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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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t.duran1 April 09 2014 at 3:17 PM

How do any of you know she was a "gold-digger"? Everyone just assumes that because a woman falls in love with wealthy man, they are automatically in it for the money. The guy is a jerk for doing what he did and I am guessing that none of you know this woman so how can you say she didn't love him for who he was?

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dianectaylor April 09 2014 at 2:47 PM

To the writer of this piece: sink / sank / sunk
"lover that sunk his attempt" should be "that sank his attempt"... as long as we're trying to promote proper spelling and grammar.
Also, "because his fiancé, Christa" should be 'his fiancée Christa". Fiancé is a man, fiancée is a woman. French 101. Or Merriam-Webster online dictionary.
But then, AOL obviously has no copy editors or proof readers, and I suspect many of the writers are not native English speakers, so maybe it has an excuse.

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jose dianectaylor April 09 2014 at 2:51 PM

Blame the CEO for investing so much in Patch

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dancemom1 April 09 2014 at 6:53 PM

You don't give the ring and then expect a prenup, duh. For a business man, he certainly wasn't very bright.

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datt224 April 09 2014 at 3:56 PM

Well, he shouldn't have been so obnoxious and dump her via text or say the ring was a parting gift. He is old fat and ugly and she was young and pretty. When will men and their pathetic egos come to the realization that younger women will only date you if you are rich.

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breeniecat datt224 April 09 2014 at 3:58 PM

They do know that fact. Like I've been saying - it's a business deal -- she's in it for the money, and he's in it for eye candy. It works for both of them...at least until she leaves him for someone her own age, but not until she's put in her time so she can get half :)

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graphikzking datt224 April 09 2014 at 4:02 PM

BOTH are shallow. Women that date/marry just for money is basically prostitution!

Men who have money and can date younger hotter (above their class in the looks department) are just successful but not trying to find a "real connection" with their companion. Yes, it's possible to "connect" with someone younger but honestly it's not as likely. It's highly unlikely than a 25-30 year old has the lifetime experiences of a 45+ year old male that has worked for longer than the woman has been alive.

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drdave415 April 09 2014 at 2:48 PM

"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."

I thought you had to be married to be a spouse and both man and woman are considered a spouse, so WTF does that mean? Who writes this stuff?

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mfelice56 drdave415 April 09 2014 at 2:54 PM

thought the same thing! Which spouse???

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lemmonherk April 10 2014 at 2:47 AM

"3-karat [sic] engagement ring"?? I sure hope not -- "karat" refers to the gold content, as in 14-karat or 18-karat (24-karat is 100% pure gold). I presume the writer meant "CARAT", which refers to the size of a gemstone. Also ...

"State law says that normally the spouse [sic] is entitled to an engagement ring if the marriage plans don't work out ..." Well, if there's no wedding, there's no spouse. So, the writer should have said "the fiancee is entitled". What sloppy writing. Obviously, the position of Editor is vacant.

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skiddmo April 09 2014 at 2:51 PM

and they call this news...

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Bates Family April 10 2014 at 2:25 AM

If he did not intend for her to keep the ring... then he should not have said she could keep it as a parting gift.

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conbigote1 April 09 2014 at 3:56 PM

she is clearly out of his league

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Aissa2 conbigote1 April 09 2014 at 4:06 PM

...and he is most definitely OUT of his!

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jose April 09 2014 at 2:46 PM

I don't see anything wrong with a prenup agreement. The court should have taken the prenup disagreement into consideration before allowing her to take the entire value of the ring. But ultimately it was his fault for already given it to her... Next time don't tell anyone you have a lot money!

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Debbie jose April 09 2014 at 2:51 PM

How about next time be up and up and not wait until after you've asked her for marriage.

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bpieper853 jose April 09 2014 at 2:53 PM

IF he didn't tell/prove that he had alot of money .... she wouldn't have even spoke to him

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