The McDonald’s® coffee case is one of the most famous
civil cases in American law. Almost everyone has heard of it, and most people
have an opinion about it. It is often used as a justification for tort reform.
Prepare for the debate by reading the article "The Actual Facts about the
McDonald's Coffee Case" retrieved from http://www.lectlaw.com/files/cur78.htm.
In addition, perform some research on tort reform.
The 'Lectric Law Library. (1996). The actual facts
about the McDonald's coffee case. Retrieved from http://www.lectlaw.com/files/cur78.htm
McDonald’s Coffee Case Debate
Students whose last names begin with the letters L through Z will argue that
McDonald's did violate its obligation of care to the consumer by serving coffee
at 185 degrees, and tort reform would prevent worthy plaintiffs from recovering
the full amount of damages to which they are entitled. These students should
clearly indicate their position on the debate by beginning each Discussion post
with the heading "VIOLATION."
Each student must contribute at least one original
idea and/or example representing his or her side of the debate, and each
student must respond to at least one student's argument from the opposing side.