Brainwashing Citizens to Kill Consumer Rights

July 29, 2011

A new HBO documentary takes an eye opening look at efforts to stop consumers from being able to find justice in court.  Many Americans have bought into the notion that lawsuits are out of control and the judicial system needs to be reformed.  The film “Hot Coffee” contends  terms like “lawsuit lottery” and “greedy trial lawyers” were actually planted in the public psyche and repeated over and over after being word-smithed and focus-grouped in a public relations campaign by corporate America.  “Hot Coffee” reveals how this well planned, well funded crusade has been very successful in stopping consumers from gaining access to the courts when they’ve been harmed, physically or financially.  Click here to watch a Bloomberg interview with the documentary’s director, Susan Saladoff.

The film takes a look at four personal stories where individuals were badly harmed, but unable to hold the responsible parties accountable due to judicial reform.  “Hot Coffee” is named after the infamous suit against McDonald’s by an elderly woman who was badly scalded by hot coffee.  The movie’s director, Saladoff, says the McDonald’s suit was the first case to be seized upon and used to distort the public’s perception that lawsuits and juries were out of control.

The documentary promotes the sobering revelation that as a result of 25 years of brainwashing, Americans have increasingly voted away their consumer rights and signed them away in contracts with big business.  Saladoff also reveals that major corporate lobbyists, like the Chamber of Commerce, have spent millions on political campaigns to get more conservative, business friendly judges elected to help corporations.  She says it’s all created an anti-consumer atmosphere that greatly limits access to the courts by average citizens who are harmed.

Click here to watch a trailer.