"In fact, you, [withheld], will become a millionaire if you enter before the December 3rd (11:59 PM, ET) deadline and win $5,OOO.OO Every Week for Life from this notice. You are strongly urged to respond now, Ryan. Wait and you risk losing out on what could be a fortune in prize money." Is PCH so large and scary that no attorneys see this covered under contract law? Step up
You will become a millionaire IF you enter AND win $5K a week for life. This doesn't seem ambiguous to me. Something is ambiguous if it admits of more than one reasonable interpretation. I only see one reasonable way to interpret this.
International Law Attorney
I think Publishers Clearing House has been taken to task for aggressive magazine sales tactics in the past but has since cleaned up their act. What you quote above however does not seem out of line, you are not being asked to purchase anything just enter the contest if you want to have a chance at being a millionaire. Of course if you do not enter you cannot win.
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I agree with the previous posters. This does not seem problematic.
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Offer to enter a contest, if no purchase required, the you can win if your enter and are selected.
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Q:"Is PCH so large and scary that no attorneys see this covered under contract law?
A: PCH is large, but scary, not hardly!
A: Sorry, we don't take orders except from paying clients and then only after advising of the likely outcome, which in this case is adverse to you. If you are nuts enough to think this PCH email is fraudulent [it isn't] and want us to sue PCH, it is YOU that needs to step up with a hundred grand retainer fee to cover the expenses and legal fees to vigorously assert a loser case. You have a right to an attorney, but you have no right to a free attorney, and no competent attorney will take a losing case without assurance that fees will be paid regardless of result.
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Attorneys see it as well covered in contract law: Its a solicitation. Not a contract or promise. A close read of the text makes clear that fact.
FYI, trial attorneys LOVE big--scary is for the movies.
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