Pre-Paid Promotions, Inc. Demands Mobile County District Attorney Retract Illegal Lottery Allegations & Threats of Prosecution

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Pre-Paid Promotions, Inc. ("PPP"), an established Alabama distributor of pre-paid phone cards, has asked the Mobile County District Attorney to withdraw all threats of prosecution against retail vendors of its pre-paid phone cards and to retract all allegations that the sale of PPP phone cards violates state anti-lottery and gambling laws.

PPP has worked hard to establish its well-earned reputation in the industry for honesty and integrity as well as its reputation as a good corporate citizen of the State of Alabama, and we intend to vigorously defend that reputation

Pre-Paid Promotions, Inc. ("PPP"), an established Alabama distributor of pre-paid phone cards, has asked the Mobile County District Attorney to withdraw all threats of prosecution against retail vendors of its pre-paid phone cards and to retract all allegations that the sale of PPP phone cards violates state anti-lottery and gambling laws.  In support of its request, PPP cited previous court decisions and opinions issued by the Office of the Attorney General of Alabama.  Those opinions and decisions have consistently found that the promotion and sale of pre-paid phone cards, which include a promotions sweepstakes in the form of a scratch-off sweepstakes and which allow for the free distribution of game piece, do not constitute a prohibited lottery under Alabama law.  The Opinion 99-00028 affirms the legality of such phone cards and finds that the free game piece does not constitute either an unconstitutional lottery under Section 65 of the Constitution of Alabama, 1901, or a violation of Alabama's statutory prohibitions relating to gambling offenses set forth in Ala. Code § 13A-12-20 (1994).  
 
Michael Moore, the President of PPP, stated, "We are a reputable and well-established distributor of pre-paid phone cards in the State of Alabama.  We sell phone cards with and without sweepstakes promotions.  We have diligently ensured that our products comply with all state laws and that our vendors sell PPP phone card products to the public in the manner consistent with state law.  Our phone cards provide valuable long-distance calling minutes for use nationwide, and we promote the sale of some of our phone cards through the use of a standard sweepstakes model which requires no purchase by members of the public in order to participate.  There are literally dozens of products promoted through similar sweepstakes promotions throughout Alabama.  You need only walk down the aisles of your local grocery store to see this long-established form of product promotion.  We agree that the District Attorney should enforce the laws of the State of Alabama.  And, although there may be some products being sold by other companies in violation of Alabama law, that is not the case with PPP's phone card products."
 
PPP has asked the Mobile County District Attorney to review the law and opinions governing sweepstakes promotions; to retract all allegations of illegal activity against PPP and its product vendors; and to stop all threats of potential prosecution and threats of product confiscation against PPP vendors.
 
"PPP has worked hard to establish its well-earned reputation in the industry for honesty and integrity as well as its reputation as a good corporate citizen of the State of Alabama, and we intend to vigorously defend that reputation", stated Moore.  PPP has extended an invitation to the Mobile District Attorney to address any question he may have regarding the sale and promotion of PPP pre-paid phone cards.
 
Please Direct All Press Inquiries to the Following:
 
Christopher W. Weller, Esq.
Capell & Howard, P.C.
150 South Perry Street
Montgomery, Al 36104
 
Tel.:​(334) 241-8066
Cell:​(334) 399-4178
Email​: cww (at) chlaw (dot) com

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