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April 25, 2014  RSS feed
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No hora at wedding! Bride’s mom files suit over omission

By BOB FRYER Jewish Press

What’s a Jewish wedding without the newlyweds hoisted in chairs as the crowd dances the hora to the tune of “Hava Nagila?”

Apparently not nearly Jewish enough in the eyes of the bride’s mother, Toni Lewis of Tampa, who is suing Tampa-based D. Bailey Management, Inc., (DBM) the company that she says provided the band for the marriage of Lewis’ daughter, Jodi, to Brendan Crampton, both of Tampa.

Lewis is seeking damages in excess of $15,000.

According to the suit, she “informed DBM through its representative that the bride was Jewish. Therefore certain music and traditions would have to be played and followed by the band.” The band, however, did not have the music for “Hava Nagilah,” the suit alleges.

Lewis maintains that DBM “knew the religious background of the bride, and assured the plaintiff that such entertainment would be provided, including the traditional Jewish dance known as ‘The Hora.’”

Lewis’ suit says she wanted her daughter to have “the perfect ‘dream’ wedding” and that DBM advertised that they “will take the time to get to know you and what you envision for your ‘dream’ day … agents can suggest and handle the perfect entertainment to fit your reception.”

Other complaints Lewis alleges in the suit are that the band also did not have the music for the “Bride- Groom’s” dance and “refused to provide MC services to the Plaintiff during the wedding. Additionally, they acted in an extremely unprofessional manner, and in effect ruined the wedding celebration for the Plaintiff and her family.”

The suit maintains that Lewis contracted with DBM on April 6, 2009 and paid DBM $6,750 to provide services for the May 30, 2010 wedding. Lewis and DBM “discussed the type of music that was to be played, including specific songs for high-lighted dances,” the suit says.

The suit maintains that DMB breached its contract “by not providing a competent and appropriate band” and is liable for the actions of the band. It also maintains that there was intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The lawsuit identified the band that played at the wedding reception as N’Dustry, but does not name it as a defendant.

Attorney Terryn H. Bennett, who filed the suit on April 7 in Hillsborough Circuit Court on behalf of Lewis, said she was not sure if the band was still in business.

While DMB had not yet been served with notice of the lawsuit, she said, the company was aware of the allegations in it. Bennett declined to say why the suit was filed nearly four years after the wedding.

Neither Lewis nor Dennis Bailey of DBM responded to requests by the Jewish Press seeking their comments on the suit. Attorney Ralph Mangione, registered agent for DBM, said he had not seen the lawsuit and asked, “How can I comment on something I have not seen?”

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