In 1992, a woman sued McDonald’s because her coffee was hot.
McDonald’s handbook had stated that coffee was supposed to be kept at 180-190 degrees Fahrenheit, which will cause burns if spilled on you. (CAOC.ORG)
The woman was in the passenger seat of a non moving vehicle, and burned herself when she took the lid off the coffee and spilled it on her lap.
We now have warnings on coffee cups that say something along the lines of
“Caution: Contents of this container may be HOT”
Cups made for hot beverages, bought/ordered by people buying a hot beverage, now contain a warning label.
How do they play into the decision to both award damages and put a warning label on cups?