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article imageMan takes ex to court for return of $40K family heirloom ring

By Angela Atkinson     Jan 13, 2014 in Odd News
When Owen Muir asked Stephanie Foley to marry him in August of 2012, neither could have known that less than two years later, they’d be going to court over the expensive family heirloom diamond ring he presented to her.
The Brooklyn man is suing his former fiancé for the return of the ring, which the New York Post reports is worth $40,000.
Apparently, after the two called off the wedding, Muir decided that Foley didn’t plan to return the ring, so he and his attorney asked a judge to force her to give back the ring—or the $40,000, if she chose to keep or sell the ring.
No word on who called off the wedding or why.
While his methods might seem unorthodox, Muir is certainly not the first person to sue over an engagement-gone-wrong.
The Blame Game?
Last week, a British woman was in the news for attempting to sue her former divorce lawyers. Despite the fact that she’d hired them to facilitate a divorce from her husband, she said they had failed to properly explain to her that a divorce would end her marriage.
According to a report from The Independent, she claimed professional negligence, alleging that, in addition to other issues, they had failed to take into account her Catholic faith.
This, she said, should have caused them to recommend a judicial separation, a step down from full divorce, as an alternative action.
The woman’s case was ultimately dismissed and all appeals denied.
A Hummer of a Deal
A California man sued his former fiancé back in 2011 when she failed to return a $53,000 engagement ring he’d given her (not to mention the 2006 Hummer, according to court documents).
In this case, the man’s fiancé had called off the engagement but had refused to return the ring and the vehicle when he asked, according to an ABC report.
His complaint also alleges that his ex had made nearly $1,000 in credit charges to his account but refused to reimburse him.
While one attorney told ABC that the case is a waste of money and that the woman could sue her former beau for “malicious prosecution,” another thought he had a good case to at least receive the ring back, though the car might be pushing it.
What do you think? Should formerly engaged couples return all gifts? Should the engagement ring always be returned or at least offered, or does it have to do with who dumps who? Share your thoughts in the comments section, below.
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