Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Jury gives Florida woman $100K over spilled coffee

Jury gives Florida woman $100K over spilled coffee

A Florida woman burned by a Starbucks coffee received $100,000 for the injuries she sustained from the 20-ounce cup of coffee.

The venti Pike Place coffee cost her about $2.50.

As she passed the coffee to the passenger's seat the lid suddenly came off sending the 190-degree beverage all over her.

The lawsuit, originally filed by Morgan and Morgan in 2015, was seeking at least $15,000 in damages to cover Mogavero's medical expenses.

The jury found that Starbucks was mostly to blame for the accident.

"According to Morgan & Morgan, the jury made a decision to award Mogavero "$85,000 for pain and suffering, physical impairment, disfigurement, inconvenience, and loss of capacity for enjoyment of life, and about $15,000 for the medical bills she had in connection with her life-altering injury". "It was good to see a just result".

A Starbucks spokesperson emailed, "As we said in trial, we stand behind our store partners (employees) in this case and maintain that they did nothing wrong".

According to the statement, a Starbucks representative testified during the trial that the coffee company receives 80 complaints a month about issues with lids popping off or leaking. "We're considering an appeal".

Mogavero accused Starbucks of "failing to adequately" fasten the lid, while her lawyers argued Starbucks should warn customers that lids may pop off, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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