Man Wins Five Year Court Battle To Get £31,000 Engagement Ring Back After Break-Up
Break-ups are never easy, along with the actual separation you often have a lot of stuff to go through - you've got to divide the CD collection (do people still do this?) or you may even have to give back that diamond ring.
Or maybe you won't give anything back. One man had this issue when he ended up in a five-year court battle with his ex-fiancée to get the £31,134 ($40,000) engagement ring back he proposed to her with.
According to the New York Post, Rodney Ripley, 54, proposed to 50-year-old Jennifer Rutten on the Brooklyn Bridge on Dec. 5, 2011, with a three-carat cushion-cut stone set in a Tacori ring - nice.
It seems it just wasn't meant to be, as after only a year being engaged the couple split and Rodney asked the ring back.
This is pretty understandable with how much he forked out for the bling.
Speaking about the request for the ring Jennifer told the New York Post: "I was dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and he started harassing me."
Nonetheless Rodney sued his ex in Manhattan Supreme Court, but her attorneys tried many maneuvers to keep the hold of the ring.
Her lawyer originally argued the ring was worth less than $13,000, which was a lot less than the $25,000 civil-court threshold - according to court papers.
Rodney wasn't going down that easily - his attorney filed a receipt for the ring proving his client had paid $39,057.10 for the ring and had it insured for $40,000.
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Along with this Rodney had the law on his side as his lawyer argued according to New York law, if no marriage occurs, the ring must be returned - and the reasons for the breakup are completely irrelevant.
However, the woman attempted to cling on to her icy accessory with the argument that the pair split in 2013 and she returned to Wisconsin - where'd they'd originally met - so Manhattan wouldn't have jurisdiction on the situation.
In one last attempt to keep hold of the valuable piece Jennifer reportedly accused her ex, in a 2017 deposition, of being cruel to her during their relationship
She said: "From what I recall, he became angrier, he became more typically abusive, emotionally abusive.
"I was angry, I didn't want to return it."
But, in the end no evidence was produced to back up her claims, and a judge finally granted in Rodney's favour.
The Judge ruled: "Here the undisputed facts show that the ring was given in contemplation of marriage and that marriage did not occur.
"Thus, Ripley is entitled to the return of the ring."
Jennifer has only 45 days, from that day to admire her dazzling diamond before she must return to Rodney - or she could fork out $39,057.10 to keep hold of it.
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