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Ragu Italian Dishes Recipe Contest Rules

Ragu Italian Dishes Recipe Contest

The Ragu ‘Italian Dishes Recipe’ Contest is held in partnership with Ragu with valid entries collected through 12/12/12. View the contest's official rules below.

Contest Guidelines (must meet the following to be eligible for prizing):

-Contest is open only to residents within the 50 United States or District of Columbia, excluding Colorado, Louisiana, Rhode Island, all U.S. territories and possessions and all overseas military installations. 
-Entrants may submit as many photos as they like.

Prize Details:

-The one (1) top-voted and valid recipe entries will receive a year's worth of Ragu sauce ($65 value).

Ragu Italian Dishes Recipe Contest Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. ODDS OF WINNING WILL DEPEND ON THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ENTRIES RECEIVED. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW OR WHERE BONDING, REGISTRATION, OR OTHER REQUIREMENTS WOULD BE REQUIRED BUT HAVE NOT BEEN MET. ONLINE ENTRY ONLY AND INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED. AFFIDAVIT OF ELIGIBILITY OR DECLARATION OF COMPLIANCE AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY FORM MAY BE REQUIRED.

The Ragu ‘Italian Dishes Recipe Contest (the “Contest”) is sponsored by Sugar Publishing Inc. (“Sponsor”), the owner and operator of www.circleofmoms.com (the “Website”) and having an address of 111 Sutter Street, Suite 850, San Francisco, CA 94104 and Unilever House (the “Co-Sponsor”) having an address of 100 Victoria Embankment London EC4Y 0DY United Kingdom. Entrant’s registration and participation in the Contest shall be governed by the terms and conditions contained herein (the “Official Rules”).

ELIGIBILITY:

The Contest is open only to permanent, legal residents physically residing in one of the fifty (50) states of the United States or the District of Columbia, excluding Rhode Island, all U.S. territories and possessions, and all overseas military installations. All entrants must be at least the age of majority in his or her respective state of permanent residence as of the date of entry and be a website member of www.circleofmoms.com with a valid, current email address on file. Employees of Sponsor, Co-Sponsor and their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies and any other entity involved in the development or administration of this Contest, and their immediate family members (defined as spouses and biological, adoptive or step-parents, legal guardians, children, siblings, or grandparents, their respective spouses and any dependent under federal income tax law) or household members are not eligible to participate in or win the Contest. Each entrant in the Contest must be the rightful owner or have authorized use of the e-mail account associated with their Circle of Moms membership account. In the event of a dispute concerning the identity of the winner submitting an entry, the winner will be deemed to be the person in whose name the e-mail account was opened. The Circle of Moms membership account must have been opened prior to the commencement of the Contest. Offer void wherever prohibited or restricted by law. All applicable federal, state and local laws apply.

HOW TO ENTER:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. To enter, follow the directions on the contest page located at: URL to come You must complete all of the instructions listed on the contest page located at URL to come between 12:01am PST on 11/12/2012 and 11:59pm PST on 12/12/2012 (the “Entry Period”).

ENTRIES:

If you choose to upload your entry using your mobile phone, standard data fees may apply. Normal time, toll, connection and usage rates, if any, charged by your Internet service provider will apply. All entries become the property of the Sponsor. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means are void. By entering the Contest you will be agreeing that your registration and any other information collected in connection with the Contest may be used by Sponsor in accordance with its Privacy Policy, a current copy of which can be found here: http://www.sugarinc.com/privacy. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the foregoing, information collected from entrant will only be used for direct marketing purposes if entrant consents to use in such manner. Sponsor expressly reserves the right to disqualify any entries that it believes in good faith are generated by an automated program or via scripts. There is no limit to the number of entries per person or per household. All entries become the sole property of the Sponsor. By participating, all entrants agree to abide by these Official Rules.

REQUIREMENTS OF PHOTOS: Photos may not contain, as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, any content that:

  • is sexually explicit or suggestive; unnecessarily violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group; profane or pornographic; contains nudity;
  • promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing); promotes any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous; promotes any particular political agenda or message;
  • is obscene or offensive; endorses any form of hate or hate group;
  • defames, misrepresents or contains disparaging remarks about other people or companies;
  • contains trademarks, logos, or trade dress (such as distinctive packaging or building exteriors/interiors) owned by others, without permission; contains any personal identification, such as personal names, e-mail addresses or street addresses;
  • contains copyrighted materials owned by others (including photographs, sculptures, paintings, and other works of art or images published on or in websites, television, movies or other media), without permission;
  • contains materials embodying the names, likenesses, voices, or other indicia identifying any person, including, without limitation, celebrities and/or other public or private figures, living or dead without permission;
  • communicates messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or good will to which we wish to associate; and/or
  • violates any law.

Entry must be the original work of the entrant, may not have been previously published, may not have won previous awards, and must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity. If the entry contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant, and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the entry, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the entry by Sponsor in the manner set forth in these Official Rules, including, without limitation, name and likeness permissions from any person who appears in or is identifiable in the entry (if such person or persons is a minor then such permissions from his or her parent or legal guardian). Sponsor reserves the right to request proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to Sponsor from any entrant at any time. Failure to provide such proof may, if requested, render entry null and void. By submitting an entry, entrant represents and warrants that he/she and any persons appearing or who are identifiable in the entry consent to the submission and use of the entry in the Contest and to its use as otherwise set forth herein. All entrants hereby agree that upon submission of their recipes and any photo(s), the Sponsor shall have the right to reproduce the recipes and any photo(s), and create any derivative works of the recipes and any photo(s) in perpetuity, and that the Sponsor shall have the right to publish in any media whatsoever the recipes and any photo(s) (including any reproduction or derivative work) and use it in perpetuity for any lawful purpose, including promotional purposes, without further compensation.

PRIZES:

At the end of the Entry Period, there will be one (1) drawing in which one (1) potential winner shall be selected by Sponsor from all eligible entries received during the Entry Period. One (1) grand prize winner shall be entitled to receive one (1) year's worth of Ragu, which has a total retail value of $65 at the time of reward. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute another prize of equal value for the prize. The prizes are non-transferable and cannot be sold or redeemed for cash. If a potential prize winner forfeits or does not claim the prize, it will be re-awarded, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Other restrictions may apply. Decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding with respect to all matters related to the Contest. All prizes will be awarded. In no event shall the Sponsor be obligated to award more prizes than the number of prizes stated in these Official Rules. The prize winner shall be responsible and liable for all federal, state and local taxes on the value of their prize. If required by Sponsor, the winner must complete and return to Sponsor an IRS Form W-9 that reflects winner’s taxpayer identification number or social security number. The winner will receive from Sponsor an IRS form 1099-MISC at the end of the calendar year, and a copy of such form will be filed with the IRS. To receive a complete list of winners or a copy of the Official Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Prize Fulfillment, Sugar Publishing Inc., 111 Sutter Street, Suite 850, San Francisco, CA 94104. Specify winner's list or rules on your request.

SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION OF WINNERS:

The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Winners will be selected from the eligible entries with the highest number of votes resulting from the contest voting process. By participating in the voting portion of the Contest, each voting participant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules. Voting is limited to one (1) vote per IP address per day. If an entrant receives multiple and/or irregular votes per day or multiple votes from the same user or users per day regardless of the source, including but not limited to, votes generated by a robotic, programmed, script, macro, other automated means or other source, the Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify such votes in its sole discretion.

Winners will be finalized on December 15, 2012

Winners will be notified by Sponsor via email within ten (10) days after the winners are finalized. Winners have ten (10) days from date of notification to follow the instructions in the email to complete the claim process. Prior to release of a prize to a winner, confirmation of the identity of winner shall be undertaken by Sponsor, by whatever means Sponsor shall deem appropriate. If a winner rejects a prize, the entrant, with the next highest number of votes, will be offered the prize. This process will continue until all prizes have been issued, subject to these Official Rules.

Winners must comply with all these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements listed herein. The winners must sign and return to Sponsor, within ten (10) days of first attempted notification, an affidavit/declaration of eligibility and liability/publicity release in order to receive a prize (except where prohibited by law). If a winner cannot be contacted within ten (10) days after the first attempt to contact him/her, or if he/she fails to sign and return the affidavit/declaration of eligibility and liability/publicity release within that time period, an alternate entrant will be selected in his/her place in the manner set forth above. This process will continue until valid winners are found that complies with all the terms and conditions of these Official Rules. Sponsor is not liable for any delays in the receipt of, or unsuccessful delivery, of any email messages, as delivery is subject to effective transmission via the Internet.

GENERAL CONDITIONS AND RELEASES:

An entrant or winner may be disqualified from the Contest if he or she fails to comply with each provision of these Official Rules, as determined in the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Participation in the Contest is at entrant’s own risk. Neither Sponsor, Co-Sponsor, nor any of Sponsor’s or Co-Sponsor’s partners, subsidiaries, affiliated entities, suppliers, employees, directors, officers, agents or representatives (collectively, “Releasees”) shall be liable for 1) failed, returned or misdirected notifications based on inaccurate information provided by the winner on the Contest entry form, 2) entries and responses to winner notifications which are lost, late, incomplete, illegible, unintelligible, postage-due, misdirected, damaged or otherwise not received by the intended recipient in whole or in part or for computer or technical error of any kind, 3) any electronic miscommunications or failures, technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions which may limit an entrant's ability to participate in the Contest, 4) any technical malfunctions of the telephone network, computer on-line system, computer equipment, software, program malfunctions or other failures, delayed computer transactions or network connections that are human, mechanical or technical in nature, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from downloading any part of this Contest or 5) any warranty of fitness or merchantability of any prize or the function or operation thereof, which shall be the sole responsibility of the manufacturer of the prize. Sponsor and Co-Sponsor do not make any, and hereby disclaim any and all, representations or warranties of any kind regarding any prize. Unless prohibited by applicable law, your entry constitutes your permission to use your name, photograph, likeness, voice, address (city and state) and testimonials in all media, in perpetuity, in any manner Sponsor deems appropriate for publicity purposes without any further compensation to such entrant. By entering or accepting a prize in the Contest, winners agree to be bound by these Official Rules and to conform to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. When applicable, the winner may be required to execute and return to Sponsor within three (3) business days an Affidavit of Eligibility and a Liability and Publicity Release to be eligible for the prize or an alternate winner will be selected. Winner may be required to furnish proof of identity, address and birth date in order to receive a prize. By entering, an entrant agrees to release and hold harmless Releasees from any damage, injury, death, loss, claim, action, demand, or other liability (collectively, “Claims”) that may arise from their acceptance, possession and/or use of any prize or their participation in the Contest, or from any misuse or malfunction of any prize awarded, regardless of whether such Claims, or knowledge of the facts constituting such Claims, exist at the time of entry or arise at any time thereafter. Released Parties are not responsible or liable to any entrant or to the winner or any person claiming through such winner for failure to supply the prize or any part thereof, by reason of any acts of God, any action, regulation, order or request by any governmental or quasi-governmental entity (whether or not the action, regulations, order or request proves to be invalid), equipment failure, threatened terrorist acts, terrorist acts, air raid, blackout, act of public enemy, earthquake, war (declared or undeclared), fire, flood, epidemic, explosion, unusually severe weather, hurricane, embargo, labor dispute or strike (whether legal or illegal) labor or material shortage, transportation interruption of any kind, work slow-down, civil disturbance, insurrection, riot, or any other cause beyond the Released Parties’ sole control. The Releasees are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, printing, electronic or human errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (2) viruses or technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; failed, incorrect, incomplete, inaccurate, garbled or delayed electronic communications or entry information, any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, failures or technical malfunction of any computer online systems, servers, providers, computer equipment, software, email, players or browsers, whether on account of technical problems, traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, or on account of any combination of the foregoing; (3) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions or telephone or Internet service; (4) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Contest; (5) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest or the processing of entries; ( 6 ) late, lost, undeliverable, damaged or stolen mail or other methods of delivery; or (7) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize; or ( 8 ) late, lost, misdirected, illegible, incomplete or mutilated entries or for theft, destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries. Any person attempting to defraud or in any way tamper with this Contest will be ineligible for prizes and may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Sponsor reserves the right to modify these Official Rules in any way or at any time. Sponsor reserves the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel or suspend this Contest should viruses, bugs or other causes beyond their control corrupt the administration, security or proper play of the Contest. In the event of cancellation or suspension, Sponsor shall promptly post a notice on the Contest entry page to such effect. This Contest shall be governed by California law without regard to its conflict of laws provisions. By participating in this Contest, entrants hereby irrevocably consent to exclusive jurisdiction and venue in the state and federal courts of San Francisco, California for any dispute or litigation arising from or relating to this Contest.

MISCELLANEOUS:

The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision of the Official Rules is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, the other provisions will remain in effect and will be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules will not constitute a waiver of that provision. When terms such as "may" are used in these Official Rules, Sponsor has sole and absolute discretion. Entrants agree to waive any rights to claim ambiguity of these Official Rules. Headings are solely for convenience of reference and will not be deemed to affect in any manner the meaning or intent of the documents or any provision hereof. In the event there is a discrepancy or inconsistency between disclosures or other statements contained in any Contest-related materials, privacy policy or terms of use on the Website and/or the terms and conditions of the Official Rules, the Official Rules shall prevail, govern and control and the discrepancy will be resolved in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. Any Co-Sponsor shall have any and all rights conferred herein to Sponsor.

The Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. Any questions, comments, or complaints regarding the Contest should be directed to Sponsor, not to Facebook.

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