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Man can sue for return of engagement ring, Virginia Supreme Court rules

The Virginia case of McGrath v. Dockendorf, ruled that a man may recover an engagement ring following a break off of the engagement.

Virginia did have the policy that the engagement ring could be returned under the common law of conditional gifts. However this case proceeded under the concept of detinue.

Utah recognizes the concept of conditional gifts, as noted in the case of Hess v. Johnston, and the application of that theory to the return of engagement rings still appears to be open in Utah.

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