Ex-Fiance Set to Pay $150,000
RoseMary Shell was awarded $150,000 in damages at a court in Florida after suing her former fiance, Wayne Gibbs, for not following through on their wedding.
Lydia Sartain, Shell’s attorney, said her only reservations about taking on the case were over the “conservative” nature of area residents who might make up the jury.
“We really debated quite extensively whether to bring the case,” Sartain said. “But we just felt so strongly that in this case he had told her to quit her job and she relied on his promise. He came to her in Florida and moved her back into his house, took steps above and beyond the usual ‘Will you marry me, let’s plan a wedding’ and then somebody backs out.”
“Really, we believe now that he never intended to follow through on the promise to marry,” Sartain added.
Sartain also told Vieira that she hopes the case sets a precedent that an engagement can be a binding contract: “When you give your word to do something and you cause people to rely on it to their detriment, then you may be held accountable for any damages that you cause.”