- Personal Injury
- Auto Insurance
- Auto, Truck and Motorcycle Accidents
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Medical Malpractice
We’ve written here before about “Hot Coffee,” the documentary that tells the real story of the McDonald’s coffee lawsuit brought by Stella Liebeck and the real cost of so-called tort reform.
The McDonald’s case became a rallying cry for advocates of so-called “tort reform,” and general public opinion is that Liebeck’s was a frivolous lawsuit, when in fact, she suffered extremely serious burns requiring multiple operations and skin grafts. And she wasn’t the first person to be hurt by McDonald’s scalding hot coffee; the fast food chain had received more than 700 complaints about the temperature of its coffee before Liebeck was burned.
The producers of the documentary, “Hot Coffee,” not only want to set the record straight about Liebeck’s lawsuit, but they also want to educate people about how “tort reform” poses a dire threat to our civil justice system — and the ability of injured people, like Liebeck, to fight back against huge corporations, like McDonald’s, that do them legitimate harm.
“Hot Coffee” has screened for audiences around the country, and it’s also in regular rotation on HBO. Now, the producers are encouraging people to host their own viewing parties of the documentary to get the truth about tort reform out before the November elections.
We’re full into the 2012 Election Cycle. We have learned that change happens at the local level, one person at a time. We each have the ability to make change if we take action. We’ve seen evidence of the grassroots at work this year with businesses and organizations leaving ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Counci) in droves, and with Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in every town and city. Let’s make Hot Coffee part of that conversation, and together let’s take our rights back. The 2012 elections are littered with pro-tort reform candidates (like Pat McCrory in North Carolina, who are catering to business and insurance interests and care little about the rights of disabled and injured people), ballot measures, and highly-financed judicial elections. Let your representatives on the state and national level know that we are aware of these issues. That we will not stand for threats to our civil justice system in the guise of caps on damages, medical malpractice restrictions, hidden mandatory arbitration rules, or any laws that restrict our access to the courts be it in Texas, Ohio, Michigan, Alabama, Minnesota or all across the U.S. The Civil Justice system is your right; don’t let anyone take it away from you.
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