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Groom’s lawsuit: Jilted bride kept $45K ring
Chicago Sun Times ^ | January 7, 2011 | ART GOLAB AND LEEANN MATON

Posted on 01/08/2011 5:36:32 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

The jilted bride who sued her ex for almost $100,000 in wedding expenses may not have been jilted at all.

So says the groom, who has filed his own lawsuit, claiming that the decision to cancel the wedding was mutual. He’s seeking the return of a $45,500, 3-carat engagement ring.

Both lawsuits do agree on one matter: There was a bachelor party — featuring strippers and lap dances — at a South Loop gentlemen’s club called the Pink Monkey.

Dominique Buttitta, the former bride, an attorney who works in Hoffman Estates, filed a breach of promise suit Dec. 11 in Cook County.

She claimed Vito Salerno, of Barrington, left her holding the bag for a $30,000 banquet hall, $10,000 in live music, a $5,000 wedding gown and $11,000 for flowers, lighting and other expenses.

Salerno’s suit, filed Thursday, claims he kicked in $15,000 for the wedding.

Salerno also paid toward pre-Cana Catholic wedding counseling, flower girls’ dresses, the honeymoon and other expenses, his suit says.

Salerno’s filing claims he was “intentionally” kept in the dark about other wedding expenses and that interference from the bride’s family contributed to the breakup.

Buttitta’s father allegedly turned thumbs down on his request that the couple’s first dance be to “Never Gonna Be Alone” by Nickelback. “You don’t want that song . . . that is a song played at a VFW hall,” her father said, according to the suit. The bride’s aunt also allegedly chimed in that the song was not “classy” enough.

Buttitta’s family pressured Salerno to sign a prenuptial agreement and repeatedly brought up the matter even after he refused, according to the suit. After one refusal, the suit claims his bride-to-be hit him and stated, “You are f------ me over right now.”.......

Another blow to the relationship....

(Excerpt) Read more at suntimes.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Local News; Society
KEYWORDS: lawsuits; money; weddings
It gets even "better."

You can't make this stuff up.

1 posted on 01/08/2011 5:36:33 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The next reality show?


2 posted on 01/08/2011 5:39:42 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

This should be a movie

My wedding cost $400 and $350 of that was the dinner afterwards.


3 posted on 01/08/2011 5:41:33 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I can’t think of single large, expensive wedding that resulted in a marriage that lasted.


4 posted on 01/08/2011 5:42:18 AM PST by EricT. (Can we start hanging them yet?)
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To: Dr. Ursus
No kidding!

The "jilted" bride. There is no picture of the lucky groom.

Dominique Buttitta

5 posted on 01/08/2011 5:42:55 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife (Allhttp://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2122429/posts)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Wow, that is one lucky man. Looks like he narrowly escaped a life that would have been a living hell.


6 posted on 01/08/2011 5:43:16 AM PST by SamAdams76
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

They posted her pic in the Sun Times. She’s a Bow Wow....


7 posted on 01/08/2011 5:46:01 AM PST by freebilly
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The cost of weddings has become insane-—like the cost of everything else today

Everyone trying to impress people who have known them all their lives .

$143,000 tossed away here for a ring and a wedding. That would make a nice downpayment on a home.

I guess I think too much like a man who had to earn his money.


8 posted on 01/08/2011 5:47:12 AM PST by Venturer
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To: EricT.

I can’t think of single large, expensive wedding that resulted in a marriage that lasted.


I know. I’ve been to a couple of weddings that most have cost upwards of $50K. They’re great, but mostly cookie cutter events. Don’t think it makes any difference to the long term relationship. In fact, the debt hangover from such an event may do a lot to undermine the marriage.


9 posted on 01/08/2011 5:50:20 AM PST by rbg81 (When you see Obama, shout: "DO YOUR JOB!!")
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To: Venturer
$143,000 tossed away for a ring and a wedding. That would make a nice downpayment on a home.

Downpayment???

In 75 % of the country that will buy you a nice home in a nice neighborhood ...................and in some areas also the house next door

10 posted on 01/08/2011 5:53:50 AM PST by Popman (Obama. First Marxist to turn a five year Marxist plan into a 4 year administration.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

From this picture would vote

NOT GUILTY!


11 posted on 01/08/2011 5:55:10 AM PST by njslim
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

To hell with a picture of the bizotch! I wanna see a picture of the ring! LOL!


12 posted on 01/08/2011 5:57:48 AM PST by surroundedbyblue
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To: Venturer
I fully agree and when I was getting married some 25 years ago, I would have been happy with the VFW hall that the bride's parents in the article were so derisive about and I would have brought my cassette tapes of Journey and Rush to play for music.

But no, my wife's family insisted on the traditional "more-than-we-can-afford" extravaganza and invited so many extended family members that even a quarter century later, there were many there that I never ran into again.

If it were up to me, my wife and I would have eloped and honeymooned in Vegas or something instead of that luxury Carribean cruise that took us five years to pay off.

Makes me glad we had sons and not daughters. These weddings are expensive.

13 posted on 01/08/2011 5:58:04 AM PST by SamAdams76
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To: njslim
NOT GUILTY!

Beauty is skin deep.............ugly soul goes to the bone

This is one ugly bitch

14 posted on 01/08/2011 5:59:27 AM PST by Popman (Obama. First Marxist to turn a five year Marxist plan into a 4 year administration.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Now the bride is still stuck with that last name.


15 posted on 01/08/2011 5:59:43 AM PST by zeebee
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To: SamAdams76

He could pay her the $100K and be WAY AHEAD but I’m glad he’s not rolling over. The jeweler did and their lawyers will, make out like bandits.

I don’t think Ms Dominique Buttitta will be getting any marriage offers in the near future.


16 posted on 01/08/2011 5:59:44 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife (Allhttp://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2122429/posts)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
In case law, an engagement ring is a “completed gift”, it belongs to the prospective bride, unless she engaged (no pun intended) in fraud or deceit. IOW, if she accepted his proposal in good faith, it's her ring.

I've been through this sort of thing and I agree that the solidity of marriage is correlates negatively with the cost of the nuptials.

17 posted on 01/08/2011 6:01:15 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Socialists are to economics what circle squarers are to math; undaunted by reason or derision.)
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To: Popman

“In 75 % of the country that will buy you a nice home in a nice neighborhood ...................and in some areas also the house next door “

And in Detroit it would have bought the whole block and all the blocks around it for a mile.


18 posted on 01/08/2011 6:03:59 AM PST by jimpick
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To: EricT.

I can’t think of single large, expensive wedding that resulted in a marriage that lasted.


I know. I’ve been to a couple of weddings that most have cost upwards of $50K. They’re great, but mostly cookie cutter events. Don’t think it makes any difference to the long term relationship. In fact, the debt hangover from such an event may do a lot to undermine the marriage.


19 posted on 01/08/2011 6:04:37 AM PST by rbg81 (When you see Obama, shout: "DO YOUR JOB!!")
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To: AppyPappy

My wedding cost around $200. We got married at our farm under a blooming dogwood tree with only the preacher, her husband and her brother as witnesses and our basset hounds as the best men. After the ceremony, I slipped on my workboots, got on the tractor and bush hogged a field. Our wedding bands came from Walmart as Pookie gave me a week to plan the wedding and no one stocks wedding bands. So:
Wedding dress- $30
Wedding bands- $20
Preacher- $150
Happily ever after- Priceless

But it sounds like this guy dodged a nuclear weapon, not just a measley bullet. My ex-boyfriend had a family from hell and he was a codependent jackass who always deferred to his mother and sister. If the planning of this guy’s wedding is going the way it was, I can’t even imagine the hell the marriage would be.

And remember, behind every beautiful woman is some man who is sick of putting up with her.


20 posted on 01/08/2011 6:14:12 AM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Venturer

$143K is more than our house cost 3+ years ago...throw in about 4 years of Catholic school tuition for our 3 oldest kids and then we’re there ;)

Mr. HCM and I tied the knot for under $2000, and we’re coming on 16 years this March.


21 posted on 01/08/2011 6:20:42 AM PST by Hoosier Catholic Momma (Arkansas resident of Hoosier upbringing--Yankee with a southern twang)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

That’s a man baby!


22 posted on 01/08/2011 6:23:29 AM PST by 4yearlurker (I can't afford anymore hope and change!!!!)
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To: jimpick
And in Detroit it would have bought the whole block and all the blocks around it for a mile.

I'm really surprised some investors have not offered Detroit hard cash to outright buy and incorporate as a new city, a couple square miles of Detroit to develop into livable communities

There probably isn't a place in America where land is cheaper that already has built in infrastructure and access to several large cities

23 posted on 01/08/2011 6:28:12 AM PST by Popman (Obama. First Marxist to turn a five year Marxist plan into a 4 year administration.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The man in this case can be thankful every day of his life that he dodged this bullet, no matter the price he ultimately pays.

Something tells me the concept of "true love" is beyond the understanding of both of these two people.

Money problems and romance come and go but a good blood feud lasts forever.

24 posted on 01/08/2011 6:37:11 AM PST by NoControllingLegalAuthority (What this country needs is an enema.)
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To: Popman

This would only work if the group of investors called themselves Omni Consumer Products, the new city Delta City, and they built a robot to police it. Even then, it’s dicey.


25 posted on 01/08/2011 6:40:57 AM PST by Echo4C (We have it in our power to begin the world over again. --Thomas Paine)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice
And remember, behind every beautiful woman is some man who is sick of putting up with her.

Yes, but the version I heard of that truth is exponentially more vulgar.

26 posted on 01/08/2011 6:41:45 AM PST by NoControllingLegalAuthority (What this country needs is an enema.)
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To: Popman

Butt-titta, (snort!)


27 posted on 01/08/2011 7:02:03 AM PST by pingman (Price is what you pay, value is what you get.)
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To: njslim

“From this picture would vote

NOT GUILTY!”

Thank goodness juries are composed of more than one person.


28 posted on 01/08/2011 7:04:00 AM PST by BobL
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To: SamAdams76

“If it were up to me, my wife and I would have eloped and honeymooned in Vegas or something instead of that luxury Carribean cruise that took us five years to pay off. “

Car camping for a week in my case - it set a good tone for our marriage of 20+ years (and counting).


29 posted on 01/08/2011 7:07:34 AM PST by BobL
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To: Popman

“I’m really surprised some investors have not offered Detroit hard cash to outright buy and incorporate as a new city, a couple square miles of Detroit to develop into livable communities “

Can’t do it...it’s all in the crime. Get rid of the crime, and the problems end. But you have to vote in people that would re-enslave blacks (as they see it) by putting the bad guys in jail for a long time. And guess who votes...game over.


30 posted on 01/08/2011 7:10:22 AM PST by BobL
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To: Venturer
$143,000 tossed away here for a ring and a wedding. That would make a nice downpayment on a home.

In some parts of the Houston area, that would buy you a pretty nice, brand new 2500 SF house.

31 posted on 01/08/2011 7:14:02 AM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
In case law, an engagement ring is a “completed gift”, it belongs to the prospective bride, unless she engaged (no pun intended) in fraud or deceit. IOW, if she accepted his proposal in good faith, it's her ring.

It appears she might have misled him about her depression, and that would constitute fraud; so he should get the ring back.

32 posted on 01/08/2011 7:18:22 AM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

>>And remember, behind every beautiful woman is some man who is sick of putting up with her.<<

LOL, but I’m pretty sure the same thing could be said about ugly women too.


33 posted on 01/08/2011 7:21:05 AM PST by kara37
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Actually, depending on the state she gives it back no matter WHO breaks it off. In some states, if the groom breaks it off, she keeps it. If she does, he gets it back but on Judge Judy she has to give it back no matter what LOL


34 posted on 01/08/2011 8:10:36 AM PST by gopheraj
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To: Popman

It would clearly have to be a gated community with high walls (return to the middle ages) as all the close in suburbs would present an ongoing crime problem.


35 posted on 01/08/2011 8:45:48 AM PST by Iguess
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To: gopheraj

It’s a gift given in contemplation of marriage. Not a regular ole gift so if the marriage doesn’t take place, in those states where it says so, it has to be given back.


36 posted on 01/08/2011 8:56:45 AM PST by gopheraj
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Not necessarily so. It is in contemplation of marrige. No marriage, return the ring. This has been sued on over and over in small claims, and in a high percentage of cases, the ring goes back to the giver.


37 posted on 01/08/2011 9:09:02 AM PST by SgtHooper (You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Wonder if she’s going to casn it the ring to get her beak fixed?.


38 posted on 01/08/2011 9:24:17 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Iguess
It would clearly have to be a gated community with high walls (return to the middle ages) as all the close in suburbs would present an ongoing crime problem.

My thoughts as well. Gated city with moat filled with piranha !

39 posted on 01/08/2011 9:27:08 AM PST by Popman (Obama. First Marxist to turn a five year Marxist plan into a 4 year administration.)
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