Starbucks not liable for Raleigh police officer burns
RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — A jury has decided that Starbucks is not liable for burns that a Raleigh police officer received when a cup of hot coffee spilled on his lap.
The announcement came after Judge Donald Stephens told the jury that both sides in the case were willing to accept the verdict of a majority of 10 jurors and would not require a unanimous decision.
Lt. Matthew Kohr claimed the coffee chain was negligent because the lid of a free cup of coffee he got in 2012 popped off and the cup collapsed. He also claimed the incident caused such severe stress it activated his Crohn’s disease, which required surgery to remove part of his intestine.
Lawyers for the two sides wrapped up their closing arguments Friday morning.