Vengeful Bride Ordered to Pay $90K for Ruining Business

Emily Liao attacked company online after photo dispute
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 2, 2018 3:17 AM CST
Bride Who Attacked Business Online Ordered to Pay $90K
The judge said Liao's online remarks went far beyond fair comment.   (Getty Images)

A wedding photographer whose business was ruined by one of the most vengeful brides since Kill Bill has been awarded almost $90,000 in damages. A judge in Canada decided that bride Emily Liao was motivated by malice when she launched a furious online campaign against company Amara Wedding and owner Kitty Chan, the BBC reports. Judge Andrew Weatherill said that after a dispute over the quality of pre-wedding photographs, Liao spent a year attacking the company on English and Chinese-language forums, blogs, and social media platforms, saying it was "a major scam shop and deceitful photography mill business engaged in extortion, dishonesty, unfair practices, bait and switch, and other dirty tactics."

Chan says her formerly successful wedding services firm in Richmond, BC, relied on word of mouth within the Chinese community and it closed down in January 2017 after business collapsed. Weatherill, who described the case as "an example of the dangers of using the Internet to publish information without proper regard for its accuracy," said Liao had "failed to prove that her displeasure was justified." He ordered her to pay damages for wrecking the business with her campaign to harm it in an "egregious, accusatory, and vitriolic manner." Chan tells the CBC she hopes the case will "prove to people that they have to face any consequences when they say something on the Internet." (This couple was ordered to pay wedding photographer $1 million.)

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