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Lindh v. Surman
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The Plaintiff Lindh, in 1993, asked the Defendant Surman to marry him, and the Defendant accepted the proposal along with a ring which Plaintiff purchased for $17,400, but that was valued at $21,200. Thereafter, the couple split later that year, and Plaintiff broke the engagement asking for return of the ring. The Defendant at that time returned the ring. Later, the couple attempted to reconcile and decided again to get married. The Plaintiff again gave the ring to Defendant in contemplation of marriage. Then, in 1994, Plaintiff again called off the engagement and asked for the ring back. Defendant refused to return the ring and the Plaintiff filed this lawsuit. The case was presented to arbitration, where the Defendant prevailed. Plaintiff appealed the arbitrator’s decision to a trial court where the non-jury trial resulted in a verdict for Plaintiff in the amount of $21,200. Defendant appealed to the intermediate appellate court which affirmed the decision of the trial court . Then Defendant appealed to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
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