Friday, July 20, 2012

Debate on the movie Hot Coffee

You may remember last year's big debate about the movie Hot Coffee.  For some background on the movie and links to articles and comments go here, here, here, here, here and here. For an older interview with the director of the movie go here.

Thanks to the TortsProf blog, here is a link to a video showing Susan Saladoff, the director of the movie  "Hot Coffee" and Victor Schwartz, General Counsel for the American Tort Reform Association discussing the movie at a screening in Widener University.  They both participated via "skype."  This is probably the first time the two have appeared together in such an event.  Unfortunately, you can't hear the questions from the audience and the quality of the video is not great, but here it is anyway:

I think that if you are interested in the issue of tort reform, you should take the time to watch the movie Hot Coffee even though I don't think it is a particularly good movie.  It has a lot of good and interesting information and I agree with the "spirit" behind it.  However, I have to say that the movie is not an effective documentary because it tries to do too much.  It tries to combine very different issues and does not do a particularly good job at making the connections between them.  Having said that, I still think people should watch it.

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