The relationship between Ryan Strasser, associate at Troutman Sanders, and Sarah Jones Dickens, unemployed, seemed to sour when three dogs became part of it.
Strasser had adopted two dogs. Dickens already had one. Where they co-habituated became cramped. So chronicles MarketWatch.
The two split up 11 months after becoming engaged to marry.
Not at all an unusual story, is it.
Why it has made national business and as well as legal news is that Dickens refused to return the engagement ring. It originally cost about $100k. Now its market value is about $125k. She also refuses to return the two dogs to her former soulmate.
Strasser, who took out a personal loan at 5.95% annual interest, has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington D.C. for return of the ring. In that venue, the "gift" only becomes complete when the wedding ceremony is performed.
This is also major news because the complaint is full of personal details about the nature of the relationship and how it began and continued to unravel. Some refer to the tone as that of a soap opera.
While the nation might be amused, Strasser might not have the last laugh. After all, he is a lawyer in a brandname law firm.
This personalizing of a lawsuit can reflect badly on not only him as lawyer but also his firm.
After all, clients go to brandname law firms for solutions for serious problems. Do they want to know that a "clown" is employed there and might be assigned to their account?
Sure, Strasser might be enraged - and deeply hurt. However, in filing this kind of lawsuit, the joke could be on him for years. And, he might not have any shot at partner status at Troutman Sanders.
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