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Products Liability assignment.
Step One:
Watch: The Truth About the Infamous McDonald’s Hot Coffee Incident – https://youtu.be/PAzMMKIspPQ
and/or
Watch: Adam Ruins Everything: The Truth About the McDonald’s Coffee Lawsuit – https://youtu.be/KNWh6Kw3ejQ
Answer the following questions:
Were you familiar with the facts of the case?
Explain whether you consider the lawsuit to be frivolous.
What was the amount of compensatory damages awarded?
What was the amount of punitive damages awarded? How did the jury arrive at that figure?
From a business perspective, why did McDonald’s refrain from taking any action to reduce the coffee temperature when they learned of the first burn case?
Step Two:
Select a case of products liability case. I have included a list below, but you are not limited by the list.
Phillip Morris: Tobacco products
Dow Corning: Silicone breast implants
Owens Corning: Asbestos building materials
General Motors: 1979 Chevrolet Malibu – gas tank explosions
Monsanto: Round-Up
3M – Combat Arms Earplugs
Johnson & Johnson – talcum powder
Step Three:
Conduct research regarding your products liability. What was the basis of the lawsuit? What did the plaintiff assert? What did the defendant assert in response? What was the basis of the court’s decision? Were compensatory damages awarded? Were punitive damages awarded? In hindsight, what was the impact of the lawsuit on society, if any. (500 words)

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