Buffalo judge gives $53,000 engagement ring to woman dumped by text

Judge ruled that Louis Billittier, Jr.'s text implied the Christa Clark could keep the ring as a parting gift.
By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   April 10, 2014 at 10:03 AM

BUFFALO, N.Y., April 10 (UPI) -- A Buffalo judge ruled that a woman who was dumped by her former fiancé via text could kept the $53,000, three-carat engagement ring because her ex’s message implied that it was a gift.

“Plus you get a $50,000 parting ring. Enough for a down payment on a house,” Louis Billittier, Jr. texted after breaking things off with Christa Clark.

“Your (sic) doing this through a text message????” she texted back, according to the Buffalo News.

Their relationship ended after 14 months because Clark wouldn’t sign the 55-year-old restaurant co-owner’s pre-nuptial agreement.

In a subsequent text, Billittier threatened to take back the ring if Clark continued to go after him personally. “Keep it up, and I will take back the ring as well,” he texted.

After already citing Billittier’s description of the ring as a “parting ring,” State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia said that text message was further proof “the ring had been re-gifted.”

As a result, Clark will retain possession of the white gold, diamond ring.

“Many gifts are given for reasons that sour with the passage of time,” Buscaglia said. “Once a gift is given, it is irrevocable.”

[The Buffalo News] [WPIX]

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