Liebeck v mcdonald's restaurants, also known as the mcdonald's coffee case and the hot coffee lawsuit, was a 1994 product liability lawsuit that became a flashpoint in the debate in the united states over tort reform although a new mexico civil jury awarded $286 million to plaintiff stella liebeck, a 79-year-old woman. More than 20 years ago, 79-year-old stella liebeck ordered coffee at a mcdonald's drive-through in albuquerque, nm she spilled the coffee, was burned, and one year later, sued mcdonald's the jury awarded her $29 million her story became a media sensation and fodder for talk-show hosts, late-night. In 1992, stella liebeck spilled scalding mcdonald's coffee in her lap and later sued the company, attracting a flood of negative attention it turns out, there's more to the story. In 1992, stella liebeck spilled extremely hot mcdonald's coffee in her lap, then sued the company it's a case practically every american citizen knows about and likely speaks about with disdain, often as an example of our broken judicial system however, this is only a small part of a story that haunted the. The “mcdonald's coffee” case we have all heard it: a woman spills mcdonald's coffee, sues and gets $3 million here are the facts of this widely misreported and misunderstood case: stella liebeck, 79 years old, was sitting in the passenger seat of her grandson's car having purchased a cup of mcdonald's coffee after the.
Liebeck v mcdonalds: an annoyance the mcdonaldâ€™s hot coffee case is an event that most americans claim to know about but many actually are unware of the facts when i first heard about this lawsuit, i was working in a restaurant that ironically served a lot of coffee i was eavesdropping on the server line and. Hot coffee: morning necessity or silent killer maybe both you've almost certainly heard the story of liebeck v mcdonald's restaurants, the infamous case of 79- year-old stella liebeck who received around $400,000 in damages after suffering third-degree burns from a defective cup of mcdonald's coffee. Parties: liebeck v mcdonald's restaurants facts: stella liebeck, a 79-year old woman from albuquerque in new mexico, bought a cup of coffee at mcdonald's drive-in restaurant she opened the cup of coffee and placed between her legs she spilled the cup all over her lower body and she suffered third-degree burns on.
Liebeck was in the hospital for a week and had $10,000 worth of medical bills, according to retro report she only sued mcdonald's after it refused to pay all of her medical bills, her daughter told retro report while a jury did award her $29 million, the judge drastically cut that amount to about $650,000. One of the most famous lawsuits in recent history is the case of liebeck v mcdonald's you may remember this case as the woman who spilled mcdonald's coffee, sued, and got millions of dollars out of it however, that is the story mass media wanted you to hear the story of a money seeking customer. The stella liebeck v mcdonald's restaurants case was back in 1994, and to this day there are many differrent versions of this case that circulate amongst the general public this is the original coffee product liability case, and has become one of the most talked about lawsuits in american history public opinion seems to.
View test prep - liebeck v mcdonalds from buisness mba 610 at southern new hampshire university liebeck v mcdonalds restaurants melissa burke samantha roffman amadou sowe joseph stocker sidney. Here are some of the commonly overlooked mcfacts of the case formally known as liebeck v mcdonald's restaurants the facts mcfact #1: mcdonald's coffee was served at a temperature between 180 and 190 degrees fahrenheit mcdonald's had long known that this was twenty to thirty degrees hotter than the coffee. The trial court's original order entering the jury verdict is available on westlaw as liebeck v mcdonald's restaurants, pts, inc, no cv-93-02419, 1995 wl 360309, (in the second judicial district court of new mexico, bernalillo county, august 14, 1994) however, there is no reported appellate opinion. Let's take a look at 1994's liebeck v mcdonald's restaurants the world's most infamous cup of coffee spilled on february 27, 1992 in albuquerque, nm stella liebeck, a 79-year-old grandmother, was a passenger in her grandson's car when they drove through at a mcdonald's, and after she received her.
In 1992, news media across the united states exploded over a now-infamous personal injury case in which a woman (stella liebeck) was awarded just short of $3 million in damages when she spilled a cup of scalding hot coffee in her lap this case has become synonymous with america's over-litigious. A woman spilled some mcdonald's coffee on herself, got burned, and got millions of dollars that is about all most of us know about this woman and her legendary lawsuit and yet many uninformed people have very strong opinions on this case well, as paul harvey says, “and now, the rest of the story” liebeck v. The liebeck case was primarily a case of negligence liebeck claimed that mcdonald's owed a duty of care to its customers to not serve coffee that was dangerously hot that they breached that duty by serving coffee hot enough to cause third degree.
The important torts cases of the mid-nineties next, i examine three tort cases involving mcdonald's:14 mcdonald's corp v steel and morris,15 more commonly known as mclibel,16 the british libel suit that backfired on mcdonald's liebeck v mcdonald's rest,'7 the notorious mcdonald's hot coffee case'8 that remains the. In 1992, 79-year-old stella liebeck bought a cup of takeout coffee at a mcdonald's drive-thru in albuquerque and spilled it on her lap she sued mcdonald's and a jury awarded her nearly $3 million in punitive damages for the burns she suffered typical reaction: isn't coffee supposed to be hot and mcdonald's didn't pour. Most people have heard about the mcdonald's coffee case and might have misconceptions about it the case, liebeck v mcdonald's, in which a 79-year-old woman ordered a 49-cent cup of coffee in a drive-through and then burned herself by spilling it garnered national attention the case is still the. Liebeck v mcdonald's: the case where public perception reveals its limitations almost everyone has heard of this infamous case decided in 1994, and many have strong opinions depending on what version of the facts they have heard liebeck v mcdonald's restaurants (bernalillo county, nm dist.