Plaintiff asks to change discovery schedule in St. Louis Bread Company coffee spill case

Amelia Flood Jan. 6, 2011, 1:21am

A February case management conference has been set in a couple's suit against the owner of the St. Louis Bread Company chain over spilled coffee that allegedly burned an infant.

The plaintiffs Jatonya and Larry Hopkins Sr. are also asking to change the suit's case management order.

The suit is now set for a case management conference Feb. 8 at 9:30 a.m., according to a Dec. 21 order.

The Hopkinses are suing Panera Bread Company Inc. and its employee Daniel Williams for damages in excess of $100,000 and costs.

The plaintiffs claim that Williams brought coffee Jatonya Hopkins ordered to her without her asking and without warning and that his actions led it to spill onto her son, Larry Hopkins Jr.

The infant was allegedly burned and disfigured by the hot liquid. Panera and Williams deny the claims.

The defendants have filed a counterclaim against Jatonya Hopkins claiming that she contributed to her son's injuries.

The parties entered into the case management order last year.

Discovery was to have concluded Nov. 21, 2010.

The suit is currently set for trial March 14.

Matthew Marlin represents the plaintiffs.

Beth Boggs represents the defense.

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien presides.

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

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