McDonald's sued over hot hot chocolate

Starbucks, McDonald's and Caribou cups of hot chocolate
Starbucks, McDonald's and Caribou cups of hot chocolate

How hot should hot chocolate be served? In an echo of the infamous coffee-in-the-lap lawsuit filed in 1994 against McDonald's, the chain is being sued by a Chicago-area woman who claims her daughter was badly burned by the company's hot chocolate.

Vicki LaRocco is suing McDonald's for more than $50,000, claiming the hot drink from the drive-up window spilled on her 10-year-old daughter's leg, caused her suffering and scarring, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. At the time of the famous Liebeck vs. McDonald's case, the company was serving coffee at 180-190 degrees. When a cup of coffee spilled in Stella Liebeck's lap, she suffered third degree burns on 6% of her body. After suing the company, she and McDonald's settled for less than $600,000, the exact amount was never disclosed.