MMS E-Mail Mailing List Terms and Conditions

The District Medical Society (“District”) develops and sponsors this mailing list. The District is providing information and services on the mailing list as a benefit and service in furtherance of the District’s nonprofit and tax-exempt status. Neither the District nor the Massachusetts Medical Society (“Society”) actively monitor or exert editorial control over materials that are posted by third parties onto this mailing list or materials that are e-mailed by third parties to any other persons. Neither the District nor the Society is responsible for any opinions, information, or materials posted by any third party. The District and the Society specifically disclaim any and all liability for any claims or damages that result from postings by third parties.  In no event shall the District or the Society be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from or arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this mailing list. The District and the Society further disclaim all warranties with regard to information posted on this mailing list, whether posted by the District and/or Society or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. The District and the Society reserve the right to remove any materials that are posted by third parties onto this mailing list or materials that are e-mailed by third parties that the District and/or Society consider to be objectionable. Any external links to web sites and e-mail addresses are provided to give readers an opportunity to access additional information and the District and Society are not responsible for content in these external sources.

By joining and using the District’s mailing list(s), you agree that you have read and will follow the rules and guidelines set up for these discussion groups. You agree that you have read and understand the disclaimers set forth above. You further agree that the list is private and is for the exclusive use of District members and postings to the list are not confidential and should not be used for any unlawful and/or inappropriate activities. Generally speaking, violating antitrust regulations, libeling others, infringing copyrights, selling, and marketing are not permissible.  Neither the District nor the Society actively monitor the mailing list for inappropriate postings and do not on their own undertake editorial control of the postings. However, in the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to the District and/or Society’s attention, the District and/or Society will take appropriate action. The District and the Society reserve the right to suspend or terminate membership on all lists for members who violate these rules.

The Specific Rules and Guidelines are as follows:

  1. Messages should not be posted if they encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any agreement that either expressly or impliedly leads to price fixing, a boycott, or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade.
  2. Society members generally must refrain from on-line discussions about prices, charges, fees, discounts, reimbursement rates, or other forms of payment; salaries, profits, profit margins, or cost data; market shares or allocation of markets or territories; or selection, rejection, or termination of third party payors or suppliers.
  3. Society members must generally avoid any discussions regarding joint or collective responses to contract terms offered by governmental or third party payors or suppliers.  Such discussions may violate state and/or federal antitrust laws.
  4. All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials are strictly prohibited.
  5. Do not post commercial messages. Contact people directly with products and services that you believe would help them.
  6. Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner.
  7. District and Society and other mailing list participants have the right to reproduce postings to this mailing list.
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