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"hot coffee" tells the truth about frivolous lawsuits

How many times do I have to hear the story about the woman who sued McDonald's because she was burned by hot coffee and won "millions of dollars"? It's been almost 20 years now. Well the truth about that case and many others is finally out. A new documentary movie is currently being previewed at the Sundance film festival called "hot coffee" - and it's getting great reviews. According to a recent interview (youtube) of the film's producer the movie is Michael Moorish in style. It tells the whole truth about the McDonald's case and many other cases where corporate America has brought its mega media power to bear. Susan Saladoff who appears in the video is a former consumer rights lawyer for Democracy Now. She and her team have done countless interviews and research dispelling the fiction about frivolous law suits. If anything -  she says the opposite is true. After the McDonald's case corporate money in unlimited amounts poured into public relation campaigns aimed at convincing us that this case was apocalyptic and the ultimate sign that our civil justice system had gone "haywire". Their mantra was that juries could not be trusted, and consequently the only way to prevent corporate America from financial ruin was to pass tort reform laws that would limit their responsibility and maintain their bottom line - which of course is $$$. We have seen the financial power that these huge corporations can bring to bear on the outcome of public opinion. Just look at the last political cycle we suffered through. Because of the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case (see prior posts) restrictions on corporate spending for political campaigns is unlimited. The same buying power has been used, according the Saladoff interview, to finance huge campaigns aimed at limiting responsibility. Here's the thing - Why has big business always looked at trying to solve their problem of neglect by punishing those who are hurt? Do we really believe that jury verdicts in any given year for injuries caused by neglect are anywhere near what these corporate executives take home? Why not try spending the money you're using in these campaigns to make your products safer? Wouldn't it make more sense to prevent the injury rather than avoid responsibility? It's a time proven fact that without accountability then impersonal corporate mentality will always try the shortest and easiest way to cut expenses. Restricting lawsuits and limiting damages is just the first step. Next they will want complete immunity. Stay tuned and I will post on when this movie is released. For now you can go their website hotcoffeethemovie. Dennis F Feeley          

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