A Dallas couple dreamed of their perfect wedding. However, as the saying goes “what goes around comes around” their plans to sabotage their wedding photographer backfired on them. When they took to the online world to make a fuss about a $125 extra fee, they also put in jeopardy the professional career of the freelancer. However, a court of law saved the reputation of the photographer.
The Wedding Photographer Was Willing to Exempt the Couple from the Extra Fee
The disputed wedding took place three years ago. However, it was only recently when Andrea Polito managed to win the lawsuit against their former employers, Andrew and Neely Moldovan. It all started when the newlyweds chose to ignore the contract they had signed and attempted to tarnish the professional work of their freelancer.
The dispute stemmed from a clause in their contract. After the wedding was over, the Moldovan couple asked Polito to send them over their wedding photos in high resolution. However, to unlock this service, the contract demanded them to file an order form for an album. This step would have required an obligatory cover photo that came with an extra fee of $125.
However, during the lawsuit, Andrea Polito argued that she went to great length to meet the couple half way. The moment she saw that their clients weren’t happy about the additional charges, she offered to drop them altogether. In the end, all the married couple had to do was to submit an order form.
The Dallas Jury Found the Moldovans Guilty of Defamation and Malicious Intent
On the other hand, the couple didn’t take the easy way but turned to social media to make their complaints heard. On top of that, local news outlets and stations picked up the story and debated the subject. The Moldovans claimed during a Dallas radio session that their wedding pictures were forever lost.
The judges concluded that couple’s unwillingness to talk things over with their wedding photographer tore the freelancer’s 12-year-old career to pieces. As a consequence, a Dallas jury found on Friday that the Moldovans were at fault for this situation due to malicious intent and defamation. Therefore, they imposed a settlement of $1 million.
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