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Hot Coffee (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 17 June 2011 (USA)
How the infamous McDonald's hot coffee lawsuit and similar cases were exploited as part of a right wing crusade to weaken civil justice.


Susan Saladoff
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Credited cast:
Chuck Allen Chuck Allen ... Self
Judy Allen Judy Allen ... Self
Jay Angoff Jay Angoff ... Self
David Arredondo David Arredondo ... Self
Tom Baker Tom Baker ... Self
Paul Bland Paul Bland ... Self
Kenneth Canfield Kenneth Canfield ... Self
Joan Claybrook Joan Claybrook ... Self
Ralph Cook Ralph Cook ... Self
Jennifer Diaz Jennifer Diaz ... Self
Oliver Diaz ... Self
Joanne Doroshow Joanne Doroshow ... Self
Betty Farnham Betty Farnham ... Self
Al Franken ... Self
Marjorie Getman Marjorie Getman ... Self


The McDonald's coffee case has been routinely cited by the media as an example of how citizens have taken advantage of the legal system. We will show how this case became so popular in the media, who funded the effort and to what end. We will tell the truth and let the audience decide if spilling hot coffee is really as profitable as they might otherwise believe. Written by Anonymous

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Music by Michael Mollura (as Michael R. Mollura) /BMI
Lyrics by Michael Mollura (as Michael R. Mollura), Cindy Lee and Susan Saladoff
Produced by Keith Kohn/ASCAP
Performed by Tara Hunnewell and Michael Mollura (as Michael R. Mollura)
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One of the best documentaries I've ever seen
28 June 2011 | by ayochristianSee all my reviews

This film is much more than a Mcdonald's hot coffee spill.

Just like in Inside Job, I was completely unaware of some of the horrendous things big companies get away with.

Also, flabbergasted once again with our government.

Arbitration, Tort Reform, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, I've heard these terms before but never knew what kind of serious harm they are capable of.

This film thoroughly paints a picture.

The only ones who would give this film a bad rating/review are the ones who are pro arbitration and tort reform. The ones who would allow a young woman to get raped, force her to do nothing about it, and not allow her the opportunity for a proper trial due to mandatory arbitration which she was not properly informed of when she got hired.

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17 June 2011 (USA) See more »

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Café Quente See more »

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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