Is it legal for a company to not honor their coupons that have an expiration date on them of October 2013? 2 Answers as of September 11, 2013

They are for free beer and they were won by playing a paid game at their fair.

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Lawyer for Indie Media | Sue Basko
This is a complicated question. Without knowing all the facts, I cannot give any real answer. Regular coupons can be dishonored for a number of reasons. However, this sounds like a prize won in a contest. If it was a game of skill, one set of rules will apply. If it was a game of chance, it is gambling of a sort, and a different set of rules will apply. It will depend on what basis the coupon is not being honored. Were fake coupons printed up and distributed? Have the coupons be transferred from the winner to someone else? Usually such a prize is not transferable to someone else. Or perhaps the company that was providing the prize has since gone out of business or changed locations? All these things are factors into whether the coupon must be honored, and if so, by whom and in what way and toward whom. The reality of life is that whenever you win a prize or get a gift certificate, it is best to promptly use it within a week or two.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Replied: 9/11/2013
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Sebby Law Office | Jayne Sebby
If the company itself issued the coupons and there are no restrictions on them other than the expiration date, the company should honor them. However, if the company issued the coupons through a third party or there is some legal reason free beer can't be offered this way, the company may be able to refuse to honor the coupons.
Answer Applies to: Nebraska
Replied: 9/10/2013
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