Hot Coffee is a documentary film that has already won lots of awards for filmmaker Susan Saladoff - and hopefully its debut next Monday, June 27, 2011, on HBO will bring it great exposure and success.
Why? Because Hot Coffee brings to light the slant and distortion that has pervaded the media as well as public perception not only of the McDonald's Hot Coffee case (which was far from a frivilous suit, this woman was severely injured) but to all the attempts to limit an injury victim's rights to justice in the American courtroom.
Last summer's post, "In Defense of the McDonald's Coffee Cup Case - Again," discussed the McDonald's Hot Coffee case and how people simply don't know the real story of what happened in that case. It's amazing how wrong the perceptions are, almost like that 'telephone' game we all played as kids. With each messenger, the message gets changed just a bit.
Hot Coffee, the HBO Documentary, Sheds Light on How Truth Has Been Hidden From You
"Despite the fact that federal legislation has never been successful, big business interests have won in the hearts and minds of average people. They launched a public relations campaign starting in the mid-80's and continuing over the last two decades to convince the public that we have out of control juries, too many frivolous lawsuits and a civil justice system that needs reforming. They have used anecdotes, half-truths and sometimes out and out lies in their efforts, for one purpose - to put limits on people's access to the court system, the one and only place where an average citizen can go toe to toe with those with money and power and still have a shot at justice."
By June 21, 2011 2:46 PM on