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Big Love (access required)

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There’s an unwritten rule in boxing that should apply to lawsuits, especially those dealing with spurned spouses: Defend yourself at all times. In separate rulings, the North Carolina Court of Appeals recently upheld two multimillion dollar verdicts in heart-balm cases ...

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One heart-balm challenge ends, another begins (access required)

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A closely watched constitutional challenge to a North Carolina law that makes paramours liable for wrecking marriages recently came to an anticlimactic end with a settlement. But the fight against so-called “heart balm” torts has been resurrected in a different lawsuit, and dozens of cases statewide once again hang in the balance.

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N.C.’s heart-balm torts face constitutional challenge (access required)

North Carolina is one of the last places in the country where jilted spouses can sue home-wreckers, but the state’s controversial torts of alienation of affections and criminal conversation are facing a new constitutional attack. Winston-Salem attorneys John F. Morrow Sr. (pictured) and John C. Vermitsky of Morrow Porter Vermitsky & Fowler argue in Filipowski v. Oliver that so-called “heart-balm” lawsuits violate the defendant’s right to free speech and privacy, and should be abolished. They represent Melissa Oliver, who is being sued by Veronica Filipowski for criminal conversation for allegedly sleeping with Filipowski’s husband, and for alienation of affections for ruining the marriage.

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