Justin Montney’s bride-to-be tragically died in a car accident in Colorado a few months ago. After the incident, the videographer that the couple hired to capture their wedding denied Montney a refund and even threatened a lawsuit.
Montney reached out to a local news station called KRDO after he was threatened by Copper Stallion Media with a lawsuit for defamation to do with a poor review left by him on TheKnot.com. In the review Montney explained his situation and gained support.
His fiancee, Alexis Wyatt, died at 22-years-old in a car crash that took place near Calhan, Colorado in February.
Montney told the station that he had already paid $1,800 to Copper Stallion Media up front. He says the Texas-based company denied multiple requests to provide any refund.
Montney signed a contract that said the payment was non-refundable, though he believes that—under the circumstances—the company should make an exception.
After Montney reached out to the media, Copper Stallion Media began seeing many negative reviews.
The Post Millennial attempted to get in touch with Copper Stallion Media, but instead found their website has become entitled Justin Montney and is dedicated to the incident and the lawsuit. The company has also changed the name of their Yelp page to Justin Montney.
Copper Stallion Media has seemingly gone out of its way to harass Montney with social media posts. On what would have been Montney’s wedding day, the company released a post to Facebook saying, “Today would have been the day where we would have filmed Justin and Alexis’ wedding in Colorado springs.”
“After what Justin pulled with the media stunt to try and shake us down for a refund, we hope you sob and cry all day for what would have been your wedding day. Sorry, not sorry”
Alexis’ mother left a comment to the company expressing her disgust for how they have treated Montney since the incident.
The company responded saying, “Nonrefundable means you cannot get your money back, even from the grave. It’s the cost of doing business. Our attorney will be in touch and you will be served with a summons in our defamation case.”
After receiving the negative reviews, the company released a post about its client experience manager saying that she had taken her own life. As the post continued, the company pointed to the negative reviews which it called “online bullying” and alluded to these comments being a part of the reason she committed suicide.
Several critics claimed that the death took place years ago and the company had wrongly brought it up in order to help its case against Montney.
At the bottom of the post, Copper Stallion Media said that it will no longer be accepting new bookings and will only be finishing out the current contractual obligations.
Even before the incident, many photographers took to an online platform to share their bad experiences while working for the company. Many said they struggled to receive payment while others did not get paid at all. One user said, “I eventually got paid... but only after emailing twice a day and threatening legal action.”
The man behind the company appears to be Jessie J. Clark and this isn’t his first time in a situation like this. In 2013, Clark who was already accused of scamming over 92 couples received criminal and civil charges.
He has owned several similar companies, some of which are SureShot Videography, SureShot Portraits LLC, Kustom Films, In Focus Studios, Magnolia Films, Wedding Filmology, and Film Monkey Studios. He has also allegedly used multiple names including Michael Collins, John Francis, Jaie Hart, and Corey Ayers.