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Simple. Because their coffee was hotter than can be consumed by a human. At 190F you are well beyond scalding. That simply isn't reasonable, and the jury agreed.

makes it inherently dangerous -- beyond what the
"reasonable person" would expect

( would be interesting to have the science on how long
it would take to cool from 190 to Safe
iirc, their defense was People like their coffee hot
but might not drink it till hours after purchase

... was that in the movie?
would expect it to have come out at trial
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