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Professor Guy Rub quoted in Yahoo article discussing the legality of returning an engagement ring prior to marriage

April 16, 2021 | Media News

Professor Guy Rub was recently quoted in an article by Yahoo titled, “Should Jennifer Lopez return her $1.8 million engagement ring from Alex Rodriguez?”

“We don’t ask who is at fault,” Rub said, “because relationships are too nuanced and complicated.” Federal law also doesn’t address ownership of engagement rings, he adds, with state courts and state supreme courts overseeing such disputes, although the top-tiered system only intervenes in rare and unprecedented cases.

“There is a general exception,” he added. “If the proposal took place over Christmas, for example, the court would need to determine whether the ring is a holiday gift or an engagement gift.”