5 Things You Didn’t Know About the “Hot Coffee” Case

1) 79-year-old Liebeck was hospitalized for 8 days, suffered third-degree burns to her pelvic region, followed by two years of medical treatment.

2) Liebeck sought to settle with McDonald’s for $20,000.

3) The trial judge reduced the award to $640,000, and the parties settled for a confidential amount.

4) McDonald’s admitted at trial that its coffee was “not fit for consumption” immediately after sold at 180 to 190 degrees Farenheit.

5) Coffee served at 180-190 degrees Farenheit will cause third-degree burns in 2-3 seconds

A 2011 documentary titled “Hot Coffee” explored the plaintiff perspective and misinformation about the case.