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Wife Wins $9 Million From Husband’s Alleged Mistress – ABC News

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Cynthia Shackelford’s story could have been no different than that of any other aggrieved wife: The North Carolina woman, 60, thought her husband Allan was deeply in love with her. Then came his late nights at the office and suspicious charges on his credit card and cell phone bills. And finally, a private investigator confirmed what she had feared: Her husband, she said, was having an affair.

Cynthia Shackelford with her dog, Bailey.

Cynthia Shackelford with her dog, Bailey.

(Courtesy Cynthia Shackelford)

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.

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

“She set her sights on him. … She knew he was married,” Shackelford said of Lundquist Monday. “You don’t go after married men and break up families.”

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March 23, 2010 at 12:53 pm

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