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Hot Coffee -- This powerful doc examines how the famous “hot coffee” lawsuit against McDonald’s harmed the rights of Americans to sue negligent corporations and doctors.


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How the infamous McDonald's hot coffee lawsuit and similar cases were exploited as part of a right wing crusade to weaken civil justice. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Chuck Allen ... Himself
Judy Allen ... Herself
Jay Angoff ... Himself
David Arredondo ... Himself
Tom Baker ... Himself
Paul Bland ... Himself
Kenneth Canfield ... Himself
Joan Claybrook ... Herself
Ralph Cook ... Himself
Jennifer Diaz ... Herself
Oliver Diaz ... Himself
Joanne Doroshow ... Herself
Betty Farnham ... Herself

Al Franken ... Himself
Marjorie Getman ... Herself
Colin Gourley ... Himself
Connor Gourley ... Himself
Lisa Gourley ... Herself
Mike Gourley ... Himself

John Grisham ... Himself
Ernest 'Sonny' Hornsby ... Himself
Jamie Leigh Jones ... Herself
George Lakoff ... Himself
Barbara Liebeck ... Herself
Michael McCann ... Himself
Craig McDonald ... Himself
Robert McDuff ... Himself
Chuck McRae ... Himself
Stephanie Mencimer ... Herself
Ted Poe ... Himself
Victor Schwartz ... Himself
Wayne Slater ... Himself
Chris Tiano ... Himself
Nancy Tiano ... Herself
Ken Wagner ... Himself
Peter Whitted ... Himself
Alex Winslow ... Himself
Ken Zeese ... Himself

Directed by
Susan Saladoff 
Produced by
Reniqua Allen .... archival producer
Prudence Arndt .... archival producer
Sara Bernstein .... supervising producer
Erin Crumpacker .... associate producer
Carly Hugo .... producer
Sheila Nevins .... executive producer
Alan Oxman .... producer
Betsy Rate .... associate producer
Rebecca Saladoff .... co-producer
Susan Saladoff .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Mollura 
Cinematography by
Martina Radwan 
Film Editing by
Cindy Lee 
Sound Department
William Britt .... sound mixer
Tyler Cartner .... sound mixer
Eric Gitelson .... sound re-recording mixer
Johnpaul Golaski .... sound mixer
Wil Masisak .... sound mixer
Lorenzo Millan .... sound mixer
John Moros .... sound editor
Jeff Seelye .... sound editor
Matt Sheldon .... sound mixer
Michael J. Walls .... sound mixer
Winter .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Brian Oakes .... director of graphic design
Camera and Electrical Department
Steven Capitano Calitri .... vfx director of photography (as Steve Calitri)
Jesse Dana .... additional cinematographer
Jesse Durell .... assistant camera: New York Unit
Laela Kilbourn .... additional cinematography
Mark McKnight .... additional cinematography
Ben Watts .... assistant camera
Animation Department
Louis Fox .... animation director
Editorial Department
Geof Bartz .... consulting editor
Christopher Branca .... additional editor
Jonathan Liebert .... digital cinema mastering
Jamie Meyer .... additional editor
Lukas Persson .... additional editor
Raphael Rice .... additional editor
Owen Rucker .... on-line editor
Rebecca Saladoff .... assistant editor
Caitlin Tartaro .... digital intermediate producer
Justin B. Tolley .... associate editor
Isaac Urwin .... assistant editor
Svetlana Zill .... additional editor
Music Department
Kevin Bluhm .... music editor
Joel Goodman .... composer: additional music
Tara Hunnewell .... playback singer
Keith Kohn .... music producer
Alec Puro .... music supervisor
Other crew
Stacie Jones .... production staff: D.C. Unit
Adam J. Segal .... publicist
Karen Shatzkin .... legal services
Rebecca Atwood .... special thanks
Kyle Luker .... special thanks

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26 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Tort Reform: All hat and no cattle, 16 July 2011
Author: Ed Lean Forward Crist from Western PA.

I admit I'm a devotee of documentaries. "Hot Coffee" delivers on both substance and emotion.

It tells the stories of individuals who become negatively affected by so called tort reform laws. It begins with giving the viewer a very detailed study of the famous McDonalds hot coffee lawsuit. We see that McDonalds at that time had over 700 cases of folks being burned by the 180-190 degree coffee served at McDonalds. We see the horrific burns suffered by the woman in the famous case and we understand why this lawsuit was important.

We see the case of a family dealing with a brain damaged son where the Nebraska law capped their damages so much that they had to go on Medicaid to care for their son. The doctor involved had several previous malpractice cases brought on her. Who ended up paying? The tax payers of Nebraska through Medicaid.

And the most heinous case of the woman raped, beaten, and locked in a cargo box by Halliburton's KBR division in Iraq. Because her contract mandated arbitration, she was not allowed to sue Halliburton in court.

The film also shows us just how much $$$ is spent by corporate and US Chamber lobbyists to stack state courts with pro-business/tort reform judges. And yes, Karl Rove is a key player in focusing attention on the need for tort reform.

In one case, Texas, under then Gov George Bush, passes sweeping caps on tort damages claiming that this is significantly reduce health care costs....turns out health care costs continued to skyrocket especially since any savings from these caps were NOT mandated to be used in lowering any costs to providers or insurers.

Bottom's easy to manipulate the masses when big money interests want to control the message. "Hot Coffee" does a very good job of showing how we are told that juries can't be trusted to hand out punishment to those business interests who wrong and hurt the little guy...and $$$ then buys our politicians or courts to enact tort reform to benefit those in power.

Watch Hot Coffee and learn.

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