Comparison Of Mcdonald's V. Stella Liebeck Case

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The details in the McDonald's v. Stella Liebeck case are very similar to the details of the case in Class Action. However, the legal knowledge surrounding the cases were different. For example, in Class Action the company Argo knowingly put out a defective car because it was more financially convenient to pay for settlements than it would have been to recall every single vehicle and fix them. Similarly, McDonald's was aware that their coffee was held at very hot temperature standards that were extremely dangerous to their unknowing customers. McDonald’s argued on the basis that consumers preferred hot coffee so it was good for profit (Haltom, McCann 2004). A McDonald's safety consultant testified that they received 700 complaints of burns…show more content…
Additionally, one of the plaintiff's had family members die because of the defective car. They both had reasonable claims to sue so they both filed a lawsuit against two powerful corporations.
There were differences in the way the case and the prosecution and defendants lawyers were portrayed in the film and in the McDonald’s vs. Liebeck case. Stella Liebeck's case was portrayed as acquisitive and soon was manipulated to represent the flaws in the civil justice system. The media reconstructed her case into fragmented bits and transformed it to symbolize the lawsuit crisis (Haltom, McCann 2004). The media left out a great amount of crucial information and evidence that was critical to the decision making of the jury (Haltom, McCann 2004). In fact, mass media stressed the amount of money Liebeck was awarded by the jury, and failed to mention that Liebeck actually received less than 1/5th of what the jury mandated (Haltom, McCann 2004). They also failed to mention the severity of Liebeck’s burns and the extreme heat of the coffee as well as McDonald’s complete disregard for consumer safety (Haltom, McCann 2004). Most general knowledge surrounding the case is false and in favor of McDonald’s perspective.
In Class Action, the plaintiff’s attorney was depicted as a civil rights attorney whose main focus was not to make money. Rather, he was more interested in attacking the establishment and defending victims who were

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