Blog Post L.A. woman sues McDonald’s over hot coffee, 20 years after huge verdict


Jan

15

2014

L.A. woman sues McDonald’s over hot coffee, 20 years after huge verdict


By Stuart Pfeifer

A woman has filed suit against McDonald’s Corp., saying she was burned by hot coffee that spilled on her at one of the fast-food chain’s Los Angeles restaurants.

The lawsuit comes 20 years after a jury awarded $2.9 million to a woman who was badly burned after she spilled hot coffee into her lap at a McDonald’s in Albuquerque. That verdict was widely criticized and became a rallying cry for advocates of legal reform.

A judge later reduced the verdict to $640,000 and the case settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.


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