Wedding photographer wins $1M in defamation suit against couple

The jury found the couple liable for $1.08million in damages for their defamatory disparaging and malicious statements though they can appeal the ruling

Wedding photographer wins $1M in defamation suit against couple

Neely Moldovan, who ran a blog then called "A Complete Waste of Makeup" and is now called "It Starts With Coffee", had taken to the internet saying that Polito was holding their wedding photos hostage.

A Dallas County jury handed down a $1 million verdict after they decided a local couple defamed a prominent wedding photographer online and on air.

'I was proud of my accomplishments, what I have done. "They took that away from me".

"We are stunned. We did what consumer advocates say to do: When you are wronged, you fight back", the statement reads.

The couple have in the interim declined to comment on the verdict and what compelled them to go on a mean spirited campaign against Polito.

Polito has spent most of her savings and retirement fund, and hasn't been able to work as a wedding photographer in years. Polito said that the "scamming" and "cheating" lies deeply affected her company and reputation.

"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.

According to the case Ms Moldovan said in one Facebook conversation that she was "pretty sure [Polito's] business is done".

Court documents showed the couple claimed their photos were being "held hostage" and led a social media campaign to hurt the reputation of Polito and her business.

Andrew and Neely Moldovan appearing on NBC.

The jury on Friday found that the campaign against Andrea Polito amounted to defamation.

The photographer reminded the couple that they needed to submit an order form and choose a cover photo first, as per their contract agreement, according to the lawsuit.

Polito claimed the fee had been discussed in earlier communications but chose to waive it in any case so as to keep her customers happy. "You know, it was my passion and I loved my clients and I loved what I did". "I've shot several of the Dallas elites", Polito told the Dallas Morning News.

In one year, her business typically booked between 75 and 100 weddings.

From there, the suit alleges Andrew and Neely Moldovanm taking to social media and blogs where they made "defamatory" statements relating to Polito's company.

A phone message left for the Moldovans' attorneys was not immediately returned Tuesday.

"It affects lives", said Polito. "Freedom of speech is not freedom from effect".

"Nobody is challenging your right to post a review, or your free speech rights, but with those rights come consequences", Wishnew said.

Reacted to the verdict, Polito said, 'I'm emotionally exhausted.

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