Hearing set in Panera hot coffee spill suit

Amelia Flood Oct. 27, 2009, 8:50am

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien continued a hearing Oct. 15 to Thursday in a suit brought against the owner of the St. Louis Bread Company chain over injuries an infant allegedly suffered when hot coffee spilled on him.

The hearing had been set to take up a move by defendants to compel answer to their interrogatories and to get documents from plaintiffs Jatonya and Larry Hopkins Sr. That motion was filed Sept. 18.

Thursday's hearing is set for 9:30 a.m.

The Hopkins allege that their infant son, Larry Hopkins Jr., was burned, disfigured, and suffered mental anguish when coffee spilled on him at one of the company's stores.

The Hopkins sued Panera Bread Company Inc. and Daniel Williams, the employee who allegedly placed the coffee on the Hopkins' table that spilled. They are seeking damages for Larry Jr.'s medical bills and other counts in excess of $100,000 as well as costs.

The Hopkins are represented by Matthew Marlen.

The defendants are represented by Beth Boggs.

The case is St. Clair case number 08-L-195.

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