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October 19, 2018

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Woman sues matchmaker after string of failed introductions

A woman says she spent $78,000 with a Clark County matchmaking service seeking a European dream date but ended up with only four duds.

Mary Davis of the United Kingdom filed a lawsuit in Clark County District Court against Irene Valenti of California and Valenti Enterprises LLC, which does business in Clark County. Davis, who had asked for a partial refund, is seeking more than $10,000 in damages.

Valenti has not yet responded to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit said that on Feb. 15, 2010 — the day after Valentine’s Day — Davis wired $78,279.55 for a two-year service agreement. The matchmaking service was to introduce her to “suitable male companions” to help in “finding that one special individual” to share her life.

Davis said that between March and November 2010, she was introduced to only three men — and only one lived in Europe.

During that time, while on vacation to New York, she was also introduced to a New Jersey man, “who was completely tied to his six children and ailing parents and unable to travel to the United Kingdom,” the lawsuit said.

Davis said both she and the man didn’t understand why they were introduced, because neither met the other’s criteria.

Davis said she demanded a partial refund on Oct. 3, 2010. But the defendants told her they had found a London man who “would be a real fit” and offered to arrange her to meet him for dinner.

Davis said it appeared that “gentleman” didn’t exist because a meeting was never arranged.

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