PHILADELPHIA (AP) A retired corporate executive said in a lawsuit that she spent $150,000 on a matchmaking service that set her up with a string of highly incompatible suitors, including men who were married, mentally unstable or felons.
Darlene Daggett, former president for U.S. commerce for the West Chester-based home shopping channel QVC, settled the lawsuit against Corte Madera, California-based Kelleher International hours after it was filed in federal court last week, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/2vmkpoc ).
Kelleher chief executive Amber Kelleher-Andrews, a former actress who appeared “Baywatch” and “Melrose Place,” said in a statement to the newspaper that her company has helped with thousands of marriages and future children.
“It doesn’t always work out,” Kelleher-Andrews told the newspaper. She said her company works to end courtships “fairly and reasonably.”
According to the lawsuit, the 62-year-old Daggett wanted someone to spend her retirement with, and she felt “social dating sites did not provide her with the degree of screening and privacy she was looking for.”
She said she paid $150,000 for a “CEO Level” membership with Kelleher International that guaranteed her matches from around the globe but then endured a series of bad courtships that fell short of what the dating service promised.
Her attorneys described one match as an Australian entrepreneur who took Daggett on trips to Panama and Costa Rica. She said the man started a new trip around the world with his ex the same day she flew home from Panama, something she didn’t learn about until a year…
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