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]