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From David A on 12 Nov '99
replying to Re: CAREFULL! posted by Greg Blasko

>This is the main reason I want to hold a very objective contest. Does anyone know if there is any format or guidelines for posting contest rules or any other type of disclaimer for that matter? There is an inherent risk of legal action just by running a Web site as it is. I have a generic "terms of use" disclaimer on my site to protect myself from someone filing a lawsuit because that skied at a resort that they saw on my site, and broke there leg, or something crazy like that. I guess the next step for me will be to become an LLC (limited liability corporation). At least someone can't sue for your personal assets then.
>I was planning on posting a disclaimer for this contest, but I will now consider this much more seriously. Thanks for the warning David. By the way, I'm not sure how much you can talk about this, but what grounds specifically did this person have for a lawsuit, besides feeling that the contest was too subjective? It also seems strange that they would ask you to provide detailed records of contestants. Why should that matter, and doesn't that break some privacy policy?

The lawsuit was directed at the site holding the contest, we only supplied the prize. So far we have been left out (fingers crossed) and I got only limited info from the other website owner.

>Thanks again for the warning. Now that I know what the contest will most likely be, it's time to research protecting myself.

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