L.A. Woman Sues McDonald’s Over Hot Coffee

A woman has filed suit against McDonald’s Corp., saying she was burned by hot coffee that spilled on her at one of the fast-food chain’s Los Angeles restaurants.

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A large cup of McDonald’s new ‘Premium Roast’ brand coffee is displayed at a McDonald’s restaurant February 28, 2006 in Rosemont, Illinois. (Photo Illustration by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

The lawsuit comes 20 years after a jury awarded $2.9 million to a woman who was badly burned after she spilled hot coffee into her lap at a McDonald’s in Albuquerque. That verdict was widely criticized and became a rallying cry for advocates of legal reform.

A judge later reduced the verdict to $640,000 and the case settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.

The new case was filed by Paulette Carr, who said she was injured Jan. 12, 2012, after ordering the coffee at the drive-through window of a McDonald’s on Sepulveda Boulevard in Van Nuys. She seeks unspecified monetary damages in the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

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