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News Posted on July 11, 2014

Professor Joo Comments on Contest Prize Dispute for Sacramento Bee

Professor Thomas Joo commented for the Sacramento Bee on a dispute that has arisen over the prize offered in a local golf tournament.

Allan Ross of Roseville participated in the Foundation Cup Golf Tournament at Granite Bay Golf Club in May believing that the competition offered an enticing prize--a $60,000 Kia K900 that was displayed on the course--to anyone who scored a hole-in-one. After Ross achieved that rare feat, he was informed by Folsom Lake Ford that the car on display at the tournament was not the actual hole-in-one prize, and that he would receive $25,000 credit toward the purchase of a new vehicle.  Ross is threatening legal action.

Professor Joo said Ross would need to prove he reasonably thought the car was the prize to win a claim in court. "You have to reasonably believe they promised the car," Joo said. "That's the bottom line."  

Joo, a professor at UC Davis School of Law, specializes in the areas of corporate governance and race and the law.

Sacramento Bee