Updated: July 20, 2022
Here’s the deal – The Undeniable Ruth is my site, and I make the rules. I hope you enjoy my blog, which is basically my digital soapbox.
Although I am a lawyer by trade, and I occasionally talk about legal issues on this site, nothing on this website should be construed as legal advice that will be helpful to your life and visiting this website does not create an attorney-client relationship between us. This website is not a substitute for hiring a lawyer who can provide accurate advice based on your individual needs and applicable laws to your situation.
Code of Conduct
If you’re going to be on my site, you have to play by my rules. And there really is only one rule: Wheaton’s Law.
Don’t be a dick.
Don’t do anything that fucks up my website.
I’d love for you to comment on my posts if you have something to add to the conversation, but don’t post spam or anything illegal.
And because the law says so, you have to be at least 13 to leave a comment on my site.
This site contains links to other websites. Of course, providing a link is not an endorsement. I’m not responsible for any material on any site I link to. What is a valuable link-worthy resource today, may be a porn site tomorrow. I have no control over that. You’re responsible for whatever happens if you click on a link that takes you off this site.
Stealing other people’s work is bad karma. It’s also illegal. Don’t do it.
The Undeniable Ruth owns all its intellectual property. Unless cited as otherwise, I created all the prose on this site. If you steal my work, I will not hesitate to lay the smackdown on you.
I use images that come with a license to modify and commercialize them. For all other images, I either have permission from the copyright holder, or I have a good faith belief that the issue is permitted by fair use.
If you think that your copyright rights are being violated on my site, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Geek Law Firm, 1938 East Osborn Road, Phoenix, AZ 85016. I comply with all properly submitted DMCA takedown notices.
“The Undeniable Ruth” is a registered trademark. You can’t use it for your business.
Indemnification and Limitation of Liability
I don’t think anything bad will happen to you as a result of visiting this site. (Wheaton’s Law applies to me too.) However, if it does, you accept all responsibility, because you know, unfortunately, bad things happen. I take reasonable steps to prevent that with website maintenance, but hackers and who knows what else are always one step ahead.
To the extent permitted under applicable laws, you hereby release me and my company, Geek Law Firm, from any and all claims or liability related to this website, including damages and attorneys’ fees. We’re not liable or responsible for any loss or damage allegedly cause by your reliance on any information provided on this site. On the contrary, you’re responsible for evaluating the accuracy, appropriateness, completeness, and usefulness of our content based on your specific needs.
This is pure lawyer-speak, but it’s true: In no event will I or Geek Law Firm be liable for any indirect, incidental, special, consequential, or punitive damages arising out of or related these Terms of Service. We assume no liability or responsibility for errors or omissions in the content provided through this site. You agree that our maximum financial obligation to you is the amount paid to us for any products or services prior to this dispute.
(Sometimes you have to include certain “magic words” or specific phrases to sufficiently cover your ass. I would be a bad lawyer if I didn’t sufficiently cover mine.)
I make no guarantees regarding this website. It is accessible on an “as is” and “as available” basis. Geek Law Firm and I disclaim any and all promises, representations, warranties, and conditions, whether expressly stated or implied, including, but not limited to, those of non-infringement, merchantability, and fitness or a particular purpose.
Geek Law Firm and I cannot even guarantee that anything on this website is accurate or reliable, and there are definitely no guarantees regarding any results that will occur in your life as a consequence of visiting this website. I hope it makes you a better person, but that is beyond my control.
And in case you were wondering, yes, you will see a provision like this on almost every website, and it’s because lawyers ruin everything.
I may modify these Terms of Service any time I deem necessary or desirable. Truth be told, I have better things to do than revise my website’s Terms of Service. I mean no one actually reads them, right? Peacock put a recipe for chili in the middle of its terms. If I ever change these terms, it will probably be to comply with changes in the law or what I offer through this website.
Any changes will be effective once this document has been updated, and I’ll post a notice. Your continued use of this site will communicate your acceptance of these changes. All additional terms are hereby incorporated into these Terms by this reference.
The date at the top of these Terms informs you of the date of the most recent change.
If you want to fight with me because of my website, you have to do it on my turf.
By using this site, you agree that any claim, dispute, or controversy you may have against Geek Law Firm or me arising out of, relating to, or connected in any way with this website, will be resolved exclusively in a court located in Maricopa County, Arizona, and Arizona law will govern all disputes.
You agree that you will only pursue a claim on behalf of yourself only and will not seek to file a class action lawsuit. By using this website, you agree to this jurisdiction and venue.
In all disputes related to these Terms or this website, the loser must reimburse the winner’s attorneys’ fees and costs in addition to any damages assessed against them.
When I write terms of service for my clients, I include a provision that says the company reserves the right to terminate any user’s access to the website if they fail to abide by the site’s terms. This works when user has to login to access the site or if the website is providing a SaaS that requires a valid license, but I don’t think I can do that here. Even if I block your IP address, how would I know if you came back on using public wi-fi?
I don’t want to worry about restricting anyone’s access to this site. I hope this site adds value to your life, but if it doesn’t, the internet is a big place. Find a site that does.
The failure of either party to exercise any of its rights under this Agreement will not be deemed a waiver or forfeiture of such rights or any other rights provided by this Agreement.
The section headings used in this Agreement are for convenience only and have no legal force or effect.