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    Wife's $9M Message to Mistresses: 'Lay Off'

    A [URL="http://topics.abcnews.go.com/topic/North-Carolina"]North Carolina[/URL] woman who won $9 million in a lawsuit against her husband's alleged mistress has a simple message for would-be homewreckers out there: "lay off."

    My main message is to all those women out there who might have their eyes on some guy that is married to not come between anybody," Cynthia Shackelford told "Good Morning America" today. "It's not good to go in there. It hurts the children. My children are devastated. I'm devastated.

    "Allan [Shackelford's husband] and I joked about sitting in rocking chairs and having a glass of wine or whatever and talking about what our children did when they were little. That's never going to happen now."

    [B]But Shackelford's story has a $9 million twist. Under centuries-old North Carolina case law, Shackelford sued her husband's alleged mistress, Anne Lundquist, for "alienation of affection," charging that the woman broke up her 33-year marriage. [/B]

    [B]Last week, Shackelford won. A jury awarded her $5 million in compensatory damages and $4 million in punitive damages to be paid by Lundquist. [/B]

    The large dollar figures surrounding the Shackelford case are unusual, but the lawsuit itself is not -- at least not in North Carolina. The state is one of just seven states to recognize alienation of affection claims, in which spouses can sue third parties that they allege interfered in their marriages.
    The state sees some 200 alienation of affection claims a year, according to the Rosen Law Firm of Raleigh, N.C., and firm founder Lee Rosen said that he handles about six to a dozen such cases each year.

    "You have to be ready to have all your dirty laundry aired in public whether it's your sex life or lies that have been told...everything is on the table it can be really humiliating," Rosen said.

    Rosen said that alienation of affection claims evolved from common law under which women were considered the property of their husbands. If another man was accused of stealing his "property," a husband could sue him for damages. Today, both men and women sue under the law.

    [URL]http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Business/wife-wins-million-husbands-alleged-mistress/story?id=10177637[/URL]
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    [QUOTE=BigBensAngel7;3535144]A [URL="http://topics.abcnews.go.com/topic/North-Carolina"]North Carolina[/URL] woman who won $9 million in a lawsuit against her husband's alleged mistress has a simple message for would-be homewreckers out there: "lay off."

    My main message is to all those women out there who might have their eyes on some guy that is married to not come between anybody," Cynthia Shackelford told "Good Morning America" today. "It's not good to go in there. It hurts the children. My children are devastated. I'm devastated.

    "Allan [Shackelford's husband] and I joked about sitting in rocking chairs and having a glass of wine or whatever and talking about what our children did when they were little. That's never going to happen now."

    [B]But Shackelford's story has a $9 million twist. Under centuries-old North Carolina case law, Shackelford sued her husband's alleged mistress, Anne Lundquist, for "alienation of affection," charging that the woman broke up her 33-year marriage. [/B]

    [B]Last week, Shackelford won. A jury awarded her $5 million in compensatory damages and $4 million in punitive damages to be paid by Lundquist. [/B]

    [URL]http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Business/wife-wins-million-husbands-alleged-mistress/story?id=10177637[/URL][/QUOTE]

    [I]"Lundquist, who makes $4:00 an hour dispensing ice cream at a Dairy Queen, figures to have the first $5 million paid off in 2175."[/I]


    :rolleyes:

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    [QUOTE=32green;3535152][I]"Lundquist, who makes $4:00 an hour dispensing ice cream at a Dairy Queen, figures to have the first $5 million paid off in 2175."[/I]


    :rolleyes:[/QUOTE]

    Wow, he'd better take care of himself if he's gonna live that long. Lotsa vitamins for sure. :yes:

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