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Everyone knows the case of the woman who sued McDonald's over spilled coffee. Or do they? More than 15 years after making international news, the case continues to be cited as an example of citizens who use "frivolous" lawsuits to take unfair advantage of the American legal system. But is that an accurate portrayal of the facts? An eye-opening documentary with jaw-dropping revelations, HOT COFFEE exposes how corporations spend millions on propaganda campaigns to distort Americans' view of lawsuits—forever changing the civil justice system. By examining the impact of tort reform on the lives of ordinary citizens, the film shows how Americans give up their Constitutional rights in all sorts of ways without knowing it, for example, by voting for caps on damages or signing away your rights in contracts. Through interviews with politicians, judges, lawyers and ordinary citizens, first-time filmmaker and former public-interest lawyer Susan Saladoff delves into the facts of four cases to tear apart the conventional wisdom about "jackpot justice."
I had heard so much about these lawsuits, and found many ridiculous too. Hot Coffee tells you the other side, the one you don't often hear from. The film is convincing and well done. Yes, it is one-sided, but it makes valid points that should be widely discussed. Really looking forward to the director's next film!
I thought I knew the story too....
I found this movie extremely enlightening. I thought I knew where I stood of civil lawsuits and why, but as often is the case, things are much more complicated. No matter where you stand on the issue of tort reform I guarantee you'll come away more informed.
Whether or not you disagree with any aspect of this movie, you will leave much more informed and able to create a much more educated opinion of civil justice issues. A moving and thought provoking documentary.