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“shatchen” Cannot Collect Fees if Couples Do Not Want to Pay

December 28, 1928
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Payment for Mating Contrary to Good Morals, Court Rules (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

A “shatchen,” the Jewish professional marriage broker, got the worst of it when he summoned to the local court fifteen happily married couples, whose marriages he had brought about but who had not paid him his fee.

The court handed down a verdict that the marriage brokerage is contra bonos mores (against good morals) and legal action cannot be brought for failure to pay the “shatchen.” The judge added that the couples may go on living happily, even though they had not paid the man who led them on the road to their marital bliss.

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