January 11, 2008
USSC Denies Cert in Alienation of Affections Case
In November, I posted about the case from Mississippi in which Johnny Valentine sued Jerry Fitch for alienating the affections of his former wife, Sandra. Valentine won a verdict in excess of $750,000 in compensatory and punitive damages, and the verdict was upheld by the Mississippi Supreme Court. Fitch filed a Motion for Stay of Mandate in the United States Supreme Court, which was denied in late October. This week, the Court denied the cert petition as well. Thus, Mississippi and seven other jurisdictions retain the right to allow state tort suits for alienation of affections.
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