Hot Coffee: Is Justice Being Served

Have you heard about the McDonald’s hot coffee case? Most people have and in fact, over the years it has been the center of many jokes and cited as an example of how citizens have taken advantage of America’s legal system. But not many people know what it’s about and what really happened.

To recap, Stella Liebeck, 79, spilled hot coffee on herself, got 3rd degree burns on her legs and sued McDonald’s for serving her coffee at 190 degrees. She won a jury verdict of $2.9 million dollars, which was reduced and the case was ultimately settled.

Everyone thinks they know the facts of the case, but the simple truth is – most people don’t. That said, after seeing the documentary, “Hot Coffee,” in which the doctor, family, lawyer and witnesses are interviewed to bring out the truth, your opinion will change. Everything you thought to be true about the case won’t be. It was not a frivolous lawsuit. The movie will change the way people think about our civil justice system and access to the courts.

Several of our Injury Board Members have written about the McDonald’s hot coffee case as well as the Hot Coffee Movie.

Susan Saladoff (Writer, Producer, Director)

In 2009, after twenty-five years practicing law in the civil system, Susan stopped to make this documentary. She represented injured victims of individual and corporate negligence. You can read more about, Susan as well as the other filmmakers on the Hot Coffee Web site.

Sundance Film Festival

Hot Coffee is one of 16 films selected for the U.S. Documentary Competition in the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Hot Coffee – “Following subjects whose lives have been devastated by an inability to access the courts, this film shows that many long-held beliefs about our civil justice system have been paid for by corporate America.”

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