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Mehalick suffered severe and permanent burns as a result of the spill resulting so far in $21,000 in medical expenses, the lawsuit alleges. She is requesting an unspecified amount for past and future medical expenses and attorney fees.
Chick-fil-A is just the latest fast food chain to be sued after incidents with hot beverages. A Colorado woman sued Starbucks in 2017 after a cup of hot tea spilled on to her through a drive-thru window.
Cases such as those have precedent that dates back to 1994. That year, McDonalds initially had to pay a customer more than $2 million after a cup of coffee spilled in her lap while she was at a drive-thru. A judge later reduced that amount and both parties settled for $600,000.
A documentary about the case called "Hot Coffee" was released in 2011.
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In other news:
Chick-fil-A on Track to Become Third Largest Fast Food Chain The chicken chain will claim the No. 3 spot in the U.S. in sales by the
end of 2018. This is big jump from being the
No. 7 spot in 2017. Analyst Mark Kalinowski initially predicted Chick-fil-A would take the
No. 3 spot in 2020. He recently updated his forecast that it would be third by 2019. In 2017, Chick-fil-A sales grew by
$1.1 billion. It is difficult to calculate exact sales because Chick-fil-A is a
private company. The nearest competitor w