held in Los Angeles County, California, before a single arbitrator, in accordance with California Civil Procedure Code §§ 1280 et seq. The arbitrator shall be selected by mutual agreement of the parties or, if the parties cannot agree, then by striking from a list of arbitrators supplied by the American Arbitration Association or JAMS/Endispute. The arbitrator shall issue a written opinion revealing, however briefly, the essential findings and conclusions upon which the arbitrator’s award is based. The Company will pay the arbitrator’s fees and arbitration expenses and any other costs associated with the arbitration hearing. The Company agrees to pay as incurred (within 10 days following the Company’s receipt of an invoice from the Executive), to the full extent permitted by law, all legal fees and expenses that the Executive may reasonably incur as a result of any contest (regardless of the outcome thereof) by the Company, the Executive or others of the validity or enforceability of, or liability under, any provision of this Agreement or any guarantee of performance thereof (including as a result of any contest by the Executive about the amount of any payment pursuant to this Agreement), plus, in each case, interest on any delayed payment at the applicable federal rate provided for in Section 7872(f)(2)(A) of the Code. In order to avoid the imposition of taxes and penalties on the Executive under Section 409A of the Code, (i) in no event shall the payments by the Company under this Section 9(b) be made later than the end of the calendar year next following the calendar year in which such fees and expenses were incurred, and the Executive shall be required to have submitted an invoice for such fees and expenses at least 10 days before the end of the calendar year next following the calendar year in which such fees and expenses were incurred, (ii) the amount of such legal fees and expenses that the Company is obligated to pay in any given calendar year shall not affect the legal fees and expenses that the Company is obligated to pay in any other calendar year, (iii) the Executive’s right to have the Company pay such legal fees and expenses may not be liquidated or exchanged for any other benefit and (iv) the Company’s obligations to pay such legal fees and expenses shall apply to amounts incurred during the Executive’s remaining lifetime (or, if longer, through the 20th anniversary of the Effective Date). Nothing in this paragraph shall affect the Executive’s or the Company’s ability to seek from a court injunctive or equitable relief.
SECTION 10. SEVERABILITY
If any part of any provision of this Agreement shall be invalid or unenforceable under applicable law, such part shall be ineffective to the extent of such invalidity or unenforceability only, without in any way affecting the remaining parts of such provision or the remaining provisions of this Agreement.
SECTION 11. DISCLAIMER OF RIGHTS
No provision in this Agreement shall be construed to confer upon any individual the right to remain in the employ or service of the Employer, or to interfere in any way with any contractual or other right or authority of the Employer either to increase or decrease the compensation or other payments to any individual at any time, to terminate any employment or other relationship between any individual and the Employer or to require the Employer to pay severance for any termination of employment prior to a Change in Control. The obligation of the Employer to pay any benefits pursuant to this Agreement shall be interpreted as a contractual obligation to pay only those amounts described herein, in the manner and under the conditions prescribed herein. This Agreement shall in no way be interpreted to require the Employer to transfer any