Directed by Susan Saladoff
89 min. | 2011 | USA
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In HOT COFFEE, trial lawyer-turned-filmmaker Susan Saladoff revisits the infamous 1994 “Hot Coffee” civil lawsuit between McDonalds and Stella Liebeck to discover what really happened. After Liebeck spilled scorching coffee on herself in the McDonald’s parking lot, accruing second and third degree burns, the Albuquerque-native sued the McDonalds corporation. Liebeck’s legal action exploded across the media, escalating to become a national symbol of frivolous lawsuits. The case’s infamy remains vibrant eighteen years later, and Hot Coffee explores why the case garnered so much media attention, who funded the court action, and reveals much about corporate America’s role in the civil justice system.
Official Selection: 2011 Sundance Film Festival, 2011 Silverdocs Documentary Film
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