“Hot Coffee” a documentary film focusing on the myth of the frivolous lawsuit, focuses primarily on the now infamous Stella Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants hot coffee case of 1994. This case brought attention to the idea that American people are flippant and out-of-touch when pursuing law-suits against large corporations. In actuality; Liebeck won the case and was silenced as a term of the settlement, offering McDonalds the opportunity to release PR campaigns defending the company and making Liebeck seem like a litigious lunatic.
Hot Coffee is hoping to shed some light on this case and others like it so that the public is aware that in certain situations – the idea of the frivolous lawsuit is just a symptom of people buying into corporate messaging.
We also enjoyed reading this satirical memo about the topic, found on The Pop Tort.
For more information about the documentary, please see the film’s website.