monday, 11 may of 2015

Starbucks not liable in case of police officer who spilled hot coffee in his lap

A jury in North Carolina said Starbucks was not liable for damages after a Raleigh police officer said he suffered third-degree burns from a cup of coffee spilling in his lap three years ago.

Lieutenant Matt Kohr had sought damages of up to $750,000 from the coffee company, but the jury decided 10-2 on Monday that Starbucks owed him nothing.

Local media outlets report that both parties in the lawsuit agreed to accept the decision even though it wasn’t unanimous. Superior court judge Donald Stephens noted that it was uncommon for 12 people to be unanimous on anything.

Kohr and his wife declined to comment. Attorney Daniel Johnson said they were disappointed with the decision.

Starbucks said it was pleased with the jury’s decision, adding that it believed its workers did nothing wrong.

(Published by The Guardian - May 11, 2015)

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