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Judge awards woman $53,000 engagement ring after she was dumped via text message

By Mason White 12:10 PM April 8, 2014
Diamond ring 

By: Hydar Tomar
A man dumped his fiancee with a text message and then sued her to get her $53,000 engagement ring back.

Louis Billittier Jr., 53, who owns Chef’s restaurant in Buffalo, New York, ended a 14 month engagement via text after she allegedly refused to sign a prenuptial agreement.

He then sued his much younger fiancee, 38-year-old Christa M. Clark, for her 2.97 carat diamond ring.

However, she claimed that the ring was a parting gift.

Under the law, the courts generally side with the groom in disputes over engagement rings. Legally, the groom is entitled to the ring even if he was the one calling off the wedding.

However, Clark had text messages to prove that Billittier told her that the ring was a gift.

When Clark received the text message from her fiance saying that he was breaking up with her, she responded: “You’re doing this through text message?” The man responded by saying: “you get a $50,000 parting ring, enough for a down payment on a house.”

Weeks after ending their engagement, Billittier began threatening Clark via text messages that he will take back the ring if she continued to insult him following the
breakup.

Judge Russell P. Buscaglia ruled that the ring became a gift, and was no longer part of a contract for marriage, and when he threatened to take the ring back it further proved that it was a gift.