There 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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