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If the our Customer Service Center is unable to resolve your complaint to your satisfaction (or if Startup Food Biz has not been able to resolve a dispute it has with you after attempting to do so informally), we mutually agree to resolve any such dispute through binding arbitration under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”). AAA will administer any such arbitration under its Commercial Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures. The arbitration will be held in Orleans Parish, Louisiana.
A party who intends to seek arbitration must first send, by U.S. certified mail, a written Notice of Dispute ("Notice") to the other party. A Notice to Startup Food Biz should be addressed to: Notice of Dispute, Attn: Legal Department, Startup Food Business, Inc., 625 Celeste St., Suite 201, New Orleans, LA 70130 (the "Notice Address"). The Notice must (a) describe the nature and basis of the claim or dispute and (b) set forth the specific relief sought ("Demand"). If Startup Food Biz and you do not reach an agreement to resolve the claim within 30 days after the Notice is received, you or Startup Food Biz may commence an arbitration proceeding. During the arbitration, the amount of any settlement offer made by Startup Food Biz or you shall not be disclosed to the arbitrator until after the arbitrator determines the amount, if any, to which you or Startup Food Biz is entitled.
All issues are for the arbitrator to decide, except that issues relating to the scope, enforceability and interpretation of the arbitration provision.
The arbitrator may award injunctive relief only in favor of the individual party seeking relief and only to the extent necessary to provide relief warranted by that party's individual claim. YOU AND STARTUP FOOD BIZ AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITIES AND NOT AS PLAINTIFFS OR CLASS MEMBERS IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING OR IN THE CAPACITY OF A PRIVATE ATTORNEY GENERAL. Further, unless both you and Startup Food Biz agree otherwise, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person's claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding. The arbitrator may award any relief that a court could award that is individualized to the claimant and would not affect other customers. Neither you nor we may seek non-individualized relief that would affect other customers. If a court decides that applicable law precludes enforcement of any of this paragraph's limitations as to a particular claim for relief, then that claim (and only that claim) must be severed from the arbitration and may be brought in court.
If the amount in dispute exceeds $75,000 or either party seeks any form of injunctive relief, either party may appeal the award to a three-arbitrator panel administered by AAA by a written notice of appeal within thirty (30) days from the date of entry of the written arbitration award. An award of injunctive relief shall be stayed during any such appeal. The members of the three-arbitrator panel will be selected according to AAA rules. The three-arbitrator panel will issue its decision within one hundred and twenty (120) days of the date of the appealing party's notice of appeal. The decision of the three-arbitrator panel shall be final and binding, subject to any right of judicial review that exists under the FAA.
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Attn: Legal Department
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New Orleans, LA 70130
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