Runaway Groom Spared ‘Moral Damages’ Cost
January 6, 2012 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
ROME, Jan. 6 (UPI) — Runaway brides and grooms are liable for costs of the wedding but don’t have to pay their jilted lover for the pain and suffering, Italy’s Supreme Court ruled.
The court ruled this week in favor of a Sicilian man who called off his wedding two days before the ceremony without providing a valid reason, ANSA reported.
The man was sued by his former fiancee for $12,800 to cover wedding expenses. The woman had been awarded an additional $39,000 on appeal to cover “moral damages” suffered by the canceled engagement but the Supreme Court ruled against the moral damages award, saying it set a dangerous precedent that could limit an individual’s personal freedoms before a binding contract had actually been finalized, ANSA said.
“The law strives to safeguard the full and absolute liberty to sign or not to sign a marriage contract,” the court said.