Editor’s note: This update comes from cause marketing legal expert Ed Chansky of Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Click here to learn more on cause marketing legal issues.
Effective October 10, 2013, Maine has repealed its law requiring a commercial coventurer to register and post bonds to run charitable sales promotions in the State of Maine. In repealing its registration law, Maine joins Washington State, which repealed a similar registration system in 2007. A copy of the new law, L.D. 1277, can be found at here.
The remaining states where a CCV has some form of registration duty include Massachusetts, Alabama, Illinois, South Carolina, Mississippi and Hawaii. The benefiting nonprofit organization continues to have a duty to file a copy of the CCV contract in New Hampshire, Connecticut, New Jersey, Arkansas and Utah, as well as to report dealings with CCVs on annual reports in many states.