Woman Sues McDonald's for Millions Over Hot Coffee

...And no, you did not wake up in the 1990s

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 1, 2013 9:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – A California woman is suing McDonald's for more than $2M over a hot coffee spill—and no, you aren't living in a 1990s time warp. Joan Fino, 74, says that coffee she ordered from a McDonald's drive-through spilled on her lap, inflicting second-degree burns to her groin area. Though the incident occurred in August 2012, Fino says "it still hurts," reports the Fresno Bee. "I have trouble sleeping because the burning sensation doesn't go away."

And just like her famous predecessor (79-year-old Stella Liebeck, who also ordered at a drive-through), she's arguing that McDonald's intentionally overheats its coffee because the "scalding" temps keep it fresher longer, allowing the company to save money, KTRK reports. Fino's lawyer thinks her case is even stronger than Liebeck's because a McDonald's worker handed Fino her coffee; Liebeck was in the passenger seat when she was burned. McDonald's coffee lovers will soon be able to heat the brew to the temp of their choosing: The company this week announced that it would begin selling its coffee in grocery stores.

Coffee served in a foam cup is held for an illustration, Feb. 14, 2013 at a McDonald's restaurant in New York.
Coffee served in a foam cup is held for an illustration, Feb. 14, 2013 at a McDonald's restaurant in New York.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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