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
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)

(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.)

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getherdone
Jan 13, 2014 5:46 PM CST
Doesn't she take any responsible for burning her GG?
Rayna Noire
Jan 13, 2014 11:22 AM CST
Went to McDonalds and the coffee was lukewarm. This was before the lawsuit too.
loveandhope
Jan 13, 2014 9:27 AM CST
This lawsuit is absolutely ridiculous. I don't even drink coffee and I know that it is hot. It's pure common sense. There is also a precaution/warning on the lid and the cup, letting the customer know that it is hot. It is quite obvious that she is doing this for the money and I hope that her case is dismissed, and that she gets nothing. She is not severely injured if she can still walk in a court. Just to be sure, they should take pictures of her burns and make sure that she has a hospital report or something, if it was that serious. Other than that, throw out the case. Like, we've already been here before.