McDonald's Coffee Case: Lawsuit Verdict Defended

Liebeck v. McDonald's, "The McDonald's Coffee Case", has been widely misreported and misunderstood. The jury's award was for $200,000 in compensatory damages and $2.7 million for punitive damages (equal to only 2 days of McDonald's coffee sales). Punitive damages were allowed because McDonalds' conduct was deemed reckless, callous, and willful. Stella Liebeck was found 20% negligent, reducing the … [Read more...]