McDonalds Coffee Case – The Truth


Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: January 1, 2007

I found a some fascinating blogs and sites which lay out why “frivolous lawsuits” are nothing more than a myth. Corp Reform, Not Tort Reform highlights why frivolous lawsuits are mythological urban legends. The legal system has many, many safeguards against the filing or maintaining of meritless lawsuits. This article discusses these safeguards in detail.

Findlaw has written a fascinating article debunking The McDonald’s Lawsuit Myth. Things are not always what they seem or are publicized to be. In this case, a 79 year old grandmother spilled 190 degree coffee in her lap and suffered third degree burns. McDonald’s knew for years that the temperature of their coffee was unfit for human consumption at this temperature but, since many people like their coffee very hot, they chose profits over safety. To be sure, at the time of this tragic incident in 1992, McDonald’s served up $1.3 Million in coffee daily!

The plaintiff in the famed McDonald’s case, Stella Liebeck, only wanted McDonald’s to pay for her medical bills. They refused and she was left with no alternative but to sue them or walk away and let others suffer the same fate. Take a look at in the McDonald’s Blog in the Corp Reform blog and read the pros and cons as perceived by the writers/readers. Please read ALL of the opinions before you make up your own mind.

You may also want to read Mythbuster or a 1994 Wall Street Journal which, again, go through the facts of the McDonald’s coffee case.

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