In Stella Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants, et al. a jury in New Mexico awarded Stella Liebeck, who received third-degree burns from the hot coffee, $2.9 million in damages, but the judge reduced the award to $640,000, and the litigation later settled under confidential terms.
Now, in Texas, a Harris County man has filed a negligence suit against Jack in the Box Inc., alleging he received burns in the groin area when a clerk spilled coffee on him when attempting to hand him a cup at the drive-through line.
Altaf Abro alleges in the petition he filed in the 281st District Court that he purchased the coffee on Jan. 12 from a Jack in the Box restaurant on Spencer Highway in South Houston.
He alleges that, after he paid for the coffee, “Defendant’s employee improperly handled the large cup of hot coffee and spilled it on Plaintiff’s groin-area while attempting to hand it to him.”
Abro alleges he was treated for burns to his groin afterward at a nearby hospital.
“As a result of Defendant’s negligence, Plaintiff suffered multiple personal injuries,” Abro alleges in the petition.
He seeks up to $75,000 in damages, penalties, costs, expenses, pre-judgment interest and attorney fees.
Plaintiff’s attorney Ivan Capellan, of Hightower, Russo & Capellan of Houston, did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.
A telephone message and an email, both seeking comment, to the Jack in the Box media relations department in San Diego were not returned.
-- Brenda Sapino Jeffreys