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Butyrsky Court in Moscow will hear a lawsuit against McDonald's for a burn from a cup of coffee
On Thursday, Butyrsky Court in Moscow will hear a lawsuit against McDonald's for a burn from a cup of coffee, lawyer Maxim Dombrovitsky told RIA Novosti. He is representing the plaintiff, Olga Kuznetsova, who is suing for 100,000 rubles. The court date had been postponed because representatives of McDonald's did not attend. Ms. Kuznetsova, a Muscovite, is suing McDonald's for 100,000 rubles because a spilled cup of coffee. According to Mr. Dombrovitsky, his client is seeking compensation for first and second degree burns from the spilled coffee. Ms. Kuznetsova is also seeking 500 rubles for her medical expenses. She is seeking 100,000 rubles for emotional damages. Her lawyer said that while she was in a McDonald's in Khimki, outside Moscow, her tray was hit by a door and hot coffee spilled on her. The defense lawyers said they were not liable because a warning that coffee is hot is printed on the coffee cups. "The warning on the cups guarantees the safety of the commodity for the consumer," McDonald's said, "this corresponds to paragraph 2 of Article 7 of the law 'On the Protection of Consumer Rights.'" Elsewhere in the world, there have been lawsuits filed against McDonald's. In particular, in 2003 a family from Florida, US, sued McDonald's for its snack bar, claiming that a roll had destroyed their family life. The family estimated their damages were more than $15,000. They claimed the roll had damaged the father's teeth, which upset his wife and his family's happiness. Indeed, the lawsuit did not specify what was wrong with the roll. But the highest profile lawsuit against McDonald's was the 'Coffee Case,' in which a 79-year-old woman, Stella Liebeck, from New Mexico, received third-degree burns from hot coffee in February 1992. She sued as was awarded her $2.9 million. The settlement was later reduced to $640,000
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