McDonald’s facing lawsuit over hot cup of coffee

Sep 21, 2023, 9:30 PM

This photo shows a logo of a McDonald's restaurant in Havertown, Pa., on April 26, 2022. A Californ...

This photo shows a logo of a McDonald's restaurant in Havertown, Pa., on April 26, 2022. A California woman is suing McDonald's over a hot cup of coffee. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

SALT LAKE CITY — McDonald’s is facing a lawsuit over a cup of hot coffee.

A California woman is suing the company after she claims employees didn’t secure the lid on her cup of coffee. The coffee allegedly spilled onto the woman. The woman is alleging the coffee left her with first degree burns.

In a similar case in the ’90s, McDonald’s was forced to pay $3 million to a woman who says coffee spilled onto her and left her with third-degree burns.

KSL legal analyst Greg Skordas shares his thoughts on the most recent case with KSL NewsRadio.


Coffee lawsuit

“We’re talking about whether or not the McDonald’s brand is negligent or whether an individual employee just didn’t put the lid on as well as he or she should have,” Skordas said. “And whether that creates liability for McDonald’s. You would hope that there would be some cooler heads prevailing in a case like this. And perhaps, there will be some settlement.”

He says restaurants are going out of their way to make sure the customer is warned. And restaurants also ensure employees know how to put a lid on securely.  

“And then sometimes things still happen,” he said.

Skordas says such cases have a way of making lawyers look bad.

“Any time someone’s hurt,” he said. “Of course, we assume that someone else is at fault, and that’s not always the case. But it is the way we do things a lot in America.”

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McDonald’s facing lawsuit over hot cup of coffee