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Legally Insane - The Law is Funny

Jan 9, 2018

McDonalds Hot Coffee Lawsuit and Product Liability Laws - Episode 15

 The show starts off by Matt spilling coffee on Tony. The guys then segway into the topic of Product Liability Lawsuits. They reference the infamous lawsuit against McDonalds where Stella Liebeck sued McDonalds for spilling a McDonalds coffee in her lap, which severely burned her. The media called it a frivolous lawsuit. The guys delve into the particulars of this lawsuit and breakdown how Product Liability Lawsuits work. Jokes are told and laughs are had as the guys bring up examples of some similar and hilarious lawsuits from throughout history.


  Product Liability refers to a manufacturer or seller being held liable for placing a defective product into the hands of a consumer. Responsibility for a product defect that causes injury lies with all sellers of the product who are in the distribution chain.

  • Stella Liebeck had 3rd degree burns on 6% of her body from spilling the #mcdonalds coffee
  • The coffee Stella was served was 180 degrees, which is ridiculously hot
  • Stellas hospital bills were $10,000. She wrote a letter to McDonalds asking them to pay for her bills, the paid her $800. It was then that she sued.
  • They ended up settling out of court and Stella was awarded $640,000.
  • Punitive Damages – Damages exceeding simple compensation and awarded to punish the defendant
  • MacPherson vs Buick
  • Greeman vs Yuba
  • The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act
  • Do not put children in the washing machine
  • Dominoes 30-minute delivery promise ended in 1989, because the drivers kept causing car accidents because they were speeding to get the pizza delivered on time.