You may have heard about the wedding photographer who won a $1 million defamation judgment against one of her clients. The news article linked above outlines the facts of the case, but what it doesn’t highlight is how important the wedding photographer’s contract was.
When the clients first retained the photographer, they signed a contract. It outlined what they would and wouldn’t receive, and what additional costs could be incurred. When it was time for those additional costs to kick in, the clients bulked, and started making false statements about the photographer on social media. Those false statements eventually caused the business to shut down.
When someone makes false statements that hurt another, the law provides a remedy called defamation. But the key to proving defamation is showing that the statements where actually false. In this case, the photographer’s contract was worth its weight in gold. It specified the details of what was and wasn’t included.
If she didn’t have a contract, she would have had a much harder time proving to a jury what was agreed upon.
Surely, the photographer wished none of this would have ever happened. A million dollar judgment is nice, but litigation is stressful, and her business still shut down. But at least she had the contract to fall back on, and is now able to get back on her feet.