McDonald's Sued Over Hot Coffee —Again

Paulette Carr files suit over alleged 2012 incident

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 9, 2014 12:51 PM CST | Updated Jan 12, 2014 7:00 PM CST

(Newser) – It's deja vu all over again: A California woman is suing McDonald's, claiming its hot coffee burned her. And it's deja vu in more ways than one: Paulette Carr's case recalls that of famed 1990s predecessor Stella Liebeck, along with a case filed just months ago by Californian Joan Fino. Fino says her groin area was burned by the hot coffee in August 2012; Carr similarly said her injuries occurred in 2012, specifically on Jan. 12, after she ordered coffee from a Los Angeles McDonald's drive-thru. The description of her injuries is not so detailed, though, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Per her lawsuit, filed this week, "The lid for the hot coffee was negligently, carelessly, and improperly placed on the coffee cup ... resulting in the lid coming off the top of the coffee at the window, causing the hot coffee to spill onto the plaintiff." No specifics of what happened next are provided though. Equally vague: Carr is seeking unspecified monetary damages. (Click for the story of someone who's a little more keen on McDonald's: A man who ate only Mickey D's for 90 days, and lost 37 pounds.)

In this Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 file photo, coffee served in a foam cup is held for a photographer, at a McDonald's restaurant in New York.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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