The Return of the Frivolous Lawsuit
The Return of the Frivolous Lawsuit

In 1994, Stella Liebeck from New Mexico went to the McDonald’s drive thru for a cup of coffee.  She then spilled the coffee in her lap, causing third degree burns.  She then sued McDonald’s, claiming that McDonald’s coffee was defective, because it was too hot and more likely to cause serious injury than coffee served at any other establishment.  The jury agreed with her and awarded her $2.86 million. 

Remeber it?  ABC news called the case “the poster child of excessive lawsuits, and it sparked debates over tort reform. 

Well it’s back.  This time, a California woman named Joan Fino claims she suffered second-degree burns when a coffee she was handed at a McDonald’s drive thru spilled on her lap.  She’s suing for negligence and asking for more than two-million-dollars. 

Don’t people know that coffee is hot?  Is it the restaurant’s fault that someone was clumsy and spilled it?  God Bless America!