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The FCC’s contest regulations: A primer

July 29, 2014
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Our recent post about the possibility that the Federal Communications Commission will no longer require broadcasters to disclose contest rules in their advertisements brought several questions from readers. Most of the questions were about the FCC regulations and enforcement activities. Here is a brief overview of the two major components of the FCC’s Contest Rule. READ MORE

Sweet charity: Maine repeals its commercial co-venture licensing law

October 9, 2013
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Maine has repealed its statute that requires registration and licensing of commercial co-ventures. Effective on October 8, 2013, co-venturers will no longer be required to obtain a license to conduct a commercial co-venture in Maine. READ MORE

What you need to know about Australian sweepstakes and contest regulations

August 26, 2013
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One of my favorite aspects of my practice is how it has connected me to fantastic attorneys and businesses around the globe. More and more, sweepstakes and contests are global in nature. READ MORE

What you need to know about Canadian sweepstakes and contest regulations

June 26, 2013
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Clients occasionally ask me to create official rules for a sweepstakes or contest that will be conducted in the U.S. and Canada, or in Canada alone. That’s when I contact counsel in Canada who I know have up-to-date experience with Canadian sweepstakes and contest laws. READ MORE

EXCLUSIVE: Florida’s top sweepstakes regulator discusses recent changes to Florida’s game promotion statute

April 23, 2013
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Effective April 10, 2013, the state of Florida made changes to its Game Promotion Statute. The changes were made partly in response to the state’s recent ban of so-called Internet sweepstakes cafes. READ MORE

Sweepstakes webinar now available online

December 21, 2012
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If you missed our October 2012 webinar on sweepstakes law, the entire presentation is now available to live stream. This one-hour session, "Sweepstakes, The Essentials: What You Need to Know,” provides a great overview of the legal issues surrounding sweepstakes, contests, and other type of promotions. READ MORE

5 pitfalls of refer-a-friend sweepstakes options

July 13, 2012
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When I saw an ad for a new Mexican restaurant that opened near my office, I thought about trying it. When I received a 10% off coupon in the mail, I thought about it again. But when my brother told me it was now his favorite restaurant, I went there for lunch on that very same day. READ MORE

Are you violating the Facebook contest rules?

April 25, 2012
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“Like” it, “poke” it, but don’t post your latest sweepstakes on Facebook without some serious thought. Your contest could be violating the site’s promotions rules. READ MORE

Get your eyes on the prize: Tummy tucks but no tobacco

March 27, 2012
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For the most part almost anything can serve as a prize. But several categories of items may be illegal or so closely regulated that the related complications of offering them may prevent their use as prizes. READ MORE