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. Liebeck v mcdonald's restaurants7 seventy-nine-year-old stella liebeck of albuquerque new mexico, was sitting in the passenger seat when her grandson drove his car through a mcdonald's drive-thru window in february 19928 liebeck ordered coffee that was served in a mcdonald's styrofoam cup9 after receiving. On february 27, 1992, stella liebeck, an active 79-year-old woman, ordered a cup of coffee from the drive-thru of a mcdonald's restaurant ms liebeck was in the passenger's seat of her ford probe her grandson, chris, stopped the car so that stella could add cream and sugar to her coffee while the car was stopped, she. In 1992, stella liebeck of albuquerque, new mexico, was in the passenger seat of her grandson's car when she was severely burned by a cup of coffee purchased at a local mcdonalds' drivethrough window this case received a great deal of publicity and became a prime example for frivolous lawsuits. Mcdonalds coffee was not only hot, it was scalding -- capable of almost instantaneous destruction of skin, flesh and muscle here's the whole story stella liebeck of albuquerque, new mexico, was in the passenger seat of her grandson's car when she was severely burned by mcdonalds' coffee in february 1992 liebeck. How about, for instance, stella herself much of the coverage about stella liebeck has been grossly unfair when you have a more complete summary of the facts, you might change your mind about her or maybe not -- that's up to you did you know the following aspects of the stella vs mcdonald's case stella was not. By allison torres burtka stella liebeck, the 79-year-old woman who was severely burned by mcdonald's coffee that she spilled in her lap in 1992, was unfairly held up as an example of frivolous litigation in the public eye but the facts of the case tell a very different story the coffee that burned stella liebeck was.
In the ten years before the case, more than 700 people who were scalded by coffee burns made claims against the company but mcdonald's never lowered the temperature of its coffee mcfact #2: the plaintiff in the case was 79-year old stella liebeck how her spill unfolded is widely misunderstood - she was not driving a. Jane pauley: an 81- year old woman has been awarded $29 million after she sued mcdonald's, claiming their coffee was too hot narration: stella liebeck spilled just 8 ounces of coffee, but she attracted a flood of attention the jury's award set off a media frenzy and became a rallying cry for those who believed our. 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 true facts of the mcdonald's coffee case in 1992, stella liebeck, a 79 year -old woman, purchased a 49 cent cup of coffee from the drive-thru at the albuquerque, new mexico mcdonald's stella was seated in the passenger seat and her grandson was driving they pulled over so that stella could put cream and sugar.
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. Understanding the nature of a national case how stella liebeck changed the way we view corporations when americans first heard about the woman who sued mcdonalds because her hot coffee was too hot, many thought the case was a joke but then as details emerged, attorneys all over the country took notice.
$10,000 two weeks later stella wrote mcdonald's to tell them about the coffee spill, and her burns one year after the accident she filed a lawsuit against mcdonald's, alleging the hot coffee was not only hot but—in fact—too hot in legal language we call that “product liability” the lawsuit said the coffee was manufactured. Back in 1994, stella liebeck v mcdonalds restaurants became one of the most talked about lawsuits in american history to this day, that new mexico state court case is an essential component of any tort reform debate or discussion of litigation lore at that time, and to this day, the thought of a fast food drive-thru customer.
Actually, mrs stella liebeck, a 79-year-old woman, had gone to a mcdonald's with her grandson, who was driving after purchasing a cup of coffee, as the car stopped, liebeck tried to hold the cup securely between her knees while removing the lid the cup tipped over and as a result spilled scolding (key. On february 27, 1992, stella liebeck spilled mcdonald's hot coffee in her lap after putting it between her legs and taking the lid off in her car after ending up in the hospital with third degree burns, she sued mcdonald's, with her lawyer arguing that the coffee was unreasonably hot and therefore unreasonably dangerous.
Fast food giant mcdonald's is an attractive candidate for lawsuits thanks to the infamous 1993 suit in which the company shelled out nearly $3 million dollars to a woman named stella liebeck over hot coffee the story became a poster child for frivolous lawsuits filed by people seeking big payouts from. First entering the public consciousness in 1994, the stella liebeck trial, known as the mcdonald's hot coffee case, has become such a fixture of litigation lore that many are unaware of the basic facts of the case, or even where and when it was tried litigated and reported upon before the rise of the internet,. To-go coffee cups from popular establishments, including mcdonalds chart paper and markers handouts (“the case of thespilled coffee,” handouts for representing stella or mcdonalds, “torts troubles,” and “homework”) materials for dressing up as judge and stella liebeck poster or a handout with following terms.