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Detroit Testing Laboratory, Inc. - Terms and Conditions

The following terms and conditions apply to all work performed by Detroit Testing Laboratory, Inc. (DTL), unless specifically exempted in writing by an officer of DTL.


The Client, when placing an order with DTL, agrees that DTL’s quotation, Terms and Conditions, the Client’s purchase order, and DTL’s agreement to perform testing shall constitute the entire contract between the Client and DTL. A purchase order issued to DTL shall not constitute a binding contract until it is accepted and acknowledged by DTL. It is assumed the Client accepts DTL’s Terms and Conditions in lieu of the Client’s Terms and Conditions on any orders placed with DTL.


All contracts between DTL and the Client shall be deemed to be made and governed by the Laws of the State of Michigan. Any legal action brought by either the Client or DTL shall be brought in a court of competent jurisdiction in Macomb County, Michigan, or if the action is to be in federal court, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division.


Prices quoted by DTL remain in effect for thirty (30) days and are subject to change after that period. The prices contained in a quotation supplied by DTL apply specifically to the test or engineering program proposed in accordance with stated specifications and documentation provided to DTL at the time of quotation. DTL shall not be bound to this pricing for any subsequent testing, repeat testing, additions, and omissions to the test program or parts thereof. Pricing for materials purchased by DTL for use during the test program are subject to change as determined by the actual price paid by DTL upon delivery of material.


The Client representative requesting any testing or engineering quotation by DTL shall be considered an agent of the client and authorized to make technical and/or cost changes of any nature to the test procedures, specifications, or other Client documents.
If DTL is required to submit a quotation without first receiving and reviewing applicable test specifications, any pricing submitted shall be subject to change when such specifications are made available to DTL.


The acceptance of any purchase order by DTL shall be contingent upon approval of the Client’s credit. Unless otherwise determined, terms of DTL’s invoices shall be Net 30 days and payable in U.S. funds. Payment for the services rendered is the obligation of the Client issuing the purchase order or accepting the proposal. This obligation is not contingent on any specific result from DTL's services and may not be assigned without the written permission of DTL. If the Client fails to make payment within the agreed terms, DTL shall have the right to cease work and make all invoices immediately due and payable. In addition, DTL shall have the right to charge interest on all amounts not paid by the due date at the rate of 1% interest per month, compounded monthly, from the due date of payment.


DTL represents to the client that testing is done in accordance with standard procedures as applicable and that reported test results are accurate within generally acceptable commercial ranges of accuracy, unless another measure of accuracy has been agreed to in writing by DTL and the client. DTL’s testing laboratories are accredited by A2LA in accordance with ISO 17025. It is the client’s responsibility to ensure DTL is aware of any testing requiring accreditation.


DTL performs services and hence its work and reports are not governed by the Uniform Commercial Code. Except as stated in paragraph 6, DTL disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. DTL shall have no liability for incidental or consequential damages of any nature whatsoever.


Due to the inherent risks associated with product testing and the difficulty determining the value of test items, DTL will not be liable for damage to or loss or destruction of the Client’s property while in the possession of DTL. In the event that insurance coverage is required for any of the above conditions, it shall be the responsibility of the Client to obtain such coverage.


In the event that the Client provides equipment, tooling, material, etc. to DTL for use during a test program, the Client hereby represents to DTL and warrants that any such equipment, material and tooling shall conform to all applicable specifications and understandings between the parties and shall in all other respects be suitable for the intended purpose. In no event will DTL be responsible for any delays or damages resulting from nonconforming or otherwise unsuitable equipment or material furnished by the Client. Aside from the responsibility of DTL to use reasonable care in protecting and handling any such equipment and material furnished by the Client, DTL shall have no further liability with respect thereto. Any such equipment, material, and tooling furnished by the Client and not consumed in the performance of testing shall be returned to the Client upon completion of all work hereunder in the same condition as received, reasonable/normal wear and tear excepted. Unless otherwise expressly provided, DTL shall retain title to and possession of all jigs, fixtures, tools, test equipment etc. made for or obtained for the furnishing of the testing service covered by the purchase order.


DTL will provide the Client, upon request, with a schedule for any test or engineering program. If for any reason the test or engineering program is interrupted by the Client, or by the failure of items under test, for a period of thirty (30) days, the completed portion of the work, including (but not limited to) supplies, materials, labor, and equipment utilization shall be billed to the Client and be payable within the agreed upon payment terms. In such circumstances where DTL agrees to place the program on hold, DTL may bill the Client stand-by charges, up to the full cost of established testing rates, until the test program resumes or is terminated by the client. If the test or engineering program is terminated by the client, DTL may impose a cancellation fee of no less than 10% of the unbilled portion of the program.


DTL shall not be liable for any failure or delay in performance which is caused in whole or in part by acts of God (fire, flood, earthquakes, etc.), strikes or other labor disturbances, shut-downs, equipment breakdowns, unforeseen engineering problems, fuel shortages, Government priorities, or any other cause beyond the control of DTL.


If the service to be performed requires more than one month for completion, DTL may make monthly billings of the approximate percentage of the work completed each month, upon request, supplying with the interim invoice a progress report showing accomplishments to date.


If the client desires forensic testing services, the client must mark each test sample supporting document and the test authorization form conspicuously as "LEGAL". Unless otherwise indicated in writing, prices quoted or charged by DTL do not include charges for any court appearance, expert witness testimony, deposition or affidavit, or preparation thereof, in connection with forensic testing services. Such charges will be computed at DTL's then prevailing hourly rates, plus expenses. All such charges must be prepaid by the client prior to such appearance, testimony, deposition or affidavit and, where required by law, advance court approval of charges must be obtained by the client at the client's expense.


In the event that DTL, as a result of an order or subpoena issued by a court, is called upon to produce or testify in respect to a report, DTL will advise the client of the fact and the time and place of the scheduled hearing, if reasonable advance notice is given to DTL. If the client has any objections to DTL complying with such order or subpoena, it will be the client's obligation to present such objections to the court at or prior to the time specified in such order or subpoena, and to give timely notice to DTL of the results.


Test reports by DTL and related data and documents remain the exclusive property of DTL and the Client shall, upon full payment of DTL’s fees for the testing project, be granted permission to reproduce the report to provide to third parties provided that said report is reproduced in its entirety and without any modification(s). DTL, as an independent testing laboratory, does not directly or indirectly endorse any product or service provided, or to be provided, by any of it’s Clients. Clients shall not in any way imply that the test results they obtain as a result of this kind of testing is an endorsement of any such product or service they provide. The customer is free to use the test results for internal evaluation purposes. The client shall not advertise, publish or otherwise communicate in any manner, the name, the seal or service mark, reports, test results, documentation or procedures of DTL, in whole or in part, without prior written approval of an officer of DTL. The client's actual or threatened failure to abide by this paragraph 15 may result in legal action by DTL for injunctive and other relief. In the event DTL seeks injunctive relief, the client will not contest that DTL will suffer immediate and irreparable harm if such relief is not granted. DTL will not release information it obtains from performing engineering or testing services to any party other than the party contracting for the services provided, unless ordered to do so by cognizant legal authority.


DTL reports apply only to the specific samples tested under stated test conditions and test results are not necessarily indicative of the qualities of apparently identical or similar test or operating conditions. DTL shall have no liability for any deductions, inferences or generalizations drawn by the client or others from DTL reports. If the Client requests verification of any part of the test report, DTL shall be notified within thirty (30) days of submission of the report to the Client. Failure to notify within this thirty (30) day period acknowledges acceptance of the report. Should additional work be required for verification purposes, DTL shall be entitled to the reasonable value of the additional work involved providing the original findings are verified.
Payment for any test program and applicable test report shall not be contingent upon acceptance and/or approval of a third party.


Samples will be destroyed thirty (30) days after the date of the final report, unless the client indicates otherwise in writing and prepays before the expiration of said thirty (30) day period the entire cost of any storing, packaging and shipping the sample(s) by DTL. DTL shall have no obligation to retain its test reports or related data and documents beyond its normal retention periods.


The Client shall be responsible for the transportation and any associated shipping costs of Client’s property to and from DTL’s Testing Laboratory.

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