General Terms and Conditions of Schust Development, Inc. (“Schust” or “Buyer”). The Terms and Conditions of Purchase (“Contract”) outlined herein shall apply to the purchase by Schust of goods and/or services (collectively the “Works”) from ______________________________ (“Seller”). These terms and conditions represent the complete agreement of the parties, superseding all previous communications and agreements, and no terms or conditions in any way adding to, modifying or otherwise changing the provisions stated herein shall be binding upon Schust unless made in writing and signed and approved by an officer of Schust. No modifications of the Contract will be affected by Seller’s provision of Works following receipt of Schust’s purchase order, shipping request or similar request or similar forms containing printed terms which conflict or are inconsistent with the terms herein.
1. Prices and Payment
1.1 Unless otherwise specified in the Contract, the price for the Works includes all taxes and other charges such as shipping and delivery charges, duties, customs, tariffs, imposts, and government-imposed surcharges. Seller will, at Schust‘s request, break-out from the price all such taxes and other charges, in its invoices. Seller shall use its best efforts to assist Schust in all legal efforts to minimize the taxes resulting from the performance of this Contract.
1.2 No changes to the prices reflected and approved in the Contract may be made unless alterations are in writing and signed and approved by an officer of Schust.
1.3 Schust will pay Seller the price in accordance with the payment terms set forth in the Contract following the later of:
(i) the Delivery Date of the Works;
(ii) the date of Schust’s acceptance of the Works; or
(iii) Schust’s receipt of a properly prepared invoice. A properly prepared invoice must include any applicable Purchase Order number and Seller’s certification of conformance of the Works to the requirements. Schust may, at any time, set-off any amounts Seller owes Schust against any amounts Schust owes to Seller or any of its affiliated companies.
2.1 Unless otherwise specified in the Contract, Schust is the sole and exclusive owner of all Works and Seller hereby irrevocably assigns and transfers to Schust all of its worldwide right and title to, and interest in, the Works, including all associated Intellectual Property Rights.
2.3 Unless otherwise specified in the Contract, each party owns all right, title, and interest in and to any of its preexisting materials, including any preexisting materials incorporated into the Works. Seller hereby grants Schust a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, transferable, royalty-free, non-exclusive license, with the right to sublicense and authorize the granting of sublicenses, to use and reproduce Seller’s preexisting materials in the Works to the extent necessary for Schust’s exercise and use of its rights in the Works.
2.4 Unless otherwise specified in the Contract, Seller will obtain and assign to Schust a nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, transferable, sub-licensable license to use all third party intellectual property rights incorporated into, required to use, or delivered with the Works. Seller will deliver copies of the above releases and licenses to Schust upon Schust’s request.
3.1 Unless stated in other provisions, the Works shall be delivered by the date specified in the Contract (“Delivery Date”). Unless otherwise specified by Schust, time is of the essence in the delivery of the Works. Seller will immediately notify Schust if Seller’s timely performance under the Contract is delayed or is likely to be delayed. Schust’s acceptance of Seller’s notice will not constitute Schust’s waiver of any of Seller’s obligations.
3.2 If Seller delivers the Works after the Delivery Date, Schust may reject such Works or reduce the amount owed for any losses incurred by Schust due to the delay in Seller’s performance at Schust’s sole option.
3.3 Schust shall not be liable for the cancellation or delay in any purchase or payment due to war, riots, fire, flood, strikes or other labor difficulty, acts of civil or military authority including governmental laws, orders, priorities or regulations, acts of the Seller, embargo, shortage of transportation facilities or delay in transportation, or inability to obtain necessary labor or materials from usual sources, other contingencies of manufacture or shipment, or other causes beyond the reasonable control of Schust. In no event shall Schust be liable for any cancellation or delay, unless caused by Schust’s own gross negligence. Schust shall not be liable for any cancellation or delay caused by any third party.
3.4 Should the Seller be in default at the time delivery is required, Schust may either reduce the amount owed for any losses incurred by Schust due to the delay in Seller’s performance or withdraw from the contract.
3.5 The following provisions apply to purchases of Works which are goods:
(i) Seller will preserve, pack, package, and handle the Works so as to protect them from loss or damage and in accordance with best commercial practices in the absence of any specifications Schust may provide. Without limiting the foregoing, Seller shall observe the requirements of any local laws and regulations relating to hazardous work, including, without limitation, with respect to its accompanying information, packing, labeling, reporting, carriage, and disposal.
(ii) Seller will include with each delivery of Works a packing list identifying the Purchase Order number (if applicable), the Schust part number for separate piece (if applicable), a description and the quantity of each piece, and the date of shipment.
(iii) Unless Schust expressly instructs otherwise, Seller will deliver all Works to the address set forth in the Contract. Seller assumes responsibility for all shipping and delivery charges including, without limitation, customs, duties, costs, taxes, and insurance. Risk of loss for the Works does not pass to Schust until acceptance in accordance with Section 4.
4. Inspection and Acceptance
4.1 Schust may reject any or all of the Works which do not conform to the applicable requirements within 15 business days of Seller’s delivery of the Works. At Schust’s option, Schust may (i) return or reject the nonconforming Works to Seller for a refund or credit, (ii) require Seller to replace the non-conforming Works, or (iii) repair the non-conforming Works so that they meet the requirements. As an alternative to (i) through (iii), Schust may accept the non-conforming Works conditioned on Seller providing a refund or credit in an amount Schust reasonably determines to represent the diminished value of the non-conforming Works. Schust’s payment to Seller for Works prior to Schust’s timely rejection of such Works as nonconforming will not be deemed as acceptance by Schust.
4.2 Schust will hold any Works rejected under this Contract at Seller’s risk and expense, including storage charges, while awaiting Seller’s return shipping instructions. Seller will bear all return shipping charges, including without limitation, insurance charges Schust incurs on Seller’s behalf. Schust may, in its sole discretion, destroy or sell at a public or private sale any rejected Works for which Schust does not receive return shipping instructions within a reasonable time, and apply the proceeds, if any, first toward any storage charges. This provision does not apply to Works which are services.
5. Warranty and Claims for Damages
5.1 Seller represents and warrants that:
(i) it has the full power to enter into the Contract and to perform its obligations under the Contract;
(ii) it has the right and unrestricted ability to assign the Works to Schust;
(iii) the Works, and Schust’s use of the Works, do not and will not infringe upon any third party’s intellectual property rights, right of publicity or privacy, or any other proprietary rights, whether contractual, statutory, or common law;
(iv) any Software supplied by Seller does not contain any Harmful Code. “Harmful Code” means any software intentionally designed to (i) disrupt, disable, harm, or impede operation; or (ii) impair operation based on the lapse of time, including but not limited to viruses, worms, time bombs, time locks, drop-dead devices, access codes, security keys, back doors, or trap door devices; and
(v) the Works conform to Schust’s specifications and the specifications of any third party to the extent Seller was aware of such third party specifications at this Contract was entered; and
(vi) the Works conform to Seller’s quotation or proposal (including but not limited to any applicable bid proposal), and Seller’s brochures or catalogs, and if none of the foregoing is applicable, then such Works are suitable for the intended use.
5.2 Schust warrants and represents to Seller that it has the full power to enter into the Contract and to perform its obligations under the Contract.
5.3 SCHUST MAKES NO OTHER WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AND ALL EXPRESS AND IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE WITH RESPECT TO SCHUST’S PERFORMANCE OF THIS AGREEMENT ARE HEREBY DISCLAIMED.
5.4 It shall be decided exclusively by Schust whether claims under the warranty shall be satisfied by improvement, replacement or a reduction in price. Should the Seller fail to meet its warranty obligations, any and all of Seller’s then-existing claims against Schust shall lapse.
5.5 The Parties acknowledge that this Contract, including any order confirmation, was entered into without reservation and that this Contract contains the full and complete agreement of the parties.
5.6 Any and all claims for damages by Seller must be preceded by a written request for Schust to eliminate the alleged issue. If no request is made by Seller, Schust shall not be liable for any purported issue.
6. Right of Termination and Cancellation
6.1 Either party may immediately cancel the Contract in the following circumstances:
(i) if the other party becomes bankrupt, goes voluntarily or involuntarily into liquidation, winds-up, dissolves, compounds with its creditors, has a receiver appointed for the whole or any part of its assets or becomes subject to any similar process or proceedings;
(ii) if required export licences, permits, approvals or consents agreed are not granted by the relevant authorities;
(iii) if a party is in material default with its contractual obligations and fails to remedy this within a reasonable period of time.
6.2 If Seller is aware that the purpose of this Contract is to enable Schust to fulfill a separate contract with a third party, Schust may immediately cancel this Contract upon notice by the third party that the third party contract or portion of the third party contract associated with the Works is to be terminated, or Schust has reason to believe the third party is in breach of the relevant third party contract. Upon receipt of notice of such termination, Seller will inform Schust of the extent to which it has completed performance as of the date of the notice, and Seller will collect and deliver to Schust whatever Works then exists. Schust will pay Seller for all Works performed and accepted through the effective date of the termination, provided that Schust will not be obligated to pay any more than the payment that would have become due had Seller completed and Schust had accepted the Works. Schust will have no further payment obligation in connection with any termination.
6.3 Either party may terminate this Contract immediately by delivering written notice to the other party for any material breach not cured within 30 days of receipt of written notice of the breach. Schust shall have no further payment obligation to Seller under the terminated Contract if Schust terminates the Contract under this Section.
6.4 If Seller notifies Schust that it terminates the Contract for its convenience, Seller shall be responsible for a cancellation charge, computed on the basis of Schust’s cost to cover and procure Works in substitution for those due from Seller.
6.5 Schust may terminate this Contract for no reason or for any reason, upon 15 days written notice to Seller. Upon receipt of notice of such termination, Seller will inform Schust of the extent to which it has completed performance as of the date of the notice, and Seller will collect and deliver to Schust whatever Works then exists. Schust will pay Seller for all Works performed and accepted through the effective date of the termination, provided that Schust will not be obligated to pay any more than the payment that would have become due had Seller completed and Schust had accepted the Works. Schust will have no further payment obligation in connection with any termination.
6.6 Any obligations or duties which, by their nature, extend beyond the expiration or termination of the Contract shall survive the expiration or termination of the Contract.
7. Force Majeure
The parties shall be released without liability from the performance of their obligations under this Contract, in case of events that are beyond the reasonable control of that party. Such events shall include, but are not limited to: Acts of God, war, rebellion, terrorist activities, or governmental sanctions.
8.1 The remedies of Seller set forth herein are exclusive, and the liability of Schust with respect to this contract or the Works furnished hereunder, in connection with the performance or breach thereof, whether based on contract warranty, negligence, indemnity, strict liability or otherwise, shall not exceed the purchase price of the unit of Works upon which such liability is based. SCHUST SHALL IN NO EVENT BE LIABLE TO SELLER, ANY SUCCESSORS IN INTEREST OR ANY BENEFICIARY OR ASSIGNEE OF THIS CONTRACT FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, SPECIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THIS CONTRACT OR ANY BREACH THEREOF, WHETHER OR NOT SUCH LOSS OR DAMAGE IS BASED ON CONTRACT, WARRANTY, NEGLIGENCE, INDEMNITY, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF SCHUST HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. Any claim by Seller with reference to the Works sold hereunder for any cause shall be deemed waived by Seller unless submitted to Schust in writing pursuant to the timelines sent out in these terms and conditions, and in all events within thirty (30) days from the date Seller discovered any claimed breach.
8.2 NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING ELSE IN THE PURCHASE ORDER OR OTHERWISE, SCHUST WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO SELLER WITH RESPECT TO THE SUBJECT MATTER OF THE PURCHASE ORDER UNDER ANY CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHER LEGAL OR EQUITABLE THEORY FOR ANY AMOUNTS IN EXCESS OF THE PURCHASE PRICE OF THE WORKS UPON WHICH SUCH LIABILITY IS BASED.
8.3 IN NO EVENT WILL SCHUST BE LIABLE TO SELLER FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR LOSS OF PROFITS ARISING OUT OF, OR IN CONNECTION WITH, THE CONTRACT, WHETHER OR NOT SCHUST WAS ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.
8.4 THE LIMITATIONS WILL APPLY NOTWITHSTANDING ANY FAILURE OF ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OF ANY LIMITED REMEDY PROVIDED HEREIN. NOTHING IN THE CONTRACT LIMITS EITHER PARTY’S LIABILITY FOR BODILY INJURY OF A PERSON, DEATH, OR PHYSICAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY OR ANY LIABILITY WHICH CANNOT BE EXCLUDED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.
8.5 Seller will secure and maintain insurance providing coverage for liabilities to third parties for bodily injury (personal injury) and damage to property in amounts sufficient to protect Schust in the event of such injury or damage, and will be in compliance with any and all laws, regulations, or orders addressing the liabilities of an employer to its employees for injuries and disease suffered in connection with employment. Seller further will maintain such additional types and limits of insurance as is customary for a company of similar size and similar operations to Seller in the jurisdiction or jurisdictions in which Seller’s operations take place.
9.1 Seller may not assign any of its rights or delegate any of its obligations under the Contract without Schust’s prior written consent, which Schust will not unreasonably withhold. Schust may, at its option, void any attempted assignment or delegation undertaken without Schust’s prior written consent.
9.2 Seller may not subcontract any of its rights or obligations under the Contract without Schust’s prior written consent. If Schust consents to the use of a Subcontractor, Seller will: (i) guarantee and will remain liable for the performance of all subcontracted obligations; (ii) indemnify Schust for all damages and costs of any kind, subject to the limitations in Section 11 (Indemnification), incurred by Schust or any third party and caused by the acts and omissions of Seller’s Subcontractors; and (iii) make all payments to its Subcontractors. If Seller fails to timely pay a Subcontractor for work performed, Schust will have the right, but not the obligation, to pay the Subcontractor and offset any amount due to Seller by any amount paid to the Subcontractor. Seller will defend, indemnify, and hold Schust harmless for all damages and costs of any kind, without limitation, incurred by Schust and caused by Seller’s failure to pay a Subcontractor.
Seller shall defend any suit or proceeding brought against Schust and shall pay any adverse judgment entered therein so far as such suit or proceeding is based upon a claim that the use of the Works manufactured under this contract constitutes infringement of any patent of the United States of America, provided Seller is promptly notified of the alleged infringement in writing, and given authority, information and assistance for defense of same. In the event of such claim, Seller shall either (1) procure for Schust the right to continue to use said Works, (2) modify it so that it becomes noninfringing, (3) replace the same with noninfringing Works, or (4) remove said Works and refund the purchase price to Schust.
11.1 As used in this Section 11, a “Claim” is any claim, demand, loss, damage, liability, cost, or expense (including professional fees and costs as incurred) for which one party (the “Indemnifying Party”) may be obligated to defend, indemnify, and hold the other party (the “Indemnified Party”) harmless.
11.2 Seller shall defend, indemnify, and hold Schust, its affiliates, and its subcontractors harmless from and against any and all Claims as incurred (including attorneys’ fees), arising out of or in connection with any (i) act or omission of Seller (including its Subcontractors) in the performance of the Works; or (ii) any infringement of a third party’s intellectual property rights or any other rights.
11.3 Schust shall indemnify and hold Seller harmless from and against any and all Claims as incurred (including attorneys’ fees), arising out of or in connection with (i) Seller’s use of information or materials provided to Seller by Schust, (ii) any negligent acts or omissions of Schust which were the sole cause of personal injury (including death) or damage to tangible property (not including lost or damaged data); or (iii) willful acts or omissions of Schust which result in personal injury (including death) or damage to tangible property (not including lost or damaged data).
11.4 The Indemnified Party will provide the Indemnifying Party with prompt written notice of the Claim and permit the Indemnifying Party to control the defense, settlement, adjustment, or compromise of any Claim. The Indemnified Party may employ counsel at its own expense to assist it with respect to any Claim. The Indemnified Party will have no authority to settle any Claim on the Indemnified Party’s behalf.
11.5 If a third party enjoins or interferes with Schust’s use of any Works, then in addition to Seller’s obligations set out elsewhere in this Contract, Seller will use its best efforts to (i) obtain any licenses necessary to permit Schust to continue to use the Works, (ii) replace or modify the Works as necessary to permit Schust to continue to use of the Works, or if (i) and (ii) are not commercially reasonable, then (iii) promptly refund to Schust the amount paid for any Works for which a third party enjoins or interferes with Schust’s use of the Works.
11.6 Nothing in this Section shall limit any other remedy of the parties.
12. Compliance with Laws
Seller represents and warrants that it will comply with all applicable local and national laws and regulations pertaining to its performance of its obligations under this Contract. In particular and without limitation, Seller shall not act in any fashion or take any action that will render Schust liable for a violation of any applicable anti-bribery legislation (including without limitation, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act 2010), which prohibits the offering, giving, or promising to offer or give, or receiving, directly or indirectly, money or anything of value to any third party to assist it or Schust in retaining or obtaining business or related to the Works. Without limiting the foregoing, to the extent that Seller is a US federal contractor or covered subcontractor as contemplated in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations, then Seller agrees that this Contract will be subject to the requirements of 41 CFR 60-1.4 and 29 CFR part 471, Appendix A to Subpart A, and the requirements of 41 CFR 60-300.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-741.5(a), which are incorporated herein by reference. The latter two regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of protected veteran status and disability and require affirmative action to employ and advance in employment protected veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities. Seller’s failure to comply with this provision shall constitute a material breach of this Contract.
13. Confidential Information and Publicity
13.1 Any proposals, prints, brochures, drawings, or other information furnished by Schust are intended for confidential use by Seller, shall remain the property of Schust, and shall not be disclosed or used to the detriment of Schust’s competitive position, and are protected against unlawful use or disclosure by common law and federal and state statutes that cover copyright, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. Any unauthorized use, printing, copying, disclosure or dissemination of such information may be subject to legal restriction or sanction.
13.2 If Schust and Seller have entered into a Non-Disclosure Agreement (“NDA”) which covers disclosure of confidential information under the Contract, and if the term of the NDA expires before the expiration or termination of the Contract, then the term of the NDA shall be automatically extended to match the term of the Contract.
13.3 The parties shall treat the terms, conditions, and existence of the Contract as Confidential Information as defined in the NDA.
13.4 Seller shall obtain Schust’s written consent prior to any publication, presentation, public announcement, or press release concerning its relationship as a supplier to Schust.
13.1 Schust’s failure to enforce its rights under this Contract, or failure to take action against Seller for any breach of this Contract, shall not be construed as a waiver of any breach. Failure to exercise any right arising from any default hereunder shall not be deemed a waiver of any rights under this Contract, which may be exercised at any time.
15. Jury Waiver
BY SIGNING THIS CONTRACT, BOTH PARTIES IRREVOCABLY, KNOWINGLY AND VOLUNTARILY AGREE TO AND HEREBY WAIVE THE RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY FOR ANY DISPUTE RELATED TO OR ARISING OUT OF THIS CONTRACT. The Waiver of Jury Trial clause provides that the parties waive their Seventh Amendment right to a trial by jury if there is any dispute arising out of or relating to the agreement or the transaction. All disputes are still handled by the court system, with all discovery and appellate rights, but any trial will be decided by judge, and not a jury.
16.1 All contractual relationships arising in the United States, Canada, and Mexico shall be governed by the laws of the State of Indiana, including the Uniform Commercial Code, without giving effect to the principles of conflicts of law of Indiana. Any lawsuits with respect to this agreement shall be filed in the Circuit Court for Allen County, Indiana or the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.
16.2 All contractual relationships arising outside of the United States, Canada, and Mexico shall be exclusively subject to Austrian law excluding all international conflict of laws and rules (EVÜ, IPRG). The Company expressly points out that the application of the provisions of international private law and of the UN law relating to contracts for the international sale of goods are excluded. In addition, the relevant technical and commercial EU standards or, in the event that there are none, the corresponding Austrian or DIN Standards shall apply. In the event Seller’s place of business is in a country that has ratified the United Nations Convention of the International Sale of Goods (1980) (“Convention”), the parties agree to exclude application of the Convention. The place of performance for all obligations of the parties is Aurolzmünster in Austria. The place of jurisdiction for both parties to the contract is Ried im Innkreis. However, Schust is entitled to bring an action at the general place of jurisdiction of the Seller.
16.3 Any notice to be given under the Contract will be in writing and addressed to the party at the address stated in the front of the Contract. Notices will be deemed given and effective (i) if personally delivered, upon delivery; (ii) if sent by an overnight service with tracking capabilities, upon receipt; (iii) if sent by fax or electronic mail, at such time as the party which sent the notice receives confirmation of receipt by the applicable method of transmittal; or (iv) if sent by certified or registered mail, within five days of deposit in the mail.
16.4 If any court of competent jurisdiction holds that any provision of the Contract is illegal, invalid, or unenforceable, the legality, validity, and enforceability of the remaining provisions of the Contract will not be affected or impaired, and all remaining terms of this Contract remain in full force and effect, provided that this provision shall not be applied to defeat the intent of the parties.