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A McDonald’s Lawsuit Makes the News

A recent McDonald’s lawsuit has made headlines, claiming that the company failed to warn customers about its “heroin-like” beverage. It alleges that the beverage was spiked with the drug. A lawsuit against McDonald’s was filed in the state of Utah by a woman named Walker. Her lawsuit claims that the soda was laced with buprenorphine, a drug that assists recovering heroin addicts. In addition to McDonald’s, Walker also sued the Coca-Cola franchisee and distributor for the beverage, seeking compensation for her medical bills, lost income, and post-traumatic stress.

McDonald’s settles racial discrimination lawsuit

In the wake of a series of racial discrimination lawsuits this year, fast-food giant McDonald’s has decided to settle a recent case. The lawsuit claimed that the company failed to provide fair financial and business opportunities for African American franchisees, and discriminated against Black leaders and franchisees. The company says it is committed to increasing its diversity and is working to diversify its franchisee base. But what exactly happened?

The alleged racial discrimination lawsuit was filed by Herbert Washington, the owner of 13 McDonald’s franchise locations in the Rochester area. The lawsuit claimed that the company discriminated against Washington because of his race, and the fact that he is Black. Washington sued the corporation, alleging that corporate executives steered him toward less profitable locations in Black neighborhoods. But after being forced to accept the settlement, Washington was able to acquire a few other franchises, including several in Ohio.

Kitch sued McDonald’s for $900 million

A startup called Kytch has filed a lawsuit against McDonald’s over its use of its device to repair broken ice cream machines. The company created the device, which sent signals to a web device or smartphone to repair the machines. The company claims McDonald’s misrepresented the device’s capabilities, and that their use of the device violated their warranties. The lawsuit claims that the company should pay a whopping $900 million in damages.

In November 2020, the mothership of the McDonald’s corporation contacted franchisees and said that the remote-operating device was leaking confidential information and could cause injuries. After a month of warnings, the franchisees sued McDonald’s and were awarded $900 million in damages. Despite this massive payout, it is unclear whether McDonald’s will settle the lawsuit or appeal it. As a result, Kytch is asking web visitors to donate money to help pay the legal costs.

Liebeck v. McDonald’s case

The hot coffee lawsuit, or the “McDonald’s coffee case”, arose from a widely publicized product liability lawsuit in 1994. The plaintiff, in this case, was the McDonald’s restaurant chain, which served contaminated coffee at its outlets. McDonald’s denied any liability and paid damages totaling $2.5 billion. Nonetheless, the McDonald’s coffee case became a famous example of the power of consumer rights.

The lawsuit was a misrepresentation of McDonald’s responsibilities and was highly contentious. In its final trial, the judge awarded Liebeck punitive damages equivalent to two days’ worth of McDonald’s coffee sales. The judge ultimately reduced the award by 80 percent to protect McDonald’s from years of appeals. The judge based her decision on evidence that included a McDonald’s operations manual, which instructed the franchisee to hold the coffee at a temperature between 180 and 190 degrees Fahrenheit.

The judge found that McDonald’s should have paid Liebeck’s medical expenses. However, McDonald’s has refused to pay her medical expenses. It has been estimated that there have been 700 cases of burns from McDonald’s coffee. This is not an isolated incident – McDonald’s knew about its coffee’s high temperature, but it failed to warn consumers. If this happens to you or someone you know, it is critical to get legal counsel as soon as possible.

Class action lawsuit against McDonald’s

A new class-action lawsuit against McDonald’s is making headlines after two female employees filed charges with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last May. The women claim they suffered sexual harassment at the corporate-run franchised McDonald’s in Florida since April 10. They say their employers failed to prevent sexual harassment and forced them to engage in unsavory behavior. One complaint details how a manager repeatedly called a female employee “bitch” and “slut,” while forcing her to have sex with him. Another claim alleges that a manager placed her penis into her hand and cornered her in a walk-in freezer.

A class-action lawsuit filed against McDonald’s is based on the mistreatment of five workers. The employees claim the fast-food chain failed to provide them with adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent them from getting sick with COVID-19. Several employees also claimed the chain did not provide enough gloves, masks, and hand sanitizer, and failed to properly inform employees if an employee had been infected with COVID-19.

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