Spilled coffee case settled in mediation

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Jan 7, 2014

GALVESTON - A lawsuit alleging an area woman suffered injuries when a hot cup of coffee fell on her at a local fast food restaurant more than a year ago was recently disposed.

Court records show Helen Julian and S.M. Watford Group LLC, doing business as Sonic Drive-In Restaurant, settled the barely six-month-old case in litigation.

As previously reported, Julian initiated legal action last June 28, claiming the beverage she purchased at the defendant's eatery in Santa Fe had an unsecured lid.

The plaintiff said the server handed the drink to her "in a way that made the improperly placed lid pop off, causing the steaming hot coffee to spill onto (her) lap and inner thighs."

The mess left her with second and third degree burns with “painful and unsightly” scarring, according to the original petition.

Julian initially sought about $100,000 in damages.

The defendant provided an original answer on July 28, 2013.

A jury trial was scheduled for Sept. 15 later this year.

Attorney Jonathan Kieschnick of The Crim Law Firm P.C. in Houston represented Julian while attorney Louise Benjamin Malek of David Klosterboer & Associates in Houston served as the respondent's counsel.

Case No. 13-CV-842

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