Restaurant May Be Liable for Exploding Water Glass

Patron sued a restaurant after a glass of water exploded in his hand. Under the theories of liability asserted by plaintiff, before it could be found liable, the restaurant must have been found to be in the business of selling water or water glasses and that the restaurant had warranted that the water was fit for consumption. The Court found that, although the water was complimentary, it was not truly free. The water was offered as part of the meal purchased by the plaintiff, which was the business of the restaurant. Following, the Court determined that by serving the water, the restaurant implied that it was fit for consumption and that the container holding the water was fit for its purpose as well. For these reasons, the restaurant’s motion to dismiss was denied.

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