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Friday, July 25, 2008

Apparently Calling Off An Engagement Is Now Grounds For A Law Suit

I can't believe that this suit even made it to court, much less resulted in an award. So she picked up and left town because she thought this guy would marry her and he didn't. Boo-fucking-hoo. If I called my friend and convinced him to move to KC because there were some great job opportunities here, and he wound up living on the street, could he then sue me?

Jilted bride calls $150,000 jury award ‘justice’
After hearing the case, a Hall County jury awarded Shell $150,000 on Wednesday.

Lydia Sartain, Shell’s attorney, said her only reservations about taking on the case were over the “conservative” nature of area residents who might make up the jury.

“We really debated quite extensively whether to bring the case,” Sartain said. “But we just felt so strongly that in this case he had told her to quit her job and she relied on his promise. He came to her in Florida and moved her back into his house, took steps above and beyond the usual ‘Will you marry me, let’s plan a wedding’ and then somebody backs out.”

“Really, we believe now that he never intended to follow through on the promise to marry,” Sartain added.

Sartain also told Vieira that she hopes the case sets a precedent that an engagement can be a binding contract: “When you give your word to do something and you cause people to rely on it to their detriment, then you may be held accountable for any damages that you cause.”

2 Comments:

Blogger The Exterminator said...

What you fail to point out here is that jilting is the non-union between one man and one plaintiff

7/25/2008 6:11 PM  
Blogger Venjanz said...

Shit, now an engagement is a binding agreement? No thanks, I'll stay single.

7/25/2008 11:00 PM  

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