Judge Berle, however, asserted in his decision: “Defendants failed to satisfy their burden of proving by a preponderance of evidence that consumption of coffee confers a benefit to human health.”
At least 13 defendants settled before the decision, including 7-Eleven, and agreed to display signage disclosing the link between cancer and the chemical and to pay millions in fines. But the third phase of the trial is about to begin, which includes possible civic penalties of up to $2,500 per person exposed to acrylamide since 2002 in California. These fines would be unbelievably large considering that California has a population of almost 40 million.
While the fines may be concerning for the industry, it's hard to imagine coffee drinkers being dissuaded by anything.