State to seize wedding photographer's photos, video

January 25, 2008 8:49:32 PM PST
The state can seize photos and videos from a Morris County wedding photography firm that abruptly closed, a judge ruled Friday.

The order bars photographers, videographers and album manufacturers who did work for Celebration Studios and its owner, Marc C. Schwartz, from transferring or disposing of the items.

"It means they can't go out and resell them or dispose of them," said Attorney General Anne Milgram. "All the photos and videos taken are protected and hopefully we'll have access to them very soon and we'll be able to get them back to the couples."

The state's Division of Consumer Affairs sued the firm and Schwartz last week, claiming they violated consumer fraud and advertising regulations.

Nearly 850 customers claim the Chester-based company left them without items they paid for or failed to provide refunds.

Milgram said the state wants to get photos and videos back to consumers and also refund money to couples whose deposits were taken for weddings and never received the services for which they contracted.

Complaints can be filed at http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov or 1-800-242-5846 in New Jersey or 973-504-6200.


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