A Canadian newlywed has been ordered to fork out $115,000 in damages after it was ruled she slandered her wedding photographer online.
The internet attack, which went on for almost a year, was orchestrated by bride Emily Liao, in an effort to discredit the wedding services of photography company Amara Wedding.
The owners of the company were forced to close their business in January 2017 after suffering great financial loss as a direct result of Liao’s online campaign. Court documents report she claimed Amara Wedding was guilty of a "bait and switch scam," "dirty tactics," and "lying to consumers."
The saga began after Liao was dissatisfied with pre-wedding photographs, taken by a freelancer working for Amara Wedding, resulting in she and her now-husband halting payments to the company. Regardless, the company provided hair, makeup, photography, and other services on the day.
Afterward, the couple was told that if the remaining balance was not paid, the photos would not be processed. They refused to pay, and took Kitty Chan, owner of Amara Wedding, to the small claims court. Chan counterclaimed and won – but by this stage, Liao’s online campaign had already had a negative effect on business.
After losing the court battle, Liao posted apologies to social media. Unfortunately for Amara Wedding, it was too little too late. Owner Chan said:
What I have lost has already gone, so I don't think anything can compensate that. I want to prove to people that they have to face any consequences when they say something on the internet.
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