Terms of Use

Please read this disclaimer carefully, by making use of this site, you indicate your acceptance of the terms stated below.  If you do not accept these terms, then do not use this site.

This internet site (the “Site”) and the materials that it contains have been prepared by Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP (the “Firm”) for informational purposes only. They do not constitute legal advice. Your use of this Site, including for the purpose of communicating electronically with our attorneys, does not create an attorney/client relationship between you and the Firm. Although efforts are made to keep the contents of the site current, it may not reflect the latest legal developments. The application of specific laws and legal principles will vary according to location and individual circumstances. Anyone viewing information contained in this Site should not act upon it without seeking professional counsel from an attorney authorized to practice in his or her jurisdiction.

The Firm does not solicit anyone to seek representation based upon viewing this Site.

The Firm may alter, suspend, or discontinue this Site at any time for any reason, without notice or cost. The Site may become unavailable due to maintenance or malfunction of computer equipment or other reasons.

 

Access to the Site

By using this Site, you agree to waive any claim you might otherwise have against the Firm that arises from your use of this Site or information provided by this Site. In addition, by using this Site you agree to indemnify, hold harmless and defend the Firm from any claims, damages, losses, liabilities and all costs and expenses of defense, including but not limited to, attorneys’ fees, resulting directly or indirectly from a claim by a third party that alleges injury, damage or harm in whole or in part arising from the provision by you of information from, or claimed to be from, this Site, or that in any way arises from your use of this Site or information provided by this Site in violation of these terms.

 

Disclaimer of Warranties

To the fullest extent permissible pursuant to applicable law, the Firm disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. Specifically, but without limitation, the Firm does not warrant that: the information on this Site is correct, accurate or reliable; the functions contained on this Site will be uninterrupted or error-free; or defects will be corrected, or that this Site or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or other harmful components.

Response to Online Requests

From time to time, Choate, Hall & Stewart may offer to provide information or materials via email or otherwise to interested persons. Choate, Hall & Stewart reserves the right, in its absolute discretion, to reject any requests for such information or materials, or to discontinue the provision of such information or materials to any person, for any reason whatsoever.

 

Privacy Statement

Because our Site permits individuals to submit email, we have developed this Privacy Statement to inform Site visitors of our policies and practices regarding such information. At some places on the Site, the use of a “cookie” may be offered. Most browsers now recognize when a “cookie” is offered, and permits the user to opt out of receiving it. If you are not sure whether your browser has this capability, you should check with the software manufacturer or your internet service provider. “Cookies” are used on the Firm Site to facilitate use of an area of the Site. We do not use “cookies” to collect and distribute information to third parties for marketing purposes.

Notice to Mass Consumers Concerning Privacy Rights

If you are a resident of California, and if you are in contact with Choate in your role as a consumer, please be aware that you may have rights under the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018.  To the extent that we collect personal information from you as a consumer, you have the right to request disclosure of your personal information that we collected, sold (if any), and disclosed (if any).  Upon our receipt of a verified request, we will respond to your request within the required timeframe. You also have the right to ask us to delete your personal information.   We may not discriminate against you in response to your exercising these rights.  If you wish to submit such a request to Choate for information or deletion, you are welcome to contact us by one of the following methods:

  • You may call this toll free number: 1-833-590-0125, and ask to speak with our Chief Information Officer.
  • You may send an email to: Privacy@Choate.com.
  • You may send an email via the Contact page provided in this website.

From time to time Choate collects information about an individual for the purpose of providing services and for reaching out.  We may ask you for contact information (including your name and your email address, telephone number and/or mailing address) in order to communicate with you.  In the course of providing services to you or another client, we may ask you to provide financial information.  Choate does not sell your information to any third party or other business.

Electronic Correspondence to the Firm and Affiliated Servers

Opportunities to send email or to subscribe to email distribution lists through the Site are provided solely to let individuals send comments and communications to use and to request information from us, and they do not give rise to an attorney/client relationship. These messages are forwarded through the Site to the appropriate persons within the Firm so that they may respond to the questions or comments or provide the information requested, if they elect to do so, which is at their discretion. In the event that the Firm is requested to contact a visitor to this Site, contact information may also be used for purposes of making that communication. Any electronic communication between you and the Firm will not be privileged or confidential; may be disclosed to other persons; and may not be secure. Therefore, you should not send any email to the Firm that contains confidential or sensitive information. Further, all information submitted is the exclusive property of the Firm. The Firm is entitled to use any information submitted for any purpose, without restriction (except as stated in the Privacy Statement) or compensation to the person sending the submission. The user acknowledges the originality of any submission communicated to the Firm and accepts responsibility for its accuracy, appropriateness, and legality.

 

Enforcement of Terms and Conditions

These Terms are governed and interpreted pursuant to the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, United States of America, notwithstanding any principles of conflicts of law.

All disputes arising out of or relating to these Terms shall be finally resolved by arbitration conducted in the English language in Boston, Massachusetts, USA under the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association. The parties shall bear equally the cost of the arbitration (except that the prevailing party shall be entitled to an award of reasonable attorneys’ fees incurred in connection with the arbitration in such an amount as may be determined by the arbitrator). All decisions of the arbitrator shall be final and binding on both parties and enforceable in any court of competent jurisdiction. Notwithstanding this, application may be made to any court for a judicial acceptance of the award or order of enforcement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Firm shall be entitled to seek injunctive relief, security, or other equitable remedies from the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts or any other court of competent jurisdiction. If any part of these terms is unlawful, void, or unenforceable, that part will be deemed severable and will not affect the validity and enforceability of the remaining provisions. The Firm may, at its sole discretion and without notice, revise these terms at any time by updating this posting.

 

Sending

Please do not send any confidential information via e-mail through this website. Sending an e-mail to Choate does not give rise to an attorney-client relationship, and will not be deemed to disqualify Choate from undertaking any engagement for a current or future client. Before any attorney-client engagement may be formed, Choate will need to check for possible conflicts of interest, you will need to consider whether you wish to retain Choate as counsel, and we will need to consider whether we wish to accept the potential engagement. In the meantime, Choate reserves the right to represent parties with interests adverse to you.