VIDEO: Court orders McDo to pay 'hot-coffee burn victim' ₱141M

For those who do not understand the facts of the case, this seems to be an example of frivolous litigation that made fraud pay but those who have read the case know that the Court was acted with benignity and justice in its decision.

STORY: Stella Liebeck was a 79-year-old woman whose grandson drove her to McDonald's. She was in a parked car holding hot coffee in her lap when it spilled.

Stella openly admitted that the spill was her mistake, but the results were horrifying. She had third degree burns on her legs and genitals, and she went into shock. She had to undergo painful skin graft operations, and her surgeon said it was one of the worst cases he had ever seen.

Stella was permanently disfigured and nearly died. The reason Stella's injuries were so severe is that McDonald's was serving coffee at up to 190 degrees [Fahrenheit].

McDonald's [itself] even admitted that at that temperature, their coffee was a hazard. In fact, in the decade prior, over 700 people notified McDonald's that they had been burned by their coffee.

Stella didn't even want to go to court. She just wanted McDonald's to help pay her $20,000 in out-of-pocket medical expenses. But after making her wait for six months, they only offered her $800.

Stella tried to get McDonald's to settle. She even agreed to mediation. But McDonald's wouldn't budge. They gave her no choice but to go to court. So when the jury heard stella's story, they found that McDonald's had acted so irresponsibly, they had to be punished.

The jury fined McDonald's two days' coffee sales amounting to $2.7 million (141.768 million pesos). In the end, stella settled for less than $600,000 (31,504,200 pesos). SOURCE:; SOURCE:
Liebeck v. McDonald's Restaurants, also known as the McDonald's coffee case and the hot coffee lawsuit, was a 1994 product liability lawsuit that became a flashpoint in the debate in the United States over tort reform. Although a New Mexico civil jury awarded $2.86 million to plaintiff Stella Liebeck, a 79-year-old woman who suffered third-degree burns in her pelvic region when she accidentally spilled hot coffee in her lap after purchasing it from a McDonald's restaurant, ultimately Liebeck was only awarded $640,000. Liebeck was hospitalized for eight days while she underwent skin grafting, followed by two years of medical treatment. SOURCE: Liebeck v. McDonald's Restaurants, P.T.S., Inc., No. D-202 CV-93-02419, 1995 WL 360309 (Bernalillo County, N.M. Dist. Ct. August 18, 1994);

Liebeck's attorneys argued that, at 180–190 °F (82–88 °C), McDonald's coffee was defective, claiming it was too hot and more likely to cause serious injury than coffee served at any other establishment. McDonald's had refused several prior opportunities to settle for less than what the jury ultimately awarded. The jury damages included $160,000[3] to cover medical expenses and compensatory damages and $2.7 million in punitive damages. The trial judge reduced the final verdict to $640,000, and the parties settled for a confidential amount before an appeal was decided. SOURCE: Gerlin, Andrea (September 1, 1994). "A Matter of Degree: How a Jury Decided that a Coffee Spill is Worth $2.9 Million";; "The Actual Facts About – The Mcdonalds' Coffee Case"; ;