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UPDATE: Starbucks Responds – EXCLUSIVE: Florida Man Sues Starbucks Over Hot Coffee Spill

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By Mark Young, SouthFloridaReporter.com Managing Editor, Jan. 9, 2016 –  Starbucks responded today to our Friday SouthFloridaReporter exclusive (see below) with the following statement:

“We are aware of the filing of the lawsuit and are investigating the plaintiff’s claims. While we are very sorry to hear of Mr. Romano’s reported injuries, we are unable to comment on active litigation matters.” – Jaime Riley, Starbucks spokesperson.

By Mark Young, SouthFloridaReporter.com Managing Editor, Jan. 8, 2016 – The SouthFloridaReporter has learned EXCLUSIVELY that a South Florida man is suing Starbucks for injuries suffered when a drive-thru employee allegedly failed to secure a lid on a coffee cup handed him, spilling hot coffee into his lap.

The lawsuit, filed by Christopher Romano, alleges that he suffered second-degree burns to his groin after a barista at a Pompano Beach Starbucks “failed to confirm [Romano’s] hold of the cup,” thus severely burning himself when the cup spilled, according to a complaint filed late Wednesday in the Broward Circuit Court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

In seeking damages in excess of $15,000, the complaint alleges that the coffee was “exceedingly hot, such that it was dangerous and unfit for human consumption.”  Romano is represented by Marc Wites and Chad Robinson of Wites Kapetan in Lighthouse Point.

“There have been instances in which fast-food restaurants were sued over hot coffee,” Fort Lauderdale attorney Steve Swickle (not involved in the case) told SouthFloridaReporter.  “Most famous was an early 1990’s case in which an elderly woman sued McDonald’s after she was burned by coffee that had been heated to approximately 190 degrees.”

An undisclosed settlement was eventually reached in the case of Liebeck vs. McDonald’s. Similar lawsuits received a fair amount of public scrutiny and accusations of frivolousness.

A call to Starbucks spokeswoman, Linda Mills,  has not been returned.

An experienced TV News manager, Mark Young is highly regarded as one of the most well respected and trusted media leaders in Florida. In over 40 years in the broadcast industry, Mark has managed news operations in small and large markets throughout the United States. As Broward Bureau Manager for CBS4 News, Mark was responsible for all news developments throughout Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Mark now oversees the daily publication of two online news sites “South Florida Reporter” and “Southwest Florida Reporter.”

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  1. […] Home Consumer UPDATE: Starbucks Responds – EXCLUSIVE: Florida Man Sues … 8, 2016 – The SouthFloridaReporter has learned EXCLUSIVELY that a South Florida man is suing Starbucks for injuries suffered when a drive-thru employee allegedly failed to secure a lid on a coffee cup handed him, spilling hot coffee into his lap. Read more on South Florida Reporter (blog) […]

  2. Well a fact you don’t know is that Starbucks attorney threatened to sue the cop after the lawsuit in NC. The company agreed not to sue the officer for their court costs if he agreed to seal the case so no one could read any of the discovery. Why seal the case Starbucks? Lots to hide. I hope this guy wins.

  3. […] Home Consumer UPDATE: Starbucks Responds – EXCLUSIVE: Florida Man Sues … 8, 2016 – The SouthFloridaReporter has learned EXCLUSIVELY that a South Florida man is suing Starbucks for injuries suffered when a drive-thru employee allegedly failed to secure a lid on a coffee cup handed him, spilling hot coffee into his lap. Read more on South Florida Reporter (blog) […]