Terms of Use

Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.® including related and affiliated companies (VHB®) Legal Notice

Welcome to VHB’s website (the "Site"). On this Site you will be able to access certain information about VHB. Your use of this Site is governed by, without modification, these terms and conditions and our Privacy Policy, incorporated herein by reference. If you do not agree to these ​​terms and conditions and our Privacy Policy, you may not use this Site. Entering the Site will constitute your acceptance of these terms and conditions. Changes to these terms and conditions will be effective when posted. We suggest that you periodically refer to these term and conditions for changes. By using this Site, after we post changes to these terms and conditions, you agree to accept those changes, whether or not you actually reviewed them.

Copyright Notice

The information made available on or through this Site by VHB is the property of VHB and is protected by copyright and other applicable laws. VHB reserves all rights therein. Information received through this Site may be displayed, reformatted, and printed for your personal, non-commercial use only, provided that all copyright and other notices contained therein are left intact. You agree not to reproduce, retransmit, distribute, disseminate, sell, publish, broadcast, or circulate the information received through this Site to anyone, without the express prior written consent of VHB.

Trademarks

VHB®, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.®, Vanasse Hangen BrustlinSM and SAM IS® are trademarks, service marks or registered service marks of Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.® All rights are reserved. All other service marks, trademarks and copyrights appearing on this Site are the property of their respective owners. Reproduction, in whole or in part, is prohibited without express prior written permission.

Disclaimer of Warranty

Use of this Site is at your own risk. VHB does not make any warranty, express or implied, as to the results that may be obtained from use of this Site or as to the availability, accuracy, reliability, or content of any information provided through this Site. VHB expressly disclaims any warranty that the Site will be uninterrupted or error free and VHB makes no warranty that the results obtained from use of the Site, or the content thereon, will meet your needs. The Site and content are provided "as is," and "as available," and VHB makes no warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including, without limitation, warranties of title or non-infringement, or implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. You understand that we cannot and do not guarantee or warrant that files available for downloading from the internet or this Site will be free of viruses or other destructive code. You are responsible for implementing sufficient procedures and checkpoints to satisfy your particular requirements for anti-virus protection and accuracy of data input and output, and for maintaining a means external to our Site for any reconstruction of any lost data.

Disclaimer of Liability

In no event shall VHB nor its officers, directors, employees, agents, affiliates, or subsidiaries be liable to you for any special, collateral, indirect, exemplary, incidental, or consequential damages, including but not limited to, loss of goodwill, loss of profits, trading losses, or loss of use, due to your use of this Site. This limitation of VHB’s liability shall be in full force regardless of whether such liability is based on breach of contract, tort, strict liability or otherwise, and even if VHB or its agent had previously been advised of the possibility of such damages. You hereby acknowledge that the provisions of this section shall apply to all content on this Site.

Indemnification

You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless VHB, its affiliates, licensors, and service providers, and its and their respective officers, directors, employees, contractors, agents, licensors, suppliers, successors, and assigns from and against any claims, liabilities, damages, judgments, awards, losses, costs, expenses, or fees (including reasonable attorneys' fees) arising out of or relating to your violation of these Terms of Service or your use of this Site, including, but not limited to, any use of this Site’s content, services, and products other than as expressly authorized in these Terms of Service, or your use of any information obtained from this Site.

Links to Other Sites

The Site may contain hyperlinks to other websites operated by parties other than VHB. Such hyperlinks are provided for your convenience only and you access them at your own risk. Any other website accessed from this Site is independent from VHB, and VHB has no control over and is not responsible for the content of that other website. In addition, a link to any other website does not imply that VHB endorses or accepts any responsibility for the content, availability, or use of that website, or of any product or service provided by a third party.

Geographic Restrictions

The owner of this Site is based in the United States. We provide this Site for use only by persons located in the United States. We make no claims that this Site or any of its content is accessible or appropriate outside of the United States. Access to this Site may not be legal by certain persons or in certain countries. If you access this Site from outside the United States, you do so on your own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws.

Governing Law​

These terms and conditions, and all matters relating directly or indirectly to this Site shall be construed, interpreted, applied, and governed in all respects in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, without regard to its conflicts or choice of law provisions.

Tools, Utilities, Downloads

For your convenience, VHB may make available on this Site tools and utilities for use and/or downloading. VHB does not make any assurances with regard to the accuracy of the results or output that derives from such use of any such tools and utilities.

Prohibited Uses

You may use this Site only for lawful purposes and in accordance with these Terms of Service. You agree not to use this Site:

  • In any way that violates any applicable federal, state, local, or international law or regulation (including, without limitation, any laws regarding the export of data or software to and from the US or other countries).
  • For the purpose of exploiting, harming, or attempting to exploit or harm minors in any way by exposing them to inappropriate content, asking for personally identifiable information, or otherwise.
  • To send, knowingly receive, upload, download, use, or re-use any material that does not comply with the Content Standards set out in these Terms of Service.
  • To transmit, or procure the sending of, any advertising or promotional material without our prior written consent, including any "junk mail," "chain letter," "spam," or any other similar solicitation.
  • To impersonate or attempt to impersonate VHB, a VHB employee, another user, or any other person or entity (including, without limitation, by using email addresses or screen names associated with any of the foregoing).
  • To engage in any other conduct that restricts or inhibits anyone's use or enjoyment of this Site, or which, as determined by us, may harm VHB or users of the Website, or expose them to liability.

Additionally, you agree not to:

  • Use this Site in any manner that could disable, overburden, damage, or impair the Site or interfere with any other party's use of this Site, including their ability to engage in real time activities through this Site.
  • Use any manual process to monitor or copy any of the material on this Site, or for any other purpose not expressly authorized in these Terms of Service, without our prior written consent.
  • Use any device, software, or routine that interferes with the proper working of this Site.
  • Introduce any viruses, Trojan horses, worms, logic bombs, or other material that is malicious or technologically harmful.
  • Attempt to gain unauthorized access to, interfere with, damage, or disrupt any parts of this Site, the server on which this Site is stored, or any server, computer, or database connected to this Site.
  • Attack this Site via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of-service attack.
  • Otherwise attempt to interfere with the proper working of this Site.

Termination

VHB may, in its sole discretion, terminate or suspend your access to all or part of the Site, including without limitation, breach of this Agreement. In the event this Agreement is terminated, the restrictions regarding content appearing on the Site, and the representations, and warranties, indemnities and limitations of liabilities set forth in this Agreement will survive termination. If you are unsatisfied with this Site, your sole remedy is to cancel this Agreement.

It is the policy of VHB to comply with the regulations of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended and other nondiscrimination laws and authorities, that include regulations relative to nondiscrimination in federally assisted programs of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and the Federal Highway Administration’s Title 23 Code of Federal Regulations 200. VHB does not discriminate against any person on the grounds of race, color, or national origin.

In addition to Title VI, VHB will not discriminate under other statutes that afford legal protection on the basis of sex, age, veteran, disability, or protected statuses. VHB will not discriminate in the selection or retention of subconsultants, including procurements of materials and leases of equipment. VHB will not participate either directly or indirectly in the discrimination prohibited by 49 CFR, Part 21.5.

In all solicitations, either by competitive bidding or negotiation made by VHB for work to be performed under a subcontract, including procurements of materials or equipment, each potential subcontractor or supplier shall be notified of the contractor’s obligations under the contract and the Regulations relative to nondiscrimination on the ground of race, color, or national origin. VHB will include the necessary nondiscrimination provisions in every subcontract including procurements of materials and leases of equipment, unless exempt by the Regulations, or Directives issued pursuant thereto.

VHB confirms nondiscrimination in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. For more information or special assistance for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency, contact Elizabeth Bennett, DEI Advocate, at EEO@vhb.com. Persons with hearing and/or speech-impairments may contact VHB by using the applicable state Relay Service, a toll-free telecommunication device for the deaf (TDD). Call 711 for TTY/TDD.

View VHB's Discrimination Complaint Resolution Process and Discrimination Complaint Form.

Whistleblower Policy

VHB is committed to high standards of ethical and moral conduct. In furtherance of VHB’s commitment to open communication, this policy aims to provide an avenue for individuals (employees, former employees, and contractors) to raise issues or questions to VHB regarding any activity, policy, or practice which may be illegal or dishonest (or “whistleblowing”) and also to provide reassurance that VHB will not tolerate retaliation. It is the intent of VHB to adhere to all applicable laws and regulations.

If an employee or former employee reasonably believes that an activity, policy, or practice of or relating to VHB is in violation of any law, such individuals must bring the matter to the attention of Human Resources, via a written complaint, so that VHB may investigate and address. VHB will investigate all good faith complaints. Such actions must occur before an employee or former employee may make any disclosure to a public body.

Such notification to VHB shall not be required in limited instances where there is a reasonable belief that:

  • There is an imminent and serious danger to the public health or safety;
  • Reporting would result in a destruction of evidence or other concealment of the activity, policy, or practice;
  • Such activity, policy, or practice could be expected to lead to endangering the welfare of a minor;
  • Reporting would result in physical harm to the employee or any other person; or
  • Human Resources is already aware of the activity, policy, or practice and will not correct such activity, policy, or practice.

To the extent reasonably possible as determined by VHB, the confidentiality of the whistleblower will be maintained. However, identity may need to be disclosed to conduct a thorough investigation, to comply with the law, and to provide the accused individuals their legal rights of defense.

VHB will not retaliate against anyone who takes action in good faith and in compliance with this policy.

Nothing in this policy protects individuals from the consequences of their own unethical or unlawful conduct, including submitting false or baseless allegations. Individuals who deliberately make false or baseless allegations are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.

Comments and Questions

We welcome your feedback on this Site. However, any comments, ideas, notes, messages, suggestions, or other communications sent to the Site shall be and remain the exclusive property of VHB, and we may use all such communications in any manner, including reproducing, disclosing, and publishing such communications, all without compensation to you.​​​

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