NC Police Officer Loses Case Against Starbucks Over Spilled Coffee


A jury awarded North Carolina police officer Matthew Kohr no damages in his suit against Starbucks over third-degree burns suffered when he spilled coffee, the Raleigh News & Observer reports. Attorneys for both sides agreed to accept the 10-2 verdict for Starbucks. Starbucks gave him a venti (its largest cup) when he asked for a small. It didn't give him a sleeve, violating its own policy. Kohr took his sleeveless cup and didn't complain. “We are pleased with the jury’s decision as we believe our partners (employees) did nothing wrong,” said a Starbucks spokeswoman.

The case reminded some of the 1994 Liebeck jury award to a of $2.86 million to a 79-year-old customer burned by her coffee. That case involved the coffee's 180-degree temperature, not the lid or the sleeve.

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