A Mississippi law allowed Johnny Valentine (ironic name, no?) to sue businessman Jerry Fitch Sr. for loss of companionship, love, and sex when his wife Sandra left him.
Sandra Valentine and Fitch began an affair when Sandra worked for him. When Sandra became pregnant, Johnny, already suspecting an affair, ordered a paternity test which showed the child was not his. He then filed for divorce and sued Fitch under the "alienation of affection" law still on the books in Mississippi and 6 other states (Hawaii, Illinois, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Utah).
Valentine won $750,000 in court, and the verdict was upheld by the State Supreme Court. Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case, ending any appeals.
Not that it necessarily had anything to do with Sandra's decision to leave Johnny, but he was a plumber, while Fitch is a millionaire. Just something to keep in mind.
While it seems likely that revenge certainly played a role in the lawsuit, that's what happens when laws like this stay on the books!
I'm wondering, since Fitch was also married at the time of the affair, if he's getting sued by his ex-wife as well.