Back in May, we were already seeing cases of couples who spent a year or more planning their weddings, only to have those plans dashed by the pandemic. Some of them learned that the tens of thousands of dollars they had paid in advance would not be refunded. Those first instances in the news took place in Chicago, but it was easy to see that the same thing would be taking place elsewhere. This week we learn of some similar situations taking place in Texas, and these may be shaping up into a class-action lawsuit. (CBS Dallas-Fort Worth)
A wedding company is facing a class action lawsuit after asserting it would not reschedule events set for the summer.
Brianna Connaughton and Rex Simmons filed the lawsuit after they were unable to secure a $12,000 refund from Walters Wedding Estates, which declined to postpone their July 18 wedding to another day.
Now, the pair said they want to help other customers who may be in the same situation.
Walters Wedding Estates operates Chapel at Ana Villa in The Colony, where the Plano couple was planning to get married in front of 120 guests.
This certainly sounds like a frustrating and heartbreaking experience for the young couple and I hope they find a way to resolve the matter. But with that said, it’s worth noting that what we’re seeing here is quite different than the situation in Chicago. In the Windy City situations, the couples had paid significant amounts of money upfront to rent banquet facilities that were ordered closed by the government. There was no option for the business to accommodate them and the cause was beyond the control of the customer. A refund under such a situation would definitely seem appropriate.