LEGL710 Ethical/Legal Framework 21st Century

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Week 4: Tort Law, Product Liability and Consumer Protection



Weekly Learning Objective: Learner will explain the importance of negligence and strict liability in tort law.


Using the Discussion Board Rubric listed below for the specific grading criteria, complete the following:


Access the following article and video resources:

  • The McDonald’s Hot Coffee Case


Woman Burned by McDonald’s Hot Coffee


Please share your thoughts on this lawsuit and whether or not you feel that the damages awarded to the plaintiff (Stella Liebeck) were reasonable. Many people have argued that lawsuits of this nature are “frivolous” and intend to go after deep-pockets of big business.

Do you feel that this case was frivolous? Why or why not?



Support your thoughts using a minimum of two academic, peer-reviewed sources (outside the textbook). Websites such as Wikipedia, LegalZoom, LegalMatch, Nolo, etc. do NOT count as academic sources. A good place to start is the Davenport University Library. Your response should be a minimum of 350 words. Two peer responses are required and should be a minimum of 100 words.



Discussion Board Rubric

Original response due by Day 3, 11:59pm ET. Respond to two peers’ original responses by Day 7, 11:59pm ET.

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