The American legal system is often derided by other countries because it it either too lax, or far too harsh. It is either tremendously unfair, or it has gaping holes so obtuse that people cannot help but take advantage of it. In Hot Coffee, this topic is explored using the infamous case of Liebeck vs. McDonald’s Restaurants, where a woman (Liebeck) was severely burned by a coffee she bought from a McDonald’s. She would go on to be compensated so greatly, that it would lead to a wave of new lawsuits and eventually tort reform.
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