She told the High Court the agency had told her it only dealt in “creme de la creme” matches and could introduce her to “bachelors you dream of meeting”.
He told the court: “Gertrude Stein quipped that whoever said money can’t buy happiness didn’t know where to shop.
Agency founder Susie Ambrose said they had successfully matched over 6,000 lonely hearts
“This case is about a woman looking for romantic happiness who says she was tricked into shopping in the wrong place, paying a large sum to a dating which, she says, made promises but failed to produce the goods.”
Tereza then spent “a large amount of money on a dating agency in the hope of finding a partner who would give her a fourth child.”
Tereza said she ‘felt very let down and disappointed’
“A membership of 100 active men canot by any stretch of the imagination be described as a substantial number.”
He added: “The representations made by Mr Thomas were therefore false and misleading.”
But he accepted the agency did have a “sizeable database” and was not “a fundamentally dishonest or fraudulent operation”.
You shouldn’t promise people who are in a fragile state of mind, in their mid-40s, the man of their dreams
Tereza, who lives in plush Lennox Gardens, Chelsea, said she “felt very let down and disappointed” that the agency’s claims were “untrue”.
Giving evidence, she said: “You shouldn’t promise people who are in a fragile state of mind, in their mid-40s, the man of their dreams.
As well as giving her her money back, the judge awarded her £500 for the “disappointment and sadness” she suffered – bringing her total payout to £13,100.
“She assumed it would be like internet dating, but we are a niche, exclusive agency, not a mainstream, mass-market online dating service. We are not going to have thousands of members because there simply aren’t thousands of single, wealthy, high-calibre prospects out there.
“Ms. Burki was found to have libelled Seventy Thirty, as the Judge said that we had sourced excellent matches for her. Therefore, her remarks about us being a non-reputable and fraudulent company were deemed untrue and entirely without foundation.
“We would like to reassure and remind our clients – both prospective and current – that Seventy Thirty has been in business since 2001 and its team of psychologists and matchmakers have developed a dating model with a great deal of success.