It was as an undergrad that I was arguing in favor of tort reform in a constitutional law class when one of my peers provided me with some information about lawsuits within the healthcare industry. I somewhat moderated my views after doing more research on the topic.
Lately, I have found myself more and more drawn to media coverage of financial issues. It would only be a logical conclusion for my new found love of economics and theology. Imagine my surprise on Twitter today when Michael Moore announced on Twitter there would be a documentary on HBO entitled, HOT COFFEE, a reference to the lawsuit against McDonald’s for making their coffee too hot. My interest was picqued.
Usually when it comes to any documentary, the viewpoint will be lopsided, and that is exactly what HOT COFFEE. As Doug said on facebook, it was like a 90 minute long trial lawyer advertisement. Now, please keep in mind, there is nothing wrong with trial lawyers, and I am okay with law suits; I am working out what the Gospel means for our current culture’s interest in suing. It would be impossible for the documentary to cover every lawsuit, but as I learned more details about the McDonald’s practices before the lawsuit with the coffee, and with the gruesome pictures that were shown about the injuries incurred, I kinda changed my mind on that particular law suit. But outside that one, as well as the arbitration a rape victim was compelled to go to with Haliburton, I remain convinced of tort reform within certain limits.
Of course, guest appearances by George W. Bush and Karl Rove were made, and they weren’t flattering, giving away the blatant partisan biases of this doc. Overall, I would still recommend this documentary if not to get a few more facts about the power of corporation in the U.S.
- Tonight, Tonight. Hot Coffee Premieres on HBO! (hotcoffeethemovie.com)