Clippard v. Pfefferkorn

168 S.W.3d 616 (2005)

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Clippard v. Pfefferkorn

Missouri Court of Appeals
168 S.W.3d 616 (2005)

Facts

Chad Clippard (plaintiff) proposed marriage to Jamie Pfefferkorn (defendant) on December 23, 2002, offering her a diamond ring. Pfefferkorn accepted the ring and agreed to be engaged to marry. Clippard and Pfefferkorn started having relationship troubles after Christmas, breaking up and reuniting a few times, with Pfefferkorn returning the ring to Clippard with each breakup and Clippard returning the ring to Pfefferkorn each time they reunited. Clippard permanently ended the engagement in early February 2003, and Pfefferkorn refused to return the ring. Clippard petitioned for the return of property, including the ring. At trial, Clippard testified that the ring was not a Christmas gift but an engagement ring. Clippard further testified that the decision to end the engagement was mutual and that pressure from his family made him realize that Pfefferkorn was not the right person for him. Pfefferkorn testified that the ring was a Christmas gift, that she still wanted to marry Clippard when he ended the engagement, and that Clippard ended the engagement because of pressures from his family. The trial court denied Clippard’s petition and ruled in favor of Pfefferkorn.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Hoff, J.)

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