Litigation v. accountability

A JURY'S verdict against McDonald's because its coffee was ``too hot'' illustrates what is wrong with the American system of litigating product-related injuries.

A New Mexico woman sued the restaurant chain. While riding in a car, she had removed the lid from a cup of McDonald's coffee that she had placed between her legs. The coffee spilled....

Whatever happened to the idea of being accountable for our own misjudgments? Didn't she know, before removing the lid, that the coffee was hot? Didn't she know that in a moving car, there is the danger of spilling from a full cup?...

Justice is not served when people turn to the courts to deal with every petty grievance.

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