Hot Coffee Reviews
That same case would also turn out to be the prime example that the Tort Reform movement would use in calling for the elimination of so called frivolous lawsuits and reduction of court damages. What they are really interested in is corporate profits, and even go so far as to fix the game by funding the election of amenable judges.
To the credit of the documentary "Hot Coffee," it is not only interested in showing that there are two sides to every story but to also show why the civil court system is so necessary in allowing for citizens to seek redress, address wrongs and prevent future tragedies. What the film does so well is to put a very human face on these cases by also citing a neo-natal malpractice case and a young woman who was gang raped while working for Halliburton in Iraq. And now I have a newfound respect for Al Franken.
The underpinning theme of the documentary, access to justice, is as noble as any. It's conclusions, on the other hand, are ill-founded and the result of rampant segwaying between issues without any pause for thought or justification.
This is on Netflix.
By the way, here's the facts on The McDonald's Case. In 1994 Stella Liebeck accidentally spilled hot coffee in her lap after purchasing it from a McDonald's restaurant and suffered third-degree burns in her pelvic region. Liebeck was hospitalized for eight days while she underwent skin grafting, followed by two years of medical treatment. Although McDonald's had over 700 other complaints concerning injuries due to coffee heated to over 190 degrees Fahrenheit, the company only offered Liebeck eight hundred dollars in compensation for her injury. In the end, both parties settled out of court for an undisclosed amount under $600,000. 'Greedy Victim' and 'Bleeding Heart Jury' are terms that certainly Do Not apply, but you wouldn't think so after listening to how Republicans were able to use this case to invent a bogus issue called, 'Tort Reform'. ABSOLUTE MUST SEE!!!!!!