Discovery schedule, trial date set in St. Louis Bread Company coffee burn case

Amelia Flood Sep. 1, 2010, 12:00pm

A personal injury suit over burns a baby allegedly suffered when coffee spilled on him at a St. Louis Bread Company restaurant has a discovery schedule and 2011 trial date.

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien entered a litigation conference order setting a November deadline in the suit brought by Jatonya and Larry Hopkins Sr.

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

Panera owns the St. Louis Bread Company chain. Wiliams was an employee.

The plaintiffs claim that their infant son was burned when coffee spilled after the table they were sitting at was rattled.

The couple contends that Jatonya Hopkins told the restaurant's staff not to bring the coffee to her.

Jatonya Hopkins claims that no one warned her that the hot drink had been placed on the table behind her.

The defendants deny negligence in the case and claim Jatonya Hopkins contributed to the incident.

In the litigation order, the parties are to complete discovery in the case by Nov. 21.

Expert witnesses must then be made available for depositions by Dec. 21.

A pre-trial conference is set for the week of March 14, 2011.

The trial is set for the week of March 21, 2011.

Matthew Marlin represents the Hopkins couple.

Beth Boggs helms the defense.

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

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