Self-Directed Standout Contest
Rules and Regulations
One entry per person.
The Contest submission runs from 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time October 10, 2014 to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 17, 2014. Contest voting runs from 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, October 22 to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 28, 2014.
Entrants must email name, phone number and email address, along with details on investment type, date, description, and optional items: profit percentage and photograph, to email@example.com to qualify. Group photos or other photo styles will not be accepted.
The first 20 valid entries received will be posted on www.TrustETC.com/contest and the entry with the highest vote count at the end of the voting period wins.
The prize for the entry winner: Annual fee, up to $500, on one Equity Trust account will be waived for 2015.
Contest entrant does not need to be an existing Equity Trust Company client to win.
The prize for one random voting winner: Annual fee, up to $500, on one Equity Trust account will be waived for 2015.
Contest voters do not need to be an existing Equity Trust Company client to win.
For privacy issues, all information gathered from this contest becomes the property of Equity Trust Company. All information will be reviewed with those who submit information to us and enter into the Contest. I understand and have complied with these rules. As the sole owner(s) and author(s) of submitted Material, I/we fully attest that the following is true and correct:
1. I/We attest that I/we have read, understand and complied with the Rules and Regulations of the Contest, that I/we are the author/s and sole owner/s of all rights to the Material, which was created and written without any suggestion or request from any third parties that I/we write the Material.
2. I/We recognize that the Contest has access to hundreds of ideas, stories and testimonials and that all information submitted becomes property of Equity Trust Company and can be utilized to illustrate success stories.
3. I/We understand that the submission of the Material into the Contest does not establish any fiduciary or confidential relationship between us, nor is there one intended or created by reason of this letter and/or submission of the Material. I/we have retained a copy of the Material and agree that you shall not be obligated to return the Material to me/us, and I/we release you from all liability if the Material is lost, misplaced, stolen or destroyed.
4. If more than one client signs the application for the Contest, then reference to “I/We” within this release letter shall apply to each party jointly.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN, NOR WILL A PURCHASE IMPROVE ONE’S CHANCES OF WINNING.
ALL FORMS MUST BE FILLED OUT COMPLETELY AND TRUTHFULLY. FAILURE TO COMPLETE THE APPLICATION AND PROVIDE TRUTHFUL AND PERTINENT INFORMATION MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM THE CONTEST. DISQUALIFICATION IS IN THE SOLE DISCRETION OF Equity Trust Company and Equity University (collectively, “Sponsor”).
Sponsor will conduct the Contest substantially as described in these Official Rules (“Rules”). Participation in the Contest constitutes each entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, these Rules. All decisions are final and absolute and not subject to inquiry or appeal. The Contest may be temporarily postponed or discontinued at any time without prior notice. By signing up for the Contest, entrants are agreeing to receive future electronic communication from Equity Trust Company. Entrants may opt-out at anytime. The Contest, and all Contest material, is copyrighted © 2014 by Equity Trust Company. All rights reserved.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Only one (1) application per person is allowed. Entrants must be legal US Residents, 18 years of age or older, and reside in the United States as defined by Equity Trust Company. To be eligible to receive a prize, each winner may be required to complete an entire application package, including applicable release forms and waivers. Only printed or typed applications will be accepted. If a winner is disqualified, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to determine an alternate winner or to not award that winner’s prize at all. Employees of Equity Trust Company, the Contest’s participating sponsors and their advertising agencies, and members of the immediate family of any such persons are not eligible to participate and win. The term “immediate family” includes spouses, siblings, parents, children, grandparents, and grandchildren, whether as ‘in-laws,’ or by current or past marriage(s), remarriage(s), adoption, co-habitation or other family extension, and any other persons residing at the same household whether or not related.
CONTEST PERIOD: The Self-Directed Standout Contest (“Contest”) submission is open from 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time October 10, 2014 to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 17, 2014 or at the discretion of Equity Trust Company (“the Contest Submission Period”). Contest voting runs from 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, October 22, 2014 to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 28, 2014.
HOW TO ENTER: Entrants can enter the Contest by emailing their name, phone number and email address, along with a description of their unique investment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entry constitutes an assignment to Sponsor of all intellectual property rights in the entry materials, if any. Sponsor will not be responsible for incomplete, lost, late, misdirected or illegible entries or for failure to receive entries due to transmission failures or technical failures of any kind, including, without limitation to, the malfunction of any communications network or equipment, or computer hardware or software, whether originating with sender or Sponsor. All entries become property of Sponsor and none will be returned. In the event of a dispute about who submitted an entry, the entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the account identified. The authorized account holder is deemed the natural person who is assigned to a phone number by communications provider, service provider, or any company the phone has been issued and the services are billed. Any questions regarding the number of entries submitted or the owner of a communications account shall be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel the Contest if it becomes technically corrupted. Entries for the Contest will be accepted as set forth herein from October 22, until the end of the Contest Submission Period.
PRIZES: Prizes are provided by Sponsors and no other company is associated with this offer. Winners will be notified by telephone, and via an email message. Winner(s) will be required to complete, sign and reply to the Sponsor by phone, email or in writing within five (5) business days of notification or they will be disqualified. If a winner cannot be reached, or if a winner does not reply with acceptance of the prize within the designated time period, no prize will be awarded.
Prizes cannot be redeemed for cash or substituted for any other items by the winner(s).The winner(s) cannot assign or transfer prize. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a comparable prize of like or greater value, including cash, for any prize, for any reason.
RELEASE; PUBLICITY; USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION: By participating in the Contest, each entrant waives any and all claims of liability against Equity Trust Company and its employees and agents, the Contest’s additional sponsors and their respective employees and agents, for any personal injury or loss which may occur from the conduct of, or participation in, the Contest.
In order to participate in the Contest, entrants may be required to sign an official waiver form provided by Sponsor. By participating in the Contest, the entrant consents to Sponsor’s use of his or her name, state of residence, and likeness for advertising and promotional purposes online, for broadcast, and in print, or in any other media in connection with the Contest, without limitation and without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. Without limiting the generality of the preceding sentence, Sponsor shall own all rights, title and interest in and to all recordings, videos and images, if any, rendered by entrants in connection with the Contest.
DELIVERY & COMPUTER DISCLAIMER: Sponsor disclaims all liability for any delays, mis-delivery, loss, or failure in the delivery of any item sent by mail, courier, express, electronic transmission, or other delivery method. No photocopies or mechanical reproductions of entry forms are permitted. Sponsor is not responsible for mechanical, technical, electronic, communications, telephone, computer, hardware or software errors, malfunctions or failures of any kind, including: failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed transmission of online entries, traffic congestion on telephone lines, the Internet or at any website or lost or unavailable network connections which may limit an online entrant’s ability to participate in the Contest, and any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in or downloading any information necessary to participate in the Contest.
Sponsor is not responsible for error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware, or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate transmission of or failure to receive entry, winner(s) or other giveaway information by Sponsor or entrants for any reason whatsoever. Sponsor is also not responsible for any injury or damage to any entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from playing or downloading any materials in the giveaway or for entries that are late, misdirected or incomplete. All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned.
CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATIONS OF THE GIVEAWAY IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH ENTRANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
Sponsor reserves the right to cancel the giveaway if it becomes technically corrupted. TAXES: Any valuation of the prize(s) stated above is based on available information provided to Sponsor, and the value of any prize awarded to a winner may be reported for tax purposes as required by law. All taxes, including federal, state and local taxes, are the sole responsibility of winner. Each winner must provide Sponsor with valid identification before any prize will be awarded.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: By participating, entrants agree: (a) to the Official Rules and decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final in all respects; (b) to release, discharge, and hold harmless Sponsor, audits respective affiliates, parents, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, officers, directors, employees, representatives, and agents from all liability, injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons, including but not limited to death or property damage resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation in the Contest or any Contest-related activity; (c) that the foregoing parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guaranty, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to any prize. Equity Trust Company and Equity University and their respective advertising and promotion agencies are not responsible for cancellations, postponements, or delays.
Sponsor shall have the sole discretion to administer the Contest and interpret and apply these Rules. Anyone using fraudulent means to participate in and/or win the Contest will be subject to disqualification.
Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entrant at any time, for any reason, including, without limitation, language, lyrics, activities or behavior deemed inappropriate. In consideration for his or her participation in the Contest, each entrant agrees to release and indemnify Equity Trust Company and Equity University and their respective officers, directors, agents, parent companies, subsidiaries and employees, from any and all claims, demands and/or causes of action of any nature or kind whatsoever, whether presently known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen, that arise out of the entrant’s participation in the Contest. Any expenses incurred by the applicant during the application process, including but not limited to, postage, shipping and materials preparation (videotape, photos, etc.) are the sole responsibility of each applicant and Sponsor will not issue reimbursement for any expenses. All contestants and winners agree, by participation in the Competition, to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts of Ohio. All courts of Ohio shall govern this Competition, without regard to Ohio’s choice of law rules. The courts of Ohio shall be the exclusive forum for any dispute regarding any Rule or activity associated with the Competition.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL SPONSOR BE LIABLE FOR INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, ATTORNEYS’ FEES, OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES.
MISCELLANEOUS: Each entrant agrees to abide by these Rules. Each winner must submit proof of eligibility and sign Sponsor’s release form to claim the prize. Sponsor may substitute prizes, amend rules or discontinue the Contest at any time as announced on the official contest website. Sponsor disclaims any responsibility to notify the participants of any aspect related to the conduct of the Contest.
OFFICIAL RULES: To request an additional copy of the Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the business offices of Equity Trust Company, c/o Marketing Department, 1 Equity Way, Westlake Ohio 44145 by the end of the contest. Written copies of these Rules are also available during normal business hours at the business offices of Equity Trust Company at, 1 Equity Way, Westlake Ohio 44145. All entries become property of Sponsor and will not be returned.
COMPLIANCE WITH LAW: The conduct of the Contest is governed by the applicable laws of the State of Ohio, which take precedence over any regulation to the contrary herein. The Contest is void where prohibited and subject to all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Questions can be submitted via email to email@example.com.