Retro Report: The True Story Behind the Spilled McDonald's Coffee Lawsuit

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Takeaway travels back in time with our friends at Retro Report, a documentary team focused on shedding new light on stories from the news archives.

Today’s report takes us back to 1992 when 79-year-old Stella Liebeck of Albuquerque, New Mexico, ordered a fateful cup of coffee from a McDonald's drive-through. Lieback's coffee spilled onto her lap, and she sued the fast food chain. 

Retro Report producer Bonnie Bertram reflects on the case, and explains the details of her investigations. 


Bonnie Bertram

Produced by:

Mythili Rao


T.J. Raphael

Comments [2]

Chris Conley

I know, that if I had known the full story, I would have been more sympathetic of her plight. More information should have been released by Stella Liebeck's team, so that people would have undestood the full extent of McDonald's culpability.

Oct. 21 2013 03:40 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Heat is an important ingredient for McDonald's. I love their fries, their Big Mac's and their chicken nuggets, but have you ever tried them once they've gotten cold? Horrible, barely recognizable as food. I can't eat it. Yes, without a lot of heat, McDonald's would be in trouble.

Oct. 21 2013 01:27 PM

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