This agreement between you and SPG (“SPG,” “we,” “our,” “us”) governing your use of our payment processing services (“Service(s)”). The Services are being offered in conjunction with your agreement with your service provider (“Provider Partner”) and may not be used separately from that agreement.
1.1 THE SERVICES
The Services allow you to accept payment from your customers via bankcards (“Cards”) validly issued by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express (the “Card Brands”) and also, if approved, via automated clearing house transactions (“ACH”). Services may include TSYS EnsureBillSM and ThreatMetrix®, as described in section 2, if such services are made available by your Provider Partner. You must only use the Services for a business purpose and not for personal, family, or household use. We hereby grant you use of the Services according to the terms found herein.
1.2 REQUIRED INFORMATION
In order to use the Services, we may require that you provide us with certain information such as information relating to your identity, customers, transactions, and financial statements. You must provide us with accurate and complete information and keep the information up-to-date. We rely on this information for underwriting and to meet our obligations under applicable laws and other regulatory requirements. If the scope or nature of your business or the type of products or services you offer changes, you must notify Provider Partner prior to the change. You are liable to us for all losses and expenses incurred by us arising out of your failure to report changes to us. We reserve the right to refuse to allow you to use the Services for any reason.
You authorize us to make, from time to time, any business and personal credit inquiries (including, but not limited to, credit reports for your directors, officers, and principals), identity-verification inquiries, transaction-verification inquiries (including, but not limited to, with customers), and any other inquiries considered necessary relating to this agreement, and to provide any information and documentation to our sponsor banks and/or the Card Brands as required by them. You also authorize any person or credit reporting agency to compile information to answer those inquires and to furnish that information to us.
1.4 PROCESSING LIMITS
We will assign a maximum dollar amount per sales ticket and an aggregate maximum dollar amount of Card and ACH transactions per calendar month. If certain Card processing volume thresholds are met by your use of the Services we may notify you that you must enter into an additional agreement with our sponsor bank.
1.5 DATA OWNERSHIP & SHARING DATA WITH PROVIDER PARTNER
SPG will own all data associated with your use of the Services and you hereby grant us a perpetual, irrevocable, sub-licensable, assignable, worldwide, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, electronically distribute, and display this data for the following purposes: (a) providing and improving the Services; (b) internal usage, including but not limited to, data analytics so long as such data is anonymous and aggregated with other customer data; (c) complying with applicable legal requirements and assisting law enforcement agencies; (d) sharing data about your use of the Services with your Provider Partner; and (e) any other purpose for which you provide consent.
1.6 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RESTRICTIONS
All materials or intellectual property provided to you in connection with the Services (“Materials”) are protected intellectual property of SPG or its third party providers. You shall not (and shall not permit any agent or third party) to: (a) copy all or any portion of any Materials; (b) decompile, disassemble, or otherwise reverse engineer (except to the extent expressly permitted by applicable law, notwithstanding a contractual obligation to the contrary) the Services or Materials, or any portion thereof, or determine or attempt to determine any source code, algorithms, methods, or techniques used or embodied in the Services or any Materials or any portion thereof; (c) modify, translate, or otherwise create any derivative works based upon the Services or any Materials; (d) distribute, disclose, market, rent, lease, assign, sublicense, pledge, or otherwise transfer the Services or any Materials, in whole or in part, to any third party; or (e) remove or alter any copyright, trademark, or other proprietary notices, legends, symbols, or labels appearing on the Services or in any Materials.
2. COMPLIANCE WITH RULES AND LAWS
2.1 COMPLIANCE WITH RULES
You must comply with the applicable Card Brand rules and operating regulations and the National Automated Clearing House Association rules (“NACHA”) (collectively, “Rules”). An abridged version of the Visa, MasterCard and American Express Rules may be viewed at usa.visa.com/merchants/operations/op_regulations.html, www.mastercardmerchant.com, and www.americanexpress.com\merchantopguide. Copies of the NACHA Operating Rules and Guidelines are available for review online at www.achrulesonline.org. SPG is a Payment Card Industry (“PCI”) level 1 service provider and is qualified to handle Cardholder data (i.e., information associated with a Card, such as account number, expiration date, and CVV2) in connection with the Services. SPG will comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (“PCI DSS”) to the extent SPG possesses or otherwise stores, processes, or transmits Cardholder data on your behalf. If you possess or otherwise store, process, or transmit Cardholder data, then you must comply with PCI DSS.
2.2 COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS AND POLICIES
2.3 THIRD PARTY SERVICE PROVIDERS
You may be using special services or software provided by a third party to assist you in processing transactions, including authorizations and settlements, or accounting functions. You must make sure that such third parties comply with the Rules (including PCI DSS) and Laws. You must notify Partner Provider if you use third party service providers. If there is unauthorized access to Cardholder data in the possession of you or your agents, you must immediately notify Partner Provider and cooperate with us regarding reasonable requests for information regarding the compromise.
2.4 PROHIBITED PRACTICES
You will not present for processing or credit, directly or indirectly, any transaction not originated as a result of a Card transaction directly between you and a Cardholder or any transaction you know or should know to be fraudulent or not authorized by the Cardholder. We will refer perpetrators of fraudulent transactions, in our discretion, to the appropriate law enforcement agency. You must not honor any Card that is expired or listed on a current Electronic Warning Bulletin file, regardless of whether authorization has been obtained. You must not request an ACH transfer that violates the Rules or Laws. You agree not to initiate any ACH debits or credits to or from a savings account, or a foreign bank or the branch of a foreign bank in a U.S. territory. The term foreign bank does not include: (i) A U.S. agency or branch of a foreign bank; and (ii) An insured bank organized under the laws of a U.S. territory. You may not split transactions into multiple Card transactions except where: (a) partial payment is entered on the transaction record and the balance of the transaction amount is paid in cash or by check at the time of transaction; or, (b) the amount represents an advance deposit in a Card transaction completed in accordance with this agreement and the Rules. You will not use the Services to accept amounts representing the refinancing of an existing uncollectible obligation, debt, or dishonored check of a Cardholder. You may not process transactions for, receive payments on behalf of, or (unless required by Law) redirect payments to a third party. You must not use the Service for high risk transactions or illegal activities, as per the Policies.
2.5 USE OF TRADEMARKS
The Card Brands are the sole and exclusive owners of their marks and your use of their marks must comply with the Rules. We are the sole and exclusive owner of our marks and your use of our marks will fully comply with our policies and instructions. At any time we may prohibit your use of the marks or require changes to your use of the marks as we deem necessary or appropriate. Your right to use our marks and the Card Brand marks will cease upon termination of this agreement and you agree not to contest the ownership of the marks for any reason.
3. ACCEPTING PAYMENT
3.1 CARD ACCEPTANCE
You will honor, without discrimination, any valid Card properly tendered by a person asserting to be the person in whose name the Card is issued (“Cardholder”). Terms specific to American Express cards are set forth in section 5. You may elect not to accept Visa and/or MasterCard branded debit cards, but you must provide SPG with prior written notice of such election. You will properly disclose to the Cardholder, at the time of the Card transaction, your name, return policy, and other limitations you may have on accepting returned merchandise. Your refund polices for purchases made with a Card must be at least as favorable as your refund policy for purchases made with any other form of payment. Our name will appear in conjunction with your name on Cardholders’ statements. You will not accept any payments from a Cardholder relating to previous charges for merchandise or services, and if you receive such payments, you will promptly remit them to us.
3.2 CARD AUTHORIZATION
No later than 72 hours from the time you initiate a transaction, but prior to completing it, you will request an authorization for the transaction using equipment meeting specifications determined by SPG. This authorization request must include your name and account identifier, the Card expiration date, the ZIP code of the customer’s billing address, and the total amount of the transaction, including taxes. SPG may also require additional information in your request, such as: (a) CVV2 code or the equivalent; (b) a brief description of the goods or services involved; (c) the transaction authorization number; and, (d) if applicable, adjacent to the signature line, a notation that all sales are final. When authorization is obtained, you will be deemed to warrant the identity of the customer as the Cardholder. Authorizations are not a guarantee of acceptance or payment of a transaction and do not waive any provision of this agreement, or otherwise validate a fraudulent transaction or a transaction involving the use of an expired Card. We may refuse to authorize any transaction.
3.3 SALES TRANSMITTALS
You will retain a copy of the sales transmittal for the completed transaction in accordance with the Rules for 25 months or such longer period as the Rules may require. Within three business days of our request, you will produce copies of sales transmittals and other transaction evidence, otherwise SPG will have chargeback rights with respect to such transactions.
3.4 RECURRING TRANSACTIONS
You must obtain the Cardholder’s prior written consent for recurring transactions, including a description of the product and the frequency and duration of the recurring charge, and notify the Cardholder that he or she may cancel recurring billing charges at any time. You must retain evidence of such written consent for 24 months from the date you submit the last recurring billing charge. You will honor any Cardholder cancellation, and if this agreement is terminated for any reason, you will, at your own cost, advise all Cardholders to whom you submit recurring billing charges that you no longer accept the Card for amounts owed.
3.5 ACH PROCESSING
To enable you to make and accept ACH payments, you authorize us to originate credit or debit records for the purpose of a funds transfer (“Entries”) into the ACH network. We will use reasonable efforts to originate Entries on your behalf in accordance with this agreement. You must only submit Entries for bona fide transactions with your customers made in the ordinary course of business in accordance with this agreement, the Rules, and Laws. You shall obtain and maintain appropriate authorizations in accordance with the Rules from each of your customers for each ACH transaction. All disputes between you and any of your customers relating to any ACH transaction must be resolved between you and that customer. If SPG receives any notice of an ACH dispute or NACHA inquiry, we will forward such notice directly to you. SPG bears no financial responsibility for any disputed transaction. You must maintain an unauthorized return rate, as described in the NACHA Regulations, below 0.5% of originating debits.
4. AMERICAN EXPRESS
Important Note: The following sections apply only if you accept American Express Cards. If there is a conflict between any of the following sections and any other section of this agreement as it applies to American Express Cards, the following sections will govern.
4.1 CUSTOMER SERVICE INFORMATION
You must maintain customer service information that is readily available for review by American Express Cardholders transacting with you. The customer service information should provide clear instructions on how to contact you, including an active customer service email address and telephone number.
4.2 THIRD-PARTY BENEFICIARY.
You understand and covenant that you are not a third-party beneficiary under our agreement with American Express, including all schedules and exhibits, or the American Express Rules. You acknowledge and agree that American Express is a third-party beneficiary under this agreement between you and SPG. This means American Express has the right, but not the obligation, to enforce the terms of this agreement against you.
You authorize us to submit American Express Card transactions to, and receive payment from, American Express on your behalf. You authorize us to disclose Card transaction data and data about you to American Express, its affiliates, agents, subcontractors, and employees, and further authorize these entities to use such information to perform services, operate and promote the American Express network, perform analytics and create reports, and for any other lawful business purpose, including as described in the American Express Rules. You authorize American Express to use your name, address, and website address in any media.
4.4 AMERICAN EXPRESS ARBITRATION
Any dispute between you and American Express shall be resolved on an individual (not class) basis by binding arbitration in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association or JAMS. You will be responsible for paying your share of any arbitration fees (including filing, administrative, hearing or other fees), but only up to the amount of the filing fees you would have incurred if you had brought a claim in court. American Express will be responsible for any additional arbitration fees. American Express will not elect arbitration for any claim you properly file in a small claims court so long as such claim is pending only in that court.
5.1 YOUR DUTY TO MONITOR
SPG will not, and has no obligation to, confirm the validity of the recipient or the underlying transaction pursuant to which funds are transferred. We assume no liability for any unauthorized transfer request and the attendant transfer of funds, unless and until we receive appropriate and timely notice by you of the unauthorized transfer requests. You must promptly and consistently inspect your transaction history. Immediately report any possible errors.
5.2 DISPUTES, INQUIRIES, AND CHARGEBACKS
All disputes between you and any of your customers relating to any ACH transaction must be resolved between you and that customer. If SPG receives any notice of an ACH dispute or NACHA inquiry, we will forward such notice directly to you. Working with Provider Partner, we will handle Card Brand inquiries about your card transactions, in addition to disputes between you and a customer involving card payment transactions. Based on customer disputes we may reverse Card transactions (“chargebacks”), and we will offset the value of such chargebacks from monies owed to you. You must not reenter or reprocess any Card transaction that has been charged back, but instead allow the chargeback process to proceed to its conclusion as described in each Card Brand’s Rules. If you disagree with a chargeback, you may request a chargeback reversal within the applicable Card Brand’s timeline in its Rules. “Excessive Activity” means: chargebacks in excess of .50% of the transaction ratio of your Card transactions; or, chargebacks in excess of .50% of the transaction ratio of the dollar amount of your Card transactions; or, returns in excess of 3% of the transaction ratio of your Card transactions; or, denied transactions in excess of 5% of the transaction ratio of your Card transactions. The existence of Excessive Activity will be a breach of this agreement and may result in action as we deem necessary, including, but not limited to, termination or suspension of processing privileges or creation or maintenance of a reserve. We may revoke or reverse any credit given to you where: (i) the Card transaction was not made in compliance with this agreement and the Laws, Rules, and Policies; (ii) the Cardholder disputes liability to us for any reason, including but not limited to those chargeback rights enumerated in the Rules; (iii) the Card transaction was not directly between you and the Cardholder; or (iv) a deposit to you was made erroneously.
5.3 REFUND CREDITS
You will not submit a credit relating to any Card transaction not originally submitted to us, nor will you submit a credit that exceeds the amount of the original Card transaction.
6. CONFIDENTIALITY & DATA SECURITY
You must retain in strictest confidence all information and data belonging to or relating to our business, and will safeguard such information and data by using the same degree of care, but no less than a reasonable amount of care, that you use to protect your own confidential information.
6.2 DATA SECURITY
7. FEES, TAXES & IRS REPORTING
Fees for the Services are set out in a fee schedule provided to you by Provider Partner.
7.2 DEPOSIT OF FUNDS TO MERCHANT POOL ACCOUNT
Our sponsor banks will deposit to the non-interest bearing pooled account titled in the name of our sponsor bank for the benefit of all SPG merchants (“Merchant Pool Account”) all amounts of Card and ACH transactions complying with the terms of this agreement and the Rules. We will instruct our sponsor bank to move funds owed to you from the Merchant Pool Account to an account you designate with Provider Partner.
7.3 ELECTRONIC FUNDS TRANSFER AGREEMENT
You authorize SPG to initiate, process, transmit, and settle through our sponsor bank ACH debits or credits to the account you specify with Provider Partner (“Designated Account”). Your authorization will remain in effect after termination of this agreement and until SPG has received written notice terminating this authorization and all your obligations to SPG have been paid in full. You irrevocably authorize us to immediately debit the Designated Account for the amounts of any chargebacks, ACH returns, fines, losses, and costs we may incur because of your use of the Services. You may change the Designated Account, but no more than once every 90 days, and must promptly notify Provider Partner of any changes.
All transactions and deposits are subject to our audit and final verification, and may be adjusted for inaccuracies. All credits provided to you are provisional and subject to chargebacks and adjustments in accordance with the Rules, whether or not a transaction is charged back by the Card issuer.
7.5 TAXES & IRS REPORTING
To comply with IRS 1099-K reporting requirements, we may be required to file a form 1099-K with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). We may collect federal backup withholding upon transaction settlement, on behalf of the IRS, from you if you do not supply your legal name, SSN or EIN, or if you fail to respond to a request from us to verify the same.
8. YOUR WARRANTIES & INDEMNIFICATION
8.1 REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES
You represent and warrant to us: (1) that all information you submit to us relating to your application to use and continued use of the Services is correct, complete, and fully describes and details the nature, type, and scope of the business in which you are engaged; (2) that you are at least 18 years of age; (3) that, if an individual account, you are a sole proprietorship validly existing in the United States or its territories, and if an entity, that the entity was validly formed, registered and is in good standing in at least one of the fifty United States or its territories; (4) that you have never been placed on the MasterCard MATCH system or the Combined Terminated Merchant File, and if so, you have disclosed this to us or to Partner Provider; and (5) that all transactions are bona fide and no transaction involves the use of a Card for any purpose other than the purchase of goods or services from you and does not involve a Cardholder obtaining cash from you unless allowed by the Rules and agreed in writing with us.
You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold us harmless for and from any and all loss, cost, expense, claim, damage, and liability (including attorneys’ fees and costs, and collections costs) paid or incurred by us and arising from, caused by, or attributable to, any of the following: (1) any of your acts or omissions with respect to your use of the Services; (2) acting any Card transaction processed under this agreement, (3) any breach by you of this agreement; (4) willful misconduct, fraud, intentional tort or negligence by you or that of your employees, agents or representatives; (5) action by us exercising any right we have under this agreement, Laws, Rules, or Policies.
9. SPG’s LIABILITY & DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES
9.1 LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
Any liability we have to you under this agreement, whatever the basis of the liability, will not exceed in the aggregate the amount of $5,000. In no event will we be liable for indirect, special, or consequential damages.
9.2 DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES
The Services are provided “AS IS” and “AS AVAILABLE.” We make no warranty, express or implied, regarding the Services, and nothing contained in this agreement will constitute such a warranty. To the extent allowed by Law, we disclaim all implied warranties and conditions, express, implied or statutory, including without limitation those of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, the implied warranties of title and/or non-infringement. Some states do not allow the disclaimer of implied warranties, so the foregoing disclaimers may not apply to you. Each party acknowledges that it has not entered into this agreement in reliance upon any warranty or representation except those specifically set forth herein.
10. SECURITY INTEREST & BANKRUPTCY
This agreement will constitute a security agreement under the Uniform Commercial Code wherein you grant to us a security interest in and lien upon: (a) all funds representing amounts owing you under this agreement at any time in the Merchant Pool Account, regardless of the source of such funds; (b) all funds at any time in reserve, regardless of the source of such funds; (c) present and future Card transactions; (d) any amount which may be due to you under this agreement, including, without limitation all rights to receive any payments or credits under this agreement; and (e) upon our request, any other security to secure your obligations under this agreement. (collectively, the “Secured Assets”). You agree to execute financing statements or other documents to evidence this security interest. These security interests and liens will secure all of your obligations under this agreement and any other agreements now existing or later entered into between you and us and we will have all rights afforded under the Uniform Commercial Code, any other applicable law, and in equity. We may exercise this security interest without notice or demand by making an immediate withdrawal or freezing of your Secured Assets. You represent and warrant that no other person or entity has a security interest in the Secured Assets and you agree to obtain from us written consent prior to granting a security interest of any kind in the Secured Assets to a third party. You agree that this is a contract of recoupment and as such, we are not required to file a motion for relief from a bankruptcy action automatic stay to realize on any of the Secured Assets. Nevertheless, you agree not to contest or object to any motion for relief from the automatic stay filed by us.
11.1 AGENCY RELATIONSHIP
You authorize us with respect to the Services to act as your agent for the limited purposes of holding, receiving, and disbursing funds on your behalf. Your authorization permits SPG to generate an electronic funds transfer to process each payment transaction. This authorization will continue until this agreement is terminated. You agree that SPG’s receipt of transaction proceeds satisfies your customers’ obligations to you.
11.2 FORCE MAJEURE
No party will be liable to the other party for any failure or delay in its performance of this agreement if such failure or delay arises out of causes beyond the control and without the fault or negligence of such party.
11.3 SEVERABILITY AND WAIVER
If any provision of this agreement is held invalid, illegal, void, or unenforceable by reason of any judicial decision, all other provisions of this agreement shall nevertheless remain in full force and effect. No course of dealing, delay, or failure to enforce any provision or exercise any right under this agreement by us shall be construed as a waiver or estoppel of such provision or right, nor shall it amend this agreement or affect the validity of this agreement or curtail our ability to enforce such provision or exercise such right in the future. All waivers must be in writing and signed by us.
11.4 RIGHTS AND REMEDIES CUMULATIVE
The rights conferred upon us in this agreement are not intended to be exclusive of each other or of any other rights and remedies we have under this agreement, at law, or in equity. Rather, each right we have at law or in equity will be cumulative and concurrent and in addition to every other right.
11.5 ENTIRE AGREEMENT
This agreement, including, Policies, the Rules, and any amendment or supplement to this agreement or other referenced agreements, all of which are incorporated into this agreement, constitutes the entire agreement between the parties, and all prior or other agreements or representations, written or oral, are superseded by this agreement.
The headings used in this agreement are inserted for convenience only and will not affect the interpretation of any provision. The language used will be deemed to be the language chosen by the parties to express their mutual intent, and no rule of strict construction will be applied against any party.
This agreement may be assigned by us, but may not be assigned by you without our prior written consent.
You are bound by this agreement as it may be amended or revised at any time upon notice to you. It is your sole responsibility to review and maintain familiarity with the agreement, Rules, Law and Policies. If you do not agree to the aforementioned amendments and do not wish to be bound the terms and conditions thereto, you shall provide written notice to Provider Partner. If you do not agree to the terms of the amendment, your right to use the Services will be terminated.
11.9 CONSENT TO DO BUSINESS ELECTRONICALLY, ELECTRONIC SIGNATURE, COMMUNICATION, AND NOTICES
You consent to do business electronically, which means that you agree that all SPG agreements and Policies, including amendments thereto and documents referenced therein, as well as any notices, instructions, or any other communications regarding transactions and your agreements with SPG (all of which are referred to herein as the “Communications”) may be presented, delivered, stored, retrieved, and transmitted electronically. You must keep Provider Partner informed of any change in your electronic or mailing address or other contact information. Your electronic signature, including, without limitation clicking “Agree and Continue” or an action of similar meaning or significance, shall be the legal equivalent of your manual signature. You may withdraw your consent to doing business pursuant to SPG’s agreement with you and related policies, electronically at any time by contacting Provider Partner and withdrawing your consent to transact business electronically. If you do so, this agreement will be terminated. However, any Communications or transactions between us before your withdrawal of such consent, will be valid and binding. Any written notice to us must be sent to: SPG PAY, 75 S Broadway, Suite 400 White Plains, NY 10605 and if to you: to the last address shown on our records.
We may terminate the agreement at its sole and absolute discretion, effective immediately, upon written, electronic, or oral notice to you.