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Former D.C. lawyer makes doc about McDonald's coffee case (video)

January 24, 2011 - 06:07 PM
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Susan Saladoff was a trial lawyer in D.C. and Maryland, primarily on medical malpractice cases, from the early 1980s until the late '90s, when she moved to Oregon. A graduate of George Washington University Law School, she began her career with Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (now just Public Justice) for which she has served as president. Last year, after 25 years of practicing law, she decided to make a film, Hot Coffee, about the (in)famous case of Stella Liebeck, the Albuquerque, N.M., woman who sued McDonald's after she spilled coffee in her lap, suffering third-degree burns. Though Liebeck vs. McDonald's was mocked in the press and manipulated by corporations seeking tort reform, Saladoff says the case wasn't nearly as frivolous as it was portrayed. In this clip, she discusses the documentary, her first, which is screening at the Sundance Film Festival:

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