- The Washington Times - Friday, January 10, 2014

In a case of déjà vu all over again, McDonald’s is being sued for serving coffee that’s touted as too hot by a woman who claims injuries from a spill — just like 20 years ago.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Paulette Carr accused one of the fast-food establishments of “improperly” affixing the lid on her drive-through coffee purchase, which led to “the lid coming off the top of the coffee at the window,” she said.

The coffee then spilled, burning her, she said. The incident occurred on Jan. 12, 2012, but Ms. Carr is just now filing a lawsuit, alleging injuries — though the extent of her injuries isn’t clear, Fox News said.

She named the McDonald’s in Van Nuys as the defendant in the suit, which she filed earlier this week in Los Angeles County Superior Court for unspecified monetary damages.

A woman in New Mexico was awarded $2.9 million in 1994 for too-hot McDonald’s coffee that spilled on her for similar lid-related issues. A jury later reduced the verdict to $640,000 and the case was ultimately settled out of court, for an unknown amount. Relatives of the victim in that 1994 case insisted the woman was seriously burned, noting doctors had rated her burns as third-degree and performed skin graft surgery.



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