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Roy Williams Sues Miss Texas Brooke Daniels for $77K Engagement Ring

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By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. on July 07, 2011 12:47 PM

So the Dallas Cowboys' Roy Williams sues his ex-girlfriend, former Miss Texas Brooke Daniels. The reason? An engagement proposal that didn't go exactly the way he had planned.

Williams sent Daniels an engagement ring worth around $76,600 through the mail. The package included a recorded marriage proposal.

Apparently, an engagement proposal through mail was not exactly what Daniels had in mind for a romantic proposal, because instead of fireworks and a "happily ever after," the engagement was never accepted, reports USA Today.

Williams and Daniels had lived together for a year. And, reportedly, Daniels had told Williams that she lost the ring after he asked to have it back, USA Today reports.

Later, Williams' insurance company found out that Daniels' father, Michael Daniels, was in possession of the ring.

Michael Daniels says that Williams initially told his daughter that he wanted her to keep the ring because she would eventually come back to him, reports USA Today. But, she didn't.

Michael Daniels says he will return the ring to Williams in lieu of having to face a lengthy - and troublesome - lawsuit, according to USA Today.

But, what if Michael Daniels had decided not to be so accommodating? What would have happened?

Depending on the jurisdiction, engagement rings can be considered a conditional gift. Essentially, the giver of the ring - in this case, Williams - gave the ring on the expectation that some future action or event would take place. Namely, a wedding and a marriage.

If the future action or event never happens, the engagement ring gift is then given back to the giver. Most states follow no-fault conditional gift and award the ring back to the giver of the ring in a broken engagement.

So, if Roy Williams sues Brooke Daniels for the engagement ring and her father was not inclined to give the ring back, most likely, Williams would have ended up with the ring anyway after the lawsuit.

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