Sunday, January 22, 2012

Alienation Of Affections

An amended complaint filed by the Illinois Administrator alleges that an attorney engaged in unethical behavior with respect to the immigration status of his mother-in-law.

The complaint states that the attorney married a citizen of the Ukraine in April 1998. Mother-in-law came to visit and eventually married one of the attorney's neighbors. The complaint alleges that the attorney made false statements to the Department of Homeland Security and the ARDC about the mother-in-law's living arrangements, i.e., whether she had ever moved out of the attorney's home.

There is more. The attorney's marriage went bad and he blamed his mother-in-law. He did not just get mad; he got litigious.

According to the complaint:

...Respondent caused a complaint and jury demand to be filed against [mother-in-law] Antonia, requesting damages in excess of one million dollars for alienation of [wife] Tanya's affections to Respondent. The complaint alleged that, in part because she was angry that Respondent would not buy her a house, Antonia decided to cause the collapse of Respondent's marriage to Tanya, and had persuaded Tanya to have extra-marital affairs. The complaint contained many personal and embarrassing allegations against Antonia and Tanya, and attached personal emails and photographs of Tanya and her professional dancing partners...

...Respondent caused a complaint and jury demand to be filed against two defendants with whom Respondent alleged Tanya had engaged in extramarital affairs. The complaint requested damages in excess of $1,300,000. The complaint contained many personal and embarrassing allegations against Tanya, and attached personal emails and photographs of Tanya and the two defendants who were Tanya's professional dancing partners...

The first suit was voluntarily dismissed. The second suit was concluded with the grant of summary judgment to the defendants.

The marriage ended in September 2007.

The complaint does not allege the the litigation was frivolous. (Mike Frisch)

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