The punchline for many late night comics and the common sneer against personal injury lawsuits. Everyone knows the McDonald’s coffee case, even fifteen years after the accident. It has been routinely cited as an example of how broken is our legal system, even generating the “Stella Awards.”

coffeecup.jpgBut is that a fair view of the facts? Hot Coffee is a short film which reveals what really happened to Stella Liebeck, the Albuquerque woman who spilled coffee on herself and sued McDonald’s, while exploring how and why the case garnered so much media attention, who funded the effort and to what end. Before making a snide comment about poor Ms. Liebeck, watch the documentary:

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