A Jury in Texas is awarding a wedding photographer more than $1 million after she was able to prove a married couple’s social media campaign of lies resulted in defamation and lost revenue.
According to KTVT, the situation started in 2014 when a couple was unhappy over the handling and cost of their wedding photographs. The couple believed that their photos were being held “hostage,” meanwhile, photographer Andrea Polito had simply required the couple to submit an order form for their wedding album.
This is standard for all of Polito’s customers, but for some reason, it was too much to ask for the Moldovan’s.
When Andrew and Neely Moldovan spoke to KXAS about the incident in 2015, they claimed the issue revolved around a surprise $125 fee for an album cover.
“She basically didn’t read her paperwork or contract,” Polito told the Washington Post.“She just couldn’t understand why she couldn’t have her high-res images. It’s in bold in our contract.” Upset with Polito, the couple engaged in a social media campaign to destroy her business and spread false rumors.
Due to the campaign, Polito went from booking 75-100 wedding per year to almost none. She was forced to shut down her photo studio, so Polito filed a defamation lawsuit and won.
A jury determined the couple was liable for defamation, disparagement and civil conspiracy to the tune of $1 million. “It affects lives,” said Polito. “There’s someone on the other side of that keyboard and they have a family and they have businesses.”
Polito hopes her case will serve as a lesson to anyone who posts falsehoods online.
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