Jury: Starbucks not liable in officer's spilled-coffee suit

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A jury in North Carolina says Starbucks is not liable for damages after a Raleigh police officer said he suffered third-degree burns from a cup of coffee spilling in his lap three years ago.

Lt. Matt Kohr had sought damages of up to $750,000 from the coffee company, but the jury decided 10-2 on Monday that Starbucks owed him nothing.

Local media outlets report that both parties in the lawsuit agreed to accept the decision even though it wasn't unanimous. Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens noted that it's uncommon for 12 people to be unanimous on anything.

Kohr and his wife declined to comment. Attorney Daniel Johnson says they're disappointed with the decision.

Starbucks says it's pleased with the jury's decision, adding that it believed its workers did nothing wrong.