SEATTLE, Wash. – The movie “Hot Coffee” focuses on a controversy its filmmaker says has been brewing for years – between corporate America and the legal system. Over the next few months, screenings and discussions are being held in at least eight Washington cities statewide, starting Wednesday in Seattle. Visit the movie’s website at www.hotcoffeethemovie.com
The case of the woman who sued McDonald’s when she was scalded by hot coffee got international attention, but it’s only one example in the film. Director Susan Saladoff says corporations continue to spend millions to distort public perceptions of lawsuits – and are working to “cap” or limit damages when they’re found liable.