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TigerFred
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Wedding photographer wins $1 million defamation suit against Texas couple
LINK to KHOU Houston

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A Dallas wedding photographer has won a $1 million defamation lawsuit after it was determined that a couple who hired her "pursued an extensive social media campaign against her that a jury found was false and malicious."


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“Ms. Polito hopes this verdict will reinforce her attempts to repair her reputation, while also sending a message that freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences,” Polito's attorney Dave Wishnew said.


Some people need to remember that bolded statement from the attorney.

I have no idea if the amount of money is a legitimate amount of money for the defamation in this case but a jury thought so. The point is that people can't just run their mouth on social media and think that nothing will ever come from defaming someone because you disagree with their politics or opinion.



Breesus
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re: Wedding photographer wins $1 million defamation suit against Texas couple
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have no idea if the amount of money is a legitimate


I guarantee you it's not.


GEAUXT
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re: Wedding photographer wins $1 million defamation suit against Texas couple
so what's the backstory, fred?


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The point is that people can't just run their mouth on social media and think that nothing will ever come from defaming someone because you disagree with their politics or opinion.



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re: Wedding photographer wins $1 million defamation suit against Texas couple
snowflake syndrome is a highly contagious disease.


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GEAUXT
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re: Wedding photographer wins $1 million defamation suit against Texas couple
nvm just read it. most definitely not worth $1.08 million dollars


Nado Jenkins83
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re: Wedding photographer wins $1 million defamation suit against Texas couple
Well I may see it differently when someone is losing work because of some a-hole couple dogging her on Facebook.

You don't know how.muvh business she may have lost over it. That spans until she quits working. Not just a year or 2


SUB
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re: Wedding photographer wins $1 million defamation suit against Texas couple
I'll go ahead and assume the couple was not pleased with the photographer's services and lashed out on social media, then she sued them.


Walking the Earth
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re: Wedding photographer wins $1 million defamation suit against Texas couple
Will she give them their pictures now or do they still have to pay 125 bucks on top of that?


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airfernando
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while also sending a message that freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences
I believe the founding fathers meant that freedom of expression meant freedom from consequences.


monkeybutt
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re: Wedding photographer wins $1 million defamation suit against Texas couple
Didn't want to pay $125 for album cover, now owe $1 million. Well played bride and groom!


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ellishughtiger
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re: Wedding photographer wins $1 million defamation suit against Texas couple
Sounds like the couples wedding photographer sucked and they took it to social media.


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re: Wedding photographer wins $1 million defamation suit against Texas couple
She'll probably get about $8,000 by the time it's over and done with


TigerFred
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re: Wedding photographer wins $1 million defamation suit against Texas couple
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so what's the backstory, fred?


I only know what is in the article. I just happened to read this article shortly after reading cocoloco's thread. He mentioned someone's job for no real reason. In some case that goes too far and becomes defamation.

Was the award too much? I don't know. How much business and future business did this photographer lose because of the defendants in the suite?


kywildcatfanone
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re: Wedding photographer wins $1 million defamation suit against Texas couple
It appears they signed a contract stating the purchase of items, but didn't want to and used social media to call her a scammer.


Idiots.



A Dallas County jury deliberated for two hours Monday and saw evidence in court that "affirmed that Ms. Polito followed the terms of the contract signed by the couple and even sought to further explain the contract and satisfy their demands," the release said.

The Moldovans were found liable for disparagement, defamation, and civil conspiracy. They must now pay Polito $1.08 million in damages.
This post was edited on 8/1 at 3:20 pm


Walking the Earth
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re: Wedding photographer wins $1 million defamation suit against Texas couple
If they're bitching and stalking her over 125 dollars, they sure as shite don't have a cool million to give her.
This post was edited on 8/1 at 3:19 pm


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jbgleason
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re: Wedding photographer wins $1 million defamation suit against Texas couple
I agreed and then read this part:

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The focus of the dispute was the couple’s objection to the contract’s stipulation for selecting a $125 photo album cover before the images of the rehearsal dinner and wedding were provided," the release said. In a 2014 TV interview, the Moldovans said Polito was “holding their pictures hostage.” They also said Polito "cheated" and "scammed" them -- comments that went viral on social media and on Neely Moldovan's beauty and lifestyle blog, the lawsuit states.


I am of two minds here.

1. You sign the contract, you are responsible.

2. Hiding onerous stipulations deep in a contract is pretty unfair. Let's not forget the local contractor who screwed all of those folks with his contracts after the flood.


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HogX
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re: Wedding photographer wins $1 million defamation suit against Texas couple
Sounds to me like they signed up for all of the crap in the contract, decided after the fact that they didn't want it, then took to Facebook to smear the photographer after she wouldn't give them their money back.


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Mootsman
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re: Wedding photographer wins $1 million defamation suit against Texas couple
If they couldn't afford a $125 photo cover, which is in fact what this whole thing is over, then I seriously doubt they will be able to fork over $1.08 million to this this woman's hobby photography service.


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monkeybutt
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re: Wedding photographer wins $1 million defamation suit against Texas couple
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Sounds like the couples wedding photographer sucked and they took it to social media.


Is it too hard to read?

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"The focus of the dispute was the couple’s objection to the contract’s stipulation for selecting a $125 photo album cover before the images of the rehearsal dinner and wedding were provided," the release said. In a 2014 TV interview, the Moldovans said Polito was “holding their pictures hostage.” They also said Polito "cheated" and "scammed" them -- comments that went viral on social media and on Neely Moldovan's beauty and lifestyle blog, the lawsuit states. A Dallas County jury deliberated for two hours Monday and saw evidence in court that "affirmed that Ms. Polito followed the terms of the contract signed by the couple and even sought to further explain the contract and satisfy their demands," the release said.


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