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BEST OF HOLIDAY SHOPPING OFFICIAL RULES
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open only to legal residents of the United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia who reside within sixty (60) miles of The Roanoke Times office located at 201. W. Campbell Ave, Roanoke VA 24012, who are 18 years or age or older as of 12:00 am September 3rd, 2013, and who satisfy all other eligibility requirements and these official rules. Employees of The Roanoke Times and its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries (the “Sponsor”) and members of their immediate families (spouse, parents, children and their spouses) are not eligible to win any prizes.
ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
Contest entries and voting will be accepted beginning at 12:01 am on September 3, 2013. Entries will be accepted until the published close time.
This Contest is not intended to be used for gambling purposes. If it is determined that a participant is using the Contest for gambling purposes, he/she will be disqualified.
HOW TO VOTE: Voting begins at 12:00 AM September 3, 2013 and ends at 11:59 PM October 11, 2013. Visit the 2013 Best Of official page at www.roanoke.com/bestof to cast your vote. Submit your vote by clicking on the VOTE button or by writing in the open text box. The entries must have a physical store located within Southwest Virginia in order to be eligible.
Submissions will only be accepted through the contest on www.roanoke.com/bestof.
BEST OF WINNERS: Winners will be determined by the total number of votes received online during the voting period. Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners and Honorable Mentions will be awarded for each category and will be published in the Best Of Holiday Shopping publication in The Roanoke Times on Sunday, November 10, 2013. In the event of a tie, both businesses will receive the award.
PRIZES: The Sponsor will randomly select a prize winner every other week during the duration of the voting period from emails collected thru the Best of survey. To be eligible for any of the prizes, contest entrants must submit a minimum of two votes between September 3rd, 2013 and October 11th, 2013. Winners will be randomly selected and notified by email. All posted results are unofficial until winners are verified. If a winner does not respond within seven (7) days of the initial notification email, the prize will be forfeited and awarded to another randomly chosen participant. Sponsor is not responsible for any change of email address, mailing address and/or telephone number of participants.
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Participants agree to abide by the terms of these Official Rules and that the decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding on all matters pertaining to the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any prize with another prize of equal or greater value. Prizes are non-transferable and no cash equivalent or substitution of prize is offered, except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.
The Sponsor has not made nor is in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to any prize, including but not limited to its quality, mechanical condition or fitness for a particular purpose. Any and all warranties and/or guarantees on a prize (if any) are provided only by the manufacturer, and, by accepting the prize, winners agree to look solely to such manufacturers for any such warranty and/or guarantee. Each winner is responsible for all federal, state and local taxes and may be required to complete an IRS form W-9. Sponsor reserves the right to withhold prizes until Sponsor has received a completed form W-9.
A participant grants to Sponsor the right to use and publish his/her proper name and state/province or residence online and in print, or any other media, in connection with the Contest. By accepting a prize, a winner grants Sponsor the right to use his or her name and likeness for advertising and promotional purposes without further compensation. Participants agree (a) to release and hold Sponsor, its parent, affiliate, and subsidiary companies, and all of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents harmless from any and all liability for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind, including death, or property damage resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, misuse or use of a prize or participation in this Contest; (b) all causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prize awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and (c) any and all claims, judgments, and award shall be limited to actual out- of- pocket costs incurred, excluding attorneys' fees and court costs.
The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these rules shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein. IN NO EVENT SHALL SPONSOR BE LIABLE FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, EVEN IF IT HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF THE DAMAGES. IN ANY EVENT THE MAXIMUM AGGREGATE LIABILITY OF SPONSOR TO ANY PERSON DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY RELATING TO THIS PROMOTION OR THE AWARD, USE OR ENJOYMENT OF ANY PRIZE SHALL NOT EXCEED THE SUM OF $5.00.
Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries. Sponsor reserves the right to withdraw the transmission of this promotion and award the prize from among the eligible entries received prior to the date of the withdrawal. Entrants agree to abide by these Official Rules. Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification from this promotion. Sponsor reserves the right to permanently disqualify from this promotion any person or business it believes has intentionally violated these rules. Any questions regarding the number of entries submitted or the owner of an ISP account shall be determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion, and the Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries by persons determined to be tampering with or abusing any aspect of the contest. Entrants are prohibited from obtaining votes by any fraudulent or inappropriate means, including without limitation, paying for votes.
If for any reason the Contest is not capable of being conducted as planned due to any cause beyond the control of Sponsor, including but not limited to any event or cause which corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the promotion, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest and disqualify any individual who may have caused any such problem. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any theft or destruction, unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction, unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries. Sponsor is not responsible for any problem or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or provider, computer equipment, software, failure of any entry to be received by Sponsor on account of technical problems or delays, including any injury or damage to participant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in this contest. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY PERSON TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
If a dispute arises regarding who submitted an entry, the entry will be deemed submitted by the person in whose name the entry was made.
This Contest and the rights and obligations of Sponsor and participants will be governed and controlled by the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, applicable to contracts made and performed therein without reference to the applicable choice of law provisions. All actions, proceedings, and litigation relating hereto will be instituted and prosecuted solely within the City of Roanoke, and the parties consent to the jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located within the City of Roanoke. Participants in this contest hereby waive any right to jury trial relating to this contest against Sponsor. With respect to any claim against Sponsor relating to this Contest or any prize, any acceptance, possession or use of any prize, valid service of process and proper filing of any claim in a court of competent jurisdiction must occur within three (3) months of the date such claim accrued, or such claim shall be forever waived, barred and discharged.
The Roanoke Times and The Roanoke Times logo are trademarks of The Roanoke Times. The content, information, data, designs and code associated with the Contest website are protected by intellectual property and other laws. Copying or unauthorized use of any copyrighted materials, trademarks or any other intellectual property without the express written consent of its owner is strictly prohibited.