Skype’s USA Consumer Terms of Use

More Terms Governing Arbitration Procedures, Fees, and Incentives

These terms are part of the agreement between you and Skype that governs your right to use Skype Software and Products. You can find the rest of the agreement by going to Skype’s Terms of Use. “Skype” includes mobile phone carriers and Skype’s corporate affiliates.

Paragraph 21 of Skype’s USA Consumer Terms of Use contains a binding arbitration clause and class action waiver for United States residents. You and Skype also agree to these terms:

Arbitration Procedure

You may request a telephonic or in-person hearing by following the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) rules. In a dispute involving $10,000 or less, any hearing will be telephonic unless the arbitrator finds good cause to hold an in-person hearing instead. The arbitrator may award the same damages to you individually as a court could. The arbitrator may award declaratory or injunctive relief only to you individually, and only to the extent required to satisfy your individual claim.

Fees and Incentives

  1. Disputes Involving $75,000 or Less. Skype will promptly reimburse your filing fees and pay the AAA’s and arbitrator’s fees and expenses. If you reject Skype’s last written settlement offer made before the arbitrator was appointed (“Skype’s last written offer”), your dispute goes all the way to an arbitrator’s decision (called an “award”), and the arbitrator awards you more than Skype’s last written offer, Skype will give you three incentives: (i) pay the greater of the award or $1,000; (ii) pay twice your reasonable attorney’s fees, if any; and (iii) reimburse any expenses (including expert witness fees and costs) that your attorney reasonably accrues for investigating, preparing, and pursuing your claim in arbitration. The arbitrator will determine the amount of fees, costs, and expenses unless you and Skype agree on them.
  2. Disputes Involving More Than $75,000. The AAA rules will govern payment of filing fees and the AAA’s and arbitrator’s fees and expenses.
  3. Disputes Involving Any Amount. In any arbitration you commence, Skype will seek its AAA or arbitrator’s fees and expenses, or your filing fees it reimbursed, only if the arbitrator finds the arbitration frivolous or brought for an improper purpose. In any arbitration Skype commences, Skype will pay all filing, AAA, and arbitrator’s fees and expenses. Skype will not seek its attorney’s fees or expenses from you in any arbitration. Fees and expenses are not counted in determining how much a dispute involves.

Conflict with AAA Rules

This agreement governs to the extent it conflicts with the AAA’s Commercial Arbitration Rules and Supplementary Procedures for Consumer-Related Disputes.

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