GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR THE PURCHASE OF PRODUCTS OR SERVICES
NOTICE: The purchase of any Products or Services by Buyer is expressly limited to and governed by these Terms and Conditions. These Terms and Conditions are incorporated into and made a material part of any purchase order issued by Buyer. Any acceptance of Buyer’s offer is expressly limited to acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. Buyer expressly objects to and rejects any additional or different terms or conditions proposed by Seller. No Seller terms or conditions shall become part of the parties’ agreement or shall modify these Terms and Conditions, even if signed by a representative of Seller, nor shall any course of performance, course of dealing, or usage of trade operate as a modification or waiver of these Terms and Conditions. By accepting any purchase order from Buyer, issuing an order acknowledgement or confirmation, or commencing to perform under Buyer’s purchase order, Seller accepts and assents to these Terms and Conditions. Seller acknowledges that these Terms and Conditions apply to all purchases by Buyer and any of its affiliates.
“Buyer” means Somnetics International, Inc. and/or any of its affiliates to which Seller is providing Products or Services under the Contract.
“Contract” means the purchase order issued by Buyer (including any ancillary documents provided by Buyer) and these Terms and Conditions. In the event of any conflict, the Terms and Conditions shall take precedence over other documents included in the Contract except for contrary terms expressly stated in the Contract.
“Products” means the equipment, parts, materials, supplies, and other goods Buyer has requested and Seller has agreed to supply to Buyer under the Contract.
“Seller” means the entity providing Products to or performing Services for Buyer under the Contract.
“Services” means the services Buyer has requested and Seller has agreed to perform for Buyer under the Contract.
“Terms and Conditions” means these General Terms and Conditions for the Purchase of Products or Services, together with any modifications or additional provisions specifically stated in Buyer’s purchase order or specifically agreed upon by Buyer in writing.
2. Prices. All pricing on purchase orders is final. Buyer does not acknowledge any written confirmation with pricing changes until a purchase order revision is completed and provided to Seller. Buyer will not be obligated to pay and will not process payment for any invoice that does not match the price set forth on the corresponding purchase order.
3. Purchase Order Changes.
(a) Buyer reserves the right to modify the purchase order with respect to quantities, delivery schedules and/or specifications as desired by Buyer by issuing one or more change orders to Seller. Seller shall not make any changes to purchase orders or affecting the Products or Services without the prior written consent of Buyer, which shall be withheld in its sole discretion.
(b) If Seller’s costs are reduced because of changes, Seller shall reduce the purchase order price to reflect all such quantifiable cost savings, whether direct or indirect.
(c) If Seller’s costs are increased because of changes, Buyer will consider Seller’s request for a reasonable adjustment to the purchase order price; provided, however, that if Seller does not notify Buyer of a cost impact within ten (10) days of the issuance of the revision/release, then Seller shall be deemed to waive any claim for a price increase due to the revision/release; and provided further, that if Seller does provide notice of a cost impact and the parties cannot agree upon a reasonable price adjustment within ten (10) days of such notice, the revision/release will not become effective, Seller shall not be entitled to any additional compensation or price changes, and the Buyer may terminate the order without liability to Seller. Written or verbal acceptance of a revision or release and/or the provision of Products or Services to Buyer after receipt of a revision to the purchase order constitutes Seller’s assent to such revision.
4. Payment Terms. Seller shall invoice Buyer on completed delivery of the Goods or Services. Unless otherwise agreed to in writing, the Buyer’s payment terms are 30 days following the date Buyer receives an accurate and complete invoice, payable in the currency as stated on the purchase order.
5. Shipping Charges; Taxes. All shipping and handling charges are included in the price. Seller shall pack, mark and ship Products in accordance with sound commercial practices and Seller’s specifications in such a manner as to prevent damage during transport and shall be clearly marked as destined for Buyer. Unless otherwise noted on the purchase order, all purchases are for resale and no sales or use tax shall be charged. Seller is responsible for obtaining from Buyer any required certification. Any sales or use tax or any other tax charged by Seller shall be set forth on a separate line item on the invoice.
6. Delivery; Title; Risk of Loss. Time is of the essence with respect to delivery of Products or performance of Services. Seller shall make no partial delivery or delivery before the date(s) stated on the purchase order. Buyer may terminate any order where delivery or performance is late or incomplete. Title to, and risk of loss, for all Products sold to the Buyer shall pass to the Buyer only after unloading Products at the delivery location selected by Buyer. Unless otherwise noted on the purchase order, Products shall be shipped by Seller DDP (as defined in latest version of Incoterms) to destination specified on Buyer purchase order, freight prepaid, and Services shall be performed at the Buyer location identified in the applicable purchase order.
7. Delay/Force Majeure. Buyer will not be liable or held responsible for any delays or losses related to Buyer’s failure to accept Products or Services that arise directly or indirectly from Acts of God, severe weather conditions, labor disputes, governmental actions, war, riots, or other circumstances or causes beyond the reasonable control of Buyer. If Seller suffers a delay due to a force majeure event, Buyer may terminate any order where such delay exceeds or is reasonably likely to exceed thirty days.
8. Returned or Rejected Products. Buyer shall inspect all Products and Services within a reasonable time after receipt and shall be deemed to accept such Products or Services unless it gives Seller written notice of any defect or non-conformity within a reasonable time after inspection. Failure to give notice of any defect or non-conformity shall not affect any warranty or operate as acceptance of any Product or Service with a latent defect.
9. Warranty/Limitation of Liability.
(a) In addition to all warranties provided under the Uniform Commercial Code and/or other applicable laws, Seller warrants that all Products and Services furnished shall conform to all applicable specifications, be new, merchantable and of good workmanship and quality, free of all defects, liens and encumbrances and fit for the ordinary purposes for which the Products or Services are used. Seller also warrants that the Products and Services shall comply with all applicable laws, codes, regulations and standards, shall not infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party and with respect to Services, will be conducted with due skill and care.
(b) In addition to all rights and remedies available under the Uniform Commercial Code and/or other applicable laws, if Seller breaches any warranty, Buyer may, at its election and in addition to any rights or remedies it may have: (i) return such items to Seller at Seller’s risk and expense; (ii) require Seller, at its expense to promptly replace or correct such items; (iii) pending redelivery, require repayment of any amounts paid for returned items; (iv) effect cover by purchase or manufacture of similar items or repair such items at Seller’s expense; and/or (v) accept or retain non-conforming items and equitably reduce their price. Additionally, Seller shall reimburse Buyer for any and all direct and indirect costs, expenses and penalties arising out of or related to Seller’s breach. Such remedies are not exclusive, and Buyer hereby reserves all of its rights and remedies under applicable law.
10. Inspections. Notwithstanding payment, passage of title or prior inspection, all Products and Services are subject to final acceptance or rejection by Buyer at the delivery destination. Seller agrees that Buyer and its customers shall have the right to enter Seller’s facility at reasonable times to inspect the facility, goods, materials and any property of Buyer covered by the purchase order. Such inspection, whether during manufacture prior to delivery or within a reasonable time after delivery, shall not constitute acceptance of any work-in-progress or finished Products, whether or not a breach of warranty or other defect had become evident at the time.
11. Indemnification; Insurance.
(a) Seller shall release, defend, indemnify and hold Buyer, its shareholders, officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives harmless from and against any claims, demands, causes of action, judgements, proceedings, awards, damages, losses, fines, penalties, costs, expenses and liabilities (collectively, “Losses”) caused by, arising out of or relating to the Products, Services, or any act or omission of Seller, its shareholders, officers, directors, employees, agents or representatives, including, without limitation, Losses arising from or related to personal injury, death, property damage, economic loss, or intellectual property infringement.
(b) Buyer shall have no duty to indemnify Seller for any reason not expressly undertaken in these Terms and Conditions, and in no event will Buyer indemnify Seller for Seller’s acts, omissions, or negligence.
(c) Seller shall maintain commercial general liability insurance, including products liability and completed operations coverage, in amounts not less than the equivalent of U.S. $1 million per occurrence and the equivalent of U.S. $3 million aggregate. Seller shall name Buyer as an additional insured under such policy (broad form vendor endorsement, if applicable), waive subrogation against Buyer, and provide Buyer with a certificate of insurance evidencing the same upon request. These insurance requirements do not in any way limit Seller’s indemnification obligations.
12. Severability. Any provision contained herein determined to be unenforceable, illegal or invalid shall be automatically voided and shall not affect the enforceability, legality or validity of the remaining provisions herein.
13. Assignment. Seller shall not assign, delegate, or subcontract its performance under any purchase order of Buyer or these Terms and Conditions without the prior written consent of Buyer, which Buyer may withhold in its sole discretion.
14. Remedies; Survival. Buyer may withhold out of amounts otherwise due Seller under the purchase order or any other agreement with Seller such sums sufficient to compensate itself for any amount at any time that may be owed from Seller to Buyer in connection with the purchase order or such other agreement. In addition, Buyer hereby reserves all additional rights and remedies provided by law or equity. Provisions of these Terms and Conditions which by their nature should apply beyond their terms will remain in force after any termination or expiration of these Terms and Conditions including, without limitation, the following provisions: Indemnification; Insurance, Compliance with Law, Warranty/Limitation of Liability, Choice of Law, Remedies; Survival and Notices.
15. Relationship between the Parties; Notices. The relationship between Buyer and Seller is solely that of independent contracting parties, and nothing in these Terms and Conditions or any purchase order of Buyer shall be construed to create an employment, joint venture, partnership, or agency relationship between Buyer and Seller. 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 Contract 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.
(a) Buyer may immediately cancel the purchase order, without liability to Seller, in the event of any of the following or any other similar occurrences: (i) insolvency of the Seller; (ii) filing of a voluntary petition in bankruptcy by Seller; (iii) filing of any involuntary petition in bankruptcy against the Seller; (iv) appointment of a receiver or trustee for Seller; or (v) Seller making an assignment for the benefit of creditors.
(b) Buyer reserves the right to cancel all or any part of the purchase order, without liability to Seller, if Seller: (i) repudiates or breaches any of the terms of the purchase order or these Terms and Conditions; (ii) fails to perform Services or deliver Products as specified by Buyer; or (iii) fails to make progress so as to endanger timely and proper completion of Services or delivery of Products, and Seller does not correct such failure within three (3) days (or such shorter period of time if commercially reasonable under the circumstances) after receipt of notice from Buyer specifying such failure or breach.
(c) Buyer may also terminate all or any part of the purchase order for its own convenience, in which case Seller shall be entitled to, but only to, an equitable amount not in excess of its verified direct costs reasonably and necessarily expended or committed to third parties in accordance with lead times for materials and labor as appropriate for corresponding delivery dates prior to the notice of termination (less salvage value and any other amounts recoverable by Seller). The payment required by the foregoing sentence shall constitute Buyer’s sole and exclusive liability and obligation with respect to cancellation of any order.
17. Compliance with Law. Seller shall comply, and ensure that its permitted subcontractors comply, with (i) all applicable statutes, regulations, rules, and ordinances governing the manufacture, sale, supply, or transfer of Products and Services, including all import/export laws and all requirements under the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard and other federal, state, and local laws relating to hazardous chemicals and (ii) the ERIKS global supplier code.
18. Choice of Law. Any dispute between Seller and Buyer shall be governed by and construed with the internal laws of the State of Minnesota, United States of America without regard to its conflicts of laws provisions that may cause the law of another jurisdiction to govern. Any lawsuit or other action relating to the Contract or any Products or Services delivered by Seller to Buyer shall be commenced exclusively in the state or federal courts situated in Hennepin County, Minnesota and the parties irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of, and consent to venue in, such courts. The Buyer and Seller agree to waive any right to a jury trial of any and all issues raised in litigation. The United Nations Convention on International Sale of Goods shall not apply to the Contract.
19. Language. The Buyer and Seller have expressly agreed that this Contract and all related documents be drafted in the English language.