Looking Back: Was the McDonald’s Coffee Lawsuit Frivolous?

Looking Back: Was the McDonald’s Coffee Lawsuit Frivolous?

When Liebeck vs. McDonald’s Restaurants, was filed in 1992, it was branded by the media as a prime example of the excess and frivolity of tort law, and used as a primary argument for tort reform. The general story (that spread like wildfire) was that a woman, while driving, received burns from hot coffee that she spilled on her lap and decided to sue McDonald’s. But was the lawsuit unjustified?
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