I meant to write this earlier, but I’m always a slacker when it comes to blogging. I recently watched Hot Coffee. I love documentaries, and I especially like documentaries that are well done. This one completely changed my view on some of the suits you may have heard about. Although it came out in 2011, it is still very relevant.
It starts off by examining the McDonald’s hot coffee suit but goes even deeper to discuss how corporations and their lobbyist have managed to manipulate the legal system to their benefit. This doesn’t necessarily mean frivolous lawsuits do not exist (I can attest to this with my years of experience in customer service), but sometimes there is more to a story than the media portrays.
This leads the film to discuss caps on punitive damage. This may seem like a good idea, but the film explores the affect it may have on legitimate cases.
Another topic the film hits on is the popularity of arbitration and the common practice of including this agreement in the fine print of many contracts such as your credit card or terms and conditions of anything you purchase now a days. Just go to any web retailer and I’m sure you will see it in their terms and conditions. This process takes the dispute out of the court system and puts it in the hand of a third party which may not be completely fair to the claimant.
Whether you agree with the film or not, I believe the subject matter is fascinating. The film does an excellent job of discussing the relevant issues and providing persuasive arguments with real life examples. Check it out and leave comments!!!
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