Retro Report: The True Story Behind the Spilled McDonald's Coffee Lawsuit

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The Takeaway travels back in time with our friends at Retro Report, a documentary team focused on shedding new light on stories from the news archives.

Today’s report takes us back to 1992 when 79-year-old Stella Liebeck of Albuquerque, New Mexico, ordered a fateful cup of coffee from a McDonald's drive-through. Lieback's coffee spilled onto her lap, and she sued the fast food chain. 

Retro Report producer Bonnie Bertram reflects on the case, and explains the details of her investigations.