Official Rules for the “Epic Summer Staycation” Sweepstakes

 

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

 

THIS PROMOTION IS INTENDED FOR PLAY IN THE 50 UNITED STATES AND WASHINGTON D.C. ONLY AND WILL BE GOVERNED BY U.S. LAW. DO NOT ENTER IF YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE AND LOCATED IN ONE OF THE 50 UNITED STATES OR D.C. AT THE TIME OF ENTRY. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and Washington DC (EXCLUDING RESIDENTS OF OVERSEAS MILITARY INSTALLATIONS, PUERTO RICO, AND OTHER U.S. TERRITORIES) who are 21 years of age or older as of June 10, 2013.

 

Sponsor: Us Weekly LLC (“Us Weekly”)

 

1. How to Enter:

 

To enter the “Epic Summer Staycation” Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”), visit Usmagazine.com/epic-summer-sweeps during the Sweepstakes Period and:

1. Either log in to your Pinterest account or create a Pinterest account here: https://pinterest.com/join/signup/ ;

2. Create a board on Pinterest called “Day in the Life” that includes at least one pinned (1) example of the perfect day with your family in your hometown (“User Content”); and

3. Go to the website usmagazine.com/epic-summer-sweeps and fill out the entry form (submit your name, email address, and a URL of the Pinterest board you created)

 

Or, if you do not have a Pinterest account, you can mail in your information (name, email address and mailing address) as well as at least one (1) image that represents your idea of the perfect day with your family in your hometown in a separate, stamped, self-addressed, No.10 envelope to: “Epic Summer Staycation” Sweepstakes c/o Us Weekly Marketing 1290 Avenue of the Americas, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10104

 

Limit one (1) entry per person. Sweepstakes begins at 9:00:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (“EST”) on June 10, 2013 and ends 11:59:59 p.m. EST on July 12, 2013 (“Sweepstakes Period”). For details of Sponsor's policy regarding the use of personal information collected in connection with this Sweepstakes, visit Us Weekly’s privacy policy at Usmagazine.com/services/privacypolicy

 

a. Participants may not enter with multiple email addresses or Pinterest accounts nor may entrants use any other device or artifice to enter multiple times or under multiple identities. Any participant who attempts to enter with multiple email addresses under multiple identities or uses any device or artifice to enter multiple times will be disqualified and forfeits any and all prizes won, in Sponsor's discretion.

 

b. No mechanically reproduced or computer generated entries permitted. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late or misdirected entries, or entries containing incorrect or incomplete information. Sponsor is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or lines, computer, on-line, or Internet systems or services, servers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email or entry or confirmation or winner notice on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet, problems with Usmagazine.com website or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer resulting from downloading any materials in connection with the Sweepstakes. Entries become the property of Us Weekly and will not be acknowledged or returned. Sponsor is not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate entry information whether caused by Internet users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the sweepstakes or by any technical or human error, which may occur in the processing of the entries.

 

c. Sponsor respects the rights of third party creators and content owners and expects you to do the same. You therefore agree not to post any User Content that violates any law or infringes the rights of any third party, including but not limited to intellectual property rights, privacy rights, publicity rights, or other personal or proprietary rights. You are solely responsible for, the User Content that you post to Pinterest. You grant Sponsor a non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable, sublicenseable, worldwide license to use, store, display, reproduce, re-pin, modify, create derivative works, perform, and distribute your User Content on Pinterest in connection with the Sweepstakes for the purpose of operating the Sweepstakes. You agree to abide by the Pinterest Terms of Service, Pin Etiquette, and Acceptable Use Policy.

 

 

2. Winner(s):

 

a. Selection of Winners. Three (3) winners will be selected from a random drawing held on or about July 13, 2013 from among all eligible entries received by Sponsor. The winner will be notified by e-mail or telephone. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Sponsor is not responsible for any change of email address, mailing address and/or telephone number of entrants.

 

b. Decisions of Sponsor are final on all matters relating to the Sweepstakes. Entrants must comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules and winning is contingent upon fulfillment of all requirements.

 

3. Prize(s):

 

a. Three (3) winners will receive the following prize (the “Prize”):

 

• A $1000 American Express gift card

 

b. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of Prize: $1000. Total ARV of all Prizes: $3,000. Actual retail value of the Prize may vary. If the winner cannot accept the Prize, Winner will forfeit the Prize in its entirety and Sponsor may, at its option, either select another winner in his or her place or be relieved of liability for fulfillment of the Prize.

 

c. Certain restrictions may apply. Sponsor and Prize Provider reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value.

 

4. General:

 

a. Employees, directors and officers of Sponsor and The Quaker Oats Company (“Quaker”), their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising or promotional agencies, and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses) and/or those living in same household are not eligible.

 

b. This Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Pinterest. You understand that you are providing your information to Sponsor and not to Pinterest. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding this promotion shall be directed to Sponsor and not to Pinterest. Quaker has not offered or sponsored this promotion in any way.

c. No substitution or transfer of prize permitted except as provided herein. Prizes are non-redeemable for cash. In the event of unavailability, Sponsor and Prize Provider may substitute a prize of greater or equal value.

 

d. All federal, state, and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner, who will receive an IRS Form 1099 reflecting the final actual value of any prize valued at $600 or more. Consult with your tax professional regarding potential tax implications.

 

e. Potential finalists must execute Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability Form(s) within 10 days of notification. Noncompliance with these official rules, or return of prize notification as undeliverable or inability to locate finalist within 5 days after notification will result in disqualification and selection of an alternate finalist, in Sponsor’s sole discretion.

 

f. By participating in the Sweepstakes and accepting any prize, entrants and winners agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, Quaker, their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates and related companies, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees and agents (collectively, "Released Parties") from and against any and all liability whatsoever for any loss, harm, damage, injury, cause of action, claim, cost or expense (including without limitation any property damage, personal injury and/or death) arising out of or in connection with the Sweepstakes, including without limitation participation in any Sweepstakes-related activity and/or possession, acceptance, use or misuse of any prize.

 

Released Parties shall not be responsible for any cancellations, delays, diversions or substitutions or any act or omissions whatsoever by any performer(s)/event(s), air carrier(s), hotel(s), or other transportation companies or any other persons providing any of these services and accommodations to passengers including any results thereof such as changes in services or accommodations necessitated by same. The passenger contracts in use by the airlines or other transportation companies shall constitute the sole contracts with respect to the winner's and his/her travel companion’s transportation and such contracts shall be solely between the winner, his/her travel companion and such transportation companies. Released Parties shall not be parties to such contracts and shall assume no responsibility in this connection. Released Parties shall not be liable for any loss, theft or damage of cash, cameras, jewelry, securities, heirlooms, negotiable papers or other valuables.

 

Released Parties are not responsible if Sweepstakes cannot take place or if prize cannot be awarded due to travel cancellations, delays or interruptions due to acts of God, acts of war, natural disasters, weather or acts of terrorism.

 

Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

 

g. Participation in the Sweepstakes constitutes consent to use entrant’s name, biographical information, image and likeness for editorial, advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. Entrant releases and holds harmless the Released Parties for any liability, claims and causes of action based on defamation or violation of rights of publicity or privacy.

 

h. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process, the operation of Usmagazine.com or who is otherwise in violation of the Official Rules. Sponsor further reserves the right to cancel, terminate or modify the Sweepstakes in the event the Sweepstakes is not capable of completion as planned, including fraud, infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, technical failures of any kind, or other causes beyond the control of Sponsor that corrupt the administration, security or proper play of the Sweepstakes. In the event of cancellation, Sponsor will randomly award the prizes from among all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to cancellation. In the event of a dispute as to entries submitted by multiple users having the same email account, the authorized account subscriber of the email account used to enter the Sweepstakes at the actual time of entry will be deemed to be the entrant and must comply with these Official Rules. Authorized account subscriber is deemed to be the natural person who is assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization which is responsible for assigning email addresses or the domain associated with the submitted email address. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY PARTICIPANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR TAMPER WITH OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH ENTRANT(S) TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

 

i. Winner acknowledges that Released Parties have not made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to any prize, including but not limited to its quality, mechanical condition or fitness for a particular purpose. Any and all warranties and/or guarantees on a prize (if any) are subject to the respective manufacturers’ terms therefore, and winner agrees to look solely to such manufacturers for any such warranty and/or guarantee.

 

j. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the judges, which shall be final and binding with regard to all matters relating to the Sweepstakes.

 

k. ARBITRATION and WAIVER OF CERTAIN DAMAGES: As a condition of participating in this Sweepstakes, entrants agree that (a) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, consequential or any other indirect damages, (b) all causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved exclusively by arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association before a single arbitrator located in New York County, New York; and (c) any and all claims, judgments, and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred including costs associated with entering this promotion, but in no event attorney’s fees. Disputes arising from this Sweepstakes will be determined according to the laws of the State of New York, without reference to its conflict of laws principles.

 

5. The Sponsor of the Sweepstakes is Us Weekly LLC, 1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10104.

 

6. Winner’s List:

 

For names of prize winner, after July 13, 2013, send a separate, stamped, self-addressed, No.10 envelope to: “Epic Summer Staycation” Sweepstakes c/o Us Weekly Marketing 1290 Avenue of the Americas, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10104. Requests must be received by August 13, 2013.