Starbucks sued over dog's death, Denver woman's burns

Starbucks faces 'grande' lawsuit over hot tea that killed dog, burned owner
Woman sues Starbucks claiming her dog was scalded and killed by hot tea

14 September, 2017

A Denver woman is suing Starbucks over hot tea that she claims caused second-degree burns and killed her dog, according to KDVR.

According to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Denver on Monday, Deanna Solas-Solando, 58, ordered a Venti hot tea at a Starbucks drive-thru location on September 27, 2015.

The lawsuit, filed in Denver District Federal Court on Friday, states hot tea spilled out of the cup through an unsecured lid and onto Salas-Solano's body.

These are the fatal burns suffered by a Colorado woman's dog that she alleges in a lawsuit were the result of a Starbucks beverage that was too hot. He was taken to the vet and died shortly after.

She says the tea was so hot that it melted her clothes, causing damage to the skin on her stomach and legs.

Salas-Solano is demanding at least $75,000 from the coffee giant, claiming it did not ensure safe premises for customers.

'The hot temperature of the cup began to burn her hands. The suit also alleges the tea was "doubled-cupped".

Hot coffee protections became industry standard after a landmark case in 1994 when a New Mexico woman sued McDonald's for serving her coffee so hot it melted her cup and almost killed her. Tea spilled on to Alexander, causing the dog to yelp in pain.

The woman's dog then jumped on her lap causing the tea to spill on him.

Photos of Alexander's burn injuries included with the complaint against Starbucks. [He] ultimately succumbed to the injuries caused by the tea, dying a short time later, ' the lawsuit, which was filed in Denver on Monday, reads.

According to reports, Salas-Solano ordered a 20-ounce tea from the drive-thru of the restaurant. In May, a jury awarded $100,000 to a Florida woman who claimed she was severely burned and permanently scarred after a lid fell off a Venti-size Starbucks cup and spilled 190-degree coffee into her lap.

Starbucks, while declining to discuss specifics, denied the allegations and said video evidence "clearly contradicts the claims made by the plaintiff ... While we are sympathetic to Ms. Salas-Solano and the injuries she sustained, we don't have any reason to believe our partner (employee) was at fault", the company told KDVR.

Starbucks has also been the target of several other recent lawsuits: A cafe in Brooklyn accused Starbucks of copy-catting its "unicorn latte" to create its popular limited-edition "Unicorn Frappuccino" this summer.

More news