This year's Sundance Film Festival saw the world premiere of the movie Hot Coffee, a documentary about the McDonald's hot coffee case. The documentary details how large corporations used the case as the centerpiece of a massive, organized public relations campaign to erode access to the civil justice system for ordinary citizens. Here's the artist's interview:
The director says this about her movie:
Despite the fact that federal legislation has never been successful, big business interests have won in the hearts and minds of average people. They launched a public relations campaign starting in the mid-80’s and continuing over the last two decades to convince the public that we have out of control juries, too many frivolous lawsuits and a civil justice system that needs reforming. They have used anecdotes, half-truths and sometimes out and out lies in their efforts, for one purpose – to put limits on people’s access to the court system, the one and only place where an average citizen can go toe to toe with those with money and power and still have a shot at justice.
Thanks to Jason for the heads up on this movie.