August 16, 2018
London: A woman in the UK successfully sued a dating agency for failing to find her a match as advertised. Tereza Burki, 47, sued Seven Thirty, a dating agency based in Knightsbridge, central London, for deceit and misrepresentation as she couldn’t find the man of her dreams in spite of having exclusive membership, reported Guardian.
The high court on Wednesday ruled in favour of Burki, stating the dating agency had misled the businesswoman.
Judge Richard Parkes QC said: “Gertrude Stein quipped that whoever said money can’t buy happiness didn’t know where to shop. “This case is about a woman looking for romantic happiness who says she was tricked into shopping in the wrong place, paying a large sum to a dating agency which, she says, made promises but failed to produce the goods.”
The 47-year-old, a mother of three and a resident of Chelsea, approached the dating agency in 2013 looking for a “sophisticated gentleman” ideally employed in the finance industry. Burki’s other criteria in her future husband included that he lead a “wealthy lifestyle” and be “open to travelling internationally”.But her most important criteria was he should be willing to have more children. On coming across Seventy Thirty, she signed up for the service by paying GBP 12,600.
But Burki could not find the man she was looking for. The judge said the agency had misled the woman claiming there were a substantial number of wealthy male members when there were only about 100 active male members. Had Ms Burki known what the true size of the active membership was, she would not have joined Seventy Thirty,” he said, adding the agency’s then director had made false representation to the woman.
Burki received GBP12,600 damages for deceit and GBP500 for distress. The judge awarded Seventy Thirty, which had counter-sued Burki for libel over two online reviews, GBP5,000 as damages in connection with an April 2016 Google review by Burki.