Watch: The Real Story Behind That McDonald’s Hot Coffee Lawsuit

December 14, 2016

This was about so much more than just money

Fast food giant McDonald’s is an attractive candidate for lawsuits thanks to the infamous 1993 suit in which the company shelled out nearly $3 million dollars to a woman named Stella Liebeck over hot coffee. The story became a poster child for frivolous lawsuits filed by people seeking big payouts from companies over complaints some deemed absurd. As Adam Ruins Everything explains, Liebeck’s story became a punchline even though the facts of her case were extremely serious and relevant.

Here’s how things actually went down: Liebeck was seriously injured with