LexPredict, referred to hereafter as Sponsor, is pleased to sponsor the FantasySCOTUS - October 2016 Term of the United States Supreme Court Contest (“Contest”). The Contest begins October 4, 2016 and ends July 1, 2017. Below are the Official Contest Rules (“Rules”). Note – The Elect League is the only league where cash prizes will be awarded.

No purchase necessary to enter or win. Void where prohibited by law. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel the contest at any time. You must be 18 years of age or older to win a prize. Employees, officers, directors of LexPredict, their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries and the members of their immediate family (parents, siblings, children & spouse) regardless of where they live or those persons living in the same household of such employees/officers/directors, whether related or not, are ineligible for prizes.

Participants must submit their predictions online at https://fantasyscotus.lexpredict.com (“Site”). No other form of entry will be accepted.

Participants will be able to make predictions on how each Justice will vote for cases that are argued before the United States Supreme Court (“Court”). Participants can select that a Justice will vote to AFFIRM, REVERSE, or RECUSE from a case.

Participants may enter predictions, and change those predictions, at any point before the case decision is known to participant or public. LexPredict reserves the right to determine when the decision is known to participant or public, and may void any participant predictions made after this time. (Generally, this will be at 10:00 AM on the day the case is decided).

LEAGUES

There are two categories of leagues – pre-defined leagues (Elect League and Law School League) and participant-created individual leagues. Participants may play in any number of these leagues, with the exception of the Law School League which is limited to participation by law students. Cash prizes are only available to those playing in the Elect League.

  • The Elect League – This league is open to anyone, however, in order to be eligible for the prizes, participant must have predicted ALL cases that are argued and yield a signed decision during the October 2016 Term of the United States Supreme Court (no points are awarded for decisions that are dismissed as improvidently granted, or affirmed by an equally divided margin). Participants who do not predict ALL cases will not be eligible for the Elect League prizes.
  • Law School League – This league is only open to law students, defined as a student actively enrolled students of an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Participant-Created Leagues - Participants may create and join private leagues. Participants will be ranked within their leagues, as well as across all FantasySCOTUS participants. There are no cash prizes awarded for play within these leagues. The creators of these leagues will determine who may participate in their leagues.

ELECT LEAGUE

Participants who play in the Elect League must predict every case that is argued and yields a signed opinion during the October 2016 term, in order to be eligible to win the prizes noted below. (Cases that are dismissed as improvidently granted, or affirmed by an equally divided margin, do not yield any points). Prizes will be awarded to participants based on the number of points scored during the competition. Should two or more participants score the same number of points the participants will split the prizes for that level and the next levels equaling the number of tying participants. (Example: 3 people tie for the top prize – grand prize, 1st prize and 2nd prize will be added together and split between the winning participants). Participants will be notified within 30 days of end of Tournament by email to the address associated with their account. Winners will have 30 days from notification to claim their prize and provide required documentation for payment. Prizes will be awarded within 75 days of final date of the Contest. Only U.S. citizens or resident aliens are eligible for prizes. Decisions of the Sponsor are final with respect to all elements of scoring, rank, and prize award.

  • Elect League Grand Prize - $5,000 - One prize will be awarded to the participant with the highest number of points
  • Elect League 1st Prize - $2,500 - One prize will be awarded to the participant with the highest number of points after the Grand Prize winner
  • Elect League 2nd Prize - $1,000 - One prize will be awarded to the participant with the highest number of points after the 1st Prize winner
  • Elect League 3rd Prize - $500 - One prize will be awarded to the participant with the highest number of points after the 2nd Prize winner
  • Elect League Honorable Mention Prizes - $200 - Five prizes will be awarded to the five participants with the highest number of points after the 3rd Prize winner

Elect League members may also be eligible for case-specific contests or other cash prizes that will be announced during the Term.

Participation Prizes are not redeemable or exchangeable for cash.

LAW SCHOOL LEAGUE

Participants who play in the Law School League must be a student enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school during the October 2016 Term of the United States Supreme Court. Law School League prizes will be awarded to participants based on the highest “Justice Accuracy Rate” (defined as the most accurate predictions of how each Justices will vote). Should two or more participants score the same number of points, Sponsor will select the winner between those participants with the same score by random drawing. Those participants not chosen for the level of prize where the tie occurred will eligible for the next level of prize. Decisions of the Sponsor are final.

Law School League Grand Prize – One prize will be awarded to the law school league with the highest “Justice Accuracy Rate” (defined as the most accurate predictions of how each Justices will vote). --- one donation of $1,000 to the Law Library of the participating school, as determined by Sponsor.

POINTS

Each correct prediction for a Justice’s vote (AFFIRM or REVERSE) is worth 10 points. No points are awarded for selecting RECUSE. When nine Justices hear a case, predicting all Justices correctly will yield 90 points. Predicting the outcome of the case (affirm or reverse) is worth an additional 10 points. Each case could be worth a total of 100 points. (However, with an eight-member Court, cases are worth a maximum of 90 points).

For example, in Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Media Association, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit found that statute barring the sale of violent video games to children was unconstitutional. A participant predicts that Justices Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, and Alito will vote to reverse the Ninth Circuit, and that Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan will vote to affirm, or agree with the Ninth Circuit. Assume the participant’s predictions are correct, except for Justice Kennedy, who in fact voted to affirm the lower court.

We realize that in some cases, a Justice votes to affirm in part and reverse in part. Also, the Court will sometimes affirm in part, and reverse in part the lower court's decision. In such cases, it is often hard to characterize whether it is an “affirm” or “reverse” vote. A panel of legal professionals from Sponsor and third parties (“Panel”) will make a judgment as to whether the affirm or reverse vote is on a more prominent part of the case. If a case is DIG'd (Dismissed as Improvidently Granted), or affirmed by an equally divided margin, predictions will receive no points. If a case is Vacated and Remanded, it will be treated as a DIG, and predictions will receive no points. Decisions of the Panel are final.

Additional Terms

All determinations of the Sponsor are final.

Participants agree to release and hold Sponsor, its divisions, affiliates and subsidiaries, successors, heirs, assigns, officers and employees harmless from all actions, suits, claims and demands of any kind, which Participant, Participant’s heirs, executors, administrators and assigns had, now have, or hereafter may have, by reason of any matter connected to the Contest, without limitation.

The user names, actual names and or affiliations of participants may be used in connection with the Contest such as on leader boards or in promotional materials which may appear outside of the Sponsor sites, such as on social media. Personally identifiable information such as email addresses and phone numbers will only be used by Sponsor in connection with the operations of the Contest.

Winning Participants agree to be responsible for applicable taxes on their prize, including all federal, state, local, and any other applicable taxes (including income and sales tax.) Winners of prizes valued at $600 or applicable IRS amount will be required to complete a Form W9 for tax reporting purposes.

Sponsor is not responsible for late, lost, illegible, incomplete, damaged or misdirected entries and reserves the right, in their sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be cheating or tampering with an entry or the operation of Contest or who is in violation of these terms. Sponsor reserves the right to prosecute any fraudulent activities to the full extent of the law or business policies.

Any notices or changes made to questions, scoring, or anything else related to the Contest will be posted to the site, blog, or emailed and serve as constructive notice.