Sweet Revenge: Suing Your Husbands Mistress
What betrayed wife hasnt thought about getting revenge? Usually the target is the husband, who deserves a tire track on his back. But there is another option. Sue the jerks mistress.
Can money make up for the suffering and humiliation that goes with being a woman scorned? Pause. How much are we talking?
Dr. Lynn Acara of North Carolina recently sued one of her closest friends (double revenge points!) for breaking up her marriage. A judgment of $5.8 million was announced in her favor this September, but with a caveat. The settlement is valid in North Carolina, but not in Maryland, where the former best friend lives. So basically all it does is keep the woman out of North Carolina, a bonus, but not nearly enough to compensate for outright poaching.
Another North Carolina woman, Cynthia Shackelford, won a $9 million lawsuit in March against her husbands alleged mistress for breaking up a 33-year-marriage. A very sensible jury awarded $5 million in compensatory damages and $4 million in punitive damages, to be paid by Anne Lundquist, the naughty dean of students at Wells College in Aurora, New York. The recognized expert in student affairs apparently was also an expert in post-graduate fooling around with another womans husband.
Six other states besides North Carolina -- Hawaii, Illinois, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Dakota and Utah still have an alienation of affection law, but it is mainly litigated in North Carolina. Why? Because conservative legislators there do not want to give their blessing to adultery. This is why former Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards was shaking in his boots when Elizabeth Edwards threatened to sue Rielle Hunter before Edwards affair was made public by the National Enquirer.