Taken from http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk/news/content.cfm?story=272035
'Big Mac victims' lose drinks case
TWO girls from Wilmslow are among a host of customers who have lost their claim against burger giants McDonalds for serving scalding drinks.
The compensation claim was made by 36 customers who sustained burns from hot tea or coffee served in the fast food restaurants between April 1996 and August 1998.
Their lawyers claimed the drinks were served too hot and in cups that were inappropriate and "defective" under the terms of the Consumer Protection Act 1987.
But Mr Justice Field cleared McDonalds of all legal liability to compensate those injured.
Tim Horlock QC, represented the 36, including Katherine Smith, of Ashford Road, Wilmslow, who was eight months old when spilt tea burnt her forearm in a McDonalds in Macclesfield in January 1998.
He also represented Courtney Eyres, of Northward Road, Wilmslow, who was three when hot black coffee was spilt on to her stomach during a trip to McDonalds in Stockport.
Mr Horlock had told Mr Justice Field during the hearing: "The type of cup used by McDonalds had a very high thermal efficiency which not only prevents significant cooling before consumption, but also does not provide the consumer with a sensory understanding of the temperature of the contents."
But Mr Justice Field disagreed, saying: "I hold that the safety of the hot drinks met the legitimate expectations."