Plaintiffs are racking up big jury verdicts in North Carolina as the Courts continue to allow lawsuits, known as heart-balm torts, to protect the sanctity of marriage.
“I really loved him, and I really thought he loved me,” Cynthia Shackelford said. “I had not a clue that Allan would wander. He kept telling me 'Oh, she’s just a friend. There’s no affair. I love you.”
the torts of alienation of affection and criminal conversation are designed to protect the institution of marriage for North Carolina residents and when the torts occur in the State of North Carolina.
Ms. Lieu argues that North Carolina’s alienation of affections and criminal conversation tort laws are unconstitutional because they allow the government to intrude on individual’s private decisions regarding sexual conduct and punish them for such decisions.
The covert use of a GPS tracking device in North Carolina could constitute a trespass, trespass to chattels and invasion of privacy through intrusion into seclusion.
is important because many have suggested that the purpose of these torts are to protect the sanctity of marriage for North Carolinians and therefore a case such as this where there are no North Carolinians to protect would allow the Court to clarify the scope of these torts. For now, it appears that N.C. will protect S.C. marriages too.