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NY Country Club agrees to reimburse couples for weddings KO’d due to COVID

A country club upstate has agreed to pay two couples thousands of dollars to cover down payments they paid on wedding receptions that were canceled because of COVID-19, authorities said Monday.

The office of New York Attorney General Letitia James launched an investigation into the Falkirk Estate & Country Club in 2020 after the AG received complaints from couples who claimed the Hudson Valley venue refused to refund them the down payments when their receptions at the facility were not held due to coronavirus restrictions. according to billing documents.

As of October 2021, the AG’s office had received complaints from several couples who claimed they could not recover their deposits, which ranged from $10,000 to $15,000, the documents said.

The couple said “refunds and deposits were not offered and the principal and Falkirk’s agents have stated that funds deposited, earmarked for certain weddings, would be used to fund ongoing operations at Falkirk,” the papers read.

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Two couples were reimbursed a total of $22,500 on June 7, 2021.
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Falkirk Estate Country Club is a back country country club.
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Falkirk Estate and Country Club deposits ranged from $10,000 to $15,000.
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Falkirk reimbursed two of the couples a total of $22,500 on June 7, 2021, and the club has now agreed to reimburse another couple for a total of $18,300, the AG’s office said.

“Today’s agreement returns joy and money to New Yorkers who have been wrongfully denied refunds for their canceled weddings,” James said in a statement. “Although the pandemic has forced many couples to cancel their weddings, they shouldn’t have waited at the altar for their refunds.”

Joseph Haspel, an attorney for the country club, told The Post, “The settlement includes a provision that prohibits my comment.”

https://nypost.com/2022/03/21/ny-country-club-agrees-to-refund-couples-for-weddings-kod-over-covid/ NY Country Club agrees to reimburse couples for weddings KO’d due to COVID

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