Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Hot Coffee

Hot Coffee, a documentary about the civil justice system, was featured on Democracy Now! of Jan. 25, 2011. The title of the film refers to the case of Stella Liebeck who sued McDonald's for injuries she received from scalding coffee. In the first segment of the news program, Ms Liebeck's daughter and son-in-law are interviewed. In another segment,  a former judge on the Mississippi supreme court who was attacked by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce because he wasn't "corporate" enough, is seen. Mandatory arbitration clauses are examined. Finally, the  effects of limits (or "caps") on medical malpractice awards is presented through the story of a family affected by them.
The site for the documentary is here. A DVD will be on sale in the U.S. from Nov. 1.
The whole presentation of the documentary is ± 45 min. downloadable and streaming audio and video, transcript available.