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Celia and her Coffee

Celia and her Coffee

Celia was addicted to her morning cup of coffee from the local coffee shop. This morning, the line at the coffee shop was too long. Therefore, Celia decided to get a cup of coffee from the vending machine at work. The coffee was so hot that Celia dropped it all over itself. Celia was badly burned. Celia filed suit against the vending company and the manufacturer of the coffee. What rights does Celia have?

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There have been several lawsuits over spilled coffee with McDonald's, and I studied a few of them in graduate school. It is actually common for people to sue over burns that result from hot coffee, even when the consumer actually spills the coffee on himself or herself. The problem with this type of product is that there is a reasonable assumption that a hot product will be served hot. The ...

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Celia was addicted to her morning cup of coffee from the local coffee shop. This morning, the line at the coffee shop was too long. Therefore, Celia decided to get a cup of coffee from the vending machine at work. The coffee was so hot that Celia dropped it all over itself. Celia was badly burned. Celia filed suit against the vending company and the manufacturer of the coffee. What rights does Celia have?

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