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June 27, 2011

Miami Herald Burns Hot Coffee, the New Trial Lawyer

The Miami Herald provides a decidedly frigid review of the new HBO film, Hot Coffee: The Movie:

“Oh, boy! HBO is screening a documentary about frivolous lawsuits! This is gonna be great! I bet we’ll get the salacious details of that New York securities trader who sued a Manhattan strip joint after he was accidentally smacked in the eye during a lap dance. No? They couldn’t fit that one in?

OK, how about the Mississippi mom who sued the town’s school district for $1.75 million after three teachers wore witch costumes and scared her kid? Or the New Jersey woman who sued a cocktail lounge after she fell off the bar while dancing in a “Shake it like Shakira” contest? Or the psychologist who filed a class-action suit on behalf of the thousands of male fans who didn’t get pink tote bags during the Mother’s Day giveaway at a Los Angeles Angels baseball game?

No, no and no. Though I can hardly blame you for wondering, each of the cases I mentioned is all too real. But not one of them made it into Hot Coffee, which isn’t really a documentary so much as an unpaid advertisement for personal-injury attorneys and their eternal quest for jackpot justice…”

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