Starbucks will pay $2.5 million to a California coffee shop that sued the company over its use of caffeine.
The coffee chain said Monday it would pay the $1 million to resolve the case after the California Supreme Court denied its request for a preliminary injunction, CBS News correspondent Ed Bradley reports.
The Starbucks statement came after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a California-based coffee shop.
The company had sought $1,100,000 in attorneys’ fees.
“We are pleased to have reached a settlement with Starbucks that will help ensure that customers have a safe, healthy and delicious cup of coffee,” a Starbucks spokeswoman said.
“While we continue to believe that the coffee drinker has a constitutional right to use coffee in a healthy manner, Starbucks also believes that consumers should have the choice of whether to use caffeine-free products.”
The court said Starbucks’ use of coffee could have “a deleterious impact” on coffee consumers.
In 2014, the Supreme Court of California ruled in a case involving the use of caffeinated beverages in restaurants that Starbucks’ claims about its products were not based on scientific evidence.
The court’s decision was widely criticized, and in 2015 the company agreed to pay more than $7 million in damages to a man whose coffee was poisoned after it was spiked with caffeine.
Starbucks did not respond to CBS News’ request for comment on the settlement.