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Hot coffee : is justice being served?

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  • Creator HBO Documentary Films in association with If Not Now Productions and The Group Entertainment ; produced by Carly Hugo, Alan Oxman, Susan Saladoff ; directed by Susan Saladoff
  • Format Videos, Slides, Films
  • Contributors
  • Publication [United States] : Docurama Films, 2011.
  • Physical Details
    • 1 DVD (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
  • ISBNs 1422973190, 9781422973196
  • OCLC ocn747048493
  • Credits
    • Al Franken, John Grisham


  • Analyzes and discusses so called "frivolous law suits" and the impact of tort reform on the United States judicial system. Discusses several cases and relates each to tort reform in the U.S.: Liebeck v. McDonald's Restaurants (public relations campaign to instigate tort reform); Colin Gourley's malpractice lawsuit and caps on damages; the prosecution of Mississippi Justice Oliver Diaz and judicial elections; Jamie Leigh Jones v. Halliburton Co. and mandatory arbitration. Exposes how corporations spent millions on a propaganda campaign to distort Americans' view of lawsuits, forever changing the civil justice system. From the infamous case of the woman who sued McDonalds over spilled coffee to the saga of the Mississippi Supreme Court Justice deemed 'not corporate enough' by business interests, this program tears apart the conventional wisdom about 'frivolous lawsuits.'


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  • Release date: Oct. 18, 2011.