SUPERIOR COURT — An Alton couple is suing Starbucks Coffee Company because a French-press coffee maker it manufactured was allegedly defective and caused second-degree burns to the woman who was using it.
In their product liability suit, Leslie and Joshua Ruff said that in early December of 2013 they purchased a rose-gold glass coffee press at the Starbucks at the Tanger Outlet Center in Tilton. The coffee press was manufactured by Starbucks.
On January 28, 2014 reads the suit, Starbucks recalled the coffee press because it was dangerous. "Specifically, 'the glass carafe can fall out of the metal frame and plastic base of the coffee press and break or shatter, posing lacerations and burn hazards to consumers.'"
The Ruffs claim they returned to the store a couple of times after purchasing the press but were never told about the recall.
The lawsuit paperwork claims that on July 15, Leslie Ruff attempted to use the coffee press to make coffee in a manner wholly consistent with the manufacturer's intended use and instructions.
"After (Leslie) Ruff poured hot water in to the press, the bottom fell out of the press, the glass carafe fell, and hot liquid spilled onto (her) abdomen and anterior thighs.
As the result of the burns, Leslie Ruff claims she suffered severe and permanent injuries, including extreme pain suffering, numerous medical procedures and therapies, large and continual medical expenses, emotional distress and mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, potential lost earning capacity, second degree partial thickness burns, permanent scarring, damage to her sebaceous and sweat glands, neurological damage, heightened sensitivity to hot and cold, increased risk of cancer and other diseases, and continuing pain.
She is seeking damages for the above injuries, long-term pain and suffering, and legal expenses.
Her husband is seeking damages for loss of consortium.
The couple claims Starbucks breached implied warranties, violated the Consumer Product Safety Act, violated the Consumer Protection Act, violated the Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act and was negligent.
The suit was filed earlier this month and Starbucks has not yet filed a response.
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