Herpes-Infected Woman Gets $6.75M, BMW in Suit Against Elderly Lover
Posted Feb 26, 2009 8:57 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A jury has awarded a 56-year-old California woman $6.75 million in a lawsuit against the 77-year-old man accused of infecting her with herpes.
Lawyer Shaun Murphy disclosed the verdict, but identified his winning client only as Patricia, the Associated Press reports. Murphy said the man, whom he identified as Thomas, knew he had herpes for more than 25 years, but he didn’t tell the woman or wear a condom during sex.
Patricia was awarded $4 million in compensatory damages, $2.75 million in punitive damages and a BMW car that the defendant had given her as a gift, the story says.