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An Oregonian woman is the first in the state to get a jury to agree that her date was legally responsible for giving her herpes.A jury awarded the 49-year-old woman $900,000 last week, “for her pain and suffering,” according to OregonLive.com.
The woman, who went by an alias during the trial, met the 69-year-old dentist on eHarmony.
They had sex on the fourth date, when she contracted the herpes.
The woman sued the dentist, claiming he didn’t tell her about the herpes, causing her to develop painful outbreaks and clinical depression, OregonLive.com reported.
But the man’s lawyer, Shawn Lillegren, said his client truly didn’t know he could infect someone when he wasn’t experiencing an outbreak. He also argued the woman was careless and should have insisted the man wear a condom.
“Grow up. Come on. You’re an adult. He’s an adult. They had sex,” Lillegren said, according to OregonLive.com. “The point is she is not some little innocent victim.”
Too bad the jury didn’t agree. After deliberating for two hours, most jurors determined the man was 75 per cent negligent. Two jurors thought the man was completely at fault.
“We all felt he should have told her — he had the responsibility to tell her,” juror Noah Brimhall told OregonLive.com.
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