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The Verticalscope Sweeps OFFICIAL SWEEPSTAKES RULES

IMPORTANT NOTICE: THESE RULES CONTAIN A BINDING ARBITRATION PROVISION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER (SECTION 14) THAT AFFECT YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AS DETAILED BELOW. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

 

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. THIS CONTEST IS SUBJECT TO ALL APPLICABLE FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS AND IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW OR WHERE BONDING, REGISTRATION, OR OTHER REQUIREMENTS WOULD BE REQUIRED BUT HAVE NOT BEEN MET. PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST CONSTITUTES FULL AND UNCONDITIONAL AGREEMENT WITH AND ACCEPTANCE OF THESE TERMS. 

  1. Promotion: Welcome to the “The Verticalscope Sweeps (the “Sweepstakes”). No purchase necessary to enter or win, and no deposit, entry fee, payment, or proof of purchase is necessary to participate in this Sweepstakes. 
     

  2. Sponsor. This Sweepstakes is sponsored by VerticalScope Inc. (the “Sponsor” or “VerticalScope”), which may be contacted by email at sweeps@verticalscope.com, or by mail at 111 Peter Street, Suite 600, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2H1. Access to enter the Sweepstakes is available through multiple websites (Hometalk, Foodtalk, Upstyle, Redesign, Simplify, Petguide, ATV, Motorcycle, RvGuide, TheTruthAboutCars, Autoguide, and UpgradedHome) owned and operated by VerticalScope and its subsidiaries, including HomeTalk Inc.
     

  3. Sweepstakes Period. The Sweepstakes shall commence at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time on [DATE] (the “Start Date”) and end on [DATE] at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (the “End Date”). The period from the Start Date to the End Date shall be known as the “Sweepstakes Period.” Sponsor reserves, in its sole discretion, the right to extend the Sweepstakes Period for whatever reason without notification. Any extension of the Sweepstakes Period will be publicized at https://www.hometalkinc.hometalk.com/sweepstakes-winner.  It is the Participant’s responsibility to check here regularly to stay informed of any changes with respect to the End Date.  Sponsor’s clock is the official clock of the Sweepstakes.

  4. Acceptance of Rules and Terms. Each eligible participant entering the Sweepstakes (“Participant”) agrees that he or she has reviewed and accepts these rules and the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. In addition, each Participant agrees to abide by these The Verticalscope Sweeps Rules (the “Rules”) and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding in all respects.

    In the event of a conflict between these Rules and any instructions or interpretations of these Rules given by an employee or agent of Sponsor regarding the Sweepstakes, these Rules shall prevail. In the event of any discrepancy or inconsistency between the Rules and disclosures or other statements contained in any Sweepstakes-related materials, these Rules shall prevail, govern, and control.


    Sponsor reserves the right to verify eligibility and to adjudicate any dispute regarding an Participant’s eligibility at any time.  If in participating in the Sweepstakes a Participant provides any false information including with respect to the Participant’s identity, residency, mailing address, telephone number, email address, ownership of right, or information required for entering the Sweepstakes, the Participant may be immediately disqualified from the Sweepstakes in Sponsor’s sole discretion. 

    SECTION 14 OF THE RULES CONTAINS A BINDING ARBITRATION AND WAIVER OF CLASS ACTION CLAUSE. PLEASE REVIEW THAT CLAUSE CAREFULLY AS IT AFFECTS YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS. 
     

  5. Eligibility. The Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) U.S. states or District of Columbia who are at least 21 years of age or older at the time of entry. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. 

    The officers, directors, employees, agents, and representatives of the Sponsor, its parent companies, subsidiaries and affiliates, advertising, promotional, fulfillment and judging agencies, promotion partners, supplier of prizes, material and services related to the Sweepstakes, persons engaged in the development, production, implementation, administration or fulfilment of the Sweepstakes or distribution of materials for these Sweepstakes, and the immediate family members (grandparent, parent, child, sibling, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, in-law and spouse of each), regardless of where they live and/or persons living in the same household as such individuals (whether related or not) are not eligible to participate in or win the Sweepstakes. 

     

  6. How To Enter. No purchase or payment is necessary to participate in the Sweepstakes. 

    Participants may enter the Sweepstakes during the Sweepstakes Period by visiting any of the following urls: [URL], and  completing all required fields and following all entry instructions to receive one (1) entry (“Submission”) into the Sweepstakes. Entries must fulfill all Sweepstakes requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. 


    As a condition of entering this Sweepstakes using this method, Participant consents to receive communications from Sponsor for the purpose of administering this Sweepstakes and for the purpose of providing other offers and communications which may be of interest to the Participant. Participant may unsubscribe at any time by following the “unsubscribe” link and instructions contained in any email communication Participant may receive, and doing so will not affect Participant’s entry into the Sweepstakes.

    Personal information collected in connection with this Sweepstakes is governed by Sponsor’s Privacy Policy. By participating in the Sweepstakes, Participants hereby agree to Sponsor’s collection and usage of their personal information and acknowledge that they have read and accepted Sponsor’s Privacy Policy.  If selected as a Winner, the Participant’s information may also be included in a publicly available winner’s list. 

    Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at Sponsors’ sole discretion

    Sponsors shall not be liable for any problems that occur during the entry process, including without limitation, late, incomplete, delayed, undelivered, or misdirected entries, and shall not have any obligation to advise a Participant of an incomplete, invalid, or undeliverable submission. Sponsor shall likewise not be required to acknowledge a Submission once submitted. No illegible, incomplete, forged, or altered entries will be accepted. Submissions that are incomplete or do not adhere to the Rules or specifications stated herein may be disqualified at Sponsor’s sole discretion.  Submissions received after the Sweepstakes Period will not be eligible to enter or win.  

    Limit one (1) entry per Participant per website entry point during the Sweepstakes Period.

    Should multiple users of the same e-mail account enter the Sweepstakes and a dispute thereafter arise regarding the identity of the individual who completed the Submission, the authorized account holder of said e-mail account at the time of entry will be considered the Participant. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization which is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses or the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. Sponsor shall have the right at any time to require proof of identity and failure to provide such proof may result in disqualification from the Sweepstakes.
     

  7. Selection of Winner.

    One (1) winner of the Sweepstakes (the “Winner”) will be selected by random drawing from among all eligible Submissions on or about [DATE]. 

    The Winner will be announced publicly on https://www.hometalkinc.hometalk.com/sweepstakes-winner and will be contacted directly by a representative of Sponsor via private message email to the Winner’s address submitted on [forum] the entry form in order to claim the Prize (as described below). 


    Winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility (which affirms that he/she has complied with these Rules) as well as a liability release and, where legal, a publicity release, each of which, if issued, must be completed, signed and returned within ten (10) business days from date of issuance, or the prize may be forfeited. The Winner may also be required to provide a mailing address (that is not a P.O. box) to receive the prize which will be shipped free of charge.  

    Any failure of a Winner to notify and communicate acceptance of the Prize will result in forfeiture of the Prize. In the event that a potential Winner forfeits or is disqualified for any reason, an alternate potential Winner will be selected in a separate random drawing from among all remaining eligible Submissions. 

    The Sponsor reserves the right to review all Submissions and reserves the right in their sole and absolute discretion to reject and/or remove any Submission that violates these Rules without any notification or warning. If Sponsor is unable to determine and verify a potential winner after repeated alternate drawings or if Sponsor fails to receive a sufficient number of Submissions to correspond to the number of prizes available to be awarded, Sponsor reserves the right to not award such Prize(s).

  8. Prizes: 

    Total Approximate Retail Value of All Prizes: $1,000

    The Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of the Prize is as of date of printing of these Rules and is based on available information provided to Sponsor.  The value of any Prize awarded to a winning Participant may be reported for tax purposes where required by law. Any difference between the actual value of the Prize and the ARV set forth in these Rules may not be claimed and will not be awarded.


    ALL PRIZES ARE AWARDED AS IS AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW (OR MAY LIMIT) DISCLAIMERS OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES, IN WHICH CASE THE FOREGOING DISCLAIMERS WILL BE ENFORCED TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

    The Prize is awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied by Sponsor. All Prizes non-transferable. No cash redemption or prize substitution is permitted by any Winner.  At the sole discretion of the Sponsor, Sponsor may (and reserves the right to) substitute a Prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value.  

    Taxes and fees, if any, are the sole responsibility of the Winner(s). Sponsor is responsible only for Prize delivery and expressly disclaims responsibility for Prize utility, quality, or otherwise. Sponsor does not provide tax advice, nor should any statements in these Rules be construed as tax advice. The Winner is strongly encouraged to consult with a tax advisor or financial consultant regarding any potential tax implications associated with accepting a prize in the Sweepstakes. The Winner acknowledges and agrees that the Winner is solely responsible for any and all federal, state, and local taxes associated with the prizes awarded in the Sweepstakes. Sponsor shall not be responsible for any taxes, including, but not limited to, income taxes, sales taxes, or luxury taxes, incurred by the Winner as a result of winning the Prize in the Sweepstakes. By accepting the Prize, the Winner agrees to provide their Social Security number (SSN) or other taxpayer identification number (TIN) as may be required for tax reporting purposes. Additionally, the Winner acknowledges and agrees that the Winner may be required to complete and return to Sponsor an IRS Form 1099 or other applicable tax forms as required by law in order to report the value of the Prize awarded. Failure to provide the necessary tax information or to complete and return the required tax forms may result in disqualification and forfeiture of the Prize.
     

  9. Odds: The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received during the Sweepstakes Period.
     

  10. Applicable Rules and Winners List: To obtain a copy of the any legally required winner’s list or a copy of these Rules, mail your request along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope (unless otherwise prohibited by local law) to: VerticalScope, Inc. The Verticalscope Sweeps Sweepstakes Rules/Winners List, 111 Peter Street, Suite 600, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2H1. All such requests must be received within three (3) months after the end of the Sweepstakes Period.
     

  11. No Third-Party Sponsor. This Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or in association with any person, other entity or third-party other than Sponsor, including any brand, supplier, manufacturer, retailer, or other entity associated with any Prize.

    Meta (Facebook, Instagram), Youtube, Pinterest, X formally known as Twitter, and TikToK (collectively “Social Media Sites”) are not sponsors, endorsers, or affiliated in any way with the Sweepstakes. All questions regarding the Sweepstakes must be directed to Sponsors, not any Social Media Site. You agree as a condition of participating in the Sweepstakes that you shall release Social Media Sites from any and all liability arising out of or relating to your Submission, creation of an Submission, submission of a Submission, participation in the Sweepstakes, acceptance, use, or misuse of any prize, or the broadcast, exploitation, or use of a Submission.


    Neither Apple, Inc. nor Google, Inc. are sponsors of this Sweepstakes and neither is affiliated with this Sweepstakes in any way.
     

  12. Publicity. By participating in the Sweepstakes and providing a Submission, Participants grant Sponsor and each of its parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, agents and licensees a royalty-free, unconditional, irrevocable, and perpetual right, license and consent, without any compensation, consideration or further notification, to use, edit, reproduce, print, publish, display, transmit, distribute, sell, perform, adapt, enhance, or create derivative works from the Submission, and to use Participant’s names, user names, likenesses, photographs, voices, biographical and prize information, and Submission materials without notice to Participant for any purpose, including but not limited to editorial, advertising, trade, commercial, and publicity purposes, in any media (now existing or hereinafter developed) throughout the world without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law. Sponsor shall not incur any liability whatsoever to the extent Sponsor chooses to refrain from any exploitation of its rights hereunder.

    By participating in the Sweepstakes, Winner(s) agree to refrain from any behavior or communication that would harm the image or reputation of Sponsor. WINNER(S) FURTHER ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT WINNER(S)’S
     PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION MAY BE DISCLOSED TO THIRD PARTIES INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, PLACING WINNER(S)’S NAME ON A WINNER’S LIST.]
     

  13. Additional Terms and Conditions. The decisions made by Sponsor regarding, but not limited to, eligibility, winners, scoring, rules, prizes and compliance with Sponsor’s standards of conduct are final and binding. No correspondence will be entered into. Sponsor reserves the right to make reasonable changes to these terms, (a) to ensure the fairness of competition, and (b) in response to unanticipated developments (such as technical failures, errors, acts of God, natural disasters, terrorism, and changes in applicable law. These Rules are final and binding in all respects and are subject to all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. 
     

  14. CHOICE OF LAW: Except where prohibited, each Participant agrees that: (i) all issues and questions concerning the Sweepstakes and these Rules shall be governed by the  laws of the Province of Ontario, Canada, excluding its conflicts of law provisions; and, (ii) You consent and submit to the personal jurisdiction of the state provincial or federal courts situated in Toronto, Ontario, for the purposes of litigating any such disputes, claims or causes of action (where permitted pursuant to Section 14).
     

  15. Conditions of Participation and Limitation of Liability: 

    By participating, Participants hereby release, hold harmless, covenant not to sue, and forever discharge Sponsor, their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, retailers, divisions, dealers, advertising and promotion agencies, and all others associated with the development and execution of the Sweepstakes, and each of its and their directors, employees, officers, and agents from and against any and all third-party claims, actions, damages, losses, liabilities, costs, expenses, injuries, or causes of action of any kind that in any way now or hereinafter may arise from or relate to the Sweepstakes, including without limitation (i) the administration of the Sweepstakes, such as typographical, printing, seeding, human or other errors relating to or in connection with the Sweepstakes, the processing of entries, the announcement of the prize or any related materials, inaccurate, fraudulent, incomplete, illegible, late, lost, stolen, misdirected, undelivered, incomplete, or damaged entries, any delays in delivery or lack of availability of the prize or prize materials; (ii) Participants’ participation in the Sweepstakes offered by Sponsors or their acceptance or use of a prize, or participation in any prize related activities, including, without limitation, any travel related thereto, and death and bodily injury (including emotional distress), due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, to participation in the Sweepstakes or any Sweepstakes-related activity and for any claims or causes of action based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy; and/or (iii) liability, loss or damages arising from or in connection with the awarding, receipt, and/or use or misuse of any prize or participation in any prize-related activities. 

    By entering participating in the Sweepstakes, each Participant represents and agrees (and agrees to confirm in writing) to release and hold harmless Sponsor, its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, divisions, advertising and promotional agencies, wholesalers and retailers, suppliers and each of the foregoing entities’ employees, officers, directors, shareholders and agents (collectively the “Released Parties”), from and against any and all claims, actions and/or liability for any injuries or death, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with participation in and/or entry into the Sweepstakes or acceptance or use of any Prize or participation in any Sweepstakes-related travel or other activity and for any claims based on publicity rights, defamation, invasion of privacy and merchandise delivery. 


    Each Participant represents agrees (and agrees to confirm in writing) to indemnify, release, and hold harmless the Released Parties from and against any and all liability, claims, loss, damage, injury or expense, including reasonable attorney’s fees, arising in connection with any third-party action arising out of a breach or allegation which if true would constitute a breach of any of Participants representations, warranties or obligations herein.  Each Participant hereby acknowledges that the Released Parties have neither 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 of the Prizes (or any components thereof).  Any and all warranties and/or guarantees on a Prize (if any) are subject to the respective manufacturers’ terms therefore, and Participants agree to look solely to such manufacturers for any such warranty and/or guarantee. 

    The Released Parties are not responsible or liable for any incorrect or inaccurate Submission information, and assume no responsibility for (i) any error, omission, interruption, defect or delay in operation, connectivity, or transmission at any website, network, or server, (ii) failure of any Submission to be received by Sponsor due to technical/mechanical/electronic errors or problems, human error, or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, network or server, (iii) communications line, hardware and/or software failures, (iv) damage to any computer (software or hardware) resulting from or related to participation in the Sweepstakes, (v) theft or destruction of, tampering with, unauthorized access to, or alteration of Submissions and/or entry information, (vi) Submissions, email messages, votes/scores, or other communications related to the Sweepstakes which are late, lost, stolen, damaged, delayed, garbled, illegible, unintelligible, misdirected, mutilated, and/or incomplete (or any combination thereof), (vii) printing, typographical or other errors appearing within these Rules or in any Sweepstakes-related advertisements or other materials; (viii) the administration of the Sweepstakes or the processing or judging of Submissions or the tabulation of votes, or (ix) other errors or problems of any kind.

    Sponsor reserves the right at their sole discretion to disqualify any individual who is found to be (i) acting in violation of these Rules or (ii) acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, with the intent to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes, or with the intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. 


    Without limiting the foregoing, in the event Sponsor is prevented from continuing with the Sweepstakes as contemplated by any event beyond their control, including, without limitation: infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes; the Sweepstakes or any website associated therewith (or any portion thereof) becomes corrupted or does not allow the proper processing of entries/submissions; and/or, a force majeure, fire, flood, epidemic or other national health emergency, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, satellite or equipment failure, riot or civil disturbance, terrorist threat or activity, war (declared or undeclared,) or any federal, state or local government law, order, or regulation, order of any court or jurisdiction, public health crisis, or other cause not reasonably within its control, then Sponsor shall also have the right to modify, suspend, extend or terminate the Sweepstakes. In the event that the Sweepstakes is terminated, cancelled, or postponed for any reason whatsoever, the actual/appraised value of the prize(s) will be awarded to the extent required by law. 

 

CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE SPONSORS’ SERVICES OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES OFFERED BY SPONSORS IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSORS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

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