When news outlets try to distill a complex story into a short blurb or a 30-second news bite, the details often get distorted. It doesn’t help that so many people only read the headlines. The 1994 lawsuit against McDonald’s over hot coffee became the ultimate example of a frivolous lawsuit, but when you dig into the details, it is revealed to have been anything but frivolous. LegalEagle explains what really happened. The McDonald’s case takes only the first six minutes; afterward there are other cases of “frivolous” lawsuits that were more substantial than they appeared at first glance. -via Digg
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