A jury has ruled that Starbucks should not pay for the medical fees and emotional suffering which a police officer claimed he suffered after spilling a cup of free coffee on his lap.
The jury’s verdict was read in a North Carolina court this morning, after both sides agreed that they would accept the decision if it were reached by a majority of the jurors, not necessarily all of them, WTVD reports.
Lt. Matthew Kohr claimed he had suffered third degree burns after the lid on his coffee popped off and the paper cup allegedly folded in his hand. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Matthew Kohr (pictured in court with his wife) was suing the company for $750,000, after he spilled coffee on himself and got burned.
Kohr and his wife Melanie were suing Starbucks for $750,000 to cover his medical expenses which arose from a surgery to remove part of his intestine.
Kohr claimed that the burn aggravated the Crohn’s disease he is suffering from and caused him to have surgery which led to the removal of a portion of his large intestine, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit went on to allege that Kohr was not the only one who suffered from the incident, because the officer’s wife has lost her “intimate partner”.
The couple were seeking $750,000, including damages, attorney fees and medical costs, from the Seattle-based coffee giant.
2. Kohr (pictured) claimed that the burn aggravated the Crohn’s disease he is suffering from and caused him to have surgery which led to the removal of a portion of his large intestine.
A Starbucks spokesperson insisted that the safety of the company’s customers and employees “is our top priority”, however the coffee giant denied any wrongdoing. He said:
We believe our store partners did nothing wrong and are prepared to present our case at trial.
The Starbucks barista who served the coffee to the officer, the branch manager and the paper cup company itself were all initially named as defendants in the case, however it was later amended to name Starbucks as the sole defendant.
An attorney representing the company argued in her opening statement on Tuesday of last week that it was Kohr who was negligent, adding that it was the officer’s pre-existing condition which caused his issues.
3. Jury finds Starbucks not liable in police officer’s hot coffee lawsuit — an ABC News report.
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