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1. Representation of Good Faith. We represent that we approach North Fort Myers Couples Group, hereinafter known as the group and its affiliated groups, members and attendees (“the beneficiaries”) in a sincere desire to learn about and possibly participate in the philosophy it teaches, intending no harm, interference or disruption to the organization or to the lives of any who adhere to its precepts. In consideration of being permitted to attend an event sponsored by the group, we agree as follows:
2. Protection of privacy. We recognize that the philosophy of the group is controversial, and that activities conducted in pursuance of it are also, and we will respect the privacy of the beneficiaries, including but not limited to the following: (a) We will not divulge the identity of anyone as a member of the group to anyone else without their permission; (b) We will not discuss or disclose any of our experiences in the group with anyone outside the group, without the permission of the group, except that we may discuss our experiences in a way which does not permit the beneficiaries to be identified; (c) We will not disclose the location of any place where we have attended any activities of the group without the consent of the group. We are not offended by nudity or sexual interaction in our presence in private settings .
3. Provision as to police officers and other investigators. The group understands that police have a duty to enforce laws and to investigate suspected violations of laws, but that the U.S. and Florida Constitutions limit the rights of officers to do certain things without consent. We warrant that, if we are police officers or government investigators or agents of any kind, we are present at any event by the group only in our private, individual capacities. We warrant that, if the foregoing statement should prove to be false, we are investigating any of the beneficiaries without disclosing our official capacity or purpose, and that our presence on any premises or events put on by the group, or those of its affiliates or members, is an entry into private premises without consent, in violation of the 4th amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the privacy clause of the Florida Constitution; We further warrant that we are here at the direction of our employers and are acting within the scope of our employment. (a) We stipulate that an appropriate amount of liquidated damages for the illegal taking of evidence which results in legal process, civil or criminal, against any of the beneficiaries is five dollars times the number of residents in the county in which the violation occurred, which reflects a reasonable estimate of probable compensatory damages for loss of privacy, including humiliation, emotional distress, necessity to pay legal fees, loss of employment or advancement, and other injuries, the amount of which is uncertain. This amount shall be awarded to each beneficiary against whom civil or criminal process is brought, including execution of a search warrant. (b) If no process is executed but evidence is gathered, the amount shall be two and one half dollars times the number of county residents, awardable to each beneficiary named or described by the evidence; We acknowledge that the group and all beneficiaries are affected to some degree by a violation of this subparagraph, consisting of a loss of privacy and a fear that unwarranted charges will someday be brought. A final award under this subparagraph shall not prevent a subsequent proceeding if charges are thereafter filed against a beneficiary, but the first award shall be an offset against the later award.
4. Provision as to members of the press. We represent that, if we are members of the press (including television); we are present at any of the group’s events only in our private, individual capacities. We warrant that, if the foregoing statement proves to be false, we are here at the direction of our employers and are acting within the scope of our employment; that we are violating the rights of the beneficiaries to privacy, under common law and the Florida Constitution; and that an appropriate amount of liquidated damages for any published report made which portrays or describes the activities of any beneficiary is ten dollars times the number of readers or viewers of any medium which publishes the report, which reflects a reasonable estimate of probable compensatory damages for loss of privacy, including humiliation, emotional distress, necessity to pay legal fees, loss of employment or advancement, and other injuries, the amount of which is uncertain. This amount shall be awarded to each beneficiary named in the report or described in such a way as to permit identification of the beneficiary by application of the description to publicly available information.
5. Indemnity: applies to all. We agree to indemnify and hold harmless the beneficiaries for any harm resulting from our violation of this agreement. If we knowingly give information to a journalist or law enforcement officer, we are liable (a) under the terms of paragraphs 3 or 4, and the beneficiaries may elect liquidated damages under either of those paragraphs which applies, or (b) the indemnification provision of this paragraph, in order to establish the amount of awardable damages. The measure of damages for purposes of indemnification shall be the same as in an action sounding in tort for invasion of privacy, plus any lost wages resulting from loss of employment due to a violation of this agreement. The beneficiaries are entitled to reasonable attorney’s fees, both for the enforcement of this agreement and for the prosecution or defense by the beneficiaries of any other legal action initiated as a consequence of our breaching this agreement. The pursuit of any other remedy, including tort, is permitted in addition to the above provisions.
6. Notice of compelled or requested testimony. We agree to notify the group immediately upon receiving information that either of us will be required or requested to give evidence to any public official or court in any matter related to the group. We agree to assert all available privileges, including this agreement, and not to give such evidence unless compelled by a court. (Remember, you can politely say NO to a police officer requesting a statement, it’s your right).
7. Arbitration. In the event of a dispute under this agreement, it shall be enforced by binding arbitration. The arbitration shall take place in Ft. Myers, Florida, under Florida law, and under the international rules of the American Arbitration Association, unless the parties agree on different rules.
8. Rights among beneficiaries. The group is an indispensable party to any proceeding to redress a violation of this agreement. Because the interests of the group are invariably involved in any such violation, and because the group assists in the bringing of such proceedings, the group shall be entitled to 25% of the monetary award of any other beneficiary in any such proceeding.
9. Duration and limitations. This agreement shall continue in force and apply to all attended events and communications between beneficiaries. The period of limitations for any violation of this agreement, including representations and warranties, shall not commence as to a beneficiary until that beneficiary receives actual knowledge of the violation, and shall not be less than four years wherever an action under this agreement is brought.
NOTICE: By signing and submitting the following form you certify that you are at least 21 years of age.
You are also agreeing to the total agreement above and the following philosophy:
“We believe that sexual sharing is a wholesome and healthy thing for people in committed relationships, and also for single people desiring to associate with committed persons with their consent. We support laws which protect that activity, we oppose laws which interfere with it, and we reserve the right to practice our philosophy within the bounds of the law.”