• September 28, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Have you heard the story about the old woman who bought a cup of coffee at the McDonald's drive-through, spilled it in her lap, then filed a lawsuit and won a multi-million dollar verdict against Ronald McDonald?

Actually, it's unlikely that you've heard the real story at all. What you've heard is a fictionalized version of what happened to Stella Liebeck in that McDonald's parking lot in 1992. The Liebeck fiction, along with many others, have been skillfully crafted and spread by insurance companies and corporations who believe that individual consumers, customers and employees ought not be allowed to hold them accountable in court for their wrongdoing.

Find out what really happened in Liebeck v. McDonald's Restaurants, and how corporations and insurance companies have deliberately manipulated and distorted the facts of this and countless other cases, in a decades-long PR campaign in aid of their effort to strip average Americans of their right to seek justice in court.

See also the disastrous personal consequences of another aspect of "tort reform," in which the money damages that can be recovered in court is "capped" by law at a randomly determined dollar amount.

Finally, see the dire professional consequences for a southern state supreme court judge who ruled once too often in favor of the little guy, and the personal consequences for the young woman who discovered too late that she had unwittingly signed away her right to sue her employer for damages after she was raped and imprisoned  on the job by her fellow employees. 

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  • Charles DeMarkus K.

    Great documentary.

    1 · October 1, 2013

  • Donna


    1 · September 29, 2013

  • Joyce C.

    I loved this documentary. I just assumed it was only about the "hot coffee" McDonald's lawsuit but surprisingly-and to my at moments jaw dropping horror-it covered so many issues & revealed the insidious tactics of corporate America to save money. A definite must-see for every American.
    I also enjoyed the conversation after the film & enjoyed meeting everyone, as well as seeing someone I last talked to probably over a year ago.
    Wayne, thank you for sharing this important film & for your hospitality.

    1 · September 29, 2013

  • Rylan

    Good time interesting film nice meeting everyone

    2 · September 28, 2013

  • Rylan

    I might bring my roommate if that is OK? this is my first event with you guys do we bring our own popcorn or soda? dish to share? no food?

    1 · September 27, 2013

    • Wayne T.

      Your roommate is welcome, Rylan. I provide ice, soft drinks, chips and salsa for everyone. Feel free to bring whatever strikes your fancy. Some members bring snacks to share and some don't. Looking forward to meeting you!

      September 27, 2013

  • Deborah

    Hate to miss this one, but my family just sprung a family dinner on me for tomorrow night. Hope to see you guys again soon!

    September 27, 2013

  • Rita B.

    Wayne, I am sorry for not showing up tonight. I had to work late and couldn't make it. Please forgive me. I really wanted to view that film with y'all. Hope it was fun...and I know it was.

    September 11, 2013

    • Wayne T.

      Sorry you couldn't make here for the film, Rita. So you soon!

      September 11, 2013

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