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N.C.’s heart-balm torts face constitutional challenge (access required)

North Carolina is one of the last places in the country where jilted spouses can sue home-wreckers, but the state’s controversial torts of alienation of affections and criminal conversation are facing a new constitutional attack. Winston-Salem attorneys John F. Morrow Sr. and John C. Vermitsky of Morrow Porter Vermitsky & Fowler argue in Filipowski v. Oliver that so-called “heart-balm” lawsuits violate the defendant’s right to free speech and privacy, and should be abolished. They represent Melissa Oliver, who is being sued by Veronica Filipowski for criminal conversation for allegedly sleeping with Filipowski’s husband, and for alienation of affections for ruining the marriage.

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