Monday, November 7, 2011

Groom sues photographer for the cost of his wedding

Todd J. Remis is so disgruntled over the loss of a few key wedding photographs, that he's suing the photographer for the cost of his services, and the cost of the entire wedding. Need more proof that this guy's an asshole? The marriage ended in divorce, and the bride returned to her native Latvia. If you needed another reason to feel protective of the photography studio: one of the photography studio's founders is an immigrant Army veteran, and the studio has been in business for nearly 65 years.

From the article:
But what is striking, said the studio that took the pictures, is that Mr. Remis’s wedding took place in 2003 and he waited six years to sue. And not only has Mr. Remis demanded to be repaid the $4,100 cost of the photography, he also wants $48,000 to recreate the entire wedding and fly the principals to New York so the celebration can be re-shot by another photographer.

The happy, totally-legit couple.

Re-enacting the wedding may pose a particular challenge, the studio pointed out, because the couple divorced and the bride is believed to have moved back to her native Latvia.

Although Justice Doris Ling-Cohan of State Supreme Court in Manhattan dismissed most of the grounds for the lawsuit, like the “infliction of emotional distress,” she has allowed the case to proceed to determine whether there was indeed a breach of contract. But she displayed a good deal of amusement about the lawsuit’s purpose in an opinion in January that quoted lyrics from the Barbra Streisand classic “The Way We Were.”

This is a case in which it appears that the ‘misty watercolor memories’ and the ‘scattered pictures of the smiles ... left behind’ at the wedding were more important than the real thing,” the judge wrote. “Although the marriage did not last, plaintiff’s fury over the quality of the photographs and video continued on.”

I hope that this bullshit lawsuit peters out, and that the photography studio counter-sues for legal costs. It's a shame that they even have to humor this guy.

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