GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

Business

December 26, 2007

Starbucks settles suit over coffee-scalded infant for $70K

BEVERLY - The Starbucks coffee chain will pay a Beverly family $70,000 to settle a lawsuit over the spilling of hot coffee on a 7-month-old baby last year.



Ethan Thorn was an infant when his parents brought him into a Starbucks in Somerville's Davis Square in April, 2006. According to the lawsuit, a store employee serving a cup of coffee to Ethan's father accidentally spilled coffee on the baby's legs and groin, causing second-degree burns. The baby was in his father's arms at the time.



The baby, now 2, was treated at Shriners Hospital in Boston over the course of several months, according to the lawsuit.



The suit, filed on behalf of the family by Manchester lawyer Orestes Brown, said the coffee shop employee "had a duty of reasonable care not to serve hot coffee to an infant."



A Salem Superior Court judge on Friday approved the settlement, which will be placed into a trust for the boy's benefit. The settlement does not require Starbucks to admit any liability.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Business

Pictures of the Week
Your news, your way
Comments Tracker
AP Business Videos
After Fukushima, Japan Eyes Solar Power New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech High-flying Tech Stocks a Concern for Investors "Heartbleed" Bug Puts Internet Security at Risk AP Tech Review: Samsung Galaxy S5 Toyota Recalls 1.8M Vehicles in the US Comcast Executive: 'Merger Not a Problem' Microsoft Ends Support for Windows XP Study: Airline Industry Complaints Drop in 2013 Study: Airline Industry Complaints Drop in 2013 Employers Add 192K Jobs; Rate Stays at 6.7 Pct Senators Press Barra About GM's Delay in Recall More Americans See Middle Class Status Slipping GM CEO Faces House Hearing on Recall NHTSA: GM Should 'Fix Vehicles Quickly' GM's CEO Testifies on Faulty Ignition Switches Owner, Families Share Cobalt Stories Jury Selection Begins in Apple-Samsung Case BMW Plans $1 Billion Expansion in South Carolina