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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Suit Against Wedding Photographer Called "Abuse of the Legal System"

Bride1929The New York Times reports here about a man who is suing the studio that photographed his wedding in 2003, even though he and his wife divorced in 2008.  Todd J. Remis alleges that the team assigned to the wedding by the studio left early and thus did not capture the bouquet toss or the last dance on film.  In addition, Mr. Remis alleges that the photographs were that were taken were "unacceptable as to color, lighting, poses positioning" and that the video of the six-hour wedding lasts only two hours.  Mr. Remis is demanding a complete refund of the $4100 he paid the studio, but he's not willing to stop there.  He wants to re-stage the wedding (estimated cost $48,000) so that it can be photographed and preserved.  This will be a bit difficult, since Mr. Remis is no longer in contact with the bride, Milena Grzibovska, who it is believed has returned to her native Latvia. 

Justice Doris Ling-Cohan of the New York Supreme Court in Manhattan is obviously amused by the case (as evidenced by references to the Barbara Streisand song "The Way We Were" in her opinion), but she is allowing Mr. Remis to proceed on his breach of contract claim.  Defendants claim that their litigation costs have already matched the total amount in controversy, and given the very small chance that the court will order anything more than a haircut on the $4100, defendants decry the suit as an abuse of the legal system. 


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