limitation, attorney and other professional fees and disbursements) arising from or in connection with any third party claims or demands to recover for personal injury or death, property damage or economic loss caused by any of the goods or services supplied by Seller (regardless of whether such claim or demand arises under tort, negligence, contract, warranty, strict liability or other legal theories), except to the extent such injury, damage or loss results from Buyer's specifications as to design or materials or from alteration or improper repair, maintenance or installation by any party other than Seller.
14. COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS Seller, and any goods or services supplied by Seller, will comply with all applicable laws, rules, regulations, orders, conventions, ordinances and standards of the country(ies) of origin and destination or that relate to the manufacture, labeling, transportation, importation, exportation, licensing, approval or certification of the goods or services, including, but not limited to, those relating to environmental matters, wages, hours and conditions of employment, subcontractor selection, discrimination, occupational health/safety and motor vehicle safety. Neither Seller nor any of its subcontractors will utilize slave, prisoner or any other form of forced or involuntary labor in the supply of goods or services under this Contract. Upon Buyer's request, Seller will certify in writing its compliance with the foregoing. Seller will defend, hold harmless and indemnify Buyer from and against any liability, claims, demands, damages or expenses (including reasonable attorney or other professional fees and disbursements) arising from or relating to Seller's noncompliance with this Article.
15. INSURANCE Seller will maintain insurance coverage as required by applicable law or as reasonably requested by Buyer with carriers reasonably acceptable to Buyer. With respect to any such insurance coverage, Seller will furnish to Buyer either a certificate evidencing satisfaction of the above-mentioned insurance requirements under this Contract or certified copies of all insurance policies within ten (10) days after Buyer requests. The certificate must provide that Buyer will receive thirty (30) days prior written notice from the insurer of any termination or reduction in the amount or scope of coverage. The furnishing of certificates of insurance and purchase of insurance will not limit or release Seller from Seller's obligations or liabilities under this Contract.
16. SELLER'S EQUIPMENT Seller, at its expense, will furnish, keep in good condition, and replace when necessary all of its machinery and equipment, including related tooling, jigs, dies, gauges, fixtures, molds, patterns, fixtures and other accessories, required for the production of the products covered by this Contract ("Seller's Equipment"). Seller will insure Seller's Equipment with fire and extended coverage insurance for its full replacement value.
17. BUYER'S PROPERTY 17.1 Bailment of Property. All supplies, materials, tooling, jigs, dies, gauges, fixtures, molds, patterns, equipment and other items Buyer furnishes, either directly or indirectly, to Seller, or for which Buyer gives consideration to Seller in whole or in part ("Buyer's Property"), will be and remain the property of Buyer and be held by Seller on a bailment basis. To the extent that this Contract provides that Buyer will reimburse Seller for any specific items of Buyer's Property (such as tooling), Seller will purchase and pay for such Buyer's Property as agent of Buyer. To the extent that this Contract provides that Seller will obtain any specific items of Buyer's Property (such as tooling) without separate or additional payment or reimbursement by Seller, Seller acknowledges and agrees that Buyer's issuance of this Contract is good and sufficient consideration for such Buyer's Property and that title to such Buyer's Property shall vest immediately in Buyer and be held by Seller pursuant to this Article. Seller shall assign to Buyer any Contract rights or claims in which Seller has an interest with respect to Buyer's Property. Seller shall also execute (i) any bills of sale or other documents of conveyance Buyer requests to evidence the transfer to Buyer of title to any Buyer's Property, related Contract rights and claims and (ii) any financing statements or other documents Buyer requests to evidence Buyer's ownership of Buyer's Property. Title to all replacement parts, additions, improvements and accessories purchased by Seller will vest in Buyer immediately upon attachment to or incorporation into Buyer's Property. Seller will not sell, lend, rent, encumber, pledge, lease, transfer or otherwise dispose of Buyer's Property. Furthermore, Seller will not assert, or permit any person claiming an interest through Seller to assert, any claims of ownership to or any other interest in Buyer's Property. When permitted by law, Seller waives any lien or other rights that Seller might otherwise have on or in any of Buyer's Property for work performed on such property or otherwise. Goods manufactured based on Buyer's drawings and/or specifications may not be used for Seller's own use or sold to third parties without Buyer's express written authorization.
17.2 Seller's Duties with Respect to Buyer's Property. While Buyer's Property is in Seller's possession and until Seller delivers Buyer's Property back to Buyer, Seller bears the risk of loss and damage to Buyer's Property. Seller will be responsible for the cost of repairing or replacing Buyer's Property if it is damaged or destroyed regardless of cause or fault. Seller will at all times: (a) regularly inspect, maintain in good condition, and repair Buyer's Property at Seller's own expense, (b) use Buyer's Property only for the performance of this Contract, (c) deem Buyer's Property to be personal property, (d) conspicuously mark Buyer's Property as the property of Buyer and maintain such markings, (e) not commingle Buyer's Property with the property of Seller or with that of a third person, (f) not move Buyer's Property from Seller's premises without Buyer's written approval, and (g) use Buyer's Property in compliance with Buyer's or the manufacturer's instructions and in compliance with all federal, state and local laws, ordinances and regulations. Buyer will have the right to enter Seller's premises at all reasonable times to inspect Buyer's Property and Seller's records with respect thereto.
17.3 Return of Buyer's Property. Seller agrees that Buyer has the right, at any time and from time to time, with or without reason and without payment of any kind, to retake possession of or request the return of Buyer's Property. Without further notice or court hearings, which rights, if any, are hereby waived, Buyer or its designee(s) will have the right to enter Seller's premises and take possession of any and all of Buyer's Property. Upon Buyer's request and in accordance with Buyer's instructions, Buyer's Property will be immediately released to Buyer or delivered to Buyer by Seller, either (i) at Seller's plant properly packed and marked in accordance with the requirements of the carrier selected by Buyer to transport such Buyer's Property or (ii) to any location Buyer designates, in which event Buyer will pay Seller the reasonable costs of delivering Buyer's Property to the location Buyer designates. If Seller does not release and deliver any Buyer's Property in accordance with this Article, Buyer may obtain an immediate writ of possession without notice and without the posting of any bond and/or enter Seller's premises, with or without legal process, and take immediate possession of Buyer's Property.
17.4 Disclaimer of Warranties. Seller acknowledges and agrees that (i) Buyer is not the manufacturer of Buyer's Property nor the manufacturer's agent nor a dealer therein, (ii) Buyer is bailing Buyer's Property to Seller for Seller's benefit, (iii) Seller is satisfied that Buyer's Property is suitable and fit for its purposes, and (iv) BUYER HAS NOT MADE AND DOES NOT MAKE ANY WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION WHATSOEVER, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE FITNESS, CONDITION, MERCHANTABILITY, DESIGN OR OPERATION OF BUYER'S PROPERTY OR ITS FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE. Buyer will not be liable to Seller for any loss, damage, injury or expense of any kind or nature caused, directly or indirectly, by Buyer's Property, including, without limitation, the use or maintenance thereof, or the repair, service or adjustment thereof, or by any interruption of service or for any loss of business whatsoever or howsoever caused, including, without limitation, any loss of anticipatory damages, profits or any other indirect, special or consequential damages.
17.5 Development, Engineering and Consulting Services. Engineering, consulting or development services ("Development Services") funded under this Contract that result in any idea, invention, concept, discovery, work of authorship, patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, know-how or other intellectual property ("IP") shall be the sole property of Buyer. Seller agrees to assign all right, title and interest in and to IP that results from Development Services ("Developed IP") to Buyer. Seller shall notify Buyer of the existence of Developed IP and assist Buyer in every reasonable way to perfect its right, title and interest in Developed IP, such as by executing and delivering all additional documents reasonably requested by Buyer in order to perfect, register, and/or enforce the same, and Buyer shall reimburse Seller for reasonable costs incurred by Seller in providing such assistance.
18. SERVICE AND REPLACEMENT PARTS During the term of this Contract, Seller will sell to Buyer goods necessary to fulfill Buyer's service and replacement parts requirements to Buyer's customers at the then current production price(s) under this Contract. If the goods are systems or modules, Seller will sell the components or parts that comprise the system or module at price(s) that will not, in the aggregate, exceed the price of the system or module less assembly costs
19. REMEDIES The rights and remedies reserved to Buyer in this Contract are cumulative with, and in addition to, all other or further remedies provided in law or equity.
20. CUSTOMS AND EXPORT CONTROLS Seller will obtain all export licenses or authorizations necessary for the export of the goods unless otherwise indicated in this Contract, in which event Seller will provide all information as may be necessary to enable Buyer to obtain such licensees or authorization(s). Seller will make all arrangements that are necessary for the goods to be covered by any duty deferral or free trade zone program(s) of the country of import.
21. SETOFF AND RECOVERY With respect to any monetary obligations of Seller or Seller's affiliates to Buyer or Buyer's affiliates, Buyer may (i) setoff such obligations against any sums owing to Seller or Seller's affiliates and/or (ii) recoup such obligations from any amounts paid to Seller or Seller's affiliates by Buyer or Buyer's affiliates.
22. NO ADVERTISING Seller will not, in any manner, advertise or publish that Seller has Contracted to furnish Buyer the goods or services covered by this Contract or use any trademarks or trade names of Buyer in Seller's advertising or promotional materials unless Buyer consents in writing.
23. NO IMPLIED WAIVER The failure of either party at any time to require performance by the other party of any provision of this Contract will not affect the right to require such performance at any later time, nor will the waiver by either party of a breach of any provision of this Contract constitute a waiver of any succeeding breach of the same or any other provision. No course of dealing or course of performance may be used to evidence a waiver or limitation of Seller's obligations under this Contract.
24. ASSIGNMENT Buyer may assign its rights and obligations under this Contract without Seller's prior written consent. Seller may not assign or delegate its rights or obligations under this Contract without Buyer's prior written consent.
25. RELATIONSHIP OF PARTIES Seller and Buyer are independent Contracting parties. Nothing in this Contract makes either party the agent or legal representative of the other for any purpose whatsoever, nor grants either party any authority to assume or create any obligation on behalf of or in the name of the other party.
26. GOVERNING LAW AND JURISDICTION This Contract shall be deemed entered into and subject to performance in the State of Michigan. Accordingly, it is agreed the rights and obligations of Seller and Buyer with respect to this Contract shall be governed by the laws of the State of Michigan, without regard to its principles of conflict of laws. Any action or proceedings by Buyer against Seller may be brought by Buyer in any court(s) having jurisdiction over Seller or, at Buyer's option, in the court(s) having jurisdiction over Buyer's location, in which event Seller consents to jurisdiction and service of process in accordance with applicable procedures. Any actions or proceedings by Seller against Buyer may be brought by Seller only in the court(s) having jurisdiction over the location of Buyer from which this Contract is issued.
27. SEVERABILITY If any provision of this Contract is invalid or unenforceable under any statute, regulation, ordinance, executive order or other rule of law, such provision will be deemed reformed or deleted, as the case may be, but only to the extent necessary to comply with such statute, regulation, ordinance, order or rule, and the remaining provisions of this Contract will remain in full force and effect.
28. RIGHT TO AUDIT AND INSPECT Buyer has the right to inspect all inventories, work-in-process, materials, machinery, equipment, tooling, fixtures, gauges, and other items related to Seller's performance of this Contract. Seller will provide Buyer with reasonable access to its facilities and otherwise cooperate and facilitate any such audits or inspections by Buyer.
29. DOVER SUPPLIER CODE OF CONDUCT Seller acknowledges that Seller has read and understands the Dover Supplier Code of Conduct, a copy of which is available at www.dovercorporation.com under the Governance page, and agrees to abide by the provisions of the Dover Supplier Code of Conduct.
30. ENTIRE AGREEMENT This Contract, together with any attachments, exhibits, supplements or other terms of Buyer specifically referenced in this Contract, constitutes the entire agreement between Seller and Buyer with respect to the matters contained in this Contract and supersedes all prior oral or written representations and agreements. This Contract may only be modified by a written Contract Amendment issued by Buyer. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, Buyer explicitly reserves, and this Contract will not constitute a waiver or release of, any rights and claims against Seller arising out of, or relating to, any fraud or duress in connection with the formation of this Contract or any breach or anticipatory breach of any previously existing Contract between Buyer and Seller (whether or not such previously existing Contract related to the same or similar goods or subject matter as this Contract). All payments by Buyer to Seller under this Contract are without prejudice to Buyer's claims, rights, or remedies.
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