Hot Coffee 2011 NR CC

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Filmmaker Susan Saladoff directs this documentary that examines the case of Liebeck v. McDonald's Restaurants the so-called "hot coffee lawsuit" in which a woman sued the fast-food giant after she spilled her coffee and burned herself.

Chuck Allen, Judy Allen
1 hour, 29 minutes

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Genres Documentary
Director Susan Saladoff
Starring Chuck Allen, Judy Allen
Supporting actors Jay Angoff, David Arredondo, Tom Baker, Paul Bland, Kenneth Canfield, Joan Claybrook, Ralph Cook, Jennifer Diaz, Oliver Diaz, Joanne Doroshow, Betty Farnham, Al Franken, Marjorie Getman, Colin Gourley, Connor Gourley, Lisa Gourley, Mike Gourley, John Grisham
Studio Docurama
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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It's an incredible look at the justice system through the issues of tort reform and judicial elections.
If you thought you knew everything you needed to know about the McDonald's Hot Coffee case, this documentary will quickly demonstrate how little you actually know.
James Earl
After viewing the film, you should be very concerned with our runaway government and powerful lobbying interests.

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HOT COFFEE (dir. Susan Saladoff, 2011, 85 minutes) is an HBO documentary that is Oscar-worthy and should be bought/shown in every school, town council meeting ... I can't think of enough places. Never have I seen a documentary that taught me so much in so little time. And what I learned is just how badly the rights of American citizens have been damaged, how horribly corrupt our judicial and legislative branches have become.

This is a documentary about tort reform. You see, a "tort" is a "harm" or a "damage". If you are like nearly 100% of America, you'll be asking what that is. I will tell you without spoiling the documentary--you WILL want to see this for yourself. Presenting itself in a tightly organized, well developed set of four "exhibits", HOT COFFEE begins with a case I will describe herein--the others I will leave for the viewer to watch and learn. The "exhibits" consist of:

I. Public Relations Campaign
II. Caps On Damages
III. Judicial Elections
IV. Mandatory Arbitration

In "Exhibit I" we learn about the true story of the lady from Albuquerque, New Mexico, who burned herself with McDonald's coffee. Stella Liebeck was along for a drive with her nephew (she was a passenger and no, it was not her grandson as is stated by dum-dums all over America), and they stopped at McDonald's. Stella ordered coffee which was demonically hot (and a jury found there is no excuse for this, period). When she spilled it on her lap she suffered life-threatening 3rd degree burns. This was not helped by her age and the resulting thinness of her skin, especially in the areas the coffee spilled. She had no way of getting to the spilled coffee in time and certainly no relief in sight.
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I always consider myself somewhat of a jaded individual. Not much surprises me anymore when it comes to almost any topic especially as it relates to government and/or big business. I, like many I'm sure, remember the notorious case where a woman sued McDonalds after being scalded by their hot coffee. It became a national punchline and represented, to me, everything that was wrong with the contemporary legal system. Someone sued because their coffee was hot! How ridiculous! In hindsight, after viewing Susan Saladoff's incendiary and eye-opening documentary "Hot Coffee," I may have to admit that I wasn't in possession of all the facts. And that's just the way special interest groups wanted it! In four distinct sections, Saladoff's film takes on different cases (starting with the infamous Hot Coffee incident) that have led the justice system to favor corporate interests over that of the common citizen.

Section One is the infamous Hot Coffee case. Branded a frivolous lawsuit (although I no longer think so), this jury decision for the plaintive caused a national media firestorm. The idea of the case, not the facts, were publicized as a platform for tort reform (procedural limits on the ability to file claims).

Section Two addresses another aspect of tort reform--the capping on damages that may be awarded by juries. The example in this instance revolves around a Nebraska family who have suffered at the hands of blatant medical error. The couple was awarded a six million dollar judgement to cover a lifetime of care for a son who experienced brain damage and severe physical trauma and will, essentially, never grow-up mentally. Their state has a cap on damages and automatically reduced the judgement significantly.
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Essential information is revealed here within this powerful documentary.
Here is the detailed unveiling of corporate multi-million-dollar propaganda campaigns,
intentionally ment to confuse and brainwash Americans.

Photo's are shown here of the deep burns Stella Liebeck suffered in the McDonald's hot coffee incident.
She was 79 at the time, she required numerous skin graphs and nearly died.
But the industry twisted the case to make it the poster child for frivolous lawsuits.
Meanwhile McDonald's kept a low profile on the fact that they previously had,
between January 1983 to March 1992, over 700 burn cases.

Corporations have armed themselves with these tactics,
plus powerful unrelenting lobbing, and friends in high places.
They have extensively campaigned to affect jury's and senator's to set cap's on damage awards.
And in addition they have among other things,
actually managed to change a CRUCIAL part of our 200 year old constitution of the United States.
Thus they unbound themselves from prior limits,
and now can give unlimited donations to the politician's who will support their issues.
In other words, they control the add campaigns which ultimately sway which politicians American's vote for.
Opening this floodgate means corporations literally hold the future of most American's in their hands.

This documentary is a stunning and reveiling well segmented account of the battle over Tort reform,
and what IS happening to America.
Reveiled here are many devices and methods that are used.
Documented footage shows that the whole point of the Tort reform is to keep the public from accessing the courts.
All public, no matter if frivolous or honest.
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