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Woman Burned by Starbucks Coffee Gets $100,000 Verdict

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By Karl Nelson   |   Friday, 19 May 2017 11:52 AM

A Florida woman burned by a Starbucks coffee received $100,000 for the injuries she sustained from the 20-ounce cup of coffee.

Starbucks has been ordered to pay Joanne Mogavero $100,000 after she suffered first and second degree burns after a lid came off her coffee and spilled in her lap, according to Fortune.

Mogavero, 43, now has "permanent scarring" from the 190-degree Starbucks coffee that spilled in her lap while she was in the drive-thru of a Starbucks in Jacksonville.

The incident took place in 2014, according to USA Today.

Morgan & Morgan, the law firm representing the mother of three, blamed Starbucks for the spill, arguing that they should do a better job of letting customers know that their coffee lids can sometimes pop off or cause leaks.

During the trial, a Starbucks representative testified, saying the coffee giant gets at least 80 complaints a month regarding issues related to their lids.

These remarks apparently had a profound impact on the jurors, considering the fact that Mogavero received $100,000 in damages at the conclusion of the trial.

The jury awarded $15,000 for medical bills and $85,000 for "pain and disfigurement," USA Today noted.

"My client didn't want sympathy from the jury -- she wanted justice -- and the jury gave it to her with its verdict," said Steve Earle, Mogavero's attorney, according to USA Today. "It was good to see a just result."

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