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.