Of course, McDonald's is all "been there, done that." Stella Liebeck famously won $2.9 million in a suit against Mickey D's for severe burns in the '90s. A judge reduced the amount to $640,000, but the case has lived on in pop-culture infamy.
Liebeck's coffee case, and another one filed last year by Joan Fino, fueled a national media obsession with lawsuits that appear to be purely money-grabbing. (Via ABC)
A 2011 HBO documentary called "Hot Coffee" looked into the backlash against Liebeck.
"Who brings these kinds of frivolous lawsuits?"
"All kinds of people. People who are jackpot-justice oriented."
"The media and corporate America did a masterful job. Mrs. Liebeck became a joke." (Via HBO)
At the time of Liebeck's lawsuit, she was painted almost as a villain. But now the case is being called "America's most misunderstood story" by Business Insider. And the U.K.'s Daily Mail validates how serious Liebeck's injuries were in an article published last October.
Of course, all of this raises the question: Just how hot is too hot?
Despite burns, lawsuits and Kramer jokes, the National Coffee Association recommends an optimum java temperature of between 180 and 185 degrees Fahrenheit.
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