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After 4 long years in litigation, Plaintiffs have finally settled their lawsuit with NBC over premium text messaging charges. Having likely spent millions in legal fees, the settlement fairly well recites the law any first year associate could have noted: a free method of entry does not save a pay-to-play entry where you are paying …

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Last week, according to the Promotions Marketing Association, state legislators in North Carolina ratified House Bill 80, which bans the “use of electronic machines and devices for sweepstakes purposes.” The bill is intended to fully foreclose the use of video poker machines (and other gambling machines); the language contained in previously passed legislation presented a …

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Netflix, the web based DVD rental service, launched as contest in 2006 offering a 1 million dollar prize to team that develops a recommendation algorithm that is shown to be 10% better that Netflix’s current recommendation engine. To those in the programming community, the challenge has been compared to scaling Mount Everest. Has the summit …

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Today, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, Juan Luis Llamas was sentenced to prison for his role in what is being called a massive sweepstakes fraud scheme that bilked U.S. citizens out of millions. Llamas was sentenced to 11 years in prison and ordered to pay restitution of over $4 million, jointly with his …

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Or at least you should be. On February 2, 2007, Cheryl Bentley sued Donald Trump and the creators of the NBC television series The Apprentice for allegedly creating an illegal lottery in the state of Georgia. The “Get Rich With Trump” sweepstakes is a watch-and-win promotion where entrants watch the television show and, at the …

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R.J. Reynolds has agreed to pay $5 million to finally settle a lawsuit brought by the California Attorney general over the company’s practice of giving cigarette’s away at public events. Reduced from the $14.8 million dollar judgment originally awarded, the settlement means the parties avoid a costly appeal. Federal law prohibits free distribution of cigarettes …

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State Attorneys General throughout the country are seeing an increase in the number of consumers getting bamboozled out of thousands from a new scheme that is a remake on an old sweepstakes scam: the wire transfer. The old scam works like this: you receive an email from a “National Sweepstakes” representative, typically in Canada, who …

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Recently, the Arkansas Atorney General has seen a rise in the number of complaints from consumers claiming that they are being contacted by telemarketers despite having signed up for the do-not-call registry. Upon investigating the claim, the state has found that in fact, the consumer has signed away his or her right not to be …

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Effective July 1, 2005, Florida will relax its requirement that sweepstakes rules be printed in their entirety on every advertisement showcasing the promotion. Prior to the enactment of this modification, under Florida Statute 849.094, advertisers were required to print the full entry rules in each an every advertisement that promoted a sweepstakes, even when the …

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Reader’s Digest has agreed to pay $196,000 to settle a dispute with the state of Connecticut over deceptive marketing of its sweepstakes. The popular magazine, found in supermarket aisles and dental offices everywhere, promoted its sweepstakes by claiming that purchasing more company products increased an entrant’s chances of winning. The actual odds of winning the …

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