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Sweepstakes and Contests

Ad Law Access PodcastOn the latest episode of the Ad Law Access Podcast, Senior Associate Katie Townley makes her podcast debut with a discussion of promotions. Katie provides this Taylor Swift contest as an example of how things can go wrong.

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This month, AutoZone agreed to pay almost $50 million to settle a class action over changes the company made to its loyalty program.

According to the complaint, AutoZone promised consumers that they would receive a credit for every purchase of over $20, and that once they accumulated five credits, they would receive a $20 reward.

In 2014, Anheuser-Busch ran a contest on Facebook in which consumers were invited to submit photos of themselves “acting natural.” The contest rules stated that entrants could only submit their original works, and that the photos could not infringe anyone else’s copyrights, privacy rights, publicity rights, or other rights. Moreover, the rules stated that entrants

iHeartMedia has agreed to pay $8.5 million to resolve allegations that the company sent unsolicited text messages to radio station listeners, in Messageviolation of the TCPA. According to the complaint, the company would invite listeners to send text messages in order to request songs or enter contests. Listeners who submitted requests or entries would receive