Hot Coffee

Credits

Director: Susan Saladoff. Producers: Reniqua Allen, Prudence Arndt, Sara Bernstein, Erin Crumpacker, Carly Hugo, Sheila Nevins, Alan Oxman, Betsy Rate and Rebecca Saladoff. Editor: Cindy Lee.

Websites

http://www.hotcoffeethemovie.com/Default.asp

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Awards and Festivals

Sundance Film Festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Synopsis

Seinfeld mocked it.  Letterman put it on one of his Top Ten lists.  More than 15 years later, the McDonald’s coffee case continues to be cited as a prime example of how citizens use “frivolous” lawsuits to take unfair advantage of America’s legal system.  But is that an accurate portrayal of the facts?

First-time filmmaker and former public interest lawyer Susan Saladoff uses the infamous legal battle that began with a spilled cup of coffee to investigate what’s behind America’s zeal for tort reform – which threatens to restrict the legal rights of everyday citizens and undermine the entire civil justice system – in the thought-provoking documentary HOT COFFEE.

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