Mass. AG sues wedding videographer

by Bryan Cohen |
Jan. 11, 2013, 7:21pm

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley filed a lawsuit Thursday against a wedding videography business that allegedly failed to deliver wedding videos to dozens of newlyweds.

SureShot, Jesse Clark, the company's owner, Veronica Clark, his wife, and Keith Morin, a SureShot employee, allegedly charged between $800 and $2,000 for their wedding packages for a short highlight video two days after the ceremony and an edited 90-minute DVD approximately two months after the wedding date. SureShot allegedly failed to deliver the videos after receiving advance payments of more than $75,000 collectively.

Coakley obtained a temporary restraining order to prohibit the defendants from soliciting or accepting future deposits for the business. The order freezes the defendants' assets and prevents them from destroying any records including wedding footage.

"A wedding day is one of the happiest days in a person's life," Coakley said. "Yet sadly, we allege that SureShot took advantage of dozens of newlyweds, robbing them of thousands of dollars and priceless memories. We are working to recover the videos and money lost by these couples, and to prevent this from happening again."

Coakley's office received 84 complaints from consumers who gave deposits or paid the defendants in full for wedding videos that were not delivered. SureShot also allegedly changed its name at least twice to avoid negative customer reviews and threatened to hold overdue wedding videos hostage to get customers to remove the negative reviews.

The lawsuit seeks more than $75,000 in civil penalties, restitution and the recovery of all existing event footage. Coakley's office also seeks a preliminary injunction to prevent the defendants from accepting deposits for any business in the state and to disclose the names of employees, customers and independent contractors they worked with through SureShot.

A hearing on the request for a preliminary injunction will be held Jan. 17.

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