Can I sue a wedding venue for unfair business practices?

Venue has been up-charging and making up charges because they were mad at me. After paying my deposit company says they refuse to work with me that they will only work with my wedding coordinator. Original coordinator wasn’t returning phone calls or emails because she said she didn’t feel like dealing with it. Now they want to just return my money and I will basically have to pick another wedding date and try to work things out with my other vendors as far as date. I have been working with them for 5 months. Is there anything that I can do?

Asked on December 3, 2011 under General Practice, Ohio

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You need to prove the venue manager has been upcharging. If the venue staff have been upcharging, this could be considered unfair and deceptive practice or fraud, depending on the severity. Talk to the prosecutor in your town and see if anything can be done at that level or with the attorney general. But the bigger question will be that you may not wish to do business with such a company anymore. If this means you have to change everything around because this business is now breaching your contract with them, then you may be able to sue the venue for the amount of damages (additional monies you have to pay because of the changes five months later).


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