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North Carolina ‘Alienation of Affection’ Law May Force Alleged Mistress to Pay $9M

A North Carolina woman won $9 million in a lawsuit against her cheating husband’s alleged mistress. North Carolina 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. Cynthia Shackelford sued her husband’s alleged mistress, Anne Lundquist, for “alienation of affection,” claiming Lundquist broke up her 33-year marriage. A jury awarded Shackelford $5 million in compensatory damages and $4 million in punitive damages to be paid by Lundquist.

Do you agree, or disagree with the jury’s decision to award Ms. Shackelford $9M in total damages?

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