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North Carolina Officer Loses Coffee Burn Lawsuit

May 11, 2015  | 

A Wake County, N.C., jury ruled Monday that Starbucks was not negligent in a case in which a Raleigh police officer was severely burned when hot coffee spilled in his lap.

Lt. Matt Kohr had sought damages of up to $750,000 from the coffee company, in a case that has been watched worldwide.

But the jury decided 10-2 that Starbucks owed nothing to Kohr, the Charlotte Observer reports.


Comments (8)

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EODK9Trainer @ 5/11/2015 2:27 PM

Good for this jury. Embarrassing to say the least.

Steve Swenson @ 5/11/2015 3:38 PM

That was a ridiculous lawsuit. Spilled coffee triggers Krohns Disease, BS! You shouldn't be accepting gratuities anyway, LT. Burned twice, you deserve it.

JoJo @ 5/11/2015 3:38 PM

What a loser, stop the frivolous lawsuits. Gee who would of known that coffee is hot.

DPB @ 5/11/2015 3:49 PM

Definite lack of Integrity on the part of this officer. As a 39 year LEO I am ashamed for this guy! His chief and co-workers should disown this loser.

kevCopAz @ 5/11/2015 6:20 PM

Agreed, these types of cases are for the most part stupid and a grab for cash.This includes the "original coffee crotch case at McDonalds" years ago. This jury obviously thought the same way. Thanks officer for embarrassing all LEOs.

Sgt. Mike @ 5/12/2015 7:48 AM

While I agree this was a frivolous lawsuit, nobody "deserves" those burns. I'm glad the jury decided not to punish the company for serving exactly what their customers are paying for...but have some compassion guys.

Jon Retired LEO @ 5/12/2015 7:35 PM

It is not a good idea to have a hot cup of coffee in your lap while responding code 3. I can attest to that and I did feel very stupid.

Ima Leprechaun @ 5/12/2015 10:51 PM

Good for the jury! His credibility waned when he waited four hours before seeking help for his "burns", perhaps he was tied up on the phone with his attorney.

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