GEICO lawsuit determination reversal for girl who contracted STD from insured automobile

The uncommon case of a Missouri girl suing GEICO over claims that she contracted human papillomavirus (HPV) from having intercourse in a automobile insured by the corporate has taken yet one more flip, because the state Supreme Court has reversed a earlier determination that ordered the insurer to pay the lady $5.2 million.

The Missouri Supreme Court dominated unanimously to overturn a decrease court docket’s ruling that favored the lady, recognized solely as M.O. The Supreme Court judges added that GEICO ought to have had an opportunity to weigh in sooner and despatched the case again to the decrease court docket for additional dialogue, the Associated Press reported.

Court paperwork mentioned that M.O. had intercourse with a person she was in a relationship with, within the latter’s automobile. She claimed that she contracted HPV as a result of the person didn’t inform her that he had the illness. In February 2021, M.O. notified GEICO that she deliberate to hunt a $1 million insurance coverage settlement from the person, alleging that the person’s auto insurance coverage supplied protection for her accidents and losses.

But GEICO refused the settlement, sustaining that M.O.’s declare didn’t happen ensuing from regular use of the automobile. An arbitration later determined that the woman be awarded $5.2 million for damages, which was confirmed by a Jackson County Court and upheld by a three-judge panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals final 12 months.

The Associated Press reported that GEICO sought to intervene on this case, however was denied by an appeals court docket.



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