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Everyone knows about the woman who spilled coffee on herself and won a $3 million judgment against McDonalds, but it turns out that most of what everyone knows about this case is wrong.
provides a journey through a legal system that is incrementally being subsumed by corporate interests on a daily basis.
This documentary about the case involving the woman who sued McDonalds after having hot coffee spill onto her lap is a fascinating look at how the truth is often warped to make a more compelling story or a joke. Very insightful.
Quite informative and interesting. It shows plainly how the public has often been deceived into distrust of the judicial system and how politicians' "fixes" to the system have resulted in injustice to the populace.
So, you have probably heard the story about the woman who won a multi-million dollar court case because she spilled coffee on herself at McDonald's, and perhaps had a good laugh at it. Except it is no laughing matter when it happened to 79-year old Stella Liebeck, who almost died due to the severe burns, as evidenced by some very graphic photographs. And she was one of seven hundred such complaints that would lead McDonald's to lower the temperature of their coffee.
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.
We've all heard about the case of a woman suing McDonald's for millions of dollars because she spilled coffee on herself. How much do you really know about it? Well apparently I didn't know much about it, and how severely burned the woman was(it shows pictures). This is a documentary that uses that case, along with 3 other cases, to shine a light on tort reform and the judicial system here in America. It's VERY eye opening. I learned quite a bit, and honestly it's a little scary to see how things really work. Like a woman who was raped while working for Halliburton, can't take them to court because of mandatory arbitration. There is a really sad case about a family who had twins, and a doctor messed up a diagnosis causing one of the twins to be brain damaged. Seeing what this family goes through and their struggles with the judicial system of Nebraska is almost unbelievable. The movie obviously has a political agenda, but one that I think more people should open their eyes to. Everyone should check this out sometime.
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