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Judge gives $53k engagement ring to woman dumped via text

Judge Gives $53k Engagement Ring to Woman Dumped Via Text

A woman dumped by her former fiancé via text message got the last laugh in court, PIX11 reports.

That same text allowed her to keep the nearly 3-karat engagement ring valued at $53,000.

Buffalo restaurant owner Louis J. Billittier Jr. called off his engagement via text back in July of 2012, according to the Buffalo News, because his fiancé, Christa M. Clark wouldn't sign a pre-nuptial agreement. They had been together for 14 months.

"Your(sic) doing this through a text message?" she texted back.

Louis J. Billittier Jr. had no idea that his own text message would be used by a judge to give a $53K engagement ring to his jilted ex.

State law says that normally the spouse is entitled to an engagement ring if the marriage plans don't work out - but not if there is evidence that it was being given as a gift.

It was Billittier's text replies to his jilted former lover that sunk his attempt to get the huge rock back, State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia ruled this week:

"Plus you get a $50,000 parting ring," he said, apparently trying to smooth things over. "Enough for a down payment on a house."

"I certainly referred to the engagement ring as a 'parting gift,'" Billittier said. "That was written during a very emotional period in our relationship, and I certainly had no knowledge of the law relating to gifts in contemplation of marriage. I never intended to give it to Miss Clark."

In the end, Buscaglia ruled that the text implied the Clark could keep the ring as a parting gift.

Read more: http://pix11.com/2014/04/08/judge-gives-53k-engagement-ring-to-woman-dumped-by-text/#ixzz2yPLddtKO

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jrdedonato April 09 2014 at 5:26 PM

******** guy, $53k?

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martinhanl April 09 2014 at 4:48 PM

I guess the meals at his restaurant are going up now?

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toleafit April 09 2014 at 4:48 PM

Lucked out. A divorce would have cost a lot more then 53K. He must have had a bad vibe. Most people get married not realizing the legal contract they are signing. It's a floating contract that changes from state of domicile to state of domicile. A pre-nup is an attempt to self determine the marital agreement. Pre-nup or not you are headed for trouble if you get married without knowing how your PARTNERSHIP is going to be structured.

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silverfawn toleafit April 09 2014 at 4:59 PM

I think the sticking point was the ice cold way he dumped her. Come on- via text message? And, he said, in writing, the ring was hers.

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cee64e April 09 2014 at 3:00 PM

If you are a person of means, no matter what your sex and you don't get a signed prenup before you get married, you are an idiot.

This gentleman should have been glad this only cost him 53 grand, but he decided to add court costs to it.

Ms. Clark should have just signed the prenup, after all, it protects her too. Not signing it is an indication that she was willing to either gamble for more, or was naive enough to think they'd never need one.

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chuck April 10 2014 at 6:39 AM


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blackstock April 09 2014 at 3:05 PM

If it weren't intended as a gift, why did he give it to her? As a loan???? He is the one who broke the engagement - he is the one who broke the promise of marriage. She's the lucky one it seems like.

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pupnam April 09 2014 at 4:48 PM

He sort of looks like Jay Leno.

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clexfox April 09 2014 at 3:09 PM

The resale value of that ring is probably only $10-15,000. The markup on jewelry is incredibly high.

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tylerbeach2002 clexfox April 09 2014 at 3:45 PM

That is true. Once the ring is used, you're not going to be able to get the same price for it.

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mjpt915 April 09 2014 at 4:48 PM

LOL that's great...breaking an engagement by text, he deserves it!

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graebear89 April 10 2014 at 5:33 AM

One can only wonder why she wouldn't sign the prenup??

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Dlittlega graebear89 April 10 2014 at 6:32 AM

Why would you unless this bozo was so insecure, he sounds like money was the only thing on his mind

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