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Suing Pch?

Houston, TX |

I would like to sue publishers clearing house for misleading language...I do not gamble, I have no previous issues...I am simply sick of scams and I believe this is one. Not due to them never selecting winners but simply due to the language used. This specific claim focuses on the fact that they say clearly in emails they have found a winning number for a "mega prize" but then there is NO winning number found and they award another secondary prize. That is incredibly misleading. I would like people not to fall into this and have more productive lives. I detest scams and I believe pch is a scam in language. I would love to take this to trial or settlement. If anyone thinks this is possible please let me know. Thank you.

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Filed under: Gaming law
Attorney answers 3


Report this to the attorney general. While you have not standing the AG certainly does


Unfortunately, your belief that this is a scam is not enough - if they are really giving the prizes advertised, by the methods stated, it's not a scam.

I'm sorry you felt misled, but I suspect that you haven't taken any significant action or incurred any significant costs because of the "misleading" language. This means that you have no damages, and therefore no basis to file suit. Just delete their emails with the rest of your spam.


A number of state attorneys general have sued PCH over the years. Their language is pretty refined at this point to be legal. They do in fact give out the grand prize to people, although the odds of winning are incredibly low. Doesn't sound like much of a case to me; however feel free to contact your state attorney general and register your annoyance. That was enough in NY to get their AG to sue. Best of luck.

The author is a Maryland attorney; however no answer given on Avvo is intended as legal advice or intended to create an attorney-client relationship. Dan's expertise lies in the electronic entertainment (video game) industry, as well as complex internet law issues, electronic free speech, entertainment law, copyright and trademark law, and computer fraud. He primarily represents game developers and founders of emergent internet technologies.