Bittar Breakup: Car Dealer Sues Surgeon Over Affair With Wife

10594772_BG1There is another interesting alienation of affection case in the courts. Wealthy car dealer Bob Rohrman (known as “Bob Rohrrrrrrr-man” on his commercials) is suing a surgeon, Dr. Sami M. Bittar, who wooed his wife, Ronda.

Of course, Rohrman must show that the couple had a loving and full relationship before Dr. Bittar made a house call and that the good doctor was the cause of the damage to the marriage.

Nevertheless, we have seen some successful alienation lawsuits recently in Mississippi and North Carolina. For example, North Carolina juries awarded $2 million to one cuckolded spouse in a 2001 Greensboro case and $1.2 million in a 1997 case.

In this case, the Supreme Court ruled that

“in the interest of protecting the marriage relationship and providing a remedy for intentional conduct which causes a loss of consortium, this Court declines the invitation to abolish the common law tort of alienation of affections in Mississippi. Alienation of affections is the only available avenue to provide redress for a spouse who has suffered loss and injury to his or her marital relationship against the third party who, through persuasion, enticement, or inducement, caused or contributed to the abandonment of the marriage and/or the loss of affections by active interference.”

The Rohrmans were hitched in Hawaii in 2002 in a lavish wedding to match an otherwise lavish lifestyle — Rohrman has 26 car dealerships in Illinois and Indiana.

Rohrman says that Bittar wooed his wife with expensive dinners and gifts. He eventually hired a detective to find out the truth.

However, Rohrman alleges that Dr. Bittar “solicited and initiated a romantic and sexual relationship,” calling her cell phone “on a continuous basis, for the purpose of initiating sexual relations and romantic rendezvous.”

Rohrman filed the suit in the Circuit Court of the 18th Judicial District Circuit in DuPage County, Ill.

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14 thoughts on “Bittar Breakup: Car Dealer Sues Surgeon Over Affair With Wife”

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  3. It both a sinful thing for all parties involved. It a crime against the body a sin against ones self, how can any restitution be enough. It a crime against nature. In the words of our creator, its abomable. However, that same creator said, if my people will humble themselves, repent and I will heal their land…

  4. Isn’t it (the affair) a violation of contract, so-to-speak?

    And isn’t that an up-to-date idea and worthy of litigation?

  5. Mike S.,

    Yes, This man needs to repent. He should pile high a burnt offering of new tires and place upon it the fruits of his scams–flashy diamond pinky rings, golf clubs and Rotary memberships. This sweet smell will placate Satan, who will then “disaffect” his wife from her new beau–the evil and soon to be even more, Dr. Bittar! Dr. Bittar will be wishing for that pre-nup soon enough.

  6. Jill,
    My father was a car salesman and went broke with two dealerships. I grew up seeing the business from the inside.
    It is definitely a Satanic activity and while I believe in bailing out the automakers for the sake of the workers, there is a part of me that gloats at them having been laid low.

  7. Mike S. and Mike A.,

    You are both wrong. Haven’t you heard of Satan? Have you not seen his work in this world? Of course, I always think of car dealerships as the work of Satan (sorry to my adopted dad about that!) so I’m not sure what Satan was doing in this case.

  8. I’m with Mike S. on this one. I believe that most states (including Florida) have abolished the old tort of alienation of affections. This cause of action is a throwback to the days when women and children were essentially regarded as chattels. Consensual relationships between adults by definition require a conscious determination by both parties. The suggestion that a person can be “induced” into infidelity is absurd on its face and insulting to the straying spouse.

  9. I guess you can lead a po’ lovesick fool to the altar of marriage but you juss caint make him read the prophetic song lyrics a’forehand to save him the Misery of hisn’ life.

    Ol’ Bob looks old enough to have remembered this Jimmy Soul song from an April 1963 debut, reaching #1 for 2 weeks and charted for 11 weeks.


    If You Want To Be Happy (for The Rest Of Your Life)

    If you wanna be happy
    For the rest of your life,
    Never make a pretty woman your wife,
    So from my personal point of view,
    Get an ugly girl to marry you.

    Say man.
    Hey baby.
    Saw your wife the other day.
    Yeah, she’s ugly.
    Yeah, she’s ugly but she sure can cook.
    Yeah?. Okay.

    End Quote}

  10. Rafflaw,
    When you marry a trophy wife, don’t expect miracles of faithfulness. That’s my take on this. Also I think its’ time to put alienation of affection statues to rest. They are in essence sexist, in that supposedly the people involved were not involved in the decision to cheat. No one is seduced without their own complicity.

  11. Bob Rohrman is on TV here in Illinois every day with one of his ads. Even during the auto industry crisis, his ads never stopped. It would be interesting to see if he can be successful with a suit like this in the ultra conservative DuPage County. I am not holding my breath that he will win, but it would be fodder for the TV news here in Northern Illinois if he is successful. Is it me or does she look a lot younger than Bob in the picture Professor Turley provided?

  12. How does that saying go: She don’t love you, All’s she wants to do is break your Heart. Or My Achy Breaky Heart.

    I bet that guy is upset and I don’t blame him. However, how do you make someone respect the contract of marriage? Can’t even throw cheetos at em.

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