HOUSTON – A New York woman recently brought a personal
injury lawsuit against Starbucks, claiming that she suffered burns to her lower
extremities when a barista spilled a cup of coffee on her at the defendant’s
location at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Jessica R. Pyne initially sued the Seattle-based coffee company
over the incident in question in the Harris County 215th District Court on Oct.
12. Houston federal court received the case on Nov. 15.
Pyne explains that she was traveling through Bush Airport on
Oct. 13, 2014, to a job at an unspecified location. She had exited the aircraft
and went to Starbucks to purchase a drink.
Per Pyne’s original complaint, the barista caused the hot
cup of coffee to topple over the counter and onto Pyne. The plaintiff
purportedly sustained severe burns on her legs, ankles, and feet.
The suit further faults Starbucks for not helping Pyne.
Recent Harris County District Court records show that the
coffeehouse chain submitted an original answer on Nov. 1. The respondent then
filed a Notice of Removal in the Houston Division of the Southern District of
Texas on grounds both parties are citizens of different states.
Pyne consequently seeks unspecified monetary damages and a
She is represented by attorney James L. “Jim” Doyle of The
Jim Doyle Law Firm in Houston while Timothy U. Stanford of the law firm Downs
Stanford, P.C. in Dallas serves as Starbucks’s legal counsel.
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