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You probably remember the case of Stella Liebeck versus McDonalds. Back in 1992, she bought a 49 cent cup of hot coffee from the drive-through window of the fast food outlet and placed the cup between her knees while attempting to remove the lid. The resulting spill caused severe burns to her thighs, buttocks, and groin. She sued the corporate giant and won the case in what has been often referred to as the poster child of excessive litigation.

What does a scalding cup of coffee have to do with a health website? It seems to me that although we all may instinctively know that putting a container of boiling hot coffee in our laps might not be such a good idea, we don’t apply the same…

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