On June 27, 2011, HBO aired a documentary called Hot Coffee about the media storm surrounding Stella Liebeck, the elderly woman who suffered severe burns when a cup of McDonald’s coffee spilled in her lap. The injury occurred in 1992, but the effect the media had on popular opinion about the U.S. court system and personal injury law lingers today.
The film premiered at Sundance in January 2011, and it will soon be available on DVD. Watch the trailer and learn how horrible Ms. Liebeck’s injuries really were and how the civil justice system worked in her favor.
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