You may think you know the case of the woman who sued McDonald's over spilled coffee. Or do you? More than 15 years after making international news, the case continues to be cited as an example of citizens who use "frivolous" lawsuits to take unfair advantage of the American legal system. But is that an accurate portrayal of the facts? An eye-opening documentary with jaw-dropping revelations, HOT COFFEE exposes how corporations spend millions on propaganda campaigns to distort Americans' views of lawsuits-forever changing the civil justice system. By examining the impact of tort reform on the lives of ordinary citizens, the film shows how Americans give up their Constitutional rights in many ways without knowing it-for example, by voting for caps on damages or signing away their rights in contracts. Through interviews with politicians, judges, lawyers and ordinary citizens, first-time filmmaker and former public-interest lawyer Susan Saladoff delves into the facts of four cases to tear apart the conventional wisdom about "jackpot justice." Bonus Features: Deleted Scenes; Interview with the Director; Take Action: What Can You Do; Trailer; Teaser
Seinfeld mocked it. Letterman put it on one of his Top Ten lists. More than 15 years later, the McDonald's coffee case continues to be 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?
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 - which threatens to restrict the legal rights of everyday citizens and undermine the entire civil justice system - in the thought-provoking documentary HOT COFFEE, debuting MONDAY, JUNE 27 (9:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.