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Privacy Policy

The American College of Trial Lawyers (“ACTL,”, “we,” or “us”) knows that you care how your information is used and shared. This Privacy Policy (“Policy”) describes our policies with respect to information that ACTL collects through the website at www.actl.com (“Website”). 

By visiting www.actl.com you are accepting the practices described in this Policy.

Privacy Policy Support.  If you have an inquiry or concern about our Policy, please contact us using the contact information below.

Changes in this Policy.  ACTL may amend this Policy at any time without notice.  Changes to this Policy may affect our use of personally identifiable information that you provided us prior to our notification to you of the changes.  Please visit our Website to obtain current information about our Policy.

ACTL uses various technologies to protect the confidentiality, security, and integrity of information volunteered or collected from users of the Website. We do not require anyone to divulge any personally identifiable information to use the Website. ACTL on occasion requires a user to register, when for example certain products are purchased. ACTL will not collect personal information about you unless the information is provided voluntarily by you.

I. Information ACTL Collects

The information we collect generally includes: (1) personal information you supply and (2) tracking information collected as you navigate through the Website.

Information Collected from You 
We may collect and store personally identifiable information that you provide to us.  The personally identifiable information we request from you may include your: (i) country of residence; (ii) first, middle, and last name; (iii) age and date of birth; (iv) highest level of education attained; (v) job title; (vi) home or office phone and fax numbers; (vii) employer's name and address; (viii) home or office address; (ix) home or office e-mail address; (x) ACTL Fellow identification number, user ID, and password; and (xi) credit card information (only if purchases are made).

Information Collected Through Technology 
Primarily to tailor the Website to your needs, ACTL collects information using technology, such as IP addresses and cookies. For example, your IP address provides ACTL with non-personally identifiable information about how you entered the Internet, namely through your Internet service provider, your company, or some other source, and can permit ACTL to identify the frequency with which you visit the Website. Standard features in Internet browser software such as "cookies" allow Websites to track certain user activities by assigning each of our visitors a unique number that resides on your computer. ACTL uses cookies to make the Website more interesting and useful (for example, cookies let us know which of our sites you have been visiting and which you have not).

II. How ACTL Uses That Information

ACTL uses your personally identifiable information for the purposes for which it was submitted.  For example, ACTL uses the information collected to enable a user to: (i) purchase ACTL educational materials for purposes of obtaining Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) credit, (ii) pay membership dues, (iii) make charitable contributions to the Foundation II of the ACTL (“Foundation”), (iv) to purchase other ACTL or Foundation products, (v) to receive ACTL publications and product and/or service announcements, and (vi) to participate in ACTL sponsored meetings, programs, and activities.  We do not undertake to maintain any information about you for a duration greater than necessary to provide services to you or as provided by law, rule or regulation.

In the event that you choose to participate in the ACTL Roster you acknowledge that your name, location, contact information (phone number, e-mail address), specialty/areas of legal concentration, will be available to search, access and view by the Fellows of the ACTL. 

ACTL may use information about use of the Website and aggregated information about you and other visitors to our Website in order to improve our Website and develop content and services that may be of interest to you and for its other business purposes.

III. Security Measures Taken to Protect Personally Identifiable Information

ACTL uses firewalls, vulnerability scans, and secure server encryption technology to protect personally identifiable information. ACTL also employs internal physical and technologic security measures to detect and block unauthorized intrusions to its computer systems.  However, while we employ reasonable security measures to protect your personal information, please be aware that no method of electronic transmission is completely infallible, and we cannot guarantee its absolute safety.

IV. Information Sharing with Third Parties

Limited personally identifiable information we request from you (namely, your name and home or office address) is never shared or sold to third parties. All information gathered from you by use of the ACTL website is strictly held for use by the College or its State or Province Committees.

We may also provide your information to third parties to accomplish the purpose for which the information was submitted, such as providing your personally identifiable information to credit card processors to process a purchase.

We may disclose specific information in response to a valid court order, subpoena, government investigation, or as otherwise required by law, to enforce our Website policies, or to protect our or others' rights, property, or safety.  We reserve the right to report to law enforcement agencies any activities that we, in good faith, believe to be unlawful.  We may share information to prevent illegal uses of the Website, or defend ourselves against third-party claims.  We may also share information with companies assisting in fraud protection or investigation.  We do not provide information to these agencies or companies for marketing or commercial purposes.

V. Updating Contact Information and Opt-Out Choices

ACTL enables users of its Website and interactive educational products to update contact information and to opt out of the collection of personally identifiable information or particular communications or services by e-mail, telephone, or regular mail. Please use the contact information listed below. Due to production, mailing, and system timelines, it may take some time to process your request.  In addition, we may still use your information to communicate with you for other purposes, such as for customer service.

VI. Questions or Comments

If you have any questions or comments about the American College of Trial Lawyers’ privacy policy, please contact us at:

American College of Trial Lawyers
19900 MacArthur Blvd., Suite 530
Irvine, CA   92612
Tel: 949-752-1801
E-mail: NationalOffice@actl.com

VII. Miscellaneous

International Users.  This Website is operated, in whole or in part, from the United States.  By using this Website, regardless of where you live in the world, you consent to have your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States, and allow ACTL to use and collect your personal information in accordance with this Policy.

Third Party Links. The Website may also contain links to other third party websites that are not under our control.  These websites may have their own policies or no policies at all, regarding privacy.  You should seek and review these policies before providing information to these websites.  ACTL has no responsibility for linked websites and provides these links solely for the convenience and information of our visitors. ACTL also maintains a strict “no-spam” policy and fully complies with CAN-SPAM Act regulations