We encourage you to periodically review this statement as it may change at any time at our sole discretion.
BY USING THIS WEBSITE (OR GIVING CONSENT FOR YOUR MINOR CHILD TO DO SO) YOU GIVE YOUR CONSENT THAT ALL PERSONAL INFORMATION YOU (OR YOUR CHILD) SUBMIT, OR THAT IS SUBMITTED TO OUR WEBSITE FOR OR ABOUT YOU (OR YOUR CHILD) BY OTHERS, MAY BE USED, PROCESSED, AND DISCLOSED IN THE MANNER AND FOR THE BUSINESS PURPOSES DESCRIBED IN THE LIGHTNING LAW POLICIES. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, DO NOT USE THIS WEBSITE.
Purpose. Lightning Law provides a secure and efficient online service where users can conduct and record legal proceedings, including depositions, hearings and trials, organize legal information and exhibits, identify and engage court reporters and expert witnesses, purchase transcripts and recordings of legal proceedings, and connect with lawyers with specific expertise.
Types of Information We Collect. In order to provide the content, features, services, and software through our Website and provide the products and services you have requested from us, we collect several types of information about our users.
Personal Information. We collect personal information that lets us know specifics about your identity. We collect contact information and other personally identifiable information from you and others when you engage in certain activities on this Website. Examples include your first and last name, email address, mailing address, signature, bar number, information about your education, employer, job title, telephone and facsimile numbers, an audio visual recording of you, your photograph or image, and other identifying information. The following list includes the most common ways you provide personal information about yourself or others to us:
Children’s Personal Information. We may collect only that personal information from a minor child under 18 years of age as is required to permit a child to participate in a deposition through our Website, but we do not knowingly permit collection of such information without the prior consent of the child’s parent and/or guardian consistent with the requirements of COPPA.
Non-Personal Information. When you interact with us, we may also collect certain information that does not identify you individually, and our servers may automatically keep an activity log of your use of our Website (the “Non-Personal Information”).
Source IP Address and Account Data. We collect and store your device’s IP address, which may disclose the physical location of your device when you access our Website and we may also store other information we learn about you associated with your account.
How We Use Personal Information.
Consistent with Your Intent. We collect, use, process, and disclose personal information, much of which is considered personally identifiable information, only with the understanding that by using our Website you intend to and have agreed to use our Website to intentionally interact with third parties, and that you direct us and such third parties to intentionally disclose your personal information for the business and commercial purposes described in the Lighting Law Policies and/or available through our Website. We use and process personal information so that we can offer, tailor, and deliver content, features, services, and software through our Website consistent with our business purpose.
For example, when you agree to give testimony in a deposition through our Website, you will be required to provide various types of personal information both in order to use our Website’s secure audio-video service and in the course of giving your deposition through our Website. The only way we can provide the services and products that we offer to our customers and that you have requested of us, is if you: (a) voluntarily provide it to us, (b) direct us to intentionally disclose your personal information to certain third parties; and (c) use our Website to intentionally interact with such third parties. If this is not your intent, we cannot provide our services to you and you should not use our Website.
Our Website. Generally, we use personal information we learn from and about you to permit us to provide the content, features, services, and software through our Website and to continually improve your experience. For example, we may use your personal and non-personal information in the following ways:
Recordings. We may make video and audio recordings of legal proceedings conducted through our Website, which may be available for purchase through our Website. By using or participating in the recording features or services offered through our Website, you consent to being recorded and to our collection, use, processing, and/or sale of any and all of your personal information captured by and/or contained in such recordings, consistent with our business purposes and the Lightning Law Policies. Except to provide our services, we do not monitor, access, watch, or use any recordings or transcripts unless a user requests us to, for example, to provide technical support, to ensure compliance with the Lightning Law Policies or as required by law.
Transcripts. We facilitate the engagement of court reporters and the sale of transcripts they generate in connection with the legal proceedings they participate in through our Website. Transcripts are records of facts and necessarily contain Submitted Content, including personal information, provided by other users. Court reporters receive such information by participating in the proceeding through our Website, and subject to an agreement between Lightning Law and such court reports requiring that they will only use personal information they receive and/or is disclosed through our Website to perform the stenography services they have been paid to provide through our Website.
Marketing; Communications. We may, from time to time, use your personal information to send you messages through our Website or by email regarding new content, features, services, and software which may be of interest to you. If you do not want to receive information about new content, features, services, or software from us, you can “opt-out” by changing the permissions in your user account profile to stop receiving such offers. Even if you opt out of receiving such offers, when you access or use our Website, or send an email, message, or other communication to us electronically, you consent to receive communications from us electronically by any means, including by notices or messages through or posted on our Website.
We Do Not Sell Your Personal information. We do not allow marketing companies, advertisers, or similar companies to access personal information in exchange for payment. Users are permitted to market their services on our Website, using its content, features, services, and software, but we prohibit users from using any personal information they learn through our Website to advertise or promote their services directly or outside of our Website.
Disclosure. Consistent with our business purpose and the Lightning Law Policies, we use, process, disclose, and make available for purchase on our Website, content, features, services, and software that may contain or rely upon the personal information of users. However, third parties who obtain or to whom we disclose the personal information of our users are not permitted to use it for their own commercial purposes, except for those purposes that users agree to and intend (including the generation and sale of transcripts by court reporters) by using our Website.
In no event will we sell or rent your personal information as part of a customer list.
Transfer and Storage; Duration. We receive content and personal information from wherever users are located around the world. We transfer and store your content and personal information in the United States or any other country in which we, or our affiliates or Service Providers maintain facilities. We may transfer personal information across borders and from your country or jurisdiction to other countries or jurisdictions around the world, which means we may transfer personal information to a country or jurisdiction that does not have the same data protection laws as your jurisdiction. By using our Website, or providing Submitted Content (including personal information), you consent to the transfer to and storage of your personal information in the United States and any other jurisdiction in which we, our affiliates or Service Providers maintain facilities. In certain limited circumstances, courts, law enforcement agencies, or security authorities in the United States or other jurisdictions may be entitled to access your Submitted Content (including your personal information). We keep personal information for as long as reasonably necessary for our business purposes and use it only for the purposes for which it was collected, including to comply with any applicable legal or ethical reporting or document retention requirements.
Steps We Take to Keep Information Secure. We know that the services we provide necessarily involve sensitive and confidential matters, which is why we have designed our Website to protect against unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure, or destruction of the content, including Submitted Content, we collect and store, including your personal information.
Unfortunately, no information transmission over the Internet or any wireless network, including personal information, can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, you acknowledge that: (a) there are security and privacy limitations inherent to the Internet which are beyond our control; and (b) the security, integrity, and privacy of any and all information, including personal information, exchanged between you and us through this Website cannot be guaranteed.
We will respond to your requests within 45 days of receipt. If we cannot verify your identity we may not comply with your request. If your request requires extraordinary cost or effort, we reserve the right to charge you a fee for fulfilling such requests.
Contact. You may contact us using any of the methods described at Contact Us.