A man who was burned by hot coffee has been paid a financial settlement by Wawa stores and the cup’s manufacturer, RPC Letica.
The lawsuit was filed by a man from Philadelphia who bought coffee from a Wawa store in February 2017.
He claims that the sides of the cup buckled when he held it in his hands, causing the scalding-hot coffee to spill into his lap.
He alleges that the hot coffee spill caused “severe burns on his groin, legs, and body including severe and permanent scarring and disfigurement.” Those injuries caused him “severe emotional distress” and long-lasting harm.
The lawsuit was filed against Wawa and the cup manufacturer, RPC Letica. They were accused of knowingly selling coffee with a defectively flimsy paper cup — specifically, the Model 24 HDC Cup — that “lacks sufficient rigidity to prevent its collapse.”
Before the settlement, the man was seeking financial damages in excess of $50,000, plus punitive damages, costs and interest.
The lawsuit was filed in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas — Case 180301765.