In 1992, Stella Liebeck spilled scalding McDonald’s coffee in her lap and later sued the company, attracting a flood of negative attention. It turns out, there’s more to the story.
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Taking the Lid Off the McDonald’s Coffee Case

Produced by Bonnie Bertram


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Not Just a Hot Cup Anymore The New York Times
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Supersize Me, Your Honor: Liebeck v. McDonald’s and Our Era of Ambition The Daily Beast