Hot Coffee Film Review And Discussion Los Angles Valley College Law 1 Assignment

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1. Stella Liebeck, 79-years-old, was sitting in the passenger seat of her grandson’s car having purchased a cup of McDonald’s coffee. After the car stopped, she tried to hold the cup securely between her knees while removing the lid. However, the cup tipped over, pouring scalding hot coffee onto her lap. She received third-degree burns over 16 percent of her body, necessitating hospitalization for eight days, whirlpool treatment for debridement of her wounds, skin grafting, scarring, and disability for more than two years. Despite these extensive injuries, she offered to settle with McDonald’s for $20,000. However, McDonald’s refused to settle for this small amount and, in fact, never offered more than $800.The jury awarded Liebeck $200,000 in compensatory damages reduced to $160,000 because the jury found her 20 percent at fault and $2.7 million in punitive damages for McDonald’s callous conduct. The trial judge reduced the punitive damages to $480,000, but did state that McDonald’s had engaged in “willful, wanton, and reckless” behavior. Mrs. Liebeck and McDonald’s eventually settled for a confidential amount.
2. Yes, because at first i thought the case would go to nowhere. It was funny that a woman files a lawsuit because her coffee is too hot, coffee is supposed to be hot so why would she file a lawsuit for that and it was her fault that it fell to her. But when i saw her burn it makes sense because it was just awful. She filed her case against McDonald’s because her coffee is too hot that the movie proves earlier that it is really hot. Which causes Stella Liebeck to win the case.
3. McDonald's sells its coffee at 180 to 190 degrees Fahrenheit Coffee at that temperature, if spilled, causes third-degree burns. The $160,000 as a result of the medical expenses and $2.7 million in punitive damage for McDonald’s callous conduct. Punitive damage is calculated Damages that are intended to reimburse the plaintiff for their losses.Punitive damages serve the dual purposes of punishing the defendant and deterring similar conduct in the future.
4. Tort reform refers to the proposed changes made in the civil justice system that directly reduces tort litigation or damages. The tort system was created to outline compensation methods and amounts for wrongs and harms committed by...

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