Fast-food giant McDonald's was today cleared by a High Court judge of responsibility for dozens of scalding injuries allegedly suffered by its customers, many of them young children.
The compensation claim, which could have run into millions of pounds, was made by 36 customers who claimed to have sustained burns and scalds from hot tea or coffee served in the 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 judge Justice Field cleared McDonald's of all legal liability to compensate those injured.
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