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Publishers Clearing House Reaches Comprehensive Agreement With State Attorneys General.



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PORT WASHINGTON Port Washington, uninc. town (1990 pop. 15,387), Nassau co., SE N.Y., a suburb of New York City, on the north shore of Long Island and Manhasset Bay. There is extensive manufacturing, much of it reflecting the region's past association with the aircraft and aerospace , N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 26, 2001

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Continue With Next $1 Million Prize Awarded on August 23rd

Publishers Clearing House, a leading direct marketer of magazines and products and the nation's largest sweepstakes sponsor, announced today that it has reached a comprehensive agreement with 26 state Attorneys General that brings to a close the outstanding issues and legal proceedings All actions that are authorized or sanctioned by law and instituted in a court or a tribunal for the acquisition of rights or the enforcement of remedies.  raised against the company. The company previously settled with 24 states and the District of Columbia District of Columbia, federal district (2000 pop. 572,059, a 5.7% decrease in population since the 1990 census), 69 sq mi (179 sq km), on the east bank of the Potomac River, coextensive with the city of Washington, D.C. (the capital of the United States).  last summer.

"This settlement will allow PCH to move forward doing what we do best - serving millions of satisfied customers and awarding millions of dollars to people all over the U.S." said Robin Smith, Chairman & CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  of Publishers Clearing House "We listened to the states concerns and have agreed to responsive and significant changes that will make our promotions the clearest, most reliable and trustworthy in the industry."

Deborah Holland, Executive Vice President for PCH said, "Entries for our next $1 Million Prize to be awarded on August 23rd during the NBC Nightly News NBC Nightly News is the flagship evening news program for NBC News and broadcasts from the GE Building, Rockefeller Center in New York City. It has been known by this name since August 1, 1970.  are in the mail right now." Ms. Holland continued, "The fact that the company faithfully awards its prizes has never been in doubt."

Christopher L. Irving Christopher L. Irving is the Vice President of Consumer, Government & Legal Affairs for Publishers Clearing House in Port Washington, New York. In this capacity he is responsible for directing Government and Consumer Affairs relations for the multi-channel direct marketing company , Senior Director of Consumer Affairs for PCH said, "Publishers Clearing House will conduct its sweepstakes in complete and full accordance with the terms of this settlement which sets a new high water mark for industry standards. Consumers can participate in the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes with total confidence in the honesty and fairness of our promotions and with the knowledge that we are committed to doing the right thing for all consumers."

Former U.S. Attorney General Benjamin R. Civiletti, senior partner in the law firm Venable, Baetjer, Howard & Civiletti of Baltimore and Washington, played a critical role in bringing the parties together and, as Special Compliance Counsel, will advise the company and oversee compliance and complaint resolution in the future. Mr. Civiletti described the settlement as "A ground-breaking government-private agreement which assures more consumer disclosures and protections for sweepstakes than any other industry in the nation."

Among the significant highlights of the breakthrough settlement are:
-- Innovative consumer protection programs to identify and remove from the
mailing list consumers who may be confused about sweepstakes promotions.

-- Permanent inclusion in all PCH mailings of consumer friendly "Sweepstakes
Facts Disclosures" that carry important consumer education messages regarding
odds of winning, giveaway end dates and no purchase necessary in a grid display
reminiscent of FDA-style nutrition labeling.

-- The use of a single exclusive method of entry for all consumers who wish to
enter the sweepstakes.

-- Establishment of a "Special Compliance Counsel" to act as a liaison between
the states and PCH on an ongoing basis.

-- Equal prominence for conditions to winning in statements about winning.


The states participating in the settlement are: Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina North Carolina, state in the SE United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (E), South Carolina and Georgia (S), Tennessee (W), and Virginia (N). Facts and Figures


Area, 52,586 sq mi (136,198 sq km). Pop.
, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island Rhode Island, island, United States
Rhode Island, island, 15 mi (24 km) long and 5 mi (8 km) wide, S R.I., at the entrance to Narragansett Bay. It is the largest island in the state, with steep cliffs and excellent beaches.
, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Wisconsin Vermont is a town in Dane County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 839 at the 2000 census. Geography
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 92.6 km² (35.8 mi²), all land.
 and West Virginia West Virginia, E central state of the United States. It is bordered by Pennsylvania and Maryland (N), Virginia (E and S), and Kentucky and, across the Ohio R., Ohio (W). Facts and Figures


Area, 24,181 sq mi (62,629 sq km). Pop.
.

Publishers Clearing House has been in business for over 47 years, and in that time has awarded over $170 million in major prizes alone. Over 40% of the company's profits go to fund a wide range of charitable activities including health care, environmental, cultural and human rights causes. On August 23th the company will award its next major prize of one million dollars in a live PCH announcement, during a commercial break of the NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw. On Super Bowl Sunday the company will continue its tradition of awarding $10 Million Dollars live on national television.

Further information and comment from the company is available to the media 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by contacting Christopher L. Irving, Senior Director of Consumer Affairs at (800) 337 - 4724.
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