Culture Connect Featured Event
McDonald’s Hot Coffee Case Still Stirring Up Controversy.
What is the most famous legal case in American history? Brown v. Board of Education, Roe v. Wade? Ask anyone in the U.S. or abroad and they will likely tell you about a woman who spilled coffee on herself and collected millions of dollars. The McDonald’s coffee case became the poster child for so-called “frivolous” lawsuits in America. But if this case was so ridiculous, why did a jury award $2.9 million to this 79-year-old after a seven-day trial in 1994? Didn’t McDonald’s have good lawyers? And how did this case gain such notoriety and remain in the minds of so many people after so many years?
Susan Saladoff's documentary film, Hot Coffee, challenges the assumption that it was a case of a citizen taking advantage of the legal system, and disputes the widely held believe that we in the United States need to restrict liability lawsuits.
The Otis Library and Norwich Community Cinema collaborative film series will begin on Friday, September 28 at 6 p.m. with the showing of Hot Coffee at the Otis Library. An official selection of the Sundance Film Festival, this 2011 documentary discusses the impact of tort reform on the United States Judicial system.
The Anderson Law Firm sponsors the screening of the film and Attorney Christopher Anderson will lead a discussion following the screening. The film is free while donations are gladly accepted.