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Subject:  Re: Hot Coffee Date:  3/1/2013  3:55 PM
Author:  1poorguy Number:  418736 of 457233

It's interesting that this McDonald's coffee case has entered urban folklore as an example of a frivolous law suit and outrageous jury rewards.

In my b-school business law course it was presented as a cut-and-dried, textbook case of corporate irresponsibility and liability.

Yes, that was the point of the film (if you haven't seen it, you really should). The corporate lobby PR machine kicked into high gear to create what you just described. And they met with dazzling success such that many states (especially Texas, IIRC) have awards caps. Sometimes they are ridiculously low for the damage inflicted (they covered one case where a young man was going to need something like $5M for lifetime care, which the jury awarded,