Each order by Buyer, including shipments to Buyer in response to any telephone orders, shall be deemed an acknowledgement and acceptance by Buyer of Lawrence Foods Inc.’s (“Seller”) terms and conditions as then in effect. The terms and conditions set forth herein, as may be subsequently modified by Seller from time to time, are incorporated by reference into all sales order forms and invoices issued by Seller, and the terms and conditions herein shall constitute the complete and final agreement between Buyer and Seller, superseding prior written and oral communications.
NO MODIFICATIONS: Seller’s provision of credit, acceptance of any purchase order and/or sale of any goods are expressly conditioned upon the terms and conditions contained or referred herein. NO TERMS OR CONDITIONS THAT ALTER OR MODIFY IN ANY WAY ANY PROVISION HEREOF SHALL BE BINDING UNLESS EXPRESSLY AGREED TO IN A WRITTEN INSTRUMENT SIGNED BY SELLER’S AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE. SELLER OBJECTS TO ANY DIFFERENT OR ADDITIONAL TERMS OR CONDITIONS AND HEREBY REJECTS ANY AND ALL SUCH TERMS, WHETHER CONTAINED IN PREVIOUS OR SUBSEQUENT PROPOSALS OR COMMUNICATIONS FROM BUYER. Authorization by Buyer to furnish goods hereunder constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions. BUYER AND SELLER AGREE THAT THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS PRINTED HEREIN ARE ACCEPTED IN GOOD FAITH BY BOTH PARTIES AS THE CONTROLLING AND FINAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS, AND FURTHER AGREE THAT THERE SHALL BE NO “BATTLE OF THE FORMS” AS DESCRIBED IN SECTION 2-207 OF THE UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE.
PRICE: The purchase price of any goods sold hereunder shall be as stated on the applicable Seller order acknowledgment or accepted purchase order; provided, however, that any increase in Seller’s cost of the subject raw materials after the date of the applicable Seller order acknowledgment or accepted purchase order, including, but not limited to, any price increase or surcharge may result in an increase in such price effective for any goods scheduled for shipment beginning immediately on the date such increase in Seller’s cost of the subject raw material is imposed on Seller. Such price changes may be made effective by Seller without prior notice to Buyer and may be adjusted by Seller periodically to reflect a change in such costs. Seller shall be bound as to purchase price only upon shipment and acceptance of all or any part of the goods ordered. Buyer shall pay all amounts in US dollars. Buyer shall not withhold payment of any amounts due and payable by reason of any set-off of any claim or dispute with Seller.
DELIVERY AND FORCE MAJEURE: Unless otherwise agreed to in writing, Seller does not guarantee any certain date of delivery, and any delay in or failure of performance of the Seller shall not constitute default hereunder if such delays and/or failure to perform is caused by an occurrence beyond the control of Seller, including, but not limited to, acts of God, acts of war, fires, strikes, severe weather conditions, labor shortages, inability to secure material, and thefts. If Seller’s delay in or failure of performance is covered by this provision, then the time for performance by Seller shall be extended by a period of time equal to time lost by reason of such delay. Seller shall not be liable for any delays, loss or damages in transit.
INSTALLMENTS: Unless otherwise expressly stated, Seller shall have the right to make delivery in installments. All installments shall be separately invoiced and paid as billed without regard to subsequent deliveries. Failure of Buyer to pay for any installment when due shall excuse Seller from making further deliveries. Delay in delivery on any installment shall not relieve Buyer of its obligations to accept and pay for remaining installments.
WARRANTY; DISCLAIMER: Seller will furnish goods of the quality specified on the applicable Seller sales order. If goods purchased hereunder are defective or are not in substantial conformity with the specifications, subject to the tolerances and variations consistent with usual trade practices, Seller will replace such materials with conforming materials at the point of initial delivery or will, at Seller’s election, issue Buyer a credit or refund for the purchase price, provided that (1) Buyer has notified Seller of the defect or nonconformity within ten (10) days after the delivery of the goods (failure to give such notice constitutes acceptance and an irrevocable waiver of all claims); (2) the goods have been properly used by Buyer; and (3) Seller has been given a reasonable opportunity to inspect the goods. After inspection or waiver of inspection by Seller, Seller will arrange for the disposition of defective or nonconforming goods.
This warranty is expressly in lieu of all other warranties, expressed or implied, and of all other obligations or liabilities on Seller’s part. SELLER EXPRESSLY EXCLUDES AND DISCLAIMS ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR USE FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. SELLER SHALL NOT HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES IN AN AMOUNT EXCEEDING THE PURCHASE PRICE OF THE GOODS SOLD HEREUNDER, NOR SHALL SELLER HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR LOSS OF TIME, COST OF LABOR EXPENDED, LOST PROFITS OR FOR ANY SEPARATE SPECIAL, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES RESULTING FROM REJECTION OF FINISHED GOODS BY BUYER OR BUYER’S CUSTOMERS.
SHIPPING TERMS: All goods are sold F.O.B. Seller’s plant. Under no circumstances shall Seller be liable for any charges for shipping or unloading the goods, including without limitation, lumping or similar charges.
LITIGATION AND COLLECTION: Any litigation concerning the sale of goods hereunder shall be brought in Cook County, Illinois, which courts shall have the exclusive venue for and have exclusive jurisdiction over any such litigation. Buyer and Seller hereby expressly consent to the jurisdiction and venue of said courts. If any default is made in payment of amounts due for the sale of goods hereunder or upon any other breach of the terms and conditions set forth herein, Buyer agrees to pay Seller’s reasonable cost of collection and/or compliance, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs.
TAXES AND OTHER CHARGES: In addition to the price quoted for goods sold, Buyer shall pay any tax imposed by any present or future law on the sale of goods covered by this order. If Buyer fails to make payment to Seller of any amounts due and owing (including any applicable surcharge or freight charge) by the net due date, Seller may charge interest on the outstanding balance at an annual rate of 18% or the highest rate allowed by law (whichever is less). Payments after accrual of such interest charges shall be applied first against such interest charges and secondly against past due invoices.
FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: Reasonable doubt on the part of Seller concerning the financial responsibility of Buyer (including, but not limited to, Buyer’s failure to pay on the net due date for goods shipped) shall entitle Seller to stop operation, decline shipment, or stop any material in transit without liability, until the material has been paid for or until Seller is furnished reasonably satisfactory proof of Buyer’s financial responsibility. If Seller suspends performance and later proceeds with such order, Seller shall be entitled to such extension of time for performance as is necessitated by the suspension. Seller may, in its discretion, require any order placed by Buyer to be paid on a C.O.D. basis.
RETURNS: No goods may be returned for credit and no order may be cancelled, in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of Seller. If Seller consents to a return, Seller may assess a restocking fee of 15%.
SECURITY INTEREST: Buyer grants to Seller a security interest in the goods sold hereunder, as well as a security interest in any goods into which the goods are incorporated into and the proceeds thereof, and agrees that said security interest secures any and all obligations of Buyer at any time owing to the Seller, whether now existing or hereinafter incurred. Buyer agrees, until such time as Seller has been paid in full for the goods purchased hereunder, that it will keep the goods free from any adverse security interest. Seller may file a copy of the applicable invoice as a financing statement at any time.
ASSIGNMENT: Buyer shall not assign any of its rights or delegate any of its obligations under this contract without the prior written consent of Seller. Any purported assignment or delegation in violation hereof is null and void. No assignment relieves Buyer of any of its obligations under this contract.
CONTROLLING LAW; JURISDICTION: This contract is deemed made in Illinois and shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Illinois. Any legal suit, action, or proceeding arising out of or relating to this contract shall be instituted in the federal courts of the United States of America or the courts of the State of Illinois in each case located in the City of Chicago and County of Cook, and each party irrevocably submits to the exclusive jurisdiction of such courts in any such suit, action, or proceeding.
COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS: Buyer shall comply with all applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. Buyer shall maintain in effect all the licenses, permits, and consents that it needs to carry out its obligations under this contract.
RELATIONSHIP OF PARTIES: The relationship between the parties is that of independent contractors. Nothing contained in this contract shall be construed as creating any agency, partnership, joint venture or other form of joint enterprise or fiduciary relationship between the parties, and neither party shall have the authority to contract for or bind the other party in any manner whatsoever.
NOTICES: All notices, requests, consents, claims, demands, waivers, and other communications hereunder (each, a “Notice”) shall be in writing and addressed to the parties at the addresses set forth on the face of the invoice, sales confirmation or to such other address that may be designated by the receiving party in writing. All Notices shall be delivered by personal delivery, nationally recognized overnight courier (with all fees pre-paid), facsimile (with confirmation of transmission), or certified or registered mail (in each case, return receipt requested, postage prepaid). Except as otherwise provided in this contract, a Notice is effective only (a) upon receipt of the receiving party, and (b) if the party giving the Notice has complied with the requirements of this Section.
WAIVER: Neither any failure nor any delay on the part of Seller in exercising any rights hereunder shall operate as a waiver of any of Seller’s rights hereunder. All rights and remedies granted herein are in addition to all remedies available at law or in equity.
STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS: Buyer and Seller agree that any action, regardless of form, arising out of this sale must be brought within one (1) year after the goods are delivered to Buyer.
SEVERABILITY: If any section or portion of a section of these terms and conditions are deemed unlawful or unenforceable, that section or portion of a section shall be stricken, and the remaining terms and conditions shall continue in full force and effect.
EXPORT COMPLIANCE: Buyer agrees and certifies that neither the goods purchased from Seller, nor the direct product thereof, will be exported outside the United States (1) into any country (or to a national or resident of any such country) as to which the U.S. has embargoed goods, (2) to anyone on the U.S. Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated Nationals or the U.S. Commerce Department’ s Table of Deny Orders, or (3) otherwise in violation of or as prohibited by the laws, rules, regulations or administrative order of the United States, or any unit, agency or department thereof Buyer further agrees and certifies that it is not located in, under the control of, or a national or resident of any such country, on any such list or order, or subject to any such prohibition.