I brew coffee. I'm kind of a coffee snob, really. I use an electric kettle to boil the water and I used an IR thermometer to figure out how long to wait off the boil so the water could hit my freshly ground Sumatran at between 195 and 200 degrees F. If I poured boiling water on myself at that point, I would reasonably expect to get third degree burns.
When I sit down to drink it, though, it does not cause contact burns of the third degree. It just doesn't. Saying that coffee served for drinking was 'performing as intended' under those circumstances is a pretty thorough distortion of reality, however.
Was the jury award high? Yeah, probably, but I can say that if I had been on the jury and listened to the Mickey D's flack testify that they ignored all those 700+ burn complaints because the company had deemed it cheaper to pay people off than change business practice, yeah, I might very well have been tempted to figure out how much it would take to tip those calculations the other way.