An Oregon jury has awarded $900,000 to a woman who claimed a retired dentist infected her with genital herpes, in a rare case in which a dispute over a sexually transmitted disease went to a jury trial.
The 49-year-old woman, who filed the suit under a pseudonym, testified last week that she suffered painful outbreaks and spiraled into depression following a sexual encounter with the 69-year-old man she met through the dating website eHarmony.
“I told the jury he’s dangerous, and I believe he is,” said Randall Vogt, the attorney for the woman, who declined to be interviewed.
High-profile lawsuits accusing celebrities of herpes transmission have been in the news for a quarter-century, but such lawsuits remain relatively rare and typically do not go to trial. The award issued Friday is believed to be the largest of its kind in Oregon. A similar 1996 case ended in a $550,000 settlement.
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- Man Who Gave Woman Genital Herpes Ordered to Pay Nearly One Million Dollars in Damages [Lawsuits] (gawker.com)
- Oregon Woman Gets Herpes…And Then Gets Rich! (perezhilton.com)
- Woman Gets $900,000 in Damages after Date Gives Her Herpes (newsfeed.time.com)