REVIEW: HOT COFFEE
Seinfeld mocked it. Letterman put it on one of his Top Ten lists. More than 15 years later, the McDonald’s coffee case is cited as a prime example of how citizens use “frivolous” lawsuits to take unfair advantage of America’s legal system. But is that an accurate portrayal of the facts?.
The concept of tort reform is both misunderstood and misrepresented. And yet it has become part of every campaign cycle, including the 2012 elections, espoused by both Republicans and Democrats. Informative and entertaining, HOT COFFEE challenges viewers to reexamine long-held beliefs that winning lawsuits is easy and the legal system is like the lottery, leading to “jackpot justice.”.
First-time filmmaker and former public interest lawyer, Susan Saladoff, uses the infamous legal battle that began with a spilled cup of coffee to investigate what’s behind America’s zeal for tort reform – laws that restrict the legal rights of everyday Americans – in the thought-provoking documentary, HOT COFFEE..
A feature film debut from Saladoff, HOT COFFEE, presents four “exhibits” to expose the influence of corporate America on our civil justice system..
The four cases highlighted in the film include:.
Exhibit One: The Public Relations Campaign—highlights the debate over tort reform and the lengths to which corporations will go to distort the public’s view of lawsuits.
Exhibit Two: Caps on Damages—examines the validity of a one size fits all amount of money awarded to an injured person after they’ve won their case against a corporation.
Exhibit Three: Judicial
Elections—analyzes the influence businesses have on electing pro-business Supreme Court judges, and exposes the reality of judicial campaign donations.
Exhibit Four: Mandatory
Arbitration—takes a deeper look at the arbitration clauses in contracts we are required to sign, thus limiting our access to a jury trial.
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