What Really Happened in the McDonald’s Hot Coffee Case

Remember the 1992 McDonald’s “hot coffee” case in which a 79 year old woman spilled a cup of coffee and suffered burns? She sued McDonald’s and a jury awarded $2.7 million. Business interests then misrepresented the verdict trashing the civil justice system and advocating for “tort reform.” Susan Saladoff has made a movie about case and what really led to the verdict (which a judge reduced to $500K).

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