2014 Girl Scout Cookie Championship Sweepstakes Official Rules ("Official Rules")
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS SWEEPSTAKES.
A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE OR IMPROVE CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
1. SWEEPSTAKES DESCRIPTION:
The 2014 Girl Scout Cookie Championship (“Sweepstakes”), sponsored by the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (“Sponsor”), allows eligible individuals (“Entrants”) to vote for their favorite Girl Scout Cookie through the Official Girl Scout Cookie Finder smartphone application and share their selection on Twitter. The Sponsor will select one prize winner at random from among the Entrants who have voted and complied with all of the terms and conditions of these Official Rules (“the Prize Winner”).
2. SWEEPSTAKES PERIOD:
Entry into the Sweepstakes by voting starts on February 4, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. ET and ends on February 28, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. ET ("Promotional Period"). The Sponsor’s clock is the official clock and sole determinant for the purposes of a valid vote in the Sweepstakes.
The Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico who are thirteen (13) years or older as of the date of entry. The Sweepstakes is void where prohibited by law. The sweepstakes is not open to any employees, directors, or officers of the Sponsor or of Sponsor’s parent companies, subsidiaries, or affiliated councils, and the immediate family members (defined as spouse, parent, child, sibling, and their respective spouses, regardless of where they live) and household members (whether related or not) of such employees.
4. HOW TO ENTER/WINNER DETERMINATION:
TO PARTICIPATE, ENTRANTS MUST:
• Follow @Girlscouts on Twitter
• Download the Official Girl Scout Cookie Finder App (available from ITunes or Google Play)
• Use the app to “Meet the Cookies.”
• Share your favorite Girl Scout Cookie on Twitter via the Official Girl Scout Cookie Finder App to qualify.
Any other attempted form of online entry is void and will not be accepted.
The Prize Winner will be selected at random by the Sponsor from among the eligible Entrants. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. The winner will be selected randomly on Monday, March 3, 2014. Winner will be notified by Twitter via direct message within five (5) business days of the drawing. The randomly selected Entrant will have five business days to claim their Prize with a written response to the direct message sent by @GirlScouts. If the Entrant does not claim their prize within five business days, a new Prize Winner will be selected at random by the Sponsor from among the eligible Entrants.
5. PRIZE AND APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE (“ARV”):
There will be one winner, receiving a one (1) year supply, equal to 52 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies of his or her choice (the “Prize”). The approximate retail value (“ARV”) of the Prize is $208.00. Please allow (4) weeks for delivery. Certain Girl Scout cookies are not distributed in all areas of the United States. The Sweepstakes Prize Winner’s choice will be contingent upon market availability. The Prize is also subject to availability and the Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in its sole discretion. The Prize is not transferable, assignable or redeemable for cash. The Prize is limited to that specified above; all other unspecified costs, fees, and expenses associated with the Prize award, receipt, and use are solely the responsibility of the Prize Winner. Any and all federal, state and local taxes on the Prize, if any, are the sole responsibility of the Prize Winner.
6. OFFICIAL CLOCK AND USE OF INTERNET:
Sponsor's computer will be the official clock for the Sweepstakes. Sponsor and its respective parent companies, subsidiaries, and affiliates, and their respective advertising, promotion, or production agencies are not responsible for technical, hardware, software, or telecommunications malfunctions of any kind; lost or unavailable network connections; failed, incorrect, incomplete, inaccurate, garbled, or delayed electronic communications caused by the sender; or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this Sweepstakes which may limit the ability to participate (including but not limited to defects/errors/malfunctions), or by any error that may occur in the entry process or the Sweepstakes. Without limiting the foregoing, Sponsor, and its respective parent companies are not responsible for electronic communications/emails not received due to email filtering, virus protection, other protective devices/apparatuses, or any other cause.
CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW (AND TO DISQUALIFY SUCH INDIVIDUAL FROM THE SWEEPSTAKES IF APPLICABLE). Without limiting the foregoing, for any reason (including but not limited to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other cause beyond the control of Sponsor, which corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes and renders the Sweepstakes incapable of being conducted as described in these Official Rules), Sponsor shall have the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Sweepstakes in whole or in part. In such event, Sponsor shall make the Prize available in a manner determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion to be fair, appropriate, and consistent with the spirit of these Official Rules. Notice of such action by Sponsor will be posted on the GSUSA website.
7. PUBLICITY AND COPYRIGHT RELEASE FROM ENTRANT:
The Entrant hereby grants Sponsor permission to use Entrant’s name (first and last), biography, likeness, photographs, video, voice, opinions, and any statements attributable to him or her (“Promotional Content”) for promotional purposes in any manner or media without notice, additional permission, or compensation, except where prohibited by law. Each Entrant agrees, if requested, to complete, sign, have notarized (if applicable), and return, without alteration and in the form presented by Sponsor, an additional Publicity Release within five (5) business days or notification, except where prohibited by law. As a condition of eligibility to win the Prize, any Entrant who is a minor must obtain his or her parents’ consent to receive the Prize and to use his or her Promotional Content.
By submitting an entry, Entrants agree that Sponsor may post their names and Promotional Content, if applicable, on its website, Facebook page (www.facebook.com/girlscouts), or in other promotional materials and that Sponsor may publicize information about Entrants or the Prize Winner. Sponsor may also use an Entrant’s personal data, such as his or her name and e-mail address for marketing communications. To opt-out of receiving future promotion communications from Sponsor, please write to Sponsor at 420 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018-2798.
By submitting an entry, Entrants agree to release, discharge, indemnify, and hold harmless Sponsor, or its parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliated councils, related companies, advertising and promotion agencies, and the directors, officers, employees, shareholders, and agents of each from and against any liability, injury, death, loss or damages to Entrant or any person or entity, including without limitation damage to personal or real property, caused in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by reason of their participation in the Sweepstakes (or related activities), their acceptance, possession, or use/misuse of a prize, or from any delay in receiving any prize awarded. By submitting an entry, Entrants agree that they have no right to bring (and covenant not to bring) any claim, action, or proceeding of any kind or nature whatsoever against Sponsor, and its parent companies, subsidiaries, and affiliated councils as well as its respective officers, directors, employees, and agents in connection with this Sweepstakes.
10. GENERAL RULES AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY/RELEASE:
By entering the sweepstakes, Entrant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and that all decisions of Sponsor are final and binding in all respects, and to release Sponsor and its parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, agents, attorneys, employees, and other parties from any and all liability whatsoever for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind (including, without limitation, those related to personal injury, death, damage to property, infringement of proprietary rights, rights of publicity, or privacy or defamation), and attorney fees, whether or not in connection with litigation, including but not limited to any harm or loss caused by, contributed to, arising out of, or related to Entrant's participation in this Sweepstakes or the acceptance, possession, receipt, or use/misuse of the Prize.
BY PARTICIPATING IN THE CONTEST, ENTRANT AGREES THAT THE RELEASED PARTIES (I) MAKE NO WARRANTY, GUARANTY, OR REPRESENTATION OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN FACT OR IN LAW, RELATING TO THE SWEEPSTAKES AND/OR THE PRIZE; AND (II) DISCLAIM ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY.
11. GOVERNING LAW/JURISDICTION:
The Sweepstakes is governed by the laws of the State of New York (excluding its principles of conflicts of laws/choice of laws), with venue in New York City and all claims must be resolved individually (NOT PART OF A CLASS) in the appropriate state and federal courts of New York City. By participating, you agree to the exclusive jurisdiction of such courts. Sponsor's failure to enforce any provision of these Official Rules shall not constitute the waiver of such provision.
If any provision(s) of these Official Rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect.
13. RULES/WINNER LIST REQUESTS:
Official Rules (available during Promotional Period) and Prize Winner (available after March 10, 2014) may be obtained by mailing a request to the following address: Girl Scouts of the USA, 420 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10018-2798.