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This Distribution Agreement is between a supplier/manufacturer of products and a distributor who agrees to sell and market the products on an exclusive basis. This agreement sets out distributor's territory and exclusive rights to sell the products in that territory.

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This Distribution Agreement is between a corporation who supplies or manufactures products and a distributor who agrees to distribute the products on an exclusive basis. This agreement sets forth the details of the arrangement including the exclusive rights of distributor, territory in which the distributor can market and sell the products and the price and payment terms for the products. It is important that this type of business agreement be set out in writing. A written Distribution Agreement (Exclusive) will be invaluable in the event there are disagreements between the supplier/manufacturer and the distributor.

This Distribution Agreement (Exclusive - Long Form) includes the following provisions:
  • Parties: The names and business addresses of the corporation (supplier/manufacturer) and the distributor;
  • Appointment of Distributor: Sets out that corporation gives the distributor the exclusive rights to market and distribute products in a specific territory;
  • License: Sets forth that distributor has the rights to use the trademarks associated with the products as long as this agreement is in effect;
  • Products: Sets out a brief description of the products which distributor agrees to sell and market;
  • Territory: Sets out the specific territory (i.e., city, state or district) in which distributor can sell the products;
  • Price and Payment Terms: Sets out that the price will be the list price at time of order and payment is due within ninety days;
  • Security Interest: Sets out that corporation will retain a security interest in the products until distributor has paid for the products;
  • Minimum Purchases: Sets out the minimum number of products which distributor may purchase;
  • Exclusivity: Sets out that distributor shall not sell or distribute a competitor’s products;
  • Warranty: Sets out the supplier/manufacturer’s warranty as to the products sold to distributor;
  • Term and Termination: Sets out the term of this agreement and procedures for termination;
  • Products and Trademarks: Exhibit A sets out a detailed list and description of the products purchased and the trademarks which distributor may use under this agreement.

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Distribution Agreement
(Exclusive - Long Form)

 

THIS AGREEMENT made as of [Date (ie. July 31, 2002)]
B E T W E E N:
[NAME OF CORPORATION (SUPPLIER OR MANUFACTURER)], a corporation incorporated under the laws of [Jurisdiction of Incorporation, (ie. California))] with its principal place of business at [Address of Corporation (Supplier/Manufacturer)]
(the “Corporation”)
- and -
[NAME OF DISTRIBUTOR], a corporation incorporated under the laws of [Jurisdiction of Incorporation, (ie. California))] with its principal place of business at [Address of Distributor]
(the “Distributor”).
WHEREAS:
(A)   The Corporation produces and sells [Brief Description of Products which are the Subject of the Agreement] bearing the trademarks listed on Exhibit “A” hereto (the “Products”);
(B)   The Distributor desires to obtain the exclusive right to promote, distribute and sell the Products in the Territory (as hereinafter defined);
(C)   The Distributor has assured the Corporation that it possesses the necessary technical and commercial competence and the ability to easily structure the organization necessary to ensure efficient performance of its contractual obligations hereunder;
(D)   The Corporation is willing to sell the Products to the Distributor for marketing in the Territory (as hereinafter defined) under the terms and conditions of this Agreement;
NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and the mutual covenants herein contained, the parties hereto agree as follows:
Article 1   
Appointment of Distributor
1.1   Appointment. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, the Corporation grants to Distributor the exclusive right to promote, market, distribute and sell the Products in the Territory. The Distributor hereby accepts such exclusive appointment and agrees to use its best efforts to develop and promote the sale of the Products in the Territory during the Term, in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
1.2   License. Subject to the provisions of Article 12 hereof, the Corporation hereby grants to Distributor the non-exclusive right and license to use in the Territory, only for so long as this Agreement is in force, the trademarks set forth on Exhibit A hereto, as it may be amended from time to time (the “Trademarks”) for the sole purpose of promoting and selling the Products in the Territory, and for no other purpose.
1.3   Discontinuations; New Products . Nothing in this Article 1 or elsewhere in this Agreement shall preclude the Corporation from discontinuing the sale of any Product which the Corporation reasonably concludes is no longer profitable or otherwise feasible for the Corporation to sell, provided the Corporation gives the Distributor at least ninety (90) prior written notice of such discontinuation. If the Corporation shall desire the Distributor to sell additional products, the Corporation shall so advise the Distributor in writing, and the Distributor shall have thirty (30) from the date of such notice to determine whether it wishes to have such new product, added to Exhibit “A” as a Product. If the Distributor so declines, the Corporation may distribute the new product itself or through another distributor or commission agent in the Territory.
1.4   Limitations. The Distributor shall buy and sell the Products in its own name and for its own account. The Distributor is an independent contractor, and not an employee, agent, joint venturer or partner of the Corporation. The Distributor and employees of the Distributor shall identify themselves as such, and shall make clear the limitations of their authority to any potential or actual customers of the Products. The Distributor may not, in any manner, accept any obligation, incur any liability, promise any performance or pledge any credit on behalf of, or for the account of, the Corporation except those expressly permitted under this Agreement. Each party shall pay any and all expenses and charges relating to their performance of contractual obligations hereunder.
Article 2   
Products
2.1   Products. The Products covered by this Agreement shall include [Brief Description of Products which are the Subject of the Agreement] manufactured by the Corporation, as more specifically set forth on Exhibit “A” attached hereto, as it may be amended from time to time.
Article 3   
Territory
3.1   Territory. The territory covered by this Agreement shall be [Territory (ie. the State of Michigan)] (the “Territory”).
Article 4   
Prices and Payment Terms
4.1   The selling price to the Distributor for the Products will be the Corporations list price in effect at the time of the Distributors order. The Distributor shall submit purchase orders for the Products to the Corporation in writing, which purchase orders shall set forth, at a minimum: identification of the Products ordered, quantity and requested delivery dates. Unless stated otherwise, prices, shipments and risk of loss are Ex Works the Corporations facilities. Title and risk of loss pass to Distributor in accordance with the definition of Ex Works in Incoterms 2000.
4.2   The Corporations price list is subject to change on thirty (30) days prior written notice to the Distributor, and any such price changes shall take effect only on orders placed after such thirty (30) day period.
4.3   Payment shall be in U.S. Dollars by irrevocable and confirmed letter of credit issued at the time of the Distributors order and payable at ninety (90) days from the date of bill of lading. The letter of credit shall be on terms acceptable to the Corporation, shall be issued by a bank acceptable to the Corporation and confirmed by a bank acceptable to the Corporation.
4.4   In the event of any delay in payment of any amounts due to the Corporation hereunder, the Corporation shall have the right to suspend deliveries and may, at its option, terminate the order, as well as any and all other orders and contracts with the Distributor. In the event that the Corporation does not receive any payment when due, the Distributor shall pay to the Corporation as a late charge and not as a penalty, interest on the unpaid balance from the due date until payment is actually received by the Corporation, at the varying prime (sometimes called base) announced by the Corporations banker. The Corporations right to such interest shall be in addition to and not in lieu of all other rights and remedies arising by reason of such non-payment. Any payment received by the Corporation may be applied by the Corporation first to any outstanding interest due and then to any outstanding balance owed by the Distributor to the Corporation, as the Corporation in its sole discretion shall determine. The Distributor shall make all payments in accordance with the terms of this Agreement notwithstanding any claim for any alleged fault, defect or irregularity in the Products, in the event of any delay in payment, the Corporation may, at its option, terminate the order and hold the Distributor liable for damages.
Article 5   
Security Interest
5.1   Security Interest. The Corporation shall retain title to the Products and shall have a security interest in the Products sold to the Distributor and all accounts receivable arising from the sale of such Products, including their respective proceeds (for purposes hereof, the "Collateral") until paid in full. The Distributor, upon the Corporation's request, shall give, execute, file and/or record any notice, financing statement, continuation statement, instrument or document which the Corporation shall consider necessary to create, preserve, continue, effect or validate the security interest in the Collateral granted hereunder or to enable the Corporation to exercise or enforce its rights hereunder. The Distributor hereby authorizes the Corporation to file any financing statements, continuation statements or other documents in any jurisdiction at any time it deems necessary to protect and maintain the Corporation's interest in the Collateral, with or without the Distributors signature, and the Distributor hereby specifically authorizes the Corporation as the Distributors attorney-in-fact to execute and file such statements on the Distributor's behalf. In the event the Distributor intends to utilize other warehouse facilities, change its business address or in any other way to transfer the Products, or any records relating to such Products, including accounts receivable, to any location other than the address set forth above, the Distributor shall notify the Corporation in writing at least thirty (30) days prior to such change or transfer.
Article 6   
Duties of Distributor
6.1   The Distributor, at its own cost and expense, shall use all reasonable commercial efforts to develop and exploit the maximum sales for the entire line of the Products in the Territory. This covenant to use all reasonable commercial efforts shall include without limitation the following obligations:
(a)   Sales Organization. Distributor shall establish and maintain a sales organization of personnel who are fully trained and knowledgeable about the Products.
(b)   Inventory. The Distributor shall maintain an adequate selection and stock of the Products as is necessary to fulfill customers demands and to guarantee requests for replacement under warranty, as set forth in Article 9 of this Agreement, as determined by the Distributor based upon its prior business operations and experience and upon the fixed delivery times.
(c)   Monthly Reports. Distributor shall deliver to the Corporation no later than the tenth (10th) day after the end of each calendar month a written report in regard to operations of the Distributor for the preceding calendar month.
(d)   Advertising and Promotion. The Distributor agrees to conduct, at its own expense, advertising and public relations campaigns and to attend trade shows. The Distributor shall spend no less than Percentage of Sales to be applied to advertising budget (ie.eight percent (8%))] of the total amount of net sales of the Products (the “Advertising Budget”) on advertising of the Products in the Territory. The Corporation reserves the right to inspect the records of the Distributor to confirm the Distributors compliance with the Advertising Budget. The Corporation will provide advertising materials, to use in promoting and advertising the Products. All advertising and promotional materials not supplied by the Corporation shall be submitted to the Corporation for its written approval prior to the use of any such material.
(e)   Licenses and Permits. The Distributor agrees that it shall obtain any and all licenses and permits which may be required under all applicable Federal, State or local law in order to perform the duties and obligations hereunder.
6.2   The Distributor undertakes to comply with the rules of fair competition and all other applicable Federal, State or local laws and regulations.
6.3   Except as expressly provided by this Agreement, any and all expenses and /or charges connected wit the fulfillment of the Distributors obligations and activity pertaining to this Agreement shall be exclusively borne by the Distributor.
6.4   The Corporations representatives may, upon prior written notification, visit the Distributors offices at any reasonable time during normal business hours, in order to assist in the improvement of the sales and marketing of the Products.
6.5   The Distributor agrees to provide the Corporation with regular information as is necessary to keep the Corporation up to date regarding sales of the Products, market trends, and the products and advertising of competitors. Upon the Corporations request and at the Corporations expense, the Distributor shall furnish the Corporation with brochures, advertising, illustrations and samples of competitors products.
Article 7   
Minimum Purchases
7.1   The minimum purchases to be made by Distributor during each twelve (12) month period of the Term of this Agreement, commencing with the second (2nd) twelve (12) month period of the Term, are as follows:
(a)   Accepted orders for [Minimum Number of Pieces of Product to be Purchased during second year of Term)] pieces during the second calendar year of the Term.
(b)   Accepted orders for [Minimum Number of Pieces of Product to be Purchased during third year of Term)] pieces during the third calendar year of the Term.
7.2   No Trademark shall constitute less than fifteen percent (15%) of the total annual sales of the Distributor during each year of the Term.
Article 8   
Exclusivity
8.1   During the Term, the Distributor shall not, directly or indirectly (by equity or management participation, beneficial ownership, rendering of advice or consultation, contractual arrangement or otherwise), solicit orders for, sell, distribute or otherwise deal in, any products competitive with the Products.
8.2   During the Term of this Agreement, the Distributor shall not solicit orders, nor act as agent, representative or employee for any other person or entity, whether directly or indirectly, and whether or not such other person or entity is in competition with the Corporation or the Products hereunder.
Article 9   
Warranty
9.1   THE CORPORATION WARRANTS TO THE DISTRIBUTOR EACH PRODUCT SOLD BY IT TO BE FREE FROM DEFECTS IN MATERIAL AND WORKMANSHIP, WHEN PROPERLY MAINTAINED UNDER NORMAL USE, FOR A PERIOD OF TWELVE (12) MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF PURCHASE BY THE DISTRIBUTOR OF THE PRODUCT (THE AWARRANTY PERIOD”).
9.2   PRODUCTS WHICH DO NOT CONFORM TO THEIR DESCRIPTION OR WHICH ARE DEFECTIVE IN MATERIAL OR WORKMANSHIP WILL, BY THE CORPORATION'S DECISION, BE REPLACED OR REPAIRED, OR, AT THE CORPORATION'S OPTION, CREDIT FOR THE ORIGINAL PURCHASE PRICE MAY BE ALLOWED PROVIDED THAT DISTRIBUTOR NOTIFIES THE CORPORATION IN WRITING OF SUCH DEFECT WITHIN THIRTY (30) DAYS OF DISCOVERY AND DISTRIBUTOR RETURNS SUCH PRODUCTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CORPORATION'S INSTRUCTIONS. NO PRODUCTS MAY BE RETURNED BY THE DISTRIBUTOR WITHOUT THE CORPORATION'S PRIOR WRITTEN AUTHORIZATION.
9.3   THIS WARRANTY DOES NOT APPLY TO ANY PRODUCT WHICH HAS BEEN SUBJECTED TO MISUSE, ABUSE, NEGLIGENCE OR ACCIDENT BY THE DISTRIBUTOR OR THIRD PARTIES.
9.4   THE CORPORATION MAKES NO OTHER WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION OF ANY KIND WITH RESPECT TO THE PRODUCTS, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, THAT OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR USE. FAILURE TO MAKE ANY CLAIM IN WRITING, OR WITHIN THE THIRTY (30) DAY PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, SHALL CONSTITUTE AN IRREVOCABLE ACCEPTANCE OF THE PRODUCTS AND AN ADMISSION BY THE DISTRIBUTOR THAT THE PRODUCTS FULLY COMPLY WITH ALL TERMS, CONDITIONS AND SPECIFICATIONS OF DISTRIBUTOR'S PURCHASE ORDER. THE CORPORATION SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGE OR LOSS RESULTING FROM INABILITY TO USE THE PRODUCTS, INCREASED OPERATING COSTS OR LOSS OF SALES, OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES. TO MAKE A CLAIM UNDER THIS WARRANTY, DISTRIBUTOR MUST NOTIFY THE CORPORATION IN WRITING WITHIN THE WARRANTY PERIOD.
9.5   THE FOREGOING CONSTITUTES THE DISTRIBUTOR'S SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY AND THE CORPORATION'S SOLE OBLIGATION WITH RESPECT TO PRODUCTS FURNISHED HEREUNDER.
Article 10   
Term and Termination
10.1   The duration of this Agreement shall be for a period of Term of Agreement (ie. three (3) years)] from the date of this Agreement (the “Initial Term”). Thereafter, this Agreement shall be automatically renewed, at the same terms and conditions, for additional, successive one (1) year periods (each, a “Renewal Term”) unless either party hereto gives to the other party written notice to terminate this Agreement no later than ninety (90) days prior to the end of the Initial Term or any Renewal Term. The Initial Term and the Renewal Term are hereinafter collectively referred to as the “Term”.
10.2   Anything in section 10.1 above to the contrary notwithstanding, this Agreement may also be terminated at any time by the Corporation immediately upon written notice to the Distributor in the event that after the date hereof:
(a)   Distributor breaches its covenants of exclusivity set forth in Article 8 hereof;
(b)   The Distributor fails to comply with the applicable federal, State and local laws and regulations, pursuant to section 6.3 above;
(c)   The Distributor fails to achieve the minimum purchase requirements set forth in Article 7 hereof;
(d)   The Distributor fails to comply with the price and payment term provisions set forth in Article 4 hereof; or
(e)   The Distributor fails to meet the Advertising Budget, set forth in 6.1(d) above.
10.3   Anything in section 10.1 or 10.2 above to the contrary notwithstanding, this Agreement may also be terminated at any time by either party immediately upon written notice to the other party in the event that after the date hereof:
(a)   Either party shall suspend or discontinue its business, or shall make an assignment for the benefit of, or composition with, creditors, or shall become insolvent or be unable or generally fail to pay its debts when due, or either becomes in any jurisdiction a party or subject to (voluntarily or involuntarily) any liquidation or dissolution action or proceeding with respect to itself, or to any bankruptcy, reorganization, insolvency or other proceeding for the relief of financially distressed debtors is commenced with respect to it, or a receiver, liquidator, custodian or trustee shall be appointed for it, or a substantial part of its assets (and with respect to any involuntary action or proceeding, an order entered in the proceeding is not dismissed within thirty (30) days) or it shall take any action to effect or which indicates its acquiescence in any of the foregoing; 
(b)   A change in control of either party takes place. For the purposes of this agreement, "control" shall mean possession, directly or indirectly, of power to direct or cause the direction of management or policies (whether through ownership of securities or partnership or other ownership interest, by contract or otherwise);
(c)   Either party attempts to assign this Agreement or any rights or obligations hereunder without the prior written consent of the other party; or
(d)   Either party materially breaches any provision of this Agreement and fails to cure such default within thirty (30) days of receipt of written notice thereof, with the exception of the reasons for default set forth in 10.2 above, the occurrence of which give the Corporation the right of immediate termination.
10.4   Procedure Upon Termination. Upon termination of this Agreement, the Corporation is entitled to restrict or cease deliveries of the Products to the Distributor, including deliveries on orders already received at the time of the notice of termination. Also upon termination of this Agreement, the Distributor shall cease to have any rights, liabilities or obligations hereunder, with the exception of the Distributors obligations under Article 9 and Article 12, which obligations shall survive termination. Notwithstanding the foregoing, except in the event of termination by the Corporation pursuant to Section 10.3(a) above, the Corporation is required to make the Products available to the Distributor in such quantities so as to enable the Distributor to maintain the Distributors own delivery commitments existing before the effective date of termination, subject to proof being given by the Distributor to the Corporation that it was under unconditional contractual obligations at the time it received notice of termination to make deliveries which it can not fulfill from its inventory. After any notice of termination is given, the Corporation may modify the terms of payment for any subsequent shipment.
10.5   Effect of Termination. Upon termination or expiration of this Agreement, all of the Distributors rights with respect to the Trade-marks shall immediately cease, provided, however, that the Distributor may utilize the Trademarks to sell any Products remaining in inventory or otherwise delivered after the said expiration or termination for a period of six (6) months from the date of termination.
Article 11   
Confidentiality
11.1   Confidential Information. During the Term hereof and thereafter, the Distributor agrees to keep secret all Confidential Information and will take all steps and institute any internal secrecy procedures which may be necessary to maintain the secrecy of the Confidential Information and further agrees that it shall not use the Confidential Information except in connection with the performance of its obligations under this Agreement. Upon termination of this Agreement, Distributor shall immediately cease to use the Confidential Information and shall return to the Corporation all documents and copies in its possession or control which in any way embody or evidence the Confidential Information. As used herein, the term “Confidential Information” shall mean all information disclosed to the Distributor or otherwise acquired by the Distributor in connection with its performance of its obligations under this Agreement, concerning or relating in any way to the markets, customers, Products, procedures, plans, operating experience, marketing strategies, organization, employees, financial conditions or plans or business of the Corporation, its subsidiaries or Affiliates, except for such knowledge or information which: (i) is or later becomes publicly known under circumstances involving no breach of this Agreement by the Distributor; (ii) was already known to the Distributor at the time it received the information or knowledge; (iii) is made available to the Distributor by a third party without secrecy obligation and without breach of its obligations to the Corporation; or (iv) the Distributor is required by law to divulge.
Article 12   
Trademarks
12.1   During the Term of this Agreement, the Distributor shall have the limited, non-exclusive, royalty-free right to use the Trademarks in connection with the promotion and sale of Products in the Territory, provided however that the Distributor obtain the Corporations prior written consent to use the Trademarks in catalogues, promotional materials, and advertising materials. 
12.2   Use of the Trademarks shall conform to the following requirements:
(a)   The Distributor shall not use the Trademarks in any manner other than as set forth in Section 12.1 above without the prior written approval of the Corporation.
(b)   The Distributor shall not put or retain the Trademarks in the Distributors own name or any business name;
(c)   The Distributor shall not use the Trademarks in any manner which suggests an affiliation with the Corporation other than that of distributor of the Products;
(d)   The Distributor shall not add to, or use with, the Trademarks, any other trade name, trademark, symbol or device without the prior written approval of the Corporation.
(e)   The Distributor shall employ any symbol or notice with the Trademarks which the Corporation advises is necessary, from time to time, to identify and protect the interest of the Corporation in the Trademarks.
(f)   The Distributor shall apply no other trade name or trade name, nor any labels, signs or markings of any kind to the Products without the prior written consent of the Corporation.
12.3   The Distributor hereby acknowledges that the Corporation (or Licensors of the Corporation) are the sole owners of the Trademarks and the goodwill pertaining thereto and that nothing contained herein shall constitute an assignment of the Trademarks or grant to Distributor any right, title or interest therein, except the right to use it as set forth in this Article 12. The Distributor agrees that it will not contest the Corporations (or the Corporations Licensors) ownership of the Trademarks, either during or after the Term.
12.4   The Distributor shall notify the Corporation in writing of any infringement of the Trademarks in the Territory, of any applications or registrations for the Trademarks or marks similar to the Trademarks within the Territory, of any suit or proceeding or action of unfair competition involving the Trademarks in the Territory, promptly after it has notice thereof.
12.5   The Distributor agrees that, upon the termination of this Agreement, it shall have no interest in or right to use the Trademarks in any manner or for any purpose whatsoever, except for the limited right to sell its then remaining inventory of Products bearing the Trademarks.
12.6   If the Distributor acquires any rights to the Trademarks for any reason, it undertakes to promptly return such rights to the Corporation immediately and without expense to the Corporation.
12.7   The Corporation represents and warrants to the Distributor that (i) it is the registered owner of the Trademarks and/or is the sole authorized licensee of such Trademarks in the Territory, pursuant to valid license agreements and (ii) it has the right, power and authority to enter into this Agreement and to grant to the Distributor the rights granted hereby.
Article 13   
Force Majeure
13.1   Neither party hereto shall be liable to the other for delay in any performance or for the failure to render any performance under this Agreement when such delay or failure is a direct result of any present or future statute, law, ordinance, regulation, order, failure to deliver on the part of its suppliers, judgment or decree, act of God, earthquake, epidemic, explosion, lockout, boycott, strike, labor unrest, riot, war, or similar catastrophic occurrence.
13.2   In the event of any such delay or failure, the affected party shall send written notice by telefax or telex of the delay or failure and the reason thereof to the other party within fourteen (14) calendar days from the time the affected party knew or should have known of the Force Majeure in question.
13.3   The provisions of this Article shall not be applicable to any obligation involving the payment of money.
Article 14   
General Provisions
14.1   Governing Law. This Agreement and all sales and commission transactions pursuant hereto shall be governed by the laws of [Governing Law (ie. State of Michigan)], but without reference to the choice of law provisions thereof.
14.2   Notices.  Any notice, request, demand, waiver, consent, approval or other communication required to be given pursuant to this Agreement (each, a “Notice”) shall be in writing and shall be deemed given: (i) upon delivery, if by hand; (ii) after two (2) business days, if sent by express mail or air courier; or (iii) upon transmission, if sent by facsimile (provided that a confirmation copy is sent in the manner provided in clause (ii) of this Section 14.2 within thirty-six (36) hours after such transmission), except that if notice is received by facsimile after 5:00 p.m. on a business day at the place of receipt, it shall be effective as of the following business day. All Notices are to be given or made to the parties at the addresses appearing on the first page hereof, or to such other address as any party may designate by a Notice given in accordance with the provisions of this Section 14.2.
14.3   Entire Agreement; Amendment. This Agreement, together with Exhibits hereto, contains the entire agreement and understanding of the parties hereto with respect to the matters herein set forth, and all prior negotiations and understandings relating to the subject matter of this Agreement are merged herein and are superseded and canceled by this Agreement. This Agreement may not be modified except in writing, signed by both of the parties hereto.
14.4   Waiver. The failure by the Corporation to require the performance of any term of this Agreement or the waiver by the Corporation of any breach under this Agreement shall not operate or be construed as a waiver of any subsequent breach by the Distributor hereto.
14.5   Assignment. Neither party shall assign its rights nor delegate the performance of its duties or other obligations under this Agreement, including any claims arising out of or connected with this Agreement, without the prior written consent of the other party.
14.6   Arbitration. Any and all disputes, controversies and claims arising out of or relating to this Agreement or concerning the respective rights or obligations of the parties hereto shall be settled and determined by arbitration in [City in which Arbitration to take place] before a panel of three (3) arbitrators pursuant to the International Rules then obtaining of the American Arbitration Association. The parties agree that the arbitrators shall have the power to award damages, injunctive relief and reasonable attorneys' fees and expenses to any party in such arbitration. The arbitration award shall be final and binding upon the parties and judgment thereon may be entered in any court having competent jurisdiction.
14.7   Severability. In case any one or more provisions contained in this Agreement or any application thereof shall be invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions contained herein and other applications thereof shall not in any way be affected or impaired thereby.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF the parties hereto have executed this Agreement as of the date first above written.
 
 
[NAME OF CORPORATION (SUPPLIER OR MANUFACTURER)]
 
 
 
 
Per:
 
 
 
 
Name:
Title:
 
 
 
[NAME OF DISTRIBUTOR]
 
 
 
 
Per:
 
 
 
 
Name:
Title:
 
 
Exhibit “AProducts and Trademarks
 
[List and Describe Products and Trademarks]
Number of Pages16
DimensionsDesigned for Letter Size (8.5" x 11")
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Distribution Agreement
(Exclusive - Long Form)

 

THIS AGREEMENT made as of [Date (ie. July 31, 2002)]
B E T W E E N:
[NAME OF CORPORATION (SUPPLIER OR MANUFACTURER)], a corporation incorporated under the laws of [Jurisdiction of Incorporation, (ie. California))] with its principal place of business at [Address of Corporation (Supplier/Manufacturer)]
(the “Corporation”)
- and -
[NAME OF DISTRIBUTOR], a corporation incorporated under the laws of [Jurisdiction of Incorporation, (ie. California))] with its principal place of business at [Address of Distributor]
(the “Distributor”).
WHEREAS:
(A)   The Corporation produces and sells [Brief Description of Products which are the Subject of the Agreement] bearing the trademarks listed on Exhibit “A” hereto (the “Products”);
(B)   The Distributor desires to obtain the exclusive right to promote, distribute and sell the Products in the Territory (as hereinafter defined);
(C)   The Distributor has assured the Corporation that it possesses the necessary technical and commercial competence and the ability to easily structure the organization necessary to ensure efficient performance of its contractual obligations hereunder;
(D)   The Corporation is willing to sell the Products to the Distributor for marketing in the Territory (as hereinafter defined) under the terms and conditions of this Agreement;
NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and the mutual covenants herein contained, the parties hereto agree as follows:
Article 1   
Appointment of Distributor
1.1   Appointment. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, the Corporation grants to Distributor the exclusive right to promote, market, distribute and sell the Products in the Territory. The Distributor hereby accepts such exclusive appointment and agrees to use its best efforts to develop and promote the sale of the Products in the Territory during the Term, in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
1.2   License. Subject to the provisions of Article 12 hereof, the Corporation hereby grants to Distributor the non-exclusive right and license to use in the Territory, only for so long as this Agreement is in force, the trademarks set forth on Exhibit A hereto, as it may be amended from time to time (the “Trademarks”) for the sole purpose of promoting and selling the Products in the Territory, and for no other purpose.
1.3   Discontinuations; New Products . Nothing in this Article 1 or elsewhere in this Agreement shall preclude the Corporation from discontinuing the sale of any Product which the Corporation reasonably concludes is no longer profitable or otherwise feasible for the Corporation to sell, provided the Corporation gives the Distributor at least ninety (90) prior written notice of such discontinuation. If the Corporation shall desire the Distributor to sell additional products, the Corporation shall so advise the Distributor in writing, and the Distributor shall have thirty (30) from the date of such notice to determine whether it wishes to have such new product, added to Exhibit “A” as a Product. If the Distributor so declines, the Corporation may distribute the new product itself or through another distributor or commission agent in the Territory.
1.4   Limitations. The Distributor shall buy and sell the Products in its own name and for its own account. The Distributor is an independent contractor, and not an employee, agent, joint venturer or partner of the Corporation. The Distributor and employees of the Distributor shall identify themselves as such, and shall make clear the limitations of their authority to any potential or actual customers of the Products. The Distributor may not, in any manner, accept any obligation, incur any liability, promise any performance or pledge any credit on behalf of, or for the account of, the Corporation except those expressly permitted under this Agreement. Each party shall pay any and all expenses and charges relating to their performance of contractual obligations hereunder.
Article 2   
Products
2.1   Products. The Products covered by this Agreement shall include [Brief Description of Products which are the Subject of the Agreement] manufactured by the Corporation, as more specifically set forth on Exhibit “A” attached hereto, as it may be amended from time to time.
Article 3   
Territory
3.1   Territory. The territory covered by this Agreement shall be [Territory (ie. the State of Michigan)] (the “Territory”).
Article 4   
Prices and Payment Terms
4.1   The selling price to the Distributor for the Products will be the Corporations list price in effect at the time of the Distributors order. The Distributor shall submit purchase orders for the Products to the Corporation in writing, which purchase orders shall set forth, at a minimum: identification of the Products ordered, quantity and requested delivery dates. Unless stated otherwise, prices, shipments and risk of loss are Ex Works the Corporations facilities. Title and risk of loss pass to Distributor in accordance with the definition of Ex Works in Incoterms 2000.
4.2   The Corporations price list is subject to change on thirty (30) days prior written notice to the Distributor, and any such price changes shall take effect only on orders placed after such thirty (30) day period.
4.3   Payment shall be in U.S. Dollars by irrevocable and confirmed letter of credit issued at the time of the Distributors order and payable at ninety (90) days from the date of bill of lading. The letter of credit shall be on terms acceptable to the Corporation, shall be issued by a bank acceptable to the Corporation and confirmed by a bank acceptable to the Corporation.
4.4   In the event of any delay in payment of any amounts due to the Corporation hereunder, the Corporation shall have the right to suspend deliveries and may, at its option, terminate the order, as well as any and all other orders and contracts with the Distributor. In the event that the Corporation does not receive any payment when due, the Distributor shall pay to the Corporation as a late charge and not as a penalty, interest on the unpaid balance from the due date until payment is actually received by the Corporation, at the varying prime (sometimes called base) announced by the Corporations banker. The Corporations right to such interest shall be in addition to and not in lieu of all other rights and remedies arising by reason of such non-payment. Any payment received by the Corporation may be applied by the Corporation first to any outstanding interest due and then to any outstanding balance owed by the Distributor to the Corporation, as the Corporation in its sole discretion shall determine. The Distributor shall make all payments in accordance with the terms of this Agreement notwithstanding any claim for any alleged fault, defect or irregularity in the Products, in the event of any delay in payment, the Corporation may, at its option, terminate the order and hold the Distributor liable for damages.
Article 5   
Security Interest
5.1   Security Interest. The Corporation shall retain title to the Products and shall have a security interest in the Products sold to the Distributor and all accounts receivable arising from the sale of such Products, including their respective proceeds (for purposes hereof, the "Collateral") until paid in full. The Distributor, upon the Corporation's request, shall give, execute, file and/or record any notice, financing statement, continuation statement, instrument or document which the Corporation shall consider necessary to create, preserve, continue, effect or validate the security interest in the Collateral granted hereunder or to enable the Corporation to exercise or enforce its rights hereunder. The Distributor hereby authorizes the Corporation to file any financing statements, continuation statements or other documents in any jurisdiction at any time it deems necessary to protect and maintain the Corporation's interest in the Collateral, with or without the Distributors signature, and the Distributor hereby specifically authorizes the Corporation as the Distributors attorney-in-fact to execute and file such statements on the Distributor's behalf. In the event the Distributor intends to utilize other warehouse facilities, change its business address or in any other way to transfer the Products, or any records relating to such Products, including accounts receivable, to any location other than the address set forth above, the Distributor shall notify the Corporation in writing at least thirty (30) days prior to such change or transfer.
Article 6   
Duties of Distributor
6.1   The Distributor, at its own cost and expense, shall use all reasonable commercial efforts to develop and exploit the maximum sales for the entire line of the Products in the Territory. This covenant to use all reasonable commercial efforts shall include without limitation the following obligations:
(a)   Sales Organization. Distributor shall establish and maintain a sales organization of personnel who are fully trained and knowledgeable about the Products.
(b)   Inventory. The Distributor shall maintain an adequate selection and stock of the Products as is necessary to fulfill customers demands and to guarantee requests for replacement under warranty, as set forth in Article 9 of this Agreement, as determined by the Distributor based upon its prior business operations and experience and upon the fixed delivery times.
(c)   Monthly Reports. Distributor shall deliver to the Corporation no later than the tenth (10th) day after the end of each calendar month a written report in regard to operations of the Distributor for the preceding calendar month.
(d)   Advertising and Promotion. The Distributor agrees to conduct, at its own expense, advertising and public relations campaigns and to attend trade shows. The Distributor shall spend no less than Percentage of Sales to be applied to advertising budget (ie.eight percent (8%))] of the total amount of net sales of the Products (the “Advertising Budget”) on advertising of the Products in the Territory. The Corporation reserves the right to inspect the records of the Distributor to confirm the Distributors compliance with the Advertising Budget. The Corporation will provide advertising materials, to use in promoting and advertising the Products. All advertising and promotional materials not supplied by the Corporation shall be submitted to the Corporation for its written approval prior to the use of any such material.
(e)   Licenses and Permits. The Distributor agrees that it shall obtain any and all licenses and permits which may be required under all applicable Federal, State or local law in order to perform the duties and obligations hereunder.
6.2   The Distributor undertakes to comply with the rules of fair competition and all other applicable Federal, State or local laws and regulations.
6.3   Except as expressly provided by this Agreement, any and all expenses and /or charges connected wit the fulfillment of the Distributors obligations and activity pertaining to this Agreement shall be exclusively borne by the Distributor.
6.4   The Corporations representatives may, upon prior written notification, visit the Distributors offices at any reasonable time during normal business hours, in order to assist in the improvement of the sales and marketing of the Products.
6.5   The Distributor agrees to provide the Corporation with regular information as is necessary to keep the Corporation up to date regarding sales of the Products, market trends, and the products and advertising of competitors. Upon the Corporations request and at the Corporations expense, the Distributor shall furnish the Corporation with brochures, advertising, illustrations and samples of competitors products.
Article 7   
Minimum Purchases
7.1   The minimum purchases to be made by Distributor during each twelve (12) month period of the Term of this Agreement, commencing with the second (2nd) twelve (12) month period of the Term, are as follows:
(a)   Accepted orders for [Minimum Number of Pieces of Product to be Purchased during second year of Term)] pieces during the second calendar year of the Term.
(b)   Accepted orders for [Minimum Number of Pieces of Product to be Purchased during third year of Term)] pieces during the third calendar year of the Term.
7.2   No Trademark shall constitute less than fifteen percent (15%) of the total annual sales of the Distributor during each year of the Term.
Article 8   
Exclusivity
8.1   During the Term, the Distributor shall not, directly or indirectly (by equity or management participation, beneficial ownership, rendering of advice or consultation, contractual arrangement or otherwise), solicit orders for, sell, distribute or otherwise deal in, any products competitive with the Products.
8.2   During the Term of this Agreement, the Distributor shall not solicit orders, nor act as agent, representative or employee for any other person or entity, whether directly or indirectly, and whether or not such other person or entity is in competition with the Corporation or the Products hereunder.
Article 9   
Warranty
9.1   THE CORPORATION WARRANTS TO THE DISTRIBUTOR EACH PRODUCT SOLD BY IT TO BE FREE FROM DEFECTS IN MATERIAL AND WORKMANSHIP, WHEN PROPERLY MAINTAINED UNDER NORMAL USE, FOR A PERIOD OF TWELVE (12) MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF PURCHASE BY THE DISTRIBUTOR OF THE PRODUCT (THE AWARRANTY PERIOD”).
9.2   PRODUCTS WHICH DO NOT CONFORM TO THEIR DESCRIPTION OR WHICH ARE DEFECTIVE IN MATERIAL OR WORKMANSHIP WILL, BY THE CORPORATION'S DECISION, BE REPLACED OR REPAIRED, OR, AT THE CORPORATION'S OPTION, CREDIT FOR THE ORIGINAL PURCHASE PRICE MAY BE ALLOWED PROVIDED THAT DISTRIBUTOR NOTIFIES THE CORPORATION IN WRITING OF SUCH DEFECT WITHIN THIRTY (30) DAYS OF DISCOVERY AND DISTRIBUTOR RETURNS SUCH PRODUCTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CORPORATION'S INSTRUCTIONS. NO PRODUCTS MAY BE RETURNED BY THE DISTRIBUTOR WITHOUT THE CORPORATION'S PRIOR WRITTEN AUTHORIZATION.
9.3   THIS WARRANTY DOES NOT APPLY TO ANY PRODUCT WHICH HAS BEEN SUBJECTED TO MISUSE, ABUSE, NEGLIGENCE OR ACCIDENT BY THE DISTRIBUTOR OR THIRD PARTIES.
9.4   THE CORPORATION MAKES NO OTHER WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION OF ANY KIND WITH RESPECT TO THE PRODUCTS, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, THAT OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR USE. FAILURE TO MAKE ANY CLAIM IN WRITING, OR WITHIN THE THIRTY (30) DAY PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, SHALL CONSTITUTE AN IRREVOCABLE ACCEPTANCE OF THE PRODUCTS AND AN ADMISSION BY THE DISTRIBUTOR THAT THE PRODUCTS FULLY COMPLY WITH ALL TERMS, CONDITIONS AND SPECIFICATIONS OF DISTRIBUTOR'S PURCHASE ORDER. THE CORPORATION SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGE OR LOSS RESULTING FROM INABILITY TO USE THE PRODUCTS, INCREASED OPERATING COSTS OR LOSS OF SALES, OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES. TO MAKE A CLAIM UNDER THIS WARRANTY, DISTRIBUTOR MUST NOTIFY THE CORPORATION IN WRITING WITHIN THE WARRANTY PERIOD.
9.5   THE FOREGOING CONSTITUTES THE DISTRIBUTOR'S SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY AND THE CORPORATION'S SOLE OBLIGATION WITH RESPECT TO PRODUCTS FURNISHED HEREUNDER.
Article 10   
Term and Termination
10.1   The duration of this Agreement shall be for a period of Term of Agreement (ie. three (3) years)] from the date of this Agreement (the “Initial Term”). Thereafter, this Agreement shall be automatically renewed, at the same terms and conditions, for additional, successive one (1) year periods (each, a “Renewal Term”) unless either party hereto gives to the other party written notice to terminate this Agreement no later than ninety (90) days prior to the end of the Initial Term or any Renewal Term. The Initial Term and the Renewal Term are hereinafter collectively referred to as the “Term”.
10.2   Anything in section 10.1 above to the contrary notwithstanding, this Agreement may also be terminated at any time by the Corporation immediately upon written notice to the Distributor in the event that after the date hereof:
(a)   Distributor breaches its covenants of exclusivity set forth in Article 8 hereof;
(b)   The Distributor fails to comply with the applicable federal, State and local laws and regulations, pursuant to section 6.3 above;
(c)   The Distributor fails to achieve the minimum purchase requirements set forth in Article 7 hereof;
(d)   The Distributor fails to comply with the price and payment term provisions set forth in Article 4 hereof; or
(e)   The Distributor fails to meet the Advertising Budget, set forth in 6.1(d) above.
10.3   Anything in section 10.1 or 10.2 above to the contrary notwithstanding, this Agreement may also be terminated at any time by either party immediately upon written notice to the other party in the event that after the date hereof:
(a)   Either party shall suspend or discontinue its business, or shall make an assignment for the benefit of, or composition with, creditors, or shall become insolvent or be unable or generally fail to pay its debts when due, or either becomes in any jurisdiction a party or subject to (voluntarily or involuntarily) any liquidation or dissolution action or proceeding with respect to itself, or to any bankruptcy, reorganization, insolvency or other proceeding for the relief of financially distressed debtors is commenced with respect to it, or a receiver, liquidator, custodian or trustee shall be appointed for it, or a substantial part of its assets (and with respect to any involuntary action or proceeding, an order entered in the proceeding is not dismissed within thirty (30) days) or it shall take any action to effect or which indicates its acquiescence in any of the foregoing; 
(b)   A change in control of either party takes place. For the purposes of this agreement, "control" shall mean possession, directly or indirectly, of power to direct or cause the direction of management or policies (whether through ownership of securities or partnership or other ownership interest, by contract or otherwise);
(c)   Either party attempts to assign this Agreement or any rights or obligations hereunder without the prior written consent of the other party; or
(d)   Either party materially breaches any provision of this Agreement and fails to cure such default within thirty (30) days of receipt of written notice thereof, with the exception of the reasons for default set forth in 10.2 above, the occurrence of which give the Corporation the right of immediate termination.
10.4   Procedure Upon Termination. Upon termination of this Agreement, the Corporation is entitled to restrict or cease deliveries of the Products to the Distributor, including deliveries on orders already received at the time of the notice of termination. Also upon termination of this Agreement, the Distributor shall cease to have any rights, liabilities or obligations hereunder, with the exception of the Distributors obligations under Article 9 and Article 12, which obligations shall survive termination. Notwithstanding the foregoing, except in the event of termination by the Corporation pursuant to Section 10.3(a) above, the Corporation is required to make the Products available to the Distributor in such quantities so as to enable the Distributor to maintain the Distributors own delivery commitments existing before the effective date of termination, subject to proof being given by the Distributor to the Corporation that it was under unconditional contractual obligations at the time it received notice of termination to make deliveries which it can not fulfill from its inventory. After any notice of termination is given, the Corporation may modify the terms of payment for any subsequent shipment.
10.5   Effect of Termination. Upon termination or expiration of this Agreement, all of the Distributors rights with respect to the Trade-marks shall immediately cease, provided, however, that the Distributor may utilize the Trademarks to sell any Products remaining in inventory or otherwise delivered after the said expiration or termination for a period of six (6) months from the date of termination.
Article 11   
Confidentiality
11.1   Confidential Information. During the Term hereof and thereafter, the Distributor agrees to keep secret all Confidential Information and will take all steps and institute any internal secrecy procedures which may be necessary to maintain the secrecy of the Confidential Information and further agrees that it shall not use the Confidential Information except in connection with the performance of its obligations under this Agreement. Upon termination of this Agreement, Distributor shall immediately cease to use the Confidential Information and shall return to the Corporation all documents and copies in its possession or control which in any way embody or evidence the Confidential Information. As used herein, the term “Confidential Information” shall mean all information disclosed to the Distributor or otherwise acquired by the Distributor in connection with its performance of its obligations under this Agreement, concerning or relating in any way to the markets, customers, Products, procedures, plans, operating experience, marketing strategies, organization, employees, financial conditions or plans or business of the Corporation, its subsidiaries or Affiliates, except for such knowledge or information which: (i) is or later becomes publicly known under circumstances involving no breach of this Agreement by the Distributor; (ii) was already known to the Distributor at the time it received the information or knowledge; (iii) is made available to the Distributor by a third party without secrecy obligation and without breach of its obligations to the Corporation; or (iv) the Distributor is required by law to divulge.
Article 12   
Trademarks
12.1   During the Term of this Agreement, the Distributor shall have the limited, non-exclusive, royalty-free right to use the Trademarks in connection with the promotion and sale of Products in the Territory, provided however that the Distributor obtain the Corporations prior written consent to use the Trademarks in catalogues, promotional materials, and advertising materials. 
12.2   Use of the Trademarks shall conform to the following requirements:
(a)   The Distributor shall not use the Trademarks in any manner other than as set forth in Section 12.1 above without the prior written approval of the Corporation.
(b)   The Distributor shall not put or retain the Trademarks in the Distributors own name or any business name;
(c)   The Distributor shall not use the Trademarks in any manner which suggests an affiliation with the Corporation other than that of distributor of the Products;
(d)   The Distributor shall not add to, or use with, the Trademarks, any other trade name, trademark, symbol or device without the prior written approval of the Corporation.
(e)   The Distributor shall employ any symbol or notice with the Trademarks which the Corporation advises is necessary, from time to time, to identify and protect the interest of the Corporation in the Trademarks.
(f)   The Distributor shall apply no other trade name or trade name, nor any labels, signs or markings of any kind to the Products without the prior written consent of the Corporation.
12.3   The Distributor hereby acknowledges that the Corporation (or Licensors of the Corporation) are the sole owners of the Trademarks and the goodwill pertaining thereto and that nothing contained herein shall constitute an assignment of the Trademarks or grant to Distributor any right, title or interest therein, except the right to use it as set forth in this Article 12. The Distributor agrees that it will not contest the Corporations (or the Corporations Licensors) ownership of the Trademarks, either during or after the Term.
12.4   The Distributor shall notify the Corporation in writing of any infringement of the Trademarks in the Territory, of any applications or registrations for the Trademarks or marks similar to the Trademarks within the Territory, of any suit or proceeding or action of unfair competition involving the Trademarks in the Territory, promptly after it has notice thereof.
12.5   The Distributor agrees that, upon the termination of this Agreement, it shall have no interest in or right to use the Trademarks in any manner or for any purpose whatsoever, except for the limited right to sell its then remaining inventory of Products bearing the Trademarks.
12.6   If the Distributor acquires any rights to the Trademarks for any reason, it undertakes to promptly return such rights to the Corporation immediately and without expense to the Corporation.
12.7   The Corporation represents and warrants to the Distributor that (i) it is the registered owner of the Trademarks and/or is the sole authorized licensee of such Trademarks in the Territory, pursuant to valid license agreements and (ii) it has the right, power and authority to enter into this Agreement and to grant to the Distributor the rights granted hereby.
Article 13   
Force Majeure
13.1   Neither party hereto shall be liable to the other for delay in any performance or for the failure to render any performance under this Agreement when such delay or failure is a direct result of any present or future statute, law, ordinance, regulation, order, failure to deliver on the part of its suppliers, judgment or decree, act of God, earthquake, epidemic, explosion, lockout, boycott, strike, labor unrest, riot, war, or similar catastrophic occurrence.
13.2   In the event of any such delay or failure, the affected party shall send written notice by telefax or telex of the delay or failure and the reason thereof to the other party within fourteen (14) calendar days from the time the affected party knew or should have known of the Force Majeure in question.
13.3   The provisions of this Article shall not be applicable to any obligation involving the payment of money.
Article 14   
General Provisions
14.1   Governing Law. This Agreement and all sales and commission transactions pursuant hereto shall be governed by the laws of [Governing Law (ie. State of Michigan)], but without reference to the choice of law provisions thereof.
14.2   Notices.  Any notice, request, demand, waiver, consent, approval or other communication required to be given pursuant to this Agreement (each, a “Notice”) shall be in writing and shall be deemed given: (i) upon delivery, if by hand; (ii) after two (2) business days, if sent by express mail or air courier; or (iii) upon transmission, if sent by facsimile (provided that a confirmation copy is sent in the manner provided in clause (ii) of this Section 14.2 within thirty-six (36) hours after such transmission), except that if notice is received by facsimile after 5:00 p.m. on a business day at the place of receipt, it shall be effective as of the following business day. All Notices are to be given or made to the parties at the addresses appearing on the first page hereof, or to such other address as any party may designate by a Notice given in accordance with the provisions of this Section 14.2.
14.3   Entire Agreement; Amendment. This Agreement, together with Exhibits hereto, contains the entire agreement and understanding of the parties hereto with respect to the matters herein set forth, and all prior negotiations and understandings relating to the subject matter of this Agreement are merged herein and are superseded and canceled by this Agreement. This Agreement may not be modified except in writing, signed by both of the parties hereto.
14.4   Waiver. The failure by the Corporation to require the performance of any term of this Agreement or the waiver by the Corporation of any breach under this Agreement shall not operate or be construed as a waiver of any subsequent breach by the Distributor hereto.
14.5   Assignment. Neither party shall assign its rights nor delegate the performance of its duties or other obligations under this Agreement, including any claims arising out of or connected with this Agreement, without the prior written consent of the other party.
14.6   Arbitration. Any and all disputes, controversies and claims arising out of or relating to this Agreement or concerning the respective rights or obligations of the parties hereto shall be settled and determined by arbitration in [City in which Arbitration to take place] before a panel of three (3) arbitrators pursuant to the International Rules then obtaining of the American Arbitration Association. The parties agree that the arbitrators shall have the power to award damages, injunctive relief and reasonable attorneys' fees and expenses to any party in such arbitration. The arbitration award shall be final and binding upon the parties and judgment thereon may be entered in any court having competent jurisdiction.
14.7   Severability. In case any one or more provisions contained in this Agreement or any application thereof shall be invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions contained herein and other applications thereof shall not in any way be affected or impaired thereby.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF the parties hereto have executed this Agreement as of the date first above written.
 
 
[NAME OF CORPORATION (SUPPLIER OR MANUFACTURER)]
 
 
 
 
Per:
 
 
 
 
Name:
Title:
 
 
 
[NAME OF DISTRIBUTOR]
 
 
 
 
Per:
 
 
 
 
Name:
Title:
 
 
Exhibit “AProducts and Trademarks
 
[List and Describe Products and Trademarks]

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