The bizarre case of a Missouri lady suing GEICO over claims that she contracted human papillomavirus (HPV) from having intercourse in a automobile insured by the corporate has taken one more flip, because the state Supreme Court docket has reversed a earlier determination that ordered the insurer to pay the girl $5.2 million.
The Missouri Supreme Court docket dominated unanimously to overturn a decrease courtroom’s ruling that favored the girl, recognized solely as M.O. The Supreme Court docket judges added that GEICO ought to have had an opportunity to weigh in sooner and despatched the case again to the decrease courtroom for additional dialogue, the Related Press reported.
Court docket paperwork stated 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 provided protection for her accidents and losses.
However GEICO refused the settlement, sustaining that M.O.’s declare didn’t happen ensuing from regular use of the automobile. An arbitration later decided that the girl be awarded $5.2 million for damages, which was confirmed by a Jackson County Court docket and upheld by a three-judge panel of the Missouri Court docket of Appeals final yr.
The Related Press reported that GEICO sought to intervene on this case, however was denied by an appeals courtroom.