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Case Name: Jeffrey MAZZA v. Robt HUFFAKER, M.D. & Med. Mutual Ins.

Date, Location, Cite: 1984 NC
319 SE 2d 217
NC Supreme Court

Huffaker had sex with wife of his patient, Mazza. Mr. Mazza sued & won. He then sued to make Insurance co. pay everything including punative damages, Ins co fought. Court said language of contract said "all damages," this meant punitive as well. Case hinges on technical wording, ie, exact phrases, Dr. did not intend to cause harm, was negligent. Vague insurance policy is "always decided in favor of INSURED."
(see Aetna v. McCabe.)