Who knew that STD stood for “Sexually Transmitted DOLLARS!”
Oregon Woman Awarded $900,000 In Herpes Lawsuit
The 49-year-old Beaverton divorcee was impressed when she met a 69-year-old Southeast Portland man on the Internet dating website eHarmony.
He seemed well-educated, charming and kind. They had a lot in common, including that she was a dental hygienist and he was a retired dentist. On the fourth date — an evening that included hors d’oeuvres, wine and a few puffs of pot — the two had sex.
The woman was looking for a husband. Instead, she ended up with genital herpes.
After enduring repeated painful outbreaks of the disease and spiraling into clinical depression, she filed a lawsuit. Last week after a four-day trial, a Multnomah County jury awarded her nearly every dollar she was asking for: $900,000 for her pain and suffering.
It was the first time a case of one person suing another for intentionally transmitting herpes went to trial in Oregon, said the attorneys who tried and researched the case.
Jurors were asked to ponder fundamental questions about dating and sex in today’s times: Was the man obligated to tell his date that he had genital herpes before they had unprotected sex? Did he truly not know that he was contagious even when he wasn’t experiencing lesions? And how much should a person be compensated for a disease, albeit incurable, that affects roughly 1 in 6 adults?
The jury deliberated for two hours before reaching a verdict: The man was 75 percent negligent, while the woman carried 25 percent of the blame. Two jurors, however, dissented, believing the man was entirely at fault.
Jurors also found that the retired dentist committed battery by intentionally engaging in an activity that harmed the woman.
What’s sad is that this precedent will open the door for all kinds of nutjobs to PURPOSEFULLY contract herpes or some other STD JUST to get paid! Sounds crazy, but stranger things have happened…
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