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Hot Coffee 2011

NR CC

This powerful doc examines how the famous “hot coffee” lawsuit against McDonald’s harmed the rights of Americans to sue negligent corporations and doctors.

Starring:
Chuck Allen, Judy Allen
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1 hour, 28 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 Doc Club
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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This is a movie that actually changed my mind. As a paramedic, I often felt that lawsuits were mainly people looking for a gold mine. When I heard about the McDonald's coffee case, I thought it was ridiculous. Seeing the actual severe injuries the woman suffered, finding out that this had happened over and over with no remediation by McDonald's, and as the film unfolded learning about other lawsuits and what "tort reform" actually is was mind-blowing. My position on this changed 180 degrees. And it was well done, moved fast, and was entertaining. I never felt like I was being educated--it worked as a really strong narrative. I highly recommend this film--I watched it as streaming video, which was good quality, at least on my computer which is where I watch everything.
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This was an amazing look at the way corporations are trying to stop us from having our say. Through tort reform, arbitration, and caps on what insurance companies have to pay out, we have less and less rights in the courts. And the media is helping the GOP and big businesses in keeping us from having our day in court. The way that poor woman who spilled the coffee in her lap was demonized and the facts distorted is truly shameful!!
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This doc will really help you ask the right questions when no one thinks you should be asking questions. Billions have been spent to program us all to vote away our protections, make the rich richer, and make justice closer to being a fairy tale. This movie will help you think of things you have been programmed to dismiss. Everyone needs to watch this!
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I was completely flabbergasted after watching this movie. Like the majority of people, I had no idea of the real facts of this case. I send a heartfelt apology out to Stella Liebeck and her family. I can't imagine how much they have suffered due to all the propaganda from the spin doctors.

I was even more enlightened and enraged by the shenanigans used by corrupt, predatory politicians to keep honest candidates off the bench in order to manipulate court decisions in favor of Big Business. We can all be enlightened if we just open our eyes to the truth that is right in front of us.

Everyone, watch this movie.
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.... about the McDonald's hot coffee case. When I was in law school, we studied that case, and I knew there was a lot more to it than the average person knew. I have heard the jokes about it for years, but most of the people joking about it don't know the facts. This film helps show some of those facts--and if you were were to see this film, you'd probably change your mind about the case as well. It does have some graphic images, so be forewarned. It also talks about some other frivolous lawsuit issues and about torte reform and caps on awards and how that impacts consumers and businesses. It has an agenda and you can clearly see which side in this issue the documentary comes down on, but the information is worth listening to and if you want to know more about the other side, and make up your own mind.
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The "hot coffee lawsuit" incident is a perfect example of how the truth is manipulated and re-fed to the masses for corporate gains. The truth of what happens in this incidents is so often hidden from public understanding because of the large amounts of money used by corporations to advance their own agenda and control the flow of information to the public. This film highlights the stories of 4 people - a woman critically injured by scalding coffee, a public servant who was the victim of a corporate smear campaign, a woman who was brutally assaulted while working for a defense contractor, and a family who faces years of expensive medical treatment for their son who was a victim of malpractice but limited in the amount of funds available because of caps on damages.

I wish every single person in our country would watch this film. I watched it again when recently someone I love lay in the hospital fighting for their life because of medical malpractice. It reminded me that I am not alone. I feel a kinship with the subjects of this film. We can get better as a country only through our own willingness to find out the truth. These horrific events don't happen to everyone - but when they occur the truth is the most important weapon we have.
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'Hot Coffee' is an extremely precise, well researched and ultimately disturbing charge against political money's influence on law in America. Highly informative without judgement it clearly exposes the right wing's agenda to control the court system through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce(even the name is a fraud). I feel somewhat more aware than most people on this subject yet I was flabbergasted at the attempted coverup of wrongdoing by McDonalds and Haliburton. The total disregard by these corporations for the suffering of the victims is alarming and nothing short of criminal. If there ever was a corporation that deserves to be prosecuted for war crimes and victims rights abuse it's KBR, a vigilante group without any government oversight. Each case drives the point home questioning the constitutionality of liability caps with TORT Reform, mandatory arbitration and finally reaching a crescendo of 'judges bought and justice lost'. Susan Saladoff, the writer/director, has succeeded in exposing this unjust system and providing solutions to fix it. This is a monumental accomplishment. Highly recommended!
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