$3 million dollars is raised for a space age car that’s never built.

Elizabeth Carmichael

The Dale was the answer to the gas crisis


The factory was empty, no cars were being made

In 1973, America was faced with an oil crisis that nearly crippled the country.  Consumers wanted a solution—cheaper gas or more fuel-efficient cars.  One visionary claimed she had the perfect solution … a revolutionary, three-wheeled vehicle called “The Dale.”

This car supposedly cost less than two thousand dollars and would get 60 miles to the gallon.  Made of a special aerospace plastic, its creator claimed it could withstand an impact against a brick wall at 50 miles per hour.  According to car dealer Frank Gavrich, the Dale seemed like the perfect answer to the gas crunch:

“We all heard of the gas guzzlers coming from Detroit.  And here’s somebody who could put out an automobile that could get 60 miles to a gallon of gas and travel all over the city without a problem. It would’ve been the ideal automobile.”

The entrepreneur who unveiled the Dale was a remarkable and forceful woman named Liz Carmichael, who saw herself as a cross between Howard Hughes and Henry Ford.
A low cost, high mileage car was the right idea at the right time and Carmichael racked up more than $3 million dollars worth of advance sales before a single car rolled off the production line.

Elizabeth was a man: Jerry Dean Michael

In 1973, Liz was a housewife living in Los Angeles with her five children.  She claimed she had a degree in mechanical engineering, and in 1974, formed 20th Century Motor Car Corporation to produce her three-wheeled car, the Dale.  Liz told investors and the press that her company was renting three huge aircraft hangars where they would soon start production.  News of Carmichael and her car spread across the country.  Soon she was being interviewed by Newsweek and People Magazine.  But back at Carmichael’s headquarters in Encino, California, the authorities began to question her claims.  The California Department of Corporations accused her of illegally selling both dealer franchises and cars that did not yet exist.  Then, the Department of Motor Vehicles discovered the company had no state permit to manufacture cars.  Bill Hall, an Investigator for the California Department of Motor Vehicles, questioned whether the lab was even developing a vehicle:

“We went to the research and development lab… people appeared to be busy.  But in wandering through the lab I saw no evidence that they were designing a vehicle or in the process of making a vehicle.”

Bill Hall went to check out the three hangars where Carmichael claimed the cars would be manufactured:

“I went to this airport.  Upon entering I discovered… the hangars were absolutely empty.  No tools.  No machinery.  Nothing but a little dirt on the floor.  They had rented this for only one month. And the rent had now expired.  So they actually did not have a factory that they were representing they had.”

Elizabeth was convicted of fraud

With the authorities closing in, Carmichael decided it was time to move her headquarters to Dallas.  But two and a half weeks later, the district attorney filed criminal grand theft charges against Liz Carmichael.  Back in California, Bill Hall went to the research and development lab with a search warrant:

“On inspection of this vehicle it was not a viable vehicle at all.  It had no engine.  Two-by-fours were holding up the rear wheel. The accelerator was just sitting on the floor.  It wasn’t even attached.  The windows were not safety glass. They would bend back and forth. The doors were put on by regular door hinges, like one might find on a house door.  The vehicle just absolutely did not exist.”

The Dallas Police also searched Carmichael’s house.  Apparently, she and her five children had moved out in a hurry.  Liz Carmichael was gone.  But nine weeks later, she was discovered living in Miami with her five children.  A neighbor recognized her from a news photo and called the authorities.  She was working for a dating service and going by the name of Susan Raines.  They also learned that Liz Carmichael had another identity.  She was really a man named Jerry Dean Michael.

Michael claimed he had begun hormone treatments in preparation for a sex change operation.  It was later learned that Michael was wanted by the Federal authorities for counterfeiting in 1961 and for jumping bail in 1962.  Jerry Dean Michael, alias Geraldine Elizabeth Carmichael, was arrested on April 12, 1975.  He was extradited to Los Angeles and put on trial for conspiracy, grand theft, and fraud.  Robert Youngblood was the Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney at the time of his trial:

“Liz arrived in court everyday in mini-skirts.  Now here’s somebody who’s over 200 pounds and over six feet tall, and has a demeanor of ‘ I am a new Henry Ford’.  It was rather bizarre. Liz did not give one quarter in the course of the trial.  There was never once when Liz gave up her position that the people who supported her would vindicate her.”

Jerry Dean Michael was convicted of conspiracy, grand theft, and fraud.  He was released on $50,000 bail.  For the next four years, he appealed his conviction and lost each time.  Finally, in 1980, Michael failed to show up in court for sentencing and wasn’t seen again for eight years.


Within just minutes of our broadcast, we received a tip from a viewer who recognized Jerry Dean Michael as a flower vender named Kathryn Elizabeth Johnson.  Michael had chosen to live in the small community of Dale, Texas, and was arrested at his home.  Eight years after he jumped bail, Michael was returned to California.  There, he was sentenced to 32 months on several counts arising from his auto scam.  He was sent to an all-male facility.  After serving just over two years, Jerry Dean Michael was discharged with three years of parole.  A prototype of the Dale is in the permanent collection of the Petersen Automobile Museum in Los Angeles.

Watch this case now on Amazon Prime in season one with Robert Stack and season three with Dennis Farina. Also available on YouTube with Dennis Farina. Various seasons available now on Hulu.



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    Chris L.

    Anyone else find it crazy that he created a car called The Dale, and hid out for 8 years in Dale, Tx?


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    Interesting how everyone wants to discuss this guy pretending to be a woman, and not the scam he ran.


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    Lesley Bond

    I have a Question??? This is a man living as a Woman…WHERE DID THE 5 KIDS COME FROM????


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    This was re-aired today and one of the things that baffled me is how easily she seemed to find jobs despite being on the run and also a big and tall transgender woman. I knew a transwoman that was about her size and lived in a major U.S. city and it took her over a year to get a job despite having two college degrees. I think it was because so many potential employers strongly suspected she was genetically a male. She eventually found one but I believe someone she knew helped her get it.


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    I met this woman/man at the Los Angeles Convention Center at the southern california automobile show. She had these gaudy rings on, and she didn’t have a very convincing female voice and someone had pissed her off shortly before I met her. She was rambling on and on about “…I don’t like it when people say I look like a man. I don’t look like a man do I?” and directed the question at me. and I looked at her and didn’t see her at all. I saw big fat and fake hair (obviously a huge wig) fake face (makeup) fake smell (perfume) and gaudy rings. But I thought what she said was done to mask things and I told my dad that lady is a man on our way home. I asked her if I could buy a car today and she said something about needing more investment money to be able to go against the big automobile manufacturers. I was very interested in this car from the onset. I remember the gas crisis then, and how difficult it was to ration gasoline, and I saw this as a great idea. I was only 10 or 11 at the time.


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    Well, let me hurriedly get this out of the way here by saying that I am a trans person. And sure, genetics will say I’m a guy, biology and presentation will say woman. Whether or not you like or support it is up to you. However I do ask not to treat a trans person negatively, regardless of what you think of them.

    Now, to the subject at hand. I do think Liz is/was trans. However, based on the evidence and their past, it almost seems like the gender switch was deception to separate themselves from their criminal past rather than anything actually legit. Even today, you can sort of erase your past with transition (my history basically was erased save for credit rating), thus in this case, lending some credibility to the scam because their sketchy history. Or it may have been legit, just crazy convenient for the scams.

    Likewise, it’s actually common for trans people to stop transitioning in prison for safety reasons and because it’s just too darned hard.

    So I can’t say for sure what Liz is because of all the crazy gymnastics in the case…so I can’t fault the site for whatever word usage they want to use.

    Not like it matters though, a crime is a crime no matter what gender you are. Just makes the case more fun!


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      Eric Burow

      In researching this over the past two years, I think this has less to do with gender and more to do with the law being broken in a scam that came as many do — in a time of desperation. In this case, the desperation being the 1970’s energy crisis. As I further my research, I find the information and history on Carmichael fragmentary, especially with one source saying she died in 2004, and others saying she may still be alive. Transphobic? I think not.


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    In 1975, I was a waiter at Red Lobster in Farmers Branch, Texas. A large party was sat at tables in my section. At the head of the table was a large lady. A small child was sitting in a high chair next to her and called the lady, “Mom.” I started a discussion with some of the waitresses and told them I thought the lady was actually a man. They said no way because of the children with her. The next day I saw a story on the news with the lady I had waited on talking about a three-wheeled car she created that got 70 MPG and could crash into a wall at up to 30 MPH with no damage. I saw the car on a trailer behind a truck in a shopping center parking lot. Soon afterwards, it was being reported that Liz Carmichael was indicted on fraud and they showed two California drivers licenses on the news, one of John Dean Michael and the other of Elizabeth Carmichael. It was all bazaar but I won my bet with the waitresses that the customer was actually a man.


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      I knew a transsexual who was 6’3″ and rather ‘built’, but if she noticed people staring at her or heard them make a rude comment, she would march right up to them and say, “What did you say? You care to repeat that?” or “What are you gawking at?”


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    Beyond the male/female issue, this article is one of history. But, there are some unanswered questions. Was the transition completed? What was Jerry Michael/Elizabeth Carmichael’s life after prison like? Did Carmichael die in 2004, as some sources claim? This history has nothing to do with LGBT activism! It’s about a scam done, as many scams are, during a time of great desperation — the 1970’s gasoline crisis.


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      The other curiousity is “what was his prison life like? How did the other inmates deal with him? We have all heard the stories of being the “date” if you put it in civil terms.


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    Ludicrous, Always someone complaining about something being “phobic”. Phobia is being afraid of something. You can NOT like something and not be afraid of it. I am afraid of Spiders. Therefore ARACHNAPHOBIA is a correct definition. This article is NOT afraid of anything. Or against anything. Its just an article. Its objectional. Take your PC nonsense elsewhere please. This has nothing to do with the subject matter. This is just an attempt at political nonsense. Personally nature made this person a Male. What he “felt” is ridiculous. Whether one feels like a male or female is nonsensical. If one wants an operation. That’s up to them. Its a free country. America has run PC hysterical. It really burns me up when you get a so called “movement” in society who wants special treatment because they feel as if they are different. I’m left handed. I want special treatment. I’m 6’4 as well. I want special treatment. I want TV showing a influx of left handed 6’4 people. On every channel. Or your “Tall-O-Phobic”. How ridiculous is that? Let’s take it a step further. I have a buddy who REALLY loves his cat. REALLY LOVES IT. So much he wants to marry it. He should get equal rights. (This is sarcasm by the way) Or your “Beastiality-phobic”. Sorry for the rant. I can’t stand stupidity.


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    Dale Eugene

    I was a junior in a Dallas high school in 1975 and worked as a waiter at Red Lobster in the evenings. One night, a large party was seated at three of my tables that were pushed together to accommodate them. At the head of the table was a lady who was in charge of the group. There were other adults at the table and some children, one of whom was a small toddler in a high chair sitting next to the lady and calling her mom. I noticed rather large feet and what appeared to be an Adam’s apple in her throat. That, and her mannerisms caused me to tell some of the waitresses that I believed she was actually a man. They told me I was wrong and one of them even made a small wager with me. After they finished their meal, the lady left me a generous tip for which I was pleased. The next day, there was a story on the news with her picture and talking about the car she was marketing. I even saw the car sitting on a trailer in the Northtown shopping center in NW Dallas. A few days later, another story aired that said she was missing and wanted for fraud and they showed two California drivers licenses, one for Elizabeth Carmichael and another for Jerry Dean Michael. I won my bet with the waitress.


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      Oh honey! That’s so cool! hehe! Yeah Liz Carmicheal, she was a very interesting person. I think stealing was wrong of her but…her, like whole persona fascinated me! I also wondered if in face she was really a hermaphrodite and was raised male but felt more like a female?


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        Some of what I see on here is ridiculous. But since you are curious, she was raised and lived as a man who served her country during the end of WW2, married and had five children before becoming transgender. She passed away in 2004 in Austin, TX.


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          I agree, Jeri, especially the commenter Joe who posted on January of 2018. There is no way at 10 or 11 years old did he walked up to Liz and say he wanted to buy her car, and she took him seriously, as he claimed. Oh, Puleeze! People lie.


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    Joe Joe

    And on a transphobic note – If she/he goes missing, do we put her picture on half and half?


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    I Like Words

    I like words. Many words here.


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    Shades of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos?


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    I love trans gurls!!


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    Haha Mulder. Well said. Btw I’m little and blonde so I expect special treatment too. I’m tired turning up at the cop shop for the dum line-up standing next to the other Marilyn lookalikes. Btw she read Ulysses by James Joyce. No mean feat there. Anyway must dash, last train leaves in half an hour and I got to find a grate to help me cool off. Being August and all


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    meant to say “Objective”


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    This article is transphobic. Just because she was born biologically male doesn’t mean she’s not a woman. Saying she’s actually a he for shock value is just disrespectful. Thank you Dahlia for using the proper pronouns in your comment, I wish UM had done the same.


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      How is it transphobic when he was living as a woman but was STILL biologically male?


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      He was dressing like a woman to hide from the police. Not because he felt “like a woman inside”
      And to actually be correct, it DOES means he’s not a woman. She had No Boobs and No lady Bits Below, so she’s a Man who dresses as a woman.


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      No if your born a man your a man. This person is a man in a wig. Get your pc weirdo crap out of here sicko . You are the problem with the world atm you sick trans loving weirdo.


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      She was another genius ahead of her time like Tucker


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      Actually it is the literal definition she isn’t a woman.


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    thomas davis

    depends . . perhaps the ‘jerry dean michael’ is no more . . and liz is in Austin . 🙂


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    The “Museum of Hoaxes” website claims Liz died of cancer in 2004, but Wikipedia says she’s alive and living with her daughter in Austin, Texas. Which is correct?


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      Dont cite wikipedia remeber it is all user input and not all is verified.. just fyi


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      Yeah, I remember reading that on the Museum of the Hoax site. It was her granddaughter that said she died back in 2004 and her body was donated to science. I believe her.


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CMP implements commercially reasonable security measures to help protect against unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure, or destruction of data. Except for membership directories, membership lists and registration lists, and the sharing of information as set forth in this Privacy Policy, we restrict access to Personal Data to certain companies who need the data to operate, develop, or improve our services. These individuals or partner organizations are bound by confidentiality obligations and may be subject to discipline, including termination and criminal prosecution, if they fail to meet these obligations.


Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or electronic storage is fully secure. Accordingly, and despite our reasonable efforts to protect your Personal Data from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure, CMP cannot guarantee or warrant the security of the Personal Data you transmit to us, or to or from our online Sites. If you have questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us.


Certain areas of the Sites require the use of a user ID, email address, or password as an additional security measure that helps protect your Personal Data.  To help you protect your privacy, these Sites have tools to help you log in and log out.


We rely on you to update and correct your Personal Data.  If you are a user of our Sites, subscriber to [CMP product], purchaser of CMP products and services, you can review, update and correct your information directly on CMP’s website or by contacting us using the information in the “Contact Information” section below.


Typically, we retain your Personal Data for the period necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy, unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by law.  This may include retaining your Personal Data indefinitely, even after you are no longer a CMP member, in order to provide you with future marketing opportunities and other purposes, as well as to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, or enforce any of our agreements.  


Please note that you can request, at any time, that we delete your Personal Data.  All requests must be directed to the contact in the “Contact Information” section below.  We can decide to delete your Personal Data if we believe that the data is incomplete, inaccurate, or that our continued use and storage are contrary to our obligations to other members, individuals, or third parties.  When we delete your Personal Data, it will be removed from our active databases or anonymized so that the data is no longer identified with you, but the data may remain in our archives if CMP determines that it is not practical or possible to delete it.

Your Personal Data is processed in the United States, where privacy laws may be less stringent than the laws in your country and where the government, courts, or law enforcement may be able to access your data.  By submitting your Personal Data to us, you agree to the transfer, storage and processing of your Personal Data in the United States.

You, as the data subject, have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State of your habitual residence, place of work, or place of the alleged infringement, if you believe that the processing of your personal data does not comply with legal requirements.

In the event we determine the occurrence of a data security incident, we will notify you by email, US mail, telephone, or other means as permitted by law.

If you have questions, comments, or complaints concerning our privacy practices or if you wish to change, access, or remove your Personal Data, please contact us as indicated below.  We will attempt, where practical, to respond to your requests and to provide you with additional privacy related information.

Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. is the owner of this Website and retains all ownership rights to the information collected at this Website. Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. reserves the right to change, modify, add, or remove provisions of this Privacy Statement. Any changes to this Privacy Statement will be posted here, and we encourage you to check back from time to time. In addition, Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. will notify registered users of changes as they occur.

We allow third-party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain anonymous information when you visit our web site. These companies may use non-personally identifiable information (e.g., click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information. To learn more about this behavioral advertising practice or to opt-out of this type of advertising, you can visit networkadvertising.org. Your use of the site constitutes your agreement to accept cookies, beacons and third-party advertising. Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. assumes no responsibility for third-party ads.

ARTICLE 1. Personalization
1.1 We may use the contact information you give us to better tailor your Website experience to your interests, and to send you information about Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. and its services as well as promotional material on behalf of some of our partners. We may use other information that you provide to us to show you content in which you may be interested and to display the content according to your preferences. We will also share this information within Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. in order to enhance your experience on this and other Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. Websites.
1.2 In addition, we may share this information with advertisers or other third parties that are not part of the Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. family on an aggregate or other basis that does not disclose your identity or contact information.

ARTICLE 2. Online Surveys/Contests
2.1 From time to time, we may conduct online surveys and contests. These may ask you for contact information (like name or email address) and demographic information (like zip code or age).
2.2 We may use this contact information from our surveys and contests to provide you with information about our company and promotional material on behalf of some of our partners, and to contact you when necessary.

ARTICLE 3. Shopping/Commercial Services
3.1 This Website may offer shopping services, which may be offered by us or by a firm that operates a store under contract with us. If our Website offers shopping or other commercial services, you will use a customer order form to request information, products, and services. The order form will ask you to give us contact information (like name or email address), financial information (like account or credit card numbers), and demographic information (like zip code or age).

3.2 We will use the financial information that you provide to bill you for products and services. By giving our Website your credit card and related personal information, you are authorizing our store to give that information to the merchant and credit card company in order to confirm and fulfill your order.

3.3 We will use contact information from the order form to fulfill your orders. We may also use contact data to get in touch with you when necessary. We will not otherwise use or distribute your financial information without your prior approval.

ARTICLE 4. Public forums
4.1 This Website may make available chat rooms, blogs, forums, message boards, and news groups. Please remember that any information that you disclose in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information. Information disclosed by you or by others enters the public domain and may be freely used by any other persons or entities using the site.

ARTICLE 5. Information Sharing With Third Parties
5.1 From time to time we may enter into a special relationship with another company that is not owned by Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. to provide additional features at this Website. These special relationships may include “powered by” partners, business partners, sponsors, and co-branded sites (referred to here as “co-branded pages”). These might include, for example, pages that share our name and that of another entity. You should look for a specific privacy statement on any such co-branded page. Any personal information that you provide when signing up at one of those co-branded pages may be shared with our third party partner. You should also check our partner’s website for information regarding its privacy policies.

5.2 Also, the nature of some features of our Website may require that we share personal information about you with persons or companies outside of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. For example, this may occur at a feature that enables you, via our Website, to ask questions of persons or entities that are not part of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. By responding to those features of the site, whether by email or direct entry of information on our Website, you are consenting to our transferring that information to such persons or entities.

5.3 With respect to specific registration modules, like contests, we may disclose personal information collected, and we may post a conspicuous statement on the registration module to the effect that we will be disclosing the information collected with third parties.

5.4 Finally, we may share any of the information collected from you with these other non- Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc companies in an aggregate basis. The aggregated information is not linked to any information that can identify you.

ARTICLE 6. IP Address and Log Files
6.1 We may use your IP address to administer our Website, to help diagnose problems with our server, to analyze trends, to track users’ webpage movements, to help identify you and your shopping cart, and to gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.

ARTICLE 7. Cookies
7.1 This Website may use a standard technology called a “cookie” to collect information about how you use the Website. Cookies reside on your computer and help our Website to recognize your computer’s browser as a previous visitor. This information allows us to customize delivery of information. For example, our Website may use cookies to save and remember registration information or preferences that you may have set while browsing the Website, to keep track of your shopping cart, to ensure you don’t see the same ad content repeatedly, to deliver content specific to your interests, and to save your password so you do not have to re-enter it each time you visit our site. We use cookies only to gather information as indicated in this policy.

7.2 In addition, on occasion our site may also set a “session cookie” which helps us administer the Website. The session cookie expires when you close your browser and does not retain any information about you after it expires.

7.3 Finally, we may also use an ad network provider to help present advertisements on this and other Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. websites. This ad network provider, like other advertising service vendors, uses cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies on the hard drive of your computer to serve you advertisements tailored to interests you have shown by browsing on this and other sites you have visited, and to determine whether you have seen a particular advertisement before and to avoid sending you duplicate advertisements. In doing so, the provider collects non-personal data such as your browser type, your operating system, web pages visited, time of visits, content viewed, ads viewed, and other clickstream data. The use of cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies by these ad network providers is subject to their own privacy policies, not ours, and Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. assumes no responsibility for the collection or use of such information.

ARTICLE 8. Banner Advertising
8.1 We have contracted with an ad-service to place banner advertising on our Website. All of the data provided and generated by the ad-server software remains in our possession. This feature of our Website may, on occasion, set “cookies” on your computer. Any information collected or stored by the ad-service or the cookies is treated in the same manner as other information described in this statement.

ARTICLE 9. Children’s Personal Information
9.1 Consistent with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act:

9.1.1 This site does NOT collect, use, or disclose personal information (including online contact information) of children under the age of thirteen (13).

9.1.2 In the event that a child under the age of 13 attempts to register on our site, we will NOT accept the registration and will delete information received from the child.

9.1.3 In the event that a child posts personal information in a public forum such as a chat room, we will attempt to delete that information once we become aware of it.

ARTICLE 10. Security of Your Personal Information
10.1 Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. employs reasonable security measures consistent with standard industry practice, for information collected through this Website. We believe that we have adequate security measures in place in our physical facilities to protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of the information we collect on our Website. We also use internal protections to limit access to users’ personal information to only those employees who need the information to perform a specific job.

ARTICLE 11. Sale or Merger
11.1 If this Website is sold to, or merges with, another company not owned by Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc., you should expect that some or all of the information collected from this Website may be transferred to the buyer/surviving company. If so, CMP will seek to obligate the acquiring company to use any personal information transferred by this Website in a manner consistent with this statement, but cannot guarantee that it will be able to impose that requirement or that the acquiring company will comply.

ARTICLE 12. Legal Process
12.1 You should be aware that Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. may be required to disclose your personal information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances, such as in court or regulatory proceedings.

ARTICLE 13.  Contacting the Website

13.1        If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, the practices of this Website, or your dealings with this Website, please contact us at: unsolved@unsolved.com.

ARTICLE 14.  general information

14.1        Choice of Law:  This Agreement and the Additional Terms shall be governed by, construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of California , as it is applied to agreements entered into and to be performed entirely within such state, without regard to conflict of law principles.

14.2        Choice of Forum:  You agree that any cause of action you or Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. brings to enforce this Agreement and/or the Additional Terms, or in connection with any matters related to this Website and/or the Privacy Statement, shall be submitted to arbitration in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, United States of America in accordance with the commercial rules and regulations of the American Arbitration Association then in effect (as amended herein), provided that said arbitration shall be heard before a single arbitrator, who shall be a retired judge, selected pursuant to such rules and regulations, and shall be conducted on an expedited basis and in confidence. The arbitrator’s decision shall be controlled by the terms and conditions of this agreement and any other agreements I may enter into with you, and shall be final and binding, and shall provide for each party to bear its own costs of arbitration and attorneys’ fees.  Each party expressly waives any right to a jury.  Judgment upon the award of the arbitrator may be entered or enforced in any court of competent jurisdiction. 

14.4        If any provision of this Agreement, or the application thereof to any person or circumstances, is held invalid or for any reason unenforceable then such provision shall be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that matches, as closely as possible, the original provision, and the other provisions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.  The failure of either party to insist upon strict performance of any provision of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right.  Unless expressly provided otherwise, this Agreement is the entire agreement between you and Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. with respect to the use of this Website and shall not be modified except in writing, signed by an authorized representative of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc.

ARTICLE 15.  European Union and Other Foreign Nations

15.1        This Website is governed by and operated in accordance with the laws of United States of America and is intended for enjoyment of residents of the United States.  Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. makes no representation that this Website is governed by or operated in accordance with the laws of other nations.  By using this Website and submitting any personal information, visitors from outside of the United States acknowledge this Website is subject to U.S. law, consent to the transfer of personal data to the U.S., and waive any claims that may arise under their own national laws.