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Documentary Hot Coffee Analyzes McDonald’s Infamous Lawsuit

By Lipton Law on August 15, 2011 - No comments

Most of us are familiar with the story about the woman who sued McDonald’s after hot coffee spilled on her, causing severe burn injuries. It is often cited as a perfect example of what is wrong with the legal system of our country, in which an everyday citizen can manipulate the system for personal gain. But do we know the whole story?

Hot Coffee, a new documentary film, analyzes the facts of the situation for a new perspective. The movie investigates what exactly happened, in addition to why and how the lawsuit was given such a large amount of attention by the media, as well as how that effort was funded, by whom, and why. Based upon the film’s presentation of the true facts, viewers can reach their own conclusions regarding who the hot coffee incident truly profited.

The goal of the movie is to assist viewers in understanding how the opinion of the public about the nation’s legal justice system has been shaped by both corporations and the media. Several public relations campaigns that were funded by tobacco, insurance, and pharmaceutical companies have resulted in the public believing many false facts to be true. For instance, that the court system needs to be reformed since it is out of control, and that a large verdict for a plaintiff will impact the pocketbooks of jurors. As a result, the system is not unbiased. Hot Coffee argues that the McDonald’s coffee lawsuit and others similar to it were utilized to promote tort reform, as well as putting caps on medical malpractice claims while helping companies insist upon closed-door arbitration. The film attempts to fairly present the case’s facts and detail the impact it has had on society.

Hot Coffee was produced and directed by Susan Saladoff, who spent over 25 years practicing law. Saladoff represented injured victims who had been harmed due to corporate and individual negligence.

Please visit http://www.facebook.com/hotcoffeethemovie or http://hotcoffeethemovie.com/ to learn more. You can also view the trailer for the film below:


Retired Judges Return to the Bench in Jackson County

By Lipton Law on August 11, 2011 - No comments

Two retired judges have returned to the courtroom in Jackson County to help handle the increase in cases left behind by the recent departure of Judge Chad Schmucker, who left to become the state’s court administrator, according to a recent article in The Jackson Citizen-Patriot. The judges are handling both criminal cases and civil cases, such as Michigan medical malpractice disputes.

Circuit Judge Edward Grant, who retired in 2007, returned to the bench in a vacant courtroom on the fifth floor of the county courthouse to oversee a complex criminal case. A few weeks later, Circuit Judge Charles Nelson presided in the same courtroom over a complicated medical malpractice case, which was expected to take at least a week to conclude. Judge Nelson retired in 2006.

By handling cases as needed, Judge Grant and Judge Nelson are helping to take the pressure off the county’s other Circuit Court judges, who had shared out the extra work among them. The governor is expected to appoint a judge to fill the vacancy permanently, but he has not yet made a decision. At least 10 local attorneys have applied for the position.

Since the judge in a personal injury or similar court case controls the courtroom and makes major decisions relating to evidence, objections, and procedure, it’s important to work with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Michigan who understands the trial process and isn’t afraid to build a strong case at trial if a settlement cannot be reached. At Lipton Law, we investigate each client’s case and have the experience to go to trial if necessary. To learn more about your rights after an injury, please call Lipton Law today at 248-557-1688 for a free consultation.