Status conference set in February in hot coffee spill suit

Amelia Flood Dec. 1, 2009, 8:12am

The next hearing in a suit over a coffee spill that allegedly burned an infant will take place well into the new year.

A status conference is set for February 2010 in the neglience suit brought by Jatonya and Larry Hopkins Sr. against the owner of the St. Louis Bread Company and one of its employees.

The Hopkins are suing over what they claim were injuries their infant son, Larry Hopkins Jr., suffered when hot coffee spilled on him while the family was at a St. Louis Bread Company store.

The couple are suing Panera Bread Company Inc. and Daniel Williams for damages in excesss of $100,000 and costs.

According to their complaint, Williams placed coffee on the table behind Jatonya Hopkins without her asking. As she took the baby out of his car seat, the table was jostled and the coffee spilled, burning the baby.

The defendants deny the charges and claim that Jatonya Hopkins contributed to the accident.

The status conference is set for Feb. 2, 2010 at 10 a.m.

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien is presiding.

The Hopkins are represented by Matthew Marlen.

The defendants are represented by Beth Boggs.

The case is St. Clair case number 09-L-195.

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