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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.

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Susan Saladoff
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Credited cast:
Chuck Allen Chuck Allen ... Himself
Judy Allen Judy Allen ... Herself
Jay Angoff Jay Angoff ... Himself
David Arredondo David Arredondo ... Himself
Tom Baker Tom Baker ... Himself
Paul Bland Paul Bland ... Himself
Kenneth Canfield Kenneth Canfield ... Himself
Joan Claybrook Joan Claybrook ... Herself
Ralph Cook Ralph Cook ... Himself
Jennifer Diaz Jennifer Diaz ... Herself
Oliver Diaz Oliver Diaz ... Himself
Joanne Doroshow Joanne Doroshow ... Herself
Betty Farnham Betty Farnham ... Herself
Al Franken ... Himself
Marjorie Getman Marjorie Getman ... Herself
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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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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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Government Jungle
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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McDonald's had over 700 complaints about their coffee before this suit
27 June 2011 | by jz5x5See all my reviews

. . . and ignored them all.

Anyone who actually watched this film would know that the McDonald's case is only the first of several cases discussed in the movie. Anyone who knows about the McDonald's case would know that the injuries suffered by this 79 yr old woman were outrageous. She required skin grafts all over her crotch, most of her buttocks, and much of her upper thighs. She had third degree burns so bad she almost died. This woman was no sleaze, no con artist-- she worked her whole life.

Other reviewers seem to ignore that there has been a concerted movement by Karl Rove and his US Chamber of Commerce pals to stack the deck against individual rights in favor of corporations under the guise of "tort reform" and some of their tactics have been appalling-- and this film discusses that as well.

This film, much like Gasland, tells a story that needs to be told, and it's great that HBO has the kahunas to air it.


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