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Business Payments Network (BPN) Terms & Conditions

This BPN Services Agreement is entered into by and between Factor Systems, LLC d/b/a Billtrust, with a place of business at 1009 Lenox Drive, Suite 101, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 (the “Company” or “we” or “us”) and you (“Customer,” “Merchant,” or “you”) and along with the Application and all appendices, exhibits and attachments shall be collectively referred to as the Agreement (“Agreement”).  The effective date of this Agreement shall be the date Company approves Customer for participation in the Services (“Effective Date”).  Capitalized terms not otherwise defined herein shall have the meaning specified in Appendix I hereto.

Company operates the Billtrust Business Payment Network (the “BPN”) which facilitates the receipt of payments by merchant suppliers for goods or services provided to their customer buyers.  Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Company will provide you with payment facilitation Services (as described herein) with respect to credit card transactions and/or ACH transactions (collectively, “Transactions”) as determined by Company and authorized by Bank and Acquirer.  You understand and agree that you are expressly prohibited from presenting any Transaction for any purposes related to any illegal or prohibited activity, including but not limited to money-laundering, criminal, or financing of terrorist activities, or any transactions prohibited by Company, Bank, or Acquirer. 

1. Merchant Services Agreement.  Company is a party to an agreement with an Acquirer or a Bank, which provide payment processing services to Company on behalf of Customer.  Customer hereby acknowledges that it is entering into and is bound by the Merchant Services Agreement for Customers with an Acquirer or Bank.

2.  Operating Account.  Customer shall establish an Operating Account at a financial institution of Customer’s choice prior to processing any payments and shall maintain such account and authorize Company to debit therefrom throughout the term of this Agreement and for 90 days thereafter with sufficient funds to satisfy all of its obligations hereunder.  Any changes proposed to the Operating Account shall be submitted in writing to Company at least six (6) days prior to the next debit date and must be approved in writing by Company.  Company may debit the Operating Account in any amounts owed hereunder by Customer for Fees or otherwise.

3.  Compliance. Customer will comply in all respects with the rules. Customer will comply with the standards set forth by the Payment Card Industry (“PCI”) Security Standards Council, as amended by the PCI from time to time.  Information regarding such standards can be obtained at www.visa.com/cisp and www.pcisecuritystandards.org. Customer must provide proof of PCI compliance. If Customer is not PCI compliant, the use of PCI Apply will be offered for use. Use of PCI Apply implies consent to PCI fees. 

4.  Application.  You represent and warrant that all of the information that you provided in the Application is true, complete and correct in all respects and that you will promptly notify Company in writing of any change to any such information.

5.  Security Interest and Lien. Customer hereby grants a security interest the Operating Account or any substitute account now and in the future and all proceeds thereof to Company to secure all amounts due in accordance with this Agreement. Customer shall provide such documentation as required by Company in connection with the security interest. Such security interest shall survive the termination of this Agreement until all amounts due are determined and paid in full. Customer shall cooperate with Company in perfecting such security interest.

6.  Establishment of Reserve Account. We may temporarily suspend payouts of proceeds to you and/or designate an amount of funds that you must maintain in your Operating Account or in a separate reserve account (“Reserve Account”) to secure the performance of your obligations to us.  We may require a Reserve Account to be maintained throughout the term of this Agreement and for a period of 180 days thereafter, for any reason, in whatever amounts we reasonably determine from time to time to cover potential losses to Company.  If at any time you do not have sufficient funds in your Reserve Account as determined by us in our discretion, we may fund the Reserve Account from any funding source associated the Services, including any funds (a) deposited by you, (b) due to you, or (c) available in your Operating Account.  You authorize us to make any withdrawals on debits from the Reserve Account or your Operating Account, without prior notice to you, to fund the Reserve Account or collect amounts that you owe us.  You may not make withdrawals from the Reserve Account without our written consent.

7.  Set-Off Rights.  To the extent permitted by law, we may set off against the proceeds for any obligation you owe us under any agreement with Company (e.g., Chargebacks or refunds).  If you owe us an amount that exceeds your cumulative incoming proceeds, we may debit the Operating Account.  Your failure to fully pay amounts that you owe us on demand will be a breach of these terms.  You are liable for any of our costs associated with collection in addition to any amounts owed, including attorneys’ fees and expenses, collection agency fees, and any applicable interest.

8.  Auditing and Credit Investigation. Customer authorizes Company or its agents to investigate the background and personal credit history of any of the entity, principals, beneficial owners, or other persons associated with Customer’s business from time to time and to obtain a business report on Customer’s business from Dunn & Bradstreet or any company providing a similar service. Company may terminate this Agreement if the information received in any investigation is unsatisfactory in Company’ sole discretion. Company may also audit from time to time Customer’s compliance with the terms of this Agreement. Customer shall provide all information requested by Company necessary to complete the audit. Upon Company’ request, Customer shall provide all of its books and records, including financial statements for Customer and personal financial statements for all guarantors. Customer authorizes Company to make on-site visits to any and all of the Customer’s locations with regard to all information necessary or pertinent to the Services.

9.  Term. This Agreement shall become effective on the Effective Date, and, unless sooner terminated in accordance with this Agreement, shall remain in effect for a term of three (3) years (the “Initial Term”). At the end of the Initial Term, this Agreement shall renew automatically for successive terms of one year (each a “Renewal Term”), unless either Party provides written notice of termination ninety (90) days prior to the then-current expiration date.  The Initial Term and any Renewal Term shall be collectively referred to as the “Term”). All existing obligations, warranties, indemnities, and agreements with respect to Transactions entered into before such termination shall remain in full force and effect and Customer shall remain liable for all obligations incurred prior to the termination of this Agreement.

10.    Termination of Services.  Company may terminate your use of the Services and/or this Agreement at any time for any reason.  Any termination of these terms does not relieve you of obligations to pay fees or costs accrued prior to termination, Chargebacks, and any other amounts owed to us as provided in this Agreement or any other agreement between you and Company.   Any funds that we are holding in custody for you at the time of closure, less any applicable fees, will be paid out according to your payout schedule, subject to other conditions in this Agreement.  If an investigation is pending at the time you close your Company account, we may hold your funds as described herein.  If you are later determined to be entitled to some of the funds, we will release those holds for you.

11.    Suspension of Services.  Company may, in its sole discretion, suspend the Services at any time in its sole discretion upon notice to you. Company may selectively terminate one or more of Merchant’s approved customers or customer locations or certain Services, in whole or in part, without terminating this Agreement. Merchant’s obligations with respect to any Transaction shall be deemed incurred and existing on the posted transaction date of the Transaction.

12.  Third Party Assessments.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, Customer shall be responsible for all fees, fines, assessments, penalties, loss allocations, costs of funds for advance settlements or delayed activities, and other amounts imposed or assessed to Customer, Company, Acquirer, or Bank in connection with this Agreement by third parties such as, but not limited to, Associations and third-party service providers (including telecommunication companies) to the extent that such amounts are not the direct result of the gross negligence or willful misconduct of Acquirer, Bank or Company as applicable.

13. Taxes, Information Filings and Backup Withholding. Customer agrees to pay all federal, state, and local sales, use, income, property and excise taxes, which may be assessed in connection with the Services and related products provided under this Agreement. Customer agrees and understands that Company or its designee will provide information reporting to the Internal Revenue Services and applicable state treasurers for all reportable payment transactions of Customer as defined in IRC § 6050W. If necessary, Company or its designee will conduct backup withholding on the revenue generated by such reportable payment transactions.

14. Bankruptcy.  This Agreement constitutes an extension of financial accommodations by Company to Customer within the meaning of Section 365 of the Bankruptcy Code. The right of Customer to receive any amounts from Company hereunder is subject and subordinate to Chargebacks, Return Entries, recoupment, lien, set-off and security interest rights of Company regardless of whether they are liquidated, unliquidated, fixed, contingent, matured, or un-matured.

15.  Fees and Charges.

(A) Customer will be assessed fees and charges based on Company’s Pricing Model as notated on Customer’s payment processing application.

              (i) Flat Rate: charges are inclusive of interchange, Card Brand Assessments, and any Company transactional fees. The Flat rate will be calculated using Customer’s gross Visa, MasterCard, and Discover processing volume. Any additional charges from third parties, including, but not limited to Card Brand fees, fines, network fees may also be assessed as pass through costs.

              (ii) Interchange Plus: In addition to the “Fee per credit card processed” notated on Customer’s payment processing application, Customer is responsible for all interchange (standard, network special programs, or non-published or proprietary rates) and assessments passed through from the Card Brands. Association related fees, as adjusted or allocated by Company, may be added to a “Network Fees” billing bundle or be itemized on Customer’s merchant statements. Pass-through charges from third parties, including, but not limited to Card Brand fees, fines, network fees, that may be charged by such third parties, or Company, from time to time or ACH related Fees.

(B) If applicable to the Services, American Express basis points will be charged by Company to support Customer’s participation in the Program (as defined in Appendix V) and such basis points will be calculated using Customer’s gross American Express processing volume.  Customer agrees that American Express will bill Customer directly for any costs related to Customer’s acceptance of the American Express card brand.

(C) Company shall have the right to modify or amend the terms and conditions of this Agreement, including, without limitation, the right to modify, amend, or supplement applicable fees, charges, and/or discounts. Modifications and amendments related to changes to the Rules, changes to the fees charged by the Associations, Acquirer, Company or third parties, and/or in response to changes in requirements of law (collectively, a “Third Party Change”) may be made effective immediately, with or without notice or consent. Modifications or amendments unrelated to a Third Party Change shall be effective upon the date specified in a notice to the Merchant (the “Change Notice”), provided that such date shall not be fewer than fifteen (15) business days after the date of the Change Notice. A Change Notice may be reflected as a message attached to Merchant’s monthly billing statements. Continuing your merchant account with us or use of your merchant account after the Change Notice will represent your acceptance to the updated terms. Should Company take any action against Customer to collect sums due hereunder, Customer agrees to pay all costs associated with such collection efforts, including but not limited to reasonable attorney’s fees. If Customer does not pay sums due to Company within thirty (30) days of the invoice date, Company may charge and Customer agrees to pay a late fee of one and one half percent (1.5%) per month on the outstanding balance, or the highest amount allowed by law, whichever is less. Billtrust is not responsible for (i) any interchange, assessment, third party network fees, or any other fees incurred due to a transaction being misdirected by Customer or Issuer, or (ii) any incorrect or inaccurate fees charged to Customer. 

16.  Return Entry Resulting From Debit Block.  Customer will ensure that debits from its Operating Account for Fee Collection are not blocked if funds are not settled to Customer net of Company and third party fees.   If a Return Entry results from such a debit block Customer will pay a debit block administration Fee as provided on the Application.

17.  Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF).  In the event an ACH Transaction is rejected as a result of Customer not having sufficient funds (NSF) in Customer’s Account, (i) Company may attempt to process the charge again within thirty (30) days and Customer agrees to pay a NSF Fee as identified in the Application for each processing attempt.

18.  Amendment by Company. Company may amend or modify this Agreement and any such amendment or modification will be effective and binding on Customer upon notice. Customer’s continued use of Services after the effective date of any such amendment or modification shall signify Customer’s acceptance of, and agreement to, abide by the terms and conditions contained in any such amendment or modification.

19. Indemnification.  Customer shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Company and its directors, officers, employees, affiliates and agents from and against all proceedings, claims, losses, damages, demands, liabilities and expenses whatsoever, including all reasonable legal and accounting fees and expenses and all reasonable collection costs (“Losses”), incurred by Company its directors, officers, employees, affiliates and agents resulting from or arising out of the Services in this Agreement, Customer’s payment activities, the business of Customer or its customers, any sales transaction acquired by Acquirer or Member Bank, any noncompliance with the Rules (or any rules or regulations promulgated by or in conjunction with the Associations) by Customer or its agents (including any TPSP), including without limitation, any Losses incurred under the Electronic Funds Transfer Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1693 et seq. as amended, or its implementing regulations, arising out of or related to Company’s provision of the Services, any issue, problems, or disputes between Acquirer and any Customer or customer of Customer, or Bank and Customer, any Data Incident, any infiltration, hack, breach, or violation  of the processing system of Customer, TPSP, or any other third party processor or system, or by reason of any breach or nonperformance of any provision of this Agreement, on the part of Customer, or its employees, agents, TPSPs, or customers.  The indemnification obligations hereunder shall survive the termination of the Agreement.

Data Incident” is defined as any alleged or actual compromise, unauthorized access, disclosure, theft, or unauthorized use of a Card or Cardholder information or ACH information, regardless of cause, including without limitation, a breach of or intrusion into any system, or failure, malfunction, inadequacy, or error affecting any server, wherever located, or hardware or software of any system, through which Card information resides, passes through, and/or could have been compromised.

20. Limitation of Liability. Neither Party shall be liable for lost profits (except as expressly provided otherwise herein), lost business or any incidental, special, consequential or punitive damages (whether arising out of circumstances known or foreseeable by the other Party) suffered by such Party, their customers or any third party in connection with the Services.  However, nothing in the foregoing sentence is in any way intended, and shall not be construed, to limit (i) Customer’s obligation to pay any fees, assessments or penalties due under this Agreement, including but not limited to those imposed by telecommunications services providers, VISA, MasterCard and/or other Association(s); or (ii); Customer’s obligation to indemnify Company pursuant to this Agreement.  In no event will Company be liable for any damages or losses (i) that are wholly or partially caused by Customer, or its employees, agents, or TPSPs.  Further, Company shall not be liable to Customer or Customer’s customers or any other person for any of the following:

  • Any loss caused by a Transaction downgrade resulting from defective or faulty software or equipment; or
  • Any loss or liability resulting from the product or service of a third party

21.   Limitation of Damages. COMPANY SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY PUNITIVE, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL LOSSES OR DAMAGES TO CUSTOMER, CUSTOMER’S CUSTOMERSS OR TO ANY THIRD PARTY IN CONNECTION WITH OR ARISING OUT OF THIS AGREEMENT OR ANY OF THE SERVICES TO BE PERFORMED BY COMPANY PURSUANT TO THIS AGREEMENT. IN NO CASE SHALL CUSTOMER BE ENTITLED TO RECOVER DAMAGES FROM COMPAMY THAT EXCEED THE FEES RETAINED BY COMPANY FROM THIS AGREEMENT DURING THE ONE (1) MONTH PERIOD IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE EVENT GIVING RISE TO THE CLAIM FOR DAMAGES.

22.    Warranty Disclaimer. CUSTOMER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT COMPANY HAS NOT PROVIDED ANY WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WRITTEN OR ORAL, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR PURPOSE WITH RESPECT TO THE SERVICES PROVIDED HEREIN. SHOULD THERE BE ERRORS, OMISSIONS, INTERRUPTIONS, OR DELAYS RESULTING FROM COMPANY’S PERFORMANCE OR FAILURE TO PERFORM OF ANY KIND, COMPANY’S LIABILITY SHALL BE LIMITED TO CORRECTING SUCH ERRORS, IF COMMERCIALLY REASONABLE.  CUSTOMER HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THERE ARE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE ACCEPTANCE OF CARDS AND CUSTOMER HEREBY ASSUMES ALL SUCH RISKS EXCEPT AS MAY BE EXPRESSLY SET FORTH HEREIN.

23.   Company as Agent.  Customer expressly authorizes Company and its Affiliates to act as the Customer’s limited payment collection agent for the limited purposes of transmitting payment files, receiving, holding, and/or disbursing payments on the Customer’s behalf. Customer agrees that it will treat any payments received by Company or its Affiliates as Customer’s agent as being received by the Customer.  The payer’s (payer shall be the Customer’s customer, or payer) obligation to the Customer will be satisfied upon the receipt of payment by Company or its Affiliates, and Customer will have no claim for payment against the payer even if Company or its Affiliates fails to remit the payment to Customer. Any such recourse shall be direct towards Company or its Affiliates.  Customer agrees that Company or its Affiliates may describe or otherwise reflect the terms of this section and any related portions of the Agreement, in any terms of use, receipts, disclosures, or notices, including but not limited to, receipts provided to payers that Company or its Affiliates may deem necessary or prudent.  For purposes of the Agreement the term “Affiliates” means with respect to a specified entity, an entity that controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with a party, but only as long as such control exists.  For these purposes, “control” means ownership of fifty percent (50%) or more of the outstanding voting stock or other equity interest in a person or entity, or the power to otherwise direct the affairs of a person or entity.

24.   Ownership. Customer acknowledges and agrees that all right, title and interest in and to Company Intellectual Property, shall be owned solely and exclusively by Company and that Company may use the Company Intellectual Property in any manner. Customer will only receive a right to access and use the Company Intellectual Property on the terms expressly set forth herein.  Company expressly reserves all rights in the Company Intellectual Property not specifically granted to Customer, including any update, adaptation, translation, customization or derivative work thereof.  Company alone shall own all rights title and interest in and to any suggestions, enhancements requests, feedback, or recommendations provided by Customer or a third party.

25.   Customer Obligations. Customer represents and warrants that access to the Service will be solely by Authorized User IDs. Company may rely on any Authorized User ID, instruction or information that meets the Service’s automated criteria or which is believed by Company to be genuine. Company may assume a person entering an Authorized User ID and password is, in fact, that user, and the Service will be made available and respond accordingly. Company may assume that the latest email addresses and registration information on file with the Service are accurate and current unless Customer or an Authorized User has provided Company with notice of unauthorized use or potential unauthorized use as required in this Agreement, if applicable.  Customer shall have sole responsibility for the accuracy, quality, integrity, legality, reliability, timeliness and completeness of all Customer data.

26.    Prohibitions on Use.  Customer shall not: (a) decompile, disassemble, reverse engineer or otherwise attempt to obtain or perceive the source code from which any software component of the Services are compiled or interpreted, and Customer acknowledges that nothing in this Agreement will be construed to grant Customer any right to obtain or use such code; (b) allow third parties other than Authorized Users to gain access to the Services; (c) use the Services to provide timesharing, subscription service, hosting, or outsourcing services; (d) knowingly introduce into the Service or Company’s systems any software, data or equipment having an adverse impact on the Service; or (e) extract content other than Customer Data from, or altering in any way the Service or its components or features, or using or accessing the Service except for the purposes specifically authorized in this Agreement or an Order Form. Customer shall ensure that it and its Authorized Users comply with the prohibitions and limitations of this Agreement and shall indemnify Company against any loss or damage resulting from any failure of Customer or its Authorized Users to so comply.

27.   Statistical Data. Anonymous aggregated data may be used by Company (i) as necessary to perform the Company Services; (ii) to generate anonymous learnings, logs and data regarding the use of Company’s products, services and technologies, in order to improve such products, services and technologies, and to create and distribute reports and other materials that include or are based on anonymous aggregated data related to the provision of Services generally; and (iii) to analyze such anonymous aggregated data to provide insight to customers through Company’s services generally (“Insights”).

28. eSolutions Services. 

  • If Customer elects to receive the eSolutions Package, Customer will receive a dedicated eSolutions team to help develop and execute plans to promote digital transformation of buyers’ payments.  The eSolutions Package also includes: twelve (12) Months of eSolutions support, Metrics/reporting, Account Review, Goal Setting, On Demand eSolutions Training & Certification, six (6) Standard eSolutions Campaigns, Sample Inserts/Onserts, Best Practices, two (2) Custom email campaigns, Call Campaign (100 Print Customers), and Payment Issuer Communication.

29. Notice. Except for notices provided by Company to Customer on the Customer Statement, all notices, requests, demands or other instruments, which may be or are required to be given by any Party herein, shall be in writing and each shall be deemed to have been properly given (i) three Business Days after being sent by certified mail, return receipt requested or (ii) upon delivery by a nationally recognized overnight delivery service to the addresses listed herein for the respective Parties. Notices shall be addressed as follows: If to Company: Factor Systems, LLC, 1009 Lenox Drive, Suite 101, Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648, Attn: General Counsel.  If to Customer: The address a provided for in the Company Payments Application.  Any Party may change the address to which subsequent notices are to be sent by notice to the other Parties given as set forth above in this Section.

30.  Miscellaneous.

  • Rights to Dispute Charges; Reports; Invoices.  You expressly agree that your failure to notify us that you have not received any settlement funds within three (3) business days from the date that settlement was due to occur, or fail to reject any report, notice, or invoice within thirty (30) business days from the date the report or invoice is made available to you, shall constitute your acceptance of the same.  In the event you believe that Company has failed in any way to provide the Services, you agree to provide Company with written notice, specifically detailing any alleged failure, within sixty (60) days of the date on which the alleged failure first occurred.
  • Review of Records; Investigations.  You shall review your account Transaction records on a regular basis and notify Company immediately of and actual or suspected unauthorized activity through your account. Customer shall assist Company in any and all investigations of Transactions in a timely manner and will provide written reports of investigated transactions to Company upon Company’s request.
  • Confidentiality.  Neither Party shall disclose to any third Party the Confidential Information disclosed by the other Party and shall not use any such Confidential Information for any purpose other than the purpose for which it was originally disclosed to the receiving Party. Each Party agrees to treat Confidential Information with the same degree of care and security as it treats its most confidential information, but in no circumstance less than a reasonable degree of care. Each Party may disclose such Confidential Information to employees and agents who require such knowledge to perform services under this Agreement, provided that such employees and agents are subject to obligations of confidentiality in regards to the protection of the Confidential Information no less binding than those set forth herein. Confidential Information shall not include information that (i) is known to the receiving Party at the time it receives Confidential Information; (ii) has become publicly known through no wrongful act of the receiving Party; (iii) has been rightfully received by the receiving Party from a third Party authorized to make such communication without restriction; (iv) has been approved for release by written authorization of the disclosing Party; or (v) is required by law to be disclosed. In the event either Party receives a subpoena or other validly issued administrative or judicial process requesting Confidential Information, the recipient shall promptly notify each other Party of such receipt and may, thereafter, comply with such subpoena or process to the extent permitted by law. The terms and conditions and fees associated with this Agreement are specifically included in the definition of Confidential Information. The obligations of the Parties under this Section will survive termination of this Agreement for whatever reason, and will bind the Parties, their successors and assigns.
  • Customer Data.  The Customer acknowledges and agrees that, in the course of its engagement with Billtrust, Customer may provide, and Billtrust may receive, or otherwise have access to Customer Data that amounts to Personal Information. Each Party warrants to the other Party that it will process Customer Personal Data for the purposes of this Agreement in compliance with the applicable laws. For these purposes the Parties agree to the terms of Billtrust’s standard Data Processing Addendum (“DPA”), which shall be incorporated into and be an effective part of this Agreement. The DPA means the data processing addendum available at https://www.billtrust.com/privacy-terms/ which applies to the extent that Billtrust processes Customer Data that amounts to Personal Information originating from, or otherwise protected by applicable laws in one of the jurisdictions identified in the DPA, as the same may be updated from time to time. Customer acknowledge and agrees to the Billtrust Privacy Policy available at (https://www.billtrust.com/privacy-policy/).
  • Independent Contractor. In the performance of its duties herein, each Party shall be an independent contractor, not an employee or agent of the other Party.
  • Cooperation. In their dealings with one another, each Party agrees to act reasonably and in good faith and to fully cooperate with each other in order to facilitate and accomplish the matters contemplated by this Agreement.
  • Entire Agreement. This Agreement supersedes any other agreement, whether written or oral, that may have been made or entered into by any Party (or by any officer or officers of any Party) relating to the matters covered herein and constitutes the entire agreement of the Parties hereto. In the event that there is a conflicting term between the Application and the Agreement, the terms of the Agreement supersedes the Application.
  • Assignment. This Agreement may not be assigned by Customer without the prior written consent of Company. A change in control of Customer as a result of a sale, reorganization, merger or otherwise, shall be deemed an assignment and shall require the written consent of Company.
  • Captions. Captions in this Agreement are for convenience of reference only and are not to be considered as defining or limiting in any way the scope or intent of the provisions of this Agreement.
  • Governing Law, Arbitration. This Agreement shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Delaware without regard to its principles of conflict of laws.  Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to this contract, or the breach thereof, shall be settled by arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association under its Commercial Arbitration Rules. The number of arbitrators shall be one. The place of arbitration shall be in New Jersey. Judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof.
  • Power of Attorney. Customer appoints Company as its attorney-in-fact to execute such documents as necessary or desirable to accomplish perfection of any security interests. The appointment is coupled with an interest and shall be irrevocable as long as Customer owes any amount to Company.
  • Attorneys’ Fees. If Company takes legal action against Customer for any amounts due to Company or if Customer is required to indemnify Company pursuant to this Agreement, Customer shall pay reasonable costs and attorneys’ fees incurred by Company whether suit is commenced or not. Attorneys’ fees are due whether or not an attorney is an employee of Company or its affiliates.
  • Setoff. In addition to any other legal or equitable remedy available to it in accordance with this Agreement or by law, Company may set off any amounts due to Company under this Agreement against (i) any amounts which Company would otherwise deposit to the Operating Account, (ii) any other amounts Company may owe Customer under this Agreement, or (iii) against any property of Customer in the possession or control of Company.
  • No Waiver. Any delay, waiver, or omission by a Party to exercise any right or power arising from any breach or default of the other Party in any of the terms, provisions or covenants of this Agreement shall not be construed to be a waiver of any subsequent breach or default of the same or any other terms, provisions or covenants on the part of the Party. Any waiver shall not be deemed to modify any of the terms of the Agreement. All remedies afforded by this Agreement for a breach hereof shall be cumulative.
  • Bankruptcy. Customer shall notify Company within five days upon filing of voluntary or involuntary bankruptcy proceedings by or against Customer. The Parties acknowledge that this Agreement constitutes an extension of financial accommodations by Company to Customer within the meaning of Section 365 of the Bankruptcy Code. The right of Customer to receive any amounts due from Company hereunder is expressly subject and subordinate to Chargebacks, Return Entries, recoupment, lien, set-off and security interest rights of Company regardless of whether such Chargebacks, Return Entries, recoupment, lien, set-off and security interest rights are claims that are liquidated, unliquidated, fixed, contingent, matured, or un-matured.
  • Compliance with Laws. Customer represents and warrants, as an essential part of the Agreement, that the execution and delivery of the Agreement and all other instruments and documents required to be executed pursuant hereto, and the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby, do not and will not violate any law, rule or regulation and that Customer has obtained all necessary regulatory approvals, certificates and licenses to provide any services it intends to offer. Without limiting the foregoing, Customer will comply with all laws, rules and regulations to the extent applicable to the Services, and to its performance hereunder, including, but not limited to, laws and regulations pertaining to the Transactions, security, and privacy, including without limitation the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Federal Truth-in-Lending Act, the Electronic Fund Transfers Act, the Federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act, as amended, and the Telephone Disclosure and Dispute Resolution Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”), the Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information (the “Privacy Rule”) and the Standards for Security of Electronic Protected Health Information (the “Security Rule”) promulgated thereunder, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (Division A, Title XIII and Division B, Title IV, of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Pub. L. 111-5) (the “HITECH Act”) and the regulations implementing the HITECH Act, Regulation 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of natural persons (General Data Protection Regulation) (the “GDPR”),  the EU GDPR as saved into United Kingdom law by virtue of section 3 of the United Kingdom’s European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (the “UK GDPR”), the EU e-Privacy Directive (Directive 2002/58/EC); and any and all applicable national data protection laws made under, pursuant to or that apply in conjunction with any of the aforementioned laws; in each case as may be amended or superseded from time to time as applicable.
  • Survival. In the event of termination, all obligations of Customer incurred or existing under this Agreement prior to termination shall survive the termination.
  • Force Majeure. Company shall be excused from performing any of its obligations under this Agreement that are prevented or delayed by any occurrence not within Company’s control including, but not limited to, strikes or other labor matters, destruction of or damage to any building, natural disasters, pandemics, accidents, war, riots, emergency conditions, interruption of transmission or communications facilities, equipment failure, or any regulation, rule, law, ordinance or order of any federal, state or local government authority.
  • Severability. If any provisions of this Agreement shall be held, or deemed to be, or shall, in fact, be, inoperative or unenforceable as applied in any particular situation, such circumstance shall not have the effect of rendering any other provision or provisions herein contained invalid, inoperative, or unenforceable to any extent whatsoever. The invalidity of any one or more phrases, sentences, clauses or sections herein contained shall not affect the remaining portions of this Agreement or any part hereof.  It is the Parties’ desire that if any provision of this Agreement is determined to be ambiguous, then the rule of construction that such provision is to be construed against its drafter shall not apply to the interpretation of the provision.

APPENDIX I
DEFINITIONS

ACH” means the Automated Clearing House.

ACH Network” means the funds transfer system (network) governed by the Rules providing for the inter-financial institution clearing of electronic entries for participating financial institutions.

ACH Processing” means the acceptance of an ACH or EFT transaction for payment of goods sold or services provided to bank account holders by Customer and receipt of payment by Customer via the ACH Network, whether the transaction is approved, declined, or processed as a NOC or other exception.

ACH Transaction” means the acceptance of a check, whether in electronic or paper form, or routing and account information associated with Payor’s bank account for payment for goods sold and/or leased or services provided to Payor by Merchant and receipt of payment by Merchant via the ACH Network.

Account” means a demand deposit account or other deposit account Company or Customer has with a financial institution that is permitted to be linked to a Service.

Acquirer” shall mean WorldPay/FIS Global, or other acquirer contracted with Company, which is the entity contracted by Company to submit sales drafts and transaction information to the Associations on behalf of Company and to receive and pay to Company settlement funding for such sales transactions.

Address Verification” means a service that allows Customer to verify Cardholder’s billing address with Issuer.

Affiliates” For purposes of this Agreement the term “Affiliates” means with respect to a specified entity, an entity that controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with a party, but only as long as such control exists.  For these purposes, “control” means ownership of fifty percent (50%) or more of the outstanding voting stock or other equity interest in a person or entity, or the power to otherwise direct the affairs of a person or entity.

 “Application” means the document by which Customer applies to participate in Transactions using our products and services.

Associations” means MasterCard International Inc., VISA U.S.A. Inc., Discover, and certain similar entities approved by Company, Bank, and Acquirer.

Association Related Fees” shall mean fees that may include, but are not limited to: Cross Border International Transaction Assessments, MC Network Access Brand Usage (NABU), MC Digital Enablement, MC Acquirer License Fee, MC Safety Net Network Monitoring, MC Account Status Inquiry Service (ASIS), MC Transaction Processing Excellence fees, Visa US Acquirer Processing Fee (APF), Visa Zero Floor Limit, Visa Zero Dollar Verification, Visa Misuse of Authorization System, Visa FANF, Visa Integrity, Credit Voucher Fees for Visa, Visa Fallback Fee, Discover Data Usage, Discover PIF, association Base II and Kilobyte fees, MC Annual Location Fee, and all other fees assessed by the Associations.

Authorization” means an affirmative response by or on behalf of an Issuer, to Customer’s request to affect a Card Transaction, that a Card Transaction is within the Cardholder’s available credit limit and that the Cardholder has not reported the Card lost or stolen.  All Card Transactions require Authorization.

Authorized User” means one of Customer’s employees, representatives, consultants, contractors or agents and any other person expressly authorized by Customer in connection with Customer’s business affairs to use the Service and who have been provided with their own unique Authorized User identification and password by Customer (or by Company at Customer’s request).

Bank” shall mean ­Fifth Third Bank, or other bank selected by Company, which is the financial institution contracted through Processor that is a member of the Associations and provides Association sponsorship for card transactions submitted by Company for processing.

Business Day” means any day other than: Saturday or Sunday; or a day on which banking institutions in Arizona are authorized by law or executive order to be closed; or a day on which the Federal Reserve Bank is closed.

Card(s)” means a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Network credit card or debit card, and other such cards accepted by Company, Bank, and Acquirer.

Card-Not-Present” means transactions that are not Card-Present Transactions.

Card-Present Transaction” means a Card Transaction in which the Card is swiped through a terminal, register or other device, capturing the Card information encoded on the magnetic strip or Chip.

Cardholder” means a person authorized to use a Card.

Chargeback” means a Card Transaction that Company returns to Customer pursuant to this Agreement.

Company Intellectual Property” means all right, title and interest including any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or similar right in and to: (a) the Services, including the software applications, processes, infrastructure, designs, documentation, policies, procedures training materials, and other components used to deliver the Service; (b) any developments created during the provision of Services; (c) any templates, maps, routines, insights, system interaction output, operational efficiencies and the like related to the Services developed with or without Customer input; and (d) any update, adaptation, translation, customization or derivative work of all of the above. “Customer Data” means any data that any Authorized User loads or enters into the Service. Customer Data includes “Personal Data,” which is any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. 

Customer Statement” means a statement of all charges and credits to the Operating Account.

CVV/CID” means a service that allows Customer to verify Cardholder’s possession of Card through the identification of unique digits on Card.

 “Effective Entry Date” means the date placed on an ACH Transaction by the Originator of the transaction or the ODFI. The Effective Entry Date is normally the date the transfer is intended to take place; it must be a future date and must be a Business Day. The Effective Entry Date may be, but is not necessarily always, the same date as the settlement of funds.

 “Entries” means credit, debit or on-us entries consistent with the NACHA Rules and this Agreement and any data for entries or pre-notification entries.

Entry Settlement Limit” means the maximum aggregate amount of In-Process Entries permitted to be outstanding at any time, which amount shall be separately communicated to Customer by Company in writing from time to time.

Fees” means any amounts to be paid by Customer in connection with any Transaction as set forth in the Order Form, Application or otherwise in this Agreement, including but not limited to an amount equal to a specified percentage of the total cash price of each draft, a specified amount per Card Transaction, any processing fees collected from cardholder (convenience fee and or payment plan setup fees) and additional fees such as a monthly terminal fee, monthly statement fee, and installation fees, and any fees, charges, or penalties assessed against Company as applicable, by any Association, Issuer, Acquirer, Bank, NACHA, or any other third party. 

Flat Rate” means the Merchant acquiring pricing model that charges a fixed percentage, or rate, based on the number and/or volume of credit card transactions a Customer processes.

File” means a group of ACH entries stored for delivery to an ACH receiving point.

Forced Sale” means a Card Transaction processed without an approved electronic authorization number being obtained for the full amount of the sales Transaction at the time the Transaction is processed.

In-Process Entries” means the aggregate dollar amount of all credit or debit Entries initiated by Company and in process on any date for which settlement has not occurred with respect to credit Entries, or the applicable period for the return of items has not expired with respect to debit Entries.

Interchange Plus” means the Merchant acquiring pricing model where a fixed markup (percentage and/or per item) is applied directly to interchange and

Assessment fees published by Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

Issuer” means an Association member that issued a Card to a Cardholder.

IVR” means interactive voice response unit used for an Authorization.

Member Bank” shall collectively refer to Acquirer and Bank.

NACHA” means the National Automated Clearing House Association.

ODFI or Originating Depository Bank” means financial institutions that originate ACH Transactions on behalf of its customers. ODFIs must abide by NACHA Rules.

Operating Account” means the demand deposit account(s) established by Customer at a financial institution(s) for processing Fees, charges and credits under this Agreement.

Order Form” means any form that Customer and Company execute for the purpose of ordering Services.

Originator” means a company, individual, or entity that initiates entries into the ACH Network.

Overlimit Entry” means an Entry the amount of which would cause the aggregate amount of In-Process Entries to exceed the Entry Settlement Limit.

Party” means the Customer or the Company and “Parties” means the Customer and the Company.

Password” means confidential, unique personal numbers, codes, marks, signs, public keys, or other information composed of a string of characters used as a means of authenticating and accessing a Service.

Payment Card Processing” means the acceptance of a Card or information embossed on the Card for payment for goods sold and/or leased or services provided to Cardholders by Customer and receipt of payment from Company whether the transaction is approved, declined, or processed as a Forced Sale.

Payor” means a person authorized to use a Card or pay by ACH.

Pre-Authorized Recurring Order Transactions” means Transactions which have been pre-authorized by the Cardholder and for which the goods or services are to be delivered or performed in the future by Customer without having to obtain approval from the Cardholder each time.

Pre-notification Entry” means a non-dollar Entry entered prior to a dollar Entry to verify the accuracy of the routing and account numbers.

 “RDFI” or “Receiving Depository Bank” means a financial institution qualified by NACHA to receive ACH Transactions. “Receiver” means a Person that has authorized an Originator to initiate a credit Entry, debit Entry, or Non-Monetary Entry to the Receiver’s account at the RDFI.

 “Return Entry” or “Return Entries” means any item, which cannot be processed and is being returned by the RDFI to the ODFI for correction or re-initiation. “Rules” means the by-laws, operating regulations and/or all other rules, guidelines, policies and procedures of VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and/or other networks (which are available on websites such as https://usa.visa.com/support/consumer/visa-rules.html, https://www.mastercard.us/en-us/business/overview/support/rules.html,  and http://www.discovernetwork.com/merchants/), and all other applicable rules, regulations and requirements of Member Bank, Company providers, banks, institutions, organizations, associations, or networks which govern or affect any services provided under this Agreement, and all state and federal laws, rules and regulations which govern or otherwise affect the activities of Customer, including, but not limited to, those of the National Automated Clearing House Association. (“NACHA”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), as any or all of the foregoing may be amended and in effect from time to time, and the regulations and requirements of Member Bank or Company.

Security Procedures” means, unless Company and Customer agree otherwise, the security requirements and procedure necessary to verify the authenticity of Entries.

Services” means the Card Services as defined in Appendix II, the ACH Services as defined in Appendix III, or both, as applicable.

Settlement Date” means the date, on which settlement occurs, i.e., funds actually change hands as a result of an ACH entry.

Transaction” means a transaction in connection with which payment is made via ACH (an “ACH Processing Transaction”) or via a Card (a “Card Transaction”). “Transaction” also includes credits and voids.

APPENDIX II
BPN Card Processing Services

If included in the Services, Company shall provide, and Customer shall receive, the services described in this Appendix II (the “Card Services”). Customer agrees that pursuant to any such Card Services it will be receiving under the terms of the Agreement it will also be bound by the terms and conditions of this Appendix II.

  • COMPANY OBLIGATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS.
    • Card Services. Company will provide Customer the Card Services indicated on the Application, as it may be amended.  Company may at any time impose limits on the dollar volume of daily, weekly, or monthly Card Transactions and dollar limits per Card Transaction.  Company may reject attempted Card Transactions at the sole discretion of Company, Bank or Acquirer.  Customer shall use the Card Services only for the goods or services set forth in the Application.  Customer shall immediately notify Company if it has or will probably have annual Card sales volume greater than $1 million for any Association or $2 million total.
    • Electronically Transmitted Transactions. Company will pay Customer by a credit to an Operating Accountusing one or more settlement methods at its discretion, including, without limitation, 2-3 business days funding.   The payment will equal the sum of Card Transactions processed since the previous credit.
    • Provisional Credit. Any credits to the Operating Account are provisional only and subject to revocation and recovery by Company until the Card Transaction is final and no longer subject to chargeback by the Issuer, Cardholder, or Associations.
    • Customer Statement. Company shall make available a Customer Statement on no less than a monthly basis by any reasonable means in Company’s sole discretion. The Customer Statement shall be deemed accurate and affirmed by Customer in all respects except for any items that Customer specifically disputes in written notice provided within twenty (20) days after the Customer Statement became available to Customer.
    • Chargebacks. Company is not in any way responsible for Chargebacks or any related Fees. Company may chargeback to Customer and recover by any means any Card Transactions and any Chargeback Fees charged by Company, as well as any Association fine or assessment, for any reason.
  • CUSTOMER OBLIGATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS.
    • Adjustments and Returns. Customer will maintain a fair exchange and return policy and make adjustments with respect to goods and services sold or leased to its customers whenever appropriate. If any charges are written off or cancelled, or any price is adjusted on a Card Transaction, Customer will transmit a credit or return Card Transaction. If the credit or return transactions in any day exceeded the amount of sales draft transactions, Company shall charge the Operating Account for the excess. Customer shall make no cash refunds on Card Transactions and shall handle all credit adjustments as provided in this Section. Sales drafts for nonrefundable Card Transaction must be conspicuously marked as a “final sale” and “no returns” on the customer’s copy of the sales draft. All Customers must notify Cardholders in writing of the applicable reservation/no show policy on all advance reservations. The Cardholder must be notified of the exact number of days required for reservation deposit refunds.
    • Customer Complaints. Customer shall respond promptly to inquiries from Cardholders and shall resolve any disputes amicably. Customer will ensure that the Cardholder understands who is responsible for delivery of products (whether physical or digital), provision of services, customer service and all other obligations based on the Card Transaction.  Company may charge Customer reasonable Fees and reimbursement, in addition to any applicable Association Fees or charges, for excessive Cardholder inquiries, refunds, or Chargebacks. Customer will maintain the following information in writing for each claim or defense asserted by a Cardholder:
      • The Cardholder’s name;
      • A unique identifier to reference the transaction in communications with Company;
      • The date and time the Cardholder asserted the claim or defense;
      • The nature of the claim or defense; and
      • Any action that Customer took in an attempt to resolve the dispute.
      • Upon request, Customer shall furnish Company with this information in writing within ten (10) days.
    • Record Retention.  Customer shall retain all original sales drafts or legible microfilm or electronic copies of all sales drafts and Transaction records for at least three (3) years.
    • Warranties.
      • Each Card Transaction is genuine and arises from a bona fide transaction by the Cardholder directly with you;
      • Each Card Transaction represents a valid and enforceable obligation for the amount shown on the sales draft and does not involve the use of a Card for any other purpose;
      • Each Card Transaction represents an obligation of the Cardholder for the amount thereof;
      • No Card Transaction is subject to any dispute, set off or counterclaim;
      • Cardholder will not be required, as a condition to initiating a Card Transaction, to waive rights to dispute such Card Transaction; 
      • Each Card Transaction amount is only for merchandise or services (including taxes) sold, leased, or rented to a Cardholder by you and, except for any delayed delivery or advance deposit transactions authorized by this Agreement, that merchandise or service was actually delivered to or performed for the Cardholder when that Card Transaction was submitted for processing;
      • No sales draft has any alteration not authorized by the Cardholder.
      • All information and data you provide to us, or for which you engage a third party to provide to us, is complete, truthful, accurate, valid, your lawful property, and you have the right to communicate such information.
      • You will not engage in any acceptance practice or procedure that discriminates against, or discourages the use of, any particular card type elected by you and approved by us, in favor of any competing card brand also elected and approved.
      • You will honor all cards within the card types accepted and approved in accordance with this Agreement.
      • You and your third-party service providers are legally authorized to sell any product or services offered and have obtained all necessary regulatory approvals and certificates (hereafter, “Certificates”). You will provide us any copies of Certificates immediately upon receipt of our request.
  • COMPLIANCE.
    • Use of Marks. Merchant will display prominently at its place of business, where payments are accepted for card present transactions, Card emblems and other promotional material and literature provided by Company. Subject to the prior written consent of Company and upon such conditions as are imposed by Company, Customer may use Card service marks or design marks in its advertisement and promotional materials.
    • Payment Card Industry Security Requirements. Customer will comply with the standards set forth by the Payment Card Industry (“PCI”) Security Standards Council, as amended by the PCI from time to time.  Information regarding such standards can be obtained at www.visa.com/cisp and www.pcisecuritystandards.org. Customer must provide proof of PCI compliance. If Customer is not PCI compliant, the use of PCI Apply will be offered for use. Use of PCI Apply implies consent to PCI fees.
    • Security Breaches.  You will immediately notify us of any suspected, alleged, or confirmed compromised data (“Compromised Data Event”), regardless of the source, including any from any of your third-party service providers. We or servicers may engage a forensic vendor approved by an Association. You must cooperate with the forensic vendor so that it may immediately conduct an examination of your equipment, systems, and your third-party service providers’ procedures and records and issue a written report of its findings. Upon your discovery of any suspected or actual Compromised Data Event, you will not alter or destroy any related records. You will maintain complete and accurate documentation regarding any modifications made to the records. You will share with us and our servicers information related to your or any Associations’ investigation related to any actual or suspected Compromised Data Event (including, but not limited to, forensic reports and systems audits), and we and our servicers may share that information with Associations.  Upon notice to you, we or our servicers, or the respective representatives of each may conduct remote electronic scans of your systems to confirm compliance with the requirements of the Associations and Applicable Laws. You must promptly cooperate with any such parties to facilitate the scans.
    • Customer is responsible for the security of Cardholder data.
    • Customer and each payment card brand have ownership of Cardholder data and may use such data ONLY for assisting these parties in the completion of Payment Card Processing Transactions, supporting a loyalty program, providing fraud control services, or for other uses specifically required by law.
    • In the event this Agreement is terminated by either of the Parties, each Party agrees to continue to treat account holder data as confidential. 
    • Customer must immediately notify Visa USA Risk Management, through its acquirer, of the use of a Customer Servicer, and ensure the Customer Servicer implements and maintains all of the security requirements, as specified in the Rules.
    • Web Site Requirements for E-Commerce Customers. A web site operated by the Customer that accepts Card Transactions must contain all of the following information:
      • Complete description of the services offered;
      • Return merchandise and refund policy, which includes the communication of the return policy during the order process and the requirement that the cardholder must be allowed to select a “click to accept” option or other affirmative button to acknowledge the policy;
      • Terms and conditions must be displayed on the same screen view as the Company screen used to present the total purchase amount or within the sequence of web pages the cardholder accesses during the purchase process;
      • Customer service contact including e-mail address or telephone number;
      • Transaction currency;
      • Export or legal restrictions;
      • Delivery policy;
      • Consumer data privacy policy;
      • The security method offered for transmission of payment data such as Secure Sockets Layer or 3-D Secure; and
      • Address of the Customer outlet’s permanent establishment, including the Customer outlet country.
      • The above information must be provided either (i) on the same screen view as the Company screen used to present the total purchase amount or (ii) within the sequence of web pages the Cardholder accesses during the purchase process.
    • Third Party Service Providers.  Customer will not use any suppliers and/or third party service providers (“TPSP’s”) unless they comply with PCI and/or the Payment Application Data Security Standard (“PA-DSS”), depending on the type of TPSP, as required by the Rules.  Customer shall cause its TPSP to complete any steps or certifications required by any Association (e.g., registrations, PA-DSS, PCI, audits, etc) and to cooperate with Acquirer in completing any such steps or certifications (if applicable), and in performing any necessary due diligence on such TPSP.  Customer shall be solely responsible for any and all applicable Fees, costs, expenses and liabilities associated with such steps, registrations and certifications.  Neither Acquirer, nor Bank, nor Company shall in any event be liable to Customer or any third party for any actions or inactions of any TPSP used by Customer, even if Acquirer, Bank or Company introduced or recommended such TPSP.
  • TERMINATION.
    • Company may terminate this Agreement, or any or all of the Services provided hereunder, immediately in any of the following circumstances:
      • Chargebacks in excess of Association monitoring guidelines;
      • Customer’s percentage of error Card Transactions or retrieval requests is excessive in the opinion of Company; or
      • Customer appears on the Association Terminated Merchant File.
  • INDEMNIFICATION AND LIABILITY.
    • Indemnification. In addition to any other indemnification obligations under this Agreement, Merchant shall indemnify and hold Company and Member Bank harmless from all losses, claims, damages, liabilities and expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs arising out of any of the following:
      • Card-Not-Present Transactions;
      • Unauthorized Payment Card Processing Transactions;
      • Prohibited Payment Card Processing Transactions;
      • Authorizations; or
      • Accuracy, completeness, quality, integrity, legality, reliability, and timeliness of Customer data and Transactions.
    • Limitation of Liability. In addition to any other limitations of liability in this Agreement, Company and Member Bank shall not be liable to Merchant or Merchant’s customers or any other person for any loss or liability resulting from the denial of credit to any person or Merchant’s retention of any Card or any attempt to do so.
  • AUDITS.  At any reasonable time (during normal business hours) upon reasonable notice to you, you shall allow auditors, including the auditors of any Association or any third party designated by Company Member Bank, or the applicable Association, to review the files held and the procedures followed by you at any or all of your offices or places of business.  You agree that the cost of such audit shall be borne by you.  You shall assist such auditors as may be necessary for them to complete their audit.  In the event that a third-party audit is required by an Association, Member Bank or regulatory agency, and/or required by the Rules or applicable law, Company may, at its option, and at Customer’s sole expense, either retain a third party to perform the audit, or require that Customer directly retain a specific third party auditor.  If Company requires that Customer directly retain the auditor, Customer shall promptly arrange for such audit to be performed, and will provide Company, Member Bank, and the Associations with a copy of any final audit report.
  • COLLECTION AND USE OF CARD TRANSACTION INFORMATION.
    • Documenting Card Transactions. Merchant shall submit the following information to Company in connection with Transaction processing:
      • The DBA name of Merchant, name of Merchant and Merchant’s address;
      • Merchant customer service telephone number;
      • Merchant Internet address;
      • Merchant Number assigned by Member Bank;
      • The Card account number, validation date and/or expiration date of the Card, if one appears on the Card;
      • Name, address and telephone number of Cardholder; and
      • Such additional information as may be required by Company or Member Bank and/or the Associations, from time to time.
      • Merchant shall not submit a Card Transaction (electronically or otherwise) until Merchant has performed its obligations to the Cardholder in connection with the Card Transaction or obtained Cardholder’s consent for a Pre-Authorized Recurring Order Transaction. Merchant must not transmit a Card Transaction that Merchant knows or should have known to be fraudulent or not authorized by the Cardholder. Merchant is responsible for its employees’ actions. Merchant may transmit a Card Transaction that effects a prepayment for services or full prepayment of custom-ordered merchandise if Merchant advises Cardholder of the immediate billing at the time of the Card Transaction and within time limits established by the Associations.
    • Authorization for Payment Card Processing Transactions. Merchant shall obtain Authorization for Payment Card Processing Transactions as follows:
      • Electronically Transmitted Transaction. Customer shall submit each Card Transaction for Authorization to Company’s designated authorization center, which shall respond with the Issuer’s authorization or rejection of the Card Transaction and shall capture and process for Customer the information relating to the Card Transaction.
      • Card-Present Transactions. If a terminal or software application is inoperable at the time of an Authorization request for a Card-Present Transaction, the Card Transaction may be manually authorized by entering it as a Forced Sale, provided the approval number is also entered, and Customer shall be subject to an additional IVR authorization Fee as outlined in the Application.
      • Card-Not-Present Transactions. The following additional requirements apply to Card-Not-Present Transactions:
        • All Card-Not-Present Transactions are at Customer’s risk. As to each Card-Not-Present Transaction, Customer warrants to Company that the person whose name is submitted as Cardholder either made or authorized another to make the purchase;
        • All Card-Not-Present Transactions must be electronically authorized;
        • Customer may accept a Pre-Authorized Recurring Order Transaction only if the Cardholder executes and delivers to Customer a written request therefore, which shall be maintained by Customer and made available upon request to Company. All annual billings must be reaffirmed at least once a year. Customer shall not deliver goods or perform services covered by a Pre-Authorized Recurring Order Transaction after receiving notification from the Cardholder that the pre-authorization is cancelled or from Company that the Card covering the Pre-Authorized Recurring Order Transaction is not to be honored; and
        • Customer shall verify Cardholder’s address through the Association network and only accept as approved those Card Transactions receiving at least a partial match or system unavailable response.
    • Prohibited Card Transactions. Customer shall not do any of the following with respect to any Card Transaction:
      • Establish a minimum below the amount allowed by the Associations; provided, however, you may establish a minimum transaction amount as a condition for honoring Cards, provided that the minimum transaction amount does not differentiate between Associations and/or issuers and the minimum transaction amount does not exceed $10.00 (or any higher amount established by applicable law or the Rules).
      • Establish a maximum sale amount as a condition for honoring Cards; provided, however, you may establish a maximum sale amount as a condition for honoring Cards if you are a department, agency or instrumentality of the U.S. Government, you are a corporation owned or controlled by the U.S. Government, or your primary business is reflected by one of the following MCCs: 8220 (Colleges, Universities, Professional Schools and Junior Colleges), 8244 (Schools, Business and Secretarial), or 8249 (Schools, Trade and Vocational), provided that the maximum transaction amount does not differentiate between Associations and/or issuers.
      • Use Merchant’s own Card, or one to which Merchant has access, to process a Card Transaction for the purpose of obtaining credit for Merchant’s own benefit;
      • Initiate a Card Transaction credit without a balance in the Operating Account equal to or greater than the credit;
      • Disburse funds in the form of cash.
      • Accept a Card to collect or refinance an existing debt;
      • Issue a Card Transaction credit for return goods or services acquired in a cash transaction;
      • Make any cash refund to a Cardholder who has made a purchase with a Card. All Card Transaction credits will be issued to the same Card account number as the sale;
      • Charge any fee or impose any surcharge contrary to the Rules.
    • Disclosure and Storage of Card Transaction Information.
      • A Merchant must not disclose a Card account number, personal information, or other Card Transaction information to third Parties other than to Company or Merchant Servicers or Member Bank for the sole purpose of:
        • Assisting the Merchant in completing the transaction; or
        • As specifically required by law.
      • A Merchant must store all material containing Card account numbers or imprints (such as transaction receipts, car rental agreements and carbons) in an area limited to selected personnel and render all data unreadable prior to discarding. A Merchant must not do any of the following:
        1. Retain or store full contents of any track on the magnetic stripe subsequent to a Card Transaction;
        1. Retain or store CVV/CID data subsequent to Authorization of a Card Transaction; and
        1. Request the CVV/CID data on any paper form.
        1. Sell or disclose cardholder account numbers, personal information, or other Card Transaction information.
    • Use and Disclosure of BIN Information. A Merchant that receives BIN information from Company or Member Bank must not use such information for any reason other than to identify Visa debit category products at the point of sale, unless authorized by Visa.
  • AMENDMENTS TO CARDS AND/OR CARD SERVICES.
    • Amendments to Cards and/or Card Services. Company or Member Bank may amend or delete Cards or Card Services listed in the Application by notifying Merchant in writing. All provisions of this Agreement shall apply to Cards or Card Services added to this Agreement. Company shall notify Merchant of the Fees to be charged for processing the additional Cards and Card Services. Acceptance by Merchant of a new approved Card as payment for a Card Transaction or continued use of Payment Card Processing Service after Company or Member Bank has sent Merchant notice of an amendment shall constitute Merchant’s agreement to the amendment and the Fees or charges related to these additions.

APPENDIX III
BPN FLEX PAY PROCESSING SERVICES

If included in the Services, Company shall provide, and Customer shall receive, the services described in this Appendix III (ACH Services”) for BPN Flex Pay. Customer agrees that pursuant to any such ACH Services it will be receiving under the terms of the Agreement it will also be bound by the terms and conditions of this Appendix III. The ACH Services shall include Entries to Accounts maintained by Company at or at a financial institution (“Financial Institution”) initiated by Company on behalf of Customer by means of the ACH Network where standards, rules, and procedures are established by NACHA. Customer agrees that pursuant to any such ACH Services it will be receiving under the terms of the Agreement, it will also be bound by the terms and conditions of this Appendix III. Company shall, where necessary to provide ACH Services, utilize the services of its chosen Financial Institution.

  1. TYPES OF ENTRIES. Financial institution that maintains Accounts (“Financial Institution”) will transmit debit and/or credit Entries initiated by Company on behalf of Customers to the ACH Network as provided in the Rules, this Appendix III, the Application, and the Agreement.
  2. NOTIFICATION TO COMPANY. Customer shall provide to Company any notices received by it relating to its compliance or alleged failure to comply with the Rules or otherwise relating to misuse or alleged misuse of the ACH system no later than two business days after Customer’s receipt of such notice, and in any event as soon as possible, by email or telephone call. On request of Company, Merchant shall provide information with regard to specific Entries to Company as soon as possible, but in no event more than 48 hours after Company’ request.
  3. TERMINATION. In addition to any other termination under this Agreement, Company may also terminate this Agreement immediately in the following circumstances:
    • Customer’s total unauthorized returns or summary of losses suffered or incurred in connection with failed or reversed transactions are excessive in the opinion of Company;
    • Customer is in violation of the Rules;
    • Customer completed transactions in violation of the laws and regulations of the United States;
  4. WARRANTIES. Customer certifies to Company that it is in compliance with all warranties it is deemed by the Rules to make with respect to Entries originated by Customer. You and your third-party service providers are legally authorized to sell any product or services offered and have obtained all necessary regulatory approvals and certificates (hereafter, “Certificates”). You will provide us any copies of Certificates immediately upon receipt of our request. All information and data you provide to us, or for which you engage a third party to provide to us, is complete, truthful, accurate, valid, your lawful property, and you have the right to communicate such information.
  5. INDEMNIFICATION AND LIABILITY.
    • Indemnification. In addition any other indemnification under this Agreement, Merchant shall indemnify and hold Company and Financial Institution harmless from any and all losses, claims, damages, liabilities and expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs arising out of any of the following:
      • Reversed Entry or File of Entries for erroneous or duplicate transactions where Customer has failed to perform its obligations herein;
      • Any information provided by Customer on which Company relied in determining to grant, extend or continue services was inaccurate;
      • Any completed, failed or misdirected Entry;
      • Use or alleged misuse of the ACH system and/or fines assessed against Company or Financial Institution in connection therewith;
      • Customer’s failure to pay any reversed or failed Entries that are returned to Customer or that pursuant to the applicable Rules or Federal Reserve requirements, should have been returned to Customer; and
      • Any error or mistake by Customer or any third-party service provider included by Customer in processing Entries.
    • Limitation of Liability. In addition to the limitations on liability elsewhere in this Agreement, Company and Financial Institution shall not be liable to Customer or Customer’s customers or any other person for any delay by an ACH operator or Receiving Depository Bank in processing any credit or debit Entry, nor shall either Company or Financial Institution be held liable for the failure of a third Party to process, credit, or debit any such Entry or for other acts of omissions.
  6. AUTHORIZATIONS.
    • Authorization Agreement. All debits to Payor accounts must be authorized by the Payor in writing. An authorization agreement must be readily identifiable as either an ACH credit or ACH debit authorization and must clearly and conspicuously state the terms of the authorization.
    • Verification of Receiver Identity. Customer is responsible for verifying that it has established and implemented commercially reasonable methods of authentication to verify the identity of the Receiver.
    • Retention of Authorizations. Customer must retain the signed or authenticated authorization for a period of two (2) full calendar years following the termination or revocation of the authorization. Customer must promptly present a copy of the Payor’s authorization to Company or Customer’s bank upon request.
    • Termination of Authorization. Customer agrees that it will not initiate an Entry after the termination or revocation of a consumer’s authorization.
  7. NAME AND ACCOUNT NUMBER INCONSISTENCY. Customer acknowledges that if the Receiver’s name and account number used in an Entry do not match, payment of the Entry may be made on the basis of the account number.
  8. PRE-NOTIFICATION ENTRIES. If Customer originates a non-dollar Pre-notification Entry to verify the accuracy of routing and account numbers, Customer will not initiate live dollar Entries until at least six (6) banking days following the settlement date of the Pre-notification Entry. If Company provides notice that a Pre-notification Entry was rejected or returned, Customer shall research the problem and make any necessary corrections before transmitting another Entry.
  9. PROVISIONAL CREDIT. Customer acknowledges that the Rules make provisional any credit given for an Entry until Company crediting the account specified in the Entry receives final settlement.  If Company does not receive final settlement, it is entitled to a refund from the credited Party and the originator of the Entry shall not be deemed to have paid the Party.
  10. TRANSMISSION OF ENTRIES.
    • Transmission of Entries. Customer authorizes Company and Financial Institution to transmit all Entries and to credit or debit such Entries to the specified accounts.
    • Form and Format of Entries. Company shall notify Customer whether Entries shall be in the form of balanced (including any offsets) or unbalanced files (excluding offsets).
      • Credit Entries. Company may require that Merchant pay the amount of each credit Entry in immediately available funds at the time of transmittal or at any time prior to settlement.
      • Debit Entries. Company shall on the applicable Settlement Date credit the account with the amount of each debit Entry. If any Entry is returned by a Receiving Depository Bank after such credit, Customer shall, upon demand, repay Company the amount of the Return Entry.
      • Entry Settlement. Customer shall provide Company or Financial Institution, if so directed, immediately available funds not later than 8:00 a.m. local time on each Settlement Date sufficient to pay all Entries initiated by Customer and hereby instructs Company  to make deposits, withdrawals and transfers to and from the Operating Account in connection with the ACH Processing Services. Company and Financial Institution may require sufficient funds to be in the Operating Account before any Entry is processed by Company or Financial Institution.
    • Security of Transmission. Customer shall comply with any procedures or safeguards required by Company or Financial Institution in carrying out its security obligations.
  11. EXPOSURE LIMITS. Customer shall comply with the monetary file limits established by Company. Company will not process an Overlimit Entry and may, following its receipt of an Overlimit Entry, suspend all In-Process Entries. Customer acknowledges that suspended Entries will not settle on their scheduled Settlement Date. Customer may submit requests to initiate Entries that would be Overlimit Entries at least two (2) banking days in advance. Company may grant or deny the request in its sole discretion. Further, Company may in its sole discretion limit the nature and amount of the preauthorized debit/credit Entries processed under this Agreement or refuse to process any debit/credit Entries under this Agreement. If any of the foregoing actions are taken by Company with respect to a particular preauthorized debit/credit Entry, Company will notify Customer within two (2) banking days after the decision.
  12. CANCELLATION, REJECTION, RETURN OR CHANGE OF ENTRIES.
    • Cancellation or Amendment of Entries. Customer shall have no right to cancel or amend any Entry/File after receipt by Company.
    • Rejection of Entries. Company has the sole discretion to reject any Entry/File. Company shall notify Customer of such rejection by the Business Day such Entry would otherwise have been transmitted by Company to the ACH Network or, in the case of an on-us Entry, its Effective Entry Date. It shall be the responsibility of Customer to remake any Entries or Files rejected by Company or Financial Institution.
    • Return Entries. If sufficient funds are not available in the Operating Account to reimburse Company or Financial Institution for any Return Entry, Customer shall provide such reimbursement in immediately available funds or Company may take the outstanding funds from any Reserve Account.
    • Notification of Change. Company  will notify Customer of Correction Entries, which are commonly referred to as Notification of Change (“NOC”) Entries, and Customer shall make the submitted changes within six (6) days of receipt of the NOC information or before the next “live” Entry, whichever is later.. If the NOC is incorrect, Customer shall notify Company, which shall direct Financial Institution to generate a refused NOC and deliver it to Customer as required by Financial Institution policy.
    • Reversals. Customer may initiate a reversing Entry or File of Entries for erroneous or duplicate transactions within five (5) banking days of the original Entry or Entries, but not later than 24 hours of discovery of the error. Customer will notify the account holder of a reversing Entry and the reason for the reversal by the settlement day of the reversal. Notwithstanding the foregoing, reversals may not be initiated in connection with payments received through the bill payments solution.  Customer will provide an exception to any debit blocks allowing Financial Institution to process reversals.  If Company or Financial Institution are unable to recover the full amount of the returned funds it may suspend Services under this Agreement.
  13. SETTLEMENT. Customer shall be required to maintain the Operating Account at all times during the term of the Agreement. Company shall issue a periodic statement to Customer that will reflect Entries credited and debited to the Operating Account. Customer will notify Company within a reasonable time not to exceed thirty (30) calendar days (except where applicable law provides a sixty (60) calendar day review period) after Customer  receives a periodic statement of any discrepancy between Merchant’s records and the statement, after which the statement will be considered accurate. Customer will cooperate with Company and Financial Institution in any loss recovery efforts.
  14. PRICING TIER DEFINITIONS: Customer acknowledges that pricing for this service is determined by the number of calendar days elapsed between the invoice date and the Flex Pay capture date.  This service offers expedited payment timing incentive for additional cost via a rate tier structure.   Customer has the option to provide an Open Accounts Receivable file containing an invoice / billing date to Billtrust and if provided, Billtrust will use the invoice / billing date listed in this file as the “Invoice Date” source.  If the item presented does not have an invoice/billing date listed within the Open Accounts Receivable file, the invoice date is defined as the date listed as “Invoice Date” in the buyer’s remittance information provided along with the payment. If a provided Open Accounts Receivable file does not include an invoice or billing date field, the invoice date is defined as the date listed as “Invoice Date” in the buyer’s remittance information provided along with the payment.  If an Open Accounts Receivable file is not provided or does not include an invoice or billing date field, and if there is no “Invoice Date” listed with the payment details, the default pricing tier is the lowest percentage rate tier. The term “within one day of invoice” is defined as payment instruction received in no more than one business day following the “Invoice Date”.

APPENDIX IV
MERCHANT SERVICES AGREEMENT FOR CUSTOMERS

This MERCHANT SERVICES AGREEMENT FOR CUSTOMERS (“SUBMERCHANTS”) (“Sub-Merchant Agreement”) is made among WORLDPAY, LLC, having its principal office at 8500 Governors Hill Drive, Symmes Township, OH 45249-1384 and its designated Member Bank (collectively “Acquirer”) and Customer (“Customer” or “Sub-merchant”) in connection with the agreement between Sub-merchant and FACTOR SYSTEMS, LLC. DBA: Billtrust (“Provider”). Acquirer will provide Sub-merchant with certain payment processing services (“Services”) in accordance with the terms of this Sub-Merchant Agreement.  In consideration of Sub-merchant’s receipt of credit or debit card funded payments, and participation in programs affiliated with Mastercard International Inc. (“Mastercard”), VISA U.S.A. Inc. (“VISA”), Discover (“Discover”), and certain similar entities (collectively, “Associations), Sub-merchant is required to comply with the Operating Regulations (defined below) as they pertain to applicable credit and debit card payments.  In addition, if Sub-merchant meets certain requirements under the Operating Regulations or an Association or the Operating Regulations otherwise require, Sub-merchant may be required to enter into a direct relationship with an entity that is a member of the Associations.  By executing this Sub-Merchant Agreement, Sub-merchant has fulfilled such requirement. However, Acquirer understands that Sub-merchant may have contracted with Provider to obtain certain processing services and that Provider may have agreed to be responsible to Sub-merchant for all or part of Sub-merchant’s obligations contained herein.

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing recitals and of the mutual promises contained herein, the parties agree as follows:

1. Certain Sub-merchant Responsibilities.  Sub-merchant agrees to comply, and to cause third parties acting as Sub-merchant’s agent (“Agents”) to comply, with the Association’s and other payment network’s by-laws, operating regulations and/or all other rules, policies and procedures, including but not limited to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, the VISA Cardholder Information Security Program, the Mastercard Site Data Protection Program, and any other program or requirement that may be published and/or mandated by the Associations or payment networks (collectively “Operating Regulations”). Sub-merchant may review the VISA, Mastercard, and Discover websites for a copy of the Visa, Mastercard and Discover regulations.  The websites are: https://usa.visa.com/support/small-business/regulations-fees.html and http://www.mastercard.com/us/merchant/ and http://www.discovernetwork.com/merchants/.  Sub-merchant also agrees to comply with all applicable state, federal, and local laws, rules, and regulations (“Laws”). Without limiting the foregoing, Sub-merchant agrees that it will fully comply with any and all anti-money laundering laws and regulations, including but not limited to the USA PATRIOT Act, the Bank Secrecy Act, the Federal Trade Commission and obligations imposed by the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).  For purposes of this section, Agents include, but are not limited to, Sub-merchant’s software providers and/or equipment providers.

If appropriately indicated in Sub-merchant’s agreement with Provider, Sub-merchant may be a limited-acceptance merchant, which means that Sub-merchant has elected to accept only certain Visa and Mastercard card types (i.e., consumer credit, consumer debit, and commercial cards) and Sub-merchant must display appropriate signage to indicate the same.  Acquirer has no obligation other than those expressly provided under the Operating Regulations and applicable law as they may relate to limited acceptance. Sub-merchant, and not Acquirer, will be solely responsible for the implementation of its decision for limited acceptance, including but not limited to policing the card type(s) accepted at the point of sale.  

Sub-merchant shall only complete sales transactions produced as the direct result of bona fide sale made by Sub-merchant to cardholders, and is expressly prohibited from presenting sales transactions which are produced as a result of sales made by any person or entity other than Sub-merchant, or for any purposes related to any illegal or prohibited activity, including but not limited to money-laundering or financing of terrorist activities.

Sub-merchant may set a minimum transaction amount to accept a card that provides access to a credit account, under the following conditions: i) the minimum transaction amount does not differentiate between card issuers; ii) the minimum transaction amount does not differentiate between Mastercard, Visa, or any other acceptance brand; and iii) the minimum transaction amount does not exceed ten dollars (or any higher amount established by the Federal Reserve).  Sub-merchant may set a maximum transaction amount to accept a card that provides access to a credit account, under the following conditions: Sub-merchant is a i) department, agency or instrumentality of the U.S. government; ii) corporation owned or controlled by the U.S. government; or iii) Sub-merchant whose primary business is reflected by one of the following MCCs: 8220, 8244, 8249 – Schools, Trade or Vocational; and the maximum transaction amount does not differentiate between Mastercard, Visa, or any other acceptance brand.

2. Sub-merchant Prohibitions.  Sub-merchant must not i) require a cardholder to complete a postcard or similar device that includes the cardholder’s account number, card expiration date, signature, or any other card account data in plain view when mailed; ii) add any tax to transactions, unless applicable law expressly requires that a Sub-merchant impose a tax (Any tax amount, if allowed, must be included in the transaction amount and not collected separately); iii) request or use an account number for any purpose other than as payment for its goods or services; iv) disburse funds in the form of travelers checks if the sole purpose is to allow the cardholder to make a cash purchase of goods or services from Sub-merchant; v) disburse funds in the form of cash unless Sub-merchant is dispensing funds in the form of travelers checks, TravelMoney cards, or foreign currency (in such case, the transaction amount is limited to the value of the travelers checks, TravelMoney cards, or foreign currency, plus any commission or fee charged by the Sub-merchant), or Sub-merchant is participating in a cash back service; vi) submit any transaction receipt for a transaction that was previously charged back to the Acquirer and subsequently returned to Sub-merchant, irrespective of cardholder approval; vii) accept a Visa consumer credit card or commercial Visa product issued by a U.S. issuer to collect or refinance an existing debt; viii) accept a card to collect or refinance an existing debt that has been deemed uncollectable; or ix) submit a transaction that represents collection of a dishonored check. Sub-merchant further agrees that, under no circumstance, will Sub-merchant store cardholder data in violation of the Laws or the Operating Regulations including but not limited to the storage of track-2 data. Neither Sub-merchant nor its Agent shall retain or store magnetic-stripe data subsequent to the authorization of a sales transaction.

3. Settlement.  Upon receipt of Sub-merchant’s sales data for card transactions, Acquirer will process Sub-merchant’s sales data to facilitate the funds transfer between the various Associations and Sub-merchant.  After Acquirer receives credit for such sales data, subject to the terms set forth herein, Acquirer will fund Sub-merchant, either directly to the Sub-merchant-Owned Designated Account or through Provider to an account designated by Provider (“Provider Designated Account”), at Acquirer’s discretion, for such card transactions.  Sub-merchant agrees that the deposit of funds to the Provider Designated Account shall discharge Acquirer of its settlement obligation to Sub-merchant, and that any dispute regarding the receipt or amount of settlement shall be between Provider and Sub-merchant. Acquirer will debit the Provider Designated Account for funds owed to Acquirer as a result of the Services provided hereunder, provided that Acquirer may also debit Sub-merchant’s designated demand deposit account (“Sub-merchant-Owned Designated Account”) upon receipt of such account information from Sub-merchant or Provider, or if Acquirer deposits settlement funds into the Sub-merchant-Owned Designated Account.  Further, if a cardholder disputes a transaction, if a transaction is charged back for any reason, or if Acquirer reasonably believes a transaction is unauthorized or otherwise unacceptable, the amount of such transaction may be charged back and debited from Sub-merchant or Provider.

4. Term and Termination.  This Sub-Merchant Agreement shall be binding upon Sub-merchant upon Sub-merchant’s execution.  The term of this Sub-Merchant Agreement shall begin, and the terms of the Sub-Merchant Agreement shall be deemed accepted and binding upon Acquirer, on the date Acquirer accepts this Sub-Merchant Agreement by issuing a merchant identification number, and shall be coterminous with Provider’s agreement with Sub-merchant.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, Acquirer may immediately cease providing Services and/or terminate this Agreement without notice if (i) Sub-merchant or Provider fails to pay any amount to Acquirer when due, (ii) in Acquirer’s opinion, provision of a service to Sub-merchant or Provider may be a violation of the Operating Regulations or any Laws, (iii) Acquirer believes that Sub-merchant has violated or is likely to violate the Operating Regulations or the Laws, (iv) Acquirer determines Sub-merchant poses a financial or regulatory risk to Acquirer, Member Bank, or an Association, (v) Acquirer’s agreement with Provider terminates, (vi) any Association de-registers Provider, (vii) Acquirer ceases to be a member of the Associations or fails to have the required licenses, or (viii) Acquirer is required to do so by Member Bank or any of the Associations.

5. Limits of Liability.  Sub-merchant agrees to provide Acquirer, via a communication with Provider, with written notice of any alleged breach by Acquirer of this Sub-Merchant Agreement, which notice will specifically detail such alleged breach, within thirty (30) days of the date on which the alleged breach first occurred.  Failure to so provide notice shall be deemed an acceptance by Sub-merchant and a waiver of any and all rights to dispute such breach.

  EXCEPT FOR THOSE EXPRESS WARRANTIES MADE IN THIS SUB-MERCHANT AGREEMENT, ACQUIRER DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.   Sub-merchant’s sole and exclusive remedy for any and all claims against Acquirer arising out of or in any way related to the transactions contemplated herein shall be termination of this Sub-Merchant Agreement.   In the event that Sub-merchant has any claim arising in connection with the Services, rights, or obligations defined in this Sub-Merchant Agreement, Sub-merchant shall proceed against Provider and not against Acquirer, unless otherwise specifically set forth in the Operating Regulations.  In no event shall Acquirer have any liability to Sub-merchant with respect to this Sub-Merchant Agreement or the Services. Sub-merchant acknowledges Acquirer is only providing this Sub-Merchant Agreement to assist in Provider’s processing relationship with Sub-merchant, that Acquirer is not liable for any action or failure to act by Provider, and that Acquirer shall have no liability whatsoever in connection with any products or services provided to Sub-merchant by Provider.  If Provider is unable to provide its services to Sub-merchant in connection with this Sub-Merchant Agreement and Acquirer elects to provide those services directly, Sub-merchant acknowledges and agrees that the provisions of this Sub-Merchant Agreement will no longer apply and the terms of Acquirer’s then-current Bank Card Merchant Agreement, which would be provided to Sub-merchant upon request, will govern Acquirer’s relationship with Sub-merchant.  If Provider subsequently provides its services to Sub-merchant in connection with this Sub-Merchant Agreement, Acquirer will cease to provide such services after receipt of notice from Provider and this Sub-Merchant Agreement will govern Acquirer’s relationship with Sub-merchant.

6. Miscellaneous.  This Sub-Merchant Agreement is entered into, governed by, and construed pursuant to the laws of the State of Ohio without regard to conflicts of law provisions.  This Sub-Merchant Agreement may not be assigned by Sub-merchant without the prior written consent of Acquirer. This Sub-Merchant Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective successors, transferees and assignees. This Sub-Merchant Agreement is for the benefit of, and may be enforced only by, Acquirer and Sub-merchant and is not for the benefit of, and may not be enforced by, any other party.  Acquirer may amend this Sub-Merchant Agreement upon notice to Sub-merchant in accordance with Acquirer’s standard operating procedure.  If any provision of this Sub-Merchant Agreement is determined to be illegal or invalid, such illegality or invalidity of that provision will not affect any of the remaining provisions and this Sub-Merchant Agreement will be construed as if such provision is not contained in the Sub-Merchant Agreement.  “Member Bank” as used in this Sub-Merchant Agreement shall mean a member of VISA, Mastercard and/or Discover, as applicable, that provides sponsorship services in connection with this Sub-Merchant Agreement.  As of the commencement of this Sub-Merchant Agreement, Member Bank shall be Fifth Third Bank, N. A., located in Cincinnati, OH, 45263.  The Member Bank is a party to this Sub-Merchant Agreement.  The Member Bank may be changed, and its rights and obligations assigned to another party by Acquirer at any time without notice to Sub-merchant.

Sub-Merchant agrees to the terms of this Sub-Merchant Agreement as of the Effective Date of the Agreement. 

APPENDIX V
Credit Card Surcharge Program

This is an Addendum to the Agreement entered into by and between Factor Systems, LLC d/b/a Billtrust, with a place of business at 1009 Lenox Drive, Suite 101, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 (the “Company“) and you (“Customer,” “Merchant,” or “you”) (the “BPN Services Agreement”) and is incorporated into and made a part of the Agreement as of the Effective Date. Capitalized terms not otherwise defined herein shall have the meaning specified in the Agreement.

Under Company’s Credit Card Surcharge Program (“Program”), you add a “Surcharge” to your customers’ credit card transactions to offset all or a portion of the fees you pay for the processing of those credit card transactions.  If you terminate the merchant processing component of the Service, Company may, in its sole discretion, terminate or suspend your surcharging services under the Program.

Surcharge Compliance. As required by an Acquirer, Bank, and/or the by-laws, Operating Regulations and/or all other rules, guidelines, policies and procedures of VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and/or other networks (which are available on websites such as http://usa.visa.com/merchants/, http://www.mastercard.com/us/merchant/ and http://www.discovernetwork.com/merchants/), and all other applicable rules, regulations and requirements of Member Bank, Company providers, banks, institutions, organizations, associations, or networks which govern or affect any services provided under this Agreement, and all state and federal laws, rules and regulations which govern or otherwise affect the activities of Customer, including, but not limited to, those of the National Automated Clearing House Association (“NACHA”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), as any or all of the foregoing may be amended and in effect from time to time, and the regulations and requirements of Member Bank or Company (the “Rules”), you have certain compliance obligations under the Program.

You represent and warrant you agree to the following:

  1. You will comply with the Rules and all Card Brand compliance recommendations regarding surcharging disclosures to ensure compliance with Card Brand Rules, including all Rules and recommendations regarding notification of customers of the surcharge at the presentation of the payment method, and, in the case of a physical point of sale transaction, posting required and appropriate surcharge notices at the entrance of your place of business and at the point of sale; and
  2. You will not surcharge until you have received approval or notice from Company that you have been properly registered with the Card Brands and thirty (30) day waiting periods have passed; and
  3. If applicable, you will follow the instructions provided for point of sale terminal equipment to process Surcharges properly.

In order to maximize overall accuracy in surcharging, the Services will not apply a surcharge in certain circumstances, including the following, which non-surcharge is a feature of the Services and shall not be deemed to be a Calculation Error for any purposes under this Agreement: (i) mixed Bank Identification Number (BIN) cards are treated a debit cards, resulting in a non-surcharge; (ii) if the API does not respond within 5 seconds an automated time out will apply, resulting in a non-surcharge; and (iii) if a 6 or 8 digit BIN is provided but the distinguishing card type is identified by another digit not provided, then the Services will return the surcharge based upon the known card identification or default to debit, resulting in a non-surcharge.

In the event that the Services incorrectly calculates and applies surcharge amounts (a “Calculation Error”) then Customer shall have the following remedies:

  1. In the event that a Calculation Error results in loss of Customer savings due to a low or no surcharge, then Company shall reimburse the amount of lost saving by payment to the Customer; provided, that (1) Customer provides Company with prompt written notice of the Calculation Error once known or suspected by Customer; and (2) Customer provides Company with all information and assistance reasonably requested by Company in connection with the resolution of the Calculation Error.
  2. In the event that a Calculation Error results in excess profit to Customer due to a high surcharge or a surcharge which should not have been applied whether due to card type, region or otherwise, Company (i) shall promptly upon becoming aware of the Calculation Error advise the Customer to refund the excess or inapplicable surcharge, and (ii) except for the indemnity specified in the Agreement, shall have no other liability to Customer with respect to such Calculation Error.

You agree that the terms and conditions pertaining to disclaimer of warranties, Indemnification and Liability, and Limitation of Liability, which apply as between you and Company pursuant to the Agreement, shall, solely with respect to the Program, also apply as between you and Company’s suppliers of the Program.

Your participation in this Program shall be effective only upon Company’s acceptance of this Addendum as evidenced by its processing credit card transactions in accordance herewith and may be terminated upon violation of the Agreement as hereby modified or as otherwise set forth in the Agreement.