Woman sues husband's mistress, gets $10m 06:30 AEST Tue Mar 23 2010
Mar 26, 2010
A US woman has won $10 million from her husband's mistress after successfully suing her for stealing him.
Cynthia Shackelford, 60, told the North Carolina court that she gave up her teacher career to raise their children and support her husband Allan's legal career, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Using a rarely used law, Mrs Shackelford claimed her husband had been happy and in love with her before his mistress, Anne Lundquist, 49, pursued a relationship with him.
After a two day trial the jury awarded Mrs Shackelford $10 million after she proved alienation of affection, a legal term for adultery, as well as causing severe emotional distress.
Ms Lundquist, who now lives with Mr Shackelford, said she plans to appeal the decision, claiming she met him after he had separated from Mrs Shackelford.
North Carolina is one of few states which allows people to sue over infidelity.
While still married, the Shackelfords have been separated for five years.