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7. Warning on Use. The information in HCPro.com is subject to human error. HCPro is not responsible for errors derived from government reports or government offices or from other reporting services. In some cases, government documents may be incorrect and the Visitor/Subscriber should recognize this fact in deciding how to use the information or advice obtained from HCPro's Online Library. Visitor/Subscriber should verify information obtained from HCPro.com before acting on it.

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12. Modification. This Agreement may be modified or from time to time by HCPro and such revisions will be posted on the site. Visitor's/Subscriber's continued use of the site will constitute acceptance of the revisions to this Agreement.

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16. Applicable Law and Exclusive Jurisdiction and Venue. This agreement shall be construed pursuant to substantive law of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Any cause or action arising out of or related to this Agreement may only be brought in the courts of applicable jurisdiction in Massachusetts, and the parties hereby submit to the jurisdiction and venue of such courts.

17. Severability. In the even any term or condition of this Agreement is declared illegal or otherwise unenforceable, it will be severed from this Agreement and the remainder of this Agreement shall be valid and enforceable.

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