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Woman Sues Starbucks After Hot Tea Spills On Her And Kills Her Dog

A Denver woman sued Starbucks after hot tea from the coffee chain reportedly caused some severe injuries, and even an alleged death.

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According to KDVR, Denver resident Deanna Salas-Solano attributes a loose lid to her burns and her dog’s death.

Salas-Solano said she bought hot tea at a local Starbucks drive-thru which did not have a hot sleeve. Because of that, she spilled it onto herself, causing severe burns. Her dog, who jumped up on her lap, also got hot tea on itself, causing burns that allegedly led to its death at an emergency vet hospital.

The burns Salas-Solano received from the hot tea were enough to require skin grafts.

Scalding hot drinks in drive-thru establishments are nothing new, but companies serving them have been sued before. The world-famous Liebeck vs. Mcdonald’s case, for example, got that chain to stop serving ridiculously hot coffee. Stella Liebeck, the plaintiff in that case, got severe burns as a result of the hot coffee and won over $480,000 in damages.

While Salas-Solano claims that the cup had no hot sleeve, video evidence Starbucks gave to KDVR showed otherwise. However, it was unclear as to whether the lid was secure or not. Starbucks has had complaints and suits about insecure lids in the past. In fact, one such event resulted in another woman getting severe burns. She received $100,000 in that lawsuit.

As for this lawsuit, Salas-Solano is seeking $100,000 for her burns and other damages surrounding her dog’s death from the hot tea spill. We’ll have to wait and see if she wins or not, but history is definitely not on Starbucks’ side.

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Woman Wins $100K After Getting Severe Burns From Starbucks Coffee

Maybe Starbucks will stop serving their coffee so hot after the results of this lawsuit.

Plaintiff Joanne Mogavero was awarded $100,000 after an incident at a Florida Starbucks drive-thru that resulted in first and second-degree burns on her midsection in 2014.

Mogavero had been handed a steaming hot cup of coffee when the lid inadvertently popped off and coffee spilled on her. The coffee was served at 190 degrees Fahrenheit, which is just below boiling, and an extremely hot temperature to be serving coffee at.

Mogavero, who was left with permanent scarring, received $15,000 in total for medical expenses, plus an additional $85,000 for pain and suffering. The jury found Starbucks to be at fault, and with an average of 80 complaints monthly about leaky lids or lids popping off, they’ve never warned customers about the risk. Mogavero became a public example of why Starbucks should take that more seriously via this lawsuit.

While we don’t know if Starbucks will cool down its hot coffee, or warn the public about its lids as a result of this lawsuit, USA Today reports that a statement from the coffee chain states that they are considering appealing the court’s decision.

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Starbucks Is Getting Sued Over The Unicorn Frappuccino, Here’s Why

Unicorn Frappuccinos hitting @starbucks tomorrow. Plan your commute accordingly.

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When Starbucks sold the Unicorn Frappuccino a couple of weeks ago, they may have made a critical legal misstep, and one cafe is vowing to make them pay for it.

Brooklyn cafe The End, who created the original Unicorn Latte a few months ago and has a trademark pending for the name, is suing the mega coffee chain for infringing on its trademark with the Unicorn Frappuccino.

The End claims in their lawsuit that Starbucks never approached them to see if they could use a “name deceptively similar to Unicorn Latte.” Neither the Unicorn Frappuccino or Unicorn Latte are made with coffee, but The End’s Unicorn Latte is a superfood health drink that only resembles Starbucks’ sugar-laden crap in terms of color. Apparently, some news articles also ran with the story that Starbucks’ drink was a Unicorn Latte, and the hashtag #unicornlatte was even associated with the beverage, causing even more confusion.

As a result, customers at The End even accused their OG beverage of being a knockoff and asked if they could get Unicorn Frappuccinos instead, which would definitely be an insult to a coffee shop claiming to have originated the Unicorn Latte.

Between all of these events transpiring while the Unicorn Frappuccino was in stores (and even when it was no longer available), the Brooklyn cafe feels that Starbucks infringed on its trademark and utilized “unfair competition” to push its product.

While Starbucks is no longer selling the mythical beverage, their press release did suggest that the Frappuccino may return at some point in the near future, and The End doesn’t want that to further damage their brand and cafe.

Thus, The End is looking for judges to permanently prevent Starbucks from using names like the “Unicorn Frappuccino” that are confusingly similar to the Unicorn Latte, and also want Starbucks to fork over “all gains, profits, and advantages” they obtained from selling the Unicorn Frap. On top of that, they’re asking for the coffee chain to put a statement on its website and in print media that corrects “the confusion as to the unlawful use of the mark and the origination of the UNICORN LATTE” for six months. 

In a statement to USA Today, Starbucks harshly countered the lawsuit, claiming it to be “without merit.”

“The Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino blended beverage was inspired by the fun, spirited and colorful unicorn-themed food and drinks that have been trending in social media. The beverage was offered for a limited time in April and is no longer available in our stores.”

We’ll see if you’re right here, Starbucks. If you’re wrong, you could be out potentially millions.