Ground-breaking Products Liability Case in California Superior Court on Behalf of a Three-year Old Boy Who Was Badly Burned by a Cupsoup

March 18, 2013

The Pawa Law Group today filed a ground-breaking products liability case in California Superior Court on behalf of a three-year old boy who was badly burned by a CupSoup that tipped over and spilled it's scalding hot contents on him in 2012. The case was featured today on the nationwide news program CBS This Morning.

The scalding hot soup caused severe burns to sensitive areas of the boy's body that have required skin graft operations and extensive medical care. The lawsuit alleges that Nissin, the manufacturer of CupSoup, defectively designed the product by making it unstable and susceptible to tipping over and spilling its scalding hot contents onto consumers. According to the allegations of the case, CupSoup is highly unstable due to its narrow base and other dimensions that make it top-heavy and easily tipped over. According to a story on NPR, instant soup products like CupSoup have caused a nationwide epidemic of burns of small children -- including many severe burns requiring skin grafts. To hear the NPR Story click here. While some kinds of instant soup are sold in containers that are wide and low and thus less susceptible to tipping over, other kinds of instant soup, like CupSoup, are unstable and tip over easily, according to a scientific study titled Instant Cup of Soup: Design Flaws Increase Risk of Burns, published in the Journal of Burn Care & Research. Small children are particularly susceptible to burns as they have more sensitive skin than adults and older children. The contents of instant soup, such as noodles, also tend to stick to skin, thus increasing the severity of burns. The Pawa Law Group, working in collaboration with the law firm Kreindler & Kreindler LLP, represents numerous children who have been burned by instant soup spilled from inherently unstable containers. This nationwide litigation is intended to change how instant soup containers are designed so as to protect children and stop the epidemic of burns.