California appellate court upholds negligent infection of STD (herpes) verdict, but reduces award to 4.3 million

The California 4th District Court of Appeal upheld a negligent infection of STD (herpes) civil verdict against a California businessman, but reduced the award from $6.75 million to $4.3 million.  Plaintiff Patricia Behr alleged that when she was in a relationship with businessman Thomas Behr, the founder of Aussie hair care products, he advised her that he had herpes.  She testified that Redmond told her in 2004, “I need to tell you that I have herpes. I’ve had it for a long time, about 30 years. And I think I’m having an outbreak, so we can’t have sex.” However, the next day he said he was wrong about the outbreak and that it was okay to have unprotected sex.  She then allegedly became infected with the STD.  Part of the damages award included future medical expenses for treating the condition.