Teachers Credit Union Arbitration and Waiver of Class Action
You and the Credit Union agree that both parties shall attempt to informally settle any and all disputes arising out of, affecting, or relating to your accounts, or the products or services the Credit Union has provided, will provide or has offered to provide to you, and/or any aspect of your relationship with the Credit Union (hereafter referred to as the “Claims”). If that cannot be done, then you agree that any and all Claims that are threatened, made, filed or initiated after the Effective Date (defined below) of this Arbitration and Waiver of Class Action provision (“Arbitration Agreement”), even if the Claims arise out of, affect or relate to conduct that occurred prior to the Effective Date, shall, at the election of either you or us, be resolved by binding arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) in accordance with its applicable rules and procedures for consumer disputes (“Rules”), whether such Claims are in contract, tort, statute, or otherwise. The Rules can be obtained on the AAA website free of charge at www.adr.org; or, a copy of the Rules can be obtained at any Credit Union branch upon request. Either you or we may elect to resolve a particular Claim through arbitration, even if one of us has already initiated litigation in court related to the Claim, by: (a) making written demand for arbitration upon the other party, (b) initiating arbitration against the other party, or (c) filing a motion to compel arbitration in court. AS A RESULT, IF EITHER YOU OR WE ELECT TO RESOLVE A PARTICULAR CLAIM THROUGH ARBITRATION, YOU WILL GIVE UP YOUR RIGHT TO GO TO COURT TO ASSERT OR DEFEND YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THIS ACCOUNT AGREEMENT (EXCEPT FOR CLAIMS BROUGHT INDIVIDUALLY WITHIN SMALL CLAIMS COURT JURISDICTION, SO LONG AS THE CLAIM REMAINS IN SMALL CLAIMS COURT). This Arbitration Agreement shall be interpreted and enforced in accordance with the Federal Arbitration Act set forth in Title 9 of the U.S. Code to the fullest extent possible, notwithstanding any state law to the contrary, regardless of the origin or nature of the Claims at issue. This Arbitration Agreement does not prevent you from submitting any issue relating to your accounts for review or consideration by a federal, state, or local governmental agency or entity, nor does it prevent such agency or entity from seeking relief on your behalf.
- Selection of Arbitrator. The Claims shall be resolved by a single arbitrator. The arbitrator shall be selected in accordance with the Rules and must have experience in the types of financial transactions at issue in the Claims. In the event of a conflict between the Rules and this Arbitration Agreement, this Arbitration Agreement shall supersede the conflicting Rules only to the extent of the inconsistency. If AAA is unavailable to resolve the Claims, and if you and we do not agree on a substitute forum, then you can select the forum for the resolution of the Claims.
- Effective Date. This Arbitration Agreement is effective upon the 61st day after we provide it to you (“Effective Date”), unless you opt-out in accordance with the requirements of the RIGHT TO OPT-OUT provision below.
- Claims Arising Prior to Effective Date: THIS BINDING ARBITRATION CONSENT AND AGREEMENT APPLIES TO ALL CLAIMS THAT ARE FILED OR INITIATED AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE, EVEN IF THE CLAIM ARISES OUT OF, AFFECTS, OR RELATES TO CONDUCT THAT OCCURRED PRIOR TO THE EFFECTIVE DATE. If a Claim is filed or initiated prior to the Effective Date, this Binding Arbitration Consent and Agreement will not apply to such Claim.
- Arbitration Proceedings. The arbitration shall be conducted within 50 miles of your residence at the time the arbitration is commenced. Any claims and defenses that can be asserted in court can be asserted through arbitration. The arbitrator shall be entitled to award the same remedies that a court can award. Discovery shall be available for non-privileged information to the fullest extent permitted under the Rules. The Arbitrator’s award can be entered as a judgment in court. Except as provided in applicable statutes, the arbitrator’s award is not subject to review by the court and it cannot be appealed. The Credit Union shall pay for any filing, administration, and arbitrator fees imposed on you by the AAA. However, you will be responsible for your own attorneys’ fees, unless you prevail on your Claim in the arbitration, in which case, we will pay your attorneys’ fees. However, if the Credit Union prevails, then you will not be required to pay its attorneys’ fees and cost.
Any determination as to whether this Arbitration Agreement is valid or enforceable in part or in its entirety will be made solely by the arbitrator, including without limitation any issues relating to whether a Claim is subject to arbitration; provided, however, the enforceability of the Class Action Waiver set forth below shall be determined by the Court.
5. Class Action Waiver. ANY ARBITRATION OF A CLAIM WILL BE ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS. YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT YOU ARE WAIVING THE RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE AS A CLASS REPRESENTATIVE OR CLASS MEMBER IN A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT.
6. Severability. In the event the Class Action Waiver in this Arbitration Agreement is found to be unenforceable for any reason, the remainder of this Arbitration Agreement shall also be unenforceable. If any provision in this Arbitration Agreement, other than the Class Action Waiver, is found to be unenforceable, the remaining provisions shall remain fully enforceable.
7. Survival: This Arbitration Agreement will survive termination of the Account Agreement.
8. Right to Opt-Out. You have the right to opt-out of this Arbitration Agreement, provided you notify the Credit Union of your intent to do so within 60 days after it is provided to you. Your opt-out is only effective if you notify the Credit Union in writing at 110 South Main Street, South Bend, IN 46601 within such 60 day time period. If you fail to opt-out within this 60-day time, you will be deemed to have consented to the resolution of your Claims through binding arbitration. In the event you opt-out, it shall not affect other terms and conditions of your Account Agreement or your relationship with the Credit Union.
FOR MORE DETAILS or if you have questions, you may call us or visit a branch. If you have questions about AAA procedures, you should check AAA’s website, www.adr.org, OR call AAA at (800) 778-7879.