Lawsuit: Jury Awards $6.75 Million to Woman Infected with Genital HerpesFebruary 25th, 2009 by josh farley
This just in: a Palm Springs, Calif.- jury is penalizing a 77-year-old man to the tune of $6.75 million for knowingly infecting his sexual partner with genital herpes.
The 56-year-old woman awarded the sum in Riverside County Superior Court was unaware of the 77-year-old’s disease, and “he failed to disclose it to her prior to their sexual relationship and failed to use a condom to protect her,” lawyers with the firm Slovak, Baron & Empey said.
The lawyers claim it to be the largest ever award in such a case.
“We presented evidence to the jury that he ruined her life as a result of his blatant disregard for her health and he showed no remorse. It’s unforgivable. She will have to live with this for the rest of her life,” said Shaun Murphy, one of the woman’s attorneys.
“This verdict is a clear message to all persons infected with a sexually transmitted disease that this type of behavior simply will not be tolerated,” he said.