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Man could be liable for indirectly transmitting STD to his neighbor (access required)

Affair with the neighbor’s wife eventually ended, but her husband was left with herpes

A Chapel Hill man can proceed with an action against his former neighbor for negligently infecting him with a sexually transmitted disease by having an affair with his wife, the Court of Appeals has ruled. It is the first time a North Carolina appellate court has recognized a cause of action for the indirect transmission of a venereal disease. Orange County Superior Court Judge Carl R. Fox dismissed the negligent transmission claim last October, but the man, Joseph Carsanaro, appealed. At least four other states recognize the cause of action, according to Carsanaro’s lawyer, Nathaniel Smith (pictured) of Chapel Hill.

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