About NAM (National Arbitration & Mediation LLC)
NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) has been providing Alternative Dispute Resolution services throughout the United States and internationally for almost 30 years and is recognized for its superb customer service, market-leading technology, and an exceptional panel of arbitrators and mediators. For the eighth year in a row, NAM was named a top ADR firm in the United States in the 2021 National Law Journal's Best Of Survey. For the past ten years, NAM was selected as the #1 ADR firm in the New York Law Journal's Best Of Survey and was also voted a top Online ADR Resource by the survey respondents – a testament to the depth and breadth of knowledge, information and thought leadership provided by the firm to the ADR community at large.
NAM is an indispensable resource for parties seeking cost-effective alternatives to expensive and time-consuming litigation. NAM works with more than 10,000 commercial entities, including more than 50 percent of the Fortune 100 companies. NAM offers litigants highly secure virtual and in-person forums, unique and powerful technology and a nationwide panel of more than 2,600 top-tier former judges and legal practitioners. NAM's mediators and arbitrators are uniquely qualified to facilitate the resolution of disputes. NAM maintains rosters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and in major cities around the world, with deep experience in the areas of banking and financial services, complex commercial, construction, corporate, employment, entertainment, trusts and estates, international, insurance/reinsurance, medical malpractice, personal injury, professional liability and real estate dispute resolution.
NAM provides complimentary continuing legal education (CLE) programs for attorneys, bar associations, corporate and government legal departments and other legal and business organizations. For more information, visit www.namadr.com.
clickNsettle (CNS), powered by NAM, is a simple and expeditious way to resolve claims and disputes valued at $25,000 or less.
CNS is an interactive, digital settlement application which offers disputing parties a means to settle cases in a confidential, quick and inexpensive manner at YOUR convenience and at YOUR computer. During a pre-scheduled 40-minute blind bidding session, Claimants submit demands reflective of an amount they are willing to accept to settle the case and Defendants submit offers reflective of an amount they are willing to pay to settle a case. If the Claimant's demand and the Defendant's offer meet the CNS settlement criteria (that is, if the bid amounts are within 30% of each other or if the Defendant's offer exceeds the Claimant's demand), the case will settle for the midpoint between the two bid amounts. Each party's bids are NEVER disclosed to their adversary. A dollar figure is ONLY revealed when the case settles and only the settlement amount is shown.
If the case is not settled during the blind bidding process, the parties will receive an on-screen notification that a Mediator will be joining the session to virtually assist the parties with the negotiation process for up to 20 minutes.
EFFECTIVE DATE: July 19, 2021
I. General Information
At National Arbitration and Mediation, LLC (“NAM”, “we”, “us” or “our”), we are committed to protecting your privacy and ensuring you have a positive experience on our website (“ www.namadr.com”), when using the site, our arbitration and mediation services through our portal (“myadr.namadr.com”), our arbitration services for New York State Paid Family Leave disputes through our portal (“nyspfla.namadr.com”) and/or our clickNsettle service (www.clicknsettle.com) (“CNS”). The following policy dictates how and why we collect, use, retain, and share personally identifiable data (“Personal Data”, “information” or “PII”) provided to us affirmatively by users, automatically via service usage, and/or via third parties. This policy applies to all geographies where NAM conducts business, including where you may have additional rights surrounding the usage of your personal information. This policy will be posted on our website and may be updated occasionally for reasons such as operational or business practices or regulatory changes. Any policy updates take effect immediately upon posting.
Please note that, before using some of our services (CNS, for example), you may be asked to enter into a binding legal agreement by clicking the “agree” button in the applicable terms and conditions (each, a “User Agreement”), which may give us rights in or to use your information that are broader and/or different than the terms of this policy. To the extent the terms of any such User Agreement conflict with the terms of this policy, the terms of such User Agreement will prevail.
II. Collection of your Personal Data
Throughout this policy, “Personally Identifiable Data” will be defined as information which can be reasonably linked to a specific person. NAM may collect the following types of personal data when you interact with our website and/or portals. This information may be collected directly from users about themselves or others, or on an automated basis.
- Common identifiers such as name, username, physical address, email address, phone numbers, and the like;
- Information about your job, such as your title and employer;
- Billing data, including credit/debit card or other payment information;
- Publicly available data from you;
- Social media profile information;
- Service preferences;
- Information about your device, network, and internet connection, such as your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address(es), Internet Service Provider (“ISP”), MAC address, other device ID (UDID), device type, operating system and browser type and version and date/time stamp, and client version;
- Information about your usage of or other interaction with our services and website (“Usage Information”);
- Other information you upload, provide, or create while using NAM’s services.
In certain instances, you may choose whether or not to provide personal data to NAM. However, it may restrict accessibility to certain options and services on our platforms. You can adjust certain settings to reduce the amount of Personal Data we automatically collect from you by updating cookie preferences in your browser’s setting.
We may also collect and share some personal data from and with third-party partners and service providers. Agreements with our service providers limit what may be done with the data collected on our behalf. We may also receive personal data that third parties collect in other contexts, which we use in order to better understand our users, advertise and market, and enhance our services. For more information, see the section titled Sale of Personal Data.
Customer Content is information provided by the customer to NAM through the usage of services. This information includes, but is not limited to, cloud recordings of webinars, files, whiteboards, and other information shared while using NAM’s services. Customer Content does not refer to data generated by NAM’s network and systems (i.e., routing information and other meeting metadata).
NAM, our third-party service providers, and advertising partners (e.g., Google Ads and Google Analytics) automatically collect some information about you when you use our services, using methods such as cookies and tracking technologies (further described below). Information automatically collected includes Internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet service provider (ISP), referrer URL, exit pages, the files viewed on our site (e.g., HTML pages, graphics, etc.), operating system, date/time stamp, and/or clickstream data. We use this information to offer and improve our services, trouble shoot, and to improve our marketing efforts.
Regarding meeting recordings
If you participate in a webinar, we collect Personal Data from you in connection with and through such recordings. Meeting hosts are responsible for notifying you if they are recording a meeting, and you will generally hear a notice or see an on-screen notification when recording is in progress.
III. Use and Disclosure of Personal Data
We may use the personal data we collect for a range of business purposes such as to:
- Manage and improve the use of our website, portals and services;
· Enable meetings and webinars between hosts, users and client participants;
- Fulfill requests you make related to our services;
· Protect, investigate and deter against fraudulent, harmful, unauthorized or illegal activity to the website, portals and services;
· Respond to inquiries and requests and to provide you with information and access to resources that you have requested;
· Aggregate and analyze your use of the website, our portals and our services for trend monitoring purposes;
· Provide reports to users based on information collected from use of our services;
- Provide support and assistance for our services;
· Provide the ability to create personal profile areas and view protected content;
· Provide the ability to perform billing activities when using our services;
- Provide customer feedback and support;
· Complying with our contractual and legal obligations and enforcing our agreements
We process your Personal Data (i) with your consent (where necessary), (ii) for the performance of any contract you have with us (such as your agreement with us that allows us to provide you with our services), and (iii) for other legitimate interests and business purposes in a manner reasonably proportionate to providing, running, personalizing, improving, operating, maintaining our services.
Some of this information may be shared with other meeting/webinar participants, as appropriate. For example, all messages and content you share in a meeting/webinar, including personal data about you or others, will be available to all other participants in that meeting/webinar. If you share a meeting/webinar link with another user who is not already in the meeting/webinar, when that user tries to join the meeting he or she will be able to see the list of other users in the meeting/webinar, as well as other invitees joining the meeting/webinar.
Importantly, much of the Personal data we collect, we collect on behalf of our customers and do not claim ownership or control over the data collected.
In addition to the aforementioned, we may use identifiers, employment information, payment information, Social Media profile information, technical information, demographic information, usage information, and user-generated information:
· To provide customer feedback and support ( https://www.namadr.com/about/contact-us/ );
· Providing you with information and offers from us;
· To the extent you choose to participate, to conduct questionnaires and surveys in order to provide better services to our customers and end users;
· To support recruitment inquiries ( https://www.namadr.com/about/careers/ );
· To personalize marketing communications and website content based on your preferences, such as in response to your request for specific information concerning services that may be of interest;
· To comply with legal or billing obligations;
· To optimize connection and quality of technical connectivity to our services
Users can sign-up to receive email or newsletter communications from us. If you would like to discontinue receiving these communications, you can update your preferences by using the “Unsubscribe” link found in such emails, by emailing email@example.com , or by calling us directly.
Sale of Personal Data
NAM does not rent or sell Personal Data about you. As previously mentioned, we may share and disclose Personal Data that we collect with third parties, solely for legitimate business or legal purposes and in accordance with applicable law. Categories of third parties with whom Personal Data may be shared include
Email service provider
To send emails to our customers
To process payments via credit cards or checks
To perform accounting and tax related activities
To translate documentation so we can process your request and provide services
To support the configuration of the website for enabling cookies to collect information concerning our visitors
To securely destroy information or data that no longer needs to be retained by NAM
To store information related to NAM’s business and customers required to be retained for business and legal purposes
Video conferencing solutions
To support our business process for enabling webinars and conferencing solutions by collecting information concerning meeting participants and by recording webinars.
NAM uses certain standard advertising tools to help us improve your advertising experience which may fall within the extremely broad definition of the “sale” of Personal Data under certain state laws because those companies might use Personal Data for their own business purposes, as well as NAM’s purposes. For example, Google may use this data to improve its advertising services for all companies who use their services. (It is important to note advertising programs have historically operated in this manner. It is only with recent developments in data privacy laws that such activities fall within the definition of a “sale”). If you opt out of the “sale” of your info, your Personal Data that may have been used for these activities will no longer be shared with third parties.
How long we retain your personal data depends on the type of data and the purpose for which we process the data. We will retain your Personal Information for the period necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this Privacy Notice unless a longer retention period is required by law, for legal, tax or regulatory reasons, or for other legitimate and lawful business purposes.
Security of your Personal Data
NAM is committed to protecting the personal data you share with us through our website, portals and services. We utilize a combination of security technologies, procedures, and organizational measures to help protect your personal data from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. When we transfer credit card information over the Internet, we protect it using Transport Layer Security (TLS) encryption technology.
Please note that no website is completely secure and so, while we endeavor to protect our customers' data using the measures described above, we cannot guarantee that unauthorized access, hacking, data loss or a data breach will not occur. If you have any questions about the security of your personal data, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Linked Websites and Third-Party Services
Our websites, portals and services may provide links to other third-party websites and services which are outside our control and not covered by this policy. We encourage you to review the privacy policies posted on these (and all) sites you visit or services you use.
The inclusion of a link does not imply our endorsement of the linked site or service. You should check the privacy notices of those sites before providing your personal information to them.
IV. Data Subject Rights
We do our best to give you reasonable control over the personal data we process about you. Depending on where you reside, you may be entitled to certain legal rights with respect to your personal data including, where applicable:
- Access: Requesting information about and access to personal data we hold about you, with a twelve-month lookback window. This includes the reasons we collected the data and with whom we have shared the data.
- Rectification: Requesting that we correct or supplement such data about you that is incorrect or incomplete.
- Objection: Contacting us to let us know that you object to the collection or use of your personal data for certain purposes. If you believe NAM may have collected or stored personal information from you on behalf of a NAM customer, please contact the NAM customer with any requests related to your personal information.
- Opt Out of “Sales”: Electing to have us opt you out of certain advertising practices related to your personal data. NAM does not exchange your personal data with third parties for payment, even if you do not opt-out of the “sale” of information. If you opt-out, we will adjust your preferences accordingly.
- Erasure: Requesting that we erase some or all of your personal data from our systems.
- Restriction of Processing: Asking us to restrict further processing of your personal data.
- Portability: Requesting a copy of your personal data in a machine-readable format or that we transmit the data to another entity where technically feasible.
- Withdrawal of Consent: Withdrawing consent at any time where we are processing your personal data based on your consent (as indicated at the time of collection of such data).
- Right to File Complaint: Lodging a complaint about NAM’s practices with respect to your personal data with the supervisory authority of your country or EU Member State.
Should you reside in a jurisdiction which grants you these rights, we will, to the best of our ability, respond to any requests made. This potentially may include supplying a yearly accounting of information identifying each third-party company to whom we may have disclosed, within the past year, personal information pertaining to you for our direct marketing purposes, and a description of the categories of personal information disclosed. Under certain circumstances, we will not be able to fulfill your request, such as if it interferes with our regulatory obligations, affects legal matters including a NAM user’s rights to data, if we cannot verify your identity, or if it involves disproportionate cost or effort. In any event, we will respond to your request within a reasonable timeframe and provide you with an explanation.
In order to make such a request of us or have your designated agent do so, please contact our Privacy Team at email@example.com or by writing to the following address:
NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation)
Attention: Director of Information Technology
990 Stewart Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530
NAM does not provide products or services that are designed for use by children under the age of 13, or knowingly collect Personal Data from or about children under the age of 13. If you believe that a child under the age of 16 has disclosed personal information to NAM, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation)
Attention: Director of Information Technology
990 Stewart Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. FOLLOWING ARE THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS BY WHICH CLICKNSETTLE ('CNS') OFFERS YOU ACCESS TO ITS ONLINE NEGOTIATION SERVICES.
BY CLICKING THE "I ACCEPT" BUTTON, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND ACCEPT THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS. CNS MAY AMEND THIS AGREEMENT AT ANY TIME BY POSTING THE AMENDED TERMS ON ITS WEBSITE.
1.0 Eligibility for Participation
You must be at least 18 years of age to participate in a negotiation using CNS and are able to enter into a legally binding contract under applicable law.
2.0 User Information
2.1 "User Information" is defined as any and all information you, the User, provides during the registration and negotiation process. Users agree to provide true and accurate information on the CNS website and to maintain and update information as applicable. User information a) shall not be false, inaccurate or misleading; b) shall not be fraudulent; c) shall not violate any law, statute, ordinance or regulation; d) shall not contain any viruses, Trojan Horses, worms, time bombs or other programming routines that are intended to damage, interfere with, intercept or expropriate any system, data or information.
2.2 Users are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of their passwords. Users are solely responsible for any and all activities which may occur with their accounts. Users agree to immediately notify CNS of any unauthorized use of their accounts or any breach of security.
3.0 The "Negotiation Process"
The "Negotiation Process" is the process by which the parties exchange bids in an attempt to settle a matter. The Negotiation Process may consist of 2 parts: A Blind Bid process and a Mediator Process (if the Blind Bid process does not result in settlement).
4.0 Mutual Consent
4.1 Users acknowledge and agree that they are entering into the Negotiation Process voluntarily and consent to be legally bound by all of the terms, conditions and provisions set forth herein.
4.2 Users further agree and acknowledge that their participation in the Negotiation Process and the successful resolution of any claim submitted through CNS will result in a valid legal contract between the Users which will constitute the full and complete understanding of the parties and may not be changed, revised or altered absent mutual consent in writing between the Users and CNS.
5.0 Binding Settlement
Users agree to be legally bound by any settlement reached through CNS at the conclusion of the Negotiation Process. This means that if you agree to pay the other party a set amount of money in accordance with the settlement criteria detailed herein, you are legally required to do so. Similarly, if you agree to accept a set amount of money in accordance with the settlement criteria detailed herein, you are legally required to do so.
6.0 The Parties
The party seeking to be compensated will be referred to as the "Claimant/Plaintiff." The party who will be responsible for making the payment will be referred to as the "Respondent/Defendant."
7.1 Each User, including each party, counsel and/or representative acting on behalf of any party to this proceeding, hereby agrees to waive any claim or cause of action against CNS, NAM and/or the Mediator (hereinafter, 'Hearing Officer') and to release CNS, NAM and/or the Hearing Officer (s) from any and all liability including but not limited to, any liability arising from or relating to any act or omission on the part of any Hearing Officer retained by NAM;
7.2 Each User, including each party, counsel and/or representative acting on behalf of any party to this proceeding, agrees: (a) that neither CNS, its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates, its Officers, Directors, employees, representatives or Hearing Officer(s) is a necessary party in any further alternative dispute resolution or judicial proceeding and may not be called to testify at any subsequent proceeding; (b) it will not compel any of CNS or its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, employees, representatives or Hearing Officer(s) to testify or produce any documents provided by any of the parties to CNS, its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates, or its Hearing Officers; and (c) to hold harmless and indemnify CNS, its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, employees, representatives and/or Hearing Officer(s) for any claims of injuries, damages or losses arising out of or related to inaccurate, incorrect, false or fraudulent case information input by any of the Users or any third parties.
8.0 Private and Confidential Communications
All information, communications and data entered in the CNS system or exchanged between the parties and/or the Hearing Officer, shall remain confidential, private and not subject to public scrutiny and shall be inadmissible in any other judicial or alternative dispute resolution proceeding.9.0 Fees
9.1. The parties agree to be bound by the current Fee Schedule for CNS as set forth in __________(Indicate Name of Page) and provide a link to it.
9.2 The parties are required to pay all fees to CNS when prompted by the CNS online portal in order to continue with the process or when billed, if a corporate account is set up and approved by CNS.
9.3 Counsel or a party's representative accepts responsibility for payment of all CNS fees pertaining to the matter being negotiated regardless of the outcome of the case.
9.4 All CNS fees are payable in US Dollars via Credit card, PayPal or corporate check/ACH transfer if a corporate account is set up and approved by CNS.
10.0 Third Party Representation
If you are acting as an agent or representative for a third party in the Negotiation Process, you hereby warrant and represent that you have the legal authority to represent said party and enter into a legal contract on their behalf.
11.1 This Agreement shall be governed in all respects by the laws of the State of New York. It is recommended that you consult an attorney if you do not understand any of the provisions set forth herein.
BY CLICKING ON "I AGREE" BELOW, YOU AGREE AS FOLLOWS:
That you have read this entire agreement, that you fully understand each of its terms and agree to abide by the terms set forth herein.
That you are the individual named in the User Information and that the information you have provided is accurate and can be relied on by the other party and CNS.
That you intend, are authorized and able to enter into this legally binding Agreement and agree to be bound and abide by this Agreement.
A printed copy of the Settlement Confirmation and/or Post Mediation Agreement will constitute a "writing" under any applicable law or regulation.
By clicking on the "I AGREE" button, you confirm you have read, understand and agree to the Terms and Conditions set forth herein.