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Most personal injury lawsuits never see a newspaper or reach the headlines on your local news report. However, there are three that still to this day come back in headlines. Surprisingly, the most famous personal injury lawsuits are not all about the dollar amounts in the settlements; instead, it is about the subject.

Stella Liebeck v. McDonald’s

This is one of the more famous personal injury cases of the century. It was labeled as a frivolous lawsuit by some, but this single lawsuit is what forced companies to start labeling their hot products to avoid burning their customers – or at least to avoid being held responsible for burns.

Ms. Liebeck suffered from third-degree burns on her inner thighs and groin area – so severe that she needed skin grafts to recover – after she spilled a hot coffee in her lap. McDonald’s knew their coffee was too hot, and the company’s own policy states that coffee must be kept at 185 degrees. Liebeck was not the first to be burned by the coffee served up at this fast-food chain. In fact, more than 700 others reported that they had been burned by McDonald’s coffee in the last decade.

After McDonald’s tried to scoff away the lawsuit, they ended up offering a settlement of $20,000 to the plaintiff. However, the case eventually went to trial where a jury awarded Liebeck $2.7 million.

Anderson v. Cryovac, Inc.

This was a lawsuit that was brought against multiple companies for contaminating their groundwater. It became the basis for a book, A Civil Action, which was later turned into a movie where John Travolta played the personl injury attorney fighting for his clients.

These companies, all subsidiaries of W.R. Grace, were brought to trial because they greedily dumped so many toxic chemicals into the ground, it caused cancer clusters – giving several children leukemia and costing numerous lives. This lawsuit ended with punitive and compensatory damages, and is by far one of the more famous lawsuits brought against a company for their selfish actions.

Anderson, et al. v. Pacific Gas and Electric

While it has the same name, it is a different Anderson that represented this lawsuit, though it was also made famous by a movie, Erin Brockovich. As another toxic tort case, this case involved the residents of Hinkley, California, where they went up against one of the biggest, most powerful companies in the world. They claimed that the company had polluted their groundwater, causing clusters of cancer in adult and children, ultimately claiming numerous lives. This too resulted in punitive and compensatory damages, and is a personal injury lawsuit that helped prevent future contaminations by showing companies what will occur if they fail to follow proper disposal and environmental practices.

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You do not need a precedent-setting case to file your lawsuit. If you have been injured because of someone’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation under the law. The attorneys at Malman Law are here to represent your claim and help you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us for a free consultation at 888-247-2160, or fill out an online contact form with your questions.

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Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the American Institute of Legal Counsel. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list for 2018-2019.

  • Only the top 100 trial lawyers from each state or highly-populated regions of certain states who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

    Prospective members of The NTL are carefully screened prior to receiving an invitation for membership.

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  • Top Attorneys of North America 2019-2020

  • The American Institute of Trial Lawyers is an invitation only professional organization composed of premier trial attorneys from each state. These attorneys exemplify the very best qualities and qualifications of an attorney. Each attorney must meet stringent qualifications as a civil or criminal trial attorney. These attorneys practice in a variety of fields to help and promote the ethical and elite practice of law. Selection is based on a thorough multi phase process which includes peer nominations and third party research. Each member must be in good standing with their local compliance organization. Membership is extended to only a select few in each state and/or region.

  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

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