July 19, 2012

Videotaped debate over "Hot Coffee" and tort reform

Last year we blogged about the documentary "Hot Coffee," which focuses on Liebeck v. McDonald's and a few other cases to illustrate the evils of tort reform.  As noted in our prior post, the film's director Susan Saladoff said she made the film as an antidote to what she perceives as a pro-defendant bias in the mainstream media's treatment of tort reform.

In this video provided by Widener University School of Law, you can view a debate between Ms. Saladoff and Victor Schwartz, general counsel for the American Tort Reform Association.  The video has something for folks on both sides of the issue.  If you're a fan of the movie, you'll enjoy seeing Ms. Saladoff passionately explain why everyone should see this film, because it opens people's eyes to the corporate takeover of the American justice system.  If you're not a fan of the movie, you'll enjoy seeing Mr. Schwartz identify all the parts of the film he believes are false or misleading.

Warning, this video was recorded via Skype and its a little garbled in places.  There are some moments when students are asking questions of Ms. Saladoff and Mr. Schwartz, but the questions are inaudible.  And the video begins in the middle of Ms. Saladoff's comments.  Despite these technical glitches, I found the video quite interesting.

Hat tip: TortsProf Blog

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