I recently received a letter from a military kit insurer who i have insurance through. Combined with the letter was a flyer, it said in the middle "Like abacus on Facebook and win an ipad" there was no small print included. once i liked them on Facebook i sent a message saying when will my ipad be delivered. they replied stating it was a competition and by liking the site i would be entered into a prize draw. I believe this is misleading advertisement and they should provide me with an ipad. once i pointer this out they said they were sorry and changed the add and added small print to suite their competition. Am i correct in thinking this is their error and they should provided an ipad due to wrong / misleading information? Any help would be appreciated,
Contests are governed by state law, and they're the contest's rules spel out how it's supposed to work. Here, you write there was no "small print" until you asked for the ipad.
While it's possible that a Small Claims lawsuit, or the threat of one, would make them send you an ipad to restore your goodwill, or get a Small Claims judge to award you one, I don't think that would happen. They used the word "win" which implies a contest, not "get" or "receive" which implies that "liking" them on Facebook would be enough to get the prize. I don't think anyone could reasonably believe that they could win a prize like an ipad by just a "like" click.
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Each state has laws that govern contests and lotteries and require certain mandatory disclosures, such as how many prizes are available, how the winners are chosen, whether a purchase is necessary or increases odds of winning, etc. it sounds like this company likely did not conduct the lottery properly, but your remedy would be to sue in small claims court. Honestly, it is likely going to cost you more to pursue that than to buy an iPad.
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