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Stella Liebeck anniversary

Twenty years ago today, Stella Liebeck spilled hot McDonald's coffee on herself, and trial lawyers and their allies are still defending the idiosyncratic and absurd multi-million verdict allowing her to collect for her own accident. Thankfully, that case remains an outlier, and Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, Burger King, Wendy's, home brewing systems, and, yes, McDonald's, have not let the risk of customers' clumsiness keep them from continuing to serve coffee at the same (or even higher) temperatures than they did twenty years ago, to the benefit of the billions of times consumers buy coffee at the temperatures they prefer. Here's a court that got it right.

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Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute


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The Manhattan Insitute's Center for Legal Policy.